Nintendo’s next generation console is set to hit consumer shelves by the end of 2012. But, the looming question is, will you wait on line to buy it?
While the Nintendo Wii had a wrap-around-the-block line on launch, the 3DS launch was substantially more lackluster. However, Nintendo quickly turned failure into success for its newest handheld console once big name titles like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D were released during the holiday season. An August 2011 price drop also helped sales.
So when the Wii U launches, expect that Nintendo will have learned its lesson from the 3DS launch.
Give gamers must-buy, franchise titles on launch.
Come to think of it, the Wii didn’t have that many great titles on launch either. Most gamers were stuck playing Wii Sports Tennis for the first two years.
Eurogamer reports that all major territories, including North America, Japan, the UK and Australia will have the console – complete with “nifty” tablet controller – in hand by the end of the year. Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata said that the company is “considering the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software.”
However, with recent news of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox 720, hitting the streets by end of year 2013 (and it is purportedly 20x more powerful than the existing Xbox 360), one has to wonder if it’s worth waiting on line in the cold for the next Wii. The Wii U won’t be as powerful as the Xbox 720 and questions regarding the usability of the new tablet controller will definitely be on everyone’s minds. Plus, gamers want Blu-ray, which Sony has on lockdown.
When the Wii first launched, many people bought into the motion-happy advertising campaign only to learn that the controller wasn’t as motion responsive as the commercials let on. Although Wii Motion Plus helped to fix control issues, and make Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword awesome, everyone will be hoping that Nintendo isn’t jumping the gun on its new console release.
Check out the video for the Wii U below. Will you be on line to buy the console and tablet when it launches?