Submitted by RyanDJ 844d ago | article

Wii U GamePad Plus: Could It Be Coming?

Ryan Johnson | GoozerNation

Nintendo made an interesting design choice only allowing a single GamePad to be used with the machine at a time. While not everyone has the funds to go out and buy four more pads, it certainly makes one wonder if there was anything else behind the reasoning. Nintendo has a habit of upgrading their equipment, most notably with the recent WiiMotionPlus. Could we see a GamePad Plus in the Wii U's future? (Nintendo, Wii U)

JimmyJames70  +   844d ago
I sure hope so.
WiiUsauce  +   844d ago
if they did release an upgraded gamepad, all I would really want is a higher resolution screen.
Samus HD  +   844d ago
i would want multi-touch
1upgamer99  +   844d ago
Nintendo stated MONTHS and MONTHS ago, that a second gamepad would be able to connect to the console in the future, but no games would support it right of the bat.
RyanDJ  +   844d ago
True, but that till doesn't eliminate the possibility of an upgrade/delay tactic.
TheUndertaker85  +   844d ago
Not entirely true...

"Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that Wii U can support at least two controllers. This was confirmed by the 2012 E3 Conference. However, Japanese honcho Satoru Iwata clarified that while the Wii U could technically support more than one controller, it would be too expensive to sell the touchscreen controller separately and that developers would assume only one touchscreen controller per console (Source: Engadget).

Also in a tweet from Nintendo Japan, having 2 controllers will reduce the resolution of the output on the T.V screen to 720p 30fps, regardless of game.

Naturally, the Wii U will allow more than one player by way of multiple Wii Remote controllers, as well as games that can be played online"

They'd rather look at the 3DS being used as a controller over the WiiU Gamepad. The reason why should be obvious. One can power itself. The other can't.

lilbroRx  +   844d ago
The resolution and fps thing are cannot be true, because frame rate is not set in stone nor is resolution.

What resolution you can get and what frame rate you can get depends on how much of your resource pool is in use.

They can make a game at 2160p and 500 FPS is they wanted but it would be an extremely small scale, simplistic game. Its all a matter of how they choose to design it.

Just as how Kamiya said that the reason Wonderful 101 is not 1080p is because he cares about frame rate more than looks. Running a game at 1080p 30 FPS is the same as running it at 720p 60 FPS resource wise.
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DOMination-  +   844d ago
What happens if you break a WiiU gamepad btw? I notice you can't seem to buy new ones anywhere?

The only thing from the list that sounds good is the multi touch (I hear the battery for these things are actually pretty good, so don't see why you'd need a better one but.. I don't have first hand experience so maybe I heard wrong?) so I don't think a gamepad+ will be on the horizon just yet.
WeAreLegion  +   844d ago
A customer broke his Wii U game pad a few weeks ago. I told him to call Nintendo about it. They send you a box to ship your current game pad in and send you a new/refurbished one, in return. :) It's covered under the one year warranty. I'm so glad I got the three year warranty.
DOMination-  +   844d ago
Thanks for the reply. It's good to know that Nintendo will cover that. I wonder what will happen come November when those one year warranties start to run out though? I would have thought you would be able to buy them by now, but maybe they are waiting for software that supports a second one per console to start selling them.
MNGamer-N  +   844d ago
How in the hell did he break it? I got a 5 year old and a 2 year old banging on mine, dropping it, stepping on it etc, and it's holding up pretty good.
WeAreLegion  +   844d ago
Honestly, I don't know how he broke it. I'm more concerned about the people who bring in their Wii U with yellow stains and tons of cat hair on them. I hate retail.
MasterCornholio  +   844d ago
Well the answer to that is easy. All you have to do is order the controller from Nintendo and they will give you one for 150$. However be careful where you order it from since the controllers are region locked to the console. Which means if you get one from Japan it wont work with an American Wii U.

Anyways i expect that in the future Nintendo will release an improved Wii U gamepad with a better screen and superior battery life.


Really? Sounds like a pretty good warranty since they covered the destruction of the controller at the hands of the customer.
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WeAreLegion  +   844d ago
It depends what happens. If it stops working for some reason, it's on them. Even if a button or two breaks, they got it. If you break it in half...they'll sue you for insubordination.
TheUndertaker85  +   844d ago
If under warranty still it is possible to get a replacement. If you're asking for down the line though,

"GamePads are currently only sold as standalones in Japan, where they retail for 13,440 Yen / $160.(Excluding Taxes) A replacement GamePad ordered from Nintendo (to replace a broken one) currently goes for $140. To repair one outside of Warranty costs $90."


