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Wii Street U Uses Google Maps to Create 'An Immersive Experience' (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the we-would-love-to-love-you-again-because-you're-a-good-old-friend dept.

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Nintendo says, "With Wii Street U powered by Google, you can step into Google Street View with an immersive experience that feels like you’re actually there! View a 360-degree Google Maps Street View of locations all over the world using the Wii U GamePad motion controls. Use the GamePad touch screen to type in an address or location and explore, or instantly travel to over 70 fascinating, hand-picked locations around the globe." It all looks lovely, but can't we do most of this with Android phones? And couldn't a smart developer make the Google Street View Android phone experience even more immersive, so we wouldn't all need to buy a Wii U? Nintendo, we love you, but the Wii U still looks pretty dead unless it gets some major rethinking, and this Street View app doesn't seem to be it.

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I like my wii-u (4, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43864403)

I'm almost certain to not buy any other consoles this generation, and I like my Wii-U, but this app is really lame. The "tablet as window" input paradigm is kinda clever, but also not worth the physical effort involved. Oculus rift looks like a better approach to this same concept. I'd rather see street view with that.

Re:I like my wii-u (2, Informative)

medv4380 (1604309) | about a year ago | (#43864611)

It's a cute little app that's interesting for all of about 5 min.

Re:I like my wii-u (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865291)

A childs Atlas is a cute little book that's interesting for 5 min.

I don't know what people expect this to be. Why is google maps supposed to be the killer app for every smartdevice? Outside of driving directions, it's generally pretty useless.

I mean, wow, pictures of the Eiffel tower. Now I don't need to visit France, I suppose.

Re:I like my wii-u (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43870431)

When I was a child I was amused with an (not that small) atlas for months!

Now I'm not. This street view can be quite interesting for a child for a long time.

   

Re:I like my wii-u (1)

rwv (1636355) | about a year ago | (#43866509)

I played with this for 5 minutes at PAX East in March. I'd echo that 5 minutes was a perfect amount of time to experience this program. One thing I did that I've never seen on the real StreetView, was that I found I could actually go into one of the stores (Gnommon Copy, or something) in Cambridge's Harvard Square area. The BuildingView integration with StreetView was definitely neat.

Re:I like my wii-u (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | about a year ago | (#43868073)

I don't know how slow it is so I don't know if this is possible but what I'd love is the ability to defend my own street from zombies, help a team of my friends defend famous places, and stand outside and laugh while I don't defend my exgirlfriend's house.

Re:I like my wii-u (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43888195)

http://oculusstreetview.eu.pn/

Why not play games instead? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864431)

>the Wii U still looks pretty dead unless it gets some major rethinking, and this Street View app doesn't seem to be it.

Yes a video game system with only Google Maps would suck.

That's why I'm playing the free Rayman Legend Challenges App and Tank Tank Tank!

Not to mention Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Super Mario Wii U.

Re:Why not play games instead? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#43869523)

Hmm. No Sports, no Call of Duty, no Browser, App, or TV. You've just identified yourself as not anyone's target demographic.

Re:Why not play games instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43870333)

no Call of Duty

Please hand in your geek card.
Oh, and your brain card.

Re:Why not play games instead? (1)

gameboyhippo (827141) | about a year ago | (#43873047)

What if I told you, I've never played Call of Duty. Call of Duty is clearly a poor man's "Valkyria Chronicles".

Re:Why not play games instead? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#43871319)

Yes a video game system with only Google Maps would suck.

I would pay for a video game system built into a force feedback wheel that let you race on streets in Google Maps, but they'd have to improve their road-sensing considerably. It needs to emulate the actual dips and bumps.

Android fanboy detected (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864467)

And couldn't a smart developer make the Google Street View Android phone experience even more immersive, so we wouldn't all need to buy a Wii U?

For all the non-Android phone owners out there, it would still require us to buy an Android smartphone.

Fanboy logic fails again.

Re:Android fanboy detected (2)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43864617)

I don't know about you, but I find it very hard to have an "immersive" experience on something the size of a phone.

