With the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo finally ventured into HD gaming. This is something the PS 3 and Xbox 360 have been doing for a very long time now. The Nintendo Wii was not capable of full HD gaming when it came out so it was left behind as the other consoles gained more ground in the console HD gaming race. But, now that the Wii U has launched with the ability to do this right out of the box is it too late to the party? I hope not.
When the Nintendo Wii launched one of its most talked about feature was the gimmicky Wii Motion style of gaming and how it was going to revolutionize the industry. Now, more than 5 years later Nintendo is out with another gimmicky trend which it hopes to implement with the Wii U GamePad. For starters, the GamePad is a tablet like device that can be used as an additional screen for extra gaming features such as maps, game character stats and a whole lot of other interesting things that will come later in its life. It can also be used in place of your TV screen at the instance where someone is using the TV at the time you want to play your game.
The question that comes to my mind whenever I think of the Wii U is that now that the Wii U is out with another way of playing games, what will happen to the gaming style that the Wii invented earlier? If you are with me on this then you know that the gaming trend Nintendo invented with the Wii is slowly going to die out. In a few years from now people will not remember what it feels like to wiggle a Wii Motion at the screen to control on-screen characters. They will probably remember what it felt like but won’t feel comfortable playing their games that way. All of these makes me wonder why Nintendo did not wait a few more years before releasing the console that will feature all of these gimmickry and still allow gamers to choose whichever way they want to play their games.
If the Wii U had launched as the Wii at the time the two other consoles launched it would have made a lot of impact and probably would have outshined the two other consoles. But that is not to say the console did not do well, In fact, it is still on record that the Wii has the highest sales of all the three consoles that came out last gen. Unfortunately, its sales are currently losing steam and the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony will soon be unveiled. One thing you can be certain of is that they will be more powerful than the Wii U.
The Wii U will do its own thing, but even with that in mind I can’t help the thought of what the two older HD consoles from Microsoft and Sony can already do at the moment with little to no extra effort. If you combine the PS 3 with a PS Vita or you use the Smart Glass application from Microsoft on any tablet device or phone with your Xbox 360, I think they will be able to do something close to the dual screen gimmicky effect the Wii U is parading as the next new thing in gaming. The experience might not be the same on each console but they come pretty much close to each other in terms of their functionality. Now, If these two HD consoles can do this at this time then you can just imagine what the PS 4 (PS Omni or Orbis) and Next Xbox (Xbox 720) will be able to do. I can see that Sony and Microsoft already have an advantage with their older consoles. By the time the two companies drop their prices a little further down the line and just about anyone can afford it. Their market share will grow larger and even overshadow the Wii U.
Honestly, if the two older consoles are able to convince consumers that they too can do what the Wii U can do then I don’t see how people will abandon them in masses and go out in droves to buy the Wii U like they did with the Wii. If not for the exclusive IPs from Nintendo that can be enjoyed only on the Wii U, I don’t see the need to shell out 400 bucks to buy a new console that will pretty much be outclassed in a few short months from now by something more powerful and more advance in technology. I think Nintendo needs to up their game next time around because the competitors are thinking light years ahead and are bringing out consoles that can pretty much last longer in terms of their usefulness. But then again you never can tell, Nintendo has a way of doing their own thing and they could turn the tide in their favor just like they did with the Wii.