Jared Rosenberg of Nintendo World Report recently played a demo of the final build of the Wii U version of The Amazing Spider-Man, and he has posted an article which gives his impressions of the game. As you can tell from the image above, the GamePad can be used as a map to navigate, but there a few other uses for the controller, as Rosenberg explains:
The other big Wii U-specific addition is the the ability to use the Wii U GamePad as Spider-Man's OsPhone. The OsPhone is basically a series of menus on the GamePad where players can read emails featuring useful hints, read statistics about the their progress, and manage upgrades. You will immediately know when an upgrade is available thanks to a small on-screen prompt (that doesn't seem to fade away unless followed) asking you to hit the minus button to make your upgrade selection. Each of Spidey's upgrades, such as Combat Boost and Web Bounce, are represented by large icons on the Wii U GamePad, and are easily upgraded with a touch of your finger or the stylus.Rosenberg also confirms that the Wii U version includes four additional gameplay packs which were originally available as paid DLC on the other consoles. He says they are accessible right from the start and include online leaderboards.
As for performance, the game's visuals were reportedly "identical" to those of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, although there did seem to be some screen tearing while playing.
You can check out the article here:
The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition Impressions - Nintendo World Report
Currently, there is one customer review of the Wii U version of The Amazing Spider-Man on Amazon, but I'm sure there will be more in the coming days. Since the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions were released last year, they have plenty of customer reviews. You can check them out via the links below:
The Amazing Spider-Man - Wii U - Amazon
The Amazing Spider-Man - Xbox 360 - Amazon
The Amazing Spider-Man - PS3 - Amazon