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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    Round 1 00:00:35 – 00:30:58

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:31:50 – 01:00:41

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 01:01:26 – 01:28:23

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:29:04 – 02:01:04

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  • Well, after having listened to the episode, I don't see what all the fuss was about.

    Jeff was probably the only negative-nelly, seemingly to be overly critical about the WiiU a bit more than warranted.

    I felt Garnett was fair, echoing most of my disappointments and coming to the WiiU's defense a bunch of times. And that's the key word, disappointments. With the exception of the criticism of a lack of a DVD player I felt most of the issues the crew had with the WiiU aren't based on being a fanboy of Sony or Ms and bashing on Nintendo, but rather the criticism comes from people who expect so much from Nintendo and long for them to make a triumphant return and recapture the core of what made them great.

    At one stage we were all in love with Nintendo, but the direction they've taken hasn't lined up with where us hardcores have gone. The idea of a Wii HD, a core machine, is thrilling. We get out hopes up. But aside from the second screen (which is a fantastic idea) to me it feels like catch up. They're moving into online gaming, HD, current gen graphics...

    The bottom line is, nothing blows me away. Nothing. The graphics aren't blowing me away, the second screen hasn't blown me away (sure it's got potential but I'm excited by reality, not promises). The ports of games somehow look worse. How can you expect anyone to be thrilled or enthusiastic about the WiiU? It's not showing us anything exciting or thrilling. When I first saw Mario World and Mario Kart, the graphics, the Mode 7, my jaw hit the floor. When I first saw Mario 64 my jaw hit the floor. When I first saw SSBM my jaw hit the floor. Each time I said to myself "I gotta have this, NOW!"

    I see the WiiU and there's none of that. Just a second screen.

    The day might come when the WiiU shows me something that makes me freak the hell out and pull out my wallet. But I don't see it now. And clearly I'm not alone.

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