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Confirmed: No Multi-touch for Wii U Tablet Controller

Nintendo's Wii U has now made an appearance at two E3 conferences and we still don't know all there is to know about the upcoming console. Nintendo revealed a lot more this year than it did at last year's unveiling, which makes sense considering the console is actually going to launch before 2012 is out, but we're still learning the finer details.

This week, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime revealed an interesting factoid about the Wii U's unique tablet controller: That 6-inch touchscreen display on the face of the controller isn't going to have multi-touch functionality. During a recent interview with Kotaku, Fils-Aime addressed the lack of multi-touch by demonstrating how users would play games with single-touch and then multi-touch.

"As he held the controller he reached into the touch screen with one of his thumbs and then tapped the screen with a forefinger. Each time, he kept his other hand on the controller," writes Kotaku's Stephen Totilo. "Then he put the controller down so he could touch the screen with a finger from each hand. 'Is this really the way you want to play a game? I don't think so.'"

Reggie goes on to say that they're already giving users a two-screen experience and the concept of putting the controller in one's lap is 'unwieldy.' Ultimately, when Nintendo was designing the console, they decided single-touch was more appropriate especially when they considered the presence of additional buttons.

Do you think multi-touch on the Wii U controller would be a redundant feature? Will you miss your pinch-and-zoom action? Let us know in the comments below!

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