E3 2011: Iwata admits Wii U unveiling could’ve been better

“It's very strange,” muses Nintendo's Satoru Iwata. He refers to a troubling disconnect: the largely optimistic show-floor reaction to the unveiling of the Wii U device even as Nintendo's share prices dropped almost 10% to their lowest point in over five years. While Iwata is still confident that the Wii U can marry its predecessor's mass appeal with the hardcore cachet of the Nintendo of old, he admitted to Reuters that the console's unveiling could have gone better: “We should have made more effort to explain how it works.”

"We haven't made any kind of blunder,” Iwata insisted before explaining the blunder to London's Evening Standard: “I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller. The console is not drastically different... [but] what Wii U will offer is very different. I believe we have the strong potential to change the entire format of videogames and of entertainment.”

Unfortunately, like the Wii and 3DS – possibly more so than either of those machines – the Wii U's potential isn't easily conveyed via screenshots or demo videos. Iwata criticized “those who are simply writing about it from wire stories and pictures,” insisting that “it is easy to get the mistaken impression that this is just a game console with a tablet. People who came to the presentation and tried it out have understood very well that it opens up a lot of new possibilities.”

Do you think you “get” the Wii U? Are you excited, or blasé? In case you missed it, you can head here to watch the official unveiling of the Wii U at Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference.

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  • Averagegamer18 - June 15, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    As long as I don't need one for Zelda I'm good. I won't be buying one unless that Hi def version of Zelda is on it, otherwise I would gladly skip it
  • LordZarlon - June 13, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    I have to agree that the reveal could have gone better. I have been a gamer for 30 years and, frankly, a lot of exposition on Nintendo's philosophy for their new system is not what I am interested in hearing. We have seen the experiment in new ways to game for the last 5 years. What we wanted to see was games. We didn't. I'm not angry by what Nintendo showed and I look forward to seeing it's potential but at this point in time I need to see games. I found the last few minutes of the press conference, where they mentioned games that will be on it, more exciting than anything that came before it.
  • Aletheon - June 13, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    All you have to do to impress gamers is to show great games. Hardware is nice, and cool new controllers are interesting, but nothing amounts to anything without the software that will be available for it. The 3DS will gain momentum once some of these great games start coming out. It takes time. Same thing with the Wii U. Its hard to say much about it right now. I'm excited for it, because its obvious that there will be great gaming on the thing. Gamers don't know how to be patient AT ALL. They already call the 3DS a failure, and its been out for 3 months. LOL
  • Redeater - June 13, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I was keeping up to date with E3 and even I couldn't tell what the fuck was going on. I had about 7-8 different websites on my phone and they all seemed to be unsure of what the Wii U was. I don't think they even mentioned the console until way later in the day. Yes Iwata you shit the bed on that one. First, how hard would it have been to just have the console on display? Secondly, Wii U????? If you have to spend time and money on any consumer item just so the average uninformed unwashed masses can differentiate between products.....why the fuck would you release a console with the title of the last console and make it look like a fucking Wii?? Nintendo U. Was that difficult to understand?
  • therawski - June 13, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    I want to like it but I have to be realistic, that right analog stick is in the wrong spot, makes Nintendo look even more behind. I admit it may have a lot of potential, the original wii controller has a speaker in it, does anyone remember?
  • DrRock - June 13, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    When questioned about the console by G4TV host; Reggie basically acted all pretentious and refused to give out any information. Said he didn't need to. This high and might attitude Nintendo has gotten this generation through high sales numbers of their consoles has gotten under my skin. I have no interest in getting the Wii U at all. I can stand not playing a few handful of console specific titles. They'll be gimmick based anyways.
  • AqueousBoy - June 13, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    I'm pretty excited about the possibilities that a tablet can open up for a console. But I'm not particularly excited about the Wii U. I'd much rather take a tablet for the 360 or the PS3. I stopped playing the Wii about 3 years ago and there's very little Nintendo can do to convince me I need their next console.
  • ParagonT - June 13, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Nintendo's main target audience is family and children. I got a Wii awhile back, but then I was stuck with it while Nintendo was slowly chugging along to pump out more adult oriented games. They say that they are trying to close that gap, but who here thinks that they will use more resources for adult/teen games? Anyone? OR would they want to keep producing more games for children and the family in order to gain copious amounts of revenue while slowly injecting a few titles for the teen/adult audience to keep them happy? I'll stick with the system which targets my age thank you.
  • EsKo - June 13, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    I don't like the controller (only one per system, touchscreen, ergonomics?) so I'll wait and see how it goes. I bought a Wii on release and I haven't played it at all since RE4: Wii edition and the two No More Heroes games - I have others but the controls aren't my thing. This time I will err on the side of caution and see what it has to offer. "We haven't made any kind of blunder,” Iwata insisted before explaining the blunder." Haha. Glorious.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 13, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    @MonocledYaoGuai It was just an up-rezzed Wii-version Twilight Princess with some item interface changes. I don't like that they used the "right-handed" Link.
  • K387 - June 13, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    @ MonocledYaoGuai Don't get too excited about an HD Zelda until the actual game is announced and shown. Remember the footage of Zelda at Spaceworld where people thought that was what the next Zelda would look like? Then we got cartoon cell-shaded Zelda? (not that I'm saying it was a bad game). The "Zelda" demo they showed does not mean that is the Zelda you will get.
  • MonocledYaoGuai - June 13, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Oh, and worst name ever might I add. I cringe whenever I say it when talking to my friends.
  • MonocledYaoGuai - June 13, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Honestly, I was disappointed when they unveiled the console because I thought it was just a new controller for the Wii. It was really odd of Nintendo to just showcase the controller instead of the whole console, but once I saw all the 3rd party support and HD Zelda, I was really excited. I'm sure I'll love it just as much, if not more than my Wii, so I really can't wait for WiiU.
  • dphoenix192 - June 13, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Personally, I think their biggest mistake was not showing off any real Wii U games to show off what it can do. Although I believe the Wii U has a lot of potential, I think they should have spent more time showing off what a game on the Wii U would be like. Tech Demos do not get people excited.
  • Sash - June 13, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    I lost interest in Nintendo a good while back. The WII U imo will be a one time play for me. I will pick it up go "ooh cool" then probably never touch or never want to touch again. Which is a shame I played the N64 nearly as much as I played the PSOne, it's a shame they have to go for such gimmicks to get more sales. Sure, its different, but its different for the sake of being different. Possibly one of the reasons I play games on the PC now, there are no games solely trying to be sold because they are in 3D or because they have motion control.
  • samsneeze - June 13, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    I must admit, at first, I was a bit confused about why they had another controller for the Wii and another handheld coming out. Glad to see I was partially wrong. True though, they could have handled it better.

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