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2012-06-06 01:18:23 AM
I'm glad the comments have schooled this guy. How do you even write an article like this without even getting one or two facts straight first? I drink all day long and I'd have at least bothered a little.
 
2012-06-06 02:48:11 AM
To be fair Nintendo hasn't done a particularly good job of making this launch seem like much more than an add-on. I get that it's not... but I'm a Nintendo fanboy and read gaming news every day. And that, all I really AM sure of is that it's more than just an accessory.

shiatty tech writers will always be a reality. Failing to control the message, though, is a huge problem on Nintendo's end.
 
2012-06-06 02:54:14 AM
"and *given* that,"

FTFM
 
2012-06-06 09:13:55 AM
Hehe, "aging Wii".
 
2012-06-06 09:20:21 AM

Fair_Poopsmith: To be fair Nintendo hasn't done a particularly good job of making this launch seem like much more than an add-on. I get that it's not... but I'm a Nintendo fanboy and read gaming news every day. And that, all I really AM sure of is that it's more than just an accessory.

shiatty tech writers will always be a reality. Failing to control the message, though, is a huge problem on Nintendo's end.


Seriously. If you want a laugh, just go to Engadget, Joystiq, or Kotaku and do a search for the phrase "a mixed bag." They seriously overuse it, misuse it, and plagiarize it from each other. Not just a little; A lot. A whole farking lot.

Whenever a tech blogger or journalist wants to say something similar to "the experience varies", they say "it's a mixed bag" (which is, by the way, the wrong use of the phrase). They also say it when they mean to express that the rating for an item is a combination of good and bad scores. They also say it just to say it when it apparently doesn't mean anything at all but four words down in their word-count quota.

And it's ONLY this field that overuses it to this extent. Movie reviewers, comic book reviewers, book reviewers, and most other journalists avoid the phrase or use it sparingly (and correctly). But tech guys? They whip it out every chance they get, and as a writer I absolutely despise it.
 
2012-06-06 09:20:29 AM
Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U breathe new life into its aging Wii concept?

You can almost hear the wheels screeching from the desperate back-pedalling.
 
2012-06-06 09:21:09 AM

Arkanaut: Hehe, "aging Wii".


Yeah... Poor choice of words, that.
 
2012-06-06 09:21:10 AM
It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.
 
2012-06-06 09:27:21 AM

Inigo: Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U breathe new life into its aging Wii concept?

You can almost hear the wheels screeching from the desperate back-pedalling.


The original line was something like "Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U controller breathe new life into it's aging Wii console?" Even after the 'corrections', the article seems to describe either a new controller or a new handheld gaming system called the Wii U, what with all the mentions of tiling the Wii U. It's the perfect storm of journalistic ineptitude and Nintendo's lack of impact.

/submitted the story last night
//yes, it did have a better headline
 
2012-06-06 09:35:15 AM
Players can watch the overall action on their TVs or get an up-close view through the Wii U screen. I can't envision players using the big screen for games when the small one is in their hands.

What? Are you serious? You think anyone would choose a 6 inch touchscreen over a real TV? Come on man.
 
2012-06-06 09:37:41 AM

PanicMan: Players can watch the overall action on their TVs or get an up-close view through the Wii U screen. I can't envision players using the big screen for games when the small one is in their hands.

What? Are you serious? You think anyone would choose a 6 inch touchscreen over a real TV? Come on man.


You could use it for some fun asymetric play sorts of things, though.
 
2012-06-06 09:45:58 AM

Felgraf: You could use it for some fun asymetric play sorts of things, though.


Someone suggested Wii Pad for DMing a Dungeons and Dragons game. That would be cool, but I don't know if Nintendo has the balls to do it.
 
2012-06-06 09:48:33 AM
Developers spread the lie about the Wii being a repackaged Gamecube. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they spread a similar lie about the Wii U. And all because they want to focus on pretty pictures.
 
2012-06-06 09:58:48 AM

ZeroCorpse: Fair_Poopsmith: To be fair Nintendo hasn't done a particularly good job of making this launch seem like much more than an add-on. I get that it's not... but I'm a Nintendo fanboy and read gaming news every day. And that, all I really AM sure of is that it's more than just an accessory.

shiatty tech writers will always be a reality. Failing to control the message, though, is a huge problem on Nintendo's end.

