sundin13 wrote:i dont see why the controller needs to be HD...as long as its close enough and has a good enough pixel density it shouldnt really matter for a screen that small
Seriously, they'd be better off just improving the frame/refresh rate and data transfer than making it HD. HD was mostly made for larger TV sizes anyway, so you could put the TV farther away from you and still see a lot of detail. Having something HD in your hands isn't much more than marketing ploy.
Devs were already worried about transfer rate...I'd think Nintendo would also rather have a guaranteed smooth experience for the video than simply make it HD for the sake of being HD. Honestly I'd rather they keep the resolution at a decent size, but make sure frame/refresh is as good or better than the TV it's played on first.
I feel kind of the same way for 3D... even if the controller was rendering the output itself(which I highly doubt unless it was strictly a menu, 2D visuals, or low-poly stuff), you would still need to render them from two angles, and for what? Even if fingerprints breaking the 3D appearance wasn't an issue, you'd still need a reason for it and make good use for Nintendo to bother. At most, maybe a '3D viewer' or 3D-photo viewer, but that's still more of an unnecessary toy eating up bandwidth than anything. Although it's more likely almost always displaying a video that's being broadcast from the Wii U, which would mean basically double the amount of video frames otherwise needed, which could lead to more possible frame-stuttering, frame-dropping, and all around messy experience. Not something NIntendo usually goes for these days.
All I really want is a really good non-ghosting refresh rate. As long as it looks smooth, you're not going to care if it's technically in HD or 3D, because you're probably just going to glance down at the thing every now and then, and then back up to the TV. MAYBE, at most, maybe the controller could switch into an HD mode if it has the ability to play games apart from the main unit.
Oh well, that's just my thoughts on it though. If they can do HD and they're happy with it, fine, but I don't think it's necessary or worth it.... but just from fingerprints ruining the experience, I'd say no to the 3D thing.