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There's a new kid coming to school this year. His older brother, who graduated the year before, was not very well liked by many of the students at the school, for various reasons. Now, when these students learned that his little brother was going to be attending the school, they were quick to jump to speculating and criticizing this new kid, who they knew little to nothing about. They judged him pretty much on the fact that he was the little brother.

That doesn't seem very fair, does it?

Well, what would you say if I told you that the older brother is the Wii, and his younger brother is none other than Wii U.

 

The Wii U may be a total failure. There. I said it. But, I said “may.” I am not stating whether it's a success or not. But, I'm assuming that since it's Nintendo, kiddies will eat it up like candy on Halloween. 

But this console definitely seems more hardcore. Some games that we know are coming (though they may not be launch games) are Ninja Gaiden III, Arkham City, Metro: Last Light, a new Smash Bros., Pikmin 3, Darksiders 2, and I can't forget to mention Assassin's Creed III. A few of these have already launched on our current consoles, but it's still good to see Nintendo getting some AAA games that would not have appeared on the Wii.

Let's talk about the controller, which, as far as I can tell, is the main controversy surrounding this system. Many people have complained that it looks like a tablet with buttons. Breaking News: That's exactly what it's supposed to look like. I'm not so sure about the controller, myself. It certainly seems interesting. One thing is clear however- it has a lot of buttons. Four main face buttons, two control sticks, a d-pad, and four shoulder buttons. Like the PS3 and the 360. Considering one of my main complaints with the Wii Remote was lack of easily reachable buttons, I was more than happy when I saw all the buttons in the same familiar locations as my Playstation controller. The touch screen could also contain seemlingly endless possibilities, as long as it's handled right, and not just some as some tacked-on gimmick.

Let's talk about the DS for a second. The DS was a huge success, arguably the most innovative handheld ever made (Only time will tell what the Vita will accomplish.) The Wii U could be considered as much a successor to the DS as it is to the Wii. The Wii U's controller serves as the bottom touch screen, and your television screen could be seen as the top screen of the DS. While the DS had its shared of gimmicky titles that seemed to force added-on touch screen activities, it also had some amazing experiences that were only made better with creative and well-designed touch screen controls.

Who says the Wii U can't have amazing gameplay experiences as well? If used correctly, the touch screen can only help heighten the experience. Take Zelda for instance. The controller could display things such as the HUD, the map, and your items and equipment. Imagine the Ocarina of Time menu on your touch screen. With a swipe of your finger, you can scroll through your windows until you get to the map screen. Double tapping the screen can toggle the zoom, and with a swipe up or down, you could view different floors. Seems easy enough, right? And if you're worried about the action continuing while you're too distracted in the menu, I'm sure there will be an option to pause the game, giving you as much time as you need.

Unfortunately, I'm sure that the controller will be used for many gimmicky games as well. Just like on the DS, the Wii, the PS Move, and the Kinect. However, we've managed to avoid playing those games for this long. And it seems that as of now, the Wii U will be getting its fair share of hardcore games.

So why all the Wii U hate? Are some people still upset by the Wii? Is it because of the controller, having you worried that every game will feature unnecessary gimmicks? Or perhaps it's just the fact that some people feel that Nintendo should have released this console at the beginning of this generation to directly compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360?

What if the system really is a flop? Then I will gladly accept many “I told you so's”. But what if the system is a wonderful addition to Nintendo's family? After all, what's wrong with another great console? We all love Video Games here- let's let them explore new territories, try out new concepts, and evolve like they should. I love playing games with a regular controller in my lap, but I also loved what could be accomphised (when done right) by the DS and even the Wii.

With E3 right around the corner, I'm looking forward to what Nintendo will show us. A new Mario, Zelda, or maybe Metroid? Or maybe a new IP. 

 

It's okay to speculate, and it's okay to have doubts. You don't have to like the direction the Wii U has taken. But I ask you to give it a chance. Wait a while, and take the time to find out.

 

Thanks for reading, Community.

 

 

 

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