Wii U launch expected November 18 but hardware is lacking

first_imgThe Wii U is now expected to launch on November 18. That’s not an official release date from Nintendo, instead a claim made by a Japanese retailer. It is a date that makes sense though, as the Wii launched on Sunday, November 19 in 2006. November 18 this year is also a Sunday, which ties up nicely. It is also expected to be available in the U.S. first with Japan getting it a week later and Europe still to have a confirmed date.Whether you want a Wii U or not is a different matter, and the feedback from developers working with the hardware is anything but positive. The general consensus is that the Wii U isn’t even up to current generation consoles in terms of performance and graphical capabilities. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 outperform Nintendo’s new machine, which isn’t a great start.Since the Wii U was originally announced (quite poorly I might add) there has been speculation that the final unit would ship with support for only one tablet controller. There have been attempts to support two tablets, but apparently that just isn’t going to happen. Multiplayer gaming will require the use of Wiimotes (or possibly a 3DS), or some modified form of those controllers compatible with the Wii U.It all adds up to Nintendo attempting to do what it did with the Wii: substituting raw performance for a new idea. Back in 2006 it was motion control, today it is a tablet controller. The problem is, tablets are commonplace so this is nothing new. Gamers are also used to what the 360 and PS3 can do, and now we have the PS Vita and ever more powerful smartphones and tablets vying for our attention. If the Wii U looks worse then all of those I can’t see the console doing well.Nintendo always has its first-party games to fall back on, but they can only go so far. Selling an underpowered machine with limited multiplayer and a tablet controller that could seem dated at launch is a huge risk. Will gamers flock to buy it or take a step back and realize it’s a machine once again aimed at the family, only this time without the horsepower or input to cater for it?I’d love for Nintendo to prove everyone wrong and launch with a killer feature, but so far there’s no signs of that. After what happened to the 3DS: a sudden price drop, extra thumbstick peripheral, and now a stand shipping with Kid Icarus, Nintendo has shown it is fallible when it comes to hardware.Read more at Gamesindustry.biz and WiiUDailylast_img

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