Seriously. If you want a laugh, just go to Engadget, Joystiq, or Kotaku and do a search for the phrase "a mixed bag." They seriously overuse it, misuse it, and plagiarize it from each other. Not just a little; A lot. A whole farking lot.

Whenever a tech blogger or journalist wants to say something similar to "the experience varies", they say "it's a mixed bag" (which is, by the way, the wrong use of the phrase). They also say it when they mean to express that the rating for an item is a combination of good and bad scores. They also say it just to say it when it apparently doesn't mean anything at all but four words down in their word-count quota.

And it's ONLY this field that overuses it to this extent. Movie reviewers, comic book reviewers, book reviewers, and most other journalists avoid the phrase or use it sparingly (and correctly). But tech guys? They whip it out every chance they get, and as a writer I absolutely despise it.


Honest question here: What is the correct use of "mixed bag?" I'm with the bloggers when I think it means something along the lines of "it's got good and bad in it." If that's the message that the writer was trying to get across, then that's the message I got... which makes it effective communication in the end, despite the fact that we must all look dumb to you.
 
2012-06-06 10:10:42 AM
I'm sure farkers have debated the tablet controller concept at length, but watching it in action at E3, I just don't see it. You're only ever looking at one screen at a time anyways. I'm sure there are a few good multiplayer applications, but not enough to build a new system around it.

SmartGlass seems like much more of a winner, since it uses the touchscreens devices you already have and allows you to connect with game content when you're away from the console.

And this comes from someone who tends to stay with Sony consoles.

/my gf is excited about the harry potter book of spells.
//other than that, e3 was a bit meh.
 
2012-06-06 10:10:47 AM
I think the real problem is that Nintendo is trying to market to two separate markets with this, and not being successful at either.

Having a second screen can add some unique value to games. We saw this in the trailers for Batman and ZombiU. This will just be the tip of the iceberg. For example, imagine launching an air strike in Call of Duty with the second screen.

At the same time too, they want to remain popular with the casual market as well. So they are retaining the Wii control setup and showing off family games. Thing is, the accessible concepts which made the Wii so popular are lost with having the "complicated" GamePad controller, and focusing more on button inputs than movement even in casual games.

Of course, there is also the fact that motion controls can have great potentialpotential. When we saw the Red Steel demo even the largest critics got excited. Better graphics and scoring more multi platform releases would earn points with both casuals and core gamers.
 
2012-06-06 10:11:37 AM

Millennium: Developers spread the lie about the Wii being a repackaged Gamecube. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they spread a similar lie about the Wii U. And all because they want to focus on pretty pictures.


I might get a Wii U (I have a daughter that's going to be of gaming age soon and we already have a Wii). I'll tell you what though, one factor is stopping me from getting it right away. Software support. The sports games that came with the Wii, and with the fancy doohickey that made the Wiimote fun again are fun and great to play. The Super Mario Galaxies are great well designed games. And the Zeldas are fun. But I'm going to need more than one "must have" title a year for me to actually find the desire to buy the system.
 
2012-06-06 10:12:24 AM

Goose4: ZeroCorpse: Fair_Poopsmith: To be fair Nintendo hasn't done a particularly good job of making this launch seem like much more than an add-on. I get that it's not... but I'm a Nintendo fanboy and read gaming news every day. And that, all I really AM sure of is that it's more than just an accessory.

shiatty tech writers will always be a reality. Failing to control the message, though, is a huge problem on Nintendo's end.

Seriously. If you want a laugh, just go to Engadget, Joystiq, or Kotaku and do a search for the phrase "a mixed bag." They seriously overuse it, misuse it, and plagiarize it from each other. Not just a little; A lot. A whole farking lot.

Whenever a tech blogger or journalist wants to say something similar to "the experience varies", they say "it's a mixed bag" (which is, by the way, the wrong use of the phrase). They also say it when they mean to express that the rating for an item is a combination of good and bad scores. They also say it just to say it when it apparently doesn't mean anything at all but four words down in their word-count quota.

And it's ONLY this field that overuses it to this extent. Movie reviewers, comic book reviewers, book reviewers, and most other journalists avoid the phrase or use it sparingly (and correctly). But tech guys? They whip it out every chance they get, and as a writer I absolutely despise it.

