Wii U Appearing at CES Next Month, But Don’t Expect Much

Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -
If you want to give Wii U a shot before launch, try sneaking into Nintendo's meeting room.

Nintendo hasn’t said much about Wii U since its unveiling at E3 this year, instead promising a completely new unveiling at E3 next year.

CNET reported today that Nintendo would be bringing Wii U to next month’s tech-heavy CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but that was supposed to happen last year, too. It just had a meeting room.

Wii U will be coming to CES 2012, but it won’t be making a big splash; the company won’t have a booth. The statement Nintendo released to me today makes it clear we should keep expectations in check.

“Nintendo of America, working with the 2012 International CES management, will offer demos of the upcoming Wii U console to members of the media who did not see the system at the 2011 E3 Expo. However, Nintendo will not have a booth at CES, nor does it plan to include any games, experiences or information beyond what was available at the 2011 E3 Expo. Production and development efforts remain on track for the Wii U launch, which will take place between the start of the 2012 E3 Expo in June, and the end of 2012.”

In other words, anyone who missed Wii U at E3 or didn’t attend the show can check out what those people already played. Nintendo told me the builds would be the same as they were this summer. I wouldn't mind checking out HD Zelda again...

And before you ask: we will not be at CES this year, but Tested will!

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -
If you want to give Wii U a shot before launch, try sneaking into Nintendo's meeting room.

Nintendo hasn’t said much about Wii U since its unveiling at E3 this year, instead promising a completely new unveiling at E3 next year.

CNET reported today that Nintendo would be bringing Wii U to next month’s tech-heavy CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but that was supposed to happen last year, too. It just had a meeting room.

Wii U will be coming to CES 2012, but it won’t be making a big splash; the company won’t have a booth. The statement Nintendo released to me today makes it clear we should keep expectations in check.

“Nintendo of America, working with the 2012 International CES management, will offer demos of the upcoming Wii U console to members of the media who did not see the system at the 2011 E3 Expo. However, Nintendo will not have a booth at CES, nor does it plan to include any games, experiences or information beyond what was available at the 2011 E3 Expo. Production and development efforts remain on track for the Wii U launch, which will take place between the start of the 2012 E3 Expo in June, and the end of 2012.”

In other words, anyone who missed Wii U at E3 or didn’t attend the show can check out what those people already played. Nintendo told me the builds would be the same as they were this summer. I wouldn't mind checking out HD Zelda again...

And before you ask: we will not be at CES this year, but Tested will!

Staff
#2 Posted by Galiant (2163 posts) -

I'm waiting to be impressed by something about the Wii U. Bring it. There are hardly any details out there.

#3 Posted by is343 (106 posts) -

I will continue on not expecting much.

#4 Posted by dvorak (1495 posts) -

An announcement about not having an announcement!

#5 Posted by White_Silhouette (468 posts) -

I'm curious to see where this goes, as there were some good games for the Wii. But if they plan on showing games like Batman and Darksiders i'm not sure who they are going to impress. Some really neat stuff can be done with that screen. I think it'll be a year in the life cycle before we see anything like that though.

#6 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

I want to be impressed by the Wii U, but I'm continuing to completely not care about it.

#7 Posted by Tesla (1851 posts) -

"Don't expect much" is kind of implied when it comes to Nintendo related announcements.

#8 Posted by Shaanyboi (1216 posts) -

We're not going to see anything new probably until GDC

#9 Posted by flashdim (38 posts) -

I fully expect that enormous controller to get a slimmed down bezel and a bigger screen and for people to cry "BUT I JUST BOUGHT THE FIRST ONE" cause Nintendo.

#10 Posted by Warchief (646 posts) -

"Wii U Appearing at CES Next Month, But Don’t Expect Much" what a perfect title.

#11 Posted by ptys (1747 posts) -

I hope they're improving the hardware specs on it with all this secrecy.

#12 Posted by MormonWarrior (2484 posts) -

In other words: no news whatsoever.

I keep having this dream of mine where I'm a super genius and I invent some cost-effective graphics chip that I sell to Nintendo that makes their console kick-butt and then I help them reform their online service, rename the system "Nintendo Elite" and they become #1 in the gaming world once again with great subscription services, exclusive third party deals, etc. And yet I know this thing will come out, there will be like two games I'll want to play on it that are AMAZING and the rest will be total trash years after its release. Like the Wii.

#13 Posted by bsavvi (14 posts) -

I have a feeling that Nintendo will rename the WiiU

#14 Posted by UltorOscariot (164 posts) -

I do not admire Nintendo's role at E3 this year, since it's likely that Sony and MS will likely unveil their new hardware, and Nintendo will be trying to launch the WiiU again, trying desperately to overcome the apathy they instilled last year.

#15 Posted by Rebel_Scum (559 posts) -

This nonsense sounds similar to a poem I read as a kid.

Dear Ladies and Gentlespoons

I come before you, to stand behind you

to tell you something I know nothing about

On Monday, which is Good Friday

tThere will be a mothers meeting for fathers only

admission is free, you pay at the door

bring your own seats, we'll sit on the floor

#16 Posted by Thor_Molecules (732 posts) -

Show us games, specs, progress, anything!

The tech demos weren't all that impressive during E3 in the first place.

