MasonicGamer.com - The Wii U is now available in most of the western world, and with it, a whole new way of controlling games. Well, it’s not really new, as touch screen gaming has been around for a while, but this is the first major home console to combine the traditional dual analog controller with a tablet-style touch panel. For the last couple of generations, Nintendo has been trying to break away from the standard controller we’ve all become used to, and it seems as though Sony and Microsoft may be heading in a similar direction.
We’ve had the dual analog controller ever since the PlayStation 1. It wasn’t around at the launch of the console, but was introduced a few years later. Since that point, very little has changed. It’s true that both Sony and Microsoft added pressure sensitive buttons during the next console generation, and Sony added gyroscopic control to the PS3, but both of these features have been very underutilised. We’re basically controlling games the same way we were 15 years ago, so is it time for a change? Do we even need one?