Randy Pitchford, the president of Gearbox, has told Joystiq that the Wii U’s GamePad is “the best controller Nintendo’s ever made for making an FPS,” and also “the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games.” He explained that:
With the Wii U they (Nintendo) committed themselves to this promise. So the link is direct, fast and immediate. Things like SmartGlass and Vita, they appreciate the value of the promise so they’re making the promise. But they’re not in with such commitment.
Conceivably there’s things you can do on all three without negative impact but because of Nintendo’s commitment to it there are something’s that could work there that just wouldn’t work as well with SmartGlass or with the crossplay between PS3 and Vita.
For those new to the world of the Wii U, Gearbox is working on Aliens: Colonial Marines for the platform, so it’s great to know they consider it to be a solid setup for an FPS.