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Gearbox: GamePad is the best controller for hardcore games

Aliens Wii USome developers and publishers have been consistently supportive of the Wii U. Like the guys at Ubisoft, who are constantly praising the console (and releasing 9 games on it). Gearbox, developers of the upcoming Aliens Colonial Marines, have also praised the new Wii U over the past year or so. And CEO Randy Pitchford isn’t holding back his praise for the console.

In a recent interview, Pitchford commented on the Wii U GamePad controller, saying:

“This is the best controller Nintendo’s ever made for making an FPS. This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games”

Pitchford also commented on Xbox 360′s SmartGlass and PS3 Vita cross play, saying that what the Wii U does “wouldn’t work well on SmartGlass or cross play”. But we always knew that, as developers cannot count on gamers having access to a secondary screen on the Xbox 360 or PS3, while they certain can count on it with the Wii U.

Earlier this year, Pitchford said that the Wii U version of Aliens Colonial Marines will be the best looking one, due to Wii U’s more powerful and modern hardware. The game is scheduled for release on February 12, 2012.

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  • Tobbe

    Golden words

    • Nko Sekirei

      wii u is gonna be the best gaming machine ever with the best lineup of games cant wait to get my hands on alien colonal marines

      • Crapcake

        um, NO!!!!!! nintendo will release a much better console in the future. as of now, you got an 100% on that test

        • Jared

          YOU GUYS, are JUST AWESOME. You know that? *applaud*

    • SH*TBLOCK

      I was on the fence with this game, but the more I see I like. I can’t wait to get on-line and be a Alien and run upside-down and kill da humans…BUT being such a fan of this movie in the series I think I am gonna be re-living the movie while I kills all those damn aliens, hehehe…

      I can’t wait to get this, this is truly gonna be a part 2 to that movie and I can’t wait to play it…

    • Lati

      Title is misleading, he only said its the best nintendo made.

  • Nintedward

    Hell yeh!!!! this is just a huge game which I keep forgetting about !

    Pikmin 3 , NSMBU , ZombiU , AC3 , Rayman Legends , Nintendo Land ,Wonderfull 101, Bayonetta 2 ,Monster Hunter Ultimate , Lego City , Scribblenaughts unlimited , Ninja gaiden 3 Razors edge , Game and Wario , Aliens Colonial Marines , Black Ops 2 , Darksiders 2 , ME3 Special edition , Trine 2 directors cut , Fifa 13 , Sonic and all stars racing , Project Cars , Nano assault Neo . Batman Arkum City AE .

    It’s been nice knowing you bank account :(

    • Nintenlord

      The funny thing is that he actualy almost said that sony is a LIAR ps3 vita cant do what wiiu can

      • Nintedward

        exactly- how dare sony say ”the ps3 and the vita can ‘easily’ do what the wiiu can” . if it caln’t do what the wiiu can at all , how is that ”easily” what the wiiu can do.

        I hope sony are liquidated imediately and all their good IP’s come to Nintendo :)

        • SuperShyGuy

          Well if Sony goes down most of their stuff is second party. Those studios like Insomniac will be free to leave with their IP

        • Colton

          But Sony could stop making games forever and be financially okay lol.

          • Johny

            yea xD geeze let them develop what they are semewhat good at … like tvs and all other stuff… and let video games to profesionals :D

          • Marioravesto3d

            I know 2013 last year for sony to stop making tv.There in some trouble no doubt of that.

      • Nko Sekirei

        sonys desperate to say stuff like that cause the wii u is a bad@$$ gaming machine

    • Bicentennial_Pidgeon

      11.18.12

      THE NINTENDOMINATION BEGINS

      • theorangefish

        “This is the best controller Nintendo’s ever made for making an FPS. This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games”

        Too had N gamers said they hate fps. The same with the graphics they always said they don’t care about them and now every screenshot gets praised for its gfx.

        • Nintedward

          That’s generalising all ”N gamers” into one big Nutshell isn’t it ??

          I grew up playing Goldeneye and perfect dark etc etc, then Metroid prime and halo – I love FPS’ and I’m sure a large amount of ”N gamers” do aswell.

          One thing we can all agree on is ”CoD is uninspired and rinsed”.

          • corbin74

            Nintedward! I’ve loved you to death until today! Cod may be the same each time but it’s still better than crap like Pikmin!

          • Nintedward

            @corbin – I really can’t stress how many downvoats you deserve for what you have just said. Pikmin Is unique , artistic , Inspired , Colorful , engaging , addictive , quirky , FUN . CoD is well ……. shit .

