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Tekken Producer: Wii U GamePad Too Distracting For Fighting Games

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The Wii U GamePad, with its built-in screen and dual grips, looks like it would be ideal for most game experiences, with stuff like Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and Rayman Legends proving its accessibility.  But not everyone is crazy about it.

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Katsuhiro Harada, the long-time producer behind the Tekken franchise, feels that the controller actually isn’t that positive a fit when it comes to fighting games, and, in an interview with Eurogamer, explained that using it for the upcoming port of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (due for release around launch time) is too “distracting.”

“Looking at the small screen and the big screen at the same time is pretty distracting for a fighting game,” said Harada.  “So we’re thinking of making it useful as a way of having shortcuts.”

When discussing these options, Harada suggested, “Or, by making progressing through the game more convenient.  Or by playing alone on the GamePad screen.”

It’s true, when it comes to fighting, this may not be the best controller to have in mind, but it’s good to see Namco trying to figure out some sort of solution for it.  Just as long as it doesn’t go all touch screen.  We’ve already got an iPad for that.

Meanwhile, you can check out Tekken Tag Tournament 2 much sooner when it releases on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 11th.


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