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5 Killer Apps The Wii U Needs

N247 writes: Ever since the launch of the Wii U there have been mixed feelings when it comes to its social networking and multimedia features outside of Miiverse and Netflix. Many may argue that the console’s sole purpose is its first party games and that’s it; and while that is partially true, there are a few reasons why the Wii U is not connecting with many people today. Nintendo has the games part down fine, but the console is missing some of the things that can really help it get some exposure in some of the biggest social media networks today. Below are some of the apps that should eventually be part of the Wii U’s main menu.

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randomass1711115d ago

Haha that's clever. By killer apps I thought they meant popular games. But popular apps on the other hand is another thing. Facebook and Twitter are basically covered by the web browser. But Plex and Spotify would be excellent for Wii U owners.

Summons751114d ago

Well that's what apps are. Games being called apps are something idiot cellphone users call games recently. Video Games in the gaming community are called games or more technically software.

ChickeyCantor1114d ago (Edited 1114d ago )

Technically a game is an app ( app stands for application ) even if you don't "experience" it like that.

"Video Games in the gaming community are called games or more technically software."

Apps are software, you kinda contradicted yourself there. It's all software. No one in the gaming community refers to games as "software". Microsoft Office is also software.

AfterThought1114d ago (Edited 1114d ago )

@ChickeyCantor

Actually that isn't correct, technically an application by definition is program or piece of software that would be written within a video game, using a computer or something of the sort to display the image. So it actually is a separate thing.

An application by definition is not a video game. He is right in every sense that it is mainly just a buzzword created by smartphone and tablet users but also in a sense for smartphones and tablets, they generally are by definition just applications. As most the video games on phones are still just video games but people call them apps anyway. An application is something that can be manipulated by the actual end user to get a desired effect out of their hardware, video games don't necessarily do that, as the developers are the ones using the applications and software needed to get that desired usage and the end user is just left with a video game.

In an easier way to understand, think of applications/software like Garage Band on iPhone. That by definition is an application as the end user is able to do whatever they please with it to achieve the results they want out of it.

People can't just put in a game and start editing the software written within it, so it is different and if they could then you could go ahead and call them apps. A mod for video games on PC would be an application or software used to achieve that result but in a consoles sense since they are more restricting in that freedom, calling consoles games apps, that is even more far off.

Hence why the word application and video game are two different words, also no where will you find in the definition of the word video game, it says anything about it being software or an application. Because in order for a video game to work it has to use an already written program, app or piece of software whatever you want to call it to display that image, giving you what is called a video game.

Or another example on PC would be something like Photoshop, that is an application. A game on a PC, again is a video game.

ChickeyCantor1114d ago (Edited 1114d ago )

@afterthought,

Application:
" a program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose."

It doesn't matter who made up what. Definitions don't change like that.

"People can't just put in a game and start editing the software written within it"

Completely irrelevant. Because you can actually change finite data within a game ( such as your name and high-score, path branching, etc). Do we actually touch the games software itself? No. You don't edit the software within Photoshop, do you? What was your point?

"A mod for video games on PC would be an application "

No the application would still be the game itself. The mod is an extension to that application. The mod on its own does nothing. It is however definitely software. Applications have purpose, in this case entertainment. An engine on its own is an application to build games on top of it. The engine on it's own would not have any significance outside of the development of a game. That does not mean the game itself is not an application.

"it says anything about it being software or an application. "

Are you seriously claiming it's not software? Oh Lawd.

"A game on a PC, again is a video game."

It's still an application. No matter what you think of buzzwords. The term application regarding computing has existed way before mobile snobs called everything an app.

slivery1114d ago

@ChickeyCantor That flew over you head didn't it? From what I read there wasn't anyone who said the word didn't exist in computing before mobiles became popular. Also it is not irrelevant what was said. You kind of killed your own argument and are proving my point and AfterThought's point when you sat there and said a mod is not an application but it is software. Maybe you should look up what the meaning of application means again because if you did you would notice that an application is another word for software. So how can a mod not be an application but it can be software to you? When they mean the same and software is a synonym of application.

Explain that? Never mind, you can't because you are trying to create your own meaning out of these words when that is not what they mean directly. Just like you tried to create individual meanings for software and application but they pretty much mean the same. So that doesn't make too much sense on your part.

You just don't understand what an application is and you're applying your own meaning to it. When AfterThought already pointed out what you just said, it was in their first paragraph.

A game is actually something a little different because it works different than a application would on its own. That is what you do not understand.

@AfterThought I have had to explain this to many people before myself also, what you're saying is dead on and what Chickey is not doing is looking up what a games definition is and what it means. They keep harping on what an applications definition is without understanding it but how can you understand what one word means if you don't care to learn what the definition of what you are talking about means which would be the game.

ChickeyCantor1113d ago (Edited 1113d ago )

Bwhahah you just said "application is synonymous to software". Games ARE software. And yet you reject the idea that Games are in fact software or applications.

"A game is actually something a little different because it works different than a application would on its own. That is what you do not understand. "

They work EXACTLY the same way. The nature of software does NOT change. "works different". LMAO how can you come up with this BS?

"So how can a mod not be an application but it can be software to you? "

Because the mod on its own does nothing. it will not function without the game itself. I already explained this. The mod is not an application, it's an extension TO an application. Software also refers to the data it holds ( such as functions and data types ).

"Explain that? Never mind, you can't because you are trying to create your own meaning"

^ I just did twice. I rather take my software engineering knowledge over the opinion of a snob like you.

"what you're saying is dead on and what Chickey is not doing is looking up what a games definition is and what it means. They keep harping on what an applications definition is without understanding it but how can you understand what one word means if you don't care to learn what the definition of what you are talking about means which would be the game."

Wow talk about pretentious. Games ARE applications. Whether you agree with it or not.

"You just don't understand what an application is and you're applying your own meaning to it."

You're the one being up in arms because apps is a buzzword for mobile applications now. Even though the term is not wrong. They are Apps. And guess what, mobile games also fall under that category of "Apps" AKA applications.

Now take your ill informed knowledge elsewhere.

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Saelyn1115d ago

I've always wanted music apps on my consoles. Since Last.fm has gone a bit downhill lately I've moved onto Pandora and wouldn't mind seeing an app. for that on consoles.

Technical World1115d ago

That's what I think the biggest problem with the Wii U is, missed opportunities like this. The gamepad will never be a full blown tablet but with the tablet-like interface the ability to use entertainment apps on the thing is way underutilized. The two screen interface would make apps seemless while Nintendo TVii integration could leave them all with a slick unified interface. Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, HBO Go, Beats Music, Twitch, Crackle, Max Go, Redbox Instant; the list is endless. Why isn't Nintendo going after that?? People expect more out of a system than just games in 2014. When somebody spends $300 on a box for their living room they want it to play EVERYTHING this is an era where my Jeep plays DVDs and Pandora at the touch of a finger so why doesn't a game system do that for me?

Realplaya1115d ago

I always said that they would do good with integration like this. How real would it be to have a Iheart radio app and then even be the one that streams the concert live. Work out a deal where people can purchase tickets to watch those concerts you don't even have to go to Vegas.

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