          • DarkLugia

            @Nintenward, I think the fact that everyone says that CoD is “Uninspired and rinsed.” is completely biased. That’s the way some people see it, unfortunately if I was a douche and wanted to start a fanboy war I could say most FPS war games are like that. But the fact of the matter is that instead of hating on CoD for not being “New and fresh,” look at the bright side, it’s making Nintendo popular with hardcore gaming fans by bringing Black Ops 2 to the Wii U… Which in turn promotes more of the 3rd party games we all like. (You have no idea what I’d give to see a Halo game on the Wii U, but that won’t happen anytime soon…)

        • Nintendude

          Who said that? Are you just taking one N gamer’s statement and making it into something we all said?

        • MujuraNoKamen

          There’s truth in there but it’s only half the story, I’m a Nintendo gamer and I’m also an FPS fan (I like Metroid Prime, Halo, CoD and others – although I often criticize CoD for being lazily made and milked) the thing is, it’s been a while since a Nintendo platform had a good library of FPS games, so FPS fans would play other consoles leaving people who aren’t that keen to play on the Nintendo Consoles – that’s what the issue was. There have been some great FPS games on Nintendo consoles recently (Metroid Prime Trilogy – some of the best games ever, shooter or otherwise) but other consoles catered for FPS fans’ needs a lot better. With Wii U’s great 3rd party support and some of the big FPS multi-plat titles coming soon, it looks like quite a turnaround for the big N who will once again capture the FPS crowd.
          And no N-gamers ever said they don’t care about graphics, Nintendo and its fans say that gameplay is more important than graphics, which is true. Good graphics are great but if the game plays terribly then it’s not a good game. the Wii proved this, the console had it’s limitations but it didn’t stop it delivering software that stood head and shoulders above what the HD consoles offered e.g. Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Metroid Prime 3 etc. And of course fans are praising the good graphics Wii U delivers, just because we prefer other things over graphics doesn’t mean we don’t like them :)

    • ssb4 3dsFC3007 8585 6950

      @Nintenward

      I have about 10,000 bucks in my account and im probably younger than everyone here. Goodbye money. Oh yeah u forgot smash bros and Mario kart U unless u doin games to get at launch window

      • ssb4 3dsFC 3007 8585 6950

        6 downvotes lol at myself

    • Mark Emmanuel Thom

      lolz

      • Mark Emmanuel Thom

        so true!!!!!!!!!

    • derty

      you can’t forget 007 Legends >:D
      can’t wait for that to come out.

  • Chris846

    It’s February 22nd 2013

    • Nintedward

      it’s the 31st october 2012 according to my sun dial.

      • Nintenlord

        Sun dials mesure time of day not date XP

        • MinowaEli

          EXPOSED

          • Nintedward

            lol :P . You don’t know about my sun dial…

        • Kav

          You can tell the date by watching the sun if you know exactly where you are, trust me, im an urbanist.

          • Nintenlord

            Yea but not the month or exact date that just work for the seasons,i doubt you can say today is march 12 by just looking at the sun

        • Jed

          Is saying that Aliens Colonial Marines will be released on February 22, 2013 and not February 22, 2012.

          It is a misprint in the article.

          • NintendoMan :D

            Acording to the Mayans the world is supposed to end on the end of the 13th baktune or dec. 21 of this year, so you’re all wrong, it will never come out. :D

  • Lusunup

    Of course its the next big thing and the gamepad is just plain super light for very good reasons to like if you were to accidently drop it it would not break because its light and a huge pad its needs to be comfortable enough to fit in one hand.

    • Bosmur

      2012 is going to happen, if it was, it would have happen 7 months ago because the Mayans didn’t have leap years so :p

  • Nintendo Power (Wii U FTW)

    Look at all these praise from Ubisoft, Gearbox and even EA on Wii U. Just a few more weeks left and its out! And Happy Halloween people.

  • Alex

    Wow this means that Nintendo has attracted so many attention to the 3rd party developers.

  • PC Failure

    Aliens: Colonial Marines comes out on February 12, 2013, not February 22, or 2012.

  • Roedburn

    In your face Xbox bitches!!!

    • nice

      idiot

  • Unity

    Nice to know that Gearbox supports the Wii U. Now, convince 2K to work with you again and get Borderlands 2 ported ASAP.

    • Nintenlord

      Yea 2K is still skeptical on wiiu thats the reason no gta 5 on wiiu yet

  • LogicalDude

    Damn straight! It’s an awesome controller and I can’t wait to see what other games will make unique use of it. So when are you giving us Borderlands 2? :D

    But really, best new controller. It will be hard to abuse this thing like so many developers did with the wiimote (looking at you Soul Caliber and many others with your wiimote ONLY controls). The only way they can really screw up with this controller is if they pull a Mario Party (rotate your control stick anyone?) and have people tap as fast as they can on the pad, ensuring damage.