One would think that, 6 months down the line, they'd actually have some games to show off.

#17 Posted by BloodOfKingu (2 posts) -

i'd be happy if they just let the thing run existing wii games in HD. would save me messing around with that dolphin emulator.

#18 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

I hope developers know more about this machine than we do.

#19 Posted by Levio (1781 posts) -

If it weren't for their first party games, Nintendo would have nothing. These console gimmicks and all 17 of their yearly iterations are just an admission fee to play those games.

#20 Posted by Dalai (6877 posts) -

So... we'll know more during E3 2012. This changes nothing.

#21 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

I need an HD Mario game. Please launch with it, Nintendo.

#22 Posted by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -

@Rebel_Scum said:

This nonsense sounds similar to a poem I read as a kid.

Dear Ladies and Gentlespoons

I come before you, to stand behind you

to tell you something I know nothing about

On Monday, which is Good Friday

tThere will be a mothers meeting for fathers only

admission is free, you pay at the door

bring your own seats, we'll sit on the floor

Bravo.

#23 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -

I guess no news is good news, right? Isn't that the way it's supposed to work?

#24 Posted by Spankmealotus (269 posts) -

I really wish Nintendo would bring some of their innovation to a competitive piece of hardware. They have cool ideas that would be awesome if they would at least be on par with other companies. I guess that just depends how long after the WiiU MS and Sony decide to put out new hardware. Even still kinda too little too late with the WiiU IMO where most everyone who's interested already has a 360, PS3 or both at this point.

#25 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

"Ignore the man behind the curtain." This is all shaping up to be a rather wobbly launch. Next summer should be very entertaining especially if Microsoft shows up with something special.

#26 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

So people at NOA think that non-gamers in the media will be impressed with the massive lack of content they had to show for this thing at e3? Man...what the fuck has happened to you, Nintendo? The Reggie Fils-Aime era is, like, a nonstop string of bad decisions. That goon should've stayed in marketing.

#27 Posted by xxizzypop (576 posts) -

This would be a great time to showcase the technical prowess of the Wii U (provided that it has it) and build up hype for it as a serviceable to amazing replacement for the Wii. Then, come E3, showcase the games and how well they play, in order to build hype for titles for those who were impressed by the console.

But, y'know, when has Nintendo ever given two shits about good business practices? They seem to be all smoke and mirrors nowadays, but since the turn of the century, that's been working less and less in their favor.

#28 Edited by plaintomato (598 posts) -

If the next E3 reveal doesn't reveal that Nintendo totally revamped the thing...stoopid Nintendo. A DS for your living room is not going to cut it, especially if the system is built out of slightly enhanced last gen tech again.

#29 Posted by Aziz4499 (4 posts) -

I think Wii U is going to fail as the Wii

The size of the console doesn't have what it takes to be completed

that's what I think

#30 Posted by EgoCheck616 (782 posts) -

@Aziz4499 said:

I think Wii U is going to fail as the Wii

The size of the console doesn't have what it takes to be completed

that's what I think

Wait.. The Wii failed? I think you have been mislead.

#31 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2480 posts) -

@Aziz4499 said:

I think Wii U is going to fail as the Wii

The size of the console doesn't have what it takes to be completed

that's what I think

Over 90 million sold a failure?

Man, whatever you're hittin' over there, pass it on over.

#32 Posted by Hawk456 (133 posts) -

All I care about is ... what happens to my Virtual Console purchases on my Wii? Will they make the move to the Wii U? If not, I'm not interested.

#33 Posted by Aziz4499 (4 posts) -

@EgoCheck616: Im not talking about the titles or the popularity , I'm talking about the features that we are going to use .((( my opinion )))

I personally love Nintendo, I don't hate it .

But the problem (( I think )) they don't care about " new features " Such 3D ,which is becoming the most important thing to most of us , right ?

This is a personal guessing . I hope to Nintendo all the best .

#34 Posted by Cincaid (2948 posts) -

@EgoCheck616: @Krakn3Dfx: Nintendo sold a lot of consoles, but considering there are 1.2 games sold per console (compared to Xbox's 9.5 or PS3's 7.8) it means the majority bought the console but didn't bother to buy any games for it. Looking from a hardware perspective Nintendo ''won'' this generation, but looking from the more important software perspective they certainly didn't do well at all.

#35 Posted by DeF (4692 posts) -

@vinsanityv22 said:

So people at NOA think that non-gamers in the media will be impressed with the massive lack of content they had to show for this thing at e3? Man...what the fuck has happened to you, Nintendo? The Reggie Fils-Aime era is, like, a nonstop string of bad decisions. That goon should've stayed in marketing.

you know that the big decisions come out of Japan, right?

#36 Posted by craigymail (170 posts) -

Did you mean "Tested's Will" or is the original correct?

#37 Posted by jmood88 (387 posts) -
@Tesla or Nintendo in general. Ba-Dum-TSS!
#38 Posted by golby (7 posts) -

Personally I'm kind of over Nintendo. I wish they would just license their first party games and publish them for the 360/PS3. I'm not buying a Wii U to just play the next Mario and Zelda. I played my Wii for a few months and then sold it. I love my DS, but that too has gotten little playtime lately.

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