So, over the weekend Jack Tretton uttered the following words:
“Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”
Welcome to the Party.
I have to say I agree with the sentiment. Sony and Microsoft both have machines that have been capable of HD gaming for 5 years plus features such as DVD Playback and in the PS3’s case, Bluray Play back as well as being 3D capable. The WiiU, though innovative with the new controller, has none of these.
Not even DVD playback, which is a last gen addition from both PS2 and the original Xbox. Nintendo may not like it but games consoles are becoming entertainment hubs and this appeals to the mass market, allowing for one device that can do pretty much anything.
Will the WiiU sell? Yes, of course it will but mainly due to curiousity about the way games can be played and some exclusives.
Will the WiiU sell better than the Wii? Hell no. The Wii grabbed the casual market and made gaming accessible to everyone. The WiiU is trying to focus on the core gamers and so will tailor games to this crowd.
Will I buy a WiiU? Possibly, but not at launch. Remember when the Wii was called innovative and then became a place of shovelware with only a few gems amongst the mountain of rubbish? Yeah, even though the WiiU will tailor to the core gamer I can’t help but believe that Nintendo won’t abandon the money tree known as the casual market.
Then again, I’m predicting within 2 years of the WiiU launch both Sony and Microsoft will announce their new hardware making the WiiU look like a dinosaur. For all we know the WiiU could become the next Dreamcast…