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Submitted by MattS 744d ago | preview

Hands on with Wii U: In reality it's a bit of a gimmick | Digitally Downloaded

Digitally Downloaded writes: "I just worry that anyone going in to the Wii U expecting the same joy and wonder they experienced with the original Wii may just find this console a little lacking in genuine innovation." (Wii U)

AO1JMM  +   744d ago
"iPad or other high-end tablets"

It is NOT a tablet!!!!!
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Lazyeye79  +   744d ago
He is not saying that it is a tablet, he is stating that the touch screen is of lower quality when compared to the "iPad or other high-end tablets".
AO1JMM  +   743d ago
He simply could have stated is has a low resolution but he didn't. He made the comparison and with the amount of casual gamers out there thinking the damn thing is a Wii not a new console, all he is doing is spreading misinformation.
I see it as another journalist (I use that word loosely) spitting out BS just to get more website hits.

Lower quality to this Matt guy apparently equals lower resolution. I cannot take him seriously.
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3-4-5  +   743d ago
Because all a tablet has is the touch screen. It relies upon it.

This CONTROLLER does not.
Neonridr  +   742d ago
I should hope it's of lower quality. I don't want a $500 ipad as my controller to my game system. Kinda defeats the purpose of keeping the costs down. Of course something that costs that much more is going to be a little bit better in the touch screen department.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   744d ago | Well said
Yeah yeah, all Nintendo systems have gimmicks, we get it. In fact I think we should start replacing the word gimmick with "an interesting aspect of a Nintendo system". Or if that sounds too positive you could break out the dusty thesaurus and replace gimmick with "contrived object". Or you could just keep using the word gimmick and make me question whether or not I've already read this article a hundred times on a hundred different blogs.

Edit: By the way, this is a good, well thought out article. The title just does a poor job of summing up the contents.
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PopRocks359  +   744d ago
This comment is just made of awesome. Bubble up.
Benjamminkno  +   744d ago
Replace "gimmick" with "idea we will emulate at a later date".
kikizoo  +   744d ago
Like apple, they are smart enough to make you believe they are inovating, but in reality, they are always late to the party...
Chard  +   744d ago
Your avatar...the first JRPG I ever played
*has an emotional moment*
Slapshot82  +   744d ago
Gimmick defined: "an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal."

Yes, it's a "gimmick." But, if you read the article, you'll find that Matt actually went after his hand-on preview and preordered one for himself. If fact, most every writer for our site all are fans of Nintendo.

Regardless of what we like, we're still objective to what's going on in the industry as a whole and whether Nintendo calls it a "tablet" or a "GamePad," it's still what it is -- a large non-resistive touch-screened console with additional buttons/joysticks.

For me personally, I was very interested in buying a Wii U until I realized that the iPad Mini was going to (likely) release over the holidays and that's now what I'm going to spend my money on. Saying that the Wii U isn't (or any other gaming console) isn't in competition with mobile/tablet gaming is, well... it's time to really look at the numbers and see how the market for dedicated gaming consoles is rapidly depleting. Do I want them to go away? Heck no I don't... Ever! But, they're impacting the industry faster than anything before it and things like Wii U are what will keep dedicated consoles sticking around -- gimmicky fun!
Neonridr  +   742d ago
enjoy your hardcore gaming on your ipad mini then. The Wii U can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can have games like Angry Birds, or insert a Unity engine game that can be played off the gamepad, or they can have the full console experience games like Zelda, Mario, Metroid that the tablet users do not have. I like gaming on my ipad for a few minutes here or there, but I have yet to find a console defining experience on an Apple or Android device.
Shnazzyone  +   744d ago
Touchscreen based universal control functionality integrating netflix, hulu and your cable access is not a gimmick. It's fucking awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
LiquidSword93  +   744d ago
How it is lacking innovation? I no understand. Explain prease.
wishingW3L  +   744d ago
because there's a little something called Nintendo DS which has a dual-screen too but it really isn't that great.
Shnazzyone  +   743d ago
Yeah, Nintendo DS was so not a great system that totally didn't have tons of awesome games to play. the idea of utilizing 2 screens to improve an experience has been an abysmal failure. I mean look at the 3ds not a single game to play and it's been selling terribly.

*rolls eyes*
ElectricKaibutsu  +   743d ago
wishingW3L was being subtlely sarcastic.
LLJAF  +   744d ago
Touchscreen gaming is a gimmick as a whole but Wii U gives you options not available anywhere else before. Local multiplayer is a plus point cos its online capable aswell and its not a dying art, sales numbers of mario kart, NSMB wii, just dance on top of the Wii itself proves its not dead. CoD, AC, Zombi amongst others gives core gaming options from the start and not even mentioned in the article. Its only local multiplayer is it?
Slapshot82  +   744d ago
No, it isn't, but he instead focused on the local multiplayer, because that's what is *different* about Wii U -- it offers a great new array of ways for local multiplayer fans to enjoy, just like the Wii did. You took a compliment and turned it into something that it wasn't. Online multiplayer is everywhere! Why focus on that when it's being done by every device with an Internet connection?
Gr81  +   743d ago
If
This is a gimmick, what would he consider the vita used as a ps3 controller to be? Or kinect? It can't only be a gimmick when one company does it and innovating from another.
MattS  +   743d ago
To answer your question: Gimmicks.
shackdaddy  +   743d ago
Don't get why "gimmick" has become such a bad word lately...
MattS  +   743d ago
It isn't, according to this article. It's just that people love to get defensive over perceived slights against Nintendo, and will imagine they read things they actually didn't.

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