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Submitted by Xieldos 1095d ago | opinion piece

The Wii U could be in pole position come Christmas

"After a year on the market the early adopters will already have the Wii U and despite the expected difference in graphical power Nintendo’s system will be ripe in appealing to that core market everyone desires so much." (Nintendo, Wii U)

CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   1095d ago
"Pole Po-si-tio-ooon!"
Now that dumb song from cartoon based-off the Arcade Classic is stuck in my head.

It was a good article, not a doom and gloom- Just impartial journalism that looked at the WiiU's position from both sides.

Much props Craig Shields (tell you bosses I said, you deserve a raise).
Starfox17  +   1094d ago
Despite the graphical difference almost every article on n4g they sneek that line in ? all 3 have simular graphics unless the 720 and ps4 go for ultra high end dx12 cards then all three have the same graphics.
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dubal-e  +   1095d ago
Yeah they're in a good spot. After Monster Hunter Japanese sales may just take off. Smash Bros, Zelda and Kart appeal more to the American audiences. Add in the 101 n Bayonetta and u got something good cooking.
AJBACK2FRAG  +   1094d ago
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Kevlar009  +   1095d ago
I feel like MS will be in the worst position Next-gen. Both PS4 and Nextbox will be competitive in price, but PS4 will have the better strength, and if recent history had shown, better exclusives. For your competitive, hardcore system PS4 will fit better if it's how I predict. We will most likely see Kinect and multimedia a big part of MS, where PS4 will be about power, free internet services, and some other goodies

Meanwhile, Nintendo will be there for your 1st party exclusives, gamepad, and VC. It will be interesting to see how their 3rd party develops, also exactly what MS and Sony are producing.

I'm not saying it will 100% be PS4, WiiU, then Nextbox, just my predictions off current trends and observations. It's almost anyone's game
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jmc8888  +   1095d ago
I agree. They are playing both sides so they'll do everything decently, nothing spectacularly.

They won't be that powerful, as they'll be poorer than a PS4, and really outclassed by anything decent in a PC that last couple of years.

They are pushing Kinect 2, which may be okay, but my Kinect 1 sucks big donkey balls. My PS3 Move collects dust.

Meanwhile most games on 720 will be on Wii U, PS4, and PC.

But 720 will be priced probably similarly to the PS4, maybe a little less, but the Wii U will definitely be cheapest.

If a mom has to choose her kids playing games on low settings or medium settings (same games) and one costs $199 and the other costs $399, guess who wins? Especially since she probably knows Nintendo, and probably is against blood and guts. So at least there is an OPTION of those sorts of games to ease her mind.
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FlyingFoxy  +   1095d ago
The console gimmicks like Illumiroom and the new PSeye thingy don't really impress me, Oculus Rift is looking like it might be a great new VR experience on PC though.
madjedi  +   1095d ago
"This ‘core’ market that companies continually identify as being valuable to growth likely moved onto the PS3 and Xbox 360 after the Wii."

Right your buddy boy has that backwards, the first poster is full of it if you think this article maintained any impartially. But then again the 3 articles listed were all nintendo articles, more like casually nintendo addicted.
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jmc8888  +   1095d ago
Actually they will be first. Unless you think Sony and MS will sell 7+ million units on day 1.

If Sony and MS overtake it, a very real chance to occur, it won't be until late 2014 and maybe not until 2015.

The PS4 and 720 if the rumored specs are true aren't that powerful. Good deal less powerful than a midrange PC GPU from last year.

GTX 670 = 2.45 TFLOPS <---midrange 2012 card for less than a PS4 or 720
Rumored: PS4 = 1.8 TFlops
Rumored: 720 = 1.2 TFlops
Wii U = 0.576 TFlops

Meanwhile the GTX 700 series will be out and probably be 4-4.5 TFlops for say the GTX 770 (not 780 or 790, nor any of them in SLI) Otherwise you'd be talking about 11-15 TFlops for a dual GTX 790. These in PC's months before 720 or PS4 launch.

So if you want to talk about how poor the Wii U is, just remember there's an equal gap between midrange PC and PS4 (and much more for a 720) than a PS4 to a Wii U...and about a difference between high end PC and 720 as a PS4 vs PS3/360.
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FlyingFoxy  +   1095d ago
My 5870 graphics card from late 2009 apparently has 1.5 TFlops, didn't even realize it almost beats the new consoles before they even come out. Saying that my card is slowly aging, then i'll be upgrading it sometime this year probably to the new GTX 780/790 and be miles ahead of even the new consoles again.
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delboy  +   1094d ago
Man, you can't tell that to Sony Boys.
They still believe in cell power, and ps4 will be the most powerful thing on earth, right beside my laptop. Lol
Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   1095d ago
Not if the next gen consoles release.
lilbroRx  +   1095d ago
They will have absolutely no effect on the Wii U. Hell, they may actually boost its sells because people are going to go to them, see the really, REALLY, high price in comparison and get the Wii U instead.
jmc8888  +   1095d ago
Parents look at price many times over which one.

Yeah it pisses kids off, but it happens. So many times for xmas I asked for GI Joes but got bargain generic army guys.

Or want a RC car? How about one WITH a wire. Goes forward, and when you reverse it turns. Doh.

Even if the kid complains they'll go, well you wanted Call of Duty right? Well you got it. You wanted Assassin's Creed IV right? Well you got it.
Minato-Namikaze  +   1094d ago
Parents usually arent the early adopters are they?
CatXFlash  +   1095d ago
Giving the WiiU to my nephew I am getting myself a PS4 : ]
Jadedz  +   1095d ago
Basic model, $250 bundled with Nintendo Land or NSMB U (Digital)
That'll sell.
lilbroRx  +   1094d ago
What part of them "already selling the console at a loss" do all of you have trouble comprehending.

Contrary to your beliefs and what other may want to be true, the parts in the Wii U are high quality and they are not cheap.
MasterCornholio  +   1094d ago
Well the controller felt cheap the last time i held it at gamestop.

But thats just my opinion.
Jadedz  +   1094d ago
Around December of this year (2013)
The parts used in the Wii U will drop, so it might be doable (or retailers will slash prices themselves).
chukamachine  +   1094d ago
Let me just clear my throat. ok done.

gpturbo81  +   1094d ago
funny how a positive article is at 90 and all negatives are up over 250. just shows are sad and close minded people are these days.

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