Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze doesn't bother with the GamePad screen at all

Nintendo's next big Wii U release doesn't bother to use the GamePad for anything.

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Every Wii U game uses the GamePad in some way, even if it's as meaningless as putting a giant horn button a la Mario Kart 8. But Nintendo's next big Wii U release doesn't bother to use the GamePad for anything.

"It's just blank," Eurogamer says, noting that developer Retro couldn't be bothered to come up with a gimmick for the console's second screen. The game does support off-TV play, however, meaning you'll be able to play on the GamePad screen when your TV is off or being used by someone else.

Given Nintendo's woes with Wii U, many have recommended removing GamePad integration with the console. Games like Donkey Kong Country could easily be a sign of things to come.

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    January 29, 2014 3:25 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze doesn't bother with the GamePad screen at all.

    Nintendo's next big Wii U release doesn't bother to use the GamePad for anything.

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      January 29, 2014 3:36 PM

      i really enjoy playing on the pro controllers and hope they make all their first party games use them

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      January 29, 2014 4:24 PM

      I've said this a thousand times. Nintendo needlessly made their Wii U system a loss lead for this controller. It's an awesome device and Nintendo has no clue what to do with it.

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      January 29, 2014 4:36 PM

      Better that they do that than half-ass it like Mario 3D World did. At least it means you can play through the whole game with a pro controller if you want instead of these awkward couple of levels where they jammed something in last minute. I'd still prefer games like ZombiU or Pikmin 3 that use the tablet to greatly enhance the gameplay in a way that fits the type of game they're making. I'm not sure how I feel about this decision in the long-run, though, since it seems like it means that eventually Nintendo will just release a new bundle without the tablet and then nobody will design for it, anymore.

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        January 29, 2014 4:44 PM

        This is about where I am, yeah. At least it uses Off-TV.

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          January 29, 2014 4:57 PM

          That should always be supported, whatever Nintendo does from here on.

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            January 29, 2014 8:54 PM

            If you have a game that requires you to use the screen and the pad at the same time I could see it not being supported.

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        January 29, 2014 4:50 PM

        Yeah it's a shame Ubisoft knows how to do more with it than Nintendo does.

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        January 29, 2014 6:06 PM

        Agreed, if they don't need it, don't half ass it.

        Man they need to release an FPS or RPG that utilizes the gamepad like the battlequest game in Nintendoland. That was the best couch coop I've ever had, and it was still lame in that you couldn't move your characters. But having the extra screen just screams for some awesome two player RPG or FPS where you can move independently.

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      January 29, 2014 4:40 PM

      Not sure why this is a big deal. I mean it's DKC. What the hell else would you use it for? If you can't use this screen in any meaningful way, it'd better to just turn the screen off anyway to save battery life on the controller.

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        January 29, 2014 6:11 PM

        Really it's more on the fact that Nintendo releases hardware with the intention to create a paradigm shift in how to play games. That's how they justify the weaker hardware to keep pace with the competitors and stand themselves apart.

        The problem is not that they aren't using the screen controller with a classic Donkey Country style gameplay. The problem is that they've been only making classic style gameplay games. Where's the paradigm shift? Where's the innovation? One can argue, "who cares? As long as the game is good." and that's a solid point but the counter point is easy. Nintendo cares. They may be good games but they aren't appealing or exciting enough to move systems off the shelf.

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      January 29, 2014 4:43 PM

      Hopefully it will at least allow mirroring. That has come in handy when someone else wants the TV.

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      January 29, 2014 5:22 PM

      Nintendo is an expert at creating useless gadgets (Wii U tablet, 3DS circle pad pro, Wii motion plus).

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        January 29, 2014 5:25 PM

        Circle pad pro isn't useless. It makes appreciable difference in MGS3, Resident Evi, and Monster Hunter.

        Pain in the ass to haul around, sure, but it works just fine and has enough game support to justify the fairly low price.

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        January 29, 2014 5:30 PM

        Tiger Woods on the Wii is the best golf game ever, so you're cluesless about the Wii motion plus. That's not even counting the improvements to the sports / resort games. I'm guessing you're just trolling about the Wii U tablet because that thing is fucking awesome for just about everything.

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          January 29, 2014 5:50 PM

          I actually think they should ditch the tablet and pack it with a gamepad. I heard the thumb triggers on the current gamepad are digital rather than analog, which makes it unsuitable for driving games, so I think they need to do a revision of that.

          One of the issues the tablet has is that you always see only one of them with the console. It sort of creates the perception that Wii U gaming is a single player affair.

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            January 29, 2014 10:56 PM

            Why do people keep making this awful suggestion when it will never happen?

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        January 29, 2014 5:30 PM

        One game doesn't use the tablet and the world is falling in. ZombiU, Rayman, Pikmin, Monster Hunter Tri, Wind Waker, Resident Evil Revelations, Deus Ex and others all use the tablet in cool ways. In my opinion all games don't need it. 3D World didn't need it and the screen should have been blank.

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          January 29, 2014 11:06 PM

          Wait, Dues Ex is out on the WiiU?

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            January 29, 2014 11:51 PM

            Yep, the director's cut. And other than the PC it's the best version by far.

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        January 29, 2014 9:44 PM

        None of those are useless. Insufficiently utilized in games, yes. But all of them add legitimate capabilities to the system.

