It’s probably fair to say that the Wii U has failed to set the world ablaze during its first few months of sales. There seemed to be more excitement and hype created out of a two-hour PlayStation 4 conference in February than in the entire time the Wii U had been announced and released. Still, Nintendo is slowly but surely working on improving the machine and its future. Bringing out patches to speed up the notoriously slow load times is a good start, and Nintendo has followed up with announcing some exciting titles for the coming months, including a lovely upgraded version of The Wind Walker, and a true 3D Mario game.
The gaming legend that is Shigeru Miyamoto was recently interviewed by CNN regarding the current state of the Wii U console, and he said that gamers had a lot to look forward to from the machine. He is however aware of Nintendo’s biggest priority right now. “Our immediate objective over the next few months is to improve the Wii U system and make it a little more stable, a little bit more convenient to use from a system standpoint” he said in the interview.
Miyamoto also compared the launch of the Wii U with that of the original DS handheld, which he says gamers also took a while to ‘get’. He said the touchscreen interface with the Wii U Gamepad controller, combined with the main-screen action on a television, opens up options within games that haven’t previously been possible. “The challenge that we had was if someone wanted to view television, then you couldn’t play games. We wanted to have a second screen for Wii U that would make it possible for people to essentially play games even if something else was on the TV,” Miyamoto said.
The main problem facing the Wii U however remains third-party support, and this is something that the DS pretty much had nailed from the outset. Although most people love Mario and Zelda games, they are unlikely to shell out for a new machine to play them on that doesn’t have any other interesting games to its name. With what has been seen of the PS4 (and surely the new XBOX) wowing pretty much all who see it, most gamers will opt to enter the next generation with only one console, and it increasingly looks unlikely to be manufactured by Nintendo.