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Submitted by Tolkoto 650d ago | opinion piece

The Wii U is set up for failure

GamesBeat's Dan Hsu details why he thinks Nintendo has set the Wii U up for failure. (Industry, Nintendo, Wii U)

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Lifeequals42  +   650d ago
Great stuff, Shoe. I think Nintendo has made a grievous error in trying to straddle the fence between casual and hardcore. I can't see the casuals ponying up for a new console so soon, and there's little for core gamers but ports.
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Snookies12  +   650d ago
ZombiU is about the only thing I was really interested in for the Wii U. Hope they actually come out with some big titles soon for it.
darthv72  +   650d ago
a bold move...
would be to do something as drastic as to flat out stop production of the existing wii right away. That sounds extreme but considering the wii-u can do everything the wii did AND more means that it would be the logical choice for anyone looking to buy one.

Obviously, they cant do that but there is a benefit for having direct BC playback of existing games. It serves as an interim for games to come that do take advantage of the newer features.

i mean, when i got my ps2, I put my ps1 away because why would i need to have the ps1 out anymore if my ps2 played the same games? It was the same when i got the 3ds. No need for the ds/dsi if the 3ds can play my current library.

The obvious intent for someone buying a new system is of course new games but you cant deny the fact that still being able to play ones you may have or ones that you wanted to get is a selling point unto itself.

Ms took the risk of cutting off xbox support once the 360 was released. It seems to have worked in their situation. Would it work for another company like nintendo or even....sony? Both of them are more concerned with hurting peoples feeling than literally creating a forced adoption of their newest platform.

I mean seriously, you know what hurt sony more than Ms or even nintendo? It was sony and their continued support of a platform that people felt was "good enough" to not warrant them buying their latest and greatest.

If nintendo continues to support the wii (hardware) then they too will feel that sting of consumers buying the lesser than the better. And by this i am simply meaning the actual hardware. game development can continue all it wants because there will be people out there that will buy the software. for the wii, wii-u or even wiiware.

It is a bold move but does nintendo have the balls to do it?
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blitz0623  +   650d ago
Wow never thought I'd see a doom article that's not about Sony
ronin4life  +   650d ago
@Blitz
You obviously weren't here from the 3ds launch up until this summer then.

@hicken
They are both game consoles. That's what that has to do with it.

Mainly, if he thinks that the wiiu will do so poorly that radical changes would be needed, he should know that it took far less for the ps3. Hell, even the 3ds needed a half year after launch boost... so 3 years doesn't sound so bad were it to happen.
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stragomccloud  +   649d ago
@darthv72
True about the xbox bc. However, I feel like they stopped bc after they finished working on all the important games. I was quite happy that all of the games I wanted to be able to replay on my 360 were supported.
LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
Exactly lifeequals! The Wii U is stuck in the middle. Too expensive to be considered a casuals console and lacking the system selling core exclusives to make it appeal to the hardcore. Nintendo fanatics will buy it though.
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PopRocks359  +   649d ago
Too expensive? It's a brand new console that's only slightly above hardware that's over half a decade old.

Secondly what exactly is the issue with pandering to more than one demographic? I thought appealing to more people was supposed to be a good thing.
shempo  +   647d ago
stragom....what important games ? oO u mean the same 2 franchise they milk since launch ? gotcha
Persistantthug  +   650d ago
I think Wii U's problem is the internet infrastructure that Nintendo lacks.
They didn't even bother to put in trophies or achievements.

It's like Nintendo is far from understanding what hardcore really wants these days.

Also, Nintendo's gonna have to prove that it can lock down real 3rd party support. As of now, Rockstar hasn't even bothered to mention the Wii u for GTA 5.
Nintendo gotta get that game to show us they REALLY REALLY want to do right by the hardcore....otherwise, it will be the GAMECUBE all over again.
Neonridr  +   650d ago
yeah cause you're not hardcore unless you have trophies or achievements. You realize that Sony didn't come out with trophies for the first 2 years of the PS3's life right?
jmc8888  +   650d ago
Trophies or achievements are nothing. They are FAKE achievements. Sorry, videogames doesn't accomplish anything. You don't change the world with video games.

They're fun. So the whole idea of 'accomplishments' are oxymoronic in nature.

So if they want to have them...sure, ok. But to lament not having these fake things, is like getting mad that a fake unreality tv show like Jersey Shore got canceled. It's flat out twisted thinking.

