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Based on what we've seen thus far, Tank! Tank! Tank! hasn't truly taken advantage of the Wii U GamePad. The controller has mainly been used as a monitor.
Having said that, it sounds like the team is working on adding in more in-depth functions and features. That assumption is based on new comments from Namco Bandai's Kunito who also discussed some of the brand new content being included in the Wii U title as it makes the transition from arcades to the new console.
Kunito told IGN:
"We’ve added more tanks and weapons, and we’re going to add more maps and a new mode for solo players. We’re really keen to add a campaign mode so that while you can still enjoy the group play from the original arcade version, if you’re on your own you can play through missions. The Wii U GamePad is a very unique device, and we are trying to use its unique functions in a new way. I think in the near future we’ll be able to release some information about how we want to use the Wii U GamePad, but for now we’re just using it as a monitor."