Nintendo Wii U: 5 Major Challenges to Overcome

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.

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donniebaseball2546d ago

Looking like a tablet is going to bite them in the ass.

iamnsuperman2546d ago (Edited 2546d ago )

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.

ChickeyCantor2546d ago

...cause Nintendo will market it like a tablet for outside your home, right?

Sobari2546d ago

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.

Shackdaddy8362545d ago

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.

WhiteLightning2546d ago

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.

donniebaseball2546d ago

Yeah I wish they would have just gone back to a standard controller too. Sigh.

J5Feedback2546d ago

Yep, or at least a standard controller option. I really miss Nintendo =(

LoaMcLoa2546d ago

Didn't we get Classic Controller for the Wii?

As well as confirmed support for the Wii U too?

felonycarclub2545d ago

me 2 i was such a fan they lost me when they didnt support the gamecube the way they should,

J5Feedback2545d ago

@LoaMcLoa The Wii Classic Controller is complete shit.

ChickeyCantor2546d ago (Edited 2546d ago )

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"


maniacmayhem2545d ago

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...

ssb31732544d ago

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.

Sobari2546d ago

I wouldn't be buying Nintendo products if they did the same thing as everyone else.

Anon19742546d ago

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.

maniacmayhem2545d ago

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.

Shackdaddy8362545d ago

There ya go sport. This will be supported in the wiiu.

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JonahNL2546d ago (Edited 2546d ago )

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.

LoaMcLoa2546d ago

If F-Zero will be shown in HD-graphics for Wii U, I will seriously come buckets.

Shackdaddy8362545d ago (Edited 2545d ago )

A pokemon or F-Zero game for the wiiu would be absolutely amazing.

Perjoss2546d ago

I think the Wii U is going to do just fine.

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