The Wii U is now available to buy in North America, with Nintendo having released its new home games console — the first of the next-gen machines — last weekend. By the end of the year the Wii U will have been released in all the major territories. The initial launch didn’t go particularly smoothly, with a sizable firmware update being required to add online functionality.
Despite this, and some other complaints from early-adopters, the reviews of the hardware have been mostly positive. Many reviewers seem to be hedging their bets, stating that the Wii U is good but not as good as it could be and perhaps will be in the future. But what do you think? That’s the subject up for discussion in this week’s We Ask You column.
This Week’s Question…
What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Wii U?
As previously stated the reviews for the Wii U have been mostly positive, but part of me wonders whether these reviewers are afraid of being burned twice by Nintendo’s ability to disrupt the industry. After all, many experts and analysts were highly critical of the original Wii, declaring it as a novelty doomed to fail. They were wrong. As sales quickly boomed, and Sony and Microsoft then tried to play catch-up with Move and Kinect respectively.
The Wii was a huge success. Nintendo took a massive gamble in eschewing high-end visuals in order to focus on the gameplay experience. And the motion control system worked so well that the Wii won the last-/current-gen console war. Nintendo has taken another massive gamble with the Wii U, this time augmenting the motion control Wii Remotes with a tablet-style controller that adds a second (handheld) screen to the set-up.
Do you think this is a strategy that can work? Will lightning strike in the same place twice and enable the Wii U to match or even surpass the success of its predecessor? Is the Wii U lacking the simplicity that was the quintessential reason why the original Wii succeeded? Will Nintendo be able to build up a big enough lead in terms of sales before successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 arrive in (probably) 2013?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Whether you want to detail, discuss, debate, or dissent, it’s all good if it adds to the conversation. If you need some inspiration then feel free to read 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed and 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
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