It’s hard to imagine it’s been 6 years since the Wii was launched. Many wrote it off, calling it technically underpowered and claiming a gimmick such as motion control would not sell consoles in the current age of high definition. Microsoft had launched a full year earlier.
Sony were unleashing a powerhouse in the PS3. Could a console with no traditional controller really compete? Nintendo’s little white box went on to sell 96 million units worldwide and in the process, opened up gaming to a brand new audience. After an underwhelming E3, Nintendo are ready to take the gaming world by storm and prove that lightning really can strike twice.
Here are a few reasons why the Wii U will dominate the next gen battle.
7. Universal Appeal
Nintendo really struck gold with the Wii. It didn’t need a blu ray player or HD graphics. It didn’t need a competitive online community. The Wii succeeded in it’s brilliant simplicity. The motion control felt natural, meaning anyone, young or old, could just pick up and play. It broke down barriers between gamers of all levels and styles.
The hardcore gamer bought a Wii for Super Mario Galaxy. Your Grandad bought one for Wii Sports. For all the money companies spend on advertising, the best method also happens to be free; word of mouth. The Wii became much more than a video game console, it became a family experience. The Wii U is taking this to the next level.
Core gamers are finally at the forefront of Nintendo’s plans but they are also yet again catering for the lucrative casual market. Finding the balance will be key but if anyone can do it, Nintendo can.
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