Hardcore gamers don't care about achievements. OCD gamers do, and they could be hardcore gamers, but that has nothing to do with being 'hardcore'.

They have real 3rd party support, you just can't read a dev list and notice who is working massively on the console. Ubisoft, Activision, Gearbox, EA, and the list goes on and on. You'll get CoD. You'll get Battlefield. You'll get Madden. You'll get the next Mass Effect trilogy. You won't get GTA V, at least not initially, maybe not at all. But GTA VI? Sure. There's NO reason not to.

People have it in their heads that Nintendo doesn't want 3rd parties making games for their systems. That 3rd parties have some incentive to NOT work on certain consoles. The fact is, if the console can do what they are coding for, they'll put it out on as wide of a list of platforms as possible in order to sell more units and make more money. So yes, since the Wii U can run all the main engines that will run most games for the next decade, you'll see 3rd party support massively. Is it that hard to understand?

GTAV has been in the works for YEARS. It comes out in MARCH. So a three year project is supposed to come out a new system that debuts 4 months before that game's release? You need DEV kits to code for it. Dev kits didn't even exist until GTA V was already well over half made. A little late to make it.

It's more like you're far from understanding the real things at play here. It's ok, it doesn't matter as you understanding things isn't required. But you're wrong.

The Wii U online infrastructure is a question mark. But let's not forget they hired people that made Xbox live. So, I doubt they do something ten years later and screw it up.
Theyellowflash30  +   649d ago
Trophies and achievements have nothing to do with Nintendo's success or failure. Not to mention if they become that important, Nintendo could always add them. Plus the Vita has trophies, 3DS doesnt..... Vita is getting its ass kicked. Nintendo knows what hardcore gamers want. Metroid, Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, Fire Emblem.

I think you just dont like Nintendo. Don't speak in a broad term as far as 'hardcore gamers' Wii U is sold out across the US.
Benjamminkno  +   649d ago
@jmc8888 Bubble UP!!
I think the HDD's situation is bull. First time I have ever seen were every single console gamer need an external hdd. Also what about if a hhd doesn't respond?

Nintendo driver update from seagate?

If something goes wrong I would have to contact seagate about my hdd not working on wiiU? And they will be like "whhhaa??"

is wiiU prepared to accept all hard drives?

This would be easier to fix on a pc.
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millzy102  +   649d ago
I'm buying a Wii u and not getting a HDD as I only buy retail games in physical format (apart from some download only games but not many) I have the 32 gig version ordered and that enough memory for me at the moment so no not every gamer will need one, my ps3 160gb HDD is full of mandatory installs that equals 115gb becsue the blue ray drive to slow to load textures because it only reads 9mbs a problem Wii u won't have. take of the reserved data after formating only leaves me with 25 gig to play with less than Wii u so there you have it. the Wii u doesn't need massive amounts of data unless you plan on buying downloads.
Mikito11  +   649d ago
Erm you never heard of Xbox's over expensive HDD's? It didnt have any internal memory at all!!! Fuck the 25 gig HDD cost £70 for me when it first came out so STFU & GTFO
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jmc8888  +   650d ago
Straddle the fence? You mean you're one of those people that believes appearance is everything?

The fact remains it isn't what someone try's to aim a console at that matters, it is finding out what it is capable of doing, and allowing it to be fully utilized.

Guess what that means, Nintendo can make Nintendo games, and 3rd party can make 3rd party games. You'll have Mario AND the hardcore games.

I'm a core gamer. It's got my money. But then again I've been gaming since Atari/Apple II, so at 34, I've seen lots of consoles launch from many different manufacturers. Could notice the differences between them all and how much better each one from the predecessor.

So you have the problem between your ears that is called misconception. It's your problem. It's okay to have it, it's not fatal or anything. But there's nothing wrong with the console, you just seem to have a bias against it.

There was a time when Nintendo WAS the hardcore. Just because it wasn't for the last decade, doesn't mean the viewpoint that 'Nintendo is for kiddies' is correct or forever.

Self-limiting behaviors or viewpoints are one's own fault and problem.

Dan Hsu's points are even real.

1. $300-#350 isn't expensive. Not when the dollar has been devalued 70 percent since Sony launched theirs for $599.

