“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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