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Poll: Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With The Wii U Virtual Console

Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With The Wii U Virtual Console

Perfect for enjoying retro classics?

Since the Wii U's launch there's been much talk about the role of the GamePad with the system, and we're sure most would agree that — to date — it's failed to have the same impact on how we play games as the Wii Remote in the last generation. The thinking behind the controller is clear, as Nintendo saw the...

News: Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U GamePad Is "A Waste Of Time And Resources"

Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U GamePad Is "A Waste Of Time And Resources"

"I'd sure regret wasting $100+ on a second-screen that no one uses"

Anyone who has played Nintendo Land will know how much fun the concept of asymmetrical gaming can be, but it's fair to say that too few games have really exploited the potential of the Wii U GamePad's second screen. Clearly, coming up with unique concepts and new ideas takes time...

Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

Lessons to be learned from successes such as Minecraft and Disney Infinity

This year is vitally important for Nintendo, just like 2013 and 2012, admittedly. 2013 was a strange year in that notable successes and triumphs were overshadowed by missed targets and Nintendo's own disappointment. It was a year of contradictions — 3DS was the...

News: Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

"We first need to create a strong foundation in areas Nintendo excels at"

With the Wii U currently enduring a tough run in the marketplace, finding answers to the conundrum of enticing consumers is becoming increasingly challenging. The system is struggling for third-party support, yet that becomes less likely with each poor set of sales results,...

Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U Without The GamePad?

Is There A Future For The Wii U Without The GamePad?

Could sacrificing the console's main selling point be the way to success?

When the Wii U was first announced, the confirmation of the GamePad controller — complete with a second-screen bursting with tantalizing asymmetrical gameplay possibilities — caused quite a stir. The reaction from the industry and general public was mainly positive, and...

News: GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in North America

GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in North America

From the Nintendo Store

Earlier this year Nintendo finally released an official high capacity Wii U GamePad battery, which promises to boost a typical charge from around 3-5 hours of playtime to roughly eight hours. Aside from the case of the most dedicated marathon gamers, the battery can potentially make the blinking red light of doom a thing of...

News: Wii U GamePad Teardown Reveals Upgradeable Firmware, Dual GamePad Support As Standard

Wii U GamePad Teardown Reveals Upgradeable Firmware, Dual GamePad Support As Standard

Hackers successfully emulate the controller on a PC

The developers responsible for the Dolphin emulator have successfully reverse-engineered the Wii U GamePad, shedding light on exactly how the piece of tech works. The hackers found that Nintendo is using custom protocols to beam information from the pad to the console (and back), which discounts...

News: Nintendo Spells Out Why You Should Pick Wii U In Promotional Flyer

Nintendo Spells Out Why You Should Pick Wii U In Promotional Flyer

Desperate times call for desperate measures?

We've all been there. At some point over the past few months we've all had one person (or perhaps several) ask "What's the difference between the Wii U and the Wii, and why on earth should I get one?" Many seem to think it's associated with the original Wii, instead of an entirely new console altogether...

News: Does The JXD GamePad 2 Remind You Of Anything?

Does The JXD GamePad 2 Remind You Of Anything?

Certainly rings a bell

Last year we were graced with the Droid X360, a Chinese-made clone of the PS Vita which runs Google's Android operating system. This year, we've got another copycat device which shares more than a few similarities with the Wii U GamePad - it even has the same name. The JXD S7300 GamePad 2 has a 7-inch capacitive screen, a...

News: No Off-Screen Play For Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate On Wii U

No Off-Screen Play For Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate On Wii U

It's vital to maintain the two-screen experience, says Capcom

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has revealed that the Wii U version of the game will not support off-TV play. Speaking to Joystiq, Tsujimoto explained that the reasoning behind the move was to maintain the all-important two-screen experience: We don't have that...

News: You Can Now Control Your PC With Your Wii U GamePad

You Can Now Control Your PC With Your Wii U GamePad

UPDATE: Actually, it's the Pro Controller, not the GamePad

Update: As several helpful readers have pointed out, this hack is actually for the Wii U Pro Controller and not the GamePad — although someone is working on it. Apologies for any misunderstanding or disappointment caused. Those bedroom coders. Is there anything they can't do? Take the...

News: False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

UK retailer blames listing error

A few outlets were reporting earlier this morning that UK catalogue store Very.co.uk had become the first retailer in the world to begin selling the Wii U GamePad as a standalone item - which was surprising news given that there's nothing to use two GamePads for right now, unless you like really expensive bookends...

Talking Point: Selling the Wii U Concept - The GamePad and eShop

Selling the Wii U Concept - The GamePad and eShop

All part of a big package

So the Wii U system is now well and truly out in the wild, with Japan being the last major territory to join in. It may seem peculiar that Nintendo should satisfy its home country last, but judging from the area's consistently daunting sales of 3DS it's not likely to be a tough market to crack. North America and Europe...

News: Your Wii U GamePad May Be More Responsive Than Your HDTV

Your Wii U GamePad May Be More Responsive Than Your HDTV

Latency tests show that Nintendo's streaming tech is rock solid

One of the first things many people will question when picking up the Wii U GamePad for the first time is the quality of the streaming. With no wired connection between the console and controller, many make the assumption that the delay must be greater than when playing on a standard...

News: Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use Is Conservative

Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use Is Conservative

Playing it safe

Ever since the GamePad was revealed people have wondered just how far away from your TV you can go with it. Can you get to the next room? The kitchen? The bathroom? The garden shed? So far Nintendo have only confirmed that you can definitely play it within the same room and the official Wii U specs declare a maximum range of up to 26...