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Will U Wii U?


I remember how stoked I was when I first played the Wii back in 2006. The excitement of motion controls and new gameplay experiences seemed so much more appealing than HD graphics paired with conventional gameplay. Unfortunately, in 2011, it's clear that the Wii didn't live up to its amazing potential. Plagued with on-rails shooters, mini-game collections and so-called "ground-up" ports that offered shallow gameplay in comparison to their HD cousins, the Wii offered a few magical games (Super Mario Galaxy, Punch-Out!! and other Nintendo games) and a whole lot of junk. Nintendo's hoping to rectify that with the Wii U, an HD console with motion capability ... and a second, tablet screen. Hit the jump to see why I think this console has the potential to turn around the Wii brand.

Nintendo has already announced some strong third-party support for the Wii U, including Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online and more. But there's a catch here: many of the announced games are ports of games that are slated for release this year, well before the Wii U's mid-2012 launch. Still, there's something that the Wii U offers that the Sony and Microsoft don't yet have. With the addition of the tablet controller, these games could end up offering entirely new experiences on the Wii U.

The tablet controller has endless potential. It could function as an interface, eliminating the need for an on-screen HUD, a map screen, a talking, fictional companion, and much, much more. The most exciting use of the controller so far for me was the Chase Mii demo, in which four players use the Wii Remote to control their Mii while one player uses the controller to run around the level avoiding the other players. It becomes a sort of virtual hide-and-seek, and gives each player something different to do. I find it so exciting that one game could offer two totally different play styles for different players at the same time.

There's still some need for concern. Nintendo has not been too forthcoming about the Wii U's online service and functionality, which could really make or break certain games. There's also the inevitability of some developers slapping a map screen on the tablet controller and calling it a day. Too many rushed ports do not a successful system make. I'm also concerned that some developers will see the Wii U as more of a companion piece to the the Xbox 360 and PS3, which could result in another shallow library. At the same time, with companies like Ubisoft and EA promising strong support for the Wii U, it's clear that Nintendo is aiming for a more "hardcore" audience.

What do you guys think? Will you be buying a Wii U next year? I know I will.

24 Comments

Keith said:

I camped out overnight to pick up the Wii on release day. I can say with certainty that I will not be doing that for the Wii U. I've just been so let down by the mediocre selection of titles for the Wii (most of the few games worth playing are first-party Nintendo games, with some exceptional third-party titles as well), along with the inability to display HD graphics. Sure, the Wii U will have HD graphics, which is awesome, but I just can't see myself spending the money on a new console until there are numerous exclusives I really want to play (and at a reasonable price point).

djdoubt03 said:

I had a Wii. Unfortunately I sold it for a Xbox 360. All Wii games seemed the same to me. I hope the Wii-U does a better job of getting developers to develop real games and focus less on party games.

The controller looks god awful and huge.

ironmouse said:

I think I will wait and see on this one. Especially if Nintendo does create some "unified account" system, then I'll be able to trade in my current Wii for this one (as I don't want to lose my downloads) and keep all my downloads on the new system.
Once I'm sure of that, then I'll get the Wii U.

First, as a gamer, yes I'm going to buy it because at this stage in my life, where I can do so, I buy everything. I don't want a single game to get past me if it's interesting enough.

On the subject of Wii specifically, I'm still very excited. I love my Wii. There's a lot of shit to wade through, but if you pay attention, you can find a lot of really unique and interesting stuff on there. I have as many, if not more, Wii games than I do for my 360. Yeah a lot of them are Nintendo games, most even, but there's still a lot of really neat stuff to be had there.

Akamaru said:

No way will I be buying a Wii U.

I had Nintendo systems from the NES all the way through the Wii and I have to say the Wii was a stinker over all. After the N64 debacle it took me years to consider giving the Gamecube a shot. The Gamecube was a very underrated system, the Wii extremely overrated.

I sold my Wii 3 months after launch. My boyfriend bought and sold Wiis over the past couple years of living together. We could never get into it. Even when we softmodded the system, the vast majority of the software library wasn't worth playing.

My boyfriend surprised me with a 3DS on launch day. Currently it is collecting dust on my desk in its charging cradle. At $40 a game, the games are pretty lackluster or ports of games I played to death 10 years ago (Zelda Ocarina of Time and Dead or Alive 2...I mean Dimensons).

I'm quite happy with my Xbox 360, Android phone and Steam. I was a Nintendo kid growing up, then Nintendo tripped up with the N64 and I followed the games to Sony. Now that Sony has tripped up, I've followed the games to Microsoft. Unless Nintendo manages to become THE platform to develop games on again,there is no way I'll buy anymore of their products. The value simply isn't there.

