News: VentureBeat ‘Disappointed’ With Wii U

Online technology blog VentureBeat has delivered its verdict on the Wii U after going hands-on with the system in Los Angeles during E3.

Unfortunately, the writer wasn’t best pleased with Nintendo’s upcoming system, claiming that its single processor won’t be enough to provide quality multiplayer experiences which make use of two Wii U GamePads, and stating that the ability to use four Wii Remotes alongside the GamePad is just Nintendo’s way of covering up the console’s inability to stream to more than one of the new controllers at launch.

“Nintendo only showed games with one GamePad controller and the TV [at E3]. Most games out there, if you’re in a social setting, you want two controllers. Nintendo didn’t show any games that do that. They admitted in a Q&A that the games are going to run slower if you use two GamePads and playing on a main display. That’s a fairly big issue for them.”

Nintendo has confirmed that games which support two GamePads will release “some time” after launch, so there’s still plenty of time for the developer to streamline the system via the firmware updates and the like.

They made a good case that you can play with one controller and multiple Wii controllers, what they call asymmetric gaming where one person is looking at the small tablet screen and trying to deploy zombies while the people playing with the controllers were all on the main screen. You come up with very creative, different kinds of games where it’s on against four, or one person going online. They tried to justify and turn into an advantage this major weakness of the Wii U, but I think a lot of people saw this as a weakness.

“They may have had a good one in ZombieU, but in the demos it didn’t necessarily play that well. Nintendo came up as a pretty big disappointment at E3.”

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the same blog think that Nintendo should stop producing consoles and release its games on Microsoft and Sony’s Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network services, so it’d be wise to take their opinions with a pinch of salt.


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