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        January 29, 2014 10:43 PM

        Wii Motion Plus isn't actually useless, don't know how much the 3rd party companies used it, but in Wii Sports Resort you can clearly feel the difference that it does take the motion controls more tighter and accurately.

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      January 29, 2014 5:38 PM

      I just wish they had that policy for the last Donkey Kong game for the wii, mainly no shaking gimmick. I refused to buy that game because of it.

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      January 29, 2014 6:09 PM

      The gamepad should have been an optional accessory for off-TV play. I can't think of any good game that makes any kind of meaningful use of it at all.

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        January 29, 2014 6:35 PM

        Pikmin 3. Overhead map view where you can give your squads waypoints is kinda important for an RTS as it turns out.

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        January 29, 2014 6:55 PM

        ZombieU did a good job as well. Nintendoland is still the best IMO. Wii Party U was good as well.

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          January 29, 2014 6:56 PM

          jesus...AS WELL. Too much to drink tonight.

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        January 29, 2014 11:16 PM

        Rayman Legends has a little character that only interacts with the map via gamepad and its a fun way to drop in when my son plays. Also, using the gamepad for Netflix is nice sometimes.

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      January 29, 2014 6:35 PM

      I preordered this game with leftover amazon gift cards - DKC was a special treat on SNES. I hope this brings back some of that,

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        January 29, 2014 6:38 PM

        yeah i got it free as part of a gamestop promotion, so i hope it's good.

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        January 29, 2014 6:46 PM

        I haven't played DKC Returns yet, just got it on 3DS, but a lot of people loved it. They said it's definitely old school with it's platforming and challenge. So I'm pretty optimistic if this one is similar.

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          January 29, 2014 7:09 PM

          It's very awesome on 3DS, but then I went back and played it on Wii and 60fps really makes the game more enjoyable. It's sub-30 on 3DS.

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            January 29, 2014 7:17 PM

            Sub-30! ewwwwwwww

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              January 29, 2014 7:59 PM

              It's not really an issue, the game is still amazing and it looks awesome in 3D. But compared to 60.... you know. I am an FPS snob though.

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      January 29, 2014 7:33 PM

      I'm surprised a game like Dungeon Land has been ported to the Wii U... or at least a concept similar exploding on that system.

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      January 29, 2014 9:35 PM

      WTF Nintendo. The controller creates the bulk of the expense for the system and then you're not even fucking going to use it? This is insane. Why the fuck would you create a entire console centered around a feature and then pretty much ignore that feature altogether?

      I don't understand what they are thinking at all.

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        January 29, 2014 9:40 PM

        Maybe I'm overreacting, there are some games that use the GamePad well apparently, but "blank" is pathetic, especially from a first party game. No DS/3DS game ever leaves one screen blank. Put SOMETHING on it.

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          January 29, 2014 11:01 PM

          I completely agree with you. The entire system was supposed to be centered around the new controller and the new game play features it offers. I feel like Nintendo should just give up on the gamepad and relaunch the system for $200 including a game and a wii remote plus + nunchuck combo.

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      January 29, 2014 10:40 PM

      The gamepad is a great controller, but not for a game like Donkey Kong, now for example ZombiU uses it greatly and Rayman Legends also.

      I would imagine the gamepad could be muuuuuch more greatly utilized in something like a Metroid game.

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        January 29, 2014 10:41 PM

        The off-tv mode of course is awesome and as many have said, it should definitely be made a default for all games that don't have special use for the touch screen.

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      January 29, 2014 10:44 PM

      The Wii U is actually a brilliant console... I just wish it was a bit more powerful, so do all the 3rd party developers too I'm guessing.

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        January 29, 2014 11:10 PM

        I am a little peeved it doesn't play DVDs. I know disks are a dying medium but its still annoying.

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          January 30, 2014 5:57 AM

          We use the Netflix app all the time on our WiiU. I wish I got better WiFi speeds from the console but besides that it works pretty well.

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            January 30, 2014 5:58 AM

            The netflix app on wii u need profiles post haste.

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      January 29, 2014 10:59 PM

      Idgi- there were Ds games that didn't really use both screens that were awesome. We didn't care about that. There were Ds games that basically were all touch. We didn't care. Then there were games who used both and again - no fucks given.

      It was all about how good the game was.

      Ps give me meteos on wii u now fuck faces.

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        January 29, 2014 11:08 PM

        Because some people just really hate Nintendo no matter what. That would be my guess.

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      January 29, 2014 11:12 PM

      who cares. just make a good game.

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        January 29, 2014 11:36 PM

        So much this.

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        January 30, 2014 4:52 AM

        Well, if developers and Nintendo rarely utilize the tablet, and if the tablet is a costly component of the package, then they have to ask themselves why they're shipping the console with the tablet and cutting into profits.

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          February 3, 2014 5:34 PM

          Its the opposite. They rarely don't utilize the game pad so far.

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      January 30, 2014 4:56 AM

      i predict we will be playing DK on smartphones and tablets by year end :)

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        January 30, 2014 5:29 AM

        I predict you're wrong.

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        January 30, 2014 5:30 AM

        Shut your filthy whore mouth.

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        January 30, 2014 5:58 AM

        We will play DK on our smartphones and tablets after the year of the linux desktop

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