Submitted by -Mezzo- 1044d ago | opinion piece

The Wii U Has the Potential to Kill the 3DS

Gi - Nintendo broke a combo that the video game industry had built itself around over the past decade or so. They released a console during a time when it already had a home console that was still performing pretty well, and at a time when no competitor had a rival console on the horizon. A conscientious decision to set itself apart. Nintendo has proved to us with the Wii that new ideas on how to play and develop games (motion controls and touch screens) are useless if they don’t have new ideas on how to market and sell them (embracing more family and casual markets). (3DS, Wii U)

chukamachine  +   1044d ago

If you only bought the 3DS for playing indoors, your an idiot.

It's a mobile device for mobile gaming.

WII-U is a home device for gaming.
raiden-49  +   1044d ago
the 3ds is for anywhere you mean and there no need to attack people over a 3ds being used at home.
darthv72  +   1044d ago
wii-u killing the 3ds.....
I dont see that happening. i would venture that nintendo has been toying with the idea of adapting the 3ds(xl) as a type of control interface with the wii-u.

So those who have a 3ds can use it to control wii-u games but not to transfer wii-u games to the 3ds like it can with the gamepad.

Unless they improved the download and play service for the 3ds and wii-u interoperability.
Snookies12  +   1044d ago
I use my 3DS and Vita at home... Handhelds, especially the Vita are too expensive these days to go running around with in my opinion. What if it gets stolen, or lost? Shoot, my Vita with a 32 GB memory card is the equivalent of around 350 US dollars, not to mention if a game is in there it's around 390.

Yes there are times when I take them out, but primarily it's nice to be able to sit back in bed and play them at any time. So, if you insist on calling me an idiot for that, by all means do it. I'm just trying to be practical here.
TongkatAli  +   1044d ago
Be careful and you won't lose it. Don't let anyone suspicious you don't know play it and you should be fine. I saw this kid get his 3DS robbed on the train, right when the doors open, he snatched it from this preteen and ran off, really F up.
TENTONGUN  +   1044d ago
i dont take my vita out much. acually had strangers ask to use it. what a bunch of fkn morons for asking.
Anon1974  +   1044d ago
Sometimes with these articles, all you can do is facepalm and move on.
CalvinKlein  +   1044d ago
I use my vita almost only at home, am I a moron too? Because trying to play a handheld outside in the sun is alot more stupid. I guess you mean people who play it away from home and not outdoors because playing in the sun sucks.

I dont see how the wiiu can kill the 3ds when the thing has already sold 10 million in Japan alone.
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profgerbik  +   1044d ago

Unfoturnetely life is not as simple as just being careful. Who isn't careful with a piece of a equipment that cost over $200+..

Someone robs you gun point being careful isn't going to do much you can either risk getting shot or hand it over. Countless situations like that, no matter how careful you are some things just can't be avoided.

Say just be careful when three men kick open your door with shotguns shoved in your mouth. It's happened to me, home invasions are no joke, not like my door was wide open either they just completely kicked it open.

No being careful for that and I could tell the shotguns weren't fake either.. So like I said you try being careful in situations like that where being careful makes literally no difference.

Anything can happen, that is about as prepared as anyone can ever be. Just knowing that anything can happen so be prepared for the worst when it does.
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WiiUsauce  +   1044d ago
lol, the Wii U won't kill the 3DS. I have a 3DS and I play it regularly at home, and at work on my breaks, and while I'm driving to run errands (not really, just kidding).

I have a Wii U, 360, and a PS3 for when I want to game on my big screen in my room upstairs. But when I'm downstairs chilling on the couch with my family, I play my 3DS with my legit Bose headphones, and also when I'm about to dose off in my bed like reading a good book, but better, cause games kick books' ass.

they both have a place for use in the home. The 3DS is a more versatile machine, more than capable of console like experiences like MGS Snake Eater 3D, and I love the fact that I can play it in any room in my house.

I would not want to play games on my Wii U gamepad, because the resolution is quite honestly, quite bad. Plus the farthest the gamepad can reach in my house is thankfully to my bathroom upstairs and that's it. Why would I sacrifice how good a game can look by playing it on a low resolution small 6 inch screen when I can play the game on my 42 inch Samsung HDTV with surround sound speakers?

the only game I play on the gamepad is Black Ops 2 online while I'm taking a dump, because I don't really care about the graphics in that game, unless I'm playing the campaign, then I'll play it on the big screen.

