Sessler's Soapbox: Wii U?

Posted: June 8, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Wii U?
Adam Sessler delivers his thoughts on Nintendo's New Console, Wii U. You may be confuse on Nintendo's new console/controller, but The Sess makes it all clear.

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  • mrknowldge

    I say Nintendo Now has the Best Platform and what better time to Bring POKEMON SNAP 2 !!! I can totally see the new Controller to capture photos of the pokemon on the screen ! Who Agrees???

    Posted: June 8, 2011 4:28 PM
  • bibboorton

    I'm here to defend Nintendo. See, it's not about the console. It's just a box. It's about the experience of what this new innovation can bring to the table.

    Ok. You already saw what it can do. For the casual gamer, it probably would just be like another accessory. In conjunction with previous Wii accessories, the same kind of gameplay will still be available, albeit with HD graphics. It will continue to sell but probably not with the same numbers Wii sold years before because to them, specs may not be very important and they may not want to buy it simply for the HD resolution and since they already have a Wii in the first place.

    For the more core gamers, and sadly not a lot grasped the idea, they presented a whole new way of doing stuff with games. For example, and these are not real examples of games that will be in the Wii U but just to put things in perspective, in a game like Mass Effect, you can control your powers in the screen so there's no need for stopping the game. For a game like Dead Space, you can manage your items there too. For a game like Tekken, you can see the move list without having to pause the action. For a game like Need for Speed, it can be used as a rear-view mirror or a mini-map/spedometer or whatnot so the big screen doesn't look cluttered. For a game like Madden, you can run your plays that your opponent can't see on the big screen. No more pause menus! There are just too many things this new innovation can bring to the table.

    Sure, they can just release this new controller for the Wii, but since the Wii is 480p, they can't really improve its processing power. Now, with the console of Wii U, while granted it will most likely have significantly less processing power than the PS4 and 720 when they are released, it has better processing power than the PS3 and 360, which is really way more than it needs to have. They upped the power enough so that 3rd party developers of not-very-casual games actually want to make games for it instead of just being an afterthought.

    It's the perfect middle ground between every kind of gamer.

    In the end though, it's not about the specs and the box that is the console, it's really about the controller and the new dimension it brings to gaming.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 4:26 PM
  • Wozman23

    I agree 100%. Nintendo has turned me into a skeptic and I can't help but wonder if this will just be a repeat of the Wii.

    And if they wanted to try to gain some interest from the hardcore, why didn't they change the name completely? Calling it Wii U (which is terrible) makes me associate it with a system I care little for. A new name could go a long way for showing that they want to create something different. If they would have showed a traditional controller, I'd probably have an entirely different opinion since that's all I've really been asking for.

    I'd love for the new system to be good, but I feel at this point in time, Nintendo doesn't have my best interests in mind anymore. To me they have replaced the term 'jump the shark' with 'released the Wii'.
    Hopefully they can prove me wrong.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 4:00 PM
  • 9000

    what a terrible terrible move nintendo... i'm not falling for your tricks again. you've already forgotten about me.... to all people excited: i'm so happy for you! have fun with all of the remakes and rehashes (NEW NEW super mario brothers! zelda: ocarina of time Wii U edition. mario kart: wii u, now with THREE people in ONE cart!!!) you're going to get because for the past 6+ years, nintendo has been so good at coming up with innovation!!!

    ..... suckers. this was the last straw, nintendo. didn't think it was possible, but they've made me not like all of their classic games of the past.... and to people who were going to respond "BUT DUDE, it doesn't come out for like a year and a half!", do you really think it's going to turn into this hardcore platform by then? it's going to be released but quickly become outdated by microsoft and sony's new console... just like the wii. FAIL.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 4:00 PM
  • pirul83

    I haven't had a nintendo console since my beloved N64... I'm very happy with my xbox360, but i have to say... this looks nice... i don't care much about the ability to use the controller's screen as the main screen... but as adam says... it has TONS of potential... and with full HD graphics we can expect real 3rd party support... So i can have my call of duty and/or my assasin's creed (dont care if they only use the controller screen for menus and stuff), and also have zelda, smash bros, mario etc :D My only concern as some have mentioned its the layout of the controller... the position of the joysticks seems not very comfortable for playing shooters... but they have a year and a half to test and change anything if they feel to (nintendo controllers have always be very comfortable and with intelligent design). I'm dont worry about the wait, becouse the processing hardware its not in the controller so it shouldnt be a problem.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 3:59 PM
  • Funk_Doc

    My only question is the controller price. It looks like an expensive piece of tech. If we start having controllers in the $100 range and if you're making another console that appeals to casual gamers it will be hard to get them to buy $100+ controllers even hardcore gamers wouldn't want to spend that much to have friends play with them. I understand u can have Wiimotes as well but would it be as fun without the screen controller?

    Posted: June 8, 2011 3:47 PM
  • macross2012

    My biggest worry is the price on these controllers.. I am guessing 150.00 each which on one is going to pay. Controllers break and really replacing this is not something I want to do.. LCD in a controller that will simuulate the TV = BIG DOLLARS

    Posted: June 8, 2011 3:03 PM
  • TheBRADLeyB

    Now that I've looked at the Sony PSVita it honestly looks like it's a Core version of WiiU so I'm not sure why you would go with Nintendo when Sony (which I don't have a PS3, I totally love my 360) is going to offer something similar and then have a proven track of supporting Handheld Gaming... (to a point)

    But yeah I don't really think anyone won the E3 Hype Battle this year. MicroSoft's things were interesting but again Kinect failed to be something for Core Gamers Still (Ryse, despite having a goofy name, looks some what decent and the 'minority report' interface on Ghost Recon looked fun but once you are trying to shoot targets I'm sure it's annoying and repetitive and hostel)

    Sony's Conference didn't really have anything big except for the showing of the PSVita but I kind of feel like PSP and PSP Go weren't that long ago that I do somewhat feel like asking how long the PSVita will be around.

