Randy Pitchford on Wii U: ‘GamePad is Nintendo’s best hardcore controller yet’

Wednesday, 31st October 2012 10:27 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad has had its FPS praises sung by Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford. The developer has been discussing the Wii U edition of Aliens: Colonial Marines in a new interview.

Speaking with Joystiq, Pitchford said, “This is the best controller Nintendo’s ever made for making an FPS. This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games.”

Pitchford also expressed his love for touch screen devices, and praised Nintendo for sticking to its guns, “With the Wii U they (Nintendo) committed themselves to this promise. So the link is direct, fast and immediate. Things like SmartGlass and Vita, they appreciate the value of the promise so they’re making the promise. But they’re not in with such commitment”.

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  1. OrbitMonkey

    And what about the WaveBird, huh Randy?

    #1 2 years ago

    Best of a weak lineup isn’t really saying much.

    And if it was so good, then why the need for the Hardcore Contoller? (Along with it’s inability to connect to a headset)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Francis O

    @2 Best of a weak lineup?
    The NES and SNES had good controllers that worked great with all games.

    - And you need both controllers to give people options. Some might not want to play with the gamepad. Games like Tekken might be better off with a smaller controller.

    #3 2 years ago

    No doubt, NES and SNES controllers still rank as two of the best on any console for me, but he was talking about controllers for FPSs.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. mistermogul

    @ 2 – “why the need for the Hardcore Contoller?”

    That’s exactly what I thought when that was announced. The Gamepad looks more than fine for FPS’s. I suppose the Pro controller is just for those that prefer that shape/size…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. _LarZen_

    Stop writing about it! Im going crazy waiting for the Wii U! :D

    #6 2 years ago

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