Wii U controller gains early praise

Posted by Mark Raby

The Wii U's touchscreen controller functions just as it should.

That is according to Ubisoft's Michel Ancel. Ancel, who created one of the company's most iconic franchises, Rayman, said in a Nintendo Power interview that with the Wii U, "Nintendo is really out in front of things."

He said that the controller's "response time is crazy. In fact, and I think competitors will need some time to [get their solutions] this responsive."

He measured the latency of the controller and found that it was just 1/60 of one second, which makes it just as fast as any other video game controller on the market.

Getting a Wii U on launch day will involve waiting outside a store for several hours on a cold November night.

Because of problems with the manufacturing of the touchscreen Wii U Gamepad, it's believed that the stock will be notably low on launch day, which could lead to huge lines and Ebay prices going through the roof.

Nintendo hasn't announced where the official launch party will take place, which is where one would expect to see the largest quantity of devices. These events usually happen in New York City or southern California.

Regardless, it's going to be one big rush for the Wii U this holiday season. Be prepared.