The news hit me like freight train going 100 miles per hour and sent me into another realm, all in the hope of trying to possibly understand what is going on at Nintendo these days.
Nintendo recently announced a release date for the next gen console, the Wii U, and along with that came the specs. A pretty decent amount of RAM Memory split equally between running the games and the OS, it also features a good size for the game disc format that can hold up to 25 GB of data. Well this is kind of where the good news stops actually, as they managed to miss almost every single opportunity to put out a truly next gen console from that point on.
First off, the memory issue for the Wii U. The base model for the Wii U comes with a measly 8 GB of memory, with the argument coming from Nintendo that if a gamer needs more space, then he can upgrade the hard drive and get a bigger one. Well yes that is true, jus as the PS3 and the XBox 360 which are both current gen consoles allows you to do similar upgrades, but unlike the Wii U, they both have models that already come with a decent amount of internal memory and doesn’t force you to automatically have to buy an additional hard drive right off the bat. We have current gen downloadable games on the PS3 and Xbox 360 that can’t fit on the basic model of the Wii U, which is supposed to be a next gen console.
I would touch on the strengths and capabilities of the console, but I think it’s much too early to make that call. The consensus so far is that the Wii U is not leaps and bounds more powerful than the current gen consoles, which ultimately leaves the Wii U to suffer a similar fate to it’s predecessor, the Wii, when all the new consoles hit the market.
But the move that takes the icing and the cake for me personally, is the fact that the Wii U will be region locked when it releases this November. Meaning that unless developers decide to actually localize a game for your region, you will not get to play that particular game that you may have wanted to. Quite a few gamers import games from Japan because they are not available for their country in which they reside, and now Nintendo has made it that much harder for those guys who are willing to pay a much higher premium to get a game they like. As to why such a move is deemed necessary for a supposedly next gen console is really beyond me. And it’s forcing me to ask myself, “is Nintendo losing it?”
Whether or not the Wii U will be able to repeat the success of the Wii is really anybody’s guess at this point in time. But Nintendo is making it harder on themselves to win those hardcore gamers that they lost during their little experiment that they called the Wii.
Will this news of the Region Locked Wii U affect your decisions on purchasing a Wii U? Or is it a case of “nobody cares about that meaningless feature anyways”?