New York Times on Wii U: “Nintendo has another hit on its hands”


Early praise from a respected newspaper:

Two days earlier, under extreme secrecy and security precautions, I got to try Wii U for myself. My initial verdict: Nintendo has another hit on its hands, an innovative new system that has a chance to shake up electronic entertainment…

As is true with the Wii, words don’t really convey the visceral reality of the new system. You can’t really “get it” until you try it yourself. But the combination of high-def graphics with this new screen-enhanced controller should put Nintendo back in the thick of the home console wars with Sony and Microsoft (after playing second place to the latter over the last year).


  1. I’ve never quite understood why we look to other forms of media for validation of our own. When I want to know the best movie around, I don’t look at magazine critiques nor do I look to well established art critics. I look and listen to movie critics.

    …why do video games want so much to be critiqued by people who know almost nothing about videogames? Why did it bother us when Roger Ebert said videogames cannot be art? Sure, he’s well respected for his taste on movies but…those are movies.

    Surely we, as a newborn industry, are not simply looking to be upset?

  2. @Sensai

    It’s so that video games can be respected as a professional medium of art.
    We always say we don’t need other people’s validations… yet we still get a lot of kids these days prevented from ever going down that career path since there are still parents that still think video games “are a waste of time” – due to the fact that it’s not considered a real medium of entertainment by cultural standards…

    Why shouldn’t the game industry be accepted as an important form of technology and entertainment by the culture? The more it is accepted as such, the more support the culture will give it. …the more support = more funding… the more funding = more possibilities.

    …sadly, that would also mean more censorship…. ah well, you get some, you lose some.

  3. yeah the NYT video game guy does seem positive on it…. but none of the applications described in the article appeal to me unfortunately.

    360-quality HD graphics? I have a 360.

    put the game on the handset to free up the tv? I have a computer monitor- I can put the game there.

    different perspectives for different players in one game? that’s what the internet is for.

    look back and forth between tv and controller? that’s not a streamlined interface, imo. playing an fps, the last thing i want to do is look away from the tv.

    despite all the shiny new HD and third party support (ports? arkham, ninja gaiden….?), this has offered nothing I care about. It seems like Nintendo is still after that blue ocean instead of me. and putting the remote on the floor? this thing better be able to be stepped on.

  4. @Sensai:

    Also, this kind of coverage is gold for spreading awareness through the mainstream. It may not seem important to folks who’ve always loved videogames, but it’s vital to Nintendo’s continuing blockbuster success. That’s why they’ve kept the Wii name. Remember, they’re not just marketing to gamers; They want the whole world. 🙂

  5. @Deepthought:

    New Super Mario, Mariokart, Smash Bros, Etc. in high def are not for you? You know what I want from Nintendo? I want Nintendo characters and humor. I’m excited.

    I had the same mental image about the controller on the floor, though. 🙂

  6. @deepthought I know exactly how you feel. The Wii U looks interesting and seems like it’s a great way for Nintendo to create more casual experiences, but I just don’t see any REAL application for the core gamer. I don’t care if my HUD is on my controller or if I can switch the between the controller and the TV. I’d rather play on the TV anyways.

  7. @deepthought

    deep thoughts.

  8. @Skotski: “It’s so that video games can be respected as a professional medium of art.”

    This is a good point, but I’m not sure that this is the area we should be looking at for proof. If we simply look at the amount of money generated from entertainment industries, we’ll see that videogames are (I think this is right) the highest across the board, beating music and the movie industry.

    Either way, we should make our own critics. I don’t think Beethoven would have cared much for da Vinci’s arts.


    I get that they’re trying to expand it, but I don’t think that that’s terribly necessary anymore. How many people don’t know what a Wii is? I’m sure there are some, but…like I said. We generate a LOT of money.

  9. Nintendo invites you to have new gaming experiences noob sensai troll

  10. Fanboys of other systems should consider these:
    1. Only system that will provide both Nintendo HD games & top multiplatform games.
    2. Only system w/ a tablet controller, classic controller, & motion controller.
    3. Only system that can be played with 2 screens so U can view your front & sides/rear/inventory simultaneusly & a touch pad that could revolutionize core gaming.
    4. Only system that lets U play good Wii games that U probably didn’t play cuz it wasn’t HD.
    5. Only home system that will let U play while taking a dump. ~~~~~@

  11. @bruceleroy
    You said it! 🙂

  12. @bruceleroy
    5 is a system seller.

  13. Let’s not forget that while MS might be selling a bit more 360 units right now… Nintendo WON this generation already. 30+ million consoles sold is the gap and it won’t be closing by much in the short term. Long term? Maybe they can bring it down to a 20-15 million tops but that’s about it.

  14. “from a respected newspaper” That’s debatable.

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