Whenever a new item in gaming is announced, it's inevitable that there will be some unearned hype around it. Fans and executives will proclaim it to be the biggest thing to appear in the industry - regardless of logic or reasoning. Even still many gamers will be equally skeptical about whether or not the item can deliver - and/or claim that it will eventually fail.
Of course cynicism is largely fueled by past mistakes - a situation in many gamers' eyes with regard to the Wii. But the folks at Nintendo, in particular the Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, remain optimistic that the Wii U will still be a huge hit.
In an interview with Games Blog, Fils-Aime explained that the Big N plans to make an impact by taking full advantage of the double screen feature that the Wii U will utilize. He explained that just making a system and games that are HD compatible had been done before and that they wanted to innovate as well as do their own thing - much like the company did by adding motion control to the Wii:
"We believe that we will yet again disrupt the market the same way we did with DS and Wii."
The Wii certainly did create a lot of waves in the gaming market; though, whether it was for the better or for the worse is a matter of opinion. It certainly did help Nintendo make a unique niche in the gaming world - marching to their own drum rather than following everyone else. One does have to wonder if they could make it by competing directly with Microsoft and Sony - instead of just doing their own thing.
An argument that was often made against that possibility was the lack of third-party support for Nintendo, but the Wii U's development seems to be addressing that problem head-on. Not only are big name titles like Grand Theft Auto V and Ninja Gaiden 3 confirmed for the system - but there's talk of EA's Origin becoming the Wii U's digital distribution service. One has to wonder if it's because of the system's intuitive design that so many companies are working with Nintendo - or if Nintendo is just actively seeking out opportunities to work with others.
Do you think the Wii U will make the impact Reggie claims?
The Wii U will launch sometime in 2012.