• Errrrbo - August 25, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    Great. F#%king. Article.
  • fadedlinevigil - August 25, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    For a feature article, there sure are a lot of question marks in there. This article doesn't really say ANYTHING, just states obvious things that we all know then presents about 100 questions with unknown answers. Faux intellect high school blog material at best.
  • cchen04 - August 25, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    If the Wii-U does not get online right, Nintendo is screwed. Just like Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform isn't going to take off until/unless the app store gets more populated. Regardless of how good a product may be, that's the price of being late to the party. Here's a hoping they'll do it right...
  • db1331 - August 25, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    What does that last picture EVEN MEAN?!?!?
  • Hobogonigal - August 25, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    Its a good, well thought out article but like db1331; what is the last pic about??? I definitely think that whilst the games Nintendo produces are still top class, their public image is becoming more and more reserved and, well, as the logo change shows, grey and serious. Bring back fun Nintendo with cool advertising instead of non-gaming celebrities pretending they know what they are doing!
  • TheCakeIsaPie - August 25, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    It's a Buriden's Ass. Nintendo don't know whether to embrace the casual (Buzz!) or hardcore (Killzone 3) and will end up starving.
  • Mooshon - August 25, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    Great words again Dave. Nintendo have been frustating me for a long time now, and I just can't see myself investing in their next gen. They are just so stubborn with their business practices. Proprietary discs/cartidges keeping prices high, enforced 'shortages' on hardware, perpetual iterations of old (though undeniably great) IP's with limited 3rd party developerment. They're on the crest of a breaking 'casual gamer' wave right now, but do I fear for a slow decline when that demographic refuse to invest in the next bulk of mandatory and expensive peripherals.
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 25, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    BASICALLY, a great article as always Hooters ;) x
  • tofu666 - August 28, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    I agree
  • DannyMB - August 25, 2011 4:23 a.m.

    Dave, when you put it like that, Ninty are pretty f*cked arent they? The acid test for me with the Wii U is if I imagined the Xbox 720 and PS4 went on sale at the same time as it. I know which one I would buy, and I reckon there'd be a hell of a lot of Wii U's left on the shelves if that was the case,
  • TheWhitestMexican - August 25, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Nicely written piece, Hooters. It'll be interesting to see if Nintendo can recapture some of the "core" audience with a machine that, hardware wise, isn't really that much different than what Microsoft and Sony currently have on the market, while maintaining its hold on the "casual" audience. When Sony and Microsoft finally unveil their new machines and have them out on store shelves in a few years, I suspect Nintendo will have difficulty hanging on that "core" audience. But, like you said, I guess we'll have to wait and see...
  • InfinityPrimo - August 25, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    This is speculative that the Wii U is relatively the same power as the current systems now. It could be a lot stronger (or weaker). Nobody actually knows but Ninty..
  • Bamford38 - August 25, 2011 4:08 a.m.

    Another brilliantly written article Dave. Nintendo has definitely distinguished itself as the platform of choice for the casual market and its going to be difficult to win back serious gamers. The other thing is that the Wii was somewhat affordable enough to warrant the hardcore market buying a second console, even if it was just for the occasional first party gem that came out. But with the WiiU having a touchscreen controller, gyroscope and all the other technical gubbins, is it going to be too expensive to be a novelty item? If it is as expensive as a PS3 or 360, i cant see many xbox or playstation fanboys turning away from their console of choice to buy a WiiU, and the casual market wont want to shell out £300+ for a machine theyre only going to dig out when they want a spot of tennis. Nintendo is in a tricky situation and ill be very interested to see how they deal with it.
  • BackwaterRifle - August 25, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Actually, if you where even around for at least the days of the GameCube, they should have no trouble at all.

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