The Official Wii U Thread: Nintendo Direct Incoming

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

The eighth generation of gaming is beginning.

Welcome to the Wii U Launch Hype and Info Thread, your one stop for everything Wii U, Nintendo's successor to its wildly popular Wii console, and the first console in what will inevitably become the eighth generation of systems.

Nintendo's sixth home console launches tomorrow: yes, we are in the final stretch. Time to hype it up.

WHAT IS WII U?

The Wii U is Nintendo's sixth home console, and their first console that is fully HD enabled; like its predecessor, the Wii, the Wii U continues to favor innovation in key areas, such as interfacing with the game, rather than raw, brute power. Apart from that, Wii U also launches Nintendo's first foray into true online gaming with Nintendo Network, an online service that finally sees them on par with the competition, and, thanks to innovations like Miiverse, even exceed it in many ways.

But let's let the system do the taking.

Wii U

The console itself is small, diminutive, and generally unremarkable, instead conceding the spotlight to the star of the show, the new Wii U Gamepad.

Wii U Gamepad


The Wii U Gamepad is the ultimate controller, the culmination of over three decades of controller innovation. Featuring all traditional controls (two clickable analog sticks, four action buttons, a D pad, start and select, L, R, ZL, and ZR buttons), in addition to a 6.2 inch resistive touch screen controllable either by your fingers or the stylus, full motion detection, including an acelerometer, a gyroscope, and enhanced Wii Motion Plus sensitivity, a microphone, a camera, NFC capabilities, and a sensor bar to receive inputs from a Wii Remote, there is nothing the Wii U Gamepad can't do.

There's more to it, though: the gamepad opens up unprecedented gameplay possibilities: in addition to doubling up as a second screen during gameplay, it opens up new windows for multilayer games, as demonstrated by the assymetrical gameplay highlighted by titles like Nintendo Land and Rayman Legends; and, in possibly its most killer feature, the Wii U Gamepad is capable of playing the full console game in your Wii U via streaming, on screen in case you can't access the TV. No more squabbling over who gets the screen, the Wii U Gamepad fixes the problem by giving you a whole another screen to play with. The entire console can be accessed and controlled right from your Gamepad, without ever having to switch the TV on. And if you do have to, the Wii U Gamepad can help with that too! It has a universal media remote built right into it to control your TV, all from one controller.

The Wii U supports upto two Wii U Gamepads at a time, but launch games will all support only one; future games will incorporate support for a second Wii U Gamepad as well.

Wii U Info

But yes, I hear you. You don't care for Nintendo's 'innovation;' all you want is to play Call of Duty or Zelda on your Wii U with a traditional control scheme, without the newfangled controller bogging you down.

Well, fear not. Nintendo has you covered there as well:

Wii U Pro

Introducing the Wii U Pro controller. The Wii U Pro Controller is a traditional dual analog controller sans the touch screen. No gimmicks, just pure gaming, for the traditonalist. Featuring a built in rechargable battery that provides for upto a staggering 80 hours of gameplay on a single charge, this is your cue if the new controller really isn't your thing.

And yes, don't throw your Wii controllers away. The Wii U supports every type of controller, including, but not limited to, the Wii Remote, Wii Motion Plus, Wii Remote Plus, Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, and the Wii Balance Board.

WHAT IS NINTENDO NETWORK?

Nintendo Network

Nintendo Network is Nintendo's second stab at making an online service, and unlike the Nintendo Wi Fi Connection, this one is actually focused and on par with the competition, even exceeding it in several key areas. If you have used a 3DS online, then you already have an idea of what Nintendo Network is like. People who designed the original Xbox Live for Xbox 360 helped in key areas with Nintendo Network, and it shows.

