First off a huge shout out to Stephane Fortier for letting me know about this. I did a little digging and Miyamoto himself has confirmed the Wii U will only sport one screen controller per system. Apparently it’s not a technical issue why this is, but rather a personal one. For multiplayer games everyone else is expected to use a Wii Motion Plus controller. Computer and Videogames has also confirmed this story. While plans could change moving forward the comments Miyamoto-san say are interesting.
“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.”
I’ll admit that’s quite interesting because the Wiimote doesn’t feature enough buttons to support the games available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So how would local multiplayer work on those titles? Would it be limited to online multiplayer? I know for Nintendo games it’s not a big deal because players could simply use their Wiimotes, but for everything else…
What do you think about this? If you don’t have the ability to buy more than one controller and are forced to use Wiimotes instead that will obviously mix things up considerably.