  • Nintenjoe

    I thought I was the best controller of hardcore games!

    • Nintenlord

      Only if you have clickable nipples :)

      • Damiao

        Hahahahha ew!

  • nintendoododo

    Well that is antique thing. We all know that. JUST GIVE ME NEW MARIO!! You can delete all your other games i don’t care.

    vive la Finlande!

    • Jed

      Mario yes, but don’t delete my Zelda.

  • Alienfish

    I’m definitely going to buy this game. I’ll also have to show it to all the xbots I know just to show them how this new Gamepad can actually make games better.

  • NintendoMan :D

    I’m actually getting a little tired of all this positive attention. I want to hear something negative so I can show them wrong.

    • Johny

      haha ikr ? xD …whats up with that

    • [000]

      I could troll you if that’s what you want.

      • NintendoMan :D

        But you’re a Nintendo fan, so that wouldn’t count. I need somebody who has hated Nintendo forever, or somebody who likes Nintendo, but doesn’t think the Wii U is a powerful 8th gen console. Argueing is fun if you know you’re going to win. XD

        • True, dude.

          I know who: TheRatedD (TheRatedDouche/TheRetardedD/TheRealDick)

          • Nintenlord

            And pyro don forget poor pyro

    • nice

      asymetric play isn´t any good. it´s unnatural looking forward and backward all the time and very annoying too. so show me wrong poor fanboy!

      • Nintenlord

        Is not, have you ever played poker or magic or yugioh card gamesyou are never looking forward all the time you have to see the other players gestures to get the advantage now we have the same level of interaction whit a console,OWNED

  • TheUNation

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is just one the games in the Wii U launch window that I’ll be purchasing! And yes… the GamePad is best controller for FPS… especially checking your inventory and ammo without pausing the game.

  • Sham

    Um I’ve been with wii U daily since the start and i am a N fanboy and play every system. I only comment when i feel its important and well by saying COD if uninspired and risned is like saying the same about Mario and mario kart. Point being all 3 games are rather popular and liked by their respected party’s.

    • smashninja22

      I wouldn’t say the same for Mario for one they don’t come out every year and 2 the 3d Mario series games are a lot different from each other apart from Super Mario Galaxy 2. 64 you could get more than one star during each stage, Sunshine fludd influenced your traversal, Galaxy more linear but felt grand in scale in part to moving through several different planets within one stage, 3d Land the 3d effect used for some puzzling platforming sections. They all seem to have something to make them stand out from the rest

  • Johny

    awsome :D

  • Johny

    soo….. can we NOW has borderlands ? :D pretty please gearbox?

  • society_max

    not feb. 12 2012. Feb 12 2013. Silly wiiudaily

  • Elite

    I had no idea gearbox did this one. Should mean its good this time.

  • crishtian

    talk all u want
    next years equation:
    ps4 +VITA= wii u downfall
    its all about power and games

    • D2K

      Yeah. How’d the ‘power’ work out for the PS3 BTW? How’s it working for the Vita?

      Intelligence has become an endangered species.

    • Nko Sekirei

      gtfo troll and go bang a cactus

  • D2K

    This game has been in development in one way or another for over 10 years. We’ve been waiting a long time. I hope my expectations for the game don’t surpass the actual experience.

  • Linskarmo (3DS FC: 5284-2360-9145)

    That’s great! I’m glad there’s so much praise for the Wii U. :) Only 17 more days!!!!! :D :D :D (for pre-orderers.)

  • Linskarmo (3DS FC: 5284-2360-9145)

    Woh, it’s coming out last february? Nintendo must have made a time machine now! ;) (It’s not beyond them, surely)

    • Linskarmo (3DS FC: 5284-2360-9145)

      (“It” as in the Aliens game.)

  • nice

    omg… he was saying: “the best controller NINTENDO EVER MADE” not: the best controller out there. poor fanboys.

    • Billy

      Seeing as Nintendo makes the best controllers, that does infact make it the best controller.

      • Linskarmo

        Agreed.

  • RequiemWings

    I heard that it will not be possible to play on the Wii U with a Gamecube controller.

    Then how am I going to play the new Super Smash Bros?

    • NoPUNintendo

      Wii remote, Wii Ugamepad, or a pro controller.

      • LogicalDude

        Pro controller or the gamepad for sure. One of the main reasons I’m happy about the new peripheral is to get away from games that are Wiimote only like fighting games. I hope there’s a troll mode in SSBU where a spectator can place items wherever they choose as I’d be trolling with pinball bumpers :D.

  • Matthew Vogt

    ba ha ha hah ha best controller for fps shooters why do you think the “pro controler is made” or how about a keyboard in mouse which is used on pc’s which are already better than the next gen even though I am buying the next xbox on playstation