Some key features for Nintendo Network are:

  • Unified user accounts: No more Friend Codes, you will be identified online via your Nintendo Network account, which you make when you first setup your Wii U console. A single console can support up to twelve different Nintendo Network accounts at any given time.
  • eShop: eShop is Nintendo's online storefront for digital offerings, and as anyone with a 3DS will attest to, Nintendo learned from their mistakes from WiiWare and DSiWare. eShop will be offering retail versions for digital games on the day of their release, offering exclusive digital games available only there, demoes, apps, Virtual Console games, and WiiWare games, and DLC, in addition to apps. Your purchases are no longer tied to your console like with the DSi and the Wii, and are instead associated with your Nintendo Network account; eShop also supports video streaming, screenshots, user ratings and reviews. The eShop on the Wii U will feature a streamlined downloading process to expedite the process and make sure you can jump into your game as soon as possible. Games bought on a Wii U console are playable from all accounts on that console, regardless of whether they are associated with the game or not.
  • Miiverse: Miiverse is Nintendo's always on, persistent social network built right into the Wii U OS, that is as much of a system showcase as the Wii U Gamepad is. The Miiverse is a social hub, that is the first thing players see when they power the Wii U on. It allows players to chat with each other, message each other, share status updates regarding games, share game information (such as warning for a particularly tough level), and collaborate on beating games together. It also allows users to share their impressions on games via screenshot sharing and reviews on the eShop.
  • Connectivity with 3DS and other devices: A future feature, your Nintendo Network account will be integrated fully with your 3DS account, meaning you finally have a fully integrated Nintendo Network unified account, and never have to worry about your digital purchases and ventures after that. Your Nintendo Network account will also be accessible from PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other internet enabled devices.
  • Internet browser: Wii U offers a full fledged, HTML 5 enabled internet browser that can be accessed at any time during the game without losing your progress,
  • Chatting: Allowing for a full range of messaaging, from text messages to video chatting enabled via the Wii U Gamepad, the Wii U ensures you never play alone. In game voice chat is also supported, albiet on a game by game basis; there is no official Wii U headset, however, and third party ones have to be purchased. Voice chat is supported only via the Wii U Gamepad's headphone jack, so if you are planning on playing with the Wii U Pro controller, make sure to keep the Gamepad somewhere close by.

All of these features are fully acessible to you at any time, including during gameplay, by pressing the Home button. The Wii U is fully multitaskable.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE BOX?

Wii U Basic

Wii U Deluxe

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Wii U uses a proprietary optical disc format based off Blu Ray discs, allowing for up to 25GB of storage on a single layer. The disc transfers data at 22.5 MB/sec, which is the faster than any current console; don't expect long loading times.
  • The Wii U is a champion of RAM, with 2GB of system RAM, out of which a staggering 1GB is saved for the system OS.
  • The Wii U supports hard drives of any size from its USB ports, along with SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards upto 64GB of memory, over its SD card port.
  • The Wii U is fully backwards compatible with your Wii, including your Wii games, accessories, controllers, WiiWare games, and Virtual Console.
  • The Wii U is not compatible with Gamecube games and controllers; expect Gamecube games to show up on the Virtual Console, however.
  • The Wii U is 3D compatible. If you have a stereoscopic 3D enabled display, and a game supports it, the Wii U allows for 3D games.
  • The Wii U does not have a system wide achievements system. Games are free to implement achievements if they wish to, and you can ever share these achievements via Miiverse, but there is no such system integrated at the OS level.
  • The Wii U is the first home console ever to have an HDMI cable included in the box. No, seriously.

MEDIA FUNCTIONALITY

YouTubeAmazon Video

Netflix

Hulu Plus

Nintendo TVii

While the Wii U won't play movie discs, it does support full media integration via Amazon Video, Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. In addition, Nintendo is providing an unprecedented media service of its own, called Nintendo TVii.

Available only in United States and Canada, Nintendo TVii is a free TV aggregation service that lets you browse content from multiple services, to which you're subscribed such as Netflix and Hulu, Live TV and your DVR/Tivo. You can also comment/chat with your friends whilst watching live TV, via Miiverse and Twitter/Facebook. The Wii U hardware doesn't have Tivo/DVR capabilities built in, so that functionality will only work in this service with separate hardware."

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Nintendo TVii enables you to find, watch, and engage with TV shows, movies and sports programming, all from the Wii U GamePad. This free service will be available in the United States and Canada at launch for users with a broadband wireless Internet connection.

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Nintendo TVii will support all cable and dish carriers in the US and Canada. No major carriers are excluded, and the only requirement for signing up is inputting your cable company's account information to the Wii U. DVR and TiVO functionality are plugged in similarly, where users input information via web, and services resultantly pop up on the Wii U.

