I'm still mired in a state of ambiguity regarding Wii U. While I'm a little disappointed Nintendo are once again sculpting a console around a controller, I can't deny that controller is a fantastic, potentially revolutionary chunk of tech. Nintendo claim the Wii U is designed to tailor for every gamer's needs, be they core or casual, as they attempt to bridge the gap they take full responsibility for causing.
In the latest post from Iwata Asks - a series of interviews conducted by Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata - he spoke to fellow Nintendo legend, Shigeru Miyamoto, as they discussed the recent reveal of the Wii U. Iwata admitted that, despite the Wii's rampant success, they couldn't "cater to every gamer's needs".
Candid stuff, but Miyamoto wasn't finished lamenting the company's failings. "One of the key reasons that such things as the core and the casual exist today is that we decided not to adopt HD on the Wii console". The Wii's lack of graphical horsepower and Nintendo's initial insistence on pushing casual titles played no small part in forming a divide between their traditional stable of hardcore gamers and the new audience ushered in.
"I'm sure everyone would agree that we tried really hard to go wider," Iwata explains. "But even though we worked aggressively to go deeper in certain areas, the general public's impression that Nintendo was casual grew as time went by". Here at Dealspwn, we grew up with Nintendo and their strong roster of titles catered for the core, but in recent years we've had to jump ship to the Xbox or Playstation in search of similar experiences no longer found on Nintendo's console.
Enter the Wii U. Nintendo is adamant the increased processor power, string of top publisher partnerships and revolutionary tech can help bring back their wayward flock. "I think this is an opportunity for those games that were considered to be core up to now, to evolve into something [with an] even more interesting structure," states Miyamoto. "That core vs. casual debate seems like something that can never see a resolution, but with Wii U, I have a feeling that it all may change".
Matt and Jon will bring us hands-on with the Wii U later this week. Stay tuned, Dealspwners. [Iwata Asks]