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Miyamoto: The Wii U Needs Time To Prove Itself

Jonathan Lester
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Miyamoto: The Wii U Needs Time To Prove Itself

Nintendo's legend-in-residence Shigeru Miyamoto believes that the Wii U will come into its own given time, as consumers and retailers gradually come to appreciate its unique features.

Speaking to CNN, Miyamoto explained that new features often take a while to sink into the gaming consciousness, using the DS' second screen as an example. "There was a period when we first released the Nintendo DS that people would say there's no way people can look at two screens at once," he said.

"I almost feel like, as people get more familiar with Wii U and these touchscreen interfaces, that there is going to come a point where they feel 'I can't do everything I want to do if I don't have a second screen'."

"The other thing I think about is how do we begin getting people to understand that [the MiiVerse] and convey the usefulness of Wii U to them."

This argument has been doing the rounds ever since the Wii U first launched - just give it time - but the market is much more fickle and unforgiving than ever before, and competition has never been fiercer. With luck, a slew of innovative first and second-party titles slated for 2013 will help to show off the console's unique functionality, along with mobile and PC MiiVerse integration. [CNN via CVG]

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Late  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:34

The only way the U is going to become more appealing as time goes by is if Sony and Microsoft majorly f*ck things up.

Which is always possible.

Quietus  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:38

Nintendo need to recognise that they were blind to the fact that the world had already moved past motion gimickry by the time they released. Releasing a machine that was barely better than the current generation certainly didn't help.

MattGardner  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:43

I think they've missed the point again. It's not about features. It's never really about features. It's always about games. There aren't enough must-have games (if any) to make the Wii U an attractive prospect.

It was the same with the 3DS. Barren release slate for 8 months, and then...

Oh look! Double Mario! Hello money!

Of course, now the 3DS lineup is obscenely terrific.

Late  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:48

Aye, I don't see much appeal in the U at the moment, and there's not much there even if they have one or two great looking games. If they have three or four great looking games then they'll tempt me. If they have five or six must-haves then I'll be all over it.
So far, though? Pretty much zip. There's a few okay looking games available, and there's a few nice looking games on the way, but nothing that's going to convince me to dig out my credit card.

You're not going to convince me to buy the machine by saying "it'll grow on you".

DarthBlingBling  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:57

I hope Nintendo do get their act together as the Wii U is actually a fun system to use. But lack of games and dwindling 3rd party support is worrying

DivideByZero  Apr. 8, 2013 at 16:03

It wont grow on you. If you are not wowed by a system on day 1 then something is wrong.

The Wii-U wont get any newer. The PS4 and Xbox DRM box will release and then you lose a lot of edge. Heck, the PS4 already has better publisher support!

What will be left for the Wii-U? Mario, Zelda and Just f***ing Dance... that's what.

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