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Is The Wii U Releasing At The Right Time?

ZI writes: It’s getting to be that time again. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are squeezing the last few drops of entertainment out of their aging systems, and the next generation of consoles is waiting just around the corner. With Nintendo looking to re-establish themselves in the “hardcore” market, win back the support of respected third-party developers, and still retain the “casual” market they carved out with the Wii, all eyes are on the Wii U. With analysts like Michael Pachter saying Nintendo is at least two years overdue for a new console, and others believing the Wii U is launching prematurely, there are plenty of questions surrounding the upcoming system. Is Nintendo releasing the Wii U at the right time?

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WagFanger1988d ago

Judging by the Wii, yes, yes it is.

In my honest opinion PS3 > Xbox > Wii, but sales are reversed. HOWEVER, so were the release dates, and prices.

Getting in early and cheap is Nintendo's route to success again, even if the Wii U isn't as good as the other two consoles.

eagle211988d ago (Edited 1988d ago )

What? I like Wii way better than xbox sorry. Graphics maybe...but gameplay, creativity, artstyle? Hell no. I'll play Donkey Kong Country Returns before any xbox exclusive.

Xbox, PS had redesigns that helped boost their sales from design flaws (xbox) or just cheaper smaller boxes. Wii never needed one. I think WiiU will benefit from the fact nobody bought or particularly needed a second Wii. Plus many Nintendo fans are ready for high definition Nintendo. The Gamepad and launch games will sell this at launch.

live2play1987d ago

yea the games like rayman, pikmin and nintendoland have great artstyles and thats all i care about when it comes to graphics

Y_51501987d ago

I agree, I bought a Wii at launch and I never regret that! I never bought an Xbox with good reasons.

spunkee3111987d ago

Your one of the very few that would like a Wii over an xbox 360 lol.

ddurand11987d ago (Edited 1987d ago )

you took the words out of my mouth.

I agree 100%. I dont know how anyone could disagree with you.

egidem1987d ago

People have different opinions ergo, they have the right to disagree with anyone. All they're doing is just exercising that right. :/

On his statement, getting in early and cheap might have worked once for Ninty because they were targeting a different demographic back then. They had a new console that stood out from the competition because it was very different. They then tapped into the (large) casual market that hadn't been tapped before by anyone in the same way. They really struck gold.

We all know this casual market feeds on entertainment and anywhere they can get easy access to it at a cheap price. This is currently available in smartphones and tablets.

The thing is Nintendo now wants to attract the hardcore market towards the Wii U. They'll have to do more than provide 3rd party titles already available on other consoles. Things like Wii U Fit or Nintendoland MIGHT not work for the demographic they're now targeting. They're going to need more than a cheap price to sell the console. Most importantly they need to up their game!

live2play1987d ago

yea ps3 titles look way better than wiiu and ps4 will surpass it even more

but i mean honestly games look great right now how they are

and nintendo titles in hd have never been done before
im looking foward to seeing them

GrumpyOldGamer1987d ago

Michael Pachter is a moron, who cares what he says.

Sithlord-Gamble1987d ago (Edited 1987d ago )

Yes he is, but in this instance he is right. They shouldve released the WiiU 2 or 3 yrs ago.

The wii was directed at a totally different audience, and if nintendo has hopes of obtaining the hardcore that they lost, its going to be difficult considering that once sony & MS release their new consoles, the wiiU will become an inferior product as it relates to graphics cards, processors ... etc.

If not 2/3 yrs ago, then they should have waited the extra 1 or 2yrs to release a console thats more comparable to what will be coming out, not whats already been released ... especially since the 3ds is bringing in profits for them right now ... they couldve afforded to wait an extra year or 2 to build it with better specs.

Why would i purchase the wiiU now, when my ps3/360 is good enough to hold me off until their new systems come out?

If i can only afford to purchase one of the 3 next gen consoles, my money is going on a sony or MS console. Sorry Nintendo.

Youre a day late and a dollar short.

PirateThom1987d ago

This is my problem with the system.

All I've seen from the console are games on par with current gen games and, I know, it takes a while for developers to catch up, usually 2-3 years but, at that point, the new Sony and Microsoft consoles will be out and the Wii U will be worse off. At the moment it's just holding ground, but developers have been begging for better hardware and if they can release a game on PC and the Sony, Microsoft consoles why would they go back and downgrade?

The fact the PS3 and 360 are still on the market is the only thing that will keep Wii U getting games.

theWB271987d ago

I don't think so. I think if anything it'll be ok simply because people love mario,zelda, smash bro's. They just have exclusives people want to play and they can afford to do things a little different. Cartridges, mini discs, no hd with motion controllers and they're still strong. They're just fine.

Brettman20081987d ago (Edited 1987d ago )

I think the Wii U is a year too late. The Wii lost momentum quite some time ago and the Wii U is closer in concept to the Xbox 360 and PS3 than the Wii which was markedly different to the Sony and Microsoft offerings. Now that all three systems have motion controls, and soon, tablet type interfaces, I think the Wii U is in for a tough time.

WeskerChildReborned1987d ago

I think so if the next gen Xbox and Playstation are coming out next year so Wii U will have a one year start.

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