Submitted by SwiffEpics 860d ago | podcast

Versus Episode 4: Is The Wii U A Mistake or Misunderstood? (Debate)

Gary Swaby at Thekoalition.com writes: If you listened to our latest episode of The Co-op then you'll know Edward V and I were pretty opinionated when discussing Nintendo and the Wii U. I personally fell that while the Wii U is a great piece of hardware, it was a mistake for Nintendo to release it so late into the generation.

There are many who don't agree with this, and one of those people is our very own Jakejames Lugo. Jakejames recently purchased his own Wii U and has been enjoying the console ever since. He also has a long term understanding of Nintendo and their products.

We decided that there is no better way to settle this disagreement than by taking part in our very own debate show Versus. Let us know who you feel raised the better points on this podcast and then be sure to share your very own point of view. (Nintendo, Wii U)

ElectroJade  +   860d ago
That Jakejames guy is a firecracker! Dayum.
Skarlett   860d ago | Spam
darthv72  +   860d ago
its like this
There are pro's and cons to it but those who dwell on the cons really have no interest in the first place. Other than citing the cons to begin with.

Those who have a genuine interest know to take the pro's with the cons and understand that every platform has to go through growing pains of appealing to many different demographics of consumers.

The lack of real compelling games is certainly not withstanding and the system will get the games...eventually. A lack of patience this gen has led to many to jump to conclusions way to soon but that is a trend that (unfortunately) is here to stay.

Should something come out that appeals to those who are currently defacing the platform, they will likely put down the torch and pitchfork and pick up a gamepad and see for themselves. But understand this, no manner of explaining it will convince people otherwise. They have to find that experience for themselves and decide.

From a marketing POV, nintendo could turn things around in a very costly manner but one that could prove very lucrative. We know the wii-u can pretty much play all existing wii/wiiware games. If they offered some type of trade in program (similar to what game stores do) where by a consumer who has a wii, sends it to nintendo and they get a percentage off the price of the wii-u.

That consumer can retain all of their existing games and accessories with the exception of titles that were purchased via the wii shop channel. You need the wii in order to transfer those games to an SD card. Taking that part into consideration, nintendo could tie the purchases to the person instead of the system so when that same person signs in to the wii-u eshop, they would be able to get their games again without the need for the SD transfer program. Who knows....they could be figuring that out at the moment.

It seems like a stretch but like i said it could be lucrative if nintendo offered a trade in. I know that when Im at stores, I generally point people to the wii-u over the wii because of its ability to play the existing library of games on top of it playing its own games. This of course is for those who dont already have a wii and are looking at the options they see at the store.
imXify  +   860d ago
You can't perfect what has already been perfected.
2pacalypsenow  +   860d ago
you saying the wii is a perfect console?? dude lay of the pipe there is not perfect console this generation
imXify  +   860d ago
I wasn't very specific but I'm talking more about sale numbers.
Dlacy13g  +   860d ago
I gotta say its a bit of both.

1) Its misunderstood for sure given many still are unclear if its an add-on to the Wii. Their marketing and support of the WiiU has been horrible. A total 180 from the Wii days.

2) Also a mistake in my eyes in that given the timing of their launch they should have thought things through a bit. Given the WiiU more beef under the hood, a different name as well. And finally just released it spring 2013. They would still have beaten MS and Sony to the punch and with beefier internals it could be set for next gen.

As is, its a poorly supported/marketed device that will be last gen officially come this holiday.
josephayal  +   860d ago
I just think It's too early to judge the Wii U yet
Ck1x  +   860d ago
This question is asked or proposed in a different way everyday... Just looking for traffic!
arbitor365  +   860d ago
nintendo really should have waited to see what sony or microsoft were bringing and seriously try to go after the playstation and xbox audiences, instead of casuals. they sort of tried to do both, but in doing that they didn't really get either. all they get are the nintendo diehards and the people who buy any new console that comes out.
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Jek_Porkins  +   860d ago
The Wii U is a great console, I was skeptical until I bought one, I love it. Is it going to be as powerful as the Next-Box or PS4? No, is that a drawback for some? Yes it is.

The thing is, the console is fun and well built, the Gamepad is easy to use, lightweight and has a lot of possibilities with games. Nintendo just needs some games, the usual suspects will work, but how about they take some risks with some realistic games like Basketball, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer? It looks like EA wont be publishing there titles on the Wii U, so why not do what Sega did when EA pulled the same crap? The 2K Sports games were all pretty good in comparison.

It wouldn't hurt Nintendo to come out with a new IP or two as well, something to take advantage of the power of the Wii U, if it can do games better looking then Uncharted or Last Of Us, let's some some more realistic looking games!
kagamer79  +   860d ago
I think maybe nintendo had perfect timing with wii u. Of course maybe not hardware wise but timing wise. Great consoles are being released this year probably by november. That gives nintendo a head start on having games built from the ground up on their console to really utilize and show us just what its capable of producing. With the headstart nintendo has they should capitolize on having a better and larger game library if they can. If they make a zelda that looks like the one they showed off at E3 then i believe nintendo will be fine. They may not sell the 100 million units the wii did but i believe in time the wii u will be profitable for them. Slash the wii u basic price to 250.00 and if it has a quality game library it will look attractive to your average consumer who doesn't want to spend 400 to 500 dollars for a console. With a price cut and some awesome games nintendo may not beat the competition, but they would make a nice addition to someones gaming library if you truly want all the experiences the market has to offer. This is all just speculation and my humble opinion.
LordHiggens  +   860d ago
As far as I'm concerned every console gets one year...then it can be judged.

I judged the Vita to be a sales flop...a big one at that.

But in terms of the games...and the hardware...it's a huge success and a revolutionary item. It all depends on perspective.
Dan_scruggs  +   860d ago
You would think that gaming news sites would have learned their lesson by now when it comes to Nintendo. The were wrong about the Wii, the DS, the 3DS, about motions controls and peripherals and the power of their first party software. Yet still they doubt. Alas some lessons take time to learn.

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