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Submitted by BrianShea 1192d ago | article

Does no mainstream hype spell trouble for Wii U?

VGW's Brian Shea talks with non-gamers to find out what they know about Wii U, then discusses with Michael Pachter what this could mean for Nintendo. (Industry, Michael Pachter, Nintendo, Wii U)

dedicatedtogamers  +   1192d ago
Unfortunately Nintendo has been so flip-floppy on the WiiU that even "core" gamers aren't sure what to think.

Nintendo first says "You can play any game on just the tablet!"
And then "Uh, no, only a few select games will be playable on just the tablet"
They say "Play your entire Virtual Console library on the tablet!"
And then "Uh, no, only some games (if any) will be playable on the tablet"
They say "Check this out! You can take your console games away from the TV"
And then "Uh, no, the WiiU tablet range is a whopping 12 inches"

If Nintendo got their info straight, perhaps we'd be able to get more excited about it.
Neonridr  +   1192d ago
lol, yeah Nintendo said that the range is 12 inches. Why do you make such a stupid comment.

And it's not only a few select games, I would say more games than not in the launch library can play on the gamepad screen alone. Certain games like ZombiU would make absolutely no sense to play on the gamepad screen only.

VC support on the gamepad screen would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker. I am mostly going to be playing this system on the TV anyways.

Nintendo have already said that anywhere in the same room will be fine with the tablet. As for playing in your bed, it would depend on how many walls and what material is being used. I know, for example, that with my wireless Xbox 360 controller I can go down two flights of stairs to my kitchen and still talk on the headset which is plugged into the wireless controller. My bedroom is only one flight down from my loft (where my games room is), so it will be interesting to see if I can get enough range to play in my bed on the gamepad.

The true Nintendo fans already know everything they need to know about the system. They are on these sites every day reading every bit of information, so they don't need a commercial to come out on TV to understand what it is. These are the same people that snapped up all the preorders and another 250k at least on waiting lists.

I agree that Nintendo hasn't done enough to show the casual market what the difference is between the Wii and the Wii U as some will be confused into thinking it is just an addon. But us gamers know better than that.
BitbyDeath  +   1192d ago
"the WiiU tablet range is a whopping 12 inches"

Actually the range is 24 feet or 288 inches.
Blastoise  +   1192d ago
My problem is it's coming out so soon and I know virtually nothing on how the Online or interface works...the games are looking promising but you know it's 2012 now. A decent online service is necessary.

Will pick one up eventually I'm sure, but not yet...
Schawk  +   1192d ago
So many good games coming on launch i cant wait, along with millions of others
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Fishy Fingers  +   1192d ago
You can usually gauge Nintendos future success by reading N4G. The more it's written off, the more successful it seems to be.
xursz  +   1192d ago
The Wii U will be the best console this gen.
live2play  +   1192d ago
hilarious xD

it makes sense though

the more it seems like a potential threat, the more damage control people do
its perfect
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SpiralTear  +   1192d ago
To answer the question that this article asks, yes, it very well could. I remember when the Wii info was released. Everyone wanted to try it. With the Wii U, Nintendo is trying to satisfy both the avid gamer crowd and the "blue ocean" crowd at the same time, while leaving both a bit alienated.

Nintendo struck gold with the Wii and the "mainstream" audience, and while I wouldn't call the Wii U dead on arrival, I don't expect it to sell as well as the Wii because the mainstream audience doesn't have that instant "I want it" attitude toward it.
Bluenuts9  +   1192d ago
Yeah well selling almost 100 million *or more* consoles is pretty damn hard to repeat, so using you logic if they sell 75 million consoles then it would still be a failure. Personally I don't see how selling out of preorders at most places is a bad thing, but maybe someone can tell me why it is?
SpiralTear  +   1191d ago
I never said anything about the Wii U being a failure. I don't think it will be anywhere near a failure in fact. Compared to the Wii's success, however, I just don't expect the Wii U to hit that "100 million+" mark, at least not at the Wii's pace.

