Originally Posted by SithCeNtZ
I thought about waiting in line for one, but I just couldn't pull the trigger. There just isn't anything to get all that excited about. To me, this is going to go the exact same way the Wii went. You get it, you think wow I can see tons of uses for this controller as you play the tech demo(nintendo land instead of wii sports), and then it never becomes anything more than a gimmick. There is one AAA title launching and not only is it basically the same Mario you have played 1000 times, the wii u pad is used to...draw some blocks? Awesome. All that time to find something creative to use the pad for and we get drawing blocks and other small interactions. Yawn. Sure, it would be nice to have one for the occasional great title like Zelda, but for the most part people are still going to buy cross platform releases on the other more powerful systems.
What's disappointing about the Wii is that we never got to see it's potential until the console was already irrelevant. The release of Wii-Motion Plus technology shed light on the true capabilities, the use of Wii-Motion Plus in Skyward Sword completely immersed the user in the game's combat system. The wii-mote was the sword, the nunchuk worked as the bow, and each item was utilized by the motion system in the innovative way. The system went over so well that Eurogamer compared its importance to the groundbreaking use of the analoge stick in Mario 64. Hailed as the Game of the Year by many publications, for those who haven't played it, I'd recommend the game to everybody. (It falls just after Ocarina of Time for my favorite Zelda game.)
A review that still stands out to me was one that pointed out that had a title like this accompanied the Wii's launch, the system could have avoided the majority of it's shovelware and inspired third party titles to truly pursue the console's limits, and many reviewers lamented that this title had to arise months after the Wii was declared a dead console (Thereby limiting its sales and userbase.)
Applying this analysis to the Wii U, the question becomes whether the Wii U has launched with games that go the extra mile to explore its potential. If it does, third parties could jump on and we could see truly innovative and enjoyable content with the system, but, if not, we could see a rehash of the shovelware laden gimmicks that plagued the Wii.