Honest question here: What is the correct use of "mixed bag?" I'm with the bloggers when I think it means something along the lines of "it's got good and bad in it." If that's the message that the writer was trying to get across, then that's the message I got... which makes it effective communication in the end, despite the fact that we must all look dumb to you.


A mixed bag is a collection of dissimilar things. It is misused nearly as much as "begs the question" so that your usage would be as, if not more, understood.
 
2012-06-06 10:17:28 AM
FTFA

Nintendo's focus on games during Tuesday's event is a sign the gaming company may have its eye on the right target.

Did CNN watch the same Nintendo press conference as the rest of us? After Sony and Microsoft the show was Nintendo's to 'win' and they didn't just drop the ball, they threw it the wrong direction. Virtually nothing new for the WiiU, which is supposedly launching this year with no launch date or price yet, of any substance was announced. Pikmin 3 is nice, sure, but another New Super Mario Bros. game isn't really a system seller.

Third party support looks awfully troubling as well. They really highlighted Arkham City, a game that will have already been out at least a year by the time the WiiU launches? Scribblenauts is cool, but not really a headlining game, and they didn't even bother to talk about any of the actually interesting aspects of ZombiU during the actual show, that all came out after. About the only upcoming game in their reel they showed was Assassin's Creed III. We're supposed to be excited that Mass Effect 3 is coming to WiiU? The third game in a trilogy with no ability to play the other two. And no explanation at all of why we should want to buy any of these games on WiiU over the systems they're either out on already, or will be out on before. For example, they were harping on Darksiders 2 again like last year, but that'shiatting every other system in August already, months ahead of any possible WiiU launch date...

And then they closed the show on what they themselves called the WiiU equivalent of Wii Sports? They had nothing bigger to reveal? Trainwreck all around.
 
2012-06-06 10:19:49 AM

HalEmmerich: FTFA

Nintendo's focus on games during Tuesday's event is a sign the gaming company may have its eye on the right target.

Did CNN watch the same Nintendo press conference as the rest of us? ...


tl;dr of myself, they're supposed to be launching a new console within the year, where the hell are the games? The price? The date? The reason I should want a WiiU? Because they definitely weren't at E3.
 
2012-06-06 10:33:57 AM
anyone cut/paste the original article? because it looks like they retconned it into a less embarrassing one.
 
2012-06-06 10:40:15 AM

Electrify: I think the real problem is that Nintendo is trying to market to two separate markets with this, and not being successful at either.

Having a second screen can add some unique value to games. We saw this in the trailers for Batman and ZombiU. This will just be the tip of the iceberg. For example, imagine launching an air strike in Call of Duty with the second screen.

At the same time too, they want to remain popular with the casual market as well. So they are retaining the Wii control setup and showing off family games. Thing is, the accessible concepts which made the Wii so popular are lost with having the "complicated" GamePad controller, and focusing more on button inputs than movement even in casual games.

Of course, there is also the fact that motion controls can have great potentialpotential. When we saw the Red Steel demo even the largest critics got excited. Better graphics and scoring more multi platform releases would earn points with both casuals and core gamers.


Wii demos were impressive, but the console didn't come close to the pre-release hype till around the release of skyward sword. The consoles best games used motion as little as possible, if at all.

Looking at what nintendo showed first party wise, this is looking pretty much the same. A lot of them had DS style screen use, with little new or exciting. ZombiU showed some nice stuff, but like red steel, who knows what the final product will be.

Wii was well marketing as the console that brings everyone together. This one can't, because it's controller is limited to one in most games, and adding a second, if the game support it, cuts your frame rate in half per nintendo's twitter feed.

Biggest problem for me is the lack of a showcase title. Something that screams next gen, or 'no way you could have done this on our previous system' sort of game. A HD Zelda or F-zero would have been a great choice. Instead, they push a Home style minigame collection and a 2d platformer.

I think they can overcome the systems limitations, but i'm not sure how long that will take. Simple menu replacement and some novelty motion here and there isn't enough to sell a 300-400 system anymore. I'm not sure if it's enough to take on Durango or Orbis ether, but honestly, we don't yet know what ether of those have in store.

