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Submitted by disgaeapuchi 1116d ago | opinion piece

Wii U Direct: Did Nintendo deliver?

Nintendo knew today’s Wii U Direct was important for many-a-reason – did they deliver? (Wii U)

PopRocks359  +   1116d ago
I believe they did. Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to. New IPs, an HD remake to one of the arguably best looking Zelda games in the past decade, new installments to beloved franchises, updates to the OS and Miiverse... all announcements specifically for the Wii U. Nintendo did amazing work on this conference and I think they made a lot of fans happy.

I don't see why people have gone out of their way to spin this conference negatively and I don't know what their expectations could have been. Nintendo did a lot in this conference to get fans excited and whether or not people liked it, it has gotten people talking. I don't speak for anyone but myself, but I say this; this conference made me really excited and quite pleased about having gotten a Wii U. Sure people here don't agree with that, but hey, it's their loss in the end. 2013 was already looking pretty solid for gamers and I feel this Nintendo Direct made it even more so.
scottd  +   1116d ago
I have to be honest and say that Nintendo Direct made me not want a Wii u even more than before, Nothing in there got me excited or interested in there new system. Don't get me wrong I'm not bashing, Nintendo is a great company and have wonderful 1st party titles that i will miss. They have just lost me since the Wii and I am having a hard time finding any reason to come back to Nintendo.
fossilfern  +   1116d ago
Same here. I was looking an excuse to get a wiiu and with all these announcements I will be picking up a wiiu in a few months
Ck1x  +   1116d ago
Be honest with yourself here. You were never interested in the WiiU or Nintendo games in the first place! Because you can't actually make us believe that this Nintendo Direct of all things was the thing that solidified your choosing not to get the system at all. That would be like me stating something crazy as, yeah I thought about getting a PS3 for Christmas, but when I heard Sony was making TLoU I changed my mind... Lol
N4GDgAPc  +   1116d ago
well Only reason I got a wii is because of xenoblade.

And so far only reason I will buy wii u is because of the new xeno game. Other than that nothing else intrestes me. I'm hopeing that Zelda gets a major upgrade and everyone actually talks and link to. If thats the case I will buy zelda also.
khowat  +   1116d ago
But you know what, that's okay. This nintendo direct may not have the games you want and that's fine and the wii u may never have the games that will bring you back to nintend and that's fine.
Kingofwiiu  +   1116d ago
Well , you know , that's , just like , your opinion man!!

At the end of the day there is always gunna be loads of ''uber super duper Hardcore'' gamers who needs Crysis , sword slash unleashes , Shoty mc shooty , and dead arisen over and over again.

Me on the other hand am more inclined with Nintendo's Produce. The wii had some amazing games and was very refreshing compared to 360 and ps3 as was the DS.

For Me 3DS and Wiiu are my main Platforms and My moderately powerfull PC will play second fiddle. And I still have a 360 and ps3 to buy the last few games that I want if they don't come on PC.

And did Nintendo direct deliver ? 100% yes .

@Ezz2013 - The. Game. Is . Not . Finished. Yet. Probably about 55% complete.

And regardless of that nerdy list of irrelivant shite you just wrote , Monoliths softs game LOOKS better/prettier than pretty much anything I've seen on PS3 and 360.

Take your low bandwidth and put it in you £$%
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Ezz2013  +   1116d ago
the only thing that made me laugh when Nintendo fanboys were screaming that the new "X" game is a next gen

direct feed from that game
Very low polygonal terrain

Sun height doesnt affect shadows at all. Here sun is about in 30 degree, but shadow is cast from 80 degree. So lighting is static, mostly prebaked. Shadow resolution looks like 1024k.

Particles quality is on pair with pre PS2 era, alpha texture resolution 64x64?

Water rendering is very simple, there is no refraction or distortion and no reflections from objects. Also next example of very low resolution alpha textures.

