Developer: Original Wii U game pad felt like a toy, final controller is improved and ‘better suited for long game sessions’
Two Tribes is supporting the Wii U at launch in a big way by bringing out Toki Tori 2. The game supports native 1080p and off-TV play. And while they won’t shy away from telling you how much they like Nintendo’s new console they also won’t deny that they had reservations about the original design for the Wii U Game Pads.
Two Tribes had this to say about the original design of the Wii U game pad.
“It’s amazing how small and toy-like the old Wii U Gamepads – the ones with the slide pads – feel when you’re used to the final controller. Our older development kits still use those controllers. The new ones come with, what we assume is, the final hardware. We are glad Nintendo listened and changed the design. The resulting controller is much better suited for long game sessions.”
I think everyone was scratching their head when Nintendo revealed the controller with circle pads at E3 2011. It was a great decision to change it to traditional analog sticks. As Two Tribes said, traditional sticks are much better suited to longer play sessions.
It’s good to see that Nintendo listened to developer feedback and changed the Wii U game pad for the better. You often hear about Nintendo being closed off when it comes to criticisms like this so it’s great to see they’re opening up to good constructive critiques.