Should be an interesting generation.
 
2012-06-06 10:43:25 AM

Antimatter: It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.


Isn't that true of pretty much every console launch?
 
2012-06-06 10:49:04 AM
If the Wii U hadn't been such a disappointment in terms of visuals, perhaps they wouldn't have made the mistake. Can't really blame them.
 
2012-06-06 10:50:53 AM

Millennium: Developers spread the lie about the Wii being a repackaged Gamecube. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they spread a similar lie about the Wii U. And all because they want to focus on pretty pictures.


Oh good, I was wondering when Graphics Before Gameplay Guy would make an appearance. As if it's impossible to make a game with both (or neither).
 
2012-06-06 10:54:05 AM
Nintendo is rapidly moving in a direction toward a closed ecosystem, where only Nintendo games will be available on their products. I don't know if this is intentional or not, but I think it's a shiatty thing to be doing. But not any less shiatty than the direction Microsoft and Sony are headed.

Consoles are dead, it's back to the PC.

/My little sister's Wii is sitting in the attic gathering dust because no one wants to use it.
//I still use my Gamecube now and then.
 
2012-06-06 10:54:16 AM

Antimatter: Wii was well marketing as the console that brings everyone together.


It also caught on as the casual system. This more than anything is what sold them (well, that and "Furby"-like media hype). Casual gaming has moved on to smartphones. Console makers have two choices: re-embrace core gaming as a primary target (albeit whilst still supporting "family" games), or die a slow and painful death.
 
2012-06-06 11:22:40 AM
I will say this about the Wii: it was an epic troll on Nintendo's part.

They repackaged the Gamecube in a way that got grandmothers to wave their arms around like idiots, caused soccer moms to throw wiimotes through their new flatscreen TVs, convinced Sony to market a glowing dildo as the next big Playstation controller, and got Microsoft to spend a fortune learning how to stick Johnny Five on top of people's TVs.
 
2012-06-06 11:35:35 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Antimatter: Wii was well marketing as the console that brings everyone together.

It also caught on as the casual system. This more than anything is what sold them (well, that and "Furby"-like media hype). Casual gaming has moved on to smartphones. Console makers have two choices: re-embrace core gaming as a primary target (albeit whilst still supporting "family" games), or die a slow and painful death.


It caught the casuals due to marketing. I had a few people become really surprised that it was a videogame console, and some some workout thing or such. Toss in 'golden child, can do no wrong' media hype, and millions were sold. Most now gather dust once the novelty wore off, but it had a few gems here and there.

i do agree about the core thing though, but wow, few makers seem to be focusing on that. Nintendo is focused on novelties, Sony is all over the map, and MS is focusing on media.

I've no idea what the next gen will be like.
 
2012-06-06 11:37:02 AM
In fact, when seeking "embarrassingly inaccurate stories", I read the Bible.
 
2012-06-06 11:39:11 AM

Dafatone: Antimatter: It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.

Isn't that true of pretty much every console launch?


Yes, but there are usually a few showcase games that we get hyped about that show what's possible. Stuff like MGS2, MGS 4, GoW, etc, sold a lot of systems by showing us the jump between last gen and the new one.

Nothing nintendo showed had the same effect.
 
2012-06-06 11:45:14 AM

Antimatter: Dafatone: Antimatter: It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.

Isn't that true of pretty much every console launch?

Yes, but there are usually a few showcase games that we get hyped about that show what's possible. Stuff like MGS2, MGS 4, GoW, etc, sold a lot of systems by showing us the jump between last gen and the new one.

Nothing nintendo showed had the same effect.


To be fair, I have no idea what Sony or MS could show to have the same effect.
 
2012-06-06 12:39:15 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Consoles are dead, it's back to the PC.


No, it's not. It's really, really not.

PC gaming "growth" has been entirely driven by pay-to-play and social games.

And as more and more casual home PC users move more towards tablets and the like, traditional PC gaming will become even more endangered.
 
2012-06-06 12:50:33 PM

Antimatter: Looking at what nintendo showed first party wise, this is looking pretty much the same. A lot of them had DS style screen use, with little new or exciting. ZombiU showed some nice stuff, but like red steel, who knows what the final product will be.

