Wikipad: The company (and tablet) that’s bringing console gaming to Android (exclusive)

There are tablets, and then there’s a gaming tablet. The Wikipad, an Android handheld that promised to be the first mobile device with a gamepad built specifically for the device, is set to launch later this year. Venturebeat recently sat down to talk with CEO James Bower and President of Sales Fraser Townley in a local design office in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Sneak peek at SteelSeries’ pocket-sized controller for tablet and smartphone gamers

One of the most persistent problems with gaming on smartphones and tablets is the lack of physical controls. This has created an opportunity for developers to create unique game experiences, but more traditional-styled games that have found commercial and critical success, like EA’s Dead Space and Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 2, mimic the control style found on traditional gamepads. Touch controls are good enough to play, but are still a far cry from the feel of a physical controller.

Miyamoto: Only one touch-screen controller per Wii U console

When Nintendo announced its new Wii U system at E3 on Tuesday, it was unclear if the company would sell touch-screen controllers separately or if only one would work per system. Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such franchises as Mario, Zelda, and Star Fox, said Wednesday that the system most likely will only work with a single touch-screen controller and other simple Wii-motes.