Stick Skills: "With all of these combined sales, including hardware and software, no one could light a match up to Nintendo in 2010."
The soccer moms need to fix their attitudes and go buy a wiiU now! Ninty will make good monies in europe.
Nintendo will be fine.
I don't see anything WRONG with the Wii U, i just don't understand what it's going for or who it is targeting. As a PS3, 360 and gaming PC owner, it really holds no place for me as i'm not enthusiastic enough about 1st party Nintendo titles to spend £300+ on a new system for them. And coming at it from a new gamer that doesn't own an HD console perspective, what does it offer me that i cant't get for over £100 cheaper on PS360? With a substantially bigger back catalogue and already firmly established online setups with 10's of millions of users already there in the existing platforms, i just don't see what they are going for. And if they are trying to hold the current gen once MS/Sony move up to another generation, the points from above apply again, i could get essentially the same thing but still alot cheaper. If you own a Wii U, i'm sure you're having a blast and all the more power to you, but it just flies over my head i'm afraid =/
Your a pc owner... How do you feel about that direct x 8 card you are still using? Oh it has framerate problems, etc hmmmmm what you don't own it any more? Ok then you understand that we don't care about the back catalog if it has framerate problems etc. So the problem is those games are subpar just like Mac games. Plus you have a pc. What games are we really missing?
After 7 years of owning a 360 and my ps3 recently breaking, I'm more then happy to buy a WIIU. It looks like a lot of fun, it's got me excited to plays games again. This gen has been long and for me a somewhat boring one. I think I might skip the next ps3/360 and just buy a PC.
I feel the same way about Sony, Microsoft and the PC. Aside from EA Sports games, none of them hold a place for me. <As a PS3, 360 and gaming PC owner, it really holds no place for me as i'm not enthusiastic enough about 1st party Nintendo titles to spend £300+ on a new system for them.>
"With a substantially bigger back catalogue and already firmly established online setups with 10's of millions of users already there in the existing platforms" those complaints aren't really reasonable. it just comes down to complaining that the console is new. And nintendo kinda addresses that by having backwards compatibility. I just bought my wiiU and I can't say I'm blown away, it's fun though, and I can see that there is potential for good games. I'm really impressed with the responsiveness, there's barely no latency at all between the gamepad and the TV. nintendo needs to get their shit together on the OS though. It's way to slow for what it does, especially when you know a gig of the ram is dedicated to it. EDIT: was meant as an answer to TheFaceless.
So that's its purpose? Being "new"? I wasn't being critical, i was genuinely asking what purpose it served from the perspective i put in my comment. What about when it stops being "new" and is just current? Does it get opened to questions then? I haven't disagree'd you and with all due respect dude, i think you missed my point.
I reckon to be a Nintendo HD console that offers a variety of methods to play games as oppose to just one that we're used to. The novelty I think is in the different functionality it comes with; touch, motion and classic controls.
The purpose, make gpgpu programming the norm? Make two screen gaming the norm. Bring new game play models. Plus it's fun.
My "new" comment is directed to what I quoted from your comment. you say that the wiiU is less interesting because there are less players and less games. I was just saying that any new console would have that issue so it didn't make any sense to use that as arguments. other than that I don't think that consoles need a "purpose" they just need good games. from where I stand the PS3 and 360 have no purpose other than to be fun. I don't know why you are looking for a purpose in the WiiU.
But both the 360 and PS3 DID have a purpose is my point. Microsoft entered the next gen console market first, so Sony joined the party with PS3 as competition so one company/device cornered the market. Now, 6-7 years into the cycle, Nintendo pop up with a console that is fundamentally their answer to the PS360 right on the cusp of another generation when Sony and MS are about to move up a notch again. It just seems like it's entering a market gap that doesn't actually exist. You could argue that when MS/Sony move up, support will be dropped for PS4/720 purposes, but with the Wii U being so similar to what's already out there, why the hell wouldn't publishers just put Wii U titles on PS360 anyway to the already 10's of millions of people that potentially haven't moved to next gen day 1. There's nothing wrong with Wii U, it does what it does absolutely fine and by all means it's a solid platform, but i think it's just an unnecessary 3rd platform entering a generation in its twilight era with no actual gap to fill other than to be involved with the core crowd now that Wii has had its day.
I think you may be missing the point of the WiiU- which is a whole new way to play, which is largely different to what is out their at the moment. But you are probably refering to the graphics, whihc i understand. And i dont see any reason if your only just jumping into console gaming now, that you might choose out of the three current gen consoles if their near the end of their cycle.
The article says 'only' 400,000. Yeah because they had 4 million sitting on the shelves right? Pro tip: Other than on Wall Street where you can sell things you don't own, you can't actually sell consoles that aren't on the shelves. So this means Nintendo is vulnerable? When most people still don't know about it...they will soon. We're in a great depression, we weren't in 2006. Unlike 2006, Nintendo was the cheapest, now with holiday sales (so yeah HOLIDAY BLACK FRIDAY deals) you had a big margin between 360/ps3 versus wii u pricing. So 'demand isn't anywhere near' the Wii, yet is 'only outsold it's predecessor by 100k units'. Why can't anyone make sense of information anymore? So in the midst of a great depression the Wii U, at a 50-150 dollar premium, which many people didn't know existed (as the marketing campaign barely began), still outsold the Wii by 100k units....and Nintendo is vulnerable? Well as much as any other business in the world. But based on these numbers. Absolutely not. Add in all the hardware units sold during the week and Nintendo is easily ahead of anyone else. Guess they didn't realize that.
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