Seriously. His first point is all about 'perception'. Well 'perception' is faulty. So if people want to go around the world perceiving things as morons, they are free to do it. Doesn't mean there's validity in anything they are perceiving.

2. Another nothing statement. No one is waiting around for a week to buy the Wii U version. Really? I'm guessing Hsu should stay away from Casinos because it sure seems he has a little problem with thinking the world shares his compulsive tendencies. No Hsu, that is not normal, and yes people can wait. I'm one of them. In fact, I'm waiting until Xmas to even open my preordered Wii U. How's that.

Meanwhile what's RIGHT NOW, isn't the FUTURE. So because it's all 'old stuff' from 6-9 months ago...that means that all the other games will be....6-9 months old? No HSU, they were getting recent games out to make sure their audience can have them, and assure their customers that the SEQUELS like Mass Effect 4 will be on the Wii U. But HSU misses that like druggie misses a piss test.

3. We haven't seen ONE killer app. Umm the system has just launched. There isn't ONE killer app usually. It's what app is killer to YOU. Some it's Zelda. Some it's Halo. Some it's something else. But last I checked.

New Super Mario Bros Wii sold 26.26 million units.

You need to add BOTH Modern Warfare 2 and 3 together to roughly equal that. Oh and Wii U has BLOPS 2.

ZombiU does look really cool.
jmc8888  +   650d ago
So exactly how are ignorant people thinking that Nintendo doesn't have system selling exclusives. Let me again put up the top games sold for the 360, PS3, and Wii. Because people are flat out ignorant of the truth. Oh and I never owned a Wii.

The 360 (how many of you realized Kinect Adventures was the top selling 360 game?)
Kinect Adventures 18 million
Call of Duty: Black Ops 16.4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 13.7 million
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 12.9
Halo 3 8.1 million
Skyrim 5.9 million In first 8 months
Gears of War 5 million

PS3
Gran Turismo 5 (9.01 million)
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (5.35 million)
God of War III (5,197,632)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (4.8 million approx)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (3.8 million)

Wii
Wii Sports (79.60 million) (though was included in many versions)
Mario Kart Wii (32.44 million)
Wii Sports Resort (30.14 million)
Wii Play (28.02 million)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (26.26 million)
Wii Fit (22.67 million)
Wii Fit Plus (20.48 million)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (10.79 million)
Super Mario Galaxy (10.68 million)
Wii Party (7.94 million)

So as people can easily see, the Wii has system sellers. Or do people buy MORE consoles for games that are sold half or 1/4 as much than Nintendo's?

Again, just like their competitors now the Wii U will have the best console version of Call of Duty, which made up 1/3 of the best sellers for their competitors I listed.

Facts are facts, and HSU and the perception idiots are flat wrong.
WackyVee  +   649d ago
Zelda is expected to launch in 2014, by then, the Xbox720 and PS4 will have had a launch of themselves.

Yes, Wii had sellers because 3rd party on Wii weren't that so you have to justify yourself buying a Wii by buying some of those party games that you play once in a while.

To go below the 2.5M sold, you have to go at game 59 with Xbox360, 79 for the 2M mark. Position 100 is a 1.66M seller.

On PS3, it's 43 and 63. Position 100 is a 1.31M seller.
On Wii, it's 40 and 56. Position 100 is a 1.26M seller.

Considering Wii sold 97M consoles, XBox360 70M and PS3 68.3M, Wii console was a selling success because of its cheap price and new/fun controller for party but wasn't that much of a success for games.

Wii U has a high price, unimaginative controller and like the writer said hardcore games that are old, so I also doubt it will be a success..console and games wise.
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herbs  +   649d ago
Oh noos the wii wii is going to fails because the buttons are backwards and upside down. Garbage article...
JeffGrubb  +   650d ago
The Wii U lasts three years before Nintendo makes some kind of drastic change.
ronin4life  +   650d ago
That would still be longer than the ps3 shifts...
Hicken  +   650d ago
What does that have to do with ANYTHING?

Really, what was the point in bringing up the PS3?

On topic: No, the Wii U is NOT set up for failure. it might struggle a bit with its unclear identity, but struggling doesn't equate to failure.
Deku-Johnny  +   649d ago
Hicken, Of course the PS3 has to do with it. Writing about one of the 'big three' means the conversation is open to mentioning their competitors.
Zodiac  +   650d ago
"It’s unfortunate that Nintendo wants to do something different, whereas the rest of the industry is trying to standardize controllers.”

