Are you planning to buy a Wii U?

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As soon as possible!
4% (4 votes)
I'm going to wait a few weeks for the dust to settle.
11% (11 votes)
I'll wait at least a year for the price to drop/games library to build.
28% (29 votes)
Nah; no interest.
54% (56 votes)
Already got one!
3% (3 votes)
Total votes: 103

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Bill Loguidice
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Wii U

Good points, Clok. Most likely the PS3 and Xbox 360 will end up in a tie for second once the dust settles on this generation, with perhaps a slight edge to the PS3 (though that depends upon who comes out with their next gen system first). The Xbox 360 has nothing going on in Japan, so it's at a serious disadvantage there (in fact, only the 3DS is thriving there these days), and Europe has a slight preference for the PS3. Otherwise, in the US, it's been all about the Xbox 360 for the past two years once the Wii stopped being the top monthly seller.

I heard some interesting figures the other week, though I don't remember the specifics. Something like 20 million tablets, 300 million PCs, and 600 million smartphones are sold each year, with the figures for tablets and smartphones on an upward tick and PCs holding steady. That CLEARLY impacts traditional videogame consoles and handhelds (and obviously computing devices, which is why Windows 8 is the way it is) since a lot of the casual gaming energy is well served by such things, and many hardcore are converts (particularly since you can easily add traditional controls to the mix now). I think the reality is Nintendo simply couldn't recreate another Wii-like experience because the market has changed so much since the original Wii came out. You can no longer target one type of demographic - you need to cast a broad net and have your device do as much as possible (media, TV, Web, etc.). Think about it, there wasn't even an iPhone when the Wii was first released, with the hot portable product being the iPod that simply played music!

While it's easy to lament the death of the way things used to be, to me, it's a very exciting time in technology. Once the dust settles, we'll have some unbelievable stuff at our fingertips.

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clok1966
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I been thinking about how

I been thinking about how they media is talking about eh death of consoles now, much like the death of PC's was the "thing" a few years ago.. PC's dying because of consoles, now consoles are because of tablet/phones. And since MS and Sony have both all but announced their next ones.. and the Big N's is out now.. it will be very interesting to see how sales go compared to previous gens.. Sony has finally caught up with MS on this gen sales.. sorta.. last MS numbers where 4 months ago, So Sony's are 4 months behind.. but since it was a year later.. technically its sold more in the same amount of time.. but there are a bunch of variables to count.. MS only counts SOLD units.. but also counts all RROD replacements (so many of those consoles are not really sold, but double counts) and SONY counts shipped and paid for.. so technically sold. but sitting on store shelves. SO much trickery!. I wonder will the Wii-U sell like the Wii or .. just like the the average console, or worse?.. Will Nintendo artificially limit units to boost demand (that's an OPINION of mine and IN NO WAY A FACT.. but after the Wii was a year on sale if you cant ramp up production to meet demand, you are incompetent, or WANT it to be that way). I tend to think alot of Nintendo Wii users who bought it wont buy the Wii-U. but it will be really interesting to see if they do.. Nintendo has almost priced themselves out of the "don't normally buy consoles, but this one looks cool" market the Wii had. And if the Wii-U builds some word of mouth will MS and Sony try break some of that good will with announcements on their new machines? Should be really interesting in the next few months.. and I must admit I really look forward to some better games.

Bill Loguidice
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The catch with the Wii U is

The catch with the Wii U is that supporting more than one touchscreen controller is problematic from a performance standpoint. It will probably happen, but will almost certainly top out at two controllers, and then under only very limited usage scenarios.

On the plus side, having played with it a bit now, I can say the touchscreen on the controller is both responsive like a good tablet and bright and clear. It's a quality display.

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Matt Barton
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These are amazing ideas! I

These are amazing ideas! I think Nintendo will miss a huge opportunity if they don't capitalize on them.
Indeed, I think it'd be worth trying to develop some games via their online store if they don't. The board game idea is golden. I'd also add games like magic the gathering .

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Shawn Delahunty
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Missing Option

I answered "No Interest" to this, mainly because I don't have any of the current gen consoles, so I don't feel the urge. I much prefer to do my gaming on the PC, plus I still have personal objections to the software-as-a-service model for the consoles. (For the same reason, I will not buy DRM'd PC games, particularly those that insist on phoning home.) Additionally, there are only a very few console-only releases which have piqued my interest.

However, I will say this. The Wii_U would grab my interest if it offered _multiple_ player controllers with a screen. Playing something cooperatively, with personal configuration stuff being done on the handheld unit, makes a great deal of sense. Got 2 or 3 people who want to play an action RPG? Great! We can do our own inventory/spell/equipment/weapon management on the hand-held touch screen, while the 3rd person view of all the action stays on the main TV.

Along these lines, games where I had to "solve" something, but not let the other players see my moves/actions, sounds interesting. Ports of boardgames and some card-games comes immediately to mind: Monopoly, Clue, UNO, poker, etc. Combine that kind of strategic "hidden information" gameplay, with interactive or action gameplay on the main screen, and I think I would then have a compelling reason to buy the console. It needs to provide for good multi-player use of the personal controller screens/touch-screens, otherwise what's the point? The extra expense isn't warranted. I'll just get a console with standard gamepads.

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davyK
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It's a question of when -

It's a question of when - probably late next year. I'm only getting round to acquiring a 360!!

Matt Barton
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Done, Bill.

Done, Bill.

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Paul H
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I see myself getting one

I see myself getting one eventually, but as little as I play the wii and PS3 right now I'm not in a rush. It's definitely got some cool features that have a lot of potential so I'm excited for the possibilities.

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Bill Loguidice
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You should add an option for

You should add an option for "I've already got one!". By the way, I've already got one (two, actually, but that's for a book).

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