Nintendo Direct Live Coverage

It’s in English so there’s nothing for us to translate, but for those of you who miss it, or don’t want to sit through it, we’ll put the news up for you here. The livestream can be viewed here!

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  • Explaining the Wii U Gamepad. Features include NFC reader, infrared TV controller, ergonomic design
  • Gamepad can sometimes be used without TV being on
  • Wii U supports the existing Wii controllers (nunchuck, balance board, etc)
  • New “Wii U Pro Controller” which is a slick black controller more akin to a PS3/360 controller (picture added)
  • Wii U has new posting feature on Plaza which can be viewed from a smartphone
  • Video conferencing with Wii U gamepad
  • “Mii Wara Wara” displays behind the menu. Includes Miis from your Wii U, friends’ Miis, and others that play the games you do
  • You can send typed messages and also small drawn messages
  • When posting those messages your Mii avatar’s mood can be chosen
  • Game developers can integrate Miiverse messages into games
  • Miiverse will be accessible online from PC/Smartphone and also 3DS
  • 3DS and Wii U will be connected the the Nintendo Network and Miiverse
  • Gamepad can be used as a browser and can be displayed on television (or not)

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Nintendo direct has now finished! What’d you guys think?! I gotta go get ready for class… I’m late! D:

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  1. I quite like were they are going with Wii U. These features would fit well with a pokemon game

  2. I completely forgot about this, and started watching/reading halfway through. Is anybody else still underwhelmed by the Wii U? If I’m honest the thing I’m most glad to see is the Wii U Pro controller. Mainly because it’s a sign that there will be games that don’t use the gamepad.

    I just wish Nintendo would go back to what the Gamecube awesome. Or awesome in my opinion. And that’s that it was a “proper” console, and not gimmicky. Nintendo could completely destroy Sony and Microsoft if they made a “hardcore console” as people say (I hate the term, but it’s pretty much what I mean).

    Just. Hrm. Remember this is all my personal opinion though!

    1. I sorta agree with you.
      However, look at what Nintendo really cares about: sales

      Gamecube: ~20 million sold
      Wii: ~90 million sold.

      You be the judge.

      1. Well, yeah sales are really all that matter to them. They know that people are going to buy the Wii U (or at least they hope they will).

        Thing with the Gamecube is that there were other consoles around at the time that did the same things a lot better, in regards to gameplay, graphics and everything.

        The Wii however sort of has its own market. Both the PS3 and 360 are heaps better in terms of gameplay, graphics and pretty much in every other aspect, but because the Wii has it’s own niche in the gaming world (Family gaming—”Together”) it sells bucket loads. There’s also the price point.

        The biggest problem I can see with Wii U, which I’ve also read elsewhere, is that because the name is so similar to the Wii, people are going to think “I’ve already got one of those, I don’t need another”, mainly people who aren’t well informed of course.

        I guess it’ll all work out in time. Just as of yet I don’t have a reason to need/want a Wii U and the same goes for 3DS.

    2. I agree with you 110% The Game Cube was one of the best consoles if not the best. Everythign was awsome especially the shape of it xD.

  3. I only like portable consoles so I am not interested at all. But if they release a great Pokemon game I can even consider buying it… I want more news for the 3DS!

  4. It was barely mentioned in the English version, but the Wiiverse comments are supposed to have a counter spoiler system. It was more emphasized in the Japanese version for some reason.

  5. It all looks so underwhelming. I’m honestly just not that interested in the Wii U. All these details are almost all about “accessibility,” but who honestly wants to play their Wii from their smartphone? Maybe at first it seems kind of cool, but the novelty wears off.

    Not to go on a rant, but that’s a phrase Nintendo could really stand to learn from. “The novelty wears off.” Strong first impressions can only carry a system so far; after that, they’re just first impressions. I think the 3DS is a good example of that; great first impression with the no-glasses 3D thing, but there was nothing to back it up, and now it’s… well it’s not failing, exactly, but it’s certainly not Nintendo’s finest hour. I really wish Nintendo could just stop with all this business of carrying your Wii and your Miis everywhere you go and just focus on making a strong, balanced system. And hey, I said I wouldn’t ramble. That’s all I have to say.

    1. Wait for Tues. if you think it’s underwhelming. This was literally the tip of the iceberg.

      Also, the 3DS is selling well and it’s on track to out sell the DS. Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, LoZ: OoT, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, etc. and the all the downloadable titles. Also it has a bunch of strong games coming out this year, there’s your back up.

    2. I completely agree with you, as my previous comment says. I think what makes matters is worse is that it’s going to be utterly predictable. Again.

      It’ll be the same release pattern we’ve seen for games for Wii, but with a few “hardcore” ports thrown into the mix.

      As for the reply @JudgeDreddigon posted, see above. It’s sadly all predictable what we’re going to see. Nintendo need to get some new first part IPs, and stop relying on third parties to develop games that appeal to more than the “family” audience. Your point about 3DS software completely backs up all what I’ve just said.

      (Remember guys this is my personal opinion, don’t hate on me for it!)

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    Haha I watched the whole presentation. I honestly really like Nintendo’s marketing strategy and what they do with their systems. They’re my favorite company, along with Google. Innovative and creates things people love. Can’t wait for the software showcase on Tuesday 😀

  7. My thoughts are that it will have an okay starter game line up, sell well for a while, be forgotten about and be overshadowed by the 3DS but once in a while a game will come out and people will start playing on the Wii U for a while

  8. They could have mentioned whether you will be able to use an additional WiiU gamepad/each WiiU supports only one gamepad and they cannot be bought seperately.

  9. This would be a great console to FINALLY have a full pokemon rpg which is just like the Handheld games. I ain’t talking about Talking pictures of Pokemon or playing chase with a pokemon, I’m talking about a fully fledged Pokemon Rpg kinda like XD:Gale of Darkness, but it could be so much more than that! Surely i’m not the only Pokemon fan who’d want something like this? And with all the tablet and multi features of the wii u, think of the things they could do with this console to create an awesome Pokemon game on the WIi U. The profits for Nintendo would be sky high and the game alone would save the console from becoming the next gamecube!

    1. Nintendo could do something much bigger with Pokémon on the Wii U other than an RPG. If they took the Skylanders route, using the NFC chip, not only could they sell the software, there’s the potential for selling 650+ Pokémon figurines to use on in the game – the profits would be ridiculous. I suppose you could also link that into an RPG.

      There’s also the option of selling special trading cards with NFC chips built in, that can also be used in the Official TCG. Thus bringing the TCG back to Nintendo’s consoles.

      Having NFC built in just opens so many doors for NIntendo to create a HUGE franchise or add to an existing franchise. Another example I’ve just thought of, they could also use the chip to read Nintendo Points cards/DLC cards that you purchase from retailers, to save you entering a code.

  10. Whatever the case, here’s to hoping they’ll announce a Pokemon game to go along with the wii u when it’s first released…………..

  11. I like how the pro controller has a usb socket, presumably charges up like a PS3 controller, sick of having to use batteries.

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