With Nintendo's Wii U still in the early stages of development every aspect is still open to change, but for the time being at least it looks as if each Wii U will only be able to use one new touch-screen controller.
"Our basic premise is that you can use one with a system," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto told News.com.au. "If we got to an idea of having multiple (controllers) it might be just more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that.
"That being said, we are doing research about if someone brings their controller to their friends house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible."
Miyamoto also went on to claim that while the innovations introduced with the likes of Wii and DS have been widely replicated by rivals, the Wii U will be harder to copy.
"It might be more convenient for people if companies did do that because this system is going to make it easier for people to interact with game systems," he added.
"Because of the way we've designed the game system, where the controller is really just that — it does have a screen but it doesn't have a processor inside it.
"All of the processing is happening inside the hardware itself, and then the hardware is sending the information to the controller with incredibly low latency because of the wireless beam we're using. It would be very difficult for the other hardware systems to be able to implement this at this stage."