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Miyamoto: "3DS Could Be a Convenient Wii U Controller"

Posted by Trevor Chan

Ah, the possibilities

With Nintendo considering the prospect of making Wii U games that use more than one of the new controllers, it's apparently possible that we could even be using the 3DS as an additional controller too.

During E3 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked by Switched On whether gamers would be able to use two of the touch pad Wii U controllers on the same console and his response suggested that even Nintendo wasn't quite sure:

Our basic premise is that you can use one [Wii U controller] 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 friend's house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible.

It sounds like the functionality of Wii U might not be finalised at this stage so it will be interesting to see what else regarding the console will be made public from now until its 2012 launch.


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Samholy said:

its risky to pop ideas like these. it creates expectations...

but yeah, i really would like to use my 3ds this way too !! ingenious



she_gamer said:

This makes way more sense to me than creating a whole new wireless device with a touch screen. Save on clutter and extra expenses!!



Peznaze said:

Hence the stock drop - investors hate uncertainty.
More than one Wii U controller?
No, not even sold separately.
Maybe, we're considering it.
Maybe a 3DS would do?
We're working on stuff that uses more than one.
Maybe? We'll have to see if it's even possible, but we still won't sell them separately, you'll have to bring yours to your friend's.



RYBlast said:

That's awesome! I'm pretty sure the controllers are expensive, so I can use my 3DS when my friends come over.



ToneDeath said:

Could it be that communicating with more than one 'U-Pad' at once could be too much for the Wii U to handle?
I'm all for Wii U / 3DS connectivity, but won't be surprised if the feature is utilised in only a handful of games, as has been the case with console / handheld link-ups in the past.

@ 207KD: Although I think the Wii remote is great, and the new one looks cool too, I'd be happy if every future Nintendo console used the Wavebird. To me the Gamecube controller is still the definitive (and most comfortable) traditional pad for 3D games (not so great for stuff like Capcom vs SNK though) and a pair of batteries in the Wavebird seemed to last months!



sgotsch said:

@9. This! Not only investors dont like it. I dont wanna fight for the controller with my playingmates, no i dont wanna do that.



Hardy83 said:

I doubt the 3DS can even stream the games to it's system in such a constant state.




hYdeks said:

i think there not telling us cause a/ it's too early right now b/ they want people to hype over it and the 3rd party more and c/ they don't wanna tell us the price til' people get more excited and adjusted to the new system.



Spleetal said:

totally was just thinking about this not even an hour ago great minds think alike!



NintyMan said:

Well, they've got plenty of time to add some tweaks here and there to get the project going, since it's noting finalized. Still, though, having my 3DS act like a controller for the Wii U would be a very cool thing to see. It would certainly work for something like Super Smash Bros. 4.



Pj1 said:

I used to think that with wii you can use and play ds games with it, now I know thats not possible. Would it not be possible use wii u to run 3ds games? other people on N.L have mentioned this too. However I now know I have to start playing my Wii games before I even consider buying Wii U, i'd like one from day one but until I play my other games including VC titles I can't.... Good news though about bringing the 3DS into play.



Meta-Rift said:

@Pj1: Actually, you can use a DS with a Wii. It's just that there are hardly any games that take advantage of it.



R-L-A-George said:

>.< Please I want the 3DS as an alternative controller, I've always wanted to use the DS as an Wii controller. I also hope they make the standard controllers smaller in size, if they decide to go with the touch screen.



CerealKiller062 said:

I am really hoping for 3DS and Wii U video chat compatablilities. That would be awsome! Still holding out, next week I get my first true 3DS game. Guess what it is...



Teh-Ray said:

I was one of the few who actually liked the GBA connecting to the Gamecube. Everyone had a GBA anyway, so all we had to do was buy the cables.

If 3DS sales pick up to the point that everyone has a 3DS like how it was the with DS, this could work nicely indeed.

I'll cross my fingers for this.



Darel18 said:

Local Multiplayer Split-Screen, with 4 WiiU controllers, you won't have to see the others players in the bigger screen. It would be like 4 little screens on your hand with your scenario.

