I have no reason to believe anyone will actually read this blog entry, but alas I still want to give my 2 cents on the subject.
Like many I was initially underwhelmed by Nintendo's press conference and this is partly due to my own expectations. Nintendo though has mentioned they were only talking about games coming out in the launch window. Which usually is within 2 months of a new system's launch. Knowing this the more I think that the WII U has a KILLER launch lineup of titles, which Ill cover one at a time (Looking ONLY at titles exclusive to the Wii U).
Ill be honest, I have never played any Pikman title and will probably skip this game as well. But a lot of people seem genuinely excited about this game so Ill mention it.
New Super Mario Brothers U:
Sure its been done before, but its almost a guarantee that you know if you'll like it or not right now. And regardless of personally choice its going to be a well designed game.
This is easily my most anticipated game at the moment. Every video I see makes me want to play this game more. Hopefully Ubisoft can deliver on there promises with this title. But if they do this could be the killer Wii U app at launch. Which would be amazing as a 3rd party on a Nintendo platform. If that precedence can be set at launch we will see far more core titles for the Wii U than we did for the Wii.
Looks really fun and challenging, I just wonder how the Single player experience will work.
The best part of scribblenauts was always "Look at what I did!" And this simply expands on that and could make the game far more compelling because of that.
P100 (Working title):
It baffles me that this was not unveiled in their press conference. Platinum games is a GREAT core developer with a ton of critical acclaim, but sorely lacks commercial successes so far. Most likely due to them almost exclusively creating new IPs (until MGS:R as far as I know)
Complete wildcard, could be great, could be terrible. Currently I have no interest but that would change with review scores down the line.
This is a difficult one. From what Ive seen the minigames do seem more throughout and robust than most minigame collections, but it is still a minigame collection. One issue the Wii never overcame was its label as a "Wii sports" machine. And I think Nintendo wants to avoid that label again. They are still deciding if it should be a pack in or not (as discussed at the round table) and I think they don't want it to become the "Nintendo Land" machine as well as want to keep the cost of the Wii U down as much as possible. My personal prediction is they do not bundle it, but sell this game at a budget price like $29.99 to encourage purchases.
This is honestly a pretty stellar launch lineup of exclusives, far better than the Wii, 360, or PS3. The other problem the Wii had was game droughts, since most games that sold well were exclusive to the Wii and made for it. Almost no one would buy the Wii version of call of duty. Because the Wii is at least on par with the 360 and PS3 if the rumors are to be believed, then its likely many of these cross platform games will be fore the wii u as well.
The final point is the online system. Nintendo has kepts their descriptions of the online system "Miiverse" rather vague, but from what Ive heard this makes me incredibly excited. My friend's Zombie's invading my game of ZombiU? Usernames? Game specific user boards you can only post in if you have the game integrated into the miiverse? Achievements showing up next to my friends picture were they got them? Open web API for accessing it anywhere? These all are very exciting features of the Miiverse, the question though is how will actually online play in an online game be handled. We don't really know yet, but so far it seems like a lot of the Miiverse features actually leapfrog the competition. Let's just hope it delivers on its promises.
So after the presentation my immediate thoughts were that of disappointment, but the more I actually think about what the Wii U has going for it this holiday, the more it excites me to buying one when it launches. read