First Wii U commercial.

#1 Edited by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

So the first Wii U commercial went up in the UK in the past couple days, it shows a few of the features including the tv to controller transfer, and some basic touch screen gaming. I am not sure how to feel about the wii u in general, and this does not help. From the support I experienced with the wii, I don't have high hopes for the wii u. What do you think about this ad? Does it showcase what you think is important about the wii u, or is it something less than ideal for pushing a pretty risky console out?

#2 Edited by CatsAkimbo (645 posts) -

I like how the first thing in big bold text is "A brand new console." Nintendo obviously seems worried that people are still confusing it as a peripheral for the original Wii, and rightfully so based on what I've heard from more casual gamers.

#3 Posted by GunstarRed (5480 posts) -

I saw it last night. It's pretty horrid.

#4 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@CatsAkimbo said:

I like how the first thing in big bold text is "A brand new console." Nintendo obviously seems worried that people are still confusing it as a peripheral for the original Wii, and rightfully so based on what I've heard from more casual gamers.

Noticed that too, like they have to spell out that it's a whole new console before the actual commercial starts.

#5 Edited by CatsAkimbo (645 posts) -

@BestUsernameEver said:

@CatsAkimbo said:

I like how the first thing in big bold text is "A brand new console." Nintendo obviously seems worried that people are still confusing it as a peripheral for the original Wii, and rightfully so based on what I've heard from more casual gamers.

Noticed that too, like they have to spell out that it's a whole new console before the actual commercial starts.

I don't think saying "a brand new console" will help, either, because the word "console" is too much of a gamer-jargon term: the person who's confusing it as a peripheral won't know or use term "console." It's just "the Nintendo" to them or "system" at best.

#6 Posted by JeanLuc (3608 posts) -

Was that Brad Pitt at the beginning?

I don't like the commercial. Its to talky. They have to explain everything, which is kind of the major problem with the console.

The Wii had it right. It was easy to understand just by watching.

#7 Posted by jozzy (2035 posts) -

I don't want to be the typical jaded gamer that shits on everything, so yeah .....

/crickets

#8 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@CatsAkimbo said:

@BestUsernameEver said:

@CatsAkimbo said:

I like how the first thing in big bold text is "A brand new console." Nintendo obviously seems worried that people are still confusing it as a peripheral for the original Wii, and rightfully so based on what I've heard from more casual gamers.

Noticed that too, like they have to spell out that it's a whole new console before the actual commercial starts.

I don't think saying "a brand new console" will help, either, because the word "console" is too much of a gamer-jargon term: the person who's confusing it as a peripheral won't know or use term "console," it's just "the Nintendo" to them or "system" at best.

Hell, I am sure some of the Wii U's demographic will actually think console is a fancy word for the new controller. They need to try harder than this, or else it will be a crowd of apathetic Wii owners asking why this one is so much better. I honestly think they should have named it Wii HD or Wii 2, just to spell it out that this is the NEXT one.

#9 Posted by Phatmac (5730 posts) -

It looks like a parody.

#10 Posted by Genkkaku (738 posts) -

Play in real time.. FOR REAL!

I'm out..

#11 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

Never Lady's younger sister?

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#12 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@jozzy said:

I don't want to be the typical jaded gamer that shits on everything, so yeah .....

/crickets

But Nintendo is making it too easy. It's a notoriously tough call to see how the wii u will do, but right now, it's like nothing is lining up for them. Really underwhelmed journalists that played demo games at previous conventions, some game developers literally waiting to see how it does in the first few months before they commit, strange pricing, apathetic online response, and NOW a bad commercial. It's too bad, because competition is good.

#13 Posted by Fattony12000 (7579 posts) -
#14 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

I like it. It's a clear tutorial that's not aimed at soccer moms and super-enthusiastic tweens, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

Still not sold, though. I'll wait for must-have games like I did with the Wii.

... I've never owned a Wii.

#15 Posted by PillClinton (3297 posts) -

So it's a little tablet add-on for my Wii box?

#16 Posted by Genkkaku (738 posts) -

@Fattony12000: Yes!

Whoever green lit that should be running every marketing campaign. ever.

#17 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@Damian said:

I like it. It's a clear tutorial that's not aimed at soccer moms and super-enthusiastic tweens, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

Still not sold, though. I'll wait for must-have games like I did with the Wii.

