Posts Tagged ‘Wii 2’

What Nintendo must do to get me to buy a Wii U

October 22, 2013

I often get asked as to why I hate Nintendo so much and whatnot, and that’s a fair question. I come out as rather anti-Nintendo, and sure, I get that. But in all honesty – I am gamer. I love products that push boundaries and innovate. Nintendo, are unfortunately, stuck in the 90:s. But should they change around a few things and release some really, really solid software I might pick up a Wii U in like 3-4 years.

Why do I say 3-4 years? Because I am about to list my requirements for me to buy a Wii U and they are not likely to be matched until at least 3-4 years. What are they? Glad you asked.

Wii U console for $199.
The Wii U hardware is already six years old. It’s ridiculously overpriced due to the tablet controller. I won’t pay a single dime over $199 for this console and when I do pay $199 for it, I want it to come bundled with at least one amazing game as well. And for it to be some sort of special edition like they did with the Wind Waker bundle.

Wii U controller for $79.99
The fact that you can’t buy additional controllers one-year after release is pathetic. And the fact that they cost over $200 is even more sad. Drop that price by miles and release the product.

Wave Race Wii U
This needs to be a fully new game with 1080p graphics in all its glory. It needs to have 8-12 people online multiplayer with leaderboards, rankings, free roaming, split-screen racing for 4 players, fantastic tropical race tracks, but also some innovative and new ones, perhaps winter themed? It also needs to be getting additional levels and content through at least one DLC package for $9.99 with like 3 new maps and a new mode. This is by far the most important piece of software Nintendo can put out in order for me to be excited.

Zelda HD
A really mind-blowing Zelda HD game with some form of online features whether it’d be leaderboards, races, sharing items, something. It needs connectivity. And fucking gorgeous design choices. Like I need to sit there and say  Very nice, this is a must have. Something like that. Not just “Meh, it’s Zelda in HD with the same shit over and over again.”

Super Smash Bros. Wii U
I know this one’s already announced and a trailer has been shown. But this needs to be pitch perfect. I mean, the online needs to have leaderboards, rankings, divisions, proper replay features, bonus content with DLC in the future in form of characters and levels, it needs to be fast, polished, and insanely addictive. Simply put it needs to be the best goddamn online game Nintendo has ever done with amazing esport potential.  Cross-play between 3DS and Wii U would be slick. That would make it impressive.

Mario Kart 8
This game has also been announced and shown. For Spring 2014, so it’s not that far off. But I must say I am not that impressed. Maybe in 3-4 years we’ll get Mario Kart 9, but I expect some very deep online features, addictive social gameplay for 4 local players, replay features, perhaps a level creator?  It needs to be the deepest, longest and most content filled Mario Kart by miles.

If Nintendo manages to achieve all my requirements, I suppose you could see a Wii U next to my PS4 in like 2016-17.

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Nintendo joins last-generation

September 17, 2012

With Wii U Nintendo fanboys, those that only bought the Wii, finally get to experience the last generation. What Xbox 360 and PS3 players got to do 2005 and 2006 respectively with HD graphics and proper online capabilities. Now 6-7 years later, it’s time for Nintendo gamers to experience old technology yet another generation.

Nintendo are once again, in my eyes, raping their hardcore fans. Last generation Nintendo missed out on countless AAA-titles because of its weak hardware. Don’t believe me being objective here? Where’s Skyrim, Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, GTA 4, The Orange Box, Dark Souls, Street Fighter 4, Resident Evil 5, Portal 2, Red Dead Redemption, Batman, Mass Effect and many more for the Wii? I don’t think I need to go on. I think it’s safe to say from a neutral point of view that the Wii was the shittiest console out of the three in terms of software and hardware perspective. It missed out on almost every massive gaming experience as I listed above. And that’s not even half of them. Nintendo fanboys defended this with the classical “We get Zelda and Mario” blah blah, but that’s just delusional. A few Nintendo exclusives doesn’t make up for all these third-party multiplatforms that Nintendo Wii missed out on. I didn’t mention first-party exclusives such as Halo 3, Gears of War, Forza Motorsport, Uncharted, and so on for the other consoles.

