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.
That's not cool.
Ikr! That really sucks :( Nintendo really isn't helping themselves by making this decision :(
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.
that really sucks!! game looks amazing but not taking advantage of Gamepad really is a disappoitment. EDIT: @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.
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.
See remove drop the price!
Would have no positive effect on sales as records have shown.
Nintendo had a gamepad with another console?
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.
lol "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.
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.
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 :(
The Wii U may fall, but Nintendo won't. They got handhelds.
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.
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.
@ 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.
Yeah, @maniacmayhem. For some reason I couldn't directly reply, but they gotta step their game up!
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?
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.
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!
@ 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.
Sorry but that is about as dumb as every comment Gabenbrah makes.
Not used in their own games is a shot in the foot.
Off TV play. It's still used
Hmm... That's weird. You would think Retro would of came up with some pretty cool ideas for it. Maybe they cut out any features to save time on development? Just find that a little odd. I can think of TONS of different ways the controller could of been used. Like searching hidden treasures in the screen for collectables or being able to interact with the environment in different ways. Like cutting bushes and vines with a swipe or digging items and bananas out of the ground or shaking trees for bananas to fall and collect. There must be some reason they didn't try to use the gamepad in some cool new way. Maybe Nintendo does plan on dropping the pad for the system to try and lower the price. I hope not. I find it to be fun and useful in a lot of the games I play.
I think it's most likely because retro has a more innovate game that does use the gamepad properly currently in development *cough* metroid *cough* but released donkey kong to get comfortable with the hardware.
Could be... I hope that's true. Just find it odd that they didn't use the gamepad for any reason considering their a second party for Nintendo. I would think they would have all hands on deck trying to figure out cool ways to make there games different and to show off the must have reasons to need the gamepad there. Oh well. As long as it supports off screen play I guess I can't be to disappointed over the news.
That's unfortunate, there could have been some good use put into the gamepad. Maybe Retro is just more focused on bringing it out instead of throwing in controller options :/
Geez, at least put a map or something on it. Don't just leave it blank.
Lmao! Same thing i said
I'm sure they would have put a map on it or something if it was a different type of game. As it is, it's hard to think of a good way to use the touchscreen in a 2D platformer like this without it just coming off as a gimmick.
The Gamepad can be a killer feature if it's actually utilized. Same deal with Kinect with xbox one. No one is utilizing it. While I think the Gamepad can actually be useful, developers need to start taking advantage of it. While on the other hand, Kinect doesn't have any killer feature that would actually enhance game play for MOST games, so there should be a Xbox One sku without Kinect. I'd give the Gamepad another year to see if developers want to take advantage of it. If not, release the Wii U without the Gamepad for around $150 or $200 bundled with a game.
Its a way to save battery life on the gamepad.
then why have a gamepad? With a screen on it?
For off-TV play of course.
I will play that game with a classic pro controller, thats the way we have to play 2D platforms like this...
The more I read about Nintendo's actual decisions (not the opinion pieces). The more I am starting to believe they are intentionally driving themselves into the ground to bolster their creativity. Think about it. After the struggling with the Gamecube and original DS, everyone thought they were done. Then they came out with the DSLite, the Wii, and some of the best games since the N64 era all because their backs were against the wall. What came after their rampaging success? Wii Music.
Wii U needs to be re-released as the Wii 2. Improved gamepad, new sharper look, built in hard drive.
Like why would anyone belive this? I bet this information is not legit, and definitely not final.
removed from pre-order.
Read. Off TV play still works
So, Nintendo, can you remind me again what is the purpose of the akward tablet-gamepad that only makes the Wii U more expensive? Ohh! it is just so I can play with out a TV? No sh*t!
It's actually really handy. We're in the process of getting a new TV right now, so we've got no TV atm and I've been able to continue playing the Wii U (and even Wii games, through Wii mode on the gamepad). If I didn't have the gamepad I think I would have been wondering what to do over the holidays.
Handy yes ... but it shouldnt be required to buy with the system when your core games barely supports it with its gameplay.
Oh well. I can't see them doing much with this kind of game anyway. I'm sure they could have done something like Rayman Legends, but meh, This is just one of those games to play with a pro controller like the classic ones. Not a big deal as long as it has off Tv-play, for me at least. Still getting it and I most likely wont even care when I'm playing the game anyway. ;)
You do know you can turn off Gamepad screen through the home menu
Not while playing.
ummm this is a nintendo IP so wtf isnt it being used as a map, progress tracker, minigames, or something?!?! That kind of $*** pisses me off because the gamepad is the main feature of the wii u.. Its like a 3ds game w no 3d or ds functionality
It's used for off TV play when U want to play while others watch TV. Read before you troll bro.
Why not just have an option. Tv only, gamepad only, or both.
They could of easily utilize the game pad in various ways, come on from the top of my head they could of pushed more "jungle kongo type hardware" like diddy pop gun and jetpack. On the game pad they would have multiple special items for each character, diddy jetpack for hard to reach areas, donkey kong could of been items to untilize his strength , cranky kong cane could have multiple ability bounce, float, stronger attack, all of these factors being chosen and controlled on the gamepad. Its ideas from the top of my head but it gets worked on and becomes better , i just dont get it then your wasting retros time when they could be working on a new metroid or something else more diverse more technical, i love donkey kong but it is very staright forward and high quality 2d plat former
Well I can say I am surprised, I guess that is okay. I will more than likely use the Wii Remote or Pro-controller if that is the case. Rayman made fantastic use of the gamepad in a 2D platformer, so yeah I am surprised. This game better kick butt, because I was not so much looking forward to yet another 2D game. I want a fully realized 3D platformer...Like Sunshine, Mario64,Metroid With graphics that show off what Wii U can really do!!!!
I'd rather have it like that than having lives and whatnot displayed on it because I hate having to look away from the action-screen to look up HUD elements.
OH MY GOD THIS GAME IS GOING TO SUCK ASS NOW
I hate those comments because I can't figure out if by pressing "agree" I agree with your sarcastic sentiment or if I agree with what you literally said. I just needed to get that out of my system. It has bugged me so many times ^^. Fuck me. I'm going to bed xD
You should agree with my sarcasm
Can someone on here give me ideas on how they would implement gamepad features in this specific title?
So Ubisoft is more capable than Nintendo on using the hardware. This would be like having a 3DS game with the bottom screen blacked out. Ridiculous if true.
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