Will You Be Buying A Wii U?
The Wii U has generated discussion since it was revealed. The concepts behind the system and the subsequent games have all been the target of questioning and debate. With the price tag now officially revealed we asked ourselves if we would be picking up Nintendo’s newest system. Does the price point scare away fresh investment so late in this generation? Do ports of games appeal? Everyone had their own reasons for their answers.
Do I want a Wii-U? It’s a good question, in that my answer is yes and no.
I would love to spend hours playing Zombi-U on hardcore mode; one life and one chance to survive. It looks like a great game, but is it something that we will be likely to see on other consoles in the future? If you believe the speculation, then yes. I’d also really enjoy another outing with Bayonetta, but that in itself isn’t enough to force my hand; perhaps a really spectacular sequel to Vanquish would have been more convincing.
I’m not keen on the controller itself and I’m not particularly fond of its integration into games. Maybe I’m stuck in my ways, and would prefer to not have to look away from the TV and at some point perhaps, it’ll become the norm for all consoles, but for now they’ll have to pry my standard controller from my cold, dead hands.
I can’t justify paying for the current price point. While it’s not sitting in the stratosphere, as far as new console pricing goes, I just can’t do it. This coupled with the fact that there are still so many titles I’m looking forward to playing on my current console, it seems a like a little too much for me to take on.
There you have it; yes I would like one and no, I’m not willing to buy another console just yet.
I got excited about WiiU when the concept clicked in to place for me. Whilst Sony has gone hell for leather trying to create a complete console experience in a handheld, Nintendo appear to have done the opposite, placing all the user inputs (touch screen, tilt, camera) from common mobile devices on to a home console. When the logic of the decision became clear I thought it might just be crazy enough to work.
Having seen the launch window line up however, my enthusiasm has ebbed like a Morecambe tide. Wii gave us a new experience, however flawed, but everything in the new console is features borrowed from established hardware. There’s little here we haven’t done before, and that means we have expectations of the WiiU that we couldn’t possibly have had for the Wii.
It’s a sad thing to admit, but a huge amount of the Wiis in the UK are sitting unloved and unplugged after a few days of novelty. Nintendo massively expanded the market for home consoles when they launched Wii, but with so many of them lost and forgotten, it’s possible they’ll struggle to retain even a fraction of that user base.
While the opportunity to get my hands on new gaming hardware will inevitably prove to be overwhelmingly enticing, I will not be purchasing the Wii U when it launches. With Christmas merely weeks proceeding its launch and many games already on my purchase list surrounding that point, splashing down several hundreds of pounds will not be happening at a time when money will already be in short supply.
Will I get the console at some point in its life? It’s highly likely as it does look interesting and as I said before, I do love to get my hands on new equipment. When the game catalogue becomes stronger, bigger and varied, and my money supply isn’t being sapped, purchasing the console will look more enticing to me.
The concepts thrown up by the Wii U do general interest me, and the potential for quality new IPs is there. The only problem is given how late we are in the current generation of consoles I find myself being cautious over the Wii U. I’m not convinced it’s worth the launch asking price, but at the same time the system still appeals to me. The games shown for the system at this years E3 did make me warm to the system a little more but not to the point where I was certain I’d invest in one.
I’ll be monitoring the console with interest and keeping a eye on games announced for the system. Ports do not interest me in the slightest but Pikman 3, Bayonetta 2, Zombi U certainly do. Maybe after a month or two after release I’ll take the plunge. Or as soon as Bayonetta 2 is released.