Love or hate whichever company you want, i love all 3 and sometimes hate decisions that each of them make, but people who makes comments like these need to GTFO of gaming development.

It's unfortunate that a company tries a different approach and tries something new in the industry? Sell your IP's to a company more beneficial and then please leave.
LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
Actually Nintendo isn't doing anything "different". What they're doing is trying to capitalize on this generation's mainstream obsession with tablets/touch screens.
Zodiac  +   650d ago
I was capitalizing on the principal of saying that doing something different is unfortunate. Be it Nintendo or anyone else. Nintendo was just the example this person used. Anger directed at the statement for the meaning of the statement, not because he said something negative about Nintendo.

It is just a terrible attitude.

But lets use Nintendo as an example again. Analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and such were far from welcomed with open arms. The industry called it stupid as well.

26 years since the NES as we still have to hear this crap.

Edit:can people at least say something to go along with the disagrees? I'm actually interested on peoples take on this. I don't bite.
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LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
Didn't disagree with you btw. I disagree with the notion that doing something different is unfortunate. Thats a silly statement. Why would gamers want to play the same damn thing over and over again? I think Hsu misconstrued his words.

What I believe he was trying to say is that different isn't always better. As I stated before, Nintendo wants to attract the tablet market. This so called "innovation" is brought about by a futile attempt to grab the iphone/Android gamer market...not to better the experience of hardcore gamers.

"Analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and such were far from welcomed with open arms. The industry called it stupid as well.

26 years since the NES as we still have to hear this crap."

26 years? I'm guessing your AT LEAST in your 30s. Your from a different generation than I am. I've NEVER said anything negative about our current analog stick control schemes. Why? Because they work very well.
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live2play  +   650d ago
"capitalize on this generations mainstream obsession with tablets/touch screens"

yea because nintendo NEVER tried to experiment with a second screen using the GBA/gamecube combo
and nintendo NEVER made a handheld system based on using touch controls or a second screen, and im sure if they made such a system it certainly didnt come out BEFORE there was a boom in tablet and touch screens

OH NO WAIT...

seriously... be quiet.
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millzy102  +   649d ago
people who think Nintendo are copying apple with the iPad or android need to realise Nintendo created it in the first place with the ds in 2004 then apple iPhone in 2007 so the tablet and phone market is due to the success of the ds get fact right, Nintendo created touch screen gaming for the masses.
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stragomccloud  +   649d ago
I bet you didn't know that the original Wii was originally being designed with a second screen in the controller. Also, Nintendo played a big part in showing the appeal of touch screen gaming releasing the DS back in 2004; 3 years before the iphone.
rainslacker  +   650d ago
I agree that companies that try to be innovative shouldn't receive so much criticism. Just looking at the Wii it was met with a lot of hostility when it came to motion controlled gaming, and a lot of hardcore gamers were completely against it. I'd even say a lot of them still are. However Nintendo did prove that there was a market for it, and quite a big one at that. It also opened the doors for new kinds of gaming that were geared towards a more profitable marketplace than the hardcore.

While I think most on here could be considered a hardcore gamer, most of us are very resistant to change. On top of that some of the most vocal on here are also the ones that think they know exactly what it takes to become and remain profitable and the best way that the industry needs to progress. Most of them ignore the fact that despite all this generations downsides(day-one DLC, online passes, etc), if it wasn't for the casual market this generation could have easily lead to a market crash, as there just isn't as much profit in the big AAA games. There are some successes of course (quite a few really) but that just isn't enough to really sustain the market for the long term. Many of these so called shovel ware games helped publishers produce the bigger games that kept us happy this generation.

None of this is to say that I believe Nintendo is being exceptionally innovative, as they are claiming. Just that maybe people should give them the benefit of the doubt before spelling doom for the company.
Lifeequals42  +   650d ago
A lot of hardcore gamers *were* against it, and they by and large stayed away. The Wii owes its success to casual gamers. But now Nintendo needs hardcore gamers back, and they've done little to entice them to spend $300 for a new console.
LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
I agree with the article. I'll be happy if I'm wrong though. Besides the initial launch excitement, Wii U sales will dwindle in 2013. Nintendo hasn't provided any FIRM reason as to why PS3/360 players need to jump over to the Wii U.
PygmelionHunter  +   650d ago
You see, that's the problem with today's gamers, why jump over to another console? Why can't you buy a new console while still supporting your older console/s, i mean, if the problem at hand is money, that's understandable, as for those people to who money is no barrier, why do they find themselves stuck with this kind of mentality?

