The Wii-U is out a week from today in North America

#1 Edited by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

Here we are, standing on the precipice of a new generation of gaming.

What are your expectations going in? Are you totally psyched or are you going to wait to form an opinion when the dust settles? Do you have one pre-ordered?

I thought it might be interesting to start this topic as a little time capsule of what the general feeling of the wii-u was going in.

As for me, I have no idea what to expect. The "hardcore gamer" side of me wants to say that Nintendo is losing their touch and that it's crazy that they are relying on just another gimmick. However, I've been proven wrong before, and if Nintendo can deliver a homerun as far as software goes I think it will be another win for them.

The wii started off with an explosive bang and died down to whimper in the past year. I wonder how this console will fare... what do you guys think?

#2 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2434 posts) -

I honestly forgot this thing was even coming out.

#3 Edited by alternate (2696 posts) -

Someone has swallowed that marketing wholesale.

Apparently (via Brad) they are doing a live stream on Sunday though - so that is something at least.

#4 Posted by NegativeCero (2995 posts) -

I had no idea when it was coming out. For me this just means they'll (hopefully) lower the price of the Wii to $99 so I can get my Xenoblade on.

#5 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

The main reason I'm looking into getting a WiiU is to play all the Wii classics I haven't played yet, because I never owned a Wii. I'm looking into buying a Playstation Vita to play all the classic PSP/PS1 games too. Not the most compelling reason to trigger a purchase in both cases. Time's limited, and retro-gaming is not my gaming preference.

Since I'm looking at the WiiU and Vita first and foremost as 'Retro-Gaming' machines, I don't think of the WiiU's launch as a generational step forward, but more as the bowtie at the end of the current generation.

ZombiU has me intrigued, and I'm sure many of Nintendo's first party games will be ultimately worthwhile, and as a Wii-defiant gamer - there's a huge value in its backwards compatibility - so I don't write it off, but it's as far from what I'd label 'the next generation of consoles' as it gets.

#6 Posted by UitDeToekomst (709 posts) -

My thoughts? I have no interest and will not be buying one.

#7 Posted by BisonHero (6446 posts) -

@NegativeCero said:

I had no idea when it was coming out. For me this just means they'll (hopefully) lower the price of the Wii to $99 so I can get my Xenoblade on.

They lowered the Wii's price to $130 very recently, I believe. It's kind of crazy that they're still holding out, given that the Wii bubble burst like 2 years ago, and casual gamers aren't buying the system in droves anymore.

Anyway, my point is, you won't pick it up for $99 until probably summer or fall 2013.

#8 Posted by Blastroid (257 posts) -

I have one on pre-order but did not know any details really of it. I buy every main stream console and if I like it I keep it and if I don't I give it to my brother or trade it in for something I need. Now after pre-ordering it I decided to watch a few videos on the console and I can feel a little piece of the hype. For now I feel Nintendo has finally caught up to the other console players. With a 1080p/HDMI port, pro controller, and the ability to port a game without removing its skin I think are a plus for the hardcore gamer. The TVii feature looks promising and it is free. So even if it turns out bad I can ignore that feature. So leaving the gimmick screen out you can see it has some wins alone. Now once the Xbox 720 and PS4 (Names not official) comes out then the U may turn into another dust collector. Where I felt they went wrong is by not providing a Blu-Ray player. I own 2 PS3 consoles just because I wanted a Blu-Ray player in another room plus the convenience of having another game system in the bedroom instead of having to move it when I wanted to play games. The other lack luster thing about the Wii U IMO is not having an RJ45 port. I know almost everyone is on wireless and should have a router but some people like to travel to and bring the console with them. Some hotels or grandparents may only have the RJ45 method Also some people live in a heavily populated area where 802.11x has good/bad days. I do like the controller screen as it acts as a TV remote and the TVii features. The co-op oppertunities with the screen are amazing. I so hope they only use the screen on multi-ported games as a gimmick only though. For example with CODBO2 the screen is not required but has optional uses. For Nintendo IP only games then having the screen as a mandatory feature for parts of the game makes sense. I think they will have great success for the next 2 years with the new console.

#9 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

I'll probably get one eventually but I'm not getting it anytime soon.

