Tekken developer: Wii U GamePad is “distracting”

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Almost all developers are fully on board with the Wii U GamePad tablet controller, but there is one Wii U developer who’s not that supportive of the new technology. Tekken developer Namco believes that the controller is distracting when it comes to fighting games, particularly its new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 title. It’s unclear if Namco shares this belief when it comes to the upcoming Super Smash Bros Wii U — a fighting game they are co-developing with Nintendo.

“Looking at the small screen and the big screen at the same time is pretty distracting for a fighting game,” said Tekken lead developer Katsuhiro Harada in a recent interview with Eurogamer. He added, “We’re thinking of making it useful as a way of having shortcuts”. He pointed out that Tekken on the Wii U will still use the GamePad controller, but not in any meaningful way. Examples of use would include “progressing through the game easier”, and simply playing on the tablet alone. Tekken Tag Tornament 2 will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September, while the Wii U version will hit the stores later this year.

Considering that fighting games are generally very fast paced and require quick reflexes, Harada might have a point that players could be distracted by the small screen. What do you think? Would the tablet screen confuse you when playing fighting games on the Wii U? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!