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No doubt I'll incur some wrath regarding this blog's title. To those who I have no doubt infuriated I respectfully admonish you to sit back and relax. It's not a condemnation of the system as much as it is an overt way of me saying Nintendo is late to the party.
I just finished watching the Wii U presentation. Unfortunately I woke up late the morning it was streamed live so I had to wait until I could catch up with the archived version.
What I saw--and the impressions I gathered from the full fifty-six minute presentation--was a company offering an enhanced console seemingly marketed directly at those individuals that never bought a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 this generation, and who may have been holding out for the rumored "Wii HD." Well, those folks can now rejoice because their patience has essentially (and finally) been rewarded with the Wii U.
Unfortunately, for the vast majority of gamers that bought a 360 or PS3, the Wii U doesn't seem to offer much in way of features that those gamers can't already access now through their respective consoles. So this got me thinking: Who, then, is the intended audience for the Wii U? And the answer almost smacked me in the face: Current Wii owners.
Even down to the third-party support which, in Nintendo's defense is a lot better this time, is late offering big titles such as Batman: Arkham City, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders II and Assassin's Creed III--big name games for sure but all are available on the 360 or PS3 way in advance. The latter which releases October 30th but which will still have been available to other gamers for a staggering thirty-four days before future Wii U owners can buy their copy. And unless current 360 and PS3 gamers love the thought of dishing out another $60 for a game they already own and more than likely finished months ago, who does that leave? You see my point.
And don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to dissuade anyone or bash on Nintendo with this blog. If the Wii U tickles your fancy, then more power to you! My point is timing is everything. And in an industry where everyone lives by deadlines and release schedules, releasing a "next gen" console that will essentially become obsolete whenever the next Xbox and PlayStation launch just seems like two steps forward and one step back.