LAUNCH LINEUP

The Wii U is launching with a staggering 23 games at retail, which includes enhanced ports of games available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 already, multiplatform games also being made available on Wii U, and exclusive content for the system being developed by both Nintendo and third parties. The launch lineup includes:

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
ASSASSIN'S CREED III | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY ARMORED EDITION | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
ZOMBIU | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
DARKSIDERS II | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
EPIC MICKEY: THE POWER OF TWO | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
FIFA 13 | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
ESPN SPORTS CONECTIONS | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
JUST DANCE 4 | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
MASS EFFECT 3: SPECIAL EDITION | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
GAME PARTY CHAMPIONS | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
NINTENDO LAND | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
SONIC AND ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2: WII U EDITION | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
RABBIDS LAND | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
SING PARTY | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
TANK! TANK! TANK! | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
YOUR SHAPE: FITNESS EVOLVED | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
WIPEOUT: THE GAME 3 | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
SKYLANDERS GIANTS | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 HYPER | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
TRANSFORMERS PRIME | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review
SCRIBBLENAUTS UNLIMITED | Metacritic Reviews | Gamespot Review

In addition to that, the following games will be available day one on the eShop:

  • Chasing Aurora
  • Trine 2: Director's Cut Edition
  • Cloudberry Kingdom
  • Tori Tori 2
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • Little Inferno
  • Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition

CREDITS

All text on this page was compiled by charizard1605. Images in this thread were gathered using Google's Image Search, and were sourced from various websites including, but not limited to, Nintendo.com, Wikipedia, GoNintendo, and IGN. The Wii U details image was sourced courtesy of vectorman06, the congressman1, Stewox, and jonny_boi on NeoGAF. Portions of the text on this page were taken from JollyGreenOne's Wii U Info Thread on the Wii U Boards.

#2 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

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#3 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -
Reserved
#5 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -

Thanks for the thread, Charizard. Sticky, please.

#6 Posted by RulerofGondor (390 posts) -
I'm still surprised at how little hype and awareness there is for the console heading right into its launch.
#7 Posted by RyanShazam (6498 posts) -

Cant wait untill the 18th!

#8 Posted by Kaze_no_Mirai (11014 posts) -
Got mine preordered :) Any word on how TVii connects with live tv? Is it only if you have DVR or Tivo? Does it depend on your ISP? I haven't read anything on that
#9 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -
#10 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -
#11 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

Here's a graphical comparison between the Wii and Wii U

charizard1605

Well, it's very clear that Nintendo used the same engine, and then uprezzed it, but god damn does that look good in HD. The resolution does make all the difference in the world.

The textures and backgrounds look fairly nice as well.

#12 Posted by Meeeper282 (1602 posts) -

Cant believe i pre ordered this, it would have been cheaper for me to get a PS3 or 360.. gahh

Better be good.

#13 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -

Cant believe i pre ordered this, it would have been cheaper for me to get a PS3 or 360.. gahh

Better be good.

Meeeper282

How do you not own at least one of those yet? o.o

#14 Posted by NoodleFighter (6963 posts) -

Hmm it'a tempting but after my experience with the Wii U I'm not gonna run out like the silly child I was and get a Wii U. I'm gonna wait at least a year to see what it offers. Besides I already have a gaming PC and I'm pretty glued to it.

#16 Posted by Meeeper282 (1602 posts) -

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

Cant believe i pre ordered this, it would have been cheaper for me to get a PS3 or 360.. gahh

Better be good.

Zophar87

How do you not own at least one of those yet? o.o

Had a ps3 back in 09, and 360 back in 07, but i sold them both because i hardly used them

#17 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

Cant believe i pre ordered this, it would have been cheaper for me to get a PS3 or 360.. gahh

Better be good.

Meeeper282

How do you not own at least one of those yet? o.o

Had a ps3 back in 09, and 360 back in 07, but i sold them both because i hardly used them

Silly!

#18 Posted by Meeeper282 (1602 posts) -

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

How do you not own at least one of those yet? o.o

Zophar87

Had a ps3 back in 09, and 360 back in 07, but i sold them both because i hardly used them

Silly!

