The Wii U will be launching later this year as Nintendo’s most innovative console to date. Not only has the new console the motion controls of the Wii, it also sports the revolutionary GamePad touchscreen controller. And Nintendo knows the Wii U is a big deal — president Satoru Iwata flat out said that the Wii U is going to be important to the world. Iwata told Gamasutra in a recent interview:
“One of the reasons we believe this is the time for Nintendo to launch the Wii U is it’s going to be important for the world”
Iwata added that the Wii U will fit well in the living room because people are already familiar with tablets like the iPad which are often used as a secondary screen. While the Wii U will be important to the world, Iwata said yesterday that Nintendo isn’t worried about being first on the market with the console. What’s much more important to them is the Wii U price at launch. The company isn’t concerned about the rival consoles either, with Iwata recently saying “we don’t care how powerful the Xbox 720 and PS4 are”.
After a strong start, the Wii has been struggling lately, with gamers preferring the alternative consoles because of a better game library. Nintendo is set to change that with the Wii U later this year, which will launch with key Nintendo titles such as Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros U. Third parties will also bring plenty of games to the launch, including Ubisoft’s ZombiU, EA’s Mass Effect 3, and Activision’s Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
There has been a lot of debate lately about the Wii U and how it’ll do with the current market conditions. While third party developers are supportive of the system, game analyst Michael Pachter recently said that the Wii U “won’t work”. But Pacther has often been proven wrong…
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