Like many people going into E3 this year, I was excited to see what Nintendo's new console would bring to the table. Would it be an iteration of the Wii with better graphics? Would it be a traditional controller and console? Would it be the next revolution in gaming? I was both excited and freaked out. At the end, I was just confused.
First off, let me tell you that I am not a huge fan of Nintendo. They have great franchises but most do little for me. The last Nintendo console I owned was an N64, but it was quickly usurped by my Playstation and Xbox consoles, but I am waiting for them to win me over again.
Next, for all you Nintendo funboys (sorry fanboys), we all know that you will love the Wii U and buy the Wii U and talk long, loud, and hard about the Wii U. But what about everyone else?
Right now there is just too much that is not known that will be critical for me in my decision:
Graphics: will it be better than my PS3/360? Worse? The same?
Price: if it's not close to the PS3/360 why would I get one?
Controller: Can I use two, three, four, only one? How much are the controllers (if it's over $100 we have a problem).
Storage: how much flash memory will I have?
Online: will Nintendo improve their online functionalities?
Games: will they have real 3rd Party support or just slightly modified ports of PS3/360 games. Will they have 1st Party titles that are little more "mature"?
All these questions have yet to be answered and are all critical to most gamers.
In my opinion, Nintendo was not really ready for an E3 unveiling of the Wii U. They didn't give enough info and didn't have much to show as to capabilities outside tech demos. And while they showed that they have some 3rd party support, it was all assurances that they would be working on games (how much trust do you have in game developers telling you the truth?)
The thing that confuses me the most is what is Nintendo trying to do with Wii U? They had great success with the Wii in marketing to kids, non-gaming adults, and those who jump on fads. These market groups do not care about hardcore games, graphics, online capabilities, etc. They care about ease of gameplay and cost. Is Nintendo abandoning them? Do you want your 6 year old moving the Wii U controller all over the place if it costs $100+ to replace? Are they serious about going after the mature/hardcore demographic and wowing them with specs, graphics, mature games, and online versatility? I couldn't tell from their presentation.
Right now I am not making any plans to get a Wii U. Maybe once more of my above questions are answered I will change my mind, but right now this is looking like another GameCube debacle for Nintendo. Who knows, I thought the Wii would tank and was dead wrong, so I may be mistaken again.
What do you think?