Posted on June 08 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
People earlier were heavily debating the validity of what was reported from the show floor, but finally Miyamoto has been directly asked about it. You may not like his response, though he has not completely shut the door on the topic:
Q: Will players use two touchscreen controllers or will they use just one new controller and the original Wii controls with the new console?
Miyamoto: Our basic premise is that you can use one with a system. If we got to an idea of having multiple (controllers) it might be just more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that.
That being said, we are doing research about if someone brings their controller to their friends house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible.
As you can see, as it stands right now, the plan is for the console to only support one Wii U controller, so the chances of them not being sold at retail is highly likely. Of course, they may still be available through the Nintendo store, and Nyko and Madcatz may still make alternative controllers. Anyways, it looks like even though that is the present plan, the door is not completely shut on the topic.
They are still debating on allowing dual controller functionality if a friend brings his own over, and one could argue that if they conclude they want that aspect in the console, then they should sell it separately. Obviously, Miyamoto and others have already heard the outburst from fans at sites such as ours, Kotaku, Destructoid, and even over at IGN. Nintendo is listening, so they are not exactly willing to slam the door on the topic just yet. However, one controller support appears to be the present plan. Hopefully us fans can convince them otherwise.
That being said, Miyamoto admits making Zelda for Wii U will be a tall task:
Q: What difference will having a high-definition game console make for Nintendo? For example, the demo of Zelda on the new console looks completely different to what it has looked like for the past 25 years.
M: It will be more difficult to create it (laughs).
Q: Will its internet connectivity be different to that on the last Wii?
We are designing it so you can connect it to the internet and it will have a lot more possibilities—it will be a lot more fun.
M: People do a lot of their web browsing individually, or they may look at their photos individually, but there are times when you’ll be browsing and you want to show someone what you’re looking at or you’ll want to share your pictures with someone and I think this system will be handy for things like that and you’ll be able to show people what you’ve been looking at and send that up to the TV screen. While they’re looking at that you can continue searching and find the next thing you want to share with them.
The bigger message than Zelda in this is the small response about online. He doesn’t get too detailed, but he mentions the connectivity between doing things online through a browser and how it can function simultaneously with the TV. This still doesn’t answer any questions about online networks, friends list, or any of that jazz… but at least it’s something. Something is definitely better than nothing.
Source: News Com