Re:Android fanboy detected (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#43869549)

"Size of a phone"
Hmm, I'm having a problem with this unit. Could you translate it to something like Fortnights times Domestic Laden Swallow Velocity at Sea Level?

Re:Android fanboy detected (1)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43871223)

Best I can do for you is about .5 of a European Swallow, unladen, and .435 of a laden swallow. If you wanted the data for an African Swallow, well, you're just SOL.

Immersive ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864481)

I call bullshit. unseen.

Why hate on Wii U? (2)

a_big_favor (2550262) | about a year ago | (#43864557)

I saw a video and assumed this was another Slashdot advertisement disguised as a story but surprise! Why all the Wii U hate?

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (2)

Rougement (975188) | about a year ago | (#43864873)

Who knows? I like my Wii U but it certainly isn't perfect. Now that the other two consoles have shown their hands, expect the hate to be redirected shortly.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865113)

It's because everyone here loves Sony and Microsoft!

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (2)

AdamHaun (43173) | about a year ago | (#43866167)

Why all the Wii U hate?

It's not just Wii U hate. The console wars are as old as consoles themselves. Buying a console costs a lot of money and limits your choice of games, which is a big emotional investment. People like to defend their purchasing choices, and are often unpleasant about it. Aside from that, there are some specific factors relevant to the new generation and Slashdot in particular:

* Anti-Microsoft sentiment from Windows spills over onto the XBox.
* Anti-Sony sentiment from ongoing IP-related arguments spills over onto the PS3.
* Anything that involves DRM of any kind causes a fuss.
* Slashdot has a lot of gadget geeks who want to use game consoles for things other than gaming. They tend to overestimate the importance of non-gaming features.
* The Wii (and Wii U) are "casual" gaming platforms for "casual" gamers. The (somewhat artificial) distinction between "casual" and "hardcore" gamers is hugely controversial and bitterly fought over. This also comes into play when people bring up tablet and smartphone gaming.
* New consoles normally only have one or two good games on launch. Marketers have to sell the consoles by talking up the hardware and non-gaming features to their chosen target audience. This ties in with everything I already mentioned.
* The success or failure of a console is determined by whether third-party companies decide to support it. Perceived success is very important here. There's a lot of money on the line for the manufacturers and the people who paid top dollar for the new consoles.
* In previous generations, we all argued over which console was best. This time, we're arguing over which console is least bad.

In most generations, there's a clear winner in terms of sales and games. Most recently, the Wii won on sales by selling a ton of units to casual gamers while the PS3 and X360 split the hardcore market. The question today is, can the Wii U repeat that tactic? And can either the PS4 or X1 gain an advantage over the other? With similar hardware and lots of cross-platform games, the manufacturers are clearly hoping that non-gaming features will be a deciding factor. It's happened before -- the PS2's ability to play DVDs was a huge selling point -- but seems unlikely to happen again. As usual, it'll almost certainly come down to the games. If this console generation does poorly, we might see a resurgence of PC gaming.

Personal opinion: As someone who's been playing PC and console games since about 1990, I'm not very interested in the Wii U. Ever since the N64 Nintendo has mostly relied on their own games to push their platforms, and there's only so many times I can play Mario, Zelda, and Metroid before I get bored. And the foray into motion control is very gimmicky to me. I would like to see more PC-focused games. The biggest difference between consoles and PCs is the controls, and there's a lot you can do with a keyboard and mouse that just doesn't work on a gamepad.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (3, Insightful)

rsborg (111459) | about a year ago | (#43866349)

* Anti-Microsoft sentiment from Windows spills over onto the XBox.

Really, if so, it's just lazyness on the part of the complainer. There's plenty of annoyances/stupidity that Microsoft has done directly with Xbox that deserves scorn. Examples: RROD, requiring Xbox live subscription to use Netflix, requiring stupid "points" to buy stuff, etc.

Anti-Sony sentiment from ongoing IP-related arguments spills over onto the PS3.

Is the rootkit on cd an "IP-related argument"? How about Sony losing their customer records?

