Almost all of the games shown for Nintendo at E3
Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, Sonic Lost Worlds and others have unique features with the gamepad from touch screen controls, camera controls, off screen functionality etc.
Don't forget Game and Wario and Wii Party U, those games are doing some great things with the gamepad as well. Not every game will need to highlight the gamepad use. In fact, these two titles show off the gamepad as much as Nintendoland. These kinds of games will make the gamepad shine.
There really wasn't any need to spend much time promoting this, people just want to know about what games are coming out. Gamepad features are more of an added bonus in the end.
Off-TV play is practically all you need, but I agree. I was expecting the new 3D Mario to be somewhat similar in Gamepad use to Vita's Tearaway: using the touchscreen and other Gamepad stuff to manipulate the environment. Instead, we got NSMBU use put into a glorified 3D Land port. I think Nintendo is just trying to put these games out, so they haven't put much emphesis into Gamepad use. Next year will really show us what WiiU is capable of.
Actually, if you watch the video there is some interesting co-op stuff going on with the gamepad. Person with the gampad can sort of "magically" highlight special areas by using the stylus or their finger by swiping or going in circles. On the TV other players will see something sort of transparent as though there might be something there, when they jump they hit some coin blocks or special items etc.
Some players may not notice this if they are going through the stage with their friends at a fast clip but it's certainly a neat little concept thrown in.
Edited by Sorceror12, 15 June 2013 - 04:18 AM.