Tagged: Wii U

All Nintendo Wii U Box ‘U’ Designs

As far as I’m aware this list is COMPLETE. However, if you know that I have missed any, PLEASE let me know and I will add it!

Incomplete list of sources:

https://www.reddit.com/r/wiiu/comments/26ge4s/the_us_of_wii_u_all_special_u_designs_on_wii_u/
huge thanks to u/Golden_tears on reddit for compiling a huge chunk of these

https://consolevariations.com/database/nintendo/nintendo-wii-u
This is the list I used to figure out what all the box variations were and yes I checked them all, if it’s “missing” here it’s because it has the same design as one of the ones above

Unfortunately I compiled these images awhile ago and didn’t keep track of my sources but I did use google images, youtube unboxing videos, and ebay and yahoo auctions listings in order to find them all. Some of them took forever (read: 15 minutes) to track down!

Also worth noting is that there are some special Wii U boxes in Japan without U logos  – Dragon Quest X and Monster Hunter 3G HD were the two I found, but I didn’t check every box in every region so there may be more.

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Thanks for witnessing!

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

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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.

Pilotwings
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.

My Wii U excitement level in list form

Of all the stuff I could say about the Wii U that we learned today, the most telling for me is this list of “launch window” software which covers nearly the first six months of the platform’s existence.  Never, has a list of games been so long and had so little to entice me. I could edit this and then post it but I’m going to go down this list right now and embolden the games I’d honestly buy if I had a Wii U and see what it looks like by the end.

  • NBA 2K13 (2K Sports)
  • Jett Tailfin (Maximum Games)
  • Madden NFL 13 (EA)
  • EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 (EA)
  • Mass Effect 3 (EA)
  • Toki Tori 2 (two tribes)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)
  • Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
  • Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft)
  • Rabbids Land (Ubisoft)
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman Legends (Ubisoft)
  • Sports Connection (Ubisoft)
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft)
  • Nano Assault Neo (Shin’En)
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines (Sega)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars: Racing Transformed (Sega)
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte)
  • Tank! Tank! Tank! (Namco)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco)
  • Wheel of Fortune (THQ)
  • Jeopardy (THQ)
  • Darksiders 2 (THQ)
  • Funky Barn (505 Games)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision)
  • 007 Legends (Activision)
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 (Activision)
  • Wipeout 3 (Activision)
  • Skylanders Giants (Activision)
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing (Activision)
  • Transformers Prime (Activision)
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney Interactive)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited (WB Games)
  • Game Party Champions (WB Games)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (WB Games)
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games)
  • Ben 10: Omniverse (D3 Publisher)
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game (D3 Publisher)
  • Family Party: 30 Great games Obstacle Arcade (D3 Publisher)
  • Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii U (Nintendo)
  • Game & Wario (Nintendo)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (Nintendo)
  • Sing Party (Nintendo)
  • Nintendo Land (Nintendo)
  • Wii Fit U (Nintendo)
  • The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo)
  • Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)

Yup, that’s about what I thought. If it’s not a port that I could have played on a console I already own, it’s something unappealing. The emphasis on online and entertainment features does have me hopeful that Nintendo will do more to nurture the eShop this time around. Still, I’m not expecting anything stupendously original on that service for at least the first year and surely not enough to bring me to buy the console.  For now I’ll continue to teeter awkwardly on this pointy fence.

E3’11: Thoughts on Wii U

I think it looks like a handbag :/

Let’s cut right to it since I’m so many days late in getting this posted anyways: nothing outside of Wii U from Nintendo’s press conference was of any interest to me. Ok, ok, a couple 3DS games looked neat but it was Wii U — which was revealed to me by way of twitter as I was sending Katy off to Europe — that was obviously the big news.

Living up to many of the rumors, the controller wasn’t a huge surprise but the silence over the console itself was. Is this just a Wii? Is it a slightly enhanced Wii? Is there another new, non-WiiPad controller coming? Nintendo has since admitted that the whole showing was confusing and didn’t get across everything they were going for. It’s almost MORE interesting than what they did show; that being a bunch of glorified tech demos.

Still, the potential was easy to see. Once again Nintendo has made what will probably be the most unique party game experience with one player on the WiiPad and others (up to 4) using Wii Remotes. The virtual spaces that the gyroscope-enabled WiiPad lets you interact with was also a mindblowing display. While the TV displays the “straight ahead” view, the Shield Pose demo let you look 360-degrees around you with the WiiPad held up in front of you. The hardware itself has some surprises of its own, able to stream the game directly to the WiiPad to play in bed, on the toilet, or when someone else wants to use the TV. In a great throwback to the 3DO it even has its own volume slider and headphone port along with a touch screen stylus, dual analog sticks, and ergonomic grip on the back that conveniently acts as a stand.

it ALSO only does damn near everything!

The problem? Price. That’s a Sony caliber product right there with tons of tech inside that can’t come cheap. And that’s just the controller. I personally think the console itself is going to be a minimally enhanced Wii with little more than some HD outputs, basic wifi and a little flash memory. They’re finally falling in step with HD but the big draw is clearly in what the new controller can do, not how astounding the games look.

They also promised loads of third-party support and showed a couple demos but the WiiPad’s features could just as easily dissuade developers from the investment it takes to bring their PS3 and 360 games to Wii U. Where the Wii brought us a bunch of shallow minigame collections we may wind up with PS3 and 360 ports that limply slap on map/inventory support for the touch screen and ship it out the door.

Like most, I wasn’t sure what to make of this thing at first but in the days since E3 opened I’ve come around on Wii U. I like touch screens and analog sticks way better than Wii Remotes and motion controls like PS Move and Kinect so they’ve got me on the physical interface. I’m not the biggest fan of Nintendo’s IPs anymore so they still need to find some games I care about but I don’t outright hate this thing! And after the last few years of being bummed out over the Wii that may be the biggest surprise of E3.