@ Zodiac
I couldn't have said it better myself, but just to add, Nintendo isn't trying to capitalize on tablet gaming, if anything, it's more like a home console version of the DS, mixed with a Wii vibe, and that's a new concept in console gaming for me, but these changes are always unwelcome in the world of gaming to some people, yet, they make excuses when you tell them that we would still be living in the Atari era if it were up to them...
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LOGICWINS  +   650d ago
"You see, that's the problem with today's gamers, why jump over to another console? Why can't you buy a new console while still supporting your older console/s,.."

It's not about money. It's about LEGITIMATELY having not having any current interest in the Wii U.

If you have a Lamborghini, are you going to go out of your way to buy a Toyota?

Why buy Spam when you have a porterhouse?

Similarly, I currently own a PS3 and I'm VERY happy with it. Why would I go out of my way to buy a Wii U when I believe that what it offers is inferior to my current setup?
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MasterCratosKong66  +   650d ago
Exactly, Well said pygmelionhunter. There is not only one option out there and gamers who don't have the financial constriction are don't have to pick a side. Each console has a different experience where some may come down to the physical way you play the game while others just come down to exclusives. Just because each is different does not make it inferior as that is completely based on opinion. For example, Super Smash Bros. is my favorite game series. PASBR is a similar game that is amazing, but plays differently. Now I like SSB more but that doesn't mean I can't be happy with both of them. So because I will never get a full Halo experience with Nintendo, a full Little Big Planet, God of War, Uncharted experience with Microsoft, or a full SSB, DK, Zelda experience with Sony the best option is to experience each as they are. As a wise man once said, "for a true gamer, one system is just never enough."
LouisGarcia  +   650d ago
All things I've considered, but I'm actually quite excited to get one because it is so damn different.

Of the games I've played, I haven't had much trouble adjusting to the button layout. I will admit it was weird at first. I'm also not fond of analog sticks being on the same plane (even for the PS3). I actually try to stay away from PS3 first-person shooters because the left analog is too low for me, so this might actually be better than that.

And I'm completely down for a somewhat new Mario Bros. game, and of course the console-defining games will come. Would it have been better to see them at launch? Absolutely.

In short: HD Zelda. Sold.

How that translates into grabbing the hardcore and casual market... well, I don't know. I don't think anyone is really going to know at this point.
The_Infected  +   650d ago
I completely agree with you. I can't wait for Zelda, Mario "not the side scroller", and Mario Cart HD. I really like the dedicated Wii U gamepad and Nintendo TVii. This is coming from a hardcore gamer. I just really want a break from hardcore and FPS games except for ZombieU and play some great fun games on the WiiU.
LouisGarcia  +   648d ago
I agree. It's nice to get a break from all the shooters, and the Wii U will be a breath of fresh air.
ylwzx3  +   650d ago
It's funny... Years and years of people whining and complaining that the Wii should have been HD and would have been so so awesome... Are now just slamming it and deeming it a failure..........
TripC50  +   650d ago
This article is dead on. But I love me some Mario, DK, Metroid, Zelda, Kirby, SSB, and a lot of other Nintendo exclusives that are making the jump to HD. That alone gets me hyped and others like me hyped. And there are more than enough people like me out there.
neoMAXMLC  +   650d ago
After having a bit of hands on with the Wii U, I actually got pretty interested in it. I haven't been interested in a Nintendo console since the SNES (and the Gameboy handhelds if those count). The tablet controller feels pretty weird in my hands though. Still interested to see how much more powerful it supposedly is over current gen consoles.
jrbeerman11  +   649d ago
Disagree only because of n64 master race.
neoMAXMLC  +   649d ago
Naw man, the SNES is the legendary race!
Moonman  +   650d ago
Always need one of these for N4G, can't wait to see the articles for the other two consoles. And watch who actually who gets their ass kicked.
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ronin4life  +   650d ago
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Buttons? Really?
Controller setup didn't hurt;
Ps1
Xbox
N64
GC
And it certainly didn't hurt the WII.

