The Wii U, Nintendo's own next big wager, is likely still more than a year away from hitting stores, but the number of hurdles it's going to have to clear in order for it to be a success are growing at an alarming rate.
Looking like a tablet is going to bite them in the ass.
And that is what the casual/majority of potential consumers are going to see. Its a tablet but isn't so portable as it has no 3G.
...cause Nintendo will market it like a tablet for outside your home, right?
What's wrong with that? Nintendo could divide up their marketing to try and push the tablet-like features of the device to non-gamers, while focusing solely on the games on sites like this. Since this will most likely be significantly cheaper than actual tablets on the market that can go anywhere from $499 and up, it wouldn't hurt for Nintendo to push the Wii U's multimedia capabilities to broaden its audience.
I think it's actually going to help them. Tablets are starting to get popular so if they come out with a tablet-like gaming console then it will appeal to those who like using iPads and kindles and stuff.
You just couldn't make a standard controler could you Nintendo....or at least make one alongside the tablet. Nintendo need to stop relying on gimmicks. The NES, the SNES, the N64 and the Gamecube didn't rely on gimmicks and they were amazing...ok maybe the Gamecube for example wasn't selling as much as the PS2 but it was still one hell of a console and had some great exclusives Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Bros Melee, Pikman, Mario Sunshine and Luigis manison.
Yeah I wish they would have just gone back to a standard controller too. Sigh.
Yep, or at least a standard controller option. I really miss Nintendo =(
Didn't we get Classic Controller for the Wii? As well as confirmed support for the Wii U too?
me 2 i was such a fan they lost me when they didnt support the gamecube the way they should,
@LoaMcLoa The Wii Classic Controller is complete shit.
The very reason they are having a touchscreen for the console is the very same reason why they implemented Analog sticks, rumble and shoulder buttons. People are overlooking the simple fact that they are progressing with the input on this device. The traditional input is there, but now with a touchscreen. Meaning it can provide additional, non standard, input layouts. Gamecube wasn't great because of the controller, it was the software. And saying that WiiU is less of a console because of a controller is just stupid. If the WiiU gets great software too, then how is that making it a less of a console compared to the gamecube? "I really miss Nintendo" lol
Thank you Sidar. I laugh at people that say Nintendo is all about gimmicks. They introduced all that you said above and yet no one yelled "gimmick" then. I'm not a fan of the Wii but i do see potential in the new WiiU. In other words we will see...
I completely agree, peopple hwo say that nintendo is all gimmicks and that they only fool gamers, I wish they would look at what nintendo has achieved, the D PAD on the NES, the shoulder buttons on the SNES etc. And with the Wii U coming out, before you know it, the other consoles will also begin to follow suit.
I wouldn't be buying Nintendo products if they did the same thing as everyone else.
Here's a major problem with the Wii-U as I see it. That Ipad-like controller. They're marketing to families, right? Anyone else grow up with brothers or sisters? Tell me what happens when one sibling get's a suped up, ipad like controller and everyone else uses old, wii controllers. I'm sure in some fantasy world, all siblings will get their turn and it'll teach them all a valuable lesson in sharing. In the real world this will turn into a blood sport. As a parent, there's no way I'd buy a product for my children where one gets a suped up, uber controller and the others just have to wait their turn. This will be a nightmare. I probably wouldn't have seen anything wrong with this years ago, before children, but once you have kids you start thinking differently, you start heading off these kinds of issues. I've had a niece cry at my home when she thought another niece had one more Christmas present under the tree than she did. Yeah, it sucks and you'd like to think that this type of thing shouldn't happen with kids and they should all just get along and not worry about the type of controller they're playing with - but that's not realistic.
Its the same thing when you buy any other console. It comes with ONE controller. So i don't see your point. You would have to go out and buy an extra controller, problem solved. And we don't know who the WiiU will be marketed for. Its not even in full production yet.
http://www.google.com/produ... There ya go sport. This will be supported in the wiiu.
The Wii U starting at 250 bucks? Never going to happen. I'm guestimating it at around 350, at least. In the end, I'm going to buy this console. Why? Because of the games, Ninty's greatest strength. For me, nothing can beat a Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, Kirby, F-Zero, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Super Smash Bros., Kid Icarus or Fire Emblem.
If F-Zero will be shown in HD-graphics for Wii U, I will seriously come buckets.
A pokemon or F-Zero game for the wiiu would be absolutely amazing.
I think the Wii U is going to do just fine.
the biggest challenge will be that its a current gen console that was released towards the end of this current gen. its going to have to give a reason to pic it up if its mostly going to have multiplat games. that means there needs to be more than just 1 or 2 zelda games.
the thing doesnt even have pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons or analogs. It has sliders like the 3ds to save money. this thing is gonna crash and burn, ill wait for the redesign or 100$ price drop 3 months after release.
Lol. Wrong! The Wii is really only the begining. Nintendo may have moved into the top spot for good! If they can radically improve on their internet gaming capabilities it's over. You'll see.
i really hope nintendo gets it right with wii-u but that super mario mii has me worried
The 360 sales and ps3 have momentum? You consider sales down by 10% momentum? Even with the ps3's and 360's price drops this year, neither of them have gotten close to last years sales. The 360 and PS3 are irrelevant there arent that many problems as these journalist think. In fact, there is only one real problem I could see it having and that is not having multiple controllers. That would not only make the system 10x more fun, but it would separate from the tablet competition. Because to play multiplayer games on those tabs, you'll have to spend another 200-500 for a tablet, while the wiiu's controller(looking at it's specs) would be 90$ max, and thats if nintendo is really greedy. Nintendo NEEDS multiple controllers.
Maybe the most EXPENCIVE controller in Gaming history
This article has some valid points but I'm adamant that if the Wii U is priced correctly then it will be a major success.
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