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Nintendo will finally sell Wii U GamePads separately, but only in Japan

Andrea on December 21, 2015 - 3:27 am in Games

 

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Go into any games store and alongside the console hardware you’ll find an accessories section complete with brand new game controllers. That has been the case for years and through multiple generations of hardware. However, there’s one exception from the current generation of systems, and that is the Wii U.

The Wii U ships with a single GamePad because that’s all it supports. If other players want to join in on the action they have to use a Wii Remote. You can’t buy a new GamePad, Nintendo does not offer them. If yours breaks then you only have two options: contact Nintendo directly for a replacement or go out and buy a new (or used) Wii U.

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It’s been that way since the Wii U launched in November 2012, but Nintendo has finally decided that selling the GamePad separately is a good idea. Unfortunately, they are only going to do this in Japan from November 24, and the cost is a rather steep $112.

Once on store shelves in Japan, importers will surely pick up some stock and offer it (with a healthy premium) to gamers in the US and across Europe. Oh, but wait, they can’t as Nintendo has region locked the controllers! It is ludicrous that Nintendo waited 3 years to do this, still won’t offer them outside of its home territory, and never found a way to get the Wii U to support more than one at a time.

Hopefully, with details of the NX dropping next year Nintendo will have learned from its mistakes and offers a console that supports multiple controllers once again rather than relying on previous generation hardware.

Source: Games – Geek.com

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