“HD isn’t necessary” and “I don’t care about graphics” and even “Graphic’s are about design not resolution” were common denial phrases for Nintendo fanboys justifying them paying $249 for a Gamecube with motion controller. They said that “motion controller is the future” and that “regular gaming controllers are dead”. I wonder what they will say now when the Wii U has a freakin’ tablet for a controller that’s HUGE and HD graphics, but it will still fall behind to the upcoming Playstation 4 and Xbox 720? How can they justify Nintendo buttraping them once again? Look at the Wii U titles. A vast majority are ports from current generation consoles.

What does this mean? It means that Wii U will once again be left out of massive third-party games in the future. Games that will be designed for 720/PS4 will be unplayable in the Wii U due to weak hardware just as was the case with the Wii. This means that people that buy the Wii U will have an outdated console immediately when the PS4/720 launches next year. Sad? Indeed, but Nintendo doesn’t seem to care. They still aim for that day one profit generating console and the way that’s done is simple: sell old hardware for the price of new hardware.

I sold my Wii and it was the best decision I ever made in my life. I rarely used it and got most of my money back that I wasted on it. It was vastly inferior in every sense of the way. And I have absolutely zero intentions of buying the Wii U as I know exactly how it will end up. I will miss out on major titles such as Call of Duty for 2015. Sure, it will be released on the Wii U, but in an inferior version with worse graphics, AI, and features. Wii U will go up against two much stronger competitors in every sense of the way and I don’t see them winning in anyway possible – from hardcore gamers perspective, of course. That means software quality and gaming quality. Sales are completely irrelevant here. The Wii sold more consoles than PS3 and 360 combined, but the experience the customers got was still the worst out of them all.

Thoughts on the Wii U? Are you buying it or not?

Expensive accessories are Nintendo trademarks. How about an additional controller for $170? That’s almost the price of an Xbox 360 console.

Nintendo failed to impress

June 7, 2012

Some of you may know I quit console gaming back in October last year when Battlefield 3 came out. Then Star Wars: The Old Republic came out and then I received an invitation to Dota 2 closed beta and haven’t looked back at the console world since. In fact, one could even say that I quit in 2010 as that was when I last bought and played a console game, with Halo: Reach. Since then my Xbox collected dust for a year until it “officially” got retired.

Despite this, I decided to follow Nintendo’s E3 conference as they were announcing new information about their upcoming console the Wii U. I entered it with an open mind. If Nintendo were indeed to “pow-wow” me and impress with their presentation, I might actually buy it and casually return to console gaming from time to time. So did they?

Immediately at first glance of the new Wii U console Nintendo are stuck in the past. Their ugly low pixel and low resolution Mii:s made their appearance and I was repulsed. I thought “OK, maybe the Mii:s are there because some people find them ‘cute’ in some bizarre way?” but the sadness continued beyond the Mii:s. The displayed games look old, in the sense that they look identical to Xbox 360 and PS3. They showed off Batman: Arkham City, a year old game almost and bragged that it has some “specific features based on the Wii U remote” and that was just sad to hear. Really? That’s the best you got? Seven year old hardware and one year old games?

Then the classic Super Mario Bros. came on and I was all zzzz. And then Pikmin 3 came out and I was even more zzzzz. I never did like the first ones. And Nintendo Network didn’t cut it for me as it looked like a primitive version of Facebook. Will it be as deep as  Xbox LIVE? I doubt it. But it certainly looks better than what they’ve had in the past, although it didn’t look enough. Sure, I’ll admit the video voice chat was a nice addition as it comes built-in with the controller and whatnot so it saves the extra time and money of buying additional accessories like it’s required on PS3/Xbox.

To sum it up, the Wii U will not be a next generation system in terms of hardware and performance. It will be slightly more powerful than the Xbox 360, barely visible and will use the same ugly Mii theme and primitive mechanics to attract the casual mass while offering almost nothing new to the core gamers. Zelda, Mario, Pikmin, Star Fox? Come on, Nintendo, that was fun 10+ years ago. Give us new stuff. I am confident that when the Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 are announced next year, they’ll blow the Wii U out of the planet with superior hardware and online capabilities.

What are your thoughts on the Wii U? Will you be buying it or are you waiting for a real next generation system such as the 720 or PS4?

From a design point of view the Wii U looks OK, but unfortunately it fails precisely everywhere else.

Lackluster hardware in Wii U

April 12, 2012

The Nintendo Wii was a huge failure in my eyes. It had last generation hardware and lacked basic HD support. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 were superior in every way. Only blind Nintendo fanboys will lie to themselves and say otherwise. Look at the third-party support in terms of blockbuster titles such as Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, FIFA, NHL, Madden, BioShock, and countless more. Unfortunately it looks as if Wii U will continue this trend and once again focus on the casual market.

