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Nintendo: Wii U Controllers Not Sold Separately, 3DS May Work As Controller

There is confusion regarding whether or not multiple Wii U controllers will be able to connect to a single console, as Nintendo says that extra controllers will not be on sale, but the Nintendo 3DS may work as a controller.
There is confusion regarding whether or not multiple Wii U controllers will be able to connect to a single console, as media reports suggest it may be possible. Nintendo unveiled its upcoming Wii U console at E3 this week. It's set to feature HD graphics and a built-in 6.2" touchscreen, and is meant to offer "a new structure for home entertainment". Talking to news site CVG, a Nintendo spokesperson noted that the controllers will only come with the console, explaining, "Both the controller and the console will be sold as one unit. You won't be able to buy the controller alone." However, in an interview with News.com.au, Nintendo director and industry veteran Shigeru Miyamoto said that multiple controllers connected to one console may well be possible. He also noted that players may be able to use their Nintendo 3DS as a controller for the upcoming console. "Our basic premise is that you can use one with a system," he noted, before musing, "If we got to an idea of having multiple (controllers) it might be just more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that." He continued, "That being said, we are doing research about if someone brings their controller to their friend's house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible." Nintendo has noted that it expects the console and its unique touchscreen-based controller to sell for more than ¥20,000 ($250) in 2012.

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