Iwata Asks: The WiiPad's Ability to Work Through Walls

By - Thursday, October 18th, 2012

{image-1} We all know the first thing you do when you pick up the Wii U (if you buy it) is to see how far the WiiPad will work away from the console. The WiiPad’s radio waves need a clear line of travel to the Wii U to work properly, meaning even things such as walls and holding it vertically posed a problem for the team. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata describes the vertical issue during the latest [url=http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wiiu/gamepad/0/0]Iwata Asks[/url]: “To address why holding it vertically may have been an issue, is because radio waves don’t spread well underwater, but the human body is 60 to 70 percent water, so it can interfere with radio wave paths. Since you hold it both vertically and horizontally, it gets more difficult to place the antenna where the radio waves can easily reach it.” I’m guessing it entirely depends on what material your walls are made out of, of course. Also it seems like placing the Wii U on a metal surface can reduce the WiiPad’s range. As long as it works in the bathroom, I’m all set. I’m serious, even Product Development member Toru Yamashita says so: “By the way, my living room and bathroom are separated by a single wall and I was able to use it.” Bingo.

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