By Jonathan Charles | Jun 14, 2012 10:14 AM EDT
One of the unanswered questions regarding the Wii U was whether Nintendo will allow titles to support two GamePads simultaneously from launch, which Nintendo confirmed is coming to the console. Titles supporting the feature won't be available at launch, or immediately after.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Nintendo President and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime said that dual GamePad titles will arrive "well after launch." Fils-Aime added that developers need to work out the TV-GamePad dichotomy before incorporating a second GamePad.
"Asymmetric gameplay is going to be the next major step forward ... We think that's where developers will focus first, then there will be multiple experiences that have two GamePads," Fils-Aime added.
Also touched on was NFC, which was announced at the pre-E3 show hosted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Fils-Aime said he has received letters from Pokemon fans for a Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure-esque title, which would mean users could buy real world objects based on Pokemon and put them into a game via an NFC-enabled pedestal.
On the Wii U more generally, Fils-Aime said Nintendo has learned lessons from the overpriced 3DS launch which led to a price cut. Fils-Aime didn't reveal a price, but said value is important and the company needs to "let people know you get what you pay for." The value proposition will also be linked to what launch titles the system has: the 3DS didn't launch with Super Mario 3D Land or The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, titles that went on to be two of the system's best sellers to date.
Supply problems also won't be an issue unlike the Wii, which was a described as a one-off phenomenon. "As we get closer to launch, we'll manage projections and inventory - but to be fair, the Wii launch was a once in a lifetime experience. We want every customer who desires a Wii U on launch day to be satisfied," Fils-Aime revealed.
Nintendo's E3 2012 conference was considered a let-down by many in the industry, because the company had the most to gain or lose with the Wii U launching by the end of 2012. Aside from Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U, and the mini game collection Nintendo Land, there were no first-party titles. Third-party games shown at the conference extended to a GamePad-enabled Batman: Arkham City and a video reel of titles, though it was later revealed Platinum Games is developing a Wii U exclusive title codenamed P-100.
"[W]e should have done a better job because, in effect, we could not fully convey what the Wii U is all about," Iwata admitted.
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