Also, if a console sells out at launch, that's pretty much a given that the company making it is doing something right. I'm satisfied with that.

I think Nintendo will have a great success with the Wii U. I just don't think that the success will outclass the Wii's. We'll just have to see how favorable this holiday season is for Nintendo and the Wii U.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1192d ago
if casuals don't buy they they will not have the same success. They should worry more about the casual gamers. They are the ones who made it sell so damn much no?

anyway *waits for ps4*
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beerkeg  +   1192d ago
It's funny how it's most likely going to be sold out everywhere, and yet apparently there's no hype for it.
Bluenuts9  +   1192d ago
Exactly, its like trolls/fanboys for PS and Xbox want it to just fall on it's face so hard that they'll grasp to any little shread of they don't see a lot of Wii U ads. My thing is that they don't have to have a crap load of ads right now because the thing well be hard as hell to find for about a month or two.
jmc8888  +   1192d ago
The mainstream media is full of fools.

They sell bullcrap narratives that don't exist.

If you heard something real in the mainstream media at all this year, then it's be the first.

So yeah, it IS possible that millions of people can be onto something and the media is oblivious. That's what they do, be oblivious to big things, and over saturate us with bullcrap that doesn't matter.

Do they talk about Glass-Steagall? No. Do they talk good about Romney or Obama when both are the same idiots? No. Do they talk about the huge potential for WWIII? No. Do they talk about anything, ever, besides Snookie, American Idol, the latest Iphone, what Joe Blow said on twitter, and their corresponding worthless farcebook account?

Sorry, I don't expect the media to figure stuff out and then tell me, if I did, I'd be a complete moron and not know anything about anything.

The media is so behind and oblivious, that there has to be nuclear bombs going off before they realized they missed something. So yeah, the media will finally catch on, late, like they ALWAYS do...and even then, won't understand it, and fail to illustrate it accurately. Just like everything else.

I wouldn't be worried, as word of mouth is 1000x better than any advertising campaign in all forms of media combined can deliver.
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metroidfusion2  +   1192d ago
Fuckin thank you someone who thinks like me damn and I agree with everything
wiiulee  +   1192d ago
nintendo want the hype to come from actual experience with the console and the games...and soon as the commercials start airing and wiiu start selling like hotcakes in november and december the rest will all fall into place...haters will hate of course
Soldierone  +   1192d ago
Gamers don't need to talk about it. Some of them will buy it, even after posting how bad it sucks. Then the real target audience is the parents and casual people that don't care.....They will buy anything. Throw Angry Birds on it and you will grab their 15 second attention span faster than lightning.
justncase  +   1192d ago
Theres alot of nintendo fans on this site wow>> I want be getting one of these, I bought a wii and as any gamer knows its not that good of a console bring on the xbox and ps4 i want a controller in my hand not a tablet and atleast
250 gigs of space..
Fixay  +   1192d ago
Does no mainstream hype spell trouble for Wii U?

I hope not. I enjoy reading good things about consoles, not bad.. no matter which console.
metroidfusion2  +   1192d ago
There are going to be 5000 wii u demo stations around the usa 100 for each state would be good for the dumbass mainstream audience to enjoy the console that shits on this gen and next gen but haters gonna hate and go masturbate ha ha
Realplaya  +   1192d ago
No dissrespect but I'm going to go on a limb and say more casual gamers visit sites like cnet and engadget to get the latest on tech. Those sites will talk about the WIIU when it releases. There will be other sites that also review it news stations will talk about the latest gadget and stores will have the unit in there sales adds.

What people need to remember is when you advertise you have to do it for the long run and not all at once. Nintendo only has so much money for marketing but if they want to sale there product for the long haul they need to market for the long haul.

Plus it's sold out for pre orders and I bet people will be sbnatching it up for the rest of the forseable future.

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