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Wii U GamePad Impressions

By Kevin on Jun 04 2012 05:32 PM
Yesterday, Nintendo surprised us all with a 30-minute Pre E3 video cast. Presented by Global President of Nintendo, Mr. Satoru Iwata, the majority of the information revolved around the mysterious Wii U controller. Officially named as the Wii U GamePad, this grand gadget seems to be capable of being able to control anything from your big screen TV, to interacting online with friends and family around the world using a unique socially-integrated interface.

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I'd like to know what you think of Nintendo's newest hardware controller. Was it what you expected, or much different? Is there anything that blew you away?


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So apperently at E3 tomorrow, They are going to show off E-Books, Kareoke, and GPS, It's definitely going to be interesting

View PostPokemonGL, on 04 June 2012 - 06:00 PM, said:

So apperently at E3 tomorrow, They are going to show off E-Books, Kareoke, and GPS, It's definitely going to be interesting

What are you talking about? And, did I miss something?
I have not read a single blog or post stating GPS, Karaoke etc. I mean that is an interesting concept but I am not too confident. Now, E-Books is very similar to an article I posted about E-Reader and Nintendo Power digital distribution. I would love for that to be shown tomorrow... wait... hold on a minute... (wipes drool off mouth) ;-P
I love the fact that the Wii U GamePad can be used to control the TV. In the video, when the GamePad was being used to demonstrate that, it seemed as though the user was pressing the numbers "1," "2," "3" and "4." To me, it seems that the user was selecting the different inputs on the TV.
I got the Kareoke and E-Book reader and GPS Information, or more like speculations, from Engadget, Who Obtanied it from IGN and they got it from Nikkei, The Newspaper that has been revealing Information that Nintendo insists is false, and it might be but, the past has shown otherwise. But nevertheless the only way we'll know is by waiting for their Presentation at E3

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View PostPokemonGL, on 04 June 2012 - 09:20 PM, said:

I got the Kareoke and E-Book reader and GPS Information, or more like speculations, from Engadget, Who Obtanied it from IGN and they got it from Nikkei, The Newspaper that has been revealing Information that Nintendo insists is false, and it might be but, the past has shown otherwise.

As you stated above, here's what the Engadget article says...

"What's more, Nikkei is also reporting that Nintendo will show off a number of new non-gaming features for the console at E3 this week, including e-books and karaoke (complete with a 10,000 song library), and even the ability to use the Wii U as a car navigation device (just the controller, presumably)."

I'd say some type of digital content is quite possible. As far as the Karaoke and navigation system goes, I'll call bull. Who wants to perform Karaoke from a Wii U GamePad? And the navigation system...not happening. That would only be possible if the Wii U GamePad was 3G (or some other equivalent wireless service signal) compatible...which it isn't. I don't believe any of that nonsense for one minute. On top of that, who would want to use the Wii U Gamepad for a nav system? It's big...and not meant for something like that.

Feel free to publicly color me completely stupid and ignorant, if this stuff turns out to be true though. :)

I'll even go so far to say that I'll never purchase another Nintendo product again if that happens.
I just have to say this right out and say looks can be decieving. Sometimes something maybe one way but come out another. For example the pc game Diablo 3 had alot of hype for alot of people and turned out to be different then what some people expected.

View PostBuffinator, on 04 June 2012 - 11:20 PM, said:

I just have to say this right out and say looks can be decieving. Sometimes something maybe one way but come out another.

Oh, I'm not saying it won't happen because I agree with you on this. I'm confident that it won't however. Very confident. But, notice I covered my arse at the end of my reply by saying:

"Feel free to publicly color me completely stupid and ignorant, if this stuff turns out to be true though."

You're right though, anything could happen!
Looking good so far, but, I am still a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, like I said, looks good so far, but what about connecting the 3DS with the WiiU. Why not be able to do all the things the game pad does, but, with the 3DS, and then be able to go beyond the house and continue a game with that. I know we still got more stuff to see, so, I am hoping there will be some sort of connection between these two systems. After all, Nintendo was the first to have a "smart" screen or dual connectivity with the Gameboy and GameCube.
Hmm good point neoprime33. I also hope to see more Wii U / 3DS connectivity features revealed. The countdown is so soon so we will know soon enough. You able to stream it live?
I think a lot of us are curious about this. Let's hope they don't hold out on us and show us a quick look at the Smash Bros. Wii U title working with both the Wii U and the 3DS.
I'd love to see the NFC reader in action...loads of possibilities there!!

View PostJapandaman, on 05 June 2012 - 09:38 AM, said:

I'd love to see the NFC reader in action...loads of possibilities there!!

