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JasonTsay

So, Wii U. Just another gimmick?

Is this just another gimmick to get people excited about like the original Wii with motion gaming? Will Sony and Microsoft have to put touchscreens on their controllers now too?

I do think the concept of the Wii U is really cool and somewhat futuristic but the whole thing also seems rather gimmicky to me.

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kris

The DS seemed like a gimmick when it was first announced, but turned out beautifully. Then again, it could end up like the original Wii, or god forbid, the Virtual Boy...
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JasonTsay

Well Nintendo basically made a tablet with game controls...
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christiankaff

Not really, from what we've seen, it's a tablet sized controller. I haven't seen any traditional tablet PC features.
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manveru

Plus, the controller doesn't do any processing itself. It's useless without the actual Wiiu system.
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yoesh365

Well the game-pad is suppose to be a controller so why would it work by it self? you guys got it wrong, the game-pad is not suppose to be designed as a system, it suppose to be a controller for the Wii U system.
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JasonTsay

Sorry, by tablet, I didn't specifically mean "iPad-style tablet" but more of a general reference to the futuristic things we see in sci-fi movies.
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MasterSystem

I never thought the DS seemed like a gimmick. The designed recalled Nintendo's Game & Watch series of portables and felt like a natural progression of handheld gaming.

On the other hand, the Wii, especially in it's current state feels entirely like a gimmick. I could be wrong, but outside of Wii Sports I don't feel that the motion controls were intrinsic gameplay elements of any meaningful game experience.
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Dpmt

I think that Nintendo go sick of developing cool stuff for the DS and having it not translate at all to the Wii.

Also this is awesome and I'm buying one. Its the future way more then just motion alone. Its AR and 3DS integration and Tablet gaming. The last point is important because this is Nintendo's stand against Apple and iPad games. Which reminds me that Angry bird and Minecraft will be sick when they come to this platform and mark my words they will come.

Also 3DS and Wii U Super Smash Bros!

Your move Microsoft and Sony.
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dave

They already moved! See the PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii U is finally catching up to the current generation of consoles.

Sure, the gaming tablet / controller are interesting. But is there anything else different and more compelling?
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Dpmt

I'm was thinking more of Sony and Microsoft having to add a touchscreen, like they had to add motion controls. Yes the Wii should have been HD, but that's moot now.
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manveru

I think there's a lot of great stuff that can be done with this kind of controller. Just the idea of switching the game from the TV to the controller while somebody uses the TV for something else is a good use. Using the controller for a type of Silent Scope type thing is another. I'm excited to see what the developers end up doing with it.
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AndrewL9008

It seems like a really interesting concept, to be sure, but I have a feeling the novelty of it all may wear off before too long. And this tends to happen with Nintendo a lot, they come up with a new concept for gaming like the DS and Wii, and all their first-party titles utilize their hardware features to great effect, but third-parties simply aren't very creative with it. Hopefully though, even if those things end up being true, we'll still be left with a powerful console unlike the original Wii that just became boring because it didn't have anything to fall back on once the motion control gimmick was played out.
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nitehawk

Agreed. The best thing Nintendo has done is to say that all the $ spent on the Wiimotes, Nunchucks, Fit boards and peripherals was not wasted for the next gen. The worst thing is that this system will likely not play blu rays.

I love how you can play with just the controller, but I have to wonder why would Nintendo design their system this way? Wouldn't they rather have the 3DS be the big obnoxious controller to make things more streamline? I think Sony will do this with the PS3 and Vita to extend the PS3 life and make money off the PS Move by incorporating that as well.

Regardless, I think the controller with a touchscreen and motion controls sounds great and can lead to great immersion in gameplay. I also think that Nintendo is trying harder by getting a lot more support from third party games. However I think the actual console is ugly and the controller is more of a distraction and gimmick than the highlight. I agree with most people that the novelty will wear off quickly like most Wii games. Looking at the videos it seems rather annoying to use, but I could see it initially being fun and that's all that matters for impulse purchases.

With Nintendo's current target audience, kids and AARP members, repetition works to get cash so it's still a good business move. It's actually a fantastic business move because there's nothing like it.

There are some great Wii titles out there, but they are few I have had sustained fun playing any Wii game non-multiplayer. Nintendo just doesn't appeal to me or likely most people on this website sans children.
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citizenwasp

i think it's just magic. i'm not a fanboy of nintendo, i've hated wii until today. now i definitely want to buy wiiu. it's the winner of the next next-gen console war.
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manveru

I think we should wait until we see Microsoft and Sony's response before we declare a winner.
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JasonTsay

But have we seen the next gen consoles yet?
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dave

Exactly. The Wii U is a next-gen Nintendo console. But all things considered, it's on par with the current gen PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
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roberto

I think it is a very cool concept. I just don't see how they make it affordable for the average gamer.
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JasonTsay

Well we have to remember it's only one Wii U controller per console.
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pitiscrat

Yop, This Thing is a real Joke. This is Bad, really bad
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