... I've never owned a Wii.

Heyoooooo.

#18 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@GunstarRed said:

I saw it last night. It's pretty horrid.

Are you kidding its great. I wish we had British people in our commercials. But then again, I love BBC America.

#19 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@Dagbiker said:

@GunstarRed said:

I saw it last night. It's pretty horrid.

Are you kidding its great. I wish we had British people in our commercials. But then again, I love BBC America.

Have you seen Dyson and Geico commercials?

#20 Posted by casper_ (908 posts) -

yo i hope this console doesn't run nintendo out of the big console game. its coming in at a weird time with dated hardware and not nearly as much buzz to the average consumer as the wii did.

#21 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@BestUsernameEver said:

@Dagbiker said:

@GunstarRed said:

I saw it last night. It's pretty horrid.

Are you kidding its great. I wish we had British people in our commercials. But then again, I love BBC America.

Have you seen Dyson and Geico commercials?

Thats true.

#22 Posted by Gradev (43 posts) -

Yeah that was Brad Pitt, but thats a different advert some Chanel advert or something

I find that Wii U advert insulting & almost embarrassing as a gamer

#23 Posted by GunstarRed (5480 posts) -

@Dagbiker: Being British and hearing British people talk isn't all that exciting.(unless it's the real Brad talking) I'm far fonder of fake british accents by Americans. The dude voicing the advert is one half of Adam & Joe who had a TV show years ago which was awesome. It's kinda depressing to see the kind of things he does these days when the other half is off writing Tintin and directing Attack the block.

#24 Posted by Milkman (17336 posts) -

Is Brad Pitt a Wii U pack-in? Because if so, I'm in. 
 
Otherwise...*fart noises*

#25 Posted by Alexandru (301 posts) -

This commercial makes me wish nintendo burns in hell, and I don't even hate them. (Or didn't, until I saw this.)

#26 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@GunstarRed: I could see that, part of the reason I like it is because I don't hear it all the time.

#27 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@casperhertzog said:

yo i hope this console doesn't run nintendo out of the big console game. its coming in at a weird time with dated hardware and not nearly as much buzz to the average consumer as the wii did.

I think about it this way, there is a next generation console coming in less than a month, and I don't see any buzz, that is the truly alarming thing. I really think Nintendo is smarter than what we are giving them credit for, but if they don't convince people why that screen gamepad is cool soon, this could be the next dreamcast.

#28 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@Alexandru said:

This commercial makes me wish nintendo burns in hell, and I don't even hate them. (Or didn't, until I saw this.)

Not sure I'd go that far, but after seeing that ad, I went from having little interest in the wii u, to having none (for now anyway.)

#29 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4988 posts) -

That was terrible.

#30 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

That was terrible.

Every time you watch it, it gets worse.

#31 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

My dogs could make a better commercial. Egad, please Nintendo don't fuck up your software or you're doomed.

#32 Edited by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

That was pretty bad. They should have just gone all the way and made it completely ridiculous, like the Segata Sanshiro commercials for the Saturn. Then at least it might have some kind of odd appeal

#33 Posted by Village_Guy (2665 posts) -

Ouch, this is truly awful. Guys, I have this feeling that Nintendo might be screwed, slowly but steadily.

#34 Posted by Blimble (300 posts) -

The commercial really made it seem like a toy and not the next big thing. I think going the apple way of marketing would have been a smarter move.

#35 Posted by Levio (1786 posts) -

Eh, it will probably still sell fine. They just need to make a video with lots of Mario gameplay on the system. Kids love Mario.

#36 Posted by Freshbandito (689 posts) -

@GunstarRed: I don't know, they did pretty well with radio presentin and not to mention that now Adam Buxton's time mainly goes into his BUG tours and he does alot of music production and presenting. Joe Cornish is just Mr. Big Hollywood now is all. Everybody knows Doctor Buckles is better than old Scornballs anyway.

#37 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1047 posts) -

@Milkman said:

Is Brad Pitt a Wii U pack-in? Because if so, I'm in. Otherwise...*fart noises*
#38 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2133 posts) -

@charlie_victor_bravo said:

@Milkman said:

Is Brad Pitt a Wii U pack-in? Because if so, I'm in. Otherwise...*fart noises*

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