Reggie: Wii U is not an iPad imitator
This interview is a few days old, but I thought it was worth sharing, seeing how many people are thinking of the Wii U controller as an “iPad with buttons.”
Speaking to VentureBeat, Reggie Fils-Aime claimed that the Wii U’s controller wasn’t influenced by the iPad, explaining that they began development on the Wii U before tablets became the phenomenon they are now.
VentureBeat: Were there some developments in the air that also influenced the design, such as the popularity of the iPad?
Reggie: We were well in development before the the birth of tablets and, again, to be clear, this is not a tablet. It is a connected experience to the base console. It talks with the base console. It interacts with other Wii accessories whether that is a Wii Remote Plus or a Wii Balance Board. So it has very different functionality compared to a tablet.
He also makes it clear that the controller wasn’t even designed as a tablet, citing the lack of an integrated microprocessor in it as the way they plan to keep its cost “low.” The entire interview is quite interesting, actually, as it gives some insight into the design philosophy behind the Wii U, and Nintendo’s approach to revealing it. I’d recommend reading the rest of it.
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