Foliage is completely sprite based, same as in Xenoblade

LOD is very aggressive, even for sprite based foliage and that means bandwidth problems of WiiU

i know i will get tons of disagrees for pointing those out
but all of those are direct feed from the trailer
that's how the game look like

as i said it look as good as most 3rd party games ...that's it

i'm not the one who did that it was the guys at neogaf
and it still alpha stage will look better at the end but again that's not next gen title no matter you say it 100 time to your self

but it good to point that out
since the hyperball about it being next gen game
when at best it look as good as RDR ..and that's it
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AWBrawler  +   1116d ago
Ezz, thats some hardcore nitpicking you're doing there. especially since the game is still in its alpha stage and doesn't even have a name yet lol.

I'm sure it'll look loads better and play pretty damn smooth when its released.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1116d ago
You just successfully pointed out the graphical flaws of a game in pre alpha.

I know your point wasn't that this game will look this bad when it launches, just that fanboys are bragging about things they really shouldn't be bragging about, and I agree with you. I've seen some calling it the best console graphics "evar". Which... is not accurate.

I expect these problems will be fixed by the time the game launches. Such as, as you noticed too, Monolith just grabbing assets straight from Xenoblade for the Wii and throwing them in. Obviously those won't be making the cut.
Ezz2013  +   1116d ago

"""And regardless of that nerdy list of irrelivant shite you just wrote , Monoliths softs game LOOKS better/prettier than pretty much anything I've seen on PS3 and 360.

Take your low bandwidth and put it in you £$% """

i'm sorry that i hurt your feeling by showing how it really look like
it's NOT next gen title's far from that
it look like what most 3rd party games look like and even look less than those

and keep telling your self that with your hyperball

what ever help you sleep the night i guess ;)
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iamnsuperman  +   1116d ago
I agree with you but only because Nintendo is being Nintendo. I am not their audience. I didn't like Super Mario Galaxy 2 at all and was confused about the reception it got and their games remind me of that. I wish they were more risky because they can afford to be. Nintendo is the epitome of what is going on in the industry as a whole which is relying on safe releases and not taking a risk here and there. I want them to take a risk and break that stereotypical image that Nintendo has.
chadboban  +   1116d ago

What the hell man, I don't see why people thinking that a Wii U game looks good bothers you so much that you need to point out every graphical flaw you could find in what is obviously a pre-alpha build of the game.

The fact that you have several gifs and pictures prepared just to show flaws screams obssessed fanboy. I mean did you just go over the trailer with a fine tooth comb until you could find every flaw possible. I think the game looks great, but the graphics alone aren't what really got me, it was the incredible draw distance, the huge monsters, the online aspects, the amazing music and the FREAKING MECHS! I'm excited as hell for it!

I'm extremely excited for what Sony and Microsoft's next consoles are going to bring as I know we'll get some incredible looking games from them, but that doesn't mean I can't be blown away by what I'm watching just because it's on the Wii U.


So the game with the huge environments, giant monsters, guns, swords, flying and tranforming mech battles and the freaking shin megami tensei crossover are just stereotypical Nintendo right? Lol, shouldn't really expect less from you though bro, you're pretty hard on everyone, not just Nintendo(read some of your Vita reviews lol).
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MikeMyers  +   1116d ago
Short answer yes, long answer is still waiting for set release dates on games. I am still going to hold off getting a Wii U for now until the library builds and more improvements to the online are made. But this did peak my interest more.
guitar_nerd_23  +   1113d ago

I gave you a bubble that was pretty interesting.

I didn't really notice that in the trailer, not that it matters overly over than for console arguments.

Good points none the less.
OmegaSlayer  +   1116d ago
I believe it made the Nintendo fanboys j!zz.
The other gamers were ok I think.

As a PS3 fanboy I say...
I still get pissed with Sega for Bayonetta.
Bayonetta was my favourite game this gen, but no way in hell I buy a system for 1 game.

Iwata talking is such a pain to hear.

X seems very good and interesting for WHAT IT IS, not for how it looks.
And I loved Xenogears to death.

All the other typically Nintendo stuff was really meh.
I just find Nintendo titles to be unappealing and so boring.

