Nintendo may not have priced the Wii U at its E3 2011 launch yesterday, but we should probably ready our wallets for something more expensive than the first-gen Wii if Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's recently comments are anything to go on. He told the Nikkei that he did not think Nintendo could charge the same as it currently does for the Wii, and hinted that the two consoles could well co-exist for some time.
Nintendo has admitted it used Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming footage as part of its Wii U showreel during the E3 2011 unveil of the incoming console, justifying its inclusion with the excuse that the Wii U itself is still "a year away" from launch. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the rival footage in a GameTrailers interview (which you can see after the cut) after the Wii U made its official debut.
Nintendo's new Wii U console launched to mixed reactions, some loving the idea of a sizable tablet-style controller, and others longing for the simple days of a Wiimote. We found the new controller curiously compelling in our hands-on play at E3 2011 yesterday, and now Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has been laying out some of the design and gameplay decisions in a new Iwata Asks feature. Meanwhile, hardware specs for the Wii U are gradually becoming clear.
Headlines today are likely to be taken up by Apple's WWDC 2011 keynote, but with E3 2011 kicking off in earnest tomorrow, Tuesday June 7, there's Nintendo's big reveal to think about too. The company has already promised its next-gen console will make its debut at the show, and rumors continue to flourish about just what this "Wii 2" will do - and what Nintendo will call it. If you thought "Wii" was an odd one, the latest suggestion is even stranger.
Nintendo may be headed into E3 week looking forward to previewing its next-gen console, and Sony may be hoping nobody asks embarrassing questions about hacking, but Microsoft is getting things started early with the claim that it has revolutionized the "long tail" of how long consoles typically keep their shelf freshness. In a period where PS3 sales are slowing, Microsoft claims the Xbox 360 has seen a 29-percent year-on-year increase in sales.
Nintendo is arguably the most beloved game company in the world. For years now, it has delivered lovable characters, like Mario and Link, outstanding hardware, like the SNES and Wii, and some of the best games to hit store shelves. Its fans are dedicated to the company, and with each new device it launches, they’re more than willing to stand in line to get one.
In the video game industry, there have always been debates among gamers over which company delivered the best hardware on the market. Years ago, that debate raged on between Sega and Nintendo fans. After Sega was knocked out of the market, the attention shifted to Nintendo and Sony.
Nowadays, we have our work cut out for us. We need to decide which console -- the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, or Microsoft Xbox 360 -- is the best of this generation.
Nintendo has dropped the price of its Wii console to $150. The move is yet another in a long line of strategies on Nintendo’s part to try and ramp up the once-astronomical demand for its console.
The only issue is, I don’t see a $150 price tag on the Wii helping out all that much. The console will undoubtedly see a short-term boost in sales, but this is a long-term game. And over the long-term, I simply don’t see any way for Nintendo to maintain high demand for its console.