Koenig's Opinion: What the Wii U needs, and what we want.

Koenig

The Architect
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Ever since the launch of the Wii U, the system has been barraged with negative coverage (much of it warranted) and constant reminders that it has not sold as well as its predecessor. With that said; why has the console attracted so much hate in the industry, and what can be done to turn its fate around? In an effort to explain the situation, I would like to share my opinion on the following matters:Vision:
The first problem the Wii U encounter can be traced back to its very premiere at Nintendo's press 2011 E3 press conference. The trailer shown focused on the prototype systems unique and distinguishing feature; the Gamepad. The traile demonstrated the various possible use's of the Gamepad and featured a brief technical demonstration of the systems power; however it failed to properly show the system itself. Bolstered by a confusing name choice; this lead to the confusion of many people who thought that the system was a peripheral for the existing Wii console and not an entirely new video game system. Nintendo wen't on to release multiple statements assuring potential customers that the Wii U was in fact a new system, but the initial shock factor had already been greatly diminished. Forwarding to the systems launch in late 2012, the console was still widely unknown to mass'es and lacked a driving appeal to those who did know about it. Marketing for the system was scarce, and what advertisements that did exist lacked any real messaging; a stark contrast to its predecessor who's message was clear from the moment players and non-gamers alike laid eyes on the system.Over half a year since the system launch, the message is still muddled. What is the Wii U? What can it do? What software does it have? Why should I care? These are questions that many players continue to ask themselves about the system, and important points that Nintendo's advertising methods have failed to answer. The first thing that Nintendo needs to give the market is a clear vision for its product. Until then, many potential customers will simply have no reason to give the system a second thought.
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style="font-size: 10pt;">When compared to the wii, the Wii U's marketing campaign simply failed to show the systems appeal and potential.
Functionalit
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Lets turn our attention to the system itself; when I am not playing games, what can the system do for me? Out of the box, the system has a small handful of basic features (If you count the available updates) Miiverse is a unique player driven forum system, the E-shop has a selection of titles available, the Internet browser is a functional HTML5 application, TVii enables convenient access to available shows, and video chat is available for those who wish to make use of it. While a compelling list of features, these functions by themselves lack any real power in regards to keeping the player engaged. Miiverse is a fun place to discuss specific games or topics, but is ultimately a supplement to other software. The E-shop has a decent list of compelling titles, however its library is still infantile to that of other digital distribution systems. The internet browser is cut above what is available on all other consoles, but is still unable to compare to most modern smartphone browsers and remains irrelevant to their PC counterparts. TV is a compelling piece of software, but ultimately requires several other subscription to make use of. Video chat works well for those able to organize a session, but its poor integration into the wii U's menu means that few if any people will ever manage to make use of it (I am sorry I missed your call, but how the heck was I supposed to notice the light on the controller while I m playing a game that use's the TV!?)Now lets compare these features to those available on the 3DS at the same point in the systems lifespan. Minus miiverse, video chat, and TVii; the 3DS has all of the same features as the Wii U, and many more features that the system does not have such music and photo applications, built in video games, augmented reality support, and internal bonus content such as streetpass and the pedometer.This begs the question; why does the Wii U lack these additional functions while its substantially weaker counterpart does offer them, and often in a far more polished state. To be perfectly honest; I don't know. Applications like the music channel are seemingly standard in today's electronic products, while a photo editing application would have been ideal for the systems touchscreen functionality (Similarly, even the wii had such a function built into it; so why the Wii U omits it completely is a mystery to me) A street pass transfer function with the 3DS could have opened up a list of possible application bonus's and replay interest. While built in games are a similarly interesting omission, given that the standard version of the Wii U already excludes any bundled game. While these features are ultimately the secondary interests of a videogame player (Take note Microsoft) they are still an important value to be considered in the grand scheme of a product; and I believe Nintendo would be wise to eventually increase the number of the available for the system.
Slightly barren in comparison to its handheld brother


Games:

The first and most important aspect of a video game console are the games available on or exclusive to it. And if you are honest with yourself, the wii U (up to this point) does not have a particularly long list of compelling titles. Despite the fact that many 3rd party titles are available for the system, most of them are either ports with the majority of their features cut or poorly integrated, or seemingly unfinished games that fail to properly make use of the system's inherent capabilities. Nintendo was unable to provide a strong list of first party games at the systems launch, and third party publishers subsequently failed to capitalize on the open playing field. Thankfully Nintendo has acknowledged the lack of strong software and has shown a plethora of upcoming games that should provide a stable library for the system. (Regardless of the fact that many of these games are not exactly what the fans wanted, they are in fact the games that are needed to sell the system; though that is a discussion for another time) While it remains to be seen how well Nintendo and 3rd party publishers can supply the systems library with compelling titles, the fact remains that the systems is still new and has yet to be fully realized.

Games like this hold the future for the system



And that concludes my blog (or rant, depending on perspective) Please feel free to share your own thoughts or arguments on the matter.
 

Koenig

The Architect
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The internet browser is bloody awesome.

But yes I'd love to see them improve ti
I concur in both regards. I The Internet browser is the second most used function on my entire system, being past only by Monster Hunter 3. Simply being able to watch HTML5 Video's is a huge step in the right direction for console browsers. In the end however, If I actually want to do something on the web the PC is still my go to location because it can use flash and other plugins.
 
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