So, 2 titles from a company that doesn't appeal me, whichever company it is, won't persuade me to buy a system.
I already realized that 3rd parties will skip WiiU soon snd it's from release that I say this machine is mid-gen, so I'll go with a Sony machine once again.

So, did Nintendo deliver? Yes, 100% sure it did with its fanbase, the question is if it did persuade a Sony or Microsoft fan that had no interest in the WiiU to buy one instead of waiting for the supposed Orbis or Durango.
With me, even showing 2 titles that could potentially interest me, it still failed to persuade me.
I would have loved to play Mass Effect and Gears Of War when 360 was announced, but it wasn't enough to grant a purchase (just as slightly crispier textures) the end I played Mass Effect anyway on my PS3 ;)
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guitarded77  +   1116d ago
Well, at least you admit you're a PS3 fanboy, and don't just make some backhanded statement. I respect you for that... and I agree with most of what you say, with a little different perspective.

Iwata is horrible to listen to. I find myself checking to see it the video is buffering all the time, but it's just Iwata talking. But this is how all Nintendo employees talk on camera... even Reggie. I think they have to go through the same training before they can talk on camera, or to the public. Some believe it's just the fact that he's speaking another language, but you can clearly see, it is on purpose to make sure each word is articulated.

I own ALL systems, and I prefer my Sony consoles over the others... I bought a Wii U at launch, and since launch have not had any incentive to buy any new of soon to be upcoming games. But the Nintendo Direct was great for a gamer like me. I saw Monolith's project, Wind Waker HD, Wii U Virtual Store and conformation of Mario Kart, SSB and Zelda HD as enough to get me excited again.

I also dig that Nintendo talked about their commitment to Miiverse, and how they plan to keep making more improvements on a regular basis. I hope by this summer, they will have a lot more to offer. The one thing they could have announced to make me 100% on board with their direction is an overarching trophy achievement system. There are so many gamers that want it, and Nintendo will sell more games if they implement.

I still plan on getting a PS4 and XBOX 720 on day 1, but I see the potential of the Wii U and that it belongs in my gaming rig. Sure, it's not for everyone, but Nintendo has already done more for the core with the Wii U than they did in the entire lice cycle of the Wii.
metroid32  +   1116d ago
Yes 100% and it's only a Direct they have these all the time nothing new there but what they announced was special and there is lots more on the horizon.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1116d ago
It was enough for the die hard Nintendo fans, which is good since they are the ones who probably bought the WiiU at launch but it wasn't enough for me to get one just yet.
They have definitely got the ball rolling though, particularly monolith's new game, they just need to keep up the momentum and release some awesome games for E3 that we don't know about yet.
Really looking forward to this years E3.
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a_adji  +   1116d ago
I think they made a good start and it will be rolling on.

Third parties complain about sales, however, Nintendo leave the door wide open and all the majority do is port with lazy extras added. And you wonder why you don't do well.

With development cost going up and studios like THQ sinking, developers should try harder. one can not survive without the other. Simples.
cleft5  +   1116d ago
So true, this was the third parties time to shine and they chose to wait for the console to sell more rather then coming out with amazing games that would sell the console.

Here is a newsflash for these guys, Microsoft and Sony don't need them to make system sellers for them and the cost of making a system seller type game for the 720/ps4 is going to be staggering. If whatever game they release isn't a hit then they could be the next THQ. Developing for Nintendo 3ds/WiiU is a cheap way for developers to get new IPs out there without risking their companies.

