Has the Wii U had a better launch than the 360 did?

Nintendo has taken a lot of heat from gamers and the gaming press for the Wii U's lack of software after launch. Comparing it against this generations top console, the Xbox 360, the Wii U actually measures up quite well.

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Zodiac1900d ago

I think so. Some high quality games were ports, but the they were still higher quality games than the ones that launched for the xbox in 2005.

Forget if they are ports or just enhanced versions. Just look at the games themselves and you will see that the Wii U had a high quality launch.

Thatguy-3101900d ago

It does but wii u won't have the legs the 360 had in the long run.

Deku-Johnny1900d ago

Nintendo's consoles always have legs to stand on because of their 1st part titles. They pretty much carried the Wii by themselves and if they have to they'll carry the Wii U that's how they've managed to keep going all these years they're the only ones who could have a successful console with next to no third party support.

mcstorm1900d ago

I think the Wiiu will have legs. I think next generation will be closer between all 3 this time around as they will all offer similar experiences where this gem the 360 and ps3 were similar and the Wii was different so the people who got a ps3 did not get a 360 and vice versa where alto that got a ps3 or 360 got a Wii. Plus Nintendo managed to grab the big market in terms of the none core.

This time round Sony Microsoft and Nintendo will be going after both markets from day one rather than part way through the gen.

Ju1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

That's hardly comparable. First the 360 had a slow start, no doubt about it. But the PS3 wasn't the end it all console as many had hoped. So, eventually the decision wasn't so clear why to actually wait that long for a console you can have today.

This time I am quite certain that both PS4 and 720 (or whatever they will be called) will be quite a step up from what Nintendo has to offer.

Sure, we haven't yet seen what the WiiU can do, and I expect better looking games than ports. But I am quite certain it won't match neither 720 nor 360 level. Depends on the additional features (like the tablet controller, Kinect or w/e Sony is cooking up) what is the distinguishing factor between the three.

I am not sure if I want all these gimicks; I just want pretty games which play like what we have. But maybe that's just me. I am in no rush to change everything - how we play games. Maybe I'm just too old fashioned.

blackbeld1900d ago

My predictions for next ten.

1 PS4
2 WiiU
3 720 xbox

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xursz1900d ago

It had a good enough launch line up but I can't ignore the fact that nothing they have has topped the games that are releasing on current generation systems.

In other words when are they going to surpass ps3 and xbox360.

Deku-Johnny1900d ago

When PS3 and 360 released they had nothing that topped the games being released on PS2/Xbox/Gamecube, what's your point?

lilbroRx1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

When are they going to top the last gen consoles that have been on the market for 7 years?

I'd image when a similar amount of time has passed, or did I miss the console that achieved a 70 million a user install base and peek performance in 2 months?

xursz1900d ago

New consoles are supposed to be better and perform better than old consoles. I guess you can chalk it up to lazy porting but third party games have actually been worse on WiiU.

Resistance Fall of Man was leaps and bounds better than Black. So yes I expect next gen games to be better than current consoles, otherwise what's the point in "upgrading" to a new system.

Imalwaysright1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

"When PS3 and 360 released they had nothing that topped the games being released on PS2/Xbox/Gamecube, what's your point?"

I purchased my PS3 a few months after it launched here in Europe and it came with 2 games (starter pack) : Motorstorm and RFoM. Motorstorm absolutely destroyed what had been done on the previous gen graphically speaking. I know that you want to defend the Wii U and I will purchase one soon as Zelda gets released but there is no need for you to lie. BTW Motorstorm was released just one month after the PS3 launched in Japan.

Deku-Johnny1899d ago

@Imalwaysright, I wasn't speaking graphically. I meant the games weren't much better than what was already available on the other consoles in terms of how good the games were rather than how good they looked.

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Starfox171900d ago

I think so and with MH Utimate and LegoCity in a month ? very good

corrus1900d ago

I think that on Wii U the luck runs out your luck runs out hehe awesome song

GalacticEmpire1900d ago

Unless we see a WiiU RROD, I'd say yes.

Seriously though, there are some quality games out already and with the promise of HD Mario Kart and Zelda I'm tempted to buy one myself.

KnightRobby1900d ago

My question is: Can it sustain itself for the next year with 2 major next-generation consoles releasing?

I believe that it can to a degree because of its first-party titles. If they keep pushing their first-party content, this would be the reason to purchase the Wii U. And it looks to have a lot of good upcoming games.

Then again, so does the PS4 and Xbox 720 - and many of the first-party titles haven't even been unveiled from Sony or Microsoft. And they're going to look a lot more appealing to anyone ready for next-gen consoles...

lilbroRx1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

The Wii did that and more. Why can't the Wii U?

Ju1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

Different markets. Wii was cheap and focused on family oriented markets. While the WiiU is not. Wii sold in a complementary market, WiiU sells in to a competitive market. Currently it doesn't look so good that the WiiU actually sells half of the other current gen consoles sell. I would be more optimistic if it would at least sell in the same range. But it doesn't. Wii as a competitor only plays a smaller role here; the sales tanked. But it might be enough to cut Nintendo's own margin in the family market (which doesn't matter for Nintendo right now - because they can't care less where their money is coming from).

Hicken1899d ago

The Wii U is not the Wii. That;s obvious enough to those of us who frequent sites such as this: we should all be well aware of the differences in the two systems, who they're aimed at, and so on.

The fact that the people OUTSIDE of core gamers don't really know that is what will wind up hurting the Wii U. Since many of them see little more than an add-on to the Wii(which is mostly Nintendo's fault), the market that previously bought the Wii won't have as much interest. And that market is far larger than the one the Wii U targets: the core.

It's not impossible, but I don't think the Wii U will have anywhere like the runaway success that was the Wii.

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