Mootown wrote:Nintendo Land and Game & Wario use the GamePad in cool ways that you wouldn't have been able to achieve without it. To be fair though, those 2 games are ace with a load of mates, not so much on your own.
I've not gotten much use out of NintendoLand as a solo gamer (it's definitely a good piece of software, just much more geared for local multiplayer as you say) but I am one of the few who actually prefers Game & Wario to it. I don't know if it's the humour or whatever, but I've really enjoyed what I've played of Game & Wario on my own so far and the GamePad usage, especially on 9-Volt's stage is really clever, plus I like the quickfire sketching minigame attached to MiiVerse.
Like I said though, it's one of the games that does actually make good use of the GamePad along with Zombi U. There aren't really any others (well, maybe Lego City Undercover, though I think it's more of a gimmick there) You can play them all just fine with the Classic Controller Pro, and for the most part, they're much more comfortable that way instead of having to hold a big blocky controller on your lap and keep looking away from the main screen completely to see things on it.
Obviously I'm not saying the games are bad....I think Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Pikmin 3 and Need For Speed Most Wanted U are excellent, and I've even finally started to really appreciate Zelda: The Wind Waker more since giving it another chance in HD. But the GamePad barely benefits them at all.
Dual screen gaming just works much better on a dedicated handheld. Trying to replicate that on a large TV and chunky controller with a built in screen just feels cumbersome and clunky. Bar the odd standout game like Zombi U and some party minigames, it's a bit hard to see what the future holds for titles which make worthwhile use of the GamePad at the moment. It's a shame as I really want the Wii U to do well in the long term, Nintendo are always my first choice of console. If this gen's a war they can't win, I'd at least like to see them go down swinging with a bunch of unique gameplay experiences that the Xbox One/PS4 can't match. I'm really looking forward to Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Super Mario Kart U and Smash Bros U next year, I'm sure they'll all be excellent games. but I'm also pretty sure that it won't make much difference if I play them all with the Classic Controller Pro instead......