Why you can’t play Wii games using Wii U’s Gamepad Controls



With Mario Kart 8 just one day away, it is likely that a lot of new blood is going to be getting into Wii U.  Once the thrill of racing has died down a bit, the budget conscious Wii U shopper may decide to look into buying up some super cheap-ass original Wii games.  After all, there are hundreds of titles available and there are some incredible games on the Wii (yes it is true).

In fact, we’ve written several articles on the best Wii games out there – and many of them can be had B2G1 on sale or under $20 or even under $10.  Check out Top 10 Wii Games You’ve Never Played and Ten More Great Wii Games You’ve Never Played and Ten Wii Game Guilty Pleasures to see what Wii games you should be shopping for.

Being the only next-gen console with backward compatibility, Wii U will happily play all original Wii games and you can even play them on the Wii U Gamepad (they look great on the smaller screen, by the way).

The caveat is that you must use original Wii controllers – you cannot use the Gamepad controllers.  Attempts to do so will earn you an on screen chastising.

Why on EARTH would Nintendo do this?  Surely it would be easy enough to just let the Wii games use the Gamepad??

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+