Here's some advice; stop actively looking for problems where they DON'T EXIST. There are quite a few legitamate worries, this I won't deny even as a major N fan, that are more than enough material for an opinion piece... but even then, is that different from any other pre-launch perspective?

The WiiU will NOT be special or different From any other major console launch; it will release and then sell. Wether it keeps selling and becomes a true platform or falters is another matter for latter. But if button layout is THE biggest problem you can find, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Sadie2100  +   650d ago
That wasn't the point, though. It's that the button layout will be unfriendly to the hardcore gamers that Nintendo needs to woo to keep the system viable longer than the Wii. The hardcore gamers who keep buying games and sustaining a platform need to be there. That's what Nintendo wants, but the controller is a barrier. :)
RFornillos4  +   650d ago
unfriendly to the hardcore? so hardcore gamers are born adapted to the xbox360/ps3 controller setup?

PC users have more or less adapted to different control schemes in gaming when using a keyboard, was that a problem?

of course there will be a learning curve, but to say it's unfriendly is just plain stupid, being narrow-minded.

as for the other reasons, hardcore content being old ports -- i've already mentioned this in my other posts, you can't say fully till next year, since it's just launching. also there's already news of a next-gen game unexpectedly coming to Wii U in 2013. i do admit about killer app though, but no one's tried the Miiverse extensively yet, and they believe it could be the one, so who knows.

again, although there're some valid points, not exactly enough to conclude failure for it.
beerkeg  +   649d ago
'It's that the button layout will be unfriendly to the hardcore gamers that Nintendo needs to woo to keep the system viable longer than the Wii.'

It may be unfriendly to hardcore gamers who have a brain the size of a peanut, but I'm sure the vast majority won't struggle to come to terms with it. It's not rocket science, it's just getting adjusted to a different control scheme.
millzy102  +   649d ago
we are human being probably the most intelligent spiecies in the univers we've unlocked the secrets to life and can break things down to a molecular structure so putting thumbs down instead of up to press a butron isn't too difficult now is it, its not rocket.science. if you can't manage that you must have the intelligence of a dog. besides I'm waiting till 30th to get cod, I don't play games with my friends anyway I go out drinking with them at the weekend besides I'm not a fan cod online I prefer campaign more fun and less pointless.
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SybaRat  +   650d ago
It just seems like they want to capture core CoD-type gamers without actually understanding them.
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Neonridr  +   650d ago
How did all the players in the world transition from the SNES to the N64, or from the N64 to the Xbox or Gamecube. Each controller was so different than before, yet everyone managed to survive. Do you honestly think that the term hardcore only applies to Microsoft and Sony, and only in the last 10 years? It's so funny about people complaining because the analog stick is higher than the buttons, oh no, I can't think for myself, what will I do??
PopRocks359  +   649d ago
The Wii U is not even that foriegn a concept in controller style. It's by and large a PS3 controller with a touch screen in the middle. That is honestly not such a bad thing.

Also I love how people will knock it one second and then praise the Vita the next; the latter of which has many of the same features.
Deku-Johnny  +   649d ago
The thing that gets me more than the argument about the analog sticks being above the buttons is the argument about Nintendo ripping off Microsoft's A, B, X, Y set up and switching them around.
Moonman  +   650d ago
Why U haters mad?

Article title has a MIGHT in it...N4G changes MIGHT to IS..and this article is written by a xbox troll.
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Man-E-Faces  +   650d ago
Not a very good article at all in my opinion, his main rant is that Nintendo's new controllers are not standardized meaning not having a similar analogue layout as 360,ps3 now how stupid is that. This is actually something that I love about Nintendo is their different controllers they make for each console, I love my PlayStation's but damn I am sick or more likely bored of the same dual shock like design that Sony has graced it's 3 consoles in a row, it would sicken me if all controllers were the same. Now I do think Nintendo screwed up with naming the console the same as Wii but adding a U to it, to many this will be confusing as to suggest the WiiU game pad is nothing but an add on as a poster on that site said how many times she's been asked if the game pad can be added to their Wii. It's bad enough the console itself looks like a Wii it's just confusing to the casual gamer if you ask me. Lastly I am sorry if this offends a Nintendo fanboy/girl but Nintendo's babyish interface is off putting, is there a need to still have those stupid looking Mii's with babyish sounds? And releasing a Mario game that could pass as dlc add on content from the Wii version doesn't speak of effort either.
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_LarZen_  +   650d ago
Yay more doom articles!

