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So...show of hands. Who's excited for the Wii U?

MattGardner |  Jun. 7, 2012 at 19:32

Most Useful Answer Late  Jun. 7, 2012 at 22:24

Once bitten twice shy. I'd like it to work, and there's a few instances where it could be great (scope on a sniper rifle, motion tracker in Aliens) but in the main it's likely to be a gimmicky bit of rubbish with developers tacking one or two pointless things on (like in the Arkham City trailers) or just shifting a couple of things to that screen (map, inventory, etc.) without any good reason other than "the screen's there, we should find a use for it"...

The problem is Nintendo are pushing it as the main selling point of the console (mainly because it doesn't really have anything else going for it) but also say players using normal controllers won't be at a disadvantage compared to those using the tablet. We're getting mixed messages. Is the tablet controller an innovation, or an optional gimmick? Indications are it's the latter, unfortunately - and once yiu take the optional gimmick out of the equation you're left with an unremarkable machine that's likely a lot less powerful than its next gen peers. :\

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DarkFlame  Jun. 7, 2012 at 20:45

I want to be, I really like the idea but the execution feels a little gimmicky at best thus far. I would love to control a real-time-strategy with the screen-- the potential is there, for example, looking at BF3's predessessor, BF2, it had a 'commander mode', now implementing that into BF3 may be hard, but I would love to see the screen on the controller being used as a map/control whilst the TV would be to play. I was hoping for more useful uses for the screen, rather than what felt, at best, gimmicky and distracting add-ons. I'm hoping to see more, as I really do like the idea, especially as a RTS fan, but what I've seen thus far hasn't impressed. If the price is right, I might buy it- but seeing how other recent launches have gone (3DS,VITA) it may prove best to hold off.

gambe1984  Jun. 7, 2012 at 21:34

The "U" in WiiU is for "Upgrade" thats all, same stuff, slighty better, was hoping this would finally put nintendo in line for some better hardcore style games, but it genuinely failed to impress me from the E3 demos.

Late  Jun. 7, 2012 at 22:24

Once bitten twice shy. I'd like it to work, and there's a few instances where it could be great (scope on a sniper rifle, motion tracker in Aliens) but in the main it's likely to be a gimmicky bit of rubbish with developers tacking one or two pointless things on (like in the Arkham City trailers) or just shifting a couple of things to that screen (map, inventory, etc.) without any good reason other than "the screen's there, we should find a use for it"...

The problem is Nintendo are pushing it as the main selling point of the console (mainly because it doesn't really have anything else going for it) but also say players using normal controllers won't be at a disadvantage compared to those using the tablet. We're getting mixed messages. Is the tablet controller an innovation, or an optional gimmick? Indications are it's the latter, unfortunately - and once yiu take the optional gimmick out of the equation you're left with an unremarkable machine that's likely a lot less powerful than its next gen peers. :\

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Zeipher  Jun. 7, 2012 at 23:39

Sadly not... I learned my lesson with the Wii. Cool idea, but very few decent games.

Stelph  Jun. 8, 2012 at 09:18

Agree with the comments above, it depends how well nintendo implement the tablet and also, as seen with 3rd party games for the Wii, how well 3rd party companies emprace the concept and tailer games to work with the tablet.

Im almost sad that Nintendo didnt go further with the concept however, or at least add the abitlity to customise the console in the future. For example we are starting to see a move towards technology, like tablets, take a larger part in our lives at home, for example when watching the TV tablets are becoming available that can share what you are watchign with friends and allow you to chat about it, also tablets with IR blasters allow you to control the TV. A Freeview or Freesat adapter that uses the tablet to control the channel and also allows you to browse other channels/set recordings etc would be an excellent feature or add-on, but I know it wont happen

Late  Jun. 8, 2012 at 10:41

Should be in "platforms" section rather than "games", Matt. Noob :p

DivideByZero  Jun. 8, 2012 at 16:02

Ahahaha.

Back on subject.... no.

I wish I was, but the whole thing stinks of being last generation with no real draw for me. Maybe I will be surprised and the Wii U might turn out Ace... but I doubt it.

Sadly when Nintendo messed up the Gamecube I don't feel they have recovered. Sales for the Wii were good - but that was due to their broad appeal (fitness Mums) but the lack of hardcore gamer support has lost them a lot of fans and most people I know who had a Wii sold it - completely covered in dust. I sadly can't see the Wii U being any better.

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