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Satoru Iwata with the Wii U controller  (Source: zeldainformer.com)
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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Why Nintendo, Why?
By XSpeedracerX on 6/30/2011 2:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
I've no idea why they choose now to spill the beans on the Wii U. It's not like the PS4/Xbox-over-9000 were gonna be at E3, and by tipping their hand like this they've given their competitors ample time to catch up and adopt their ideas into their own next generation console designs.

They should have waited until E3 2012. Then they could have shown us completed hardware with completed specs and even a few launch titles for show attendants to play. It's true that the wii has hit market saturation and their fortunes there are sinking, but showing everyone that the next best thing was right around the corner certainly couldn't have helped that...




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