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A Simple Question: Wii U

By now you’ve probably read something about the new Nintendo console announced at E3, the Wii U.  If not (or if you want to find out more), check out our excellent coverage on the details of the machine, the games, and the controller.  No long introduction here; based on what you’ve seen and heard so far about the system:

Will you be purchasing the Wii U?

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Perhaps it’s a little premature to be asking the question, but I think enough information about the system has been unveiled to allow gamers to make a choice about the console.  I’m reluctant to call it a next-generation system, but then again, what else can we call it?  Unlike almost every other generation of systems, graphical capabilities of systems won’t be leaps and bounds over what they were before (though the Wii U will be significantly ahead of its predecessor, it’s just now at the level of the Xbox 360 and the PS3), so innovation is what will set this next generation of consoles apart. And while I am impressed with the controllers, I can’t help but wonder about some of the other things plaguing the current system (online infrastructure, 3rd party support, innovative use of the controllers).  I just can’t shake the feeling that there’s more gimmick than gameplay here.  I hope I’m wrong.  All told, it is something to keep an eye on, but I will not be purchasing a Wii U when it’s released (not yet anyway).

What about you?  Feel free to vote your opinion above, and let us know below in the comments about whether or not you’ll be picking one up on launch day!


A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week on Monday,  I’ll  ask a question on Twitter at #PNASQ. Give a response and let the world know what you think; there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

 

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  • I agree Tym I see gimmick here and this is not on my must have list.  Actually the Wii U isn’t even on maybe list I don’t see it making it to my gameroom any time soon.

    • lolwut

      Nintendo actually wants to prevent the “gimmick” tag like they had with the Wii… hence they are making the console HD, tons of RAM, Blu-Ray type storage (similar size) etc

      To attract the hardcore gamers and to have the same 3rd party games from PS3 and xBOx… apart from the novelty of the controller, the console itself is not gimmicky if you think about it, because it will support and can support 100% of the PS3/xBOx games assuming they arent exclusives or Kinect/Move products.

      • Getting yourself to the current gen standards isn’t enough. It comes down to what hardcore gamers want, and the long-term use of the wii, kinect and move prove that while they do well with initial sales, gamers ultimately want to sit on a couch and not flail around.  It’s fun in certain applications, but I wouldn’t want to play Witcher 2 with motion controls.

  • If nintendo think I’m forking over 400 sheets for a Wii HD/white PSP combo they’re sorely mistaken.

  • Fsda

    All of Ninty’s console have had gimmicks with the exception of the Gamecube. And the only bad gimmick was the Virtual Boy. So it’s safe to say that the Wii U will be a winner.

  • hmmm… i didnt vote because i need more information.  It depends on the power of the system.  It doesnt come out till 2012, and hopefully by then microsoft and sony have announced their new systems.  Then ill decide.

  • hmmm… i didnt vote because i need more information.  It depends on the power of the system.  It doesnt come out till 2012, and hopefully by then microsoft and sony have announced their new systems.  Then ill decide.

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