Still, I think that the Indie developers did shine in this time frame before all the big new Nintendo games where announced so I am glad for them there. Also, I am sure Nintendo will space out the release of these major games so that third party titles can sell well if they do decide to support the WiiU.
zebramocha  +   1116d ago
You have no idea what just said,thq problems stem from not being to adapt with market,because metro 2033 & crysis 1 would've ended both companies for not being all that successful.
FlyingFoxy  +   1116d ago
Well they kind of did deliver, only it would've helped if Reggie didn't lie when he said that multiplats on Wii U look significantly better.. I expected a bit more from the graphics, but they are definitely adequate.
metroid32  +   1116d ago
To be fair most WiiU multiplats look alot better to be honest ive compared lots and i'd say 70% of the wiiu multiplats are superior as they run in native 720p and a few at 1080p that alone makes then far superior with some like BO2 and Batman/fifa13 look alot better.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1116d ago

I agree with you about the multiplats. Even the Suda51 game won't be coming to the Wii U. C'mon Nintendo, buy third party devs some muffins or something, geez.

I had the opposite feeling about the graphics. For some reason I had this idea in my head that graphic intensive Wii U games would be super jaggy. I was pretty darn surprised that Monolith Soft's new game looks good and jaggy free.
morpha  +   1116d ago
They were probably saying that in order to have lots of effects they would have to reduce the number of AA and AF passes. Which would make things Jaggy.

It remains to be seen if that's true or not. But the logic is sound.
cleft5  +   1116d ago
It's sad how when Nintendo finally shows off and officially talks about all these amazing upcoming games you get all the pathetic little haters that still refuse to acknowledge the amazing games coming to the WiiU. There is just no pleasing these blind fools, yet if Sony or Microsoft would have done this these same morons would be praising that company to high heaven.

Anyways I am hyped as all for the games they talked about and I can see that the WiiU is going to be a must buy for me. I am huge Atlus fan and a huge Fire Emblem fan, so I must play Shin Megami x Fire Emblem day 1.
RTheRebel  +   1116d ago
circle of life in n4g
Just ignore the sony fan club here
nintendo makes games they still hate
Tiqila  +   1116d ago
make another nintendo direct when the release date of that monolith game is known.

until then -> no hype for me.

(a lesson i learned from the past, when i was all hyped by the upcoming releases like The last guardian or final fantasy vs 13).

nothing to do with haters gonna hate
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1116d ago
I doubt the Monolith Soft game will be vaporware. There's just no way Nintendo would let them get away with it. The Wii U NEEDS that game. Also from the look of the teaser trailer it seems pretty far along. A lot further than say The Last Guardian trailer.
Tiqila  +   1116d ago
i agree on that @ElectricKaibutsu

what i meant is that though the game might come out eventually, it can still take lets say a year... for me that is too long to be hyped.
boybato  +   1116d ago
I'm happy that most Wiiu owners are happy. One thing is for sure though...

monolith>>>>>s quenix. lol.
blackbirdi  +   1116d ago
for me yeah it's like e3 lot of new stuff
Tiqila  +   1116d ago
this years e3 will be armageddon
linkenski  +   1116d ago
They did better yesterday than they did with their E3 conference in 2012!
JohnDread  +   1116d ago
True that. I'm really satisfied with the news they delivered even though it was all quite vague. Actually I wish more developers would announce their stuff earlier on. By announcing I mean just confirming that the project exists and that it's gonna happen some time. I mean, when it's Nintendo we're talking about, of course they will get a new Zelda/Mario/Metroid/Smash Bros going at some point. So why not confirming it soon? Well, I can handle waiting. I guess the industry knows that most people can't though.
Blues Cowboy  +   1116d ago
They did deliver, but the take-home message was basically "please wait." It was a bit disappointing to note the dearth of new January and February releases, especially since these are the months they need to be taking advantage of before the next MS and Sony consoles steal the limelight.

Either way, my Wii U is ready for Monolith Soft and The Wonderful 101. So ready.
matrixman92  +   1116d ago
i dont personally care for any of their main franchises...but for fans of them, this is what they were waiting for...lots of good stuff there. I am most interested in that Fire Emblem X shin megami
plmkoh  +   1116d ago
There is only one game I need:, not that abomination in Nintendo Land.
mamotte  +   1116d ago
Bah. Nintendo will never please people. And it's not their fault. I'm pretty sure the logic is:

-Present classic Nintendo games. People will get angry for no new IP.

