Weekend Confirmed 130 - Wii U, Mark of the Ninja, Borderlands 2

by Jeff Mattas, Sep 14, 2012 11:00am PDT

Garnett Lee is joined by "Indie" Jeff Mattas and regular guest Andrea Rene for another round of Weekend Confirmed. On the docket this week are a number of topics surrounding the recent Wii U launch announcements, including some debate about pricing, the strength of its launch title lineup, and who Nintendo is courting as the console's core audience. Developer Klei's Mark of the Ninja gets some universal admiration from the crew, as well. Jeff has to skip out before the last segment, and Garnett and Andrea pull everything together with some early impressions of Borderlands 2 and, of course, Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 130: 09/14/2012

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  • A lot of the discussion in here makes me think Wii U may have a chance. At first I didn't give it much of a chance, but I'm more willing to see how it plays out.

    First, I don't look at the Wii as a "gamer" console. When we bought ours, I was 38, with two 8 yr olds and a 5 yr old. Within a year, every family like ours had one and even a majority of the couples without kids we knew had one. We pretty much all bought one for the gimmick of the motion control. Everyone played bowling at someone's house, where you acted like you were 'throwing' the ball and it was so much fun as a party game they bought one too for Wii Sports. A few folks I knew bought Guitar Hero (another gimmick game) and that was about it. The point in all of that is everyone I knew who owned one, couldn't tell you who made a XBOX or PS3 and they didn't play games on the PC. They were basically non-gamers and after the gimmick wore off, the Wii started collecting dust. My guess is the Wii craze at that time was made up of a lot of families and couples like the ones I knew. We bought a lot of kids titles, but I stuck with gaming on the PC. My first thought was that Wii U would not get 90% of them to upgrade and buy a Wii U and I don't see the game pad catching fire as the gimmick that sells Wii U. But, we'll see on that one, maybe I'm wrong and this will be the next great gimmick every kid has to have and it will be a huge hit. Like I said, 90% of the families and couples I know who had a Wii will not buy a WiiU, but that doesn't mean there are not a billion other people/families out there who are looking to buy their first console, like we did 4 years ago.

    Nintendo is very good at marketing to families and kids and, in my opinion, that is better for their bottom line than pushing the fact that you can play COD now on a Nintendo product. In fact, you wouldn't believe some of the comments I got from some of the other parents we know, who owned a Wii, when we said we were buying an XBOX. The fact that they know nothing more than what they see as they cruise the game isle with their kids at Wal Mart and compare game titles and box covers between Wii and XBOX/PS3 means nothing to them, they've got their opinion as to how violent and bloody the games are for one group and 'family friendly' they are for the other.

    Add the 'hardcore' market who buy everything and the Nintendo fans and this thing has the possibility to be big. Only time will tell and to dismiss it simply because if does nothing more than today's XBOX/PS3 leaves out a lot of other factors leading to it's success or failure.

    Just the rambling of a 42-yr old ex-gamer with 3 kids, full time job and not enough time to play in peace anymore.