So you're planning to buy a Wii U, brushing off the ridicule of your uber-hardcore friends with a casual "haters gonna hate," and treading, with a confident swagger, into a world of next-gen goodness. Perhaps you're interested in the Nintendo exclusives; perhaps you have a bag full of money and nothing on which to spend it, thus granting you the privilege adding to your collection of systems, while we plebs subsist on salt & pepper sandwiches, washed down with a glass/soup can full of spoiled milk.
In any event, you will inevitably be faced with the questions of save games, Virtual Console purchases, and the like. Luckily, for those concerned about their vast e-fortunes, Nintendo is currently developing a system to transfer content to the Wii U. While this compliments the system's backwards compatibility rather nicely, Nintendo's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott Moffitt told ABC News that the Wii U "will have an individual account based system. Each member of your family might have their own account." This brings into question whether prior purchases can be accessed by all accounts, or if Wii U owners will need to tie each purchase to a single account - hopefully the former.
The company also revealed a more substantive "classic" controller, the "Wii U Pro." The device will be a wireless, with a built-in battery that can be recharged via micro USB. No word on how this will factor into the larger Wii U experience - not being terribly fond of the Wii Remote, i'd love to see the Wii U Pro widely supported by game developers - but it's a welcome gesture. Nintendo also detailed the "Miiverse," which aims to connect Wii U players through the magic of
friendship the online realm. The announcement, courtesy of Gaming Age, is as follows:
Miiverse is a brand-new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.
So what do you think, gamers? Is the Wii U hold the key to this Brave New Next-Gen World, or is this simply part of the Japanese conspiracy to rob our grandmothers of their social security money? Sound off in the comments section below!