-Present new IP: People will get angry about not finding sequels to favorite nintendo games.

-Present new IP and classic Nintendo games: People will get angry for the games not being multiplattform, will compare'em to games in other consoles, will be dissapointed for those gomes not being released tomorrow morning, and will be upset for the video being too long to watch in entirely.
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metroidfusion2  +   1116d ago
Exactly lol and its sad that only a few people on this site know what they are talking about
Old McGroin  +   1116d ago
"Wii U Direct: Did Nintendo deliver?"

All I know is I was starting to regret my purchase of the Wii U. The games were getting a little stale and there was nothing solid and concrete to look forward to. I was just wishing Nintendo would announce anything at all so I could justify the purchase to myself.
After yesterdays whirlwind announcements I have found that justification. Not only were there some great announcements like actual playable code for a new Mario Kart and 3D Mario at E3 this year but we also got a tantalising glimpse of what the console could be capable of. The video for Monoliths new X game is breathtaking for a console owner and it is early code. Imagine the detailed landscapes of this game applied to a new Zelda game?.Imagine the huge monsters depicted applied to a Monster Hunter game. Or just imagine how epic Monoliths new game will be anyway.

I'm no fool, obviously the new PS and Xbox will outshine the Wii U graphically when they are released but until then I'll be very content with this. IMHO Nintendo hit all the right notes yesterday because now they have me genuinely excited about what the future holds for the Wii U.
skyrimer  +   1116d ago
I'm still not interested in the WiiU. I need at least 4 or 5 exclusive games that I like to spend so much money, and for me it's hard to find even one. Right now only SMB looks interesting but not a must have, it's a 2d mario after all.

Most interesting announcements were things we knew would happen anyway like a new mario, mario kart and zelda, and those are years away, the remake of Wind Waker doesn't interest me much since it was probably the worst modern zelda game. I don't like JRPGs so the other games say nothing to me, and 2d yoshi looks interesting but not $400 interesting. Maybe a new Metroid or a huge 3rd party exclusive would get me interested, right now not so much.
r21  +   1116d ago
IMO The Nintendo Direct was mind blowing. Before that, I was only interested in Zombi U and Lego City Undercover and now add to that is that new Monolith game and that Zelda remake :D Those games look b-e-a-utiful. Oh and that Yoshi game looks great too.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1116d ago
They did for wiiU for sure. I also cant w8 to see what they bring to the 3DS at E3 other than new smash bros which I am VERY excited for.
Kur0  +   1116d ago
Awesome games but I didn't like the fact that any games you digitally bought on the Wii would have to be re-bought on the Wii U.
MNGamer-N  +   1116d ago
I am excited for these game reveals, I think they did a great job giving us some information instead of holding it back for E3
3rdDimension  +   1116d ago
Yes they delivered.

But in the eyes of many "hardcore" gamers and their level of standards, I'd have to say they felt the opposite.
abzdine  +   1116d ago
i think they did but i'm disappointed cause it's only about sequels, no new IPs.
i'm only buying Wii U when Zelda comes out so i still have time for that.
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lovegames718  +   1116d ago
Mehhhhh alot of rehash and rehash which is why i im not interested in the Wiiu. Monolith game looked good in some aspects but nothing to write home about except of course for some fanboys screaming "omg did you see that bland background and empty world it looked super next gen" I think poster Ezz really put it in perspective and brought ppl down to earth.

For the life of me i cant believe some ppl here saying that looks better than most ps3 exclusives lol Thats crazy. Ill let professionals tell the tale but we basically know what console game will set the next benchmark in grpahics and i have a feeling its between GOW and TLOU.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1116d ago
They delivered alright! I need to go get a Wii U now. But the games they announced were kind of expected, hoping for some new stuff at E3 2013.
guitar_nerd_23  +   1116d ago
Xenoblade looked cool, but I wasn't that keen on the fighting in the first one, I'd prefer a system more like Xenogears.

Love all the mech-riding goodness though, hopefully they'll do a UK localisation again way less grating then American voice overs (no offence).

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