The Wii U Game Pad doesn’t do multi touch controls, which seems sort of like madness until you imagine trying to do two-handed gestures while gripping the traditional controls with your other hand.
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Kotaku multi touch is just too cumbersome.
“When we went through the building of this and, given some of the functionality, we thought that single-touch was a more appropriate option, especially when you’ve got other button configurations,” he said.
“Is this really the way you want to play a game? I don’t think so,” he added, demonstrating how you need to lay a tablet down in order to use two hands easily.
“We envision this as a controller that you’re putting in your hands and you’re doing a two-screen experience. The concept of putting it in your lap to do multi-touch for us just feels unwieldy.”
Kotaku’s article is chock full of choice Reggie quotes so hit it up for the NoA predisent’s thoughts on the Game Pad’s battery, Wii U friend codes, MiiVerse moderation and more.
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