The Wii U is coming soon. This month Nintendo finally released a slew of new details and announced when we will be able to get our hands on this new fancy console. But questions still remain. Does the Wii U have the might to compete against the current HD systems? Will Nintendo continue to dominate console sales market, or was the Wii their peak? Can this new system, with a tablet/controller hybrid, continue this success, Or will a continued lack of software support stop Nintendo in their tracks?

Foremost, we were finally given release dates. The Wii U will come out on November 8th in North America, The 30th in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and finally Japan on December 8th. The power of this new device puts it slightly ahead of the competition graphically the new controller adds an interesting twist to the gaming market. Nintendo will be releasing two versions of their new console. There is a basic 8 Gig version, and a premium 32 Gig edition, both containing one tablet controller and the console hardware. The premium version will also contain a charging dock. While neither of these options seem like adequate storage for a serious digital gamer, you will be able to easily upgrade memory using an external flash or hard drive. Game Wise, Nintendo currently has a list of over 50 games confirmed to be released between November and March, 2013. Many are highly anticipated games that are also being released on the other consoles, such as Black Ops 2 or Assassins Creed 3, Some are recent titles being ported over, such as Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City, and many are completely new. It has also been announced that Nintendo has formed a partnership with Unity Technologies. This engine is well-known to mobile developers and is beneficial in opening Wii U development to many talented, small-scale designers.

The factor that will determine the success of this new console is most certainly the quality and quantity of games. While the Wii sold extremely well, it seemed as though AAA titles were a rarity. Sure, you have your occasional first party title that emits greatness, but a good console needs more than a couple of top tier games a year in order to be successful. Throwaway titles, dubbed ‘Shovelware’ were a common place and drowned good, unknown titles into nothingness. Nintendo surely should have more closely regulated releases and rejected unworthy titles that serve to wreck credibility. Additionally, while the Wii gave an early push for digital distribution, the lack of any sort of online community and a small hard drive capacity proved limiting. Perhaps the Wii U will prove to be a more positive push towards downloadable gaming. Taking note of the rising tablet computer market is definitely a positive move. The design implications of this new controller are extremely intriguing, as it can be used as an additional tool for developers to create unique games that cannot be found anywhere else. In conjunction with the Unity partnership, the design possibilities seem enormous.

I anxiously awaited the release of the Wii. I even sat outside on a blustery winter night for hours in hopes of getting a console at midnight. Six years later, Nintendo holds far less interest for me as a serious, ambitious gamer. The lack of HD, motion controls that were often clumsy and a lack of interesting games drove me away. However, as the release of the Wii U draws nearer and details are quickly starting to emerge, my interest has certainly been piqued. I am now cautiously optimistic and am intrigued by the interactions possible between a tablet and game console. If early pre-sale numbers are any indication, I am not the only one. This holiday season all will be revealed, as a new generation of consoles begins.

Shane PolkeyFeatureVideo GamesAssassins Creed 3,Batman: Arkham City,Black Ops 2,Mass Effect 3,Nintendo,Unity 3D,video games,Wii U
The Wii U is coming soon. This month Nintendo finally released a slew of new details and announced when we will be able to get our hands on this new fancy console. But questions still remain. Does the Wii U have the might to compete against the current HD...