Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime commented on the recent news that the Wii U GamePad would be single-touch rather than multi-touch in a recent interview with Kotaku.
While holding the GamePad, Fils-Aime stated that, “Given some of the functionality, we thought that the single-touch was a more appropriate option, especially when you’ve got other buttons configurations.” In addition, the president showed off what multi-touch play would be like, by setting down the controller, using a finger from each hand to touch the screen, and afterwards remarking, “Is this really the way you want to play a game? I don’t think so.”
As expected, Fils-Aime did factor cost into it, but he makes the point that the two-screen experience is practically lost when multi-touch is part of the gameplay, and that there isn’t much of a point to it in relation to the cost. Although any person would call that a little fishy, I think he makes a good case. This is especially true when you consider the fact that Nintendo really needs to keep costs down to keep the install base up right from the get-go. Lord knows we don’t want another 3DS fiasco.