Many core gamers will ignore the Wii U

So now Nintendo has spilled the beans on its Wii U console, gamers  can  weigh up the possibilities of cost versus need more readily.  With a better understanding of the console’s capabilities as recently revealed over the last six months, all has become clear as many no doubt will pre-order or rush out to buy one come November; but on the flip side,  there will be a number of core gamers who simply won’t be interested in the Wii U at all.

It’s perhaps long overdue for Nintendo to make their entry into HD gaming, and now they finally have, are lodged in an awkward place in terms of where their gaming device sits amongst its peers, and how desirable the Wii U is to core audiences.

Owners of PS3s or Xboxes will no doubt be casting fleeting glances over at something new on the scene, but when faced with the prospective future, the choice to hold off seems more credible that jumping in head first.

Nintendo produces some fine first party titles, and has some of the most well known names in the business, but since Sony upped its game and Microsoft aggressively entered the market this gen, Nintendo has perhaps been nudged out as it focused its efforts on family and casual markets. In terms of accomplishing its aim, Nintendo managed great success, leaving the others playing catch up; yet, in terms of core audiences, the Wii wasn’t the machine to reel them in despite a number of key titles.

The Wii U comes at a time where many core gamers are expecting official news on next generation consoles and successors to  the PS3 and Xbox 360 , now the price of the Wii U (£329) is in the wild, the future is perhaps looking to be quite an expensive endeavour, to the point where some will likely save their pennies for next year. Cost aside and focusing on the software, there’s some interesting looking titles on offer for the Wii U and if Nintendo snagged a few more exclusives from the other side like they have done with Bayonetta 2, could provide them with some more core fans.

The software and the way it’s utilized with the gamepad is a major selling point for the Wii U, but considering the games graphics and structure look similar to what is already available on PS3 and Xbox, this possibly leaves core gamers with an easy choice of not dropping £340 to play versions of games they can get on current hardware and ignore the exclusive titles on the way.

When Xbox 360 and then the PS3 entered the market in 2005/6, there was enough buzz and difference to make the consoles stand above those before. The hype machine boasted bigger worlds, better and HD graphics, the works, whereas the Wii U doesn’t make the sort of claims core gamers are interested in.  In fact, Nintendo’s hype has been quite muted in comparison to how the Xbox and PS3 were presented back then.  Here lies the crux of the matter, as for some, the Wii U simply doesn’t offer the next generation experience many are expecting –  and perhaps expectations are too high in some cases.

Faced with a £329 investment in Nintendo’s family living room orientated console,  it’s a tough call, where some are likely to purchase the Wii U to  fill the void between now and new Xbox and PS4, whereas others are probably well secured to the proverbial fence with not much incentive or desire to wriggle free.

Nintendo has a tough campaign ahead, and if they can reel in some of the Wii audience in vast numbers – as they are expecting –  then who knows, perhaps they can survive without the need to accommodate the already settled core gamers.

Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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    • robertcram September 15, 2012 |

      Pre-orders for new consoles usually sell out don’t they? Coupled with potential launch shortages is all part of the pre-launch hysteria surrounding new consoles. However, in terms of who is actually buying them, there will be many people (core gamers included). It’s probable there will also be vast numbers who don’t rush out and buy one for the reasons posted.

  1. Patrick September 15, 2012 |

    The console starts at 249gbp. And when the first games for xbox360 were Kameo and Perfect Dark, the first year of wii u games will mainly be last gen ports which don’t show its true potential. Crytek has gone on record as saying that they had Crysis 3 up and running in full 1080p WITH the gamepad streaming as well. Apparently they wanted to know if it was possible to turn the pad off altogether and therefore utilize the extra memory as well, which will be the case when playing with the wii u probably controller. The point is, companies will have to get used to the unique architecture of the wii u engine. Lazy journalism.

    • robertcram September 15, 2012 |

      I’m not sure what point you are making, but you bring up two good examples with PDZ and Kameo. In my opinion, those two games were actually decent showcases of how Xbox 360 games were different enough graphically to those on Xbox. Rare showed off loads of on screen enemies with high detail (when compared to Xbox) in Kameo and also showcased texture mapping techniques which gave both games a more detailed look than before. Sadly, there’s nothing on the Wii U (graphically at least) that offers the same distinction above the Xbox 360 and PS3.

      Sure, like any console, over time developers will get more out of the hardware, but by which time gamers will also be presented with new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

  2. Hisiru September 16, 2012 |

    Real hardcore gamers will have all the 3 consoles so they will be able to play all exclusives.

    Real hardcore gamers have no problems with any company (Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft) or even consoles, they just play games.

    • robertcram September 16, 2012 |

      I consider myself very much a core gamer but was never really interested in the Wii despite owning a 3DS, Gamecube and N64. I’m sure there are many more who feel the same. To this day, I still do not own one or have any desire to purchase.

      As for Wii U, it looks interesting, but I’m not dropping £300 to get one. Maybe when the price drops, but as I’ve already said, then the Sony and Microsoft machines will be available, and owning both of those is going to be expensive.

    • cusman September 16, 2012 |

      The true heart of gaming industry are those gamers that care about the software content experience more than hardware platform loyalty.

      These are the people that drive meaningful innovation in the industry and give experimental games a chance.

  3. usrev2 September 16, 2012 |

    I like how all the comments are invisible unless you highlight them.

    Wii was ignored by gamers last gen and wiiu will be no different unless sony and MS blunder at the same time.

  4. DekuJohnny September 16, 2012 |

    By ‘core’ gamers you mean MS and PS fanboys who think they’re core gamers because they own a COD game? If you’re going to dismiss a console based on the last console they released without giving it a chance then you’re not a core gamer.

  5. cusman September 16, 2012 |

    I have played 200+ games on PS3, 30+ games on X360, and 50+ games on the Wii.

    Does that make me core gamer? I would hope so… anyway, I am very excited about the new features and the Wii U Gamepad and what that means for all game types currently enjoyed as well as the new types of games it will allow.

    The Wii U will also have Nintendo Network as a comparable service to XBox Live and PSN which the Wii was lacking. Also, it will be HD and no longer get stretched and look poor on my HDTV.

    My most anticipated games right now are The Last of Us, Beyond Two Souls, Walking Dead Episode 4-5, and ZombiU. They aren’t competing on graphics… they are offering fresher gameplay experiences and competing on something more important and more valuable.

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