Wii U Gamepad Could Disrupt Tablet Usage

Chris Buffa (Modojo): Nintendo doesn't want the media or the company's fans referring to the Wii U gamepad as a tablet, but the comparisons are not only inevitable, but also impossible to ignore. A wireless device that plays movies and games, while offering Internet access away from a desktop? Sure, it has tangible buttons, analog sticks and what not, but the controller serves similar functions as the iPad and Nexus 7.

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BitbyDeath2138d ago

If you get too close to the word 'tablet' Apple will come out swinging with more lawsuits and nobody wants that.

lilbroRx2138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )

The Upad will not play movies and games. It has no components inside to do so. It simply receive a video feed much like the Wiimote could receive audio feeds and save data. I guess that make the Wii mote a telephone. The GBA could play videos and games so I guess that makes it a tablet as well.

The only difference between this and a standard controller is that it has a touchscreen. You can't carry it with you, you can't do anything on it by itself. It is for all purposes, a game controller.

The Upad is no more a tablet than the DS, DSi, 3DS and Vita. I mean heck, the core design itself is just the bottom half of the DS with the TV being used as the top screen.