What We Want From Nintendo's Wii U

By Jonathan Charles | Sep 10, 2012 01:46 PM EDT

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Every time Wii U is unveiled, Nintendo leaves consumers wanting more. At E3 2011, the company announced its new console and told media to return in 2012; during the 2012 E3 conference, Nintendo revealed a few titles, both first- and third-party, but remained mum on a price and release date. Here is what Mobilenapps.com wants from Nintendo's conference this Thursday.

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A price and release date 

The attending media and watching fans will want two pieces of information in New York: a price and a release date. Opening the conference with the information would set Nintendo up for of a confident, and maybe even exciting, event. Nintendo could then move on to services like Miiverse and game titles, rather than opening with the former and spending 15 minutes on a GamePad-enabled version of Batman: Arkham City as it did at E3 2012.

Games that are not Mario

It may sound ludicrous to hear someone not wanting Nintendo to show a Mario game; however, the lukewarm reaction surrounding New Super Mario Bros. 2 for Nintendo 3DS seemingly deflated hype for New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U. The idea of a 2D Mario with the classic items should be universally acclaimed, but the iterative nature of the games is not what New Super Mario Bros. 3 was about. Unique games are important. Nintendo weirdly missed out Project P-100 from Platinum Games at E3. Consumers do not want to see games from 2011 re-releasing on Wii U. Pikmin 3 is a unique title that carves a niche. Nintendo needs to follow that trend.


Miiverse is an interesting concept, expanding on the functionality in Demon's and Dark Souls where players can drop notes for hints, though consumers are yet to know how matchmaking works on Wii U. Using Xbox Live in particular is usually a good quality experience for finding players. Nintendo needs to show its games can get players together quickly, with the functionality to perform other tasks while waiting.

Nintendo's Wii U conference begins on Sept. 13 in New York. Stay here for the up-to-date coverage.

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