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Wii U Release Date: Nintendo Wants Two Tablets to Work Simultaneously

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By Elton Jones, Christian Post Reporter
November 8, 2011|5:00 pm

Nintendo is working on making more than one tablet work simultaneously for its next system, the Wii U.

The video game company previously said only one Wii U tablet controller could be used with the system.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata once said two working tablets would provide barriers for the causal audience. Technical issues are also said to be one of the reasons.

This new development could mean Nintendo is looking to change those issues.

Sources for Develop, a technology website, said engineers for the company are hard at work for the Wii U: "A trusted game development executive has said there are numerous indications within the Wii U codebase that the console is, at the very least, being prepared to operate with two touch-screen pads."

Three variables are worked on for Nintendo's new system: RAM capacity, processor speed and multiple tablet usage.

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Develop's source said Nintendo is considering the response from E3 2011: "Nintendo now know they absolutely need to support two tablets."

"At E3 they didn’t commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens. Even if that affects frame rate, as a developer and player, I do not care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you are building a quiz game you are not going to give a [expletive] about the frame rate,” the source added.

Some forum users on Game Informer's technology website are excited about this new rumor.

Forum user Mojomonkey12 said: "Well this is actually a pretty big deal in my opinion. I hope they find a way to make it work at an affordable price."

The Wii U tablet sports a 6.2-inch single-touch screen, a camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, a motion control sensor strip, stereo speakers, stylus, microphone and a classic dual-analogue button layout.

The tablet is shaped like an iPad and it will provide dual screen game play between a television and the tablet.

The remote controllers used for the current Wii system will also work for the Wii U.

 

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