A company putting out a decent product that makes missteps or show character issues like the above examples still deserves scorn and criticism. Haters who kick a dead horse repeatedly should be hellbanned.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (1)

Xest (935314) | about a year ago | (#43870067)

"* Anything that involves DRM of any kind causes a fuss."

Not really, DRM in Steam gets a free pass on Slashdot.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | about a year ago | (#43872637)

People complain about Steam being DRM all the time. Here are some examples from the last Wii U story:

http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3493225&cid=43007183 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3493225&cid=43007729 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3493225&cid=43012915 [slashdot.org]

That being said, Steam is very popular because it's very unobtrusive and almost never causes problems.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (1)

Xest (935314) | about a year ago | (#43873463)

Sure but only one of those hit +5 and the one that did said it was "pleasant". I'd hardly say that isn't giving it a free ride, especially compared to the number of criticisms of Steam that always get downmodded. I'm not saying people don't criticise it, just that when they do they're nearly always slapped right down even if they're legitimately complaining and stick to the facts. I still remember when Steam started regional pricing, and when some people bought CoD Steam codes one year from one country and activated them in another only for Valve to remove their access despite it being a legitimate purchase. If EA or Activision did these things there'd be massive drama here, but when Valve did them people were actively defending it.

"That being said, Steam is very popular because it's very unobtrusive and almost never causes problems."

It always starts updating and using my bandwidth when I don't want it to and I've had a number of issues with DRM on it ranging from not being able to play Dawn of War II which I bought a physical copy of but required Steam activation because their servers rejected activation for a few days, to Defcon randomly only working in a trial manner, to a couple of games not playing at all in the past when their servers have randomly just said no for some god unknown reason.

There are fanboys all across the net, Apple, Sony, Google, even Microsoft, but there are also Valve fanboys and Slashdot is their hive. That's okay, people have their opinions, but it's a combination of the hypocrisy and the change of opinion here that's annoying. The same people who are quick to attack DRM if EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Microsoft or Sony do it are the same ones who nonsensically and hypocritically defend it from Valve. It's sad because there was a time when Slashdot recognised the problems with DRM universally and was very vocal about it whoever it was from, but it's a genuinely successful pursuit of the slippery slope, because although DRM by it's inherent nature always offers a worse scenario for the end user than no DRM, it's become deemed acceptable from some vendors. As such it's no wonder the likes of EA et. al. are trying to push it further - because the weak minded fools defending it in the likes of Steam have deemed it acceptable there, companies are going to continue to try and tighten the noose further when in reality we should still be pushing for no DRM at all because still, to this very day, all it does is harm legitimate customers.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866267)

Yup, makes it seem like the article has all the criticism. However, it's Roblimo's comments. Nice of him not to start a new paragraph.

I don't have a Wii U and don't know yet whether or not I will buy one. And I don't really care one way or another. But this criticism is mis-placed in this particular story.

I used to love this place, now it's more fun to troll than to actually contribute anything. And I no longer post under my username, because I don't care.

Re: Why hate on Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866521)

Too many stories.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43873023)

Given that it did not contain the typical <quote></quote> block immediately after a submitter's name, seemed obvious to me that anything not in quotes was all Roblimo's words.

Re:Why hate on Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866947)

"I saw a video and assumed this was another Slashdot advertisement disguised as a story but surprise! Why all the Wii U hate?"

If we're positive about something, it's an ad -- and offends someone. If we're negative, it still offends someone.

Gotta love it...

This app is silly. (1)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43864581)

It may be a fun little time waster like spinning the globe on the Wii Weather Channel, but this is far from a killer app.

That aside... the Wii U's far from dead. If anything I'd say it hasn't even lived yet. What it needs are games, first party, be they classic IPs or new ones. It's a game console, guys. Give us some good games and you can take all my money.

Re:This app is silly. (2)

Time_Ngler (564671) | about a year ago | (#43864821)

The Wii U is doing pretty poorly. Even the original Wii is outselling it.

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/14/pachter-wii-u-sales-hit-55-000-in-april-20-000-below-wii/ [joystiq.com]

Re:This app is silly. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865085)

Even the original Wii is outselling it.

