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What would it take for you to buy a Wii U?


On this week’s Giant Bombcast the gang was talking about what it would take for each of them to buy a Wii U. As I don’t care for most of what Nintendo’s selling these days and third-party support is all but dead I started to wonder myself. I’m tired of Mario This and Mario That. Even the ‘Year of Luigi’, starring my long-time favorite brother,  hasn’t been enough to get me to buy, well, any of Nintendo’s games. So here’s three quick responses, right from the heart.

Wave Race
What I need is a new Wave Race, one with water on par with the original. It was practically an opponent itself and being able to use momentum to force yourself underwater to shave lap times was brilliant stuff that still hasn’t been matched. I’d even tolerate tilt-only controls just to be able to catch a wave at its peak to go soaring over a blockade and into first place.

Archery and golf (even swordplay and frisbee) were fun for a while but where I spent the most time in Wii Sports Resort was flying around Wuhu Island. Searching for “points of interest” and shooting balloons were more interesting than I expected but there is something deeply satisfying about exploring that island. So basically I want a new Pilotwings with more aerial diversions and a bigger, livelier island to explore. Just off the top of my head I’d like the balancing act of using the GamePad to fly but also having to hold it upright and use it as a camera to take specific photos.

Something Unexpected
The GamePad is a streaming handheld with motion sensors, cameras, a microphone, and loads of buttons that’s capable of running games concurrent with what’s on the TV. There are ideas there that I can’t comprehend, that no one to date has really pulled together. If Nintendo could get iOS developers on board there’s no telling what we’d see. Don’t get all pissy, I hate touchscreen gaming (a lot) but there have been some really clever, highly original iOS games over the past five years that are only possible with that kind of hardware. The potential is huge but the deluge remains dammed.

After today’s Nintendo Direct it seems like my personal system sellers are far, far off if they ever happen at all. And that’s fine, I’m not trying to be down on Nintendo or the Wii U and I have no pro-Sony/Microsoft agenda. Jeff asked what it would take and that’s my answer.

GiantBombLuv is the new GameLuv


I didn’t plan on GameLuv  turning into GiantBombLuv but the site that Gerstmann & Co. built has almost become a driving force in my life lately. Its gamer focused wiki, community of (tens of) thousands, fun list-building tools, and the level boosting Quests have fueled my passion for gaming onto peculiar and exciting tangents. Building the page for Asterix & Obelix XXL2 I wound up hopping all over the site to plug in little bits of my wisdom on a developer page, a character bio, or a release list. It led me right into my next big edit, this time for the Jumping Flash! series. Diving back into the PlayStation classics after sitting around in a box for years was a great surprise and after I finished up the MuuMuu page I finally got the mp3’s I’ve had for half a decade into presentable order. The same thing happened again this past weekend.

I didn’t have any real plans for Sunday aside from “accomplishing something” and I can guarantee I never thought I’d be digging out more PSone discs with Red Dead Redemption still sitting in my 360. But there I was, loading up ESPN Extreme Games and having a hilarious blast as I once again started a new career as a rollerblader and kicked the crap out of everyone in sight, smacked into a few dozen stationary objects, and watched Suzy Kolber ridicule me, all in the name of fleshing out a wiki page. Ok, I also signed up for Goozex and sold my second copy of the game and needed to make sure it was functional but getting profile points from writing about Suzy Kolber was nearly as fun as playing the game again.

And it didn’t stop there as I moved on to Road Rash which I had completely forgotten I even owned a copy of for PSone. That page will require a lot more work but I somehow meandered over to the Vib Ribbon page and, in about an hour, was playing an ISO and digging up ancient txt files in order to write a menu translation guide. I definitely didn’t see that coming, and I love it!

It’s sort of like how my brain works; I know a lot of stuff but I can’t just spill it out without provocation. Ask me something specific about Ranger X or what ArtDink worked on and then I can tell you. Giant Bomb’s huge database gives me just enough focus to get working towards a goal and I never know what old game I’ll be digging out over the weekend. Sure, I may spin off in a few different directions along the way but whether I finish editing a page or not I’m loving these random, surprise trips into my little (half) Room of Doom.