Unveiled at E3 last week, Nintendo’s Wii U console and touchscreen tablet controller stole everybody’s attention near and far. The one bit of bummer news that we left with from E3 was that the Wii U would only be capable of connecting with one Wii U controller and up to four additional Wii Remote/Plus controllers as well as a Wii Fit balance board. It appears Miyamoto’s statement that although the Wii U will come standard with only one Wii U controller, it is possible for at least two of the new 6.2-inch, gyroscope enabled tablet controllers to be connected at any given time.
Or at least that’s the claim gaming analyst Michael Pachter told IGN. So, here’s the deal: Nintendo president of America Reggie Fils-Aime told Pachter that the Wii U can support two Wii U controllers and then Pachter told IGN. Hopefully, something didn’t get lost along the way and Fils-Aime was quoted incorrectly.
In our preview, we speculated that the Wii U would only support one Wii U controller mainly because of bandwidth beaming limitations between the console and the controller (we noticed no noticeable lag), but perhaps Nintendo has managed to solve that problem as well and can allow two Wii U controllers at once. Until solid details are revealed, it’s all speculation, but it’d be nice to have the option to use two Wii U controllers – although a higher MSRP is likely due to its large touchscreen.