Wii was well marketing as the console that brings everyone together. This one can't, because it's controller is limited to one in most games, and adding a second, if the game support it, cuts your frame rate in half per nintendo's twitter feed.

Biggest problem for me is the lack of a showcase title. Something that screams next gen, or 'no way you could have done this on our previous system' sort of game. A HD Zelda or F-zero would have been a great choice. Instead, they push a Home style minigame collection and a 2d platformer.


One possibility I can see is that a "Baldur's Gate" type of game could show all of the action on the main screen (with no clutter on the edges of the screen), and use the touchscreen to show each character's vitals, equipment, etc.

That being said, if Nintendo really wanted to hit it out of the ballpark with a concept like that, they need to make the console support multiple touchscreens, so that it could support that concept in a multi-player game that, as you said, "brings everyone together". I suspect that Microsoft will get there first, though, since they've already said they want to let people pair their smartphones/tablets with the Xbox.
 
2012-06-06 01:04:44 PM

anfrind: Antimatter: Looking at what nintendo showed first party wise, this is looking pretty much the same. A lot of them had DS style screen use, with little new or exciting. ZombiU showed some nice stuff, but like red steel, who knows what the final product will be.

Wii was well marketing as the console that brings everyone together. This one can't, because it's controller is limited to one in most games, and adding a second, if the game support it, cuts your frame rate in half per nintendo's twitter feed.

Biggest problem for me is the lack of a showcase title. Something that screams next gen, or 'no way you could have done this on our previous system' sort of game. A HD Zelda or F-zero would have been a great choice. Instead, they push a Home style minigame collection and a 2d platformer.

One possibility I can see is that a "Baldur's Gate" type of game could show all of the action on the main screen (with no clutter on the edges of the screen), and use the touchscreen to show each character's vitals, equipment, etc.

That being said, if Nintendo really wanted to hit it out of the ballpark with a concept like that, they need to make the console support multiple touchscreens, so that it could support that concept in a multi-player game that, as you said, "brings everyone together". I suspect that Microsoft will get there first, though, since they've already said they want to let people pair their smartphones/tablets with the Xbox.


a BG style real time with pause point and click game could have been fun to see, and gotten a lot of attention from the PC folks. Likewise, MGagic the gathering would be fun too.

MMO's could also work, if they let you put all your abilities on the touchscreen, leaving the main screen reserved for the action. Likewise, a major RTS when you order units via the touchscreen while the main action unfolds on screen, stuff like that. something that just doesn't work with current consoles.

As for a showcase title, F-zero with visuals right out of the speed racer movie, or an HD zelda with some tweaks to the formula could work.
 
2012-06-06 01:25:22 PM

TeDDD: Inigo: Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U breathe new life into its aging Wii concept?

You can almost hear the wheels screeching from the desperate back-pedalling.

The original line was something like "Will Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U controller breathe new life into it's aging Wii console?" Even after the 'corrections', the article seems to describe either a new controller or a new handheld gaming system called the Wii U, what with all the mentions of tiling the Wii U. It's the perfect storm of journalistic ineptitude and Nintendo's lack of impact.

/submitted the story last night
//yes, it did have a better headline


...and even corrected, it still has Nintendo releasing ZombiU and Mass Effect 3.
 
2012-06-06 01:27:05 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: No, it's not. It's really, really not.

PC gaming "growth" has been entirely driven by pay-to-play and social games.

And as more and more casual home PC users move more towards tablets and the like, traditional PC gaming will become even more endangered.


I wouldn't be so sure. The thing which held PC gaming back in previous years was how rapidly the hardware specs would change. You could spend $500 building your own high end PC (or for the rest of us, $1500 to get a pre-made one) and barely a year would pass before having to spend money on new hardware. In the last few years, computer hardware has become far more future proof. IIRC my Acer cost about $600 two years ago, and besides adding a video card it can still handle newer games relatively well with tweaked settings. My family's first PC bought in 1995 didn't have a hope in hell of meeting the minimum system requirements of most software by 1997. Factor in the rise of laptops with their generally lowered specs, and a home desktop with the horsepower to play games is quite affordable.

