Nintendo fans hoping for a multi-touch functionality on the Wii U game pad will probably whine because Nintendo has confirmed that the console will be single-touch. Speaking with Kotaku a few days ago, President of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime said that the Wii U GamePad is not multi-touch. “When we went through the building of this and, given some of the functionality, we thought that single-touch was a more appropriate option, especially when you’ve got other button configurations,” Fils-Aime explained. During the interview, the Nintendo executive proved his point by holding the controller on one hand while reaching the touch screen using the other thumb of his hand and tapping the screen with his forefinger at the same time.

He then places down the controller and pointed his thumbs on the touch screen while tapping the screen with a forefinger. Fils-Aime then asked, “Is this really the way you want to play a game? I don’t think so.” Fils-Aime elaborated that while providing more options such as multi-touch is nice, apparently more costs will be involved. “We envision this as a controller that you’re putting in your hands and you’re doing a two-screen experience. The concept of putting it in your lap to do multi-touch for us just feels unwieldy,” he retorted. Assuming that you’re a Nintendo fan, what are your thoughts about Reggie Fils-Aime’s statement?

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