Originally Posted by THe_Flash
I can't recall purchasing any additional controllers for any of my past systems (SNES, SegaCD, 3DO, DC, GC) to utilize functionality that was otherwise included in the box.
I was referring to needing to buy additional controllers for multiplayer (i.e., functionality that is otherwise included in the box), which is essentially what the Wiimote is for the Wii U, plus access to Wii mode and alternate control schemes for Wii U games. As it stands now, the Wii U comes with everything you need to play Wii U single-player games and nothing else, which is how it's been since the N64. Everything else, including the ability to play the past generation's games, is additional. I admit there is little precedent for Nintendo's approach to BC, but the only other example is the original Wii, which supported Gamecube discs but certainly didn't come with a Gamecube controller or the necessary GC memory cards. I don't remember much complaining about that. And even on the Wii VC you couldn't play many games out of the box -- you needed to go out and buy a Classic Controller, or use a GC one.
I was not expecting to get a Wiimote, I was expecting to not even have a need for it. Why should I need THAT to play a game like StarFox? The Wiimote concept was a large reason I avoided the original Wii all together. Now, those of us who are returning for more traditional gaming are being asked to buy the thing we avoided in the first place.
I'm certainly not defending Nintendo's weird ultra-segmented Virtual Console service across Wii/Wii U/3DS, but well, most of the retro games are currently only available on the original Wii's VC, and again, I don't see it as unreasonable to require a Wiimote for access to Wii features. Especially when their competitors aren't offering any BC at all. If you don't ever want to buy a Wiimote at all, well, Starfox etc. will eventually be out on the Wii U VC, you just have to wait. For probably way too long.
We can argue whether Nintendo's approach is stupid all day long (and honestly, I don't totally disagree with you), but I'm just saying it's not without precedent, or even logic.