Company president Satoru Iwata, speaking with the London Evening Standard, says that while he doesn’t think Nintendo has made a “blunder”, he does admit that people might be confused with the way the Wii U was unveiled.
“Because we put so much emphasis on the controller, there appeared to be some misunderstandings”, he said. “We should have made more effort to explain how it works.”
“We haven’t made any kind of blunder, but I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller,” Iwata added. “The console is not drastically different, and Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible.”
Man has a point. Even with a trailer that does show serious practical applications for the Wii U’s controller, it’ still tough seeing the point of the Wii U given what’s been shown so far.
It has motion, but then, so did the Wii. It has HD graphics, but then, so have the PS3 and 360 for years. It has a fancy screen in a controller, but that’s mostly been used to show the same kind of gimmicks we witnessed when the DS was first released.
In short, the Wii U is a much tougher sell than the Wii—with its “oh my god you’re moving your arms” schitck—and this week, Nintendo did a poor job selling it. Hopefully this means the next time we see it can be packaged a little better.
(Top photo: Getty)