With the onset of the Nintendo NX imminent, it's a good time to look back at what was great about the Wii U, particularly its controller, the Wii U gamepad.
I have a wii u and I never use it unless it's required, like the bs is needed to view the eshop
Same I hated how you couldn't just use the entire system with the pro controller. Seriously it's so underused because it was a terrible decision to include one. It's a marmite controller and for me it just didn't feel right in my hand, I just couldn't play most games with it. The Pro controller saved my Wii U purchase, I just don't see why they never used a Gamecube styled controller....I mean the sales for the Smash Bros controller and the Gamecube adapter were through the roof. It sold out all the time and I don't think they realised how well it was going to sell...yet for the new console the rumours are pointing to another gamepad type controller. They just don't seem to learn.
Yea, that's really dumb, I'll admit
The controller was a gimmick that was forced upon gamers and developers while not really adding much in terms of better gameplay, but it did add 100-150 bucks to the price of a new console. This meant the console was unnecessarily expensive, it meant it was less powerful than it could/should have been without the gimmick, it meant many 3rd party developers couldn't really be bothered with developing for the system, it meant 1st party games had the tablet-controls forced in, which in many cases actually detracted from the quality of the gameplay, instead of enhancing it, etc etc. In short, the WiiU tablet-controller was, sadly, just a mistake.
Don't know... I actually liked it. But then again I never used the wii u on my television.
The gamepad has Pros and Cons. It was'nt an outright mistake it just lacked features that would make it an awesome device. Pros- has off screen play, easier inventory systems for games, great for FPS and sports games, built in remote features for your tv... Also had great potential Cons- poor battery life, lack of analog triggers, can't be used far away from the console, can only use 1 gamepad per system, potential was never taken advantage of, and it's mandatory for basic things (as fox said above). With all that said it should have been an optional add on and released without the cons mentioned. Nintendo should release an update that give you the option to use the pro controller for everything and a toggle switch to turn off the gamepad.
@ Yi-Long - You summarized it perfectly. The Wii U gamepad gimmick was the single biggest reason for the Wii U's failure. Nintendo put all their efforts into the gamepad, leaving very little resources for the Wii U console itself. That left the console way underpowered and feature-lacking, and completely unable to compete with the other consoles.
This i agree with. I think if power of the console was equal to competition and the gamepad having its own graphical power would have been different.
I would understand not having it due to the price, but if you could have any controller for either price, I'd much rather use the gamepad than something like a dualshock
I use it for games that really take advantage like both Zelda games. Having the items or map on it is incredibly helpful. I will probably also use it for Breath of the Wild. Only thing that sucked about it was it was barely utilized. Really love that the sticks on it and the pro controller are both at the top too.
I hope they keep the stick placement in the future.
Yes I love that about the stick placement
I use the gamepad almost exclusively. I rarely use the pro controller. I like the size and offscreen play is well utilized.
Haha same, I don't even own a pro controller because I don't see the need. I would only use it for multiplayer
Multiplayer mario kart was the only reason i bought the pro controller. I do like the pro controller a lot though. Battery life is amazing, but lacked the gyro.
I use it daily, both for games and web surfing/youtube now that my computer has crapped out on me. The advantages it offers in games are great: inventory management, off-tv play, maps that are constantly displayed without pausing or taking up tv space, quick switching of gear, adding more powers/abilities than shortcuts on traditional controller buttons can hold, It's basically just better for gameplay because it has all the buttons plus the screen for additional options. It's a shame that traditionalists hated change too much to give it fair credit and instead just looked at it as if it were a tablet.
Of course the casuals loved it ;)
Good to see you liked it, too, then.
I've never tried surfing the web on the Wii U I don't think. I usually just use my phone so I don't have to leave games. I'm curious to try it now though
If using a computer is a 10 then using a Wii U is a 9.
You hit the home button and activate the browser. Look up anything you want like game walkthroughs or YouTube. Press home again and go right back to your game. Its that easy.
I like the gamepad! Could not play X, with the pro-controller, that would be a mess!
I love the gyroscope feature, and wish it was used more for my PS4. Also playing Windwaker HD in bed sounds cool af.
One of the best pads. Really disapointed by Nintendo and their marketing.
Use the gamepad for awhile. Just have the simple map in arlham city, or the map and the button to call your horse in ac3 while not taking up a dpad spot. Something simple as that. Now try playing without it and you misd it terribly. Then I played risecof the tomb raider. Great game but a gamepad map would have been wonderful.
Exactly! This is why I love it
System ahead of its time. Gamepad use in Arkham City, Lego City: Ubdercover, ZombiU, Nintendoland, Wonderful 101, and even SuperMario 3D show what could have been. The only real innovation this game generation. Terrible marketing, but zero regrets on purchase day 1. I guess I don't get all the negativity about this system (or any other -- it's video games).
Imagine the controller on a powerful console
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