Rumour – Nintendo to add support for second Wii U tablet

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 9 November 2011 00:40 GMT

Nintendo may have reversed its stance on the Wii U’s support for just one tablet controller.

Develop claims a “trusted game development executive” for the news, who said changes to Nintendo’s Wii U code base suggest support for multiple tablet controllers is inbound.

The source added that Nintendo is yet to lock down final RAM and processor speed specifications in addition to controller support.

On announcement, Nintendo had said the console would only support one controller, and suggested players could use a 3DS console if more touchscreen support was needed. The Wii U is also planned to support all Wii peripherals, although not Gamecube controllers.

“Nintendo now know they absolutely need to support two tablets. At E3 they didn’t commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens,” the source said.

“Even if that affects framerate, as a developer and player, I don’t care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you’re building a quiz game you’re not going to give a shit about the framerate.”

The Wii U is set for final reveal at E3 2012 and is expected to launch during northern summer.

Thanks, Play.

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