Nintendo Co. this week discussed the range of operability of the new Wii U GamePad in a new session of ‘Iwata Asks’.
In an interview with the company’s Research and Development division, Toru Yamashita from the Product Development Department confirmed usage of the Wii U GamePad from his bathroom with the Wii U console was placed in his living room, though the range was within the same vicinity.
“By the way, my living room and bathroom are separated by a single wall and I was able to use it,” Yamashita said with a laugh.
The department confirmed that radio waves used to communicate between the Wii U GamePad and the Wii U will vary depending on use in a house made of wood or reinforced with concrete.
“It depends on how your house is constructed, so we ask that you test it in your own home, said Satoru Iwata, president, Nintendo.
Nintendo will sell the Wii U in the U.S. Nov. 18 in two product SKUs.
The Basic Set will include the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar at $299.99.
The Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad in Black, 32GB storage, GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for the GamePad and Console, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Land at $349.99.
The Wii U is backwards compatible with most Wii games and accessories, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Wii Balance Board.