After the Expo high that was Nintendo’s E3 conference, it was only a matter of time before we started hearing some bad news about their upcoming console, the Wii U. Instead of staggering it out all day, handing out bad vibes like some kind of fascist (NSFW example here), we’re going to compile it in one, brief article, so you can get through it quickly, like so many band-aids.
First, as many of you have commented, it has the stupidest name for a console, yet. This isn’t so much news, as it is simple observation, but it still needs to be noted.
Second, it’s going to be a bit pricey. The original Wii sold for $250 American Dollars at launch, and its successor is apparently going to cost more than that. How much more is uncertain, but it would be rather odd that a company’s main console cost the same as their handheld. Probably not PS3 launch-window pricey, but still not a Wii.
Third, Nintendo’s stock is taking a big hit due to the Wii U reveal. For any gamers who were caught up in the thrill of the show yesterday, this may come as a surprise. As you may remember, there were some pretty exciting rumors about the console’s functionality before E3, and they weren’t even mentioned, let alone confirmed.
Edit: Fourth, Giantbomb has received confirmation that the Wii U will not be able to play GameCube games. I’d like to bring up the words used during the conference “fully backwards compatible with the Wii,” but I’m confused as to whether that makes them figuratively or literally misleading.
Last—and certainly the most depressing (though, probably obvious) bit of news—was the disclosure by Reggie that the third-party footage shown at their conference was taken from the Xbox 360 and PS3. He stated that the games will all look just as good as their current-gen counterparts, but then shifted to what he considered the more important matter, “… the new experience that we’re going to bring to bear,” instead of promising any visual improvements to those titles.