I'm not sure how relevant that is. The top comment on that link shows that the PS2 outsold the PS3 for quite a while immediately after the PS3 was released, and the PS3 didn't die.

My guess is that people keep buying the old generation console until there are enough major games that only run on the new one. There aren't that many major titles for the Wii-U yet, so I wouldn't say its sales are too surprising.

Re:This app is silly. (2)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43868767)

Even the original Wii is outselling it.

I'm not sure how relevant that is. The top comment on that link shows that the PS2 outsold the PS3 for quite a while immediately after the PS3 was released, and the PS3 didn't die.

My guess is that people keep buying the old generation console until there are enough major games that only run on the new one. There aren't that many major titles for the Wii-U yet, so I wouldn't say its sales are too surprising.

Quoted to reiterate what AC said.

Re:This app is silly. (2)

hackula (2596247) | about a year ago | (#43865361)

Get a new SSB out and it will sell like hot cakes.

Re:This app is silly. (2)

vux984 (928602) | about a year ago | (#43866107)

That aside... the Wii U's far from dead. If anything I'd say it hasn't even lived yet. What it needs are games, first party, be they classic IPs or new ones. It's a game console, guys. Give us some good games and you can take all my money.

Agreed. Its having a similar start as the 3DS did. Its only real weakness is the dearth of good games. Even looking through what's coming out, its a bit weak.

I've got one, and the family like it a lot for what it is. We've got nintendoland, super mario, skylanders giants, batman, and lego city undercover.

I'm looking forward to the DLC update to mario "New Super Luigi U", along with Pikman 3. I know the kids will want the next skylanders installment which has been announced along with Yarn Yoshi, given how much they liked the Kirby yarn title for the Wii.

The re-release of Windwaker in HD will be great for players who missed Windwaker on Gamecube, but I'm not sure I'd buy it myself having already finished the original.

There is also another new Zelda title in the works, that will likely be a must-buy for me.

If you skipped the Wii the Wii-U is good value, being backwards compatible. But otherwise, its still a bit weak.

I'd love to see a new Fire Emblem strategy game, or a BattleToads. Could do some great stuff with the touch screen controller there. The console lacks a good Kart racing game , ssbb title. FZero's been away for a while too now. And another good metroid outing is due. I'm hoping the planned Eternal Darkness "spiritual successor" shows up as well.

And there's always room for new franchises.

Re:This app is silly. (1)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43868761)

Nintendo's been like this for a while now, for most of their launches- short on good launch titles, but picking up steam usually within a year of release. You're right in comparing it to the 3DS, which now has too many games for me to afford, compared to when I first bought it, and only one game seemed even remotely interesting.

You list a lot of good games required- Mario Kart will undoubtedly be included, SSB will not only be included but cross-compatible with the 3DS version I hear, F-Zero's in the works, we're due for Metroid, and there are several studios interested in bringing back Starfox. Right now it's pretty empty, but give it some time and we'll see what Nintendo can do.

And if you haven't already, for the love of all that is holy, pick up Fire Emblem Awakening. Easily the best in the series with fantastic writing, blew me away with just how good it was.

Safe for kids? (2)

dmomo (256005) | about a year ago | (#43864631)

Is the contributed data public? I can just imagine a 6 year old saying: "Hey, strangers! This is my location. Here is a picture of me in my living room, playing with the Wii U!"

Re:Safe for kids? (1)

vux984 (928602) | about a year ago | (#43865637)

Do you have any idea at all at just how much effort Nintendo has put in towards making their online interactions kid-safe? It actually blows my mind.

The new 'social area' on the home screen, lets you post questions, comments, and even freehand doodles... and they pop up on other peoples wii-u.

Any normal person would have expected it to be just a constant stream of pictures of cocks and cleverly slightly obfuscated vulgarity... but its not. I don't know how they did it, and its actually pretty impressive. Props to N for that.

But I do feel sorry for the guy whose job it is to reject submitted cock doodles all day though.