#10 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@blastroid: wow thanks that was supremely informative. i think the wii u has a pretty small window where they have a great oppurtunity to make a big impact before the Sony and Microsoft marketing machines start their engines. I look forward to being blown away but as it stands I can't help feeling pessimistic about it.

#11 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2363 posts) -

Not interested as of now. Maybe next year when it has some decent shit I can't get elsewhere I'll consider it.

#12 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

I'm more interested in the GB coverage than the console itself.

#13 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

I'm more interested in the GB coverage than the console itself.

true dat

#14 Posted by pompouspizza (291 posts) -

My girlfriend is buying me one as an early Christmas present.

#15 Posted by clumsyninja1 (817 posts) -

Gamestop just charge me today...

#16 Posted by NegativeCero (2995 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@NegativeCero said:

I had no idea when it was coming out. For me this just means they'll (hopefully) lower the price of the Wii to $99 so I can get my Xenoblade on.

They lowered the Wii's price to $130 very recently, I believe. It's kind of crazy that they're still holding out, given that the Wii bubble burst like 2 years ago, and casual gamers aren't buying the system in droves anymore.

Anyway, my point is, you won't pick it up for $99 until probably summer or fall 2013.

Yeah, it's weird, but I can wait. I mean I've waited this long and I'm not entirely sold on the Wii U, otherwise I would just bite the bullet and play Wii games there until games start coming out for it.

#17 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

I have my calendar marked for a June or July of 2015 purchase.

#18 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

WiiU. Next generation?

#19 Posted by McShank (1629 posts) -

I liked it when I was playing it at a demo spot. If they allow all Wii games to work for it which I have not looked into at all and will probably read about it in a week, Then I will buy one as I do want a Wii but the WiiU would be where I would go..

#20 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@joshthebear said:

WiiU. Next generation?

precipice

#21 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash said:

I have my calendar marked for a June or July of 2015 purchase.

So by that time you'll be able to pick up all three of the worthwhile games for the system.

#22 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@thedj93 said:

@joshthebear said:

WiiU. Next generation?

precipice

Next

#23 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

@BestUsernameEver said:

@ChadMasterFlash said:

I have my calendar marked for a June or July of 2015 purchase.

So by that time you'll be able to pick up all three of the worthwhile games for the system.

Yep.

#24 Edited by Blastroid (257 posts) -

@joshthebear said:

WiiU. Next generation?

No and yes. I would say this generation with a tad of breathing room for next gen. The specs are better than last gen but you know Sony and MS will bring even better specs. I think for true next gen we need to see massive multiplayer (not talking about just MMO) on a console work well. Mag tried but you can tell parts of the game were held back to make it happen. I am an older gamer and say each generation well I don't think they can top those graphics but they always do and surprise me. You have to think photo realism is the bar but that all depends on the art style. Games like Blastedlands have a art style and it works well without trying to go into photo realism. With that in mind and with hardware finally surpassing the graphics bottleneck I think online features and branching out to mobile devices is where we are today and trying to improve on that for next gen.

#25 Posted by jacksmedulla (279 posts) -

@BigBoss1911 said:

I honestly forgot this thing was even coming out.

#26 Posted by Dalai (7017 posts) -
#27 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11626 posts) -

Oh right. The Wii-U. That's certainly... a thing. I guess. I shouldn't be too snippy though, as it is probably certain that I will buy one in like 4 years so I can play whatever Fire Emblem games they release for it.

#28 Posted by Hailinel (24409 posts) -

So much dismissal ITT.

I have my console preorder paid off. All that remains is waiting until next Sunday to pick it up.

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#29 Posted by SirShandy (38 posts) -

Personally I am very excited for it.

I don't think it's fair to judge the controller as a gimmick until you see how developer's use it. It depends on their ability to take creative risks. I was always attracted to gaming as a social device, whether playing cooperatively or competitively with friends and family. Those are some of my best memories from childhood, and I thinks it's great Nintendo has never really abandoned that mentality. With the Wii and especially with the WiiU, they are doing some very interesting things to enrich that social experience.

Of course, as I've gotten older, I get less and less opportunity to get people together to do these things, but I definitely think the Wii U's strength will be with that "together" experience. And, again, I hope a few developers out there will look at the tools they have to work with and really focus on making unique unfamiliar single-player experiences as well. This is going to feel like a very long week.

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