Posted by: seanmalstrom | September 16, 2012
Email: Wii U: The games are pulling me in but Nintendo is keeping me out.
Good day Malstrom,
Like a lot of people, I followed the Nintendo Direct reveal for Europe and was pleasently surprised by a lot of what was shown.
I can already see games I want to buy. NSMB U is the obvious one but what really pulled me in where the games after launch. The Wonderfull 101? Looks like a fun game that I want. Bayonetta 2? I loved the Devil May Cry series and Bayonetta is the real sequel to those games so yes. Wii Fit U i’m also looking forward to and Monster Hunter coming to the Wii U wothout locking away content? Yes Please.
But then the price comes out. €300 WITHOUT a game? €60 for my 2D Mario?
TVii isn’t a problem for me seeing as America is only getting it. But the games being that expensive is the real problem for me.
But worst of all: no e-shop info and the fact that my Wii Virtual Console games need to be played in some gimped Wii mode. WITHOUT gamepad support.
I really like the Wii U. I like the controller giving me a choice of where to play when I want. I like that the Wii-mote is still being supported(makes Black Ops II far more interesting a proposition to me if it has pointer controls). But Nintendo is doing a lot of stuff that makes me go “you know what? I’ll wait”. And wait I will, until I can play my Virtual Console stuff the way I want it. Untill I can get a Wii U for a cheaper price. Untill I have heard more about the e-shop. I waited a whole before buying a 3DS, I can wait out the Wii U as well. The difference being that I won’t be interested in as many games then.
These are my sentiments as well. The only difference is that if I don’t purchase a game console within a year and a half of its release, I likely never will.
Nintendo’s attitude toward the Virtual Console is a deal breaker. Any game console company selling account wide digital games that can be used on future platforms immediately gets my support. Any other approach to digital products I consider predatory. I acknowledge that hardware is the DRM of game consoles, but I do not accept that such software is tethered to that hardware generation.
Word to the console companies: with digital games, you do NOT get to make us buy them all over again. This is perhaps the best thing about smartphones and tablets.