Wii U GamePad Can Be Used as a Secondary Screen

Posted by at 11:32 am on August 14, 2012

The Wii U GamePad is by far the most advanced video game controller ever. Besides its touchscreen, it includes motion sensors and gyroscopes, stereo speakers, NFC chips, and it even has a built in sensor bar. A few days ago it was rumored that Wii games will be playable on the GamePad because the Wiimote can use the built-in sensor bar. Now a similar feature has been revealed in a recent Nintendo patent application.

The patent application shows two players using two screens to play a crossbow game. One player uses a Wiimote and plays on the TV, while another player uses a Wiimote as well, but plays on the Wii U GamePad instead. This offers a new form of split screen gaming, where each player has his own screen. This would be especially useful in competitive multiplayer, since regular split screen on one TV lets both players see what the other is up to.

The new Nintendo patent was published on August 9, after being filed late last year. The inventors are listed as Jun Ito, Kenta Sato, and Keizo Ohta, which have been previously associated with Nintendo Land patents.

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