The iPhone 5 was not the only hi-tech gadget that racked up massive pre-orders, Nintendo’s new Wii U gaming console are already nearly sold out of pre-orders at online retailers across the United States. The Wii U will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 18th and with the holiday season beginning around the same time, the chances of purchasing one in store is slim – extremely slim. We were able to spend some hands-on time with the Wii U in New York a few weeks ago and couldn’t help but be impressed by what the Nintendo Wii U has to offer. Nintendo’s original Wii managed to create a console that was used – and loved – by causal gamers (at the time an untapped market). With the Wii U, Nintendo is betting that families will be willing to upgrade to the new hardware, while also hoping to bring some of hardcore gamers they lost to Sony and Microsoft. The fact that it is already selling out – less than two months ahead of its release – shows that there are lots and lots of customers that still love Nintendo.
Afraid that the Wii U is just one big hype monster? Well, before you set your mind on not pre-ordering one and regretting it closer to its launch, check out our reasons why we are excited for the Wii U.
Does More Than Just Play Video Games
Sure, watching you favorite movies and TV shows on your home gaming console is nothing revolutionary but the Wii U will let you manage all your multimedia needs straight from your GamePad. Nintendo TVii integrates Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon video and even your DVR into one simple interface allowing users to search for available movies and TV shows with ease. Acting as a remote control, the Wii U GamePad will allow multiple profiles to save all of their favorite shows as well as recommend new content based upon there preferences. Watching a sports game? The Wii U GamePad screen will display up to date statistics while you watch the game on your television. Browsing the service will also allow you check on what your friends are watching and even schedule a Tivo recording. Nintendo TVii also includes Twitter, Facebook, IMDB, and Wikipedia integration.
U Are the Center of the Miiverse
We can all pretty much admit that we’ve not played with ourselves.. we mean our Miis in a while. Nintendo hopes to rekindle our interest in our Miis with Miiverse – an online gaming community that lets you share experiences, discuss games and discover new content with gamers from around the world. Players can send text messages as well as drawings and images with the opportunity to share screenshots from a game on a wall. In addition to real-time communication, Miiverse will also allow for in-game posting, so you can leave messages and tips for friends who might play a particular game later. Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will support Miiverse, although it will not be available upon launch. The network will also be accessible through your PC or smartphone via a Miiverse web app. Miiverse is one of the headline features and will be heavily monitored for offensive language and images. So far the speculation had been that it can take as long as a few hours for your post to show up. A functional online interface is way overdue, but early indications about this and the system’s eShop suggest potentially good things for taking Wii U online.