Nintendo Wii U won’t support more than two tablet controllers

nintendo wii u two controllers

Nintendo’s Wii U is just about two months away from release, and we still don’t know very much about what it can do. Over the past year, some developers working on the tablet-controller console have claimed that it isn’t even as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nintendo has countered those claims by saying it doesn’t care about horsepower, just quality games. “We just do not care what kind of ‘more beef’ console Microsoft and Sony might produce in 2013,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in July, “Our focus how we can make our new console different than [others].”

The closer we get to the Wii U’s conspicuous debut though, the more developers are starting to speak more candidly about its capabilities. One thing we know for sure: In its current state, the Wii U can only support two tablet controllers. Any more will be impossible.

At first, Nintendo wanted four tablet controllers. It’s had four-controller support for all its home consoles since 1996’s Nintendo 64. The current Wii U simply can’t handle it though.

“The funny thing about Wii U is, as each week went on, we discovered more cool things we could do with it,” Blitz Games’ design director John Nash told Eurogamer in a new interview. Blitz creates mostly licensed games targeted at young kids, like movie tie-in Puss in Boots. “It’s very much a fast-moving space with shifting sands. Because we were fairly early on with this, the specification for the machines wasn’t nailed down. In fact, Nintendo were still chasing the idea of having four of the tablets running concurrently. Now they’ve stepped away from that and said you can have up to two depending on what you’re doing in the game. That’s given us a base level specification which has changed out thinking and some of our design.”

Nintendo announced during E3 2012 that Wii U would support two tablet controllers. To date, no Wii U game shown to the public supports more than a single tablet controller, including Nintendo’s first-party tent pole games for the system like New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand.

Nash details a number of interesting specifications in the Wii U. The Wii U has markedly more RAM than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as a robust Graphics Processing Unit. Its CPU meanwhile is said to be slower than that of Sony and Microsoft’s current consoles, something that might cripple developers looking to port titles from those other machines.

Product Review

'Hitman 2' goes in for the kill with more of everything you love

IO Interactive and Warner Bros introduce us to ‘Hitman 2’, a sequel that embraces what made the series so unique and exceeds at delivering a more polished and complex experience.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for November 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Home Theater

Don't wake the baby! How to connect headphones to a TV

Do you need to connect a pair of headphones to your TV? Our handy guide will show you how to hook up your headphones in a variety of ways, whether you're using wired headphones, wireless headphones, or gaming headsets.
Gaming

Nintendo will not offer cross-platform play for its first-party games

Nintendo has confirmed that it has no plans to enable cross-play functionality in any of its first-party games, the majority of which are exclusive to a single system like the Switch or 3DS.
Gaming

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?
Gaming

‘Tetris Effect’ makes the undying classic feel new again

Tetris is a game that everyone knows. The classic puzzler has appeared on just about every device since 1984. With music and visual flourishes, Tetris Effect remarkably manages to elevate the iconic game to new heights.
Gaming

Hacker finds Steam bug that unlocks free games, collects $20K for reporting it

Security researcher Artem Moskowsky discovered a Steam bug that allowed him to generate infinite free keys for any game. Instead of abusing the exploit, Moskowsky reported it to Valve, which gave him a $20,000 reward.
Gaming

‘Overwatch’ gunslinger Ashe is now available on all platforms

Blizzard announced Ashe as the latest Overwatch hero at BlizzCon 2018. The gunslinger has a history with McCree and makes use of a lever-action repeating rifle and a robotic sidekick.
Gaming

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars’ sees Spidey confront the villainous Hammerhead

The second part of Marvel's Spider-Man's The City That Never Sleeps DLC swings into action on November 20. Titled Turf Wars, the new storyline is focused on Hammerhead, who is waging war across New York City.
Gaming

Mount up: Latest ‘Fortnite’ update adds powerful turret weapon, Food Fight LTM

The latest update for Fortnite added a Mounted Turret weapon to the battle royale mode. The weapon features unlimited ammunition, but it can overheat if fired too long without interruption.
Gaming

Xbox One adds mouse and keyboard support, levels playing field with PC

The latest system software update for Xbox One has added mouse and keyboard support. The support is limited to Warframe and Fortnite at the moment, with more games coming in November and December.
Mobile

Check out 30 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

The iPhone has some of our favorite games available for any mobile platform. Here are the best iPhone games for every big-name genre, whether you're into puzzles, strategy, or something else entirely.
Gaming

The Army wants YOU … to play esports with soldiers

The U.S. Army is creating esports teams for games such as Overwatch, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. The initiative looks to boost recruitment, after missing the mark for the first time since 2005.
Deals

Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and it will be here before you know it. If you can't wait until November 23 to start formulating a shopping plan, we've got you covered.