Will the Wii U attract the attention of hardcore gamers like the Xbox and PS3 usually do? Will the Wii U offer titles that will appeal to these hardcore gamers as well as titles that appeal to Nintendo's main customer base, namely familes with young children and teenagers? I think the recent criticism concerning the Wii U has less to do with hardware specs and more to do with software, that is, can Nintendo convince developers and publishers to create new games for the Wii U that will get the attention of hardcore gamers. I don't see why not. From what we know so far, the Wii U can match or even outperform current Xbox and PS3's. This fact alone should convince developers and publishers of games catering to hardcore gamers to consider the Wii U.
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omegadoom13:think the recent criticism concerning the Wii U has less to do with hardware specs and more to do with software, that is, can Nintendo convince developers and publishers to create new games for the Wii U that will get the attention of hardcore gamers.
Yes; I'm sure that game developers will go nuts over the fact that they both have graphical power and a second screen to program secondary stuff to it.
Also graphics are not essential to a hardcore game, the fact that you can use both a motion controller and the Wii U controller proves that there can be an audience for both hardcore and casual gamers. I don't see what these investors are all worked up over.
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Michael Pachter is a cnut. And he's rarely accurate. Statistically less than 1/3 of the time. Why he still has a job, I don't know.
What a moron! How is this guy an "industry analyst"? Seriously, Pachter--did you see Microsoft's "Kinectmania" presentation at E3 this year? THAT was two years behind! What Nintendo is doing is actually better timing that you credit them for.
They were PURPOSELY waiting for the HDTV market to rise, for technology for better graphics than PS3 to become more efficient and cheaper, and for a time where they could sit comfortable with that for about 10 years. I say 10 years because we're about 10-15 years away from hyperrealism on home computers, and probably longer for gaming consoles. Whatever PS4 and Xbox 720 offer, it won't be much more significant than Wii U, or else it will be expensive overkill. We haven't even used more than half the PS3's total power yet for a game--the Wii U will be plenty for many years.
Nintendo waited, which is better management, and shows wisdom and character about them that Sony and Microsoft could learn a thing or two from. BOTH Sony and Microsoft put themselves at huge initial profit losses with their consoles (in fact, with every gaming system they've both ever produce) all in efforts of being the cutting-edge technology first. Sony did it again with PS Vita, as they announced they are at a three-year-loss in profits with Vita. It's their only strategy in this gaming industry, really. Wait to see what the "innovative" ones do, and then adopt their concept with more debt-inducing hot-off-the-presses technology.
Sony and Microsoft could not possibly offer anything significantly stronger than a Wii U that'll get reasonably utilized. Most companies couldn't at all afford to develop games for any "significantly more powerful" console than Wii U that would really show their major difference--if Sony and Microsoft could even afford to market the cutting-edge technology themselves--and even then, any noticeable difference wouldn't be SO wide and impressive that they totally overshadow Wii U's higher-end of graphics. These two companies would either have to settle for being a slight bit stronger than Wii U, or risk super-expensive console trying to totally surpass them, but still falling well short of hyperrealism. But neither Sony or Microsoft have even mentioned PS4 or Xbox 720 yet. They're still pushing their products in which BOTH rather recently started producing positive profits with--remember all that initial loss of profits just to have it all now?But now Nintendo has a product that will both outperform these two consoles, have a head start in the next-generation of gaming, and last for many years to come (even in the face of a PS4 or 720), offering both innovation to gaming and advanced HD graphics. Not to mention, they STILL get to be true to their vision of being inclusive with their product, as Wii U is easily for both "hardcore" gamers and families on family night alike. PLUS they make all of people's Wii peripherals useful to Wii U (thus many gamers already have extra controller options for Wii U). By the time PS4/720 finally reveals, Wii U will still be comfortably advanced, incredibly unique, and ready for a price drop to compete with their competitors, who will surely imitate Wii U. That's having your cake and eating it, too! That's not being two years behind--that's being about 8-10 years ahead!
So go smoke THAT in your pipe, Mr. supposed "Industry Analyst"!
Great comment MagnaFox I completely agree and I think this guy is a moron. There are plenty of hardcore gamers that even bought the Wii. I love the fact that Nintendo is making the new console so that all existing controllers are compatible and the games are backwards compatible so they already have a game library.
Developers of course will be attracted to the console since it is just about guaranteed to be more powerful than all current generation consoles.
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