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Should You Avoid The Wii U?

By Kevin on Apr 05 2012 08:42 PM
During last year's E3 conference, Nintendo shell-shocked game developers and investors with news of the Wii U. For a moment, only the sounds of crickets filled the air within the auditorium walls. Regardless, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, maintained his composure and cut through the silence with the utmost confidence. The developers, investors and the global viewing audience took away one thing from Nintendo's presentation; confusion.

Since then, there's been a slew of rumors and speculation, both positive and negative, about the hardware capabilities that the Wii U is going to offer. Some sources say that the processing and graphical power of the Wii U is twice that of the Xbox 360. Other, more recent sources, claim that the Wii U is less powerful than the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Who's right? Well, no one really knows yet. In fact, Nintendo have recently decided that it has had enough and has commented to Yahoo with the following.

“We do not focus on technology specs. We understand that people like to dissect graphics and processing power, but the experience of playing will always be more important than raw numbers.”

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Soon after Nintendo made that comment, investors were greeted with a message from David Gibson, an analyst in Japan with Macquarie Capital Securities. Gibson outlined three potentially big problems for Nintendo:
  • Wii U GPU is less powerful than Xbox360/PS3 according to developers, which means it has no edge besides the tablet interface to attract core users. Initial third-party titles are likely to be only ports from Xbox360/PS3 titles. A bundled WiiSports/Mario title may help initial sales beat Wii launch, but Wii was severely production-constrained and the surprise factor from Wii U is less.
  • iPad with its retina display shows where Apple is taking its 4 screen infrastructure, leaving Wii U less connected and less relevant. The GPU processing power for handsets is reaching consoles such that we think core gamers have no interest in buying into the Wii U. Apple might add in a controller to its line-up to be more attractive to core users. MocoSpace survey shows that 96% of gamers like to play their games at home, and with a better infrastructure we think iOS will be able to deliver a single game experience across four screens that Nintendo cannot.

  • Wii U will have 1-year window to gain installed base before PS4 (Orbis) and then Xbox Durango launch in late 2013. At that point, the core gamer that Nintendo is after for the first time will have no interest in Wii U. We understand that Activision has no plans to support Wii U, which means the biggest selling title of Call of Duty will be missing; Konami is also planning minimal support.
My questions are simple.

Are David's points valid when it comes to Nintendo?

Does Nintendo have to manufacture cutting-edge technology to provide its fan base with a unique gaming experience?

Does Nintendo have to start developing for mobile applications to maintain a certain level of interest amongst fans?


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Comments: 6

That's the thing, though. We don't know. All we have to go on are rumors and hearsay. I'm withholding judgment on Wii U until I have a good handle on what exactly it is capable of.
Does it matter to you though, if the hardware capabilities are not on par with the other consoles? We already know that it's going to be fully HD. What other specifications would hold you back from formulating an opinion right now?

View PostKevin, on 05 April 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:

Does it matter to you though, if the hardware capabilities are not on par with the other consoles?
Who's saying this? I don't really think that's the case. It would be insane for Nintendo to release a system less powerful than the previous generation(excluding Wii, of course). From what this guy is saying, Nintendo is just repeating the process that initially worked pretty well for the Wii. I don't think they're that dumb, but who knows at this point.

View PostKevin, on 05 April 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:

We already know that it's going to be fully HD. What other specifications would hold you back from formulating an opinion right now?
I still don't know much about the tablet controller, either. However, the biggest thing for me, anyway, is the projected game lineup.
If you ask me, graphics don't make a game. Some of these big games have great graphics but not story.
This is just my opinion. If the monetary factor was not the giant abyss between me and new video games, I'd be all for the Wii U and whatever 1st party titles come with it. I still like playing Mario and Link and all of the crew.
All I'd ask for is new material, or at least a great story.
I think amazing visuals help to push the game along but if the storyline resembles Streetfighter the Movie, the one with Van Damme in it, then all the graphics in the world couldn't help that.

View PostJapandaman, on 05 June 2012 - 10:23 AM, said:

I think amazing visuals help to push the game along but if the storyline resembles Streetfighter the Movie, the one with Van Damme in it, then all the graphics in the world couldn't help that.

Hahaha that is so true. I mean I liked the movie because it was so horrible but you make a valid point.