Thoughts On Wii U, Freebies For Nintendo

wii u controller is priceyAfter putting it off, taking some time to think about it I’m finally ready to say something about the WiiU. Nintendo, you’re doing it wrong.

$300 & $350 is way way way to much money to charge for a console that doesn’t do anything particularly more or better than the current generation of consoles. It doesn’t even have storage on par with current gen consoles. You’re entire reason for charging that much is for the giant controller screen thing. I mean it’s doing HD at a time where the next gen of consoles are prepping to handle 4K. A PS3 160GB is $250 and a subsidized Xbox 360 is $150 up front.

Not to be one to knock something with out providing solutions here it is. First swap that solid state for a hard drive. This will bring the price point down and the storage up. Consoles sit on entertainment centers, they don’t travel. Second offer a couple packages. Since the console is backwards compatible with most Wii games some people are just going to want to play those in HD. Some people don’t want the gimmicky screen controller. Give those people the console upgrade with out the fluff. A $150-$175 package minus the gimmick. And then to ensure your console sells eat enough price while selling software for profit that people will actually buy it. Bring the price plus gimmick down to $200 or $250. People don’t like to pay more than $250 for consoles/gadgets. Finally give us some value add. With the WiiU specific games coming in light at launch offer customers some value add like a couple of Wii games in the box.

I’m not saying my plan is perfect because I’m just a consumer and I don’t have the details. What I do have is the perspective of a gamer who is decidedly hard core. One who didn’t pay $300 for his current console that has supported HD and has had 5ish times the amount of storage for the past 6+ years.

Hot New Xbox 360, Just a Year Too Late

I don’t mean to be negative but it’s really hard to stay positive about what Microsoft has been doing with Xbox 360 lately. It looks like one step forward and three steps back. Guess what, the original Xbox was black. The Playstation 3 is black. Why Microsoft thought a white console was a good idea when almost every TV and stereo component in THE WORLD is black is beyond me. Black is the new black.

Built in Wifi!!!! Oh wait, everything for the past three years has wifi built in. My phone, my portable game devices, and my laptop. Nintendo managed to put it in their console that was $100 cheaper and in their hand held device that was $160 cheaper. Oh wait, the free phone I got from IWireless(Iowa’s t-mobile affiliate) has built in wifi. There is no good reason that the Xbox 360 up till now hasn’t had built in wifi. This is really just unacceptable PERIOD!

It’s smaller! Once again, WTF!? Why the Xbox 360 was so huge is beyond me. I’ve opened the original machine and there is a ton of open empty space in the case. So much so that there is ducting in the case to ensure good air flow due to all that empty space. If MS has taken a little more time to think out their system layout they could have released the original as a much smaller package to begin with.

The final, actually positive, piece is Kinect and the leap forward it represents for motion gaming. No controller, the thing can determine depth and track on things as small as fingers. Seems to be pretty spectacular all around but it still remains to be seen if this is going to be put to truly good use or if we’re going to get the same flood of gimmicky games on the Xbox as the Wii has received.

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