The Wii U will cost $299-$349 at retail this November, but in Japan, Nintendo is offering standalone Wii U GamePads for the significant cost of around $170. That's most than half the price of the entire package!
Thankfully, we Americans won't have to worry about that for some time, as Nintendo has revealed that there won't be any Wii U games available that utilize two GamePads until next year. So they won't be offering standalone GamePads for sale, unless you fuck up and break yours (according to Kotaku). But that'll be more Nintendo support's job, and the GamePads won't be available at retail for now.
"Our feeling is, we're not going to sell another GamePad if you don't have something to use it with. We'll make that available as an additional accessory when there's content to support it," Nintendo's Bill Trinen said.
Would you rather have the option to buy a second GamePad, or is Nintendo just looking out for its customers?