Wii U: Will History Repeat Itself?
Posted 6 months ago By Vince - Vincent Deshaies
With the Wii U’s launch right around the corner, I think many people have this question in mind. Will the Wii U be as hard to find as the original Wii was this Christmas? Will it find the same success as its predecessor did? My take on it? Yes and no. In this order.
The Wii was a social phenomenon back when it was released. No matter what you think of the little white box, there’s no getting around the fact: It was one of the most popular and successful consoles of all time. It only makes sense for Nintendo to try the same approach with the new Wii U. Everything is in place. A new and innovative way to play, the same, slightly tweaked weird name, the same design... Everything seems to be there to ensure that a lot of families will want the new device under their tree on Christmas eve. Of course, the holiday season being what it is, it’s very likely that the Wii U will be sold out before Christmas arrives, it’s becoming a tradition with most new home console releases. However, I do not think the Wii U will generate the same kind of interest as the Wii did.
Where’s the Wow-factor?
There are many reasons for that, the first being that the Wow-factor is gone. Back in 2006, Nintendo had basically come up with the solution to what many people were dreaming about for years: motion controls. Who hasn’t imagined themselves playing a Star Wars lightsaber simulator with a motion controller? Come on, I know you all have before the Wii was a reality. Gamers and the uninitiated had finally found common ground. Hardcore gamers bought the system for the usual Nintendo franchises, as well as the innovative concept behind the Wii remote, casual gamers bought the system for the accessibility of its features, and parents and non-gamers bought it thinking their kids will finally get some exercise while playing their favorite games! It was the ultimate answer to many of gaming’s problems. Sure, the Wii U similarly offers a new experience, but it’s not nearly as mindblowing as the Wii’s initial promises. Combine that with the lack of any kind of leap in graphical presentation and you’ve got a problem if you hope to achieve the same kind of numbers as the original Wii did.
Where are the ads?
It’s my understanding that Nintendo is about to start promoting this thing across the globe, having already started doing it over in the UK, but I still feel like people were a lot more aware of the Wii’s launch than they are with the U. It seems a bit backwards for Nintendo to be so quiet with this one while they were so vocal about the Wii. There seems to be a certain amount of confusion in the general public, a lot of people still don’t even know if this thing is just an update for the Wii or if it’s a new console entirely. The fact that the system’s design is so similar certainly doesn’t help, but the name makes it sound like it’s no less of an add-on than the Wii motion plus was, for example. We’re less than a month away from launch, Nintendo! It’s time to start informing the masses.
It may be cliché to talk about the economy these days, but it doesn’t change the fact that people have less available income than they did back in 2006 when the Wii launched. Here we are, 6 years later, with a system that’s a hundred dollars more expensive (if you plan on getting the Deluxe model). Combine that with the previous two points, and I think it makes a huge difference for most people. Of course there’s the 299 basic model, but it’s still more expensive than the Wii was for a console that simply won’t impress as much for most people.
Despite all that, I’m confident that Nintendo will find success with the Wii U. Some are already predicting a massive failure, while others think this system will outperform the competition once more. What do YOU think?
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