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Should Nintendo Be Promoting The Wii U GamePad As A Tablet Killer ?

Kids love tablets, so why isn't Nintendo shouting about the GamePad ? When Nintendo first lifted the lid on the Wii U and its unique GamePad controller, many within the industry murmured their cautious approval. It all seemed to make so much sense — Apple's iPad had already kickstarted a tablet revolution and second-screen gaming promised big things. By launching a console which came with its own tablet-like controller, Nintendo could steal a march on its rivals and embrace an entirely new way of playing games straight out of the box without having to rely on additional peripherals. (3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Wii U)

iamnsuperman  +   578d ago
No because as a tablet it is fairly rubbish. This is the problem Nintendo has had from the get go. It looks like a tablet that has to be stuck near another device. If people wanted a tablet they would buy a tablet than buy a product that looks like one (a reason why I believe Nintendo went for a tablet controller too early since semi decent tablets were and still are too expensive for a games console)

Also this article makes fairly sweeping statements with no evidence to back it up. For example

"Despite their portability, a great many tablets never leave the living room"

Who said this. The author? How does he or she know this? I can believe it but you need something to back up this claim.

But even so tablets offer a greater deal of versatility in functionality than the gamepad couldn't even hope for. Going for that market (advertising as such) would be suicidal (side note but seeing the Wii U gamepad as a tablet killer is laughable)
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Tiqila  +   578d ago
also, compared to a tablet the Wii U gamepad has a pretty bad touchscreen, can't even properly navigate the e-shop with my fingers without accidentally clicking on something. With the touchpen it is working fine, though.
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The_Hero  +   578d ago
Tablet killer? How?
Give me a reply below as to how it is a Tablet killer.
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lilbroRx  +   578d ago
The gamepad doesn't have a bad touchscreen. You're just bad at using it. It has a high precision touchscreen that was made for pinpoint action as opposed to, you know, a tablet that has a touchscreen that was made to be used with your finger.

I hate using smartphone touchscreens because they lack precision. The screen on the Wii U Gamepad is much more suited for gaming.
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iamnsuperman  +   578d ago

I disagree. I think multi touch devices are better suited for gaming (especially with what the gamepad could be used for). Currently the second screen option is being used in a similar vain as the DS/3DS second screen which is inventory/option or stuff that use to be behind a start/pause/inventory screen. This is down to the single touch screen. It is highly more accurate but mult touch adds a different angle which could provide new gameplay options which we have seen in not only mobile gaming but mobile apps. It was a mistake for Nintendo to go for the single touch route
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Alinea  +   578d ago
I disagree with tablets having better touch screen, theyre better for having multi touching but in terms of precision, no,

but in any case I would always prefer buttons over touchscreen but for what the gamepad does. it does it fine, im sure nintendo isnt also going to design games that make you beg that it had multi touching support as well and perhaps its using single touch for the sake of being cost efficient since multi touching is more of a convenience than a necessity
ChickeyCantor  +   578d ago
"without accidentally clicking on something"

Mate it sounds like you have fat fingers.
N4g_null  +   578d ago
Multi-touch sucks in game play and often times cases alot of issues like phantom touches.

All you have to do is look at the art on miiverse. The game pad is one of the best touch screens out for gaming. IPad are just more popular period.

The only touch screen that is better than my game pad is my wacom cintq even it has buttons for controls and touch panels.

The ip ads have this static pen crap... yet even a galaxy note can some how have a wacom like pen.
Tiqila  +   577d ago
to all that disagree with me, in case you did not realize it, but I wasn't bashing the Wii U gamepad. The article is about whether it should be advertised as a tablet killer and I mentioned a (imo) valid reason for why it shouldn't.

Would you prefer watching a movie or reading a book on the Wii U gamepad with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels or would you prefer watching it on your full-hd tablet? Games where multi-touch is involved will be difficult to realize for the Wii U gamepad as well.

@ ChickeyCantor
I do have pretty fat fingers.
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kwandar  +   578d ago
Didn't read the article, but I immediately agree with " if people wanted a tablet, they would buy a tablet".

I love the Wii U gamepad, but a tablet it isn't.
lilbroRx  +   578d ago
Nintendo did not make a "tablet controller" to begin with. They decided on going with a touchscreen controller for asymmetric gaming in 2007 based on the DS before any tablets were even released. The tablet boom was coincidental as was said by Miyamoto right after it was revealed and people were being hyper presumptuous in trying to insist that Nintendo was just trying to cash in on the tablet boom like this article is continuing.

The entire line of argument regarding the comparisons between the Wii U gamepad and tablets is based on false pretense. The Wii U gamepad is no more a tablet than the NDS and 3DS.

A tablet is a handheld computer meant to function like a computer. The Wii U gamepad is not. Its just a game controller with a touch screen to make it more or less a separated Nintendo DS with extra features like gyroscopic motion control and near field communication.
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MNGamer-N  +   578d ago
No, because it's not a tablet. It's a gaming controller.
randomass171  +   578d ago
One of my friends made a great point in that the Wii U gamepad is as much a tablet as the 3DS or Vita are. None of those are tablets so the Wii U shouldn't be considered one either. It's just a controller with a screen you can use for touch and gaming without a big screen.
imXify  +   578d ago
If their next console is the fusion. It would be more appropriate to advertise it as a tablet killer
youndamie  +   578d ago
It would be cool if the next Nintendo console was called Nintendo GameCube Fusion.
lilbroRx  +   578d ago
Has everyone forgot the existence of this series of game devices known as the DS?

Nintendo has been dominating in the touchscreen gaming market for almost 10 years.
BigDuo  +   578d ago
Yeah, it's not a logical article.
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SteamPowered  +   578d ago
Not a chance until you can take the tablet further than 20 feet from the system. I always felt that was the biggest drawback to the Wii U. Other than the ridiculous name.
I dont understand why they made a portable unit that can only travel a short distance from the console. ...
Summons75  +   578d ago
No and they haven't been. The only ones saying its a tablet are the journalist who like to spread misinformation about the wiiu because Nintendo kicked their pippy or soemthing.

Its a controller with a touch screen to open more doors for games.
uth11  +   578d ago
no- because so far tablets have been a Wii-U killer.

Nintendo needs a different angle.
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   577d ago
it was never marketed as a tablet killer or competition

Nintendo doesn't operate like another company who basically killed their own device potential in a certain market by competiting with the wrong device and focusing on the wrong audience.
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uth11  +   577d ago
and yet that company you are referring to has still sold at a faster rate since launch than Wii U
randomass171  +   578d ago
Wii U gamepad is its own thing and pretty different from your standard iPad. Nintendo should just market it for what it is, a great alternative controller that provides some potential for great asymmetric multiplayer games and allows people to game without disturbing loved ones. My girlfriend likes watching DVDs while I play my game with headphones on. It's quite nice. :)
Dunban67  +   578d ago
The gamepad has virtually no portability outside the room the console is located
It has terrible battery life
Even if someone mostly uses thier tablet at home - they still expect it to be portable when needed
There are a million other reason why the Wii u remote is it a tablet nor should be sold as one
Chrono  +   578d ago
A tablet you can't use outside home!
DialgaMarine  +   578d ago
No because it's not a frighin tablet. Once it moves more than 10 feet away from the console, it because a big paper weight with a small shitty screen on it. It can't do anything on its own. A leapfrog tablet has more functionality.
Spotie  +   577d ago
To be fair, it does seem as if it were designed to appear tablet-like.

But its limited application and range mean it could never outdo tablets.

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