A story on the Wii U by CNN has got it all wrong. They talk about the Wii U as an accessory and a controller instead of a new console. "Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U controller breathe new life into its aging Wii console?" Umm... No.
Hahahahaha! I love things like this...
I think naming it Wii U is ending up causing the confusion. If they must have the name Wii, then i would suggest they name it Wii 2. Though whats funny is what identified the Wii was motion gaming. The Wii U doesnt seem to be having any focus on that front.
No focus on that front? Local multiplayer is practically limited to Wiimote, the WiiU Game Pad itself has motion controls and they even use the touchscreen as part of the motion tech (as in the throwing stars). And the biggest problem in my view is that they barelly talked about the console itself. Have they shown at least the price everyone would've understanded it's a new console and not a controller for the Wii.
Once again, more proof that the media knows jack about the gaming world. I'm 100% sure there are people out there who believe the Wii U is a new portable device from Nintendo with a screen in the middle, capable of interfacing the Wii in all sorts of ways.
Nintendo are kind of perpetrating this misunderstanding though. Every time they speak about Wii U, what do they do? They show videos of the controller and all the great gimmicks it comes with. They haven't shown what the console itself looks like at all, and barely touched on the fact that it has different/better specs than a standard Wii. If I wasn't a gamer, and I watched the conference, I'd be thinking Wii U was a tablet peripheral to the Wii as well; that's the way they are presenting it.
Even more so, the casual won't know either. They'll just buy the pad and then come home and try to sync it to their wiis. Nintendo STILL hasn't shown the actual console T_T
This means 70% of casuals will also make the similar mistake.
Lol wait till the holiday season when all your casual consumers go out to buy the wii u. Lmao people are gonna be going home in disappointment when they find out they gotta spend another $300 because its not just a tablet.
If a writer on a website like CNN can mistake this for an accessory and people in the gaming world had the same issue last year... do you see how this could be a problem with a mainstream, non-gaming audience?
They have only had two whole E3 conferences to figure it out...
Surely they must have sat through the nintendo conference, the whole time thinking it was an add-on for the Wii lol
Indeed, I thought the same after last years conference and so did a lot of people. A year on and I don't ever remember Nintendo talking about the console itself yesterday. They certainly never showed it on stage, it was all about the controller. I agree with PT that Nintendo might struggle with marketing this to the everyday person.
From a casual & mass market standpoint this is a reliable test of Nintendo's E3 conference. I give Nintendo high grades for experimenting but explaining their new tech to common people is another story. Having to look between two screens back & forth while in the heat of gaming, like the Dreamcast controller, I still see the Wii U game pad as an obstruction to seamless game play. The proposition of bringing the game where ever you go inside the house is good for games that require a single screen. But what about games that require the TV & the game pad? Like Batman and Zombie U? Can you play it inside the bathroom or in bed?
But unlike most of the news we get they were at least half right this time around. :)
how did i lose a bubble mentioning this in another thread and yet everyone seems to agree. This is a problem but they are lucky that they can afford make it.
Not really. You just need to spend 1 second on google to see that it's not. The guy making this article is obviously really stupid. I mean, he was even at E3... Once commercials start, everything should be fine.
its a fail on both parts CNN for not researching and Nintendo for not explaining properly. for people who don't follow it (like nintendos fanbase/customers basically families getting it for there kids) this confusing will be made EVERY TIME because all nintendo are showing is this stupid controller, they may as well have made it another handheld console.
Wow...forward this to a few Nintendo reps in hopes of some improvements in marketing their brand. This is case in point that they have lost sight in how to clearly define what their console is, what their audience wants and why it's a must purchase item come launch. A lot of potential Wii U owners were probably lost due the second lackluster E3 presentation.
Well lets be fair.... If Nintendo had just the far to big and massive tablet controller as an accessoire for the Wii it would almost have the same outcome. In the Nintendo conference I saw New Super Mario Bros U, which looked identical to the Wii version, more WiiFit stuff that looked exactly the same as on the Wii, Pikmin that didnt' look that much different... And the 3rd party stuff was, as is expected with no big install base of users like the PS360 have combined around 130 mln users), ports of older games (Mass Effect 3, Batman etc) with some tablet controller usage added. Lackluster conference, where one would drop asleep and think the WiiU would just be a controller for the Wii....
