Like a lot of people I have been extremely skeptical about the Wii U and many of the decisions that have gone along with its development, and while it will still have the Nintendo classics like Mario and Zelda I can’t but wonder if this is going to be enough to make people want to shell out and buy a brand new console when it is only marginally more powerful than the current systems and on top of that then to compete with the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 which are highly expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2013.
I was never a fan of the Wii mainly because the way I have fun with video games is not jumping up and down while waving my arms around, I tend to enjoy the lazier approach of sitting on my butt for hours on end putting off eating, sleeping, regular bathing and toilet breaks, but the Wii U has kept me curious for some time now and I have been watching it with interest and hope that it is a console that will be able to compete with its competitors.
The Wii U is indeed trying to bridge the gap between casual and hardcore gaming markets by trying to appeal to both markets as much as possible, with the Wii U incorporating many of the family friendly elements that gave the original Wii such great initial success. It is also tempting the hardcore players by offering such games as Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Assassins Creed 3 in late november and other games like Ghost Recon Online in early 2013. While this is all a step in the right direction for Nintendo to appeal to the biggest possible audience the concern for a lot of people is how is it going to be able to compete against the PS4 and 720 when the hardware on both of these systems is almost assured to be vastly superior than that of the Wii U and while Nintendo has commented several times that they are confident that the Wii U will be more than a match and still have its profitable fan base, many people myself included is not nearly so confident and while I do hope that the Wii U is able to bring us some of the most entertaining games that we have seen and push the barrier, I feel that the hardware just like the original Wii is going to be the undoing of this console.
What may be even more of a worry is that if the Wii U does perform poorly than it may be the last time that we see Nintendo release a console and leave the console business altogether, and then that also asks the question what about the Nintendo DS with so many tablets and smart phones producing top games how much longer is this Nintendo going to be able to keep its foot in the handheld market.
In the end we are just going to have to wait and see what happens in the next few months which are sure going to be very interesting to say the least, I will be purchasing a Wii U on release and will be hoping for the best.
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