Wii U gamepad not sold separately until 2013

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Those of you who were blown away by the recent Wii U announcements might want to take a step back from the entire situation for a bit. Nintendo has now confirmed that the gamepad (the controller with the screen built it) won’t be available for purchase outside of the console bundle until early 2013. This came directly from the president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, who revealed that no launch day titles will support more than one of these controllers.

In the mean time the Wii Pro controller will set you back¬†$49.99 each. It’s also worth noting that the default Wii U only comes with 8 gigabytes of storage while the Premium comes with 32 gigs. This is relatively small considering that the last round of consoles, which shipped seven years ago by Microsoft and Sony, came with 20 gigs by default.

The fact that no games will support more than one gamepad is not surprising, especially since Nintendo has already clarified that there are only nine games available (so far) on release date. There will be more coming during the consoles “launch window,” which for some reason extends into March 2013.

What are your thoughts? Are you content, disappointed, excited? Let us know. One of our editors recently expressed his belief that the Wii U will be leading the next cycle of consoles, for more on that, click here.

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