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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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Core gamers huh?
By TSS on 6/30/2011 4:00:10 PM , Rating: 3
I guess it's a case of not being able to say how the best racing driver feels while driving because nobody but him is the best racing driver.

I'm a hardcore gamer. I've been playing games as soon as my hands had grown big enough to operate a commedore 64 controller, and i've been watching games even before that. And what i want is good gameplay, nothing more, nothing less.

Graphics and the Controller don't make a bit a difference if the gameplay isn't fluent and feels off. Best Case in point: One of my favorite games is DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 for the Wii. I've completly completed that game, including the survival modes. And it looks like crap on a 56" Full HD TV i can tell you that.

One of the most dissapointing games i own: DBZ: Raging blast, the direct follow up to the above, on the PS3 with "HD graphics".

Why was it so dissapointing? The controls on the PS3 controller simply felt like crap. Compared to the Wii version they where sluggish and annoying (twirling an analog stick to get up is the most annoying input i've ever had to give). The graphics didn't matter one bit (and aside from sharper lines, wheren't that much better). The series itself had not innovated and there where even less characters in the PS3 version then the Wii version.

As for the wii-u, i will certainly hold off from purchasing. There has already been a severe lack of solid 3rd party titles for the Wii and i don't see the situation improving with the Wii-u. If they really wanted to appeal to the hardcore crowd, they'd shown off a multitude of 3rd titles rather then say "look what our fancy box can do".

maybe with "core" gamers he ment "anybody willing to sell a kidney for litteraly anything with "mario" or "zelda" in the name".




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