Now that we know all the details, what do you think of the initial launch details of the Wii U? I think the difference between the basic and deluxe bundles are well worth the extra $50. I was right on the money with my guess about the November 18th launch, which fits what Nintendo has done in the past, and I think New Super Mario Bros. U looks great. While I still say it’s playing it a bit safe, for $350 the Wii U looks more compelling to me now than it did at E3 a few months back. I think including Nintendo Land was a very smart move because it’s just a bit too casual-oriented for the core to purchase on its own. I also really enjoyed what I saw with Nintendo TVii. That’s intriguing because it connects so many different services together in one simple to use package.
Nintendo says there will be 50 games released between November 18th and the end of March 2012, but my concern is that virtually all of these games have already been released or will be available on other platforms. For example, Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders II, etc. have already been released, and if you own a PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360 are you willing to give up your friends for the Wii U version? This is one of the biggest hurdles facing the Wii U at launch, but thanks to a new Mario I think it will do very well this year.
Looking towards the future I’m pleased to see Nintendo actively trying to court third parties. It’s nice to see them publish Bayonetta 2, and who knows what else is coming up in the pipeline. I personally really want to see what Nintendo has in-store for us from their first-party studios.
As of right now I think they nailed the price-point for what they’re offering. $350 for a system that offer HD videogame, an interesting entertainment hub, and an intriguing online network on top of the extra storage plus Nintendo Land mean I believe I’ll be there on day one. The question is, will you?