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Although Nintendo Wii was extremely successful early in its lifecycle, it is becoming aggressively irrelevant now among the core auditory. An industry analyst claims that Nintendo has to make a step closer towards game developers and start using the latest technologies to continue to be successful.

"Nintendo has to simply stop living in the past in 2012. They had a great deal of success since 1985 by making proprietary hardware and supporting it with proprietary software. They attracted third party support based upon the large installed base they generated for their hardware. They appear to me to be confident that 'if they build it, third parties will support it', but I don't think that is the case for Wii U," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, in an interview with Industry Gamers.

Nintendo Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics and generally performance demanding games that can run on consoles like Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3. The system itself is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor as well as a modern ATI Radeon HD graphics chip with high-definition graphics and video support. But the main feature of the code-named Cafe game console is its unique controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. Nintendo Wii U will cost more than $249.

"By trying to be 'different' with the tablet controller, they have complicated game design for developers, who can't figure out if the Wii U will ultimately support only one or multiple controllers," added Mr. Pachter.


A snapshot from Nintendo Wii U demo

The problem is that the forthcoming game console of Nintendo does not only belong to the previous-generation consoles in terms of hardware capabilities, but is ideologically similar with them as well. Nintendo significantly needs changes and there are no signs of their incoming, unfortunately.

"They should stop relying upon the strategy that got them here, as it appears to no longer be working. I think their resolution should be to look outside of Nintendo for leadership in the areas of digital downloads, a user-friendly online interface and multiplayer gaming," the analyst said.

Tags: Nintendo, Wii, Wii U

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3 8 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 01/08/12 11:59:56 AM]
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Sega failed because they were on the brink of collapse from the epic failure the saturn turned out to be due to high pricing and lack of support from retail and developers.

By the time The Sega dreamcast showed up it was too little too late for sega and they bowed out of the consol market for good.

Overall for a next gen consol to be successful, it comes down to the price, Games, marketing and the right release date that makes or breaks a consol... i dont think the WiiU will be as big as the Wii was due to the price being much much higher then the PS3 or Xbox360.. i just picked up an Xbox360 4GB consol for $146AU to use as a media center with DLNA software on the pc or Windows Media Center Client.

Thats even cheaper then what the Wii sells for now and with the Global Economy the way it is now i see the mum and dad shoppers out there picking up a nice cheap capable PS3 or Xbox360 over a exp, WiiU.. The games are also very cheap starting at $9 pre owned or $12 new, i dont think WiiU has much of a fighting Chance because for the people who are not BIG on gaming they already own a Wii that sits under the TV Collecting dust.

Nintendo should keep on milking the wii for every dollar they can get from it build up the bank account and release a spected up WiiU early 2013, giving developers even more time to finish the games to go along with it on release and better competing with PS4/Xbox720

It should be an interesting few years to see who wins the top selling consol once they are all out... It looks like they will all be using a Bluray disk or physical media of some type unless Xbox goes harddrive and Download content only, that may also play a part in who wins the next war.
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Agree with this article. Ditch the stupid controls and just put more powerful hardware in it.
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I thought the wiiU did have online play! . if it doesnt then wow.. its going to tank like a rock, next 10 years of WiiU not online vS PS3 and Xbox online .. it has no chance
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