The NFC reader/ writer. I agree that many possibilities are there with that option, especially since it has the capability to write data. Excellent point, Japandaman. :)
I'd want to see the whole Skylanders idea and expanded or maybe made more accessible like buying cards in store and trading cards that offer something really exclusive in game. Like clothing for a character or a weapon, or you could upgrade something or design a character and write it back to the card to share with friends on the reader.

Heaps of possibilities :)
Oh, man! You just brought up a great point. Think about how that could be used for...Pokemon!
Exactly...a game like that screams for portability beyond a handheld console...what would be cool is to scan from Wii U and scan into 3DS to use in a game or to build up stats using the pedometer and play with lit ike a virtual pet. An expansion idea of Heart Gold, Soul Silver.

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

Exactly...a game like that screams for portability beyond a handheld console...what would be cool is to scan from Wii U and scan into 3DS to use in a game or to build up stats using the pedometer and play with lit ike a virtual pet. An expansion idea of Heart Gold, Soul Silver.

Damn dude, the possibilities are becoming more and more fascinating. *drools*
Ooh ooh...how about not writing Pokemon but their stats which could be bought from Club Nintendo in the usual manner? You could then level up your Pokemon faster or new abilities? Or the maybe the most ultimate legendary Pokemon, one that doesn't have to forget a move to learn a new one available only via NFC :)
That's also a valid point. With Nintendo pushing the Nintendo Network, I'm sure a ton of DLC will begin to surface very soon. As for purchasing DLC for the Pokemon franchise, I'm not too sure about that. I can definitely see the NFC reader/ writer working in conjunction with Pokemon in one form or another, however.

View PostKevin, on 04 June 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

I'd say some type of digital content is quite possible. As far as the Karaoke and navigation system goes, I'll call bull. Who wants to perform Karaoke from a Wii U GamePad? And the navigation system...not happening. That would only be possible if the Wii U GamePad was 3G (or some other equivalent wireless service signal) compatible...which it isn't. I don't believe any of that nonsense for one minute. On top of that, who would want to use the Wii U Gamepad for a nav system? It's big...and not meant for something like that.

Feel free to publicly color me completely stupid and ignorant, if this stuff turns out to be true though. :)

I'll even go so far to say that I'll never purchase another Nintendo product again if that happens.

View PostKevin, on 05 June 2012 - 04:07 AM, said:

Oh, I'm not saying it won't happen because I agree with you on this. I'm confident that it won't however. Very confident. But, notice I covered my arse at the end of my reply by saying:

"Feel free to publicly color me completely stupid and ignorant, if this stuff turns out to be true though."

You're right though, anything could happen!

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Well, I'm certainly glad that I covered my arse earlier. I'm going to go ahead and publicly color myself stupid and announce that Ubisoft is, indeed, developing a title called Sing (working title). That game will make use of a Karaoke-type peripheral device in which singers will hold in one hand, while at the same time hold the Wii U GamePad in the other.

The navigation system was a bomb, however.

I really honestly never thought I'd see the day when the Wii U GamePad would transform into a Karaoke machine. I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous. I'm kind of wondering what the heck they were thinking on that one there. I don't see a lot of market for something like that. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.
You're completely stupid and ignorant.

View PostChris, on 05 June 2012 - 06:33 PM, said:

You're completely stupid and ignorant.

I'm so stupid :(
Whoa, I just had a revelation! They could totally have us use the NFC reader to pay for DLC, games and what not straight from their MiiVerse!  Dear Lord, I need to lock down my Wii U from my nephews and kids before they start playing with it! lol

View PostXCman, on 05 June 2012 - 11:56 PM, said:

Whoa, I just had a revelation! They could totally have us use the NFC reader to pay for DLC, games and what not straight from their MiiVerse!  Dear Lord, I need to lock down my Wii U from my nephews and kids before they start playing with it! lol

That's a good thought, XCman. The NFC Reader/ Writer is in place to read or write data between different games. I haven't seen anywhere that it would interact with anything outside of the gaming experience itself, but I'm sure it could be possible. If this does become possible, I'm sure you can lock it down using the parental controls to prevent unwanted usage.
Holy moly the ideas are endless in this post.

I really like the idea of one person using the gamepad and focusing on the screen while others use Wii Remotes and Numchucks and focusing on the larger screen. That is a fun way to play locally. Examples would be what they showed us in NintendoLand (Luigi's Mansion & Animal Crossing).

Zombi U! Need I say more? That is a great game to show what the Wii U Gamepad is capable of. I can not find one feature of the gamepad, showed in that trailer that wasn't awesome.