I just don't think the Wii U is the right direction for the company. I have loved and supported Nintendo for years since I was a child and we got a NES and I really want them to succeed but I'm just not convinced.
I had similar reservations about the Wii before that came out and to be honest, those fears were never truly eased. I think the idea of a screen in the controller is good and could be useful but it shouldn't be a huge focus as people pay good money for glossy HD screens and want to enjoy them.
Re-releases of games like Batman: Arkham City etc are not the way to go. Yes it could introduce those games to the Wii generation who missed out the 1st time around but there's not enough new content for people who have already played the game to justify a second purchase. Also, many owners of Wii consoles also owned either an Xbox 360 or a PS3 so they too might have played it before.
I don't think the Wii U is powerful enough to be classed as next generation to the 360 and PS3 and more on a par with them. That's not necessarily a bad thing at the moment as game developers will hopefully be able to adapt the sort of games currently being produced to the Wii U with not much trouble. It does make me wonder what will happen once we have the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony though. I can foresee the same trouble trying to scale games down as we've witnessed for the Wii.
The price is too steep for both the console and games. I know that's partly the retailers fault but it could still do a lot of damage to sales and creating a solid fanbase for the new console in my opinion.
When I saw New Super Mario Bros. U at E3 my heart sank. Yes a lot of Mario games have been fantastic but this really is just another iteration of the classic formula and is this really the best way to show off you new console? The Wii U is capable of much greater performance than the Wii accomplished and Nintendo are giving us a 2D platformer again...
I don't think the advertising has done enough to promote this as a new console and if anything, it looks like more of an add-on. This needs rectifying quickly so that people are in no doubt.
I'm disappointed by the as of yet lack of connectivity with the 3DS. I really thought there was lots of room for content there but if anything, Nintendo are turning their backs on the 3D handheld.
Sorry for the rant but I have to say this somewhere before the release of Wii U and I pray these are just baseless anxieties. Please discuss.
I think you are being too over dramatic. The re release of the multi platform games are essential to the launch as it serves to shows that first wii U can match the current generation and it challenges people that say nintendo is not hardcore enough. Now those games are from the past ADAPTED to the wii u, they won't be amazing as they were never intended for the wii u in the first place see them as prawn crackers for the coming generation games.
The wii u is far more powerful than any console out now, do you research child a lot of game developer have been saying it. The hardware is something really weird compared to the other consoles, the wii doesn't process the data in the same way than the xbox 360... it has it's own way to process fast information and that makes it unique. OF courses you won't see that now the console is just out. Just take a look at twilight princess and Skyward sword. Don't you see the difference between the two ? One was release at the launch the last one at the end (so the peak time ) of the console.
and finally the price too steep? Just wait till the xbox 720 and the ps4 hit the market. by then the Wii U will be at probable £250 but the other 2 at £399 or £450? I think it's priced perfectly for the target customers and where Nintendo sit at the moment.
With all my respect this sound a lot like baseless anxieties, I have seen lots of video presenting the wii u connection with the 3DS too. Don't take it bad but you really need to do more research on the wii u . There is so much more it can do. For example Nintendo said the wii games would not be upscaled on the Wii U, well they actually lied to make it a surprise for us, when you put your wii game on the wii U they turn HD automatically. Do your research and don't be anxious for the Wii U =)
I have a wii U preordered, I am thinking of cancelling, after reading all the news and reviews from the American launch.
Yes, the console is nice, small, best controller and so on, but the xbox has faster RAM? Like double bandwidth? So have I been reading. Then, I can get Batman for xbox for £10 or less second hand, why pay £45 just to have extra functionality with the controller? Does it make it really worth 4 times the price? And First party titles, lets talk about super mario, really? a 2d Mario for £49 are you joking? Pikmin wont be here until March and I am not sure if ZombiU is worth £299 + £43, that's £342 just for one game, I could get the xbox for £160 plus condemned for £5, that's £165.
So my question, is the Wii U with expensive games really better than a half priced Xbox with a huge library of cheaper games?
They are not comparable, unless you're talking as a christmas present. It's like comparing a fridge to an oven. One is a dedicated games console, the other is a tablet with basic games. I have an iphone and the only gaming is really some puzzle games. I would prefer to have ZombiU or Pikmin 3 rather than the full ios gaming library.
You can't really compare mobile apps to proper gaming. I'm not even saying this to be biased. There are great games on mobile platforms, but I just don't play it much. ONLY having touch screen just doesn't work, I need feedback. Mobile games are generally made for short bursts and are a stripped down versions of the console counterpart. They're two different markets. However, it is also thanks to mobile games that there's an increase of casual gamers and maybe they'll one day progress to a console or PC. I do think it is optimistic to say Apple will surpass consoles though when they're struggling against other mobile brands when it comes to specs. They're just about keeping up, but they're not making the most powerful mobile technology any more.