The doom preachers has moved on from 100% focus on Sony and are now working hard preaching about the imminent doom for Nintendo!
Saave_Dragon  +   650d ago
I really thought the WiiU would be amazing, we'll just have to see.
jbgamer  +   650d ago
so just because a bought off person from sony, says wii u would be a failure you believe them?? seriously? you must have not thought it would have been as good in the first place, because the wii u IS STILL AMAZING, I am going to buy mine and not just 1 person's biased opinion is not gonna stop me from buying it.. trust me dan shoe is a liar, who is looking for attention, if you go by his judgement alone, you must not have really wanted the wii u in the first place.
Lifeequals42  +   650d ago
Curious what evidence you have that Dan Hsu was "bought off" from Sony other than the observation that he criticized the Wii U (and not even the system, itself, but Nintendo's design and strategic vision for it).
jbgamer  +   650d ago
what's wrong dan? are we maddsy waddsy, bayanetta 2 IS NOT COMING TO THE 360 OR ps3? the wii u will succeed.. how much did patcher pay you to say that?
you want to talk about failure? go back to egm magazine.. OH WAIT, THE MAGAZINE FAILED!! so if any knows about failure it's dan shoe!!!
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DarkZane  +   650d ago
If the WiiU succeeded, it's not gonna be because of Bayonetta 2. The first game sold terribly on PS3 and 360, which had a much bigger fanbase than the WiiU will have when the sequel is released.

Then, they think the sequel to a game that actually failed will succeeded on a console that will barely have any install base and that just buy that console for casual gaming.
RFornillos4  +   649d ago
you can never tell... with Nintendo's magic touch, Bayonetta 2 may just be a bestseller when released on Wii U...
DarkZane  +   650d ago
Casuals won't switch soon and hardcores won't get this when it's just as powerful as a PS3 or 360 and that the PS4 or Xbox720 are about to come out a year or two later. Especially since the PS4 and the 720 will be a lot more powerful than the WiiU.
jbgamer  +   650d ago
You know this how? Is that why the wii u pre orders are sold out? And you do realize that this is only 30% of the power being used on the machine? And if sony, and micro soft are much more powerful, prepare to pay $500 a machine, and i say that because more then likely you will be buying more then 1 machine, over, and over because sony, and micro soft machines tear up a lot, maybe they will change that. Oh and have 100 bugs in them reguardless of the person's comment below, i have heard that the wii u has the best version of assassin's creed 3, COD BO2, Ninja Gaiden 3, FIFA 13, NBA 2K 13 This really scares people like Dan Shoe because not only will nintendo get the casual audience, but they will get a bigger piece of the hard core audience, and this machine will end up being more successful then the wii, and that will really make the fans of sony, and micro soft blow their lid.
RFornillos4  +   649d ago
the argument about ps4 and xbox720 being more powerful is really getting old and stale.

yes they will be more powerful, but the biggest question would by, by how much?

because when Wii U succeeds, they will realize that if they want to sell, they'll have to be priced somewhere near Wii U; which means they'd have to sacrifice some things, which analysts point out will most likely be that same "power" you are preaching about. in the end, they may only be "slightly powerful" than the Wii U. which means games would still be made for all 3 platforms.

an article the other mentions that according to Epic games, development cost for next gen will increase. so everyone should really be expecting for an increase in price for games and perhaps console. i mentioned this before, in the end, what platform do you think will be considered the least expensive, which will most likely sell more? Hint: How U will play next!
boybato  +   650d ago
Nintendo apparently is becoming the second PS3 when it comes to bad ports.

see link: http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

prepare for more doom and gloom guys.
PopRocks359  +   649d ago
Yeah when damn near every port has technical issues (as oppose to the one game that's coming from EA of all publishers) then I'll believe it.
boybato  +   649d ago
ninja gaiden apparently also has it...