If a Gamepad+ is in the works expect it to have some sort of innards to decrease the work load on the system. If that happens also expect a higher price, probably in the ballpark of other tablets currently on the market.
Oh_Yeah  +   844d ago
MilkMan  +   844d ago
I love the console, but the sensitivity on the gamepad NEEDS to be addressed and there are no native control settings to adjust them. This blows monkey ballz.

Other than that, its quite good.
Ron_Danger  +   844d ago
If they did, it would follow what theyve been doing for years: release a product, wait a year or 2, and release a slightly better version for the same price. Gameboy Advanced to whatever that flip screen model was called, DS to DSi, 3DS to 3DSXL, Wii mote to Wii mote +

Not trolling, just stating facts.
HalfNerdHalfAmazing  +   844d ago
If Nintendo were to make a gamepad plus I would like to see them team up with android, since mobile gaming already took 50% of market I think it be smart for Nintendo to make this move, I love gamepad but I feel to make it better they should add multi touch and a 720p display.
TheUndertaker85  +   844d ago
If that was done Nintendo would still have to sell some sort of accessory to add the sticks/buttons of the WiiU Gamepad. Phone manufacturers would then have to add support for the accessory and the system to their devices, which I can't see happening, in particular with Sony and Microsoft being part of that same mobile market. I don't see companies like Apple being too keen on the idea either.
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BosSSyndrome  +   844d ago
Only real improvement I can see is making analogue triggers but other than that I have no problem with the controller personally. Battery life's a bit short but that doesn't affect me with how I have it set up.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   844d ago
"Back Pad Camera"

Yes this is needed.
But for all that you ask for it would be cheaper to just create a WiiU GamePad styled 3DS. Esp. if you want to play 3DS games on it.
VirginiaFats  +   844d ago
Amusing, just like Nintendo to release this 6 months into an already new device. Maybe it is just a rumor but this is sounds like something Nintendo would do.

I love how everyone supports this, why not just make a better gamepad the first time? Instead of making half assed hardware to only sell upgrades and add-ons later?

I told people all the time the gamepad was pretty crappy in all honesty and everyone defended it as if their life depending on the thing, now this is a rumor and everyone is happy to see a new one coming already? I swear most Nintendo fans
linkofrs  +   844d ago
I actually think that this would be a bad idea. I also like the gamepad as it is now, its better then any other controller on the market in my opinion. The resolution may be low but its not like it's supposed to be the main screen of a game unless you are using it for off tv play. The only flaw I can find with it is the battery life. I still don't see why people think its a bad device, do you having any reasoning for your opinion on it?
josephayal  +   844d ago
I don’t understand the purpose of the GamePad
jameson12345  +   844d ago
It allows more potions for game play. It can be used as a regular controller (its not as big and clunkly as most people think, and it is extremely ergonomic/comfortable), and can be used for everything from a map display, to touch controls, to Off-TV play so you can play when others use the TV or you don't have a Tv to use, or just want to watch TV as you game. It can also control your TV and Cable Box.
VirginiaFats  +   844d ago
Cough DS and 3DS.. Circle Pad Pro.. Now this. Just make it right the first time please..
jameson12345  +   844d ago
I think if they improve the gamepad, it should get a higher resolution screen, better battery life, and if possible a greater range. I think with the type of connection used with the game pad, they focused on quality first over range, so I think they should be able to improve gradually over several models. I'd love to be able to reach every part of my house.
ToaLugia  +   844d ago
Wii U GamePad XL
PieMonster  +   844d ago
Super Wii U 3D XL DS 2 Upper!
LOL_WUT  +   844d ago
They should just upgrade the whole pad start from scratch ;)
ziratul  +   844d ago
they should upgrade entire console imho not just gamepad. Like Wii U+
DivineAssault  +   844d ago
i know they will make one so its only a matter of time.. The 3DS card slot is just plain ridiculous to hope for unless the new gamepad exceeds $150.. Even so, they wouldnt do that but a better battery & screen is inevitable..
quantae06  +   844d ago
I would definitely buy a Gamepad Pro Plus if it comes in HD. As far as extended battery life, Nyko already has something out for that.

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