Wii Enters a More Serious Market
I've been intrigued by the games that are apparently coming out for Nintendo's Wii-U console. Nintendo Gamer recently published an article listing 22 titles that are basically confirmed. It's taken my interest because the titles clearly show that Nintendo wants to break into the same kinds of markets that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are enjoying – the more traditional gaming market. And publishers are keen to support them.
The Wii-U offers something quite unique compared to the other consoles. It will come with a handheld (HD) touch screen controller that lets you 'move' your game from your TV to the handheld, so that you don't have to stop gaming when someone wants to watch something on TV. In essence it's the same kind of idea as the PS VITA's Cross Play feature (where you pause a game on the PS3 and continue playing it on the VITA) except the Wii-U HD controller also integrates with the games when you're playing on the TV – becoming an additional controller.
And publishers must know this and like it. With the Wii U clearly having the ability to manage better graphics, translating code from other consoles has probably gotten a whole lot easier. Not only that but by the looks of things Nintendo has made a clear marketing strategy towards the more serious gamer, while trying to keep its family-orientated titles in place (like Wii Sports). Nintendo must have realised that to give a console longer longevity it needs to get more serious with its hardware.
These titles and the possibilities the Wii-U can provide excites me. It's helping developers to think differently about games. It's helping consumers to think differently about gaming. And if the console does well there's a possibility that it might force Sony and Microsoft to bring out something new sooner than they're currently planning.