The Wii U is reported by several official developers to be inferior to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in performance. Just slightly, but still, it’s not even as strong in terms of graphical performance and rendering. It is rumored to be priced at $299 when it launches later this year with components that were standard over six years ago. I will not make the mistake of buying Wii U like I did with the Wii. Fortunately for me, I managed to quickly sell my Wii and minimize my loss. But with the wrong attitude once again, Nintendo will not get my money for sure.

In 2013 the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 (unofficial names) will be launching with current generation graphics from the PC. In other words, they’ll be several times more powerful than the current generation consoles and significantly more powerful than the Wii U, which means once again that the Wii U will be missing out on a lot of insane third-party HD titles and only get crappy ports and inferior versions on everything but first-party Nintendo titles.

The sad thing is that Nintendo fans will be satisfied with only Nintendo titles. They will still defend the Wii U and claim that the outdated 1080p format in Zelda and Mario is much more enjoyable with the tablet controller than anything the PS4 and 720 will offer. They will say that Nintendo’s first-party line-up is so strong that they don’t care about Halo 5 and Gears of War 4. It won’t be necessary. How these people reason is beyond me, I remember when I was arguing with Wii fans and they claimed that HD was “useless” and that graphics were all about “design” and not textures and polygons. They claimed that motion controlling was the future and much more enjoyable than the dull controller. What will they say now when they are holding a tablet as a controller? Will suddenly a controller become the best thing now? Will HD suddenly become “hip” and “good” when PS3/360 users have been enjoying it as a standard for the past six years? I don’t know, all I know is that they’ll contradict their former selves from 2006.

After it was confirmed by Nintendo that the Wii U won’t be more powerful than current generation consoles, it immediately went off my interest list. Why would I pay for an overpriced last-generation console when I have the new Sony and Microsoft consoles coming out 2013 with much more hardware? And besides, there are just too many PC games to even care about the console market this year with Star Wars, Guild Wars 2, Dota 2, and Diablo III.

When the Wii came Nintendo fans bashed the traditional controller. What will they say now when they’re holding a brick?

Nintendo dominates E3 with Wii U

June 7, 2011

Nintendo has revealed their new console: Wii U. And it is looking great! Well, at least significantly better than the Wii. Plus the controller is flatout awesome.

Hardware specifications are not released yet and all that was demonstrated was the new unique and amazing controller. It will have a 6″ touchscreen and will be able to run the games on the screen itself with the TV turned off. Kind of removes the need for an Ipad as it allows for browsing and other things as well. Fascinating.

Third-party support from a lot of developers already and much, much more coming. EA are 100% behind it with their franchises and some serious hardcore titles like Ninja Gaiden 3 are already confirmed for the console. I will update the post with hardware specifications as it becomes available.

Updates

  • No Blu-ray. Nintendo will use a new media storage yet to be revealed.
  • It has 1080p graphics confirmed.
  • New online capabilities. Still no information regarding the friend codes removal.

The new Wii U console with its revolutionary controller.

Confirmed: Next Wii in 2012

April 25, 2011

Nintendo has recently announced that the new generation of consoles will debut in 2012 with the launch of the successor to Wii. The name has not yet been revealed nor anything official regarding the rumored touch screen, blu-ray, etc. Instead Nintendo went on to say, also like the rumors I posted earlier, it will be announced during this E3. Epic. Mindblowing. Phenomenal. Don’t miss E3 as it just became the greatest E3 since 2005.

Update:

Apparently it goes by code name Project Cafe and is rumored to launch as Nintendo Stream. Nintendo does not want it affiliated with Wii in any way as not to scare of the hardcore gamers that they lost previous generation with Wii. The name “Stream” also matches the rumors about the controller with the 6″ LCD-display that streams content to it. It certainly looks like this will put Xbox 360 and the PS3 to shame. But only if it dumps the idiotic friend codes.

Could this be “Project Cafe” AKA Stream?

Xbox 720 Rumors

April 23, 2011

It seems almost inevitable that the Wii 2 will be announced this year at E3. This in turn has led to rumors about Microsoft and Sony being forced to launch their next consoles as well and the rumors about “Xbox 720” and they are quite juicy.