In short, both types of gameplay experience are vital to a gamer in my opinion. I've loved the convenience of handheld gaming since I was 10 when I first got my Game Boy Color, and have been a fan of portable gaming ever since.
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Theyellowflash30  +   1044d ago
No it doesn't. There is a clear line of 3DS software and Wii U software. One is mobile, the other isn't. And is this only in the US? Cause there is no way in hell this would happen in Japan.
Kingofwiiu  +   1044d ago
This. It's the other way round

I see the wiiu selling 50M+ in 6 years and the 3DS 100M+ , not exactly kiling the 3DS. In japan the wiiu will be lucky to get past 10M in 6 years and the 3DS is already on that figure in less than 2.
crazy_man  +   1044d ago
*Looks at 3DS's record breaking sales*

Um no.

I love my Wii U and my 3DS...but.....just no.
deafdani  +   1044d ago
You can't take your Wii U with you to play anytime, anywhere.

Also, development costs for Wii U games are considerably higher than for 3DS games, so there's that appeal for making games for the 3DS, as well.

Regarding the games coming this year... we're barely staring 2013, so we don't know how the release calendar will pan out for the 3DS yet.

Lastly, but most important: Nintendo has always made sure to make unique gaming experiences for their handhelds, in order to differentiate them from their home consoles. By making sure both products offer different experiences, they make sure both products are successful. And everyone knows that Nintendo's first party games will play a BIG card in said success for both platforms, so I don't see them dropping the ball on Wii U, and much less on the 3DS.

So, no... Wii U won't be a 3DS killer at all.
kirbyu  +   1044d ago
I still don't see the point to the Circle Pad Pro.

I don't think it matters there's a bunch of shovelware. If there was less shovelware, there wouldn't be more good games.

The reason they're not doing that 3DS to Wii U thing is because not everyone has a 3DS.
TacoTaru  +   1044d ago
Well that's just stupid!
DivineAssault  +   1044d ago
The wii u cant kill anything except itself if nintendo doesnt put out some games & drops the price
AWBrawler  +   1044d ago
too soon to be talking price drop, cheap skate
BlackWolf  +   1044d ago
What? Nintendo is already selling at a loss, ad you want it cheaper? B**ch please...
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Theyellowflash30  +   1044d ago
Its been two months DivineAssault...damn
TongkatAli  +   1044d ago
.............................. ............................... ............................... ............................... ........... no
thezeldadoth  +   1044d ago
except for the whole not being mobile and not having a 3D screen thing.
thezeldadoth  +   1044d ago
i love how they lowered the resolution on that screenshot of new super mario bros U to compare it to the mario 3DS, journalism has definitely taken a backseat. Another lame site using N4G for hits now on the do-not-click list.
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Kos-Mos  +   1044d ago
Just vote down this site on + sign above. Garbage article screaming for attention like a ill dog barking to the sky.
BitbyDeath  +   1044d ago
Different markets. I guess since Nintendo won against PS3 and 360 it's now getting all the hate articles like Sony got after coming first with the PS2.

Welcome to the hate train Ninty fans, you're gonna love it here...
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linkenski  +   1044d ago
Certainly it has, and it's because Nintendo insisted on mass producing the XL edition of the 3DS which i feel - now that i've had it for months - is simply too big to be a proper handheld. Well i can easily play at home and bring it around to other rooms, but i would never have it in my pocket as i walk around town, and i would most DEFINITELY not play it on a bus/train. It's simply too big, and it makes it too similar to the Wii U GamePad which is also handheld to a certain extent.
The Wii U also has 3D capabilites and is esentially a DS without fixed screen positions.
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Drainage  +   1044d ago
no it wont. do you even know what you are talking about? 3DS has Pokemon MH4 Animal crossing , and will be getting its share of exclusive zelda and jrpgs ,etc. You must be mistaking this for the Vita, the Ps3 port machine aka portable Ps3.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1044d ago
Wii U games, all console games really, are for when you want to sit on your couch and play a game for awhile. The 3DS has games that are designed for bite sized play times. That's the difference. I take my 3DS with me everywhere. I actually use it to play games outside of my house, believe it or not.
wiiulee  +   1044d ago
no it will not instead its a way for nintendo to extend both to a new audience and attack both front handhelds and console gaming....to let people know they have two different options with two different gaming experience and different games being made for them...like someone else said this isnt the psvita just gettting the same games as the ps3 and ps4 eventually
G-cis  +   1044d ago
i think its the opposite....
3DS is the reson why wii U didnt do well
AdvanceWarsSgt  +   1044d ago
LOL @ the thought of the WiiU killing the 3DS. Besides the fact that Nintendo's handhelds have been overwhelmingly more successful than Nintendo's consoles since the N64, but Nintendo's handhelds have NEVER had the 3rd party support problems that Nintendo's consoles suffers from.

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