    And Nintendo's WiiU just doesn't look interesting to me at all. So they've completely given up Motion Gaming now?

    Because the WiiU looks like they've given up console gaming and are going straight handheld but with the ability to put on a TV.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:53 PM
  • dj10fld

    My only quam with the unveiling of the Wii U is the lack of first party tech demos that show off potential HD gameplay using their 1st party names. We got to see Zelda HD concept and it looks gorgeous (I can't wait to see a full game). But I wanted to see more hardcore game concepts. Like showing off what could be a Metroid HD using the controller, or Mario or Donkey Kong, or new Kid Icarus. To me Nintendo has always been about its first party titles. And even if they didn't have work in progress games to show off at least they could have shown off what this system can offer for the hardcore gamers. Instead they showed off ideas using the Mii's, I wanna see true HD Nintendo gaming. Other than that Its good to see that they are moving forward. I can't wait to see some proper games using the new tech.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:48 PM
  • LoveAsThouWilt

    I admit a HD Zelda would be badass, but thats the only appeal if there are no NEW nintendo IPs. And the new controller has no appeal.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    I'm a nintendo fan and at first I wasn't happy, we thought we were getting high power console from all the rumors, something like a ps3 or better. Instead we get Wii U, after some time of reading about and what it can do, I felt that, maybe nintendo is going in the right direction, but the Xbox 720 and ps4 looms in the distance and the can drive away many gamers from buying Wii U. I going to wait and see if nintendo has more stuff on Wii U before buying one

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:38 PM
  • teac77

    I was secretly hoping they would name it the Nintendo Vag.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:34 PM
  • luiskami

    Well I like it, but as with every console, its about the games. I'm starting to dislike Soapbox because its only one man's opinion. I knew Nintendo wont be trying to catch up with the competition, rather set a standard, a different path/aproach. The hardware seems capable of good games and creactivity. Sessler is right about the wait and see.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:31 PM
  • TheRedBaron1157

    The Wii U might be good if your a real fan of the Wii and use it all the time but thats only if it atually works.........my guess is theres goin to be problems when it first comes out.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:26 PM
  • Wildcard273

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the WiiU, nor the name. And I agree with Claptrap that I felt abandoned by Nintendo with the Wii and their lack of attention to the "hardcore" gamer. And not even just hardcore gamers, I think there needs to be an in-between term. Not hardcore, not casual, but I digress.

    I agree with Adam, it's interesting. The technology is good and the potential is amazing. Yes, they showed some serious games, but overall, this is another attempt to draw in the casual gamer. And like Adam said, is that casual game really going to invest in this system? We know that they are not, when the top selling game on the Wii was Wii Sports, and only because it came with the system. The casual gamer is just that, they find the one game they like a year and buy it. They're not going to invest in a new system, or buy multiple games (6+ per year). I think the Wii and it's controllers sold well because they were intuitive, I see there being a learning curve associated with this WiiU that the casuals may not want to learn.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:19 PM
  • DigitalGibs

    I am happy to see Nintendo finally catching up to 6 year old consoles.... Still, I predict that this will become a port-box for major 3rd party games. That means low sales for 3rd party, and booming sales for 1st party that make a serious effort to use the hardware.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:19 PM
  • happymeowmeow

    I think it's a problem of expectation. For some reason a lot of us expected Nintendo to be like, "Here's our new console: here's what it can do, how much it will cost, what games are be developed for it, etc." Like their 3DS launch last year. Instead, we got "Here's the controller for the console we are working on, isn't it cool?"
    Nothing wrong with that. The focus of the Wii U is obviously going to be the controller, much like motion control was for the Wii. Just wish they had made it a LITTLE clearer during the conference. I was under the impression that the Wii U was either a)a new controller for the Wii or b)a console inside a controller until the Reggie came out later and actually told people there was actually additional hardware behind this thing.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:16 PM
  • mattallred

    I've seen this on so many forums/blogs/youtube videos and I'm really confused. This is not a new handheld system, it's not a new controller for the wii. They are making a whole new system, they are just mainly showing off the controller, just like with the Wii. The controller has been the most important part of those two consoles. The actual console is impressive itself, with 1080p HD and generally faster specs. I missed the press conference and haven't had time to watch it since i recorded it on my dvr and I still knew that this was just a controller.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 2:00 PM
  • Godjams

    The one thing that I thought that was amazing (or should I say not well thought out) that I have not seen anyone comment on is how they advertised all these hardcore games that are going to be available when they release the WII U, but if this unit is coming Holiday 2012 then most of those games would have been out already and have been out for almost a year or more.

    I do agree that the concept is there, but I do feel that they are a little late. And the name is going to have everyone talking or being made fun of (WII U = P U). I wish them all the luck, but if this is all that they have then I do not see them around in the next 5 to 10 years from now.

    What would be cool is if the main companies all got together and made 1 unit that did it all; combine the Kinect, the Move, and the Wii U Pad, that would be one heck of a machine.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 1:49 PM
  • Mezstizo

    This was just a taste of what's to come and so far I like it. We got one more E3 to check this WiiU out before it will be released. So I'm saving my judgment until then. The core developers are on board (most important), The rendering looks good (although I've been burned be pre-rendered FMV in the past ~PS3 anyone??), and the controller looks like a really good idea. I've loved to be able to play my game while my wife is watching Grey's (Anyone??)

    Posted: June 8, 2011 1:45 PM