I'm not saying this about Nintendo alone, I'm talking about consoles as a whole. Apple is a strong company, but they seriously need to push the innovation further to stay in the field. http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/apple-s-value-drops-80bn-in-two-months/0106015 Right now they are having a bit of a struggle. I'm sure somehow, Apple some how bounce back, but the competition is growing stronger. Right now, I'd say there's no competition between console and mobile gaming. They're just two different markets that some what appeal to different consumers.
Some people prefer the experience you get from playing console games, and Nintendo games in particular. Why is that a problem for you? It's stupid that I even have to say this, but - not everyone has to like the same things you like...
LOL! If you really think apple and mobile games with there terrible controls will beat dedicated gaming consoles, then YOU are seriously deluded. In six months time, you will see that nothing has changed. Mobile games will still suck and be for the casuals who can put up with terrible controls. The only chance apple has is to make a dedicated console themselves....with a standard console controller or Wii U style controller. Touch screen only is a huge fail for real gamers. I know youre just trolling but oh well...
1 - I have a macbook air and iphone 4, dont do any gaming on neither, in fact I can have any ios game for free, I have none on y phone. ios games are really rubbish.
2 - Apple does not update their hardware neither OS every 6 months, you clearly dont know much about technology.
3 - Apple will have X Samsung will have Y and one day you'll get Avatar graphics on your mobile phone, that's the future, what matters is now.
4 - Ios games are similar to what I get on facebook for free, did you ever play such a thing as Skyrim? Better than the entire ios and Android gaming library. Ok I admit I still prefer chess and maybe Sudoku but those are exceptions.
what games on app store? quick games that end in one or two hours? Are you even comparing that to the likes of skyrim with over 100 hours of content, with a full believable world, with hours and hours of voice? Do you think I'd rather play on my 3.5 inch iphone or 42 inch HDTV with my 5.1 speakers? Do you think I'd rather have a proper controller or getting grease on my screen? I've tried call of duty on a tablet, doesnt work at all, you need joysticks, not fake drawings to imitate joysticks.
I dont want to waste my precious time with such simple and cheap games, I want to have the best of the best. If I had space for a pc I'd build one. My 13 inch laptop has a too small screen for gaming as well.
My friend, wake up, Apple doesn't do home consoles, neither portable ones. If Apple would do a home console it would be under powered and would cost at least double of the Wii U. There's no market for Apple consoles.
These arguments always seem to arise before a Nintendo release. Its probably happening on a million forums the world over. :-)
Its because we love Nintendo and don't want to see them disappear. I think the wii u will be far from a disaster for Nintendo. The fact that the company has been around for as long as it has counts for something not to mention that their last console effort gave the ps2 a run for it money (in terms of sales). All those existing customers will be a great springboard for the wii u.
Lets just enjoy Nintendo games on a Nintendo console. Forget about what everyone else is doing, that's Nintendo's job!
The usual Apple hardware and OS are upgraded once every year, what you saw now was a New device (ipad mini) and the same ipad 3 with slightly better spec, to compare, a macbook with core i5 and core i7 might be the same generation but with only a slight different spec. The same as my macbook air 2012 has 8g Ram but it's not newer than the 4g version. Just like I updated my Os to 10.8.2 but it is still the same mountain Lion despite a slight update.
Apps sell a lot because they cost £0.99 and sometimes even free, and everyone has a smartphone nowadays while only a few people buy proper gaming devices.
Even if mobile devices have the same power as wii U , that doesn't mean you'll get similar games, for one, no developer would waste 100 million developing a game to sell at £0.99 each. Think before you speak. In fact even at £50 some developers cant break even.
Oh and why compare an iphone 5 which costs double of a wii U? And no, the Wii U still is much more powerfull, things like 2g Ram you can see with samsung phones but Apple is still a couple years of giving us 2g Ram on a phone.
Take into consideration that almost half the price of the Wii U is just for the controller. That's a £100 controller, not like your £500 iPad.
Thing about this, Wii U is being sold at a loss, but Apple is making over 50% profit from their iPads/iphones. And no I am no fanboy, as I had recently the ps3, still have sony tv and speakers, Apple computer and phone, will never need a tablet as my macbook air is much better and is a full computer and now I am interested in Nintendo and have had 2 Microsoft consoles and a bunch of Sega consoles. With that said you are the fanboy here, Apple fanboy. Watch out, youll need to upgrade your £500 ipad every year to keep up.
As much as I love apple products, there's no way I'm going to solely play games on an iPad, the kind of games I want to play just aren't there. And it's just not an ideal platform to play more complex, console quality games on. If you're happy to play games on just your iPad that's fantastic, I'm sure you're saving a lot of money. Good for you.