I'm glad to see this (1, Insightful)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year ago | (#43864679)

...and I don't mean street view. I'm glad to see Nintendo get the spanking they deserve on the Wii U. They need to step up, stop reshoveling the same old franchises and strategy. Your games are getting old, stop betting the farm on them every gen, branch out and CREATE SOMETHING. Make some awesome games, or you deserve what you're getting.

Re:I'm glad to see this (3, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#43864811)

...and I don't mean street view. I'm glad to see Nintendo get the spanking they deserve on the Wii U. They need to step up, stop reshoveling the same old franchises and strategy. Your games are getting old, stop betting the farm on them every gen, branch out and CREATE SOMETHING. Make some awesome games, or you deserve what you're getting.

I'd be happier about it if I thought that Nintendo were getting spanked for some reason other than the fact that they aren't releasing Mario Sequel X: HD Polygons as quickly and effectively as Microsoft and Sony are shoveling out their respective franchise warm-overs, and failing to get EA on board for FIFA 20-something-or-other-who-gives-a-fuck: Roster update edition...

Re:I'm glad to see this (1)

Xest (935314) | about a year ago | (#43870139)

"I'd be happier about it if I thought that Nintendo were getting spanked for some reason other than the fact that they aren't releasing Mario Sequel X: HD Polygons as quickly and effectively as Microsoft and Sony are shoveling out their respective franchise warm-overs"

The difference is that Mario has been effectively the same game for about 30 years, whilst games like Halo and so forth at least have distinctly new story lines with distinctly new environments each time. That's why Nintendo is getting bitched at, because they're not just releasing a new iteration of the same franchise, they're releasing pretty much the exact same fucking game each time. Yes I know you can come up with absurdly weak arguments like "But Halo is just a shooter each year!" and ignore the fact that new multiplayer maps, new storyline, new environments is still infinitely more new content than Mario gets each time it's remade but it's silly because the amount of innovation and efforts put into rehashes at Nintendo with it's franchises is still clearly far less than that of it's competitors and that's the problem.

"and failing to get EA on board for FIFA 20-something-or-other-who-gives-a-fuck: Roster update edition..."

Where who-gives-a-fuck is one of the most numerous and profitable segments of the gaming market. FIFA isn't my thing but it's a top 3 or so selling game every single year so it's not surprising that there is demand given the popularity of such titles.

So the problem is effectively that Nintendo is doing nothing new with it's existing franchises rehashing the same old game over and over, whilst failing to get some of the most popular non-Nintendo franchises on board. Not surprisingly, that is why people are saying "What's the point of the Wii U?".

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864883)

I agree and disagree. The Wii-U just doesn't have enough for me to take the plunge, there's none of their first-party games that are really worth a damn, none of the big block-buster titles that, in your words, are getting old.

Those are the same titles that third-party publishers must compete against, and Nintendo is still really good at making games. I would argue they did create something with the Wii, they took the familiar (Metroid and Zelda come to mind) formula for the games, and expanded on them using the Wiimote. Skyward sword was a pain in the ass due to inaccurate controls with pointing and waving from a distance, but all the general wide movements for sword hacking worked just fine. Metroid Prime 3 actually worked well with the wiimote in my opinion. Mario Kart with a no-kidding steering wheel was also pretty fun. With only minor input changes it still has a different feel than the re-churn of CoD/MoH or NCAA/NFL/NHL/FIFA 20xx game.

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864911)

You mean like CoD? Wait, what?

Re:I'm glad to see this (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year ago | (#43864953)

What do you mean? Wii U owners would be thrilled if Nintendo would release ANY of their franchises on Wii U. So far, it's only Mario and Ninja Gaiden.

Re:I'm glad to see this (3, Informative)

JWW (79176) | about a year ago | (#43865165)

Yep. The reason the Wii U isn't selling is that there are only about 4 worthwhile games for it right now.

Nintendo needs to get some new titles out there.

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865805)

Well, that tells me that I am not shelling out any cash for console gaming this year. Wii U was the next thing I was contemplating for Christmas for the family.

