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This Minute focuses on the Wii U and whether the people it is supposedly designed for — hardcore gamers — actually need or want the Wii U.
Nintendo spent a decent amount of time at its 2011 E3 press conference explaining how the “U” in Wii U represented the hardcore gamer, the gamer that wanted HD graphics, etc. They even said games like Batman: Arkham City would be coming to the Wii U and implied games like Battlefield 3 could make their way to the system too.
While that might initially seem exciting, the question remains whether we need or even want another system that can play Batman or Battlefield. Hardcore gamers already own a PS3 or Xbox 360 and many — if not most — already own both. What would be the point in owning a third system that did practically the same thing as the two systems you already own, that already do practically the same thing as each other?
Sure, a lot of hardcore gamers might not spend much time playing games on the Wii, but at least it was trying to do something different. How many practically-same consoles do gamers actually need? People don’t own two stoves. And while the Xbox 360 and PS3 both have their share of amazing exclusives, both consoles also are pretty much the same. Please note, this is not said in an attempt to start a flame war… but really, when it is all boiled down both consoles are very similar.
Differences and competition are good in the games business, that is for sure – and while the Wii U certainly looks like it could provide some cool, unique experiences the question still remains whether U need one.
What are your thoughts? Do you think hardcore gamers need the Wii U? Are you excited about playing Battlefield 3 on a Wii U? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And if you have a subject you want addressed in a Game Rant, leave it as a comment below and we will do our best to cover everything we can.
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