Wii GamePad Won't Be Sold Separately at Launch in NA

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Wii GamePad Won't Be Sold Separately at Launch in NA

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North American Wii U owners will have to wait for Wii GamePad replacements.

While it's been confirmed that the Wii U can support at least two Wii U GamePad tablet controllers at the same time, none of the console's launch titles will require or support more than one. As a result, while Japanese Wii U owners will be able to purchase an extra GamePad for ¥13,440 ($173), the controller won't be sold separately in North American territories, at least during the console's launch window.

"Through the launch window, there are no games that leverage a second controller," Nintendo of America CEO, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Engadget. "And so, during the launch window here in NOA territories, we will not be selling at retail a second gamepad. But certainly, when the games come out, we'll be making that accessory available."

At roughly $170 a pop - though rumor has it the NA price will be less steep - it's unlikely that many households will be investing in a second GamePad, but replacements will be required, especially when household proto-humans get their sticky, Ribena-coated fingers on the pad's delicate touchscreen. Anyone looking to replace the pad will have to contact Nintendo customer support.

It seems to me like Nintendo is trying avoid consumer confusion with its initial lineup. The North American Wii install base was predominantly made up of casual and/or younger gamers, and at $170 apiece, I can see the average soccer mom mistaking the GamePad for an actual, standalone console. That would no doubt lead to some really awkward Christmas mornings.

Source: Joystiq

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My interest in the WiiU kept going up and up...and then down and down.

8/32GB HDD?
170USD for another controller?

:/

Well that's a red flag for me. This wii gamepad is untested in how it operates or how easily it malfunctions, so if the rare chance something does go wrong there is no way to replace it making the wiiU collect dust? I think my original plan of waiting till 2014 when zelda comes out is sounding better with every news piece that surfaces.

For that kind of price, the thing better have a secondary, fellatio mechanic.

And I thought 60 bucks for a PS3 controller was bad...

No way. Nope. I don't believe the WiiU is a thing anymore. Nintendo have made some mistakes before (lots of them, actually) but there is no way they are trying to hard to fail on purpose and there's no way they can think this is genuinely a good idea. Any of it.

This is all one big misunderstanding or a joke or something. It has to be...

I thought there was a Rayman title that supported up to four players? Only one friggin pad controller supported for all the games so far? That kinda sucks. But yeah, at that price... ouch. You know the kids will be fighting over who gets the pad, and the winner will laugh at the petty regular controllers.

And people slam Sony for their extra expensive proprietary hardware... at least if you want an overly expensive memory stick or something you can find one.

Also, not sure what it says about the greatness of the awesome new controller when even Reggie has to say that nothing in the launch window (which these days usually seems to be the first 3 to 6 months) makes good use of a second GamePad.

It wouldn't take much more to buy a new Xbox! Really? I'm not getting a WiiU but for everyone that is, for their sake I hope those pads actually last a good while.

Remember when people said the Vita and it's memory cards were too overpriced? I sure do and you watch those exact same people flock their nearest game store on release day to buy this thing and probably several tablet controllers.

but replacements will be required, especially when household proto-humans get their sticky, Ribena-coated fingers on the pad's delicate touchscreen.

This is exactly what screen protectors are for. An absolute necessity in the age of touch screens.

Sober Thal:
I thought there was a Rayman title that supported up to four players? Only one friggin pad controller supported for all the games so far? That kinda sucks. But yeah, at that price... ouch. You know the kids will be fighting over who gets the pad, and the winner will laugh at the petty regular controllers.

It says that it can support up to two touch pad controllers at the same time. I vaguely recall reading about a controller without the touch pad will also be available, so I assume (expect) it should be able to run an additional two of those as well.

Thank GOD it only supports two gamepads. The gamepad should be seen as a utility to encourage that portable play that they originally marketed while at the same time encouraging players to either use the wiimotes or the classic controllers.

Also who here wants to be that Nintendo or third party are certainly going to jump on the whole screen protector/gamepad cover accessory bandwagon.

Did you guys make that pic? It made the article hard to read because I was giggling so much XD

I love that one so much. Almost as good as the "super-rage-gonna-murder-your-family" face.

Sometimes I wonder if the Japanese even want American money

I don't know if it's a bad thing that I laughed at the thought of children crying on Christmas.
I say no but something tells me I'm going to hell.

*before article*
Yeah Wii U is gonna be awesome and I'll make sure to get all the equipment needed!
*after article*
Hello wallet, don't worry you're no longer going to be starving.

OT: $170 a pop for one of them, wow I mean just wow. Hearing this makes me fear for what the price of the console will be. *looks up prices*

Yeah if they're not careful this could end up like the PS3 launch with how not many people really bought it for a time due to the outrageous price it had. Plus with the prices like that the lineup is gonna have to get better for this to take off like how the Wii did. Now while there are some good titles there-New Super Mario Bros Wii U, Pikmin 3 (finally!), Nintendoland, Rayman Legends, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Assassin's Creed 3- but I feel that they'd need a whole lot more to get people to shell out that much for the controllers.

$170 you say?

Holy crap (0.o) that's like the price of a new DS. Well shit, now we know for certain why the launch bundles are so freaking expensive.

DVS BSTrD:
Sometimes I wonder if the Japanese even want American money

I see...
actually I have no idea what you are saying. it's like you forgot half the words, or at least half your thought.

This must be a troll thread. who is going to need a second Upad anytime in the near (and probably distant) future. the controllers you are going to need are wiimotes and pro's which will be priced the same as 360 controllers, i would assume.