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866945)

Please note that the Wii U will likely be the ONLY console currently that is backwards compatible. The XBone is apparently not BC, and the PS4 has the obvious issue of the processor change making that difficult to support BC.

So if you have Wii software, it should be playable on the Wii U. You'll still need the wiimotes and possibly nunchuk, but newer games might still need those for multiplayer aspects anyways (like the Mario Bros. U game).

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43868809)

Except that by Christmas time, there will be a lot more good games out.

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865053)

I can't speak for all the Wii/other Nintendo console owning people not buying the Wii U, but personally the lack of first-party games is pretty much why I don't own one yet. Something completely new like Pikmin was would be just as good as a new Mario or Zelda in my opinion. They have none of that. The Wii U, like the 3DS, is failing due to the simple proposition that people buy gaming consoles for the games, and the Wii U simply doesn't have any system sellers at the moment. ZombiU actually does look interesting to me, but I'm not going to buy a system for just one game.

Re:I'm glad to see this (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865427)

I don't get how people say this. They re-use characters and art styles, sure. But the games themselves are usually pretty innovative, and even if elements are retained, gameplay is usually radically different.

Compare the original SMB, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.. How is this the same game?

Now compare every Call of Duty title (and pretty much every other shooter).. Other than graphics, they really are the exact same thing.

The people chirping about Nintendo retreading the same tires are the same guys with a big hard on for Half Life 3. How long does it take Valve to re-release the exact same FPS?

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43867521)

I'm looking forward to HL3 (esp. HL3dm), and I think Nintendo is one of the least guilty of rehashing among the major publishers/developers.
Am I some sort of freak?!

Re:I'm glad to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866375)

You mean, like what Sony and Microsoft are doing? So far, I've been unimpressed with the launch information of either console, which basically promise more of the same.

If you want to blame anyone, blame the consumer who demand the same games over and over and rewards Nintendo by buying the games by the truckload. There is a reason why there are a ton of Mario games: they sell.

Yeah it can be done elsewhere (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864733)

But kids can drop phones and don't really need them, don't need phone contracts. Now doing this on the 3DS would be a good idea.

Wii U? (4, Interesting)

sesshomaru (173381) | about a year ago | (#43864859)

Wii U looks a damn sight better than the new Xbox, which I believe Microsoft has named the Xbox Catastrophe. (It goes along with the Calamity operating system that they released for PC/Tablets.)

Re:Wii U? (0)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year ago | (#43864913)

Even with no games mentioned, and soaked in DRM, the xbox still looks better, because the games will be better, and everyone knows it.

Re:Wii U? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864979)

The mark of stupidity is faith.

Re:Wii U? (1)

TheLongshot (919014) | about a year ago | (#43866403)

Only when they are ported to the PC, because none of the new consoles will likely be better.

Re: Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43871201)

Ewwno. the New Xbox looks good to my friend who gushed about the whole camera seeing what you're doing and using it to "open"things or move thing. Pretty Fucking stupid if you ask me.

Re:Wii U? (1)

gameboyhippo (827141) | about a year ago | (#43873085)

I know, right? I mean I can't wait to play Pikmin 3 on the XBox one... Uh... New Zelda? How about Super Smash Bros.? Perhaps Mario Kart? Sorry, XBox one is the Flareon of game consoles... except that it's ugly.

Re:Wii U? (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#43873699)

XBox one is the Flareon of game consoles.

So you're saying they'll at least get Pokémon. ;)

Re:Wii U? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43868273)

It's called the Xbone.

This IS the killer app... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43864955)

I, for one, applaud Nintendo's decision to give up the game console war and focus their efforts on Super Mario Garmin Adventure.

Re:This IS the killer app... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865649)

I question their product naming though... Us street them on the us them?

Either that or they're talking about how small the street looks to you on their immersive screen (it it waterproof?)

What does the Wii U offer that an iPod Touch doesn't offer? It seems odd when there's a better game library for an Apple device than for a Nintendo device....

