What if Nintendo decides to drop support for the Wii U GamePad at some point?

#1SolnotPosted 4/5/2013 8:46:30 PM
During the Wii U's lifecycle, what if Nintendo just decides to drop support for developing games using the Wii U GamePad because lots of developers are complaining that it is too hard to make games for? Would that cause more or less third-party games to get released for the Wii U?
#2Bancario51Posted 4/5/2013 8:47:23 PM
Not until Zelda gets its use. You have to admit that tech demo was mind blowing.
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#3sumostickfigurePosted 4/5/2013 8:59:54 PM
Considering that the game pad is the main thing that makes the Wii U stand out aside from its potential first-party support, third-party support may drop quite a bit if the game pad is dropped. The Wii U doesn't have all that much better specs than the PS3 and 360 and the latter two consoles have a much larger install base (although the install base thing only really matters for so long as the PS3 and 360 are still being supported by Sony and Microsoft).
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#4DiscostewSMPosted 4/5/2013 9:09:33 PM
Dropping support for something that started out as optional and not mandatory for anything is one thing, but the GamePad is integrated into the system from the very beginning and is required by many games already.
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#5TerotrousPosted 4/5/2013 10:27:30 PM
It would be suicide and Nintendo isn't that stupid.
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#6STN79Posted 4/5/2013 10:39:30 PM
Many of the Wii U's features like the internet browser and access to the eshop wouldn't be possible without it. Go ahead and try getting on the eshop without your Gamepad. See how far you get. Yeah it's basically part of the system not just a controller.
#7mhayes86Posted 4/5/2013 11:14:28 PM
STN79 posted...
Many of the Wii U's features like the internet browser and access to the eshop wouldn't be possible without it. Go ahead and try getting on the eshop without your Gamepad. See how far you get. Yeah it's basically part of the system not just a controller.


Right, but I don't think TC means the gamepad losing its current functionality altogether, but rather, Nintendo no longer using it for future games or features.

If that's the case, I don't think they'd lose third party support right away. Since the gamepad is a core component to the Wii U and helps it stand out, I think it would just give consumers less incentive to buy it or even buy any future multi-platform games on it... which could lead to losing third party support.
#8Banjo2553Posted 4/5/2013 11:17:21 PM
I really doubt it considering it's the main controller of the system. Third-parties are free to use it or not, but don't expect first-party titles to stop using it.
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#9STN79Posted 4/5/2013 11:25:33 PM(edited)
I get the feeling the Gamepad is the reason third partys shy away from Wii U.
It's something different and new that isn't fully understood yet.
It's easier for them to just develop for the traditional consoles. They can't use the weak specs excuse anymore.