  • Dual GPU
  • Native 1080p
  • Blu-ray
  • Completely new revolutionary online capabilities

Sounds quite promising if it’s true. And who knows what those new revolutionary online capabilities are? Well, only time will tell. Mid-June will be huge for gamers I am sure. Don’t miss it.

Xbox 720?

Rumors Rumors

April 12, 2011

Rumors are great and I have managed to scout around for various rumors that are relatively solid.

Dragon Age III is in production and will feature a multiplayer component. Good or bad? You decide, but the new direction of the series is sad.

Mass Effect Online might become a reality as an MMO. BioWare has said that it’s a universe that makes sense to have as a persistent world. But with The Old Republic coming, it’s not likely that it’ll come out in the next five-six years.

Wii 2 to be announced at E3. Nintendo are said to be launching their new console early next year and announcing it this year. Let’s hope!

Tony Hawk returns next year with a brand new video game. Will it suck like the last five?

Dead Rising 3 is in the works and will see the return of fan favorite, Frank West.

The developers of Heavenly Sword and Enslaved are working on a new Hack ‘N Slash game.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is in the works and will be shown at E3.

Halo HD will be released this year in Fall along with Gears of War 3. Microsoft calls it “Ultimate Shooter Experience” only found on Xbox 360 of course.

Not too many reliable floating around at the moment, but these had some strength behind them. Only time will tell of course.

Mass Effect 3 is one of my most anticipated games of the year.

Rumors: Wii 2

March 10, 2011

Rumors are fun, especially if they’re hot and believe me, right now the Wii 2 rumors are smoking hot. But also very interesting and special, of course.

There’s no denying that I find the Wii to be the worst console in history of gaming. There are several reasons for this, but to go through the most essential: inferior graphics, inferior online system, inferior sound, inferior technology, inferior games. Games? Wait a minute, that’s an opinion matter! No, it’s not. Where are all the multi platform triple A titles such as: Elders Scrolls: Skyrim, GTA IV, Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Deux Ex, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Rage, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty Black Ops/Modern Warfare 2, L.A. Noire, Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Assassin’s Creed 2, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon, Red Faction, FEAR 3, SSX,  Batman: Arkham City/Asylum, Duke Nukem: Forever, Bulletstorm, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Dirt 3, Brink, Dead Space/Dead Space 2,  and many, many more to come and that have come. Yes, the Wii truly is a failure if you enjoy games and I cannot imagine a person with only a Wii thinking that they made the right choice. A person that has a common sense and an understanding of gaming, that is. I do not count your 60 year-old grandpa having a blast in Wii Sports as a gamer.

’tis true that I am one of those people that stick with one console and one console only. I only own an Xbox 360 Elite and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my choice. I do not consider the Wii to be a current-gen console (and it is not be technological definitions) and I am fully aware of that Playstation 3 has a wonderful library of exclusive titles such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavy Rain, God of War 3, inFAMOUS 2, The Last Guardian, and more (Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 were horrible). So why have I not purchased a PS3? Because I really hate the controller. It does not fit my hands at all and the PSN is far inferior to Xbox LIVE. And besides, I have played all the important PS3 exclusives anyway.

Wow. That was quite a bash of the Wii, but it was necessary to remind y’all that I am under no circumstances a Nintendo supporter this generation. So let’s get back on-topic: Wii 2. Obviously I am not alone with my hatred and mocking of the Wii and the sales of Wii have been steadily declining over the past eight months and rumors about a Wii 2 have arisen. And ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you you this: they are quite juicy.

The Wii 2 is rumored to come with a powerful quad-core processor and highly capable graphics along with a Blu-ray player. Now this is interesting because if this happens, Nintendo will jumpstart the next generation in a very respectable fashion and in a way I expected Microsoft to do. One key component remains for next generation: all consoles must and I stress the word must have a Blu-ray player.  50 GB space seems to be important in order to prevent disc-swapping as seen for Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space 2 amongst other titles as well. And obvious components such as HDMi and 1080p resolution will be there. Now to the highly controversial rumored component: Wii 2 will have a projector built-in. Now this is one detail the is mind-blowing. A projector built in? What kind? Is Nintendo trying to take over our television sets and take over the world? I have no clue. But wait, there’s more! The Wii 2 will be unveiled this year in June at E3.

If Nintendo finally stops raping its customers in the behind and actually produce impressive hardware like quad-core CPU and Blu-ray reader, the Wii 2 will be a day one purchase for me.