Yeahh aha, might get one soon though, i really want gta 5 XD

Don't know which one would be better for it though

#19 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

Had a ps3 back in 09, and 360 back in 07, but i sold them both because i hardly used them

Meeeper282

Silly!

Yeahh aha, might get one soon though, i really want gta 5 XD

Don't know which one would be better for it though

Unless.... GTA 5 hits the Wii U! :shock:
#20 Posted by Meeeper282 (1602 posts) -

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

Silly!

charizard1605

Yeahh aha, might get one soon though, i really want gta 5 XD

Don't know which one would be better for it though

Unless.... GTA 5 hits the Wii U! :shock:

It better, don't want to rebuy a ps3 or 360 just for that 1 game :P

#21 Posted by khoofia_pika (13513 posts) -
Good thread, char! Not sure if I'm gonna get the Wii U right now. It's a Nintendo system, so i don't wanna make the mistake of buying it on launch again. Maybe later, once the library starts taking shape.
#22 Posted by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

I can't get mine 'til the 30th here. If you get it on the 18th, hope it does well for you.

#23 Posted by Zophar87 (4345 posts) -

[QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

Silly!

charizard1605

Yeahh aha, might get one soon though, i really want gta 5 XD

Don't know which one would be better for it though

Unless.... GTA 5 hits the Wii U! :shock:

I'll @#$% a brick.

#24 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16252 posts) -

May be getting one later down the line. 350 euro is way too expensive for me, and like the 360 and PS3 before the cheapest launch edition doesn't look very interesting.

Could be Nintendo goes the same route as with the Wii and concentrates on casuals, in that case I will not be getting one.

[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

Here's a graphical comparison between the Wii and Wii U

charizard1605

Well, it's very clear that Nintendo used the same engine, and then uprezzed it, but god damn does that look good in HD. The resolution does make all the difference in the world.

Also the lighting in the Wii U version is way better.

#25 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="Meeeper282"]

Yeahh aha, might get one soon though, i really want gta 5 XD

Don't know which one would be better for it though

Zophar87

Unless.... GTA 5 hits the Wii U! :shock:

I'll @#$% a brick.

Financially, it makes no sense for it to not come to the Wii U as well.
#26 Posted by khoofia_pika (13513 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zophar87"]

[QUOTE="charizard1605"] Unless.... GTA 5 hits the Wii U! :shock:charizard1605

I'll @#$% a brick.

Financially, it makes no sense for it to not come to the Wii U as well.

It probably will come out on the Wii U near the end of 2013, along with the PC version.
#27 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="Zophar87"]

I'll @#$% a brick.

khoofia_pika
Financially, it makes no sense for it to not come to the Wii U as well.

It probably will come out on the Wii U near the end of 2013, along with the PC version.

Nah, considering that it literally costs nothing to port a game from the Xbox 360 to the Wii U, all Rockstar has to do is put it on the Wii U, slap the map onto the tablet controller (or at worst, make it a Wii U Pro only game), and call it a day. Minimal costs required, so that even if the Wii U version bombs (and it's GTA, it's probably not gonna bomb), they still manage to make money. On the other hand, a delayed release would be leaving money on the table, it would make no sense.
#28 Posted by khoofia_pika (13513 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="khoofia_pika"][QUOTE="charizard1605"] Financially, it makes no sense for it to not come to the Wii U as well.

It probably will come out on the Wii U near the end of 2013, along with the PC version.

Nah, considering that it literally costs nothing to port a game from the Xbox 360 to the Wii U, all Rockstar has to do is put it on the Wii U, slap the map onto the tablet controller (or at worst, make it a Wii U Pro only game), and call it a day. Minimal costs required, so that even if the Wii U version bombs (and it's GTA, it's probably not gonna bomb), they still manage to make money. On the other hand, a delayed release would be leaving money on the table, it would make no sense.

They're not gonna make it a Wii U Pro only game, that's the dumbest idea ever, seeing as Wii U Pro controllers are sold SEPARATELY. And the PC version of GTA comes out months later every time, and it sells like crazy. I don't see why it would be any different for the Wii U. People are never done buying GTA games.
#29 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -
[QUOTE="khoofia_pika"][QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="khoofia_pika"] It probably will come out on the Wii U near the end of 2013, along with the PC version.

