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 Wii U (what is it good for ?) 
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Is it just me or is anyone else having a hard time buying into the Wii U concept? The original Wii was a revelation, but the Wii U just doesn't seem well thought out to me. Almost like an attempt to cash-in on the tablet craze but without a sound, cohesive gameplay strategy. I know they have shown off a bunch of possibilities for "asymmetrical" gameplay but honestly the only one that I thought looked interesting was the ability to use the device as a moving "window" into the virtual world. And still that even seems a bit "forced" and gimmicky to me. It seems like the Wii U controller makes an interesting peripheral but not a fundamental core feature of the platform - but Nintendo is betting a lot that game makers will incorporate it as a core gameplay mechanic. The concept of motion control is great and I wish instead of doing the Wii U that Nintendo would have simply refined and extended general motion and body control instead.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:40 am
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I think alot of people will like the multiplayer part even if its just playing a 3d boardgame, being able to visual chat on the tablet with other wii friends. Won't you still be able to use the older controllers for like dancing. The graphics on the wii u will be alot better i asume, 1080p. I think the tablet for a visual aspect will be more pleasing for a glance just like how the wii mote had the extra sound coming from it. Its also one of those things that are meant more for kids, teenagers and families, I think.

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The big selling point of the tablet, for me at least, is that you can use it as the main display for some games instead of monopolizing the TV. A lot of people are going to like that, especially parents!

They kept the old motion controls, so I think we will still see a lot of that in the future.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:02 pm
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I don't think I will buy one, but I could see the appeal.

The second screen could be used similar to how the DS (or 3DS) works. I think we have seen a lot of innovative gameplay come out of the DS. More than just displays for maps and inventory (though I'm sure a lot of games will do this too). Things like solving puzzles, hacking sequences, picking locks, and stuff like that all work well on a touch screen. So there is a lot of potential there.

But I do agree that I wish they went further down the road of motion-control and full body interaction.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:29 pm
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