The Wii U, a Desperate Move by Nintendo?

A little while ago, the video game company Nintendo came out with a revolutionary game system called the Wii. Since then, many companies started to make knock-offs of the Wii, but have failed. After the initial craze over the Wii died down, more and more people swapped out their Wiis for Xboxes and Playstations, mostly due to the fact that the Wii’s games are primarily party games, not fps (first person shooters).

But now,in 2012, Nintendo is making a new Wii console… the Wii U! But the question is, should you get it?

The Wii U is basically a Wii, but with different controllers, better graphics, more fps games, and the controller has a screen on it. There are 2 versions, the regular Wii U ($299.99), and the Wii U deluxe ($349.99), which comes with Nintendo Land, and more storage.

The Wii U has a new home page, which is very neat, it has Miis running around under game titles, and they comment about the game, saying real things that people posted like: I just saw my friend as a zombie… so sad. Another cool new feature on the Wii U is that on the Wii U controller, called a gamepad, is a feature similar to Skype where you can video chat with people. A fun thing about the video chatting is that you can call people with only the gamepad, so you can be talking while watching the same tv show and things like that.

The Wii U gamepad looks sort of hard to get used to,it shows the same image as what is on the tv, which I feel would give me a sense of double vision, but I don’t know.

Even with all those new features, I am not sure if I want to get the Wii U. I personally feel that it was only made to compete with the high graphics of other game systems, and to have more fps games, but it is up to you.


3 thoughts on “The Wii U, a Desperate Move by Nintendo?

  1. I think the biggest thing holding Nintendo back is the lack of huge games. They sort of had this problem on Wii, although when you actually add up all the original Wii AAA Nintendo-published games, from Donkey Kong Country Retuns to Super Mario Galaxy to Metroid Prime Trilogy to Kirby’s Epic Yarn to Sin & Punishment: Star Successor to Punch-Out to Skyward Sword, they actually did a pretty great job.

    What’s missing however are the new WOW games that really changed the image and got people really exited. For example, GameCube had Metroid Prime, Zelda: Wind Waker, Pikmin, F-Zero GX, Animal Crossing and Star Fox Adventures. The first two, particularly the Prime series, MADE the system. Once those games hit, you had an amazing system that no gamer could deny, especially when you added games like Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Custom Robo, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Chibi-Robo to the mix.

    The problem Nintendo has run into, and it has somewhat continued with Wii U, is the fact that they’re new franchises are games like Wii Fit and Wii Sports. That is the kind of style that is associated with the Wii generation. What’s worse, is that Kinect and PlayStation Move bettered Nintendo in terms of hardware, and now the Wii’s Motion Controls are seen as absolute. Adding salt to the wound is the fact that people think Wii Sports when they think of the Wii-Remote and Waggle Controls, they DO NOT think about excellent gameplay found in games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, The Conduit, Zack and Wiki, Trauma Center or Zelda: Skyward Sword.

    This is BAD. While fitness games, casual games and party games sold Wii’s when it was new and shiny, and no one had heard of Motion Controls, it is no longer enough to sell systems. Nintendo needs a new idea and a new hardcore gamer series ala Metroid Prime, Zelda: Wind Waker’s unique look, Pikmin, etc. that says to people, “THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE A WII U”. They can even do it by re-inventing a popular franchise (like Metroid: Other M failed to do… .despite the game being an amazing game IMHO), but they need a hardcore game that becomes the “IT” game of the Wii U generation. Recycling Wii Fit and Wii Sports will NOT work. They may sell fine, but people are not going to drop their Xbox 360 controller or their Kinect to go out and buy a Wii U for a Wii Fit redux.

    Hopefully Nintendo will do so at the upcoming E3 show and wow us with something awesome. If they do not, then I think they could be in trouble, although I still think the Wii U will be a tremendous success. After all, Sony is still selling the PS Vita, and we all know how that’s gone so far.

    But in the eyes of gamers, Wii U needs a system seller that hits the hardcore in the gut in the way Wind Waker or Metroid Prime did. And games like Nintendo Land, Wii Fit U or Brain Age, are not gonna cut it.

  2. First off, thank you for the awesome comment! It is obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into it! Secondly, I completely agree with u and wii are on the same page (get it!) But in all seriousness, Nintendo probably does need to come out with a great game that will appeal to the public eye, and like you said, Nintendo Land is not gonna cut it.

  3. Personally I think the Wii U’s issue is that it is considered a casual gaming platform compared to per say an Xbox, which is considered a hardcore gaming platform. If they were to get more shooters onto their system it might start getting more attention from the gaming community.

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