Nintendo has revealed that the tablet-style controller for its newly announced Wii U console will not be available to buy separately. Multiplayer games on the system will require other players to use Wii Remotes.
"Both the controller and the console will be sold as one unit," a Nintendo spokesperson told CVG during E3. "You won't be able to buy the controller alone."
No details are forthcoming as to whether more than one of the new controllers can be synced to a single Wii U – this would at least allow Wii U-owning friends to have their own screens, too.
If final, it's an odd decision that takes some of the sheen off of Nintendo's new hardware, especially after the company announced that The Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords would be free to DSi owners.
Nintendo demonstrated its new console for the first time at its E3 conference yesterday. The decision to limit each console to one controller – and its likely impact on Nintendo's accessories business – may have been a factor in the company's stock price hitting a five-year low today.