I’m not sure I like the sound of this. A Nintendo representative at E3 has told CVG that the Wii U’s tablet-like controller will not be sold separately from the console. “Both the controller and the console will be sold as one unit. You won’t be able to buy the controller alone,” the spokesman said.
If true, this raises some interesting questions, including what are gamers supposed to do if their Wii U controller breaks, and does this mean that only one Wii U controller can be synced to the console at a time? During the system’s debut at their press conference, Nintendo never showed more than one Wii U controller in operation at a time, and the five-player multiplayer demo Chase Mii was controlled using a single Wii U controller and four Wii Remotes.