I’m really at a loss with how much praise Joystiq gave the Wii-U because I really am having trouble seeing the value here. The selling point is this tablet, right? The way I’m seeing it you’re giving me a handheld tablet that’s not in HD to play console games. Is there some expectation that I’ll completely overlook my beautiful 47 inch 1080p tv. I mean I felt the controller recently and man it’s huge. It’s like My ipad but far worse to hold. I game on that? Is that the idea here? To be some kind of iPad competition? To me sure it’s a new method to gaming and we all have a habit of jumping on “fads” – it’s just our culture – I’m just really struggling to see the long term viability of this. Can you help me understand what nintendo’s logic is on this? What’s the word on the street? What is the fanboy picture? What is the hater picture? (probably mine?)
Well…I’ve only glanced at said joystiq article…why? When it comes to the Wii-U, I.JUST.DON’T.CARE…..ok ok, that’s not 100% accurate…maybe 80% accurate. I’m a total tech nerd and I do get excited for new toys and stuff that has the potential to be interesting….that sums up Nintendo’s new offering to me, has potential, but just not very interesting. As far as the word on the street, your guess is as good as mine. I have heard no one talk about how they’re getting one of these or how they can’t wait for it, etc etc.
Now that I’ve gotten my Nintendo hate outta the way for today. Let’s get into my own preliminary opinions on the thing. I’ve also tried out the controller a couple weeks back. I gotta disagree on the feel, I found it very light and comfortable…it felt as good as any solid gaming controller, just wider. As far as what I’m supposed to be buying into, the tablet portion is an extension of the game. I don’t see it as a sole handheld system because I know not every game will support this function. I see it as many things, such as inventory management in maybe an RPG. Or maybe mapping functions in an open world game. Play calling or stat tracking for sports. As I’ve said, potential for a lot of things….nothing of which excites me unfortunately. About the only encouraging thing I can say about it is this. People knocked the DS touchscreen….it was a hit. People laughed at the Wiimote….another hit…..can they hit it a third time? Hard to say, but I’m not confident homie.
I’m sure a year or two after launch, Nintendo will do something that might make me want it, something on a Mario Galaxy level. But as it stands, that launch lineup is ‘been there, done that’ and unimpressive Nintendo only offerings. If you wanna know who I think might buy this system right away….and that’s a strong might, are the people who only bought into the Wii this generation. Those people will get something new….the rest of us, have been just fine for the last 7 yrs with an xbox360/ps3. And we’re definitely not willing to drop 300$+ on ‘been there, done that’.