Posted by Brad J. (IanAugust)
Nintendo is in a little bit of a pickle. Clearly from the Nintendo Direct Video and the E3 Press Conference there is many forms of entertainment the Wii U is going to offer. How all this fits together is the puzzling challenge for us to figure out. Consoles today need to do a lot more than just gaming in today's techy world. The Regginator Fils-Aime even stated that there is way more to Wii U than what they could fit into their one hour presentation. The conference was dedicated to games as it should be. This is where some of my concerns about Wii U rise from their grave.
Nintendo in fact did show a lot of their first party games for Wii U. Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros U, and Nintendo Land all seem like they will be great fun and will be worthy of your time. Nintendo Land includes all of Nintendo's mascot in one party game that helps showcase the new gamepads potential to new users with 12 mini games. I get Nitnendo's strategy here, I really do. It started with the Wii and it is continuing on Wii U. Nintendo wants people to play games together in the living room and now in Miiverse. For sure I would have an amazing time getting torqued with friends while playing Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U. But all of these first party games feel safe and not all that exciting. I'm looking for something to speak to me, to let me know that money is no object. I want to feel like I can't live without this new gamepad in my hands.
Third parties were also given a lot of face time this year. Which is something Nintendo is really trying to drive home. Warner Bros and Ubisoft both took the stage to talk about what games they had coming Wii U's way. Batman Arkham City Armored Edition, Scribblenauts, Rayman Legends, Assassins Creed 3, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Trine 2, Aliens Colonial Marines and ZombiU to name a few. Mainly the problem here is that a good percentage of these games were already released on other consoles. Granted Assassins Creed 3, Aliens Colonial Marines and Scribblenauts are new unreleased games on the horizon for Nintendo's new baby, but these games will appear on other consoles. I feel like a few more big announcements from third parties such as a Call of Duty game or even BioShock would charge up the excitement level a bit.
But I don't think these third parties games are the real issue for me. What's nagging at me on the inside is that there is only one original IP or no huge first party game such as a new Metroid Prime game or a real Mario Galaxy style sequel for the systems launch. There needs to be a system seller in the mix that Nintendo needs to sweeten the pot with. With the Wii, the Wiimote motion controls were new and exciting. The Wii U's Gamepad just doesn't have the same appeal or freshness to it. We've all seen touch screens and controllers before. The controller just isn't enough and even with all other other features the Wii U has, most people won't bother to care about them until they get the system home into their living rooms.
I have to give it to Ubisoft however for bringing an original game as well as Assassins Creed III to the Wii U line up that actually has gotten my attention. ZombiU is the only new IP that is a full game coming to Wii U that has been announced so far. The games concept and gameplay trailer has got me quite intrigued. The idea is that you can only get bitten once and you die seems interesting as well as the different uses of the Wii U gamepad. You'll have to manage and use items from the Wii U gamepad screen in real time. Causing you to quickly look back and forth from the TV and gamepad. Combine that with the one bite zombie death mechanic and it seems like you may have a very intense gaming experience.
It's entirely possible we'll see a few more game announcements in the next few days and I'll have to write a new article praising Nintendo and bask in it's glory. But after watching the conference, I'm still just not sure about the Wii U. Yes, you could call me intrigued. But will you see me standing in line for a Wii U? Currently my answer is no.
At this point in the game, is the Wii U speaking to you? What do you think about Nintendo's E3 Press Conference? What's got you excited or uninterested in Wii U?