Nah, considering that it literally costs nothing to port a game from the Xbox 360 to the Wii U, all Rockstar has to do is put it on the Wii U, slap the map onto the tablet controller (or at worst, make it a Wii U Pro only game), and call it a day. Minimal costs required, so that even if the Wii U version bombs (and it's GTA, it's probably not gonna bomb), they still manage to make money. On the other hand, a delayed release would be leaving money on the table, it would make no sense.

They're not gonna make it a Wii U Pro only game, that's the dumbest idea ever, seeing as Wii U Pro controllers are sold SEPARATELY. And the PC version of GTA comes out months later every time, and it sells like crazy. I don't see why it would be any different for the Wii U. People are never done buying GTA games.

The PC version sells like crazy because there is a dedicated GTA fan crowd on the PC that will only get the game on PC (or double dip) because of PC exclusive features like modding; nothing like this exists on the Wii U. If they want the Wii U version to sell, they have to release it at the same time as the other console versions, or it doesn't matter much at all beyond a symbolic victory for Nintendo at best. Oh, and yes, they are. Remember Red Steel 2? A Motion Plus only game when Motion Plus controllers were sold separately? It doesn't matter if they are sold separately, every 'hardcore' gamer (the audience GTA will be targeting in the first place) is likely to have one anyway.
#30 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16252 posts) -

The PC version sells like crazy because there is a dedicated GTA fan crowd on the PC that will only get the game on PC (or double dip) because of PC exclusive features like modding; nothing like this exists on the Wii U. If they want the Wii U version to sell, they have to release it at the same time as the other console versions, or it doesn't matter much at all beyond a symbolic victory for Nintendo at best. Oh, and yes, they are. Remember Red Steel 2? A Motion Plus only game when Motion Plus controllers were sold separately? It doesn't matter if they are sold separately, every 'hardcore' gamer (the audience GTA will be targeting in the first place) is likely to have one anyway.charizard1605

if the wiiu version was releasing on the same day as PS3 and 360 it would have been announced already.

As you say it's not that hard to port to wiiu and devkits have been shipped for a while now.

I don't see it coming to WiiU, nintendo consoles have never had GTA, strange how handhelds have had it.

#31 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"]The PC version sells like crazy because there is a dedicated GTA fan crowd on the PC that will only get the game on PC (or double dip) because of PC exclusive features like modding; nothing like this exists on the Wii U. If they want the Wii U version to sell, they have to release it at the same time as the other console versions, or it doesn't matter much at all beyond a symbolic victory for Nintendo at best. Oh, and yes, they are. Remember Red Steel 2? A Motion Plus only game when Motion Plus controllers were sold separately? It doesn't matter if they are sold separately, every 'hardcore' gamer (the audience GTA will be targeting in the first place) is likely to have one anyway.R4gn4r0k

if the wiiu version was releasing on the same day as PS3 and 360 it would have been announced already.

As you say it's not that hard to port to wiiu and devkits have been shipped for a while now.

I don't see it coming to WiiU, nintendo consoles have never had GTA, strange how handhelds have had it.

There are several things about this though: a) No platform has been officially announced for GTA 5 yet b) Wii U versions of multiplat games have been announced later than the other versions; look at Black Ops 2, for example, it was only announced and confirmed in September, or Need for Speed Most Wanted, confirmed only days ago. I still say there is a chance of the Wii U getting GTA 5, and possibly on the same day as the other consoles.
#32 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16252 posts) -

There are several things about this though: a) No platform has been officially announced for GTA 5 yet b) Wii U versions of multiplat games have been announced later than the other versions; look at Black Ops 2, for example, it was only announced and confirmed in September, or Need for Speed Most Wanted, confirmed only days ago. I still say there is a chance of the Wii U getting GTA 5, and possibly on the same day as the other consoles.charizard1605

You are right that R* would be stupid not to do so but on the other hand I think they are concentrating on a PS3 and 360 version right now and a WiiU and PC version when it's finished.

Also if you know the history between R* and Nintendo its Nitendos own damn fault they haven't had a GTA on one of their home consoles.

Also about a) those posters that were leaked and confirmed true show that it's coming to PS3 and 360;)

#33 Posted by Slashkice (13008 posts) -

Nice thread char. Are you decided on what launch games you're getting?

