The main attraction of the Wii U is definitely the handheld controller with integrated touchscreen, although Nintendo did reveal a while ago that only one such controller would work on the console. Now the company has backtracked, saying today at its E3 conference that two controllers will in fact work. Previously a second player in a multiplayer game would have to make do with the traditional Wii controller.
Nintendo didn’t go into details regarding how much extra Wii U controllers would cost, and the company isn’t doing any games that utilize two of the controllers right now. Still, it’s good news for those who didn’t want to shove the old controllers onto their friends.
The Wii U controller features an integrated touchscreen that will allow players to interface with games as the developers see fit. Currently at E3 Nintendo is demoing how players will be able to interact with specific gameplay elements using the Wii U controller. The device will also include microphones and a webcam, so you can keep in touch with your friends while playing games.
Nintendo also further demoed how the controller would be used in certain games. In Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, players will be able to tap on the controller to access Batman’s arsenal of gadgets and quickly be able to select which one to use. In Scribblenauts Unlimited, meanwhile, players will be able to create their own objects in the game by drawing on the Wii U controller’s screen.