Were you stressing out over having to buy two of the Wii U GamePads at launch later this year? Worry not, as a second unit won't work with the Wii U for some time. While the Wii U is launching this holiday season, dual GamePad support will come a bit farther down the road. Reggie Fils-Aime says to expect it "well after launch."
"Games need to be built that can take advantage of the two GamePad controllers," said Nintendo of America's president to Gamasutra. "It's going to be well after launch for those game experiences to come to life."
They need to figure out how to handle two screens with one game before adding a third, he adds. For now they'll focus on asymmetric gameplay, with the rest coming later: "We think that's where developers will focus first, then there will be multiple experiences that have two GamePads."
For now, you have plenty of Wii Remotes, don't you?
I can't shake the feeling that the Wii U is appealing less and less to people since the recent E3. I actually thought Nintendo could pull off this E3 and show us something amazing with this hardware, and it never happened. Now with this news, it's clear Nintendo is not making dual gamepads a priority. This isn't a huge deal, only a fraction of the customers will buy a second gamepad, but it points to a larger point of Nintendo's approach, and that is that they don't have one. Nintendo's message of what the Wii U is is so convoluted, it seems even they barely know how to make living room tablet gaming fun.