Wii U Gamepad In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Displays A Blank Screen

According to a writer on Nintendo World Report, the Wii U Gamepad in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze isn’t utilized when playing on the television. In fact, it just displays a blank screen. This article goes more into detail about this issue.

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jelani4351661d ago

Ikr! That really sucks :( Nintendo really isn't helping themselves by making this decision :(

maniacmayhem1661d ago

I don't expect every game to utilize the gamepad in some new or innovative way but I expect it to be used. Especially from a Nintendo 1st party game.

abzdine1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

that really sucks!!
game looks amazing but not taking advantage of Gamepad really is a disappoitment.

@maniacmayhem: Donkey King Returns on Wii took a very good advantage of Wii motion controls, now with no Gamepad used it's a step back in time.

TruthbeTold1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

While I would have liked to have seen some gamepad specific support on this game outside of off tv play, perhaps this will shut people up about 'gimmicks', and poor battery life.

lilbroRx1661d ago

Would have no positive effect on sales as records have shown.

Parapraxis1661d ago

Nintendo had a gamepad with another console?

WiiUsauce1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

I dont expect every game to use the gamepad screen, especially when it will just feel like a tacked on afterthought. In a game like DKCTF where the second player has no access to the gamepad, it doesnt make sense. It's just not useful in platformers where you're trying to focus on running and jumping and cant really take your eyes off the TV screen. It also doesnt help when there's co op in the game.

ShinMaster1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )


"It's just not useful in [any game where you're trying to focus on running, shooting, driving, fighting and jumping] and cant really take your eyes off the TV screen. It also doesnt help when there's co op in the game."

Oh how times have changed... I'm pretty sure this was one of the big arguments against the Gamepad that every Nintendo fanboy used to fight tooth and nail.

Yodagamer1661d ago

This isn't new info, they said it was to save battery life since the gamepad won't have to process new frames. Personally i'd like to have some info on the screen to clear up the screen, but I'll have to try to see if it actually does increase battery life.

herbs1661d ago

An article I read a while ago stated that the new Smash Bro's will not utilize the Gamepad either... I can maybe understand DK not utilizing the Gamepad (still pretty lame) but no (spectator mess with the arena items etc) Gamepad mode for Smash Bros is serious missed potential and hopefully untrue. I love Nintendo but if they keep shooting themselves there gonna fall :(

ShinMaster1661d ago

The Wii U may fall, but Nintendo won't.
They got handhelds.

yeahokchief1661d ago

1. It's pre-release and isn't the final version

2. You can still play it on either tv or the tabelt controller. It just might not display both at once.

This is such a non-issue. It will not matter. I never felt the need to look down at my controller when playing a platformer on the wii u with my tv in front of me. It is convenient being able to takeit around the house but im not going to be looking at the tv when i do.

11eleven111661d ago

It netters. The gamepad screen should always be utilized. At least in 1st party games. I think it must be some kind of a prereleased version. If not I'm disappointed.

admiralvic1661d ago

@ 11eleven11

It does the 1 feature that is key to the Wii U and doesn't implement stupid gimmicky features. Like, you have the ability to poke anything in Super Mario 3D World, which is cool, but I would trade that for the ability to play another hour without charging my gamepad.

No point wasting battery in a linear game that could easily work without the second screen displaying worthless information.

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jelani4351661d ago

Yeah, @maniacmayhem. For some reason I couldn't directly reply, but they gotta step their game up!

GraveLord1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

A mod disagreed with you and even got my article approved. You were wrong, admit it. Blocking me only makes you a sore loser.

UK Charts are reported from two sources here on N4G. Chart-Track and VgChartz.

Chart-Track only provides positions of games and that's it. It is however an official source.

VgChartz provides actual numbers for games and consoles, it is however an unofficial source, which is why its filed under rumor.

I assume you saw the Chart Track report a few days ago and assumed this was the same thing?

Gabenbrah1661d ago

Just drop the GamePad already... Not even Nintendo is using it. Make a SKU without the GamePad and a new Pro controller with a headset port.

Joegrine201661d ago

after hearing this, i believe they will drop the gamepad and make a SKU and drop the price. It will be a good decision although we nintendo fans will be disappointed they weren't able to utilize this device properly but it will be for the better!

admiralvic1661d ago

@ Joegrine20

" i believe they will drop the gamepad"

This is actually a pretty smart move on Nintendo's part. One of the downsides of the tablet controller is that the battery is wasted by pointless information happening in the background. This is like having your phone use bluetooth, automatically sync your E-Mail every 5 minutes, sync stocks and have 10 other apps in the background, though you don't use any of the aforementioned stuff. So by having it display nothing, Nintendo is saving battery life on the controller and not implementing worthless crap.

It actually makes a lot of sense and I'm surprised it took this long for them to do it.

Utalkin2me1661d ago

Sorry but that is about as dumb as every comment Gabenbrah makes.

theRell1661d ago

Not used in their own games is a shot in the foot.

TripC501661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

Off TV play. It's still used

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