Nintendo is aiming the Wii U GamePad directly at parents and children

If you've been wondering what exactly the point of the GamePad is, this little quote from the Financial Results Briefing gives some insight on how Nintendo views its Wii U GamePad:

Gameplay that utilizes the GamePad possesses a large amount of potential, and it can further expand the way parents and children have fun together.
— Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President

Mr. Iwata also commented that of the games that are scheduled for release in 2015, many "fully utilize" the Wii U GamePad.

This idea of parents and children playing together on the Game Pad is a new tack for Nintendo. Previously the Game Pad was not positioned as a family device, but by turns as a TV remote, a remote play device (at which it works extremely well, by the way), as a second screen for game UI, or as a motion controlled scanning device.

All of these use are completely valid, and I'm not taking away from the functionality of the Game Pad, I think it's great. It's just that using it in a way that involves "parents and children having fun together" needs to be more fully explored, and I don't think Nintendo has really done that yet.

Posted on February 17, 2015 and filed under Article.