Apple’s iPad was revealed in 2009 and released in 2010.
The Wii U has faced a lot of criticisms from every possible angles, but Nintendo’s Iwata has deflected one in an interview with Nikkei.
He has revealed that the Wii U gamepad is not a copy of the iPad, and they were thinking about the idea back in 2008. He has also said that the company should not be accused of following a trend. (via Gamechup)
“We began talking about having another screen being a good idea around 2008,” he revealed. “We thought thoroughly about our other options, but in the end, this was the idea which was the most logical for us. So, in 2009, just as we began to press forward with this idea, sure that we were on the right track, this thing called an ‘iPad’ came into the world.”
“So, 2.5 years after the debut of the iPad, when we were announcing the Wii U, it was the start of the tablet boom, the reaction was, ‘Nintendo’s just added a tablet to a game console, and there’ll be no revolution this time.’ Even though we’d been working on dual screens prior to the release of tablets, it looked like we were just following a trend.”
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