Imagine the possibilities, New Super Mario Mii, one player could be at the beginning of a stage while the other is reaching the top of flag... and don't let me start talking about FPS, it would be just awesome... no more: I SAW YOU ARE HIDING THERE ON YOUR SCREEN (Split-screen) =)



MasterGraveheart said:

Nintendo is just like Rowdy Roddy Piper. Just when you think you know the answers, they change the questions. =P



jerryo said:

actually they have no idea yet about SSB and they are looking for the right team. that means when it comes... it will be a long time from now.



Henmii said:

Dear Miyamoto,

Why not just giving the wii u controller a slot for 3DS and DS games? Or make such a slot for the actual wii u console! That way the wii u doubles up as a 3DS and DS player, and it saves me 250 bucks!

Ah, who am I kidding!



StarDust4Ever said:

Have faith, Nintendo will find a way to do it. It would also be a good idea to enable firmware updates on the U controller itself for future added multiplayer capacity in the event this feature is not available at launch.



NESguy94 said:

One problem with the 3ds being a controller is that the 3DS doesn't have as many buttons (no double shoulder buttons).



moosa said:

@7 How does that make more sense? "Our next generation home console requires that you buy our $250 portable console to play it!"

@9 There's likely at least a year, if not longer, before this thing launches. There's nothing wrong with the fact that they're still working on it. That just means we have more exciting details to look forward to over the coming year.



dizzy_boy said:

i feel like nintendo went to serve us the tastiest bowl of cookie dough ice cream, just as a pigeon over head craps in the middle of it.
i know nintendo are still in the process of finalizing the wii u, but don`t you think they would know the basic answers of whether you can have multiple wii u controllers working at the same time. that`s something you`d expect to know the answer to rather than the, scratch head "we`re unsure" answers we`ve been getting.
i`d rather they be straight about it and tell us either that the wii u just isn`t powerfull enough, or say that they are currently working on a multiplayer set up which should be ready at launch.
just seems the`ve messed up showing off what should be some of the best news in the gaming industry.



Ickaser said:

Well, if that were more possible, I would whole-heartedly say HECK YES. BUT, there are more shoulder buttons and an extra Circle Pad on the U-Mote, and an extra screen that would just seem wasted. However, I think that with at least some games, perhaps ones that don't need as many buttons, that could be very possible and would make me want it more. Given, of course, that compatible games are very common.



GameLord08 said:

Hmph. Oh, well, it's certainly more preferable than another Wii U controller...

Okay, Nintendo, show us what you got!



JimLad said:

It could be an option for certain games, say games available on both systems maybe.
It's clear that the Wii U is the culmination of Nintendo's ongoing console-portable connectivity efforts. It didn't really take off with GameCube and the GBA, because not everyone had the systems, the games, the cables, and friends who all had GBAs.
With Wii U, you get that connectivity straight out of the box. Then you can use Wii controllers for the other players. It may not be four seperate screens, but you can still do a lot with two I'd imagine.
I think when it comes they should update the classic controller pro, make it wireless and add rumble (maybe give the buttons some colour?) and sell it as the main additional controller, since it has the same buttons as the Wii U pad.



Tornado said:

Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

I want to like Wii U... but I can't escape the feeling that Nintendo is following their intuitive, inexpensive console with a convoluted, cumbersome system at a much higher price point. I'm still open-minded, though.



castor said:

There'll be multiplayer... c'mon, they're giving us a super console, why would it lack multiplayer? I WANT AN 8-PLAYER MARIO PARTY (4 players playing on TV, 4 playing in the controller) HAHA



Traxx said:

Oh my gosh, Nintendo can't be serious. All their recent comments and answers to questions adressing features we imagined and experienced since, uhm, at least 10 YEARS, are all like: "Oh, what an intersting idea, we never thought of that!" Epic BS.

What did they present at all this E3 if they dont know straight answers to even basic questions regarding the new console? This thing is rushed.



KingMike said:


I think they actually did an 8-player game with one of the GameCube Mario Parties. Each controller had to be shared by two players.



wiiuhellyeah said:

can pure smooth easy competion destroying controls ever be descibed as comersum HEAD IN HANDS

how is a pointer mouse comersum I GIVE UP ON HUMANITY

dualshock= comersum JESSSUS

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