Nextbox Vs. Wii U

Nintendo seemed to capture most of the spotlight at E3 this year with the introduction of their Wii U system. Nintendo kicked off the beginning of the next generation of gaming with their new console, much earlier before any leaks or revealing of any data on the future of Playstation and Xbox. Nintendo took a surprising approach by seemingly eliminating any innovation on their revolutionary one-handed motion controller. The replaced it, instead, with a six axis iPad-esque controller. Boasting a 6.2 inch touchscreen will full tilt motion control and all of the standard buttons, the way that one would control their future system has new-age elements that cannot be describe as “lacking innovation.”

In my humble opinion, however, with what we have seen so far, the Wii U is a revolutionary yawn when juxtaposed to the original Wii. The Wii’s incredibly intuitive and fun one handed motion controller was very popular with families and casual gamers alike, and eventually made enough waves to force both Microsoft and Sony wanting a slice of the motion controlled games market. While using a touchscreen to play a game is new to the console gaming industry, it is not as incredible as far as upping the ante for next generation. The current state of society is one that is saturated with this touch screen technology, so we the people who have been bombarded with advertisement after advertisement for these slate devices see this new technology from the Wii U and can’t quite call it groundbreaking. Nintendo has a very supportive fan base and they always release software that keeps this fan base hungry for more with the usual Mario’s and Zelda’s. The Wii U may also pick up a lot of the stray Playstation fans who have been displaced because of the Playstation Network’s ability to be unplayable. Because of this, the Wii U, despite the fact that it doesn’t seem to represent the next big thing gaming, will be wildly successful both because of its loyal fanbase and its preemptive strike in the console wars.

The Xbox released the Kinect presumably in response to the Wii’s off the couch and moving around approach to gaming that seemed to catch the attention of the family and casual gaming market. With Nintendo taking the first shot and taking it so early, we can expect that very similar touchscreen technology is currently being discussed by the other hardware giants. I believe that in order for the Xbox to find similar success as it has today, it will require fewer steps that previously believed by more classical schools of thought. Nintendo was expected to not show off a groundbreaking new device, but an earthshattering new device. When comparing innovation to geological events, the Wii U is seeming to be just a tremor.

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Microsoft and Sony will have to pull out there marketing geniuses in order to maintain a healthy waiting lot of people eager to jump on the next generation train while watching the Nintendo train board an leave. It will be quite a challenge for both of these giants to gain composure after arriving fashionably late to the next gen party, but because the Nintendo presentation at E3 was less than stellar, Microsoft and Sony should have little trouble keeping up in what is looking to shape up to be a very competitive next generation market. Now that Microsoft owns the brand name fusion, many speculators are looking forward to a next generation console that has a build in Kinect. With more than half of all Xbox Live users owning a Kinect, this seems a bit redundant since the integration would require current xbox owners to purchase a new Kinect and system. While it is hard to look so far into the future, the best way to find out what is going to happen is to let it happen. What is surely to be present with the next generation of Xbox is bigger, better, more amazingly beautiful graphics that will mostly likely put the Wii U in its place.


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