In addition to overall gut reactions and the console itself, here’s what I think Nintendo is trying to convey with their new controller:
- Since it has no processor, it’s not a true tablet. Rather just a dummy screen that streams information to and from the console. Translation: This will help Nintendo keep costs down.
- That said, I don’t believe Nintendo wants or expects people to own multiple screen controllers. One should suffice for single player campaigns and online multiplayer. Since Wii U supports Wiimotes, local multiplayer can live on in a Pac-Man Versus sorta of way, which is fresher anyways.
- No ugly looking headset required. With cameras, mics, speakers, and rumble, this is one smart controller, although it doesn’t look as ergonomic as I’d like.
- The other advantage: It appears Nintendo and companies like EA are trying to remove the heads up display from TV to controller now, cleaning up the screen. I like this a lot. I’ve always disliked HUDs.
Any other insights I may have missed?