Tanis:

8/32GB HDD?
:/

that would be SSD and it will support SDHC and usb HDD both which are cheap.

just buy a gamepad off ebay

Evil Smurf:
just buy a gamepad off ebay

During launch season!? Remember how much the PS3 went for in launch season on Ebay? Also, they might be region protected, because Nintendo loves region locking, and would not work on NA Wii U's.

Wow some people really like to overreact. They're not going to have additional tablet controllers available at launch, doesn't mean they won't have them out a few months after. Wow talk about a deal breaker!

Now that price is steep so a lot depends on their durability. If they're prone to breaking then that's going to be expensive, otherwise few people are probably going to need to buy two of them.

y'know im really trawling my memory here but i don't think you even buy 1st party controllers separate when the SNES first came out.

anyway it's a transient story and a situation that probably owes more to the problems of supply in the face of the initial launch more than anything else.

Limpnoodle:
This must be a troll thread. who is going to need a second Upad anytime in the near (and probably distant) future. the controllers you are going to need are wiimotes and pro's which will be priced the same as 360 controllers, i would assume.

Tanis:

8/32GB HDD?
:/

that would be SSD and it will support SDHC and usb HDD both which are cheap.

the GP here and to a certain extent this site itself somewhat leans towards xbox console gaming as the immutable heart of all "srs" video gaming.

you'll see plenty stories and threads/thread comments here trying to knock the Wii U and pigeon-hole it as something niche and not worthy of "srs" gamers interest.

that's me putting it politely...

So, what's this $170 you're talking about? All I got is "it's not for sale".
They'll start selling it later, when the public already knows what's a WiiU, when there's an actual need for a second controller and when new technology will allow the price of the controller to drop (it's as complex as a portable. Of course it's not cheap). Not just that, but things are more expensive in Japan...

and I though the dualshocks were expensive.

170$ for a controller that's all I have to say.

So for the equivalent of $170...

Not taking into account that things are almost always more expensive in Japan...

Its either the second controller or a second-hand 3DS.

So... the WiiU costs about $300 US, and the controller is about $170 US... Thats almost $500 for a console and two controllers...

..oh, wait... its not even going to be for sale here in the US come the launch date...

Well with technology getting better and cheaper, that price will eventually drop, but when it starts to drop and how much will it drop, are yet to be seen... and thats if the bloddy things actually start getting sold here[1]...

[1] This is, of course, meaning *after* the consoles launch.

Was there a "Japanese parents are less stupid when they go holiday shopping than their American counterparts" statement in there? Maybe it's more that many American parents these days don't really like to do research before major purchases, and would see a box saying "WiiU" that resembles their "damn DS thingy" and just grab it, but...hmm.

This doesn't look like something I want to dive headfirst into in November, for that kinda change I'd want all the kinks worked out, as well as a Zelda/Mario combo to actually keep it on. I won't be swayed into "tablet enhanced" versions of games I already own, though ZombiiU looks damn tempting. Just not tempting enough to justify a whole system.

That's the same price range as the Kinect... for a single controller.

Anyway: talking about split-screen gaming in 2012, lol. Hey, Nintendo, have you heard of this thing called "the internet". It's kinda new, it lets you play multiplayer games with people who aren't in the same room as you.

But who wants to bet that Nintendo screws the pooch with online gaming, again.

People do realize that 2 gamepads aren't going to be required for most multiplayer games, right?

Why would you even need an extra gamepad on launch day? The console already comes with one.

WanderingFool:
So... the WiiU costs about $300 US, and the controller is about $170 US... Thats almost $500 for a console and two controllers...

That's almost $500 for a console and 2 gamepads ಠ_ಠ . There's no reason why you'd need or particularly want more than one gamepad. If you want a second controller the Wii U pro controller will be sold for $50. The Wii U is also compatible with the Wiimote and nunchuck so if you already own a Wii you essentially get a second controller for free.

OlasDAlmighty:

WanderingFool:
So... the WiiU costs about $300 US, and the controller is about $170 US... Thats almost $500 for a console and two controllers...

That's almost $500 for a console and 2 gamepads ಠ_ಠ . There's no reason why you'd need or particularly want more than one gamepad. If you want a second controller the Wii U pro controller will be sold for $50. The Wii U is also compatible with the Wiimote and nunchuck so if you already own a Wii you essentially get a second controller for free.

First, because there may be a game that is co-op and I have a friend over.
Second... wait, thats a 360 controller...
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No... it IS a WiiU controller!!!

As for the Wiimote and nunchuck... yeah... fuck the Wiimote and nunchuck...

WanderingFool:
Second... wait, thats a 360 controller...

No... it IS a WiiU controller!!!

They actually made it worse because they also switched the main buttons and the right analog. You got used to the Gamecube's and 360's D-Pad / left analog switch after a while, the layout was arguably actually making more sense, but why would you ever prioritize the right analog stick over the main buttons?

Oh nooooooo... I can't buy a second gamepad that would serve no function whatsoever? They'd better come out with a bunch of useless plastic peripherals, or what else will I have to waste my money on?? Games???

Boudica:
No way. Nope. I don't believe the WiiU is a thing anymore. Nintendo have made some mistakes before (lots of them, actually) but there is no way they are trying to hard to fail on purpose and there's no way they can think this is genuinely a good idea. Any of it.

This is all one big misunderstanding or a joke or something. It has to be...

Notice how it only says it's the Tablet. Odds are, you can buy all the Extra Pro Controllers you want/need.

WanderingFool:
First, because there may be a game that is co-op and I have a friend over.

Do you not have a TV?
How do you play multiplayer in your living room right now?

WanderingFool:
Second... wait, thats a 360 controller...

Ya, except with it's right joystick and buttons in different places. Of course the 360 controller was already just the wavebird with SNES buttons.

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