#34 Posted by Ly_the_Fairy (8652 posts) -

As someone who has lost almost all interest in console gaming aside from Halo 4, and, prior to that, Halo 3/SSBB the Wii U looks pretty awesome in my imagination. I want to see cooperative gameplay where someone can help through the tablet to assist in different tasks, and I also would love to see counter-operative (Perfect Dark fans represent) gameplay where one person can play while another tries to stop their progress without fear of screen-looking. I also want to see lots of Zelda Four Swords-esque games.

On top of that I'd love to see what the tablet can do to perhaps bring strategy, and MMOs to the console. I'm not expecting PC quality for either genre, but seriously the tablet touch screen could allow a gamer not only some extra precision for strategy games, but additional touch buttons for MMOs, and more intuitive menu systems.

And beyond that I'd love to see the controller useable as some sort of peripheral for games. For example imagine Fatal Frame, but the Wii U tablet itself is the camera, and you can explore beyond the edge of your tv screen in search of ghosts. Or imagine a co-op Star Fox/Rogue Squadron-esque game where one player flies a plane on the tv, and the other player can use their Wii U tablet to take control of a seperate turret.

As of now I've got a PC backlog to worry about, and I'm also short on dosh, but if in a year's time I see some of my game dreams come to life on the Wii U then I will purchase one. Until then I shall just keep on dreaming.

#35 Posted by charizard1605 (55555 posts) -

You are right that R* would be stupid not to do so but on the other hand I think they are concentrating on a PS3 and 360 version right now and a WiiU and PC version when it's finished.

Also if you know the history between R* and Nintendo its Nitendos own damn fault they haven't had a GTA on one of their home consoles.

Also about a) those posters that were leaked and confirmed true show that it's coming to PS3 and 360;)

R4gn4r0k
Haha, I didn't know that. And yes, I know, Nintendo used to be dumb while dealing with third parties. It still bites them in the ass sometimes. I only hope that after a decade of going out of their way to court other developers, things begin to change.

Nice thread char. Are you decided on what launch games you're getting?

Slashkice
Thanks! I'm not getting it at launch anymore at all; I had to delay my purchase to around Christmas. I thought I would have $300 saved up by now, but a visit to the ER last month, along with the prescribed medication (and the general sh*ttiness of my insurance plan) means that I'm actually falling short right now. Hopefully I've enough saved by next month.
#36 Posted by freedomfreak (38725 posts) -
Nice thread. I'm gonna buy one when Bayonetta 2 releases. It's the only game I'm really interested in.
#37 Posted by PAL360 (26651 posts) -

I'm not picking one up for now, but i'm glad next gen is finally here! Now hurry up MS and Sony.

#38 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26119 posts) -

Haha, I didn't know that. And yes, I know, Nintendo used to be dumb while dealing with third parties. It still bites them in the ass sometimes. I only hope that after a decade of going out of their way to court other developers, things begin to change.

charizard1605

Between Nintendo and Rockstar, especially North. That will never happen after this:

Body Harvest

Also the fact that whatever Rockstar did throw out to Nintendo consoles (ex: GTA Advance and Chinatown Wars, Smuggler's Run, Manhunt 2, Bully, and Table Tennis) have always sold bad.

#39 Posted by khoofia_pika (13513 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="khoofia_pika"][QUOTE="charizard1605"] Nah, considering that it literally costs nothing to port a game from the Xbox 360 to the Wii U, all Rockstar has to do is put it on the Wii U, slap the map onto the tablet controller (or at worst, make it a Wii U Pro only game), and call it a day. Minimal costs required, so that even if the Wii U version bombs (and it's GTA, it's probably not gonna bomb), they still manage to make money. On the other hand, a delayed release would be leaving money on the table, it would make no sense.

They're not gonna make it a Wii U Pro only game, that's the dumbest idea ever, seeing as Wii U Pro controllers are sold SEPARATELY. And the PC version of GTA comes out months later every time, and it sells like crazy. I don't see why it would be any different for the Wii U. People are never done buying GTA games.