There are plenty of killer apps for the Wii, but you're right in that there is a lot of shit and most of the AAA titles come from Nintendo themselves.

It's the lack of imagination of the developers to blame, they have an amazing input device but noone is using it. It's funny that Sony and Microsoft wanted a piece of the pie and have fallen into the same pitfall with developers that Nintendo has with the Wii.

If ANY newly released console is "gathering dust", two things; first, try dusting once in a while. Nothing should be gathering dust in your home. secondly; you bought/adopted a console early in its development life and while there is very little software available. Patience my dear, or, you're a fool for buying early when CLEARLY there is nothing you want to play. Quit your whinging because we have been here EVERY time a console has been launched.

Akamaru said:

Re:JustTheTrick tm

Your reading comprehension is lacking. I didn't choose to buy a 3DS. My boyfriend dropped the box on my desk and I told him to take it back to the store. He refused and I dropped the argument, it's his money. Junk tends to collect dust because people never use it and it falls into neglect.

I apologize if you're offended that not everyone has unconditional love for Nintendo.

The fact of the matter is, if the Wii was as great of a system as YOU and Nintendo claim, then why hurry to rush out a new console? Why are sales tanking month after month, despite repeated price cuts? No one else is planning on releasing new consoles. Maybe because Both Sony and Microsoft are selling software and hardware left and right and Nintendo isn't. Maybe because Sony ad Microsoft have two systems that are well established in homes across the world that both consumers & 3rd party developers are happy with.

Third party developers don't seem to have a problem releasing interesting games for every other platform EXCEPT for the Wii. Who is to blame for that? Nintendo is in the business of selling their platform to other companies and collecting royalties and publishing fees. They can't convince people to do that.

The WiiU isn't novel, it's an acknowledgement that Nintendo is 6 years late to the party. Now they are trying to court people who actually buy games religiously,recession or no recession, instead of fair weather casual gamers that left Nintendo as soon as the economy went bad. It's too late, Nintendo told gamers who wanted games other than endless uninspired Mario spin-offs, Zelda remakes and party games to kiss-off. I'm not sure how they are going to compete by simply offering 3rd party games that will be on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on the Wii U.

Shin Gallon said:

It'll have to do something truly amazing for me to consider a WiiU. I have a Wii (and a 360, and a PS3, and a gaming PC which is where I spend most of my gaming time) and basically after I got tired of Brawl I stopped playing it. There have been a few 3rd party games for it since that I've loved (Klonoa, Muramasa) and some more Nintendo titles that I got sick of crappy, shoehorned-in motion controls (New SMB Wii), but overall the system has been a huge letdown and it's rare that I ever even turn it on.
There's nothing coming up for Wii that interests me. Skyward Sword would be on my Must-Buy list if it weren't for motion controls, which relegate it to "I'll pass unless someone buys it for me". And I really don't see anything else for it that even begins to make me want it. The Wii U seems like it'll be the same thing again, only now with a huge uncomfortable looking iPad thing. Ports of year-old games with new gimmicks stuck into them do not sell me on a system.

@JustTheTrick tm "Quit your whinging because we have been here EVERY time a console has been launched."
Except the Dreamcast, which had multiple amazing games on launch day.

Akamaru said:

Re: Shin Gallon

Hah, I suppose the Dreamcast launch window was amazing in retrospect... if we're comparing the Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS and Wii launches to it.

Soul Calibur itself was a must have game for the DC during the launch period. Sonic Adventure was passable. Another underrated system relegated to the waste bin of time.

I've never really been disappointed with gaming systems at launch except for the Wii and 3DS. Hell the PSP and DS had better launches. The Nintendo 64 had less games than the 3DS at launch, but those games were light years ahead in terms of quality and value. It was only later that the other shoe dropped and the weight of the lack of 3rd party support began to drag the system down.

It seems that if a console is unpopular its underrated. If its selling loads its overrated... just saying.

Whilst I will not rise to your childish jibes, Akamaru, I didn't intend to single you out (whilst it was something of a direct response to your post).

Not quite sure how I was kissing Nintendo's ass in my post... but whatever.

I will be indeed, with Darksiders II, Killer Freaks and the inevitable Wii U Resort as my launch titles! :)

Until then I have these titles I want to get:

Rayman Origins [360]
El Shaddai [360]
Sonic Generations [360]
Insane Twisted Shadow Planet [XBLA]
Luigi's Mansion 2 [3DS]
Mario Kart [3DS]
Paper Mario [3DS]
Kid Icarus: Uprising [3DS]
Zelda: Skyward Sword [Wii]
Kirby Wii
Xenoblade [Wii]

Akamaru said:

@JustTheTrick tm

"It seems that if a console is unpopular its underrated. If its selling loads its overrated... just saying."

