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Satoru Iwata with the Wii U controller  (Source:
Investors and analysts are unsure if it can stand up to the challenge after the disappointing E3 presentation

Growing up, most gamers became accustomed to playing their video games with a physical controller while sitting in front of the television. This was generally the status quo up until 2006, when Nintendo released Wii and changed the way we play. While the Wii got gamers off the couch, it wasn't widely accepted by core gamers because it didn't suit their traditional gaming experience.

But Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata explained to investors that the Wii U would be different. He said that core gamers would accept the Wii U because it can be played in a conventional way, and because it has high definition visuals. 

"Wii was not accepted by core gamers because they did not want to abandon their preferred control approach," said Iwata. "Additionally, Wii did not use HD because HD cost performance at the time was low. Wii U makes it easier to use conventional controls. Also, the Wii U controller is not as big or heavy as it looks."

But investors and analysts alike are just as unsure about the Wii U. Many questioned Nintendo's tactics at E3 when it featured more demos about the hardware rather than the games it would launch, which led many to believe that the Wii U would have a poor line-up of games when it came to launch time. 

But Iwata noted that "Zelda HD" would be released for the Wii U only, in hopes of attracting longtime "Zelda" fans as well as those interested in increased HD adoption. 

"Regarding 'Zelda HD,' Japanese developers said that it could not be replicated on other machines," said Iwata. 

Iwata added that several Wii U reactions around the world were positive, including those from Los Angeles and overseas media. He also mentioned that those who actually played the Wii U had a different reaction from those who just covered it online.

"There were high expectations from the new version of the Wii and this fell far short," said analyst Yusuke Tsunoda. "People had expected to see something more at a big event like the E3, but there wasn't really anything more than what's already reported."

Nintendo's share price fell to its lowest value in five years "following the unveiling of the Wii U." 

The Wii U is expected to be released sometime after April 2012.

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They still don't get it.
By zero2dash on 6/30/2011 12:40:48 PM , Rating: 5
A lot of "core gamers" don't like the Wii because it's nothing but Nintendo franchises we've played 20 times before, and a bunch of 3rd party titles that are weaker versions of titles that are better on the competitor's systems.

You also have a pathetic online setup that isn't even close to being anything like the PSN (let alone the XBLM but let's shoot low and say PSN).

Your system is capped at 480P, Dolby Surround (no 5.1), and uses controllers that are gimmicks upon themselves. Your new console has beefier specs but as soon as the next Xbox and Playstation are unveiled, it will still be in last place and the weakest of the bunch.

I grew up with you, Nintendo. SNES is one of the greatest consoles of all time (tied with the Dreamcast as far as I'm concerned as THE greatest). Let's be honest here though....I've played enough games with Mario in them, and Link is approaching that level. Your least used character out of the "popular 3", Samus, hasn't been in a great game IMHO (admittedly, old-school type) since Metroid: Zero Mission. (I don't care for the FPS Metroid's or Other M.) Maybe I've just outgrown you, I don't know. You just don't "do" it for me anymore.

Any WiiU money I might have set aside will be diverted to whatever console Microsoft comes out with next. Live is just too good at this point to justify spending money on anything you can come up with, until you prove me wrong. I've been let down in the end by both the Gamecube and the Wii, and you don't seem to be doing anything right to earn my trust back. You are a shell of your 16-bit day former selves.

RE: They still don't get it.
By cmdrdredd on 6/30/2011 11:03:03 PM , Rating: 1
Plus they announce a game, show a video and 2-3 years later we still have no release date. Likely they will cancel Skyward Sword and claim "we are making it a WiiU exclusive" bullshit! Fuck you Nintendo!

and this I don't get...
Wii did not use HD because HD cost performance at the time was low.

So...the Xbox360 came out before the Wii and was HD. I didn't notice games running slow. The PS3 was released around the time of the Wii and again, HD..still not slow. WTF Nintendo are you that retarded?

RE: They still don't get it.
By cmdrdredd on 6/30/2011 11:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
I am also very sick of the 1000000000000000000000000 Mario games. Get a new game going already! I don't want to play Mario Super Party, Mario Mini Golf, Mario Poker, Mario goes to the old folks home or anything like that lol.

RE: They still don't get it.
By B3an on 7/2/2011 9:01:46 AM , Rating: 1
You just exactly summed up everything i think about Nintendo and the Wii. Well done.

I also agree that the Dreamcast was the best console, ever. Thank you Sony marketing and mindless consumer fools for killing that truly great machine.

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