After months of waiting and wondering, we’re now counting down the weeks until Nintendo’s next generation console, the Wii U, is released.
While some gamers are more interest in waiting for the next generation of Microsoft console, the Xbox 720, or the Sony PS4, Nintendo’s US boss says the Wii U will be the console of choice for years to come.
In an interview Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, argued that the Wii U has the edge needed to remain competitive over a long lifespan.
Speaking with The Seattle Times, he said:
“It’s based on having great graphics and, it’s based on having a robust online execution,”
“We believe that this system is going to have a very long life, and it’s going to be very well supported by third-party publishers.”
Are PS4 and Xbox 720 a threat to the Wii U?
When asked whether the new Nintendo console will be able to hold on to its market share against the Xbox 720 and PS4, Fils-Aime seemed a little more uncertain, arguing that this would depend on the range of features each had to offer.
“Once you talk about what that is, we can probably fend it off,”
Commenting on the possibility of Microsoft adding AR glasses into the mix for the Xbox 720, Fils-Aime appeared unfazed, saying:
“Tell me if 3D TVs with goggles have worked so far.”
Wii U: Will social networking be its USP?
The Nintendo America boss also said that the console’s biggest selling feature will be new social networking facilities embodied in the MiiVerse.
These will allow those playing online to appear as their respective Miis, with bubbles displaying their current updates, messages and even pictures in real time. Explaining further, Fils-Aime said:
“As the network grows and the installed base grows, it will prove to be a true killer application for the system, and I say this loving what we have done with Nintendo TVii and loving all the games.”
“Miiverse is going to be embedded right on the game platform, so literally some of the activity will be able to happen immediately as people experience it.”
With pre-sales of the console set to be strong, and anticipation mounting for the launch, the Wii U will no doubt make its mark on the console market. Just how much of a mark it maekes, is up for debate. What do you reckon? Comments below please!
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