Yeah nintendo needs to sort it out, I also think mums and dads think vita is a new revision of psp if u know what I mean, is hardcore gamers know the difference but lots of others dont watch gametrilers or e3 style things.
IMHO there are 3 naming mistakes made for hardware. 1) 3DS. On its launch it made the impression that its a DS with 3D screen slapped on....only more expensive. No dramatic change like from GBA SP to DS. 2) Wii U. Aside from it taking a page from Kung Pow movie (which is ridiculous) if Nintendo really wanted to lure in the PS360 gamers they should have get rid of the name "Wii" 3) PS Vita. For its good it should have been named PSP2 just like PSOne and PS2 & PS3. Most PSP gamers I know did not know what PS Vita was until they saw it.
Hahaha, love the Kung Pow reference! Took me a minute to get what you meant by that. XD I completely agree though, all three of those seemed like the same thing as their predecessors pretty much. Not to mention they all LOOKED like their predecessors as well.
Well that wasn't entirely wrong if u think it better :P
All publicity is good publicity... uh... right? Wii has so many accessories that it doesnt surprise that people mistake the Wii U as yet another one. Still a poor job on CNN's part.
CNN & video games is a really bad combination this 2 doesn't go well together :P I still remember some feminist whore reporter that went all the way to Japan for a reportage regarding an ero game with name Rapelay many years after it's official release just to ask why they create a game with rape as main theme when those things r common in JPN from the early 90's for 20 years now, the company respond that those games r restricted only for Japan and they dont sell it overseas but ofc ppl use pirate copies. So the only thing this b1tch did in the end is massive advertising for the game because more & more ppl start searching about it and end up dl it to check it out :P That's what kind of reportage CNN do about games they r Pro eh? IGN must hire some of those bright minds they could add some quality in the interviews & articles :D
I remember in the free paper, in the UK. CITY A.M. The dude said Uncharted was on Xbox. I just don't know how managers let these things past. No one can take you seriously if your information is so off.
Easy mistake to make considering they only ever mention the game pad and when the actual console is on screen, it looks no different to a wii.
Then again, we all did at first. CNN are just behind with the times tis all.
They corrected it hours ago.
Why let him into E3 if he is going to be oblivious everything happening. Yes, at the moment Nintendo are not presenting the Wii U to desirably. But... the vast majority who know about E3 and the industry, know the Wii U is a separate console. We know E3 isn't for the casual fan(the average Wii gamer). So it would be unwise to allow mainstream media to form opinions out of ignorance. It's too early to say Nintendo has not made the distinction between consoles obvious. We have to wait until the marketing push around the launch of Wii U.
If you didn't spot the "U" on the console it looks exactly like a Wii...same shape, same size. This is the first of many confusions with the console.
As I said before: SMH
wii u is a horrible name for a entire new console, nintendo is scared to bring a new console after such huge success with the wii but this will hurt them greatly, and it has already begun.
they kept the name to take advantage of the wii success but it will just confuse people. They show the wii controllers working in tandem with the tablet and they make no mention of the actual system. They marketed things like Wii fit people think wiiU just continues their tradition of naming things with wii in it.
lots of people know about vita they just mabe think its expensive compared to 3ds and lacks kids games soo much parents wnt buy rite now. i went to sell a lady a psp 300 and her lady friend told her not to buy it a newer version is out soon, soo people know
You mean it isn't???... :O
It seems like this years E3 was the year Game companies Alienated thier core demographic, us the gamers and sold out on Dancing and singing games and Wii U effing Fit! dont get me wrong there was some excellent games there, but across the whole of the confrences i got a feeling that they just wanted to target the Wii Fit/Dance crowd. but the thing is those Casual gamers dont watch E3 it's more the core gamers that do so...
lol. Fail hard!
I'm not surprised. Nintendo made the same mistake this year they made last year. Talk all about the controller and forget to talk about the damn console. TELL US ABOUT THE CONSOLE!!! WE GET IT! CONTROLLER IS COOL!! NOW TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE CONTROLLER CONNECTS TO A LITTLE!
EVERYONE WHO THINKS THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE THINKS THE WII U IS A CONTROLLER DIDN'T READ THE ARTICLE. He clearly states multiple times that it's a Wii U Gamepad and that there is a separate console portion. Man the world is filled with band wagon jumpers. Sad really...
Does Nintendo know there is a console that goes along with the controller? Sure couldn't tell from the press conference that took place yesterday.
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