The PC version sells like crazy because there is a dedicated GTA fan crowd on the PC that will only get the game on PC (or double dip) because of PC exclusive features like modding; nothing like this exists on the Wii U. If they want the Wii U version to sell, they have to release it at the same time as the other console versions, or it doesn't matter much at all beyond a symbolic victory for Nintendo at best. Oh, and yes, they are. Remember Red Steel 2? A Motion Plus only game when Motion Plus controllers were sold separately? It doesn't matter if they are sold separately, every 'hardcore' gamer (the audience GTA will be targeting in the first place) is likely to have one anyway.

That was Red Steel. No one cares about Red Steel. This is GTA. And Motion Plus furthered the motion technology of gaming, it was the next step in the Wii's life. The Pro controllers are nothing like that for the Wii U. They probably will port it over to the Wii U, but I don't think it will be anytime before November-December 2013. Because that would be the most logical move. As I said, people are never done buying GTA.
#40 Posted by speedfog (2986 posts) -

Pre-ordered, but since I live in the Europe I have to wait till 30 nov, and I also need to wait till the next stock :/ so it will be something like 4 dec for me :(:(.

Anyway Hyped, I pre-ordered the version with Zombiu and the pro controller.

May I also note tc that the 360 Elite included a hdmi cable in the box?

#41 Posted by lazerface216 (7452 posts) -

still no dvd playback? what's nintendo's deal with this? it's ridiculous...

#42 Posted by Masterx1220 (2421 posts) -

about time Charz

#43 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26119 posts) -

still no dvd playback? what's nintendo's deal with this? it's ridiculous...

lazerface216
Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?
#44 Posted by MFDOOM1983 (8453 posts) -
[QUOTE="lazerface216"]

still no dvd playback? what's nintendo's deal with this? it's ridiculous...

nintendoboy16
Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?

You can stop pretending Nintendo is only focusing on games. I believe Reggie even said that they were an entertainment company.
#45 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26119 posts) -

[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"][QUOTE="lazerface216"]

still no dvd playback? what's nintendo's deal with this? it's ridiculous...

MFDOOM1983

Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?

You can stop pretending Nintendo is only focusing on games. I believe Reggie even said that they were an entertainment company.

"Pretending?" Game development is still their main focus.

Doing something like DVD player support isn't important in a game console. It's better that Nintendo focuses on online capabilities, rather than a freaking DVD Player.

#46 Posted by lazerface216 (7452 posts) -

[QUOTE="lazerface216"]

still no dvd playback? what's nintendo's deal with this? it's ridiculous...

nintendoboy16

Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?

uhhhh, it's a nice extra that's takes little effort to implement. sure, the point of consoles is to play games but consoles have become more than that, they've become entertainment systems. hell, the wii u's got FB, hulu and netflix but not dvd playback? lol.

#47 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -
I'm interested in this (since it is the only next gen console I plan to buy) but I'll get it later. Want to see what other great exclusives Nintendo and other developers are or plan to develop.
#48 Posted by MFDOOM1983 (8453 posts) -
[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"][QUOTE="MFDOOM1983"][QUOTE="nintendoboy16"] Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?

You can stop pretending Nintendo is only focusing on games. I believe Reggie even said that they were an entertainment company.

"Pretending?" Game development is still their main focus. It's better to focus on stuff like online. Doing something like DVD player support isn't important in a game console.

Lol You act as if acquiring the playback license for dvd and/or blu-ray would take up a large amount time and detract from game development. Even though the people designing the console itself and games are two separate entities. Since they're attempting to give off this illusion that wii-u is an all-in-one box, they might as well go in 100 % instead of half-assing it
#49 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

I just want to say I got a MS branded HDMI cable included in the box when I bought a 360. So OP is inncorrect!:x

#50 Posted by lazerface216 (7452 posts) -

[QUOTE="MFDOOM1983"][QUOTE="nintendoboy16"] Why does it matter that much? Isn't the point of video game consoles is being able to play GAMES?nintendoboy16

You can stop pretending Nintendo is only focusing on games. I believe Reggie even said that they were an entertainment company.

"Pretending?" Game development is still their main focus.

Doing something like DVD player support isn't important in a game console. It's better that Nintendo focuses on online capabilities, rather than a freaking DVD Player.

game development is every console's main focus, what's your point? hulu isn't important in a game console yet nintendo implemented it....