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Lau Korsgaard

The Wii U GamePad is a perfectly fine controller, but it’d be tough to argue that developers have tapped into its potential. Even Nintendo has not yet produced a string of titles that truly show what it’s capable of. For the most part, titles we’ve seen thus far use the GamePad for off-TV play or as a map.

NintendoWorldReport reached out to four indie developers as part of a new article that touches on the lack of proper GamePad usage. You can find a collection of their comments below.

Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham

“Nintendo helps promote…as much as the game helps to promote the innovative qualities of the Wii U.”

“If you’re going to dedicate your time and effort to taking advantage of the unique features of the Wii U, you need for it to pay off in sales if you’re going to be able to continue making games for a living.”

“The GamePad is clearly not the revolution that the Wii Remote was. There, I said it.”

“The Wii U never lived up to its own potential, even from its creators. You have to lead [by] example, and Nintendo are the kings of doing this, but they failed to deliver with the Wii U in terms of utilizing their own platform, which has resulted in a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

“It’s not like the Wii U has failed gamers in a general sense, but in regards to how well the GamePad has been utilized, overall [it] has unfortunately been somewhat of a failure. And that is Nintendo’s burden to bear.”

During a GDC Europe presentation, KnapNok Games’ Lau Korsgaard reflected on a few different topics including Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party.

Korsgaard feels that the studio succeeded with its Wii U eShop game. However, he did admit that the “Spin the Bottle” name may have been a mistake.

Korsgaard said:

“It has been really hard figuring out how to frame [the game] right. For instance, it hasn’t been received that well in the States … it has been received okay but a lot of people thought it was too naughty. Spin the Bottle in America has all the sexual subtext of people kissing each other, so I don’t think parents would let their children buy this game and play it. So I actually think maybe we shouldn’t have called it Spin the Bottle but just Bumpie’s Party or something like that.”