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Topic # 84789 8-Jun-2011 07:25
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So the Nintendo Wii U console has been revealed! As well as the new Wii U controller, which features a large touchscreen.

What do you guys think? Personally I find the controller a little 1980's for some odd reason. Looks odd and not all that comfortable to hold, especially after a few drinks Cool

Wii U console:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/07/the-wiiu-nintendos-next-console/

Wii U controller video hands on:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/07/the-wiiu-controller-revealed/

I would still prefer the Xbox Kinect option.

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  Reply # 478833 8-Jun-2011 08:29
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Interesting concept right? Not sure how I feel about it exactly right now, need to see a bit more footage before I decide Im a believer. Seems kinda like a tablet really, and in that light it seems like quite a good move - they should work out a deal with Amazon to have a Kindle app released for their system...




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  Reply # 478873 8-Jun-2011 10:04
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Hmmm.... touch screen is resistive and not multi-touch.

That seems a rather significant oversight - who made that call?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 478879 8-Jun-2011 10:18
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Keen for some HD Zelda. And Mario Kart. And maybe Smash Bros if they sort out its netcode this time around...

Will also be interesting to see if multi-platform games actually get developed for Nintendo now! The Wii's specs have been shadowed by the 360 and PS3 for too long.




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  Reply # 478899 8-Jun-2011 11:28
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Is anybody else drawing comparisons with the Wii U controller and the PS Vita? I mean is there anything stopping Sony from making the PS Vita a PS3/PS4 controller as well. From the way I'm looking at it this didn't seem nearly as innovative as the Wiimote was. I think Nintendo's smart move was always making their console different from the others and that's why it sold so well. But now they seem to be going back to basically a standard controller with some fancy extra features.

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  Reply # 478917 8-Jun-2011 12:17
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Hobchild: Is anybody else drawing comparisons with the Wii U controller and the PS Vita? I mean is there anything stopping Sony from making the PS Vita a PS3/PS4 controller as well. From the way I'm looking at it this didn't seem nearly as innovative as the Wiimote was. I think Nintendo's smart move was always making their console different from the others and that's why it sold so well. But now they seem to be going back to basically a standard controller with some fancy extra features.


Yeah, it's funny because the Wii U remote reminded me of the PS3 + Vita combo as well.

It's strange how a company can be in such a commanding position in one generation and then just drop the ball in the next.
I'm not saying the Wii U will be a monumental failure. The motion play gamble paid off big time (much better than anyone expected - Nintendo included), providing them with the capital to really take it to Sony, Microsoft, and now Apple for the next gen.
The 3DS isn't doing as well as expected - not surprising considering the competition.
The one saving grace is that PS4 or Xbox 720/1080 won't be released any time soon so they have the console market to themselves for at least 18-24 months.


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  Reply # 479250 9-Jun-2011 11:28
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I was kind of hoping Nintendo would really knock our socks off with the Wii U.

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/06/08/technology-technology-hardware-amp-equipment-as-japan-nintendo_8505799.html

At least someone is saying what others are privately thinking.

Still early days yet I guess.

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Reply # 479396 9-Jun-2011 16:17
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I’m a bit disappointed by lack of detail and underwhelmed by the Wii U, don’t get me wrong I will probably buy one on release as I’m such a big Nintenerd.

*Things I think are disappointing:
No GCN compatibility (No GCN ports and drive can’t take small 80mm disks)
Give us more specs please Nintendo.
Nintendo needs a *boring* cross platform controller for 3rd party Developers and as an alternative control scheme.  (Think Wavebird with rumble, ZR & ZL, Wii wireless (ie NOT tethered to the Wii Remote and able to work the main menu!) and basic motion control.  (Yeah I know this sounds like the DualShock 3, but that’s the point)

*Things I’m not so sure about?
Possibility only one Wii U controller per console?
Can we play games without a Wii U console?
Upgrade the Touch Screen please (don’t want to use a stylus and try and use the buttons on the controller)
Why not just make the 3DS the touch screen controller?
Cost of the Wii U controller, and breakability of the controller (it’s got a big screen)

*Things I think rock:
Full Wii compatibility, Games and Accessory’s/Hardware
Nintendo first party games

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  Reply # 479405 9-Jun-2011 16:30
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I like it, I am sure that functionality/hardware may be improved upon before 2012

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  Reply # 479429 9-Jun-2011 17:32
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I think this is more revolutionary than many people are thinking. Yes, I'm sure the screen will be used for additional controls, buttons etc in some games, but that seems pretty dull and not very elegant. What's really exciting to me is that this is the first time a console has had a moveable screen. By the sound of it some of the demos have already shown it being used as a "window" into a world completely surrounding the player, so by moving the screen around you can look around you as you would in real life. This will provide an amazingly immersive experience.

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  Reply # 479446 9-Jun-2011 18:39
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talisker: I think this is more revolutionary than many people are thinking. Yes, I'm sure the screen will be used for additional controls, buttons etc in some games, but that seems pretty dull and not very elegant. What's really exciting to me is that this is the first time a console has had a moveable screen. By the sound of it some of the demos have already shown it being used as a "window" into a world completely surrounding the player, so by moving the screen around you can look around you as you would in real life. This will provide an amazingly immersive experience.


I think it has some really interesting features, but it looks more like a concept. I do think it all looks a bit cheap and tacky. That was sort of the appeal of the original wii, where the whole family could get involved, playing cheesy games with pretty poor quality graphics. It had a retro feel to it.  But this new control feels confused to me. I am more impressed with the new playstation portable.

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  Reply # 487632 30-Jun-2011 03:27
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Doesn't look very revolutionary to me....slightly disappointed.

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  Reply # 489012 4-Jul-2011 08:24
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To be honest, probably one of the worst gaming decisions, remote wise, I've ever seen.

I will be stuffed if I am holding a tablet sized remote for long periods of time, going to bugger your wrists up nicely.

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