I suppose that's an overly simplistic way of looking at it, totally missing the point, but whatever.

"Whilst I will not rise to your childish jibes, Akamaru, I didn't intend to single you out (whilst it was something of a direct response to your post)."

Pointing you that you failed to make a compelling counter argument about my experience with the 3DS, due to completely misinterpreting the situation in which I acquired a 3DS, isn't a childish jibe. It's a correction of remedial reading skills. I truly hope you get some help with that. It wasn't a complicated sentence yet you managed to completely misinterpret it.

"Not quite sure how I was kissing Nintendo's ass in my post... but whatever."

No one who has played all 4 major gaming platforms this generation would agree with you on the point: "It's the lack of imagination of the developers to blame, they have an amazing input device but noone is using it.". The Wiimote had waggle motion sensing for 3 YEARS before Nintendo came out with an add on that gave it true 3 axis spacial awareness motion sensing. By then game developers and many consumers had given up with the devices limited abilities.


CPFace said:

I'm probably going to pass on the Wii U as part of a larger apathy toward video games in general. I see a lot of potential in the tablet controller, but after the Wii, I'm left unconvinced that Nintendo knows how to tap the potential of their own devices.

I hope the people who get one enjoy it though. :)

frost said:

@Akamaru

If you have nothing nice to said, you should keep your mouth shut so it doesn't show all the crap in your brain.

last word. I haz it (for now)

Akamaru said:

@ frost

"If you have nothing nice to said, you should keep your mouth shut so it doesn't show all the crap in your brain."

Classy response! A bit ironic...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

Draz said:

Probably not. I got a Wii for smash brothers and... that was honestly about it. I only seem to dust the thing off when friends want to play it... and that is now REALLY rare.

I think I'll just be sticking with Microsoft for gaming here on out.

You can add me to the list of gamers who will not be buying the Wii U.

I feel exactly the way Akamaru does. I was a Nintendo kid from the NES (I still own both a front loader and top loader with 300+ games) through the N64, which at that point, they lost me to Sony and the PS1.

The GameCube didn't have much I cared for on it (Side note: I'm not a Smash Bros fan. Sorry!) and I sold my Wii after a year of being disappointed with so few titles that caught my attention.

And the Wii U controller does look like a monstrosity. Why the hell would I look at a tiny screen when I can just look at my big screen? Yeah, I understand it's different and thinking outside the box, but it really just seems kind of silly/gimmicky to me.

For fear of the troll trying to intellectualise his blatant post bashing I am going to be brave and say; Hell yes I'll be buying the Wii U at launch.

bloop said:

hehe. akamaru sounds so bitter. no wonder your boyfriend buys you shit.

poor guy is trying to lighten up this douchebag.

and then he cites freakin wikipedia.

lol, cute.

be happy, girl! ain't no one here trying to ruffle yo feathers. just adjust your tiara, stop dickriding the english language, eat some delicious greens/fruits/veggies to lighten up your mood, smoke a bowl of the finest herb, pick up a controller, and enjoy yourself, for fuck's sake.

Carl said:

I'll pass on this, looks like another lump of junk from Nintendo, wow these guys have lost their way recently. Nintendo used to be *the* name in gaming, now it's a joke. This looks more of the same as the Wii (which is the worst 'game' console I have ever used) but with a fugly, unwieldy controller on top. I'll stick with my PS3 and PC for gaming, ta muchly.

David d said:

The nice thing about the Wii is that you can enjoy it without owning it: even in 2011, any time I visit family, someone turns the thing on and hands me a remote.

Sure, that leaves out single-player games, but the Nintendo Magic has been slowly ebbing from those, much like Disney in the early 80s.

That said, I am cautiously optimistic about the Wii U (as I have been about all Nintendo systems since the N64). I want to see games that hit the sweet spot where hardcore and casual overlap. Basically, I want to see the philosophy of the Super NES return.

hoorah for Bloop!!!.... hey wait... did you call the 3DS shit???? Why you...!!!!!

JustTheTrick tm is king of the trolls said:

JustTheTrick is the biggest hypocrite on GG.net for calling anybody on here "a troll". All one has to do is just type in his name in the search box at the top left of the page and see that he trolls this site all the time to post negative/trolly comments about anything and everything Sony. It's like the guy has no life under that ugly bridge.

But if it will make him feel better, I'll nominate JustTheTrick as King Troll of GayGamer.net! Enjoy the new view from on top of that mountain...

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