Why you NEED A WiiU At Launch
Nintendo held 3 Nintendo direct conferences, detailing the specifications of the console, retail bundles and the launch titles that the WiiU is getting. Nintendo did not disappoint. Learning from the Wii’s launch (maybe even Sony’s Vita), they realized that the true success for a console are the software and how strong they come out of the gate. The announcements they had this morning certainly impressed me and gave Nintendo the obvious advantage in the next-gen race. Here are the reasons you should be lining up outside of retail stores November 17th to get your grubby little hands on Nintendo’s latest baby.
Third Party Love
Unlike the Wii, the WiiU has more than a few third-party games coming out. Games like Aliens Colonial Marines, ZombiU, Bayonetta 2 and the triple A titles from EA like FIFA, Madden and the Call of Duty franchises. These titles give gamers a reason to get a hold of some next-gen stuff. The addition of the mature content and more conventional control scheme will get Nintendo a piece of the hardcore gamer market that they all but ignored with the Wii’s library of kid/causal friendly games. This time around we have the means to kill our fellow players online and maim beastly characters and zombies in all its blood and gore. Not to mention that Bayonetta 2 will be a Nintendo exclusive title. Seems Nintendo is bedding with its most despised enemy of the Clinton era.
Nintendo TVii(take that, Smart Glass)
At E3 this year Microsoft’s only contribution besides the Halo 4 trailer was Smart Glass. At a first glance TVii makes smart glass look rushed and dinky by comparison. Both TVii and Smart Glass are media interfaces that allow you to interact with TV or movies that you watch on each console respectively, but comparing the two Nintendo’s thing would seem to work better, not only because of the more simple interface but because Nintendo uses its own proprietary touch pad to use its functions leaving much less room for error than having to download an app or program on to a numerous amount of phones, tablets and a number of other sort of devices. TVii, it seems will work with a number of television networks, Hulu and Netflix and not to mention connectivity with your TiVo.
New Super Mario Bros WiiU, Not your little brothers Mario Bros
Lets face it, if you were born ‘tween ’82 and ’89 by default you are gonna at least want to play Mario games a whole bunch. The latest adventure of the moustached plumber, seems to use the formula from the “New” series and add more of a challenge that was missing from the series. With the addition of the new challenge modes, time and gathering competitions ,there is also the boost mode in which the more coins you collect the more the difficulty raises. In New Super Mario WiiU the much-needed difficulty that was missing and the addition of the challenges will boost the replay value through the roof. Props to Nintendo for getting it together and actually making it available at launch.
In the end the only or rather most valid reason to ever get the WiiU at launch is because it is the Next Gen, its knocking on your door step saying ”play with me.”. Nintendo is truly stepping up its game from the lack luster Wii. Our relationship with Nintendo is playing out like the last 20 minutes of a romantic comedy, just when we seem to forgotten why we love big N so much and we focus only on how they messed up, they return and interrupt our wedding to current gen consoles, Shut up Nintendo …..you had me at hello.