Nintendo Wii U controller was nearly a standalone handheld
The Wii U could have been a handheld games machine sans console, says Nintendo's Satoru Iwata...
Nintendo’s Wii U could have turned out a lot different to how it looks today, claims Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. Chatting to Gamasutra, the gaming boss said that round table discussions could have seen the machine turn into a standalone handheld console, without the need for a set-top machine.
"During the roundtable discussions there were such arguments about should we make it capable of being a standalone system or should we make it work only with the [base console] system," said Iwata. He also claimed that this standalone handheld may have linked to a separate, small LCD display that could be stood on a coffee table.
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