message to devs/publishers:
shit, consumers deserve a product that works right out of the box otherwise do not release it at all.
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MasterCratosKong66  +   650d ago
This guy does not deserve to be commended for raising good points when all he did was sum up other points that have been mentioned at least a dozen times in other places in addition to focusing mostly on the most miniscule point of the 3. Luckily we humans have this wonderful ability to adapt regardless of how long we have been working with a previous stimuli. But you probably are going to have to play it more than once to get used to it. This is a problem that is an initial one and not a long term problem like the writer makes it out to be. Switching back and forth from the N64 controller to the playstation controller was a more difficult adjustment than the simple rotation of the face buttons and analog stick.
chronoforce  +   650d ago
the damn button layout really ! i play with an xbox control more than with my ps3 so to me it feels wrong having the dpad on the top left on PS3 controller but you learn to live with it. Anyone who uses a 3DS will find the WII U set up familiar
strigoi814  +   650d ago
i think wii U will sell because some ignorant people will think that the gamepad is either a Tablet or worst part is a huge techy TV remote..lolz
Phoenix76  +   649d ago
the only thing i dont like about nintendo is the need to keep pushing out almost excatly the same game (for 30 yrs) but with better graphics!! MARIO anyone??
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pedroyamato  +   649d ago
It is calling being smart, if it makes money why not?Thats why u can watch spiderman movies 50 years after it was made.
The important is not the mario name, is the game quality, and the mario franchise is responsible for high quality AAA titles. In mario's case, the name is a quality seal.
pedroyamato  +   649d ago
I can give you several reasons why I think Nintendo has set up the Wii U (launching in the U.S. this Sunday) for succeed:

1. Compared with older system as PS3 and XBOX, the wii u is just a little bit more expensive. And It is more powerful, has a tablet control, 3rd party support for "hardcore" franchises, ninty exclusives and the most important, it is brand new. And nintendo still has the price down option. As they did with the 3ds, would wii u start be too slow and they could just cut off 50USD (sell it on red is better than not sell it at all) and make it ever cheaper than the ps3 being a next-gen console.

2. Besides few games as Batman, ME3, etc, the other games were released just few months ago (black ops just 1 week) , it is not ALL old stuff, it is far from that, ps3 players cannot play skyrim DLC even one year after it was released... wii u ports are actually better ports with a lot of extra content. Just look at Ninja Gaiden case.
A lot of people maybe cant wait one week for BO2, but the 2 million that reserved wii u maybe are just interessed on it, and that is A LOT!

3. Mario itself is enough to make the system sell 1 million (just look at each mario released for ds, or 3ds, or any nintendo plataform). Nintendo still has, Super Smash Bros, Pikmin 3, Metroid, F-zero, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Mario Kart, Mario Paper, Mario BALBLABLA, and yeah, Zelda. They even did not announced it yet (besides pikmin3) because they dont need; rembember how 3ds was selling bad? mario land -> mario kart -> monster hunter! BOOOM! 3 millions units in a month. They are pro, they are not going to use all the best cards in the first month, and wii u has enough 3rd party support (BO2, AC3, etc) to keep the players busy for some months.

5-Wii U is compatible with 4 types of controllers, the pad, the pro, the wii classic and the wii mote. The people will find one to fit them.

The wii had a life cycle, nintendo told that they would release a new system when HD turn out to be the standard, and now, it is the standard. They maybe got 1,2 years out of their previsions, but the wii reached its purpose, sell a lot, makes nintendo a lot of money and the most important, give nintendo back a strong position on the market after fail with the GC.

This article is just so poor that I realize anyone with internet these days can call themselves journalists.

Nobody knows the wii u future... GOD, it is not even out yet, the market will choose if it will fail or not, not a journalist wannabe.
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yavorsv  +   649d ago
U bring some good points.They are spot on. No other company can offer what Ninty can at the moment. :)
tiffac008  +   649d ago
Boy, they must be tired of all the PS Vita Doom and Gloom article that they needed a break and started another Wii U Doom and Gloom article.

Can't the industry catch a break from all this negativity?
yavorsv  +   649d ago
Maybe we Nintendo fans should go to your Sony article and spam BS, because U ONCE AGAIN WON'T have proper backwards-compatibility ???? I love when karma get's U just like the Wii. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Why the hate ?
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Benjamminkno  +   649d ago
It's NINTENDO!! They actually "make" games... DUH!!

I think after 30 years, they know wtf they're doing. Any thought to the contrary is laughable. It'll fail to win over the "mature" gamers that demand adult content.
Hell, I would love to play Dead Space on Wii U, but it would seem 'Nintendo is for kids' has been the mantra for over a decade.
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