Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wii U coming soon! Hooray?

Hot on the heels of iPhone 5 news and Photokina news, the Wii U was announced to thunderous silence. Well alright, the gaming press made all the noise you'd expect, and the fanboys made some token noise as well, but this isn't the rabid madness that preceded the Wii release.

I'm concerned about the Wii U. 

Here's what we know so far:

1. It has a tablet-like controller. You know, because tablets are the in thing nowadays.

2. The console itself is said to be at least as powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360. Maybe more powerful.

3. It will cost $299 or $349 for the Deluxe set.

4. Nintendoland and New Super Mario Bros U are the confirmed launch titles.

5. 50 games are confirmed for the November 18 to March 31 launch period. This list includes Pikmin 3.

Sounds good. Except for the shortage of launch titles available on day one.

But here's what concerns me: 

Read between the lines, and basically, the Wii U is playing catch up with the Xbox 360 and PS3, hardware-wise. These are consoles that are older than five years. Modern-day PCs are much faster. And there are rumblings of a next-gen PS4 and Xbox 720... 

Meanwhile, interface-wise, the Wii U is jumping the tablet/touchscreen bandwagon. We all know what tablet/touchscreen gaming has to offer, and though Nintendo, if any one, is capable of injecting something new into tablet gaming, it has its work cut out for itself.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the Wii U will be a success and return Nintendo to its winning, money-printing ways. After all, the Nintendo faithful are legion. I want Nintendo to succeed because I believe the three-horse Nintendo-Sony-Microsoft race has been good for gamers.

So who's buying?

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