While Nintendo of America revealed it's still publishing Devil's Third, lead developer Tomonobu Itagaki speaks out on why you shouldn't use the Wii U GamePad for it.

Last week, Devil's Third's North American release was in question as multiple reports suggested that Nintendo of America was no longer publishing the action-shooter hybrid. Devil's Third's obvious absence from the E3 2015 Nintendo Direct event (during a time when Nintendo is scrounging for Wii U games to fill in the massive gap left by The Legend of Zelda's delay) was a bad sign for the game's Western release. Nevertheless, the House of Mario claims they are still bringing Devil's Third to the Wii U for Western fans and that more information was coming in the future. We have a feeling the North American release of the game might be delayed compared to its Japanese and European debuts next month.

Nevertheless, Tomonobu Itagaki (the creator of the Dead or Alive series) had some strong, open words to say about the Wii U GamePad on his official Facebook page:

[Why do I recommend Pro-controler]

I never wanna discount standard tab-controller.
But, Devil's Third is a super speady game. So Tab-controler has following disadvantages.
1. Four face buttons are positioned overcrowding. So you easily press the wrong button. In that case, you will die.

2. Distance of two analog sticks, are too far apart. So it's quite difficult for u to feel/grasp the battlefield.

3. Devil's Third is a game you play a long time. The standard Tab-controler is too heavy for such use.

Thanks

The lucky few who have been able to play Devil's Third claim frame rate issues are heavily plaguing the game. Of course, Itagaki-san had a response to these comments as well (courtesy of Destructoid):

"30 FPS, I promise you can fully enjoy this MASSIVE shooter with 30 FPS."

Itagaki also claims that you need to use a Pro Controller and a USB keyboard to play it, which is really strange (the USB keyboard is probably just to chat online). Supposedly, there's no voice chat in the game because they "maxed out bandwidth" for 16-player online gameplay (and how many Wii U games actually have voice chat anyway).

Devil's Third is still set to debut next month in Japan and Europe. Unfortunately, its Wii U release date for North America is still TBD.

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