/AMD Athlon II x4, 4GB of RAM, integrated Radeon 3200
//added a Radeon 6450 with 1GB of RAM this past Christmas
 
2012-06-06 01:43:53 PM

anfrind: That being said, if Nintendo really wanted to hit it out of the ballpark with a concept like that, they need to make the console support multiple touchscreens, so that it could support that concept in a multi-player game that, as you said, "brings everyone together". I suspect that Microsoft will get there first, though, since they've already said they want to let people pair their smartphones/tablets with the Xbox.


It will. They said at the keynote that the console will support up to two Wii Pads, though later at their developer's roundtable they admitted that using a second pad would halve the framerate. I'm assuming that means 30 fps vs the usual 60.
 
2012-06-06 01:59:51 PM

Antimatter: Dafatone: Antimatter: It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.

Isn't that true of pretty much every console launch?

Yes, but there are usually a few showcase games that we get hyped about that show what's possible. Stuff like MGS2, MGS 4, GoW, etc, sold a lot of systems by showing us the jump between last gen and the new one.

Nothing nintendo showed had the same effect.


Gears wasn't a launch title for the 360. It came out a year after launch.

The 360 launched with 18 titles, none of which were all that impressive. Link

People always seem to forget that launch titles suck. And then every time a console launches, it's all "these launch titles suck and this has never happened in a launch before!"
 
2012-06-06 02:18:34 PM

Dafatone: Antimatter: Dafatone: Antimatter: It's a new system, first of the next generation, but wow, they are seriously pushing wii sequels and Ds style games on it. I really think it's capable of so much more, but wonder if it's a tad rushed, resulting in no one really knowing what to do with it.

Isn't that true of pretty much every console launch?

Yes, but there are usually a few showcase games that we get hyped about that show what's possible. Stuff like MGS2, MGS 4, GoW, etc, sold a lot of systems by showing us the jump between last gen and the new one.

Nothing nintendo showed had the same effect.

Gears wasn't a launch title for the 360. It came out a year after launch.

The 360 launched with 18 titles, none of which were all that impressive. Link

People always seem to forget that launch titles suck. And then every time a console launches, it's all "these launch titles suck and this has never happened in a launch before!"


I never said it was. But he had seen the screens, the video, and knew it was coming. It's easy to excuse mediocre if you know something awesome is in the works. Nintendo didn't show any future awesome last night.
 
2012-06-06 02:36:38 PM
My Wii sat gathering dust for two years up until recently. Now they've got Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower. Once those are done it'll go back into the closet. None of those even need motion controls.

/csb
 
2012-06-06 03:27:33 PM

Yuri Futanari: My Wii sat gathering dust


Hey genius, it gathers dust whether you play it or not. It's not a guitar
 
2012-06-06 03:36:35 PM

moothemagiccow: Yuri Futanari: My Wii sat gathering dust

Hey genius, it gathers dust whether you play it or not. It's not a guitar


notsureifserious.jpg
 
2012-06-06 04:04:06 PM
I'm comfortable with that usage for "a mixed bag," especially if it is already used as widely as you say.

Besides, we already have plenty of reasons to hate the author of this article.

/Just my 2 whatever-the-lowest-denomination-of-your-preferred-currency-is
 
2012-06-06 05:25:44 PM

ZeroCorpse: Fair_Poopsmith: To be fair Nintendo hasn't done a particularly good job of making this launch seem like much more than an add-on. I get that it's not... but I'm a Nintendo fanboy and read gaming news every day. And that, all I really AM sure of is that it's more than just an accessory.

shiatty tech writers will always be a reality. Failing to control the message, though, is a huge problem on Nintendo's end.

Seriously. If you want a laugh, just go to Engadget, Joystiq, or Kotaku and do a search for the phrase "a mixed bag." They seriously overuse it, misuse it, and plagiarize it from each other. Not just a little; A lot. A whole farking lot.


See also "insanely" on IO9.
 
2012-06-06 10:04:42 PM
The WiiU launch is starting to remind me of the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast launches. They're rushing the product to market with a promise that we'll see "exciting products in the future." Those consoles were first but did some things very well. Unfortunately for Sega, one of the things they did well was show other developers how to build a better system.
 
2012-06-07 09:33:43 AM
The fanboys have their bowels full of wrath. And ready mounted are they to spit forth their iron indignation against CNN's walls.
 
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