Wii U GamePads not sold separately on launch

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Published on September 17, 2012 with No Comments

Recently, Nintendo’s newest console the Wii U was unveiled, but extra Wii U GamePads will not be for sale separately at launch. The Wii U is Nintendo’s newest console that utilizes a tablet-like GamePad controller that could double as a screen.

Initially the Wii U only supported only one GamePad with secondary controls handled via the Wii Pro controller or the classic Wiimotes.  But due to public insistence for multiple WiiPad support, Nintendo has decided to make additional GamePads available once games that function with more than one GamePad become available according to Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime.

As to the time period when games support more than one GamePad, Nintendo is keeping mum about it. So gamers who accidentally break their GamePads will have to contact Nintendo support in the meantime. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that additional GamePads would be available for the Japanese Wii U for ¥13,440, roughly half the cost of Wii U in Japan.

The Wii U Pro dual-analog controllers will be available on launch for $49.99. Nintendo has also confirmed that games for the Wii U will cost $59.99, the same as current-gen consoles.



Source: Gaming Illustrated