Some sad news pertaining to the US launch of the Wii U has come out. Buyers will be unable to purchase a second Wii U Gamepad at launch. The possibility of these fancy controllers being sold at retail is still there but launch window is out of the question. Here is the quote from Reggie:
We have deliberately not announced the availability of the GamePad as a separate, standalone accessory here in the United States. The reason for that is simple – there are no games in the launch window that take advantage of a second GamePad. And, I want all of that hardware production to be focused on driving sales at retail.
What I mean by that is that Wii U is a console and a GamePad together. If I were to take additional GamePads and make them available as an accessory, then I would have less Wii U console hardware to sell into retail. You know, probably one of your questions is whether I’m going to meet demand. The only way we’re going to achieve that here in the Americas is to not have that GamePad accessory, so I can maximize my overall volume.
The reason makes sense. There is no reason to own a second Gamepad just yet. However, what happens when your primary one breaks? Is Nintendo going to allow you to buy another from them? This information was absent which is a bit concerning considering how important it is. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as more information is brought out.