...blown me away by announcing integration for WoW, Diablo 3, or maybe a new Blizzard MMO, (maybe Star Wars TOR). they have touch input with the new WiiU, why not use this in place of keyboard?
...made me feel comfortable if they showed off a modern console with a controller without a big touch screen
. (i.e. to play Call of Duty shooters) and explain to 3rd party devs that it has a similar architecture to Xbox 360 (since much of the middleware and devs teams are familiar with the current offerings)
instead, they show off another peripheral that is a "solution in search of a problem". the only compelling gameplay mechanic i heard from the press conference came from EA Sports when they talked about selecting plays from a playbook (touchscreen) when playing football. when they rolled out developers everyone said how excited they were, yet could not provide a single description of how this technology made sense within the context of a video game.
i'd be fine with no third party exclusives, just build a nintendo console:
- with horsepower to run modern games in HD like (Skyrim, Modern Warfare)
- with a similar architecture (to PS or 360) to allow 3rd parties to develop for it
- with all the usual suspects from nintendo's strong ip (zelda, mario, DK, pokemon)
i'm not trying to harp too much on nintendo, in this situation i think there biggest strengths are also their biggest weaknesses. (lemme explain)
everyone praised nintendo so much for innovation with the wii, i think it went a little to their heads. they made so much money off the Wii (console) that i think they continue to focus too much of their attention on doing something wildly "innovative" rather than to capitalize on what they already have (freaking fantastic ip and super development teams).
they coulda crushed it if they told me the new wii will be
- backwards compatible to Wii/Gamecube
- upscales (i.e. like the Dolphin emulator) all your old Wii/GameCube games.
- it has a "standard" controller (similar to 360 or ps3)
- it will have a similar architecture to the 360
- it's "cheap" $200
- it's got a hard drive
- it's got online
- launch titles Mario 2d, new Mario 3d, Zelda, Smash Brothers, StarFox,