Nintendo's next home video game console, the Wii U, is set to release late this year. Various game developers, of course, are already busy making games for the not-yet-available console to ensure that there is game software ready to be played when the device hits retailers.
One such developer, Ubisoft's Michael Micholic, has favorable things to say about the Wii U: "I think it's really cool," exclaimed Micholic, who is in the middle of working on the Wii U game Rayman Legends. "I think it's just opening up a whole new style of gameplay."
Micholic went on to say that Nintendo's decision to integrate a pair of tablet-type controllers into the Wii U, allowing for the mix of touch-based gameplay along with more traditional gamepad-based controls. He believes the console's control structure will make home console gaming more appealing and accessible.
"Anyone can just pick [Wii U] up and play it, and they're just so intrigued by holding this tablet that I think it's really a more inviting experience than just a typical 16- or 20-button controller," the developer said.
Nintendo has, however, announced that Wii U will support a traditional multi-button controller. This is in addition to the Wii Remotes currently used by the 6-year-old Wii console and the Wii U's tablet controller. The company believes the gamepad, known as the Wii U Pro, will make it more appealing to those who prefer a more traditional play structure akin to that found on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.