Will Wii games play on the Wii U controller sans TV?

#1 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

I looked but I didn't find an answer, so I am curious if anyone here knows or has seen an answer to my question - with the Wii U controller, will you be able to play Wii games on it as well as Wii U ones, without the television? I am assuming no, due to how you would play games that required a pointer control, but if I could, it could sway whether I got a launch day purchase or not. Playing Fire Emblem Wii as my best ever toilet game would be a big winner. Anyone know the absolute answer?

#2 Posted by TooWalrus (13176 posts) -

Maybe games with classic controller support like NBA Jam or Xenoblade... I don't know, actually. I'll stay tuned.

#3 Posted by Hailinel (24423 posts) -

I'm guessing most likely not.

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#4 Posted by Jolt92 (1551 posts) -

Probably not, but that would be kind of cool actually.

#5 Posted by RE_Player1 (7558 posts) -

Nope.

#6 Posted by muralbat (152 posts) -

It'd be damn cool but I doubt it

#7 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -

They will not, because the Wii U has to switch to 'Wii mode' to make the Wii games work, meaning functionality on the tablet will be turned off.

#8 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

@Willy105 said:

They will not, because the Wii U has to switch to 'Wii mode' to make the Wii games work, meaning functionality on the tablet will be turned off.

That sounds entirely logical. It isn't that they can't, rather that they won't if that is the case. There is no technological reason not to. To me this is the difference to buy now or later. I suppose for a final answer we will have to wait until someone asks Nintendo and the answer is published, or wait for release.

#9 Posted by iAmJohn (6117 posts) -

@AsperGamer said:

There is no technological reason not to.

There is, actually, and it's needing to build that sensor bar tech into the tablet in such a way that you can use a Wiimote with it without it either interfering with the rest of the controller (both in functionality and space) or being positioned in such a way that it makes playing Wii games on the controller an arduous process. I've held that controller - it's pretty tightly packed already and I'm not exactly sure where they'd put it except to build it into the part where the camera goes, which I'm guessing would somehow interfere with the camera?

#10 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

No VC games on it also...currently.

#11 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

@AsperGamer said:

There is no technological reason not to.

There is, actually, and it's needing to build that sensor bar tech into the tablet in such a way that you can use a Wiimote with it without it either interfering with the rest of the controller (both in functionality and space) or being positioned in such a way that it makes playing Wii games on the controller an arduous process. I've held that controller - it's pretty tightly packed already and I'm not exactly sure where they'd put it except to build it into the part where the camera goes, which I'm guessing would somehow interfere with the camera?

But games that don't use waggle or those that have non-waggle options, it is as simple as playing it with the gamepad controls, surely?

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

No VC games on it also...currently.

Same as above - there is no reason why it couldn't do VC games. That would be awesome as well, I didn't think of that.

#12 Posted by iAmJohn (6117 posts) -

@AsperGamer said:

But games that don't use waggle or those that have non-waggle options, it is as simple as playing it with the gamepad controls, surely?

I suppose, but it'd probably take a lot more work to have it default to GameCube/Classic Controller-only mode when the system is, most likely, going to be running the Wii stuff through hardware emulation. Not that they couldn't do it, but the amount of work it would take for a feature most people probably wouldn't take advantage of is one of those things Nintendo (nor Sony or Microsoft, really) would never do.

#13 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -
@AsperGamer said: 

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

No VC games on it also...currently.

Same as above - there is no reason why it couldn't do VC games. That would be awesome as well, I didn't think of that.

You will be able to play Wii VC games on the Wii U, but not on the tablet, because the VC games themselves are Wii games. The Wii U has to go into "Wii mode" to run them, which obviously will make the tablet inaccessible. 
 
However, there is no reason for Wii U VC games to not be able to do it.
#14 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

@Willy105 said:

@AsperGamer said:

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

No VC games on it also...currently.

Same as above - there is no reason why it couldn't do VC games. That would be awesome as well, I didn't think of that.

You will be able to play Wii VC games on the Wii U, but not on the tablet, because the VC games themselves are Wii games. The Wii U has to go into "Wii mode" to run them, which obviously will make the tablet inaccessible. However, there is no reason for Wii U VC games to not be able to do it.

I am pretty sure that is what he meant. Still a shame that it isn't an option. I still believe there is no technological reason to stop it - where there is a will there is a way.

#15 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

I won't be happy if they create some odd two tier system, all the VC games should be put on the new system so I can play on the GamePad.

#16 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -
@AsperGamer said:

@Willy105 said:

@AsperGamer said:

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

No VC games on it also...currently.

Same as above - there is no reason why it couldn't do VC games. That would be awesome as well, I didn't think of that.

You will be able to play Wii VC games on the Wii U, but not on the tablet, because the VC games themselves are Wii games. The Wii U has to go into "Wii mode" to run them, which obviously will make the tablet inaccessible. However, there is no reason for Wii U VC games to not be able to do it.

I am pretty sure that is what he meant. Still a shame that it isn't an option. I still believe there is no technological reason to stop it - where there is a will there is a way.

This can be fixed if Nintendo allows the people who own Wii VC's to download an updated Wii U-compatible version. 
#17 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

@Willy105 said:

@AsperGamer said:

@Willy105 said:

@AsperGamer said:

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

No VC games on it also...currently.

Same as above - there is no reason why it couldn't do VC games. That would be awesome as well, I didn't think of that.

You will be able to play Wii VC games on the Wii U, but not on the tablet, because the VC games themselves are Wii games. The Wii U has to go into "Wii mode" to run them, which obviously will make the tablet inaccessible. However, there is no reason for Wii U VC games to not be able to do it.

I am pretty sure that is what he meant. Still a shame that it isn't an option. I still believe there is no technological reason to stop it - where there is a will there is a way.

This can be fixed if Nintendo allows the people who own Wii VC's to download an updated Wii U-compatible version.

Which it should.

#18 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

What is the resolution of the Wii U controller display?

#19 Edited by muralbat (152 posts) -

Wait are some of you a angry that they're only letting the Video games be played on the actual console? I say good for them for making it backwards compatible first and foremost. If they could be played on the tablet that would be AMAZING but Its not such a painful thing for me to have to play a game on my console.

#20 Posted by AsperGamer (161 posts) -

@muralbat said:

Wait are some of you a angry that they're only letting the Video games be played on the actual console? I say good for them for making it backwards compatible first and foremost. If they could be played on the tablet that would be AMAZING but Its not such a painful thing for me to have to play a game on my console.

True, but that isn't a good reason not to make it an option.

#21 Posted by muralbat (152 posts) -

@AsperGamer said:

@muralbat said:

Wait are some of you a angry that they're only letting the Video games be played on the actual console? I say good for them for making it backwards compatible first and foremost. If they could be played on the tablet that would be AMAZING but Its not such a painful thing for me to have to play a game on my console.

True, but that isn't a good reason not to make it an option.

I agree its the easy way out just to have it on the console but then you run into the issue of games that need Wii Motes and stuff, then people will say (Like I would) I'd be happy with the games that dont need wii motes) which leads to all sorts of things like the xbox backwards compatibility list of random titles dotted around that work.

However, if it's possible, I'd love it

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