Program it yourself if you want it so bad (0)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#43864987)

I mean, seriously, bitching about apps that get on other systems is stupid. If you want it so bad, program it yourself. If you can't program, hire someone who can. If you can't afford that, then do a kickstarter campaign for it.

Stop bitching about it, you sound like you think you are entitled to software like it, when you are not. It requires work, and if you aren't going to do the work, then move the fuck on.

Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865089)

That's something you play with for 20 minutes and end up never touching it again.

I (stupidly enough) bought a wii u for playing games and it cant even do that properly, why would I care if I can do some street ap on it?

Why cant a game console just play games?

Re:Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865351)

Softmod the Virtual Wii and plug in your usb drive with hundreds of Wii, Wiiware, and Gamecube games to tide you over.. I'm sure you haven't played them all, and there are plenty of gems amongst them.

If that gets boring install a slew of emulators.

The only reason I bought a Wii-U now is to get in before the next hardware revision closes that hole.. The games will come later.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#43873739)

I was under the impression that the Wii U does not have the hardware for GCN games.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43876991)

It doesn't- but the Wii U emulates the wii, which emulated the gamecube, and if the software is there and you're loading it all from a USB drive, it might be possible.

I'd love to try this out, but lack the console. I fully intend to get it... once there are games I'm interested in playing, just like every other console I've ever purchased.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#43879443)

Huh, I also thought the Wii's backwards compatibility was done in the hardware. At any rate, you needed a GCN controller for GCN games on the Wii, which the Wii U lacks the slots for.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43895163)

Good point- I can't say for sure how this works, I just really like the idea. I mean, I still keep all my old consoles around, but for convenience sake this would be nice. I'll have to research it when I'm not at work.

Nothing wrong with Wii-U (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865127)

This is the same stupid shit I've heard about every Nintendo console. No way would anyone buy the 8 bit NES, when you can get a Commodore 64 or an Apple!

Why would anyone buy an SNES? Genesis is already out!

N64? Competing against Sega Saturn, Jaguar, Playstation, 3DO and CD-i? YEAH RIGHT!

Gamecube? WHY IT HAS SMALL DISCS WHAT IS THIS SHIT

Wii? It's only for people who like having fun, and IM A GAMER!

Wii-U.. WHAT ITS NOT AS POWERFUL AS PS4 this thing is dead in the water.

Nintendo is a small company, 5000 employees. Per employee, it's the most profitable company in the world. Unlike any other developer, they have cultivated and generally respected their IPs. Being a small company, and being focused on the overall quality of their AAA titles, it takes them a while to get them out. They average maybe one AAA game a year. In between they placate their fans with remakes and such.

Remember when Sonic games were playable and fun? Sega doesn't, they fired all those guys. Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Oddworld, etc, etc etc.. All those franchises started out great, until the IP was licensed to the lowest bidder, and turned shovelware dogshit.

Nintendo is doing just fine. Realize that they do not need to outsell anybody to stay afloat.

SNK lasted forever, despite selling about 7 Neo-Geo home consoles, and maybe 4 Neo Geo CDs. If not for shitty management, they'd still be around. Sega was pretty much the same story.

Don't worry about Nintendo. And who cares if you don't like their street view app.

Re:Nothing wrong with Wii-U (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#43865681)

Every generation Nintendo loses more and more 3rd party devs. Its already at the point where buying a nintendo console means a rich but limited selection of games. This puts the machine at a distinct disadvantage in the marketplace. Add to the fact that they are being chewed at from both the top (PS4/Xbone) and the bottom (mobile/small consoles), Nintendo has a rough road ahead.

Re:Nothing wrong with Wii-U (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year ago | (#43865829)

Yeah. I hope they get some games flowing.

Re:Nothing wrong with Wii-U (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43867559)

They most definitely gained 3rd party developers last generation with the Wii coming from the GameCube. This generation already appears to be unfolding poorly 3rd party wise, but I'll give it time like I did the 3DS.

Re:Nothing wrong with Wii-U (1)

Xest (935314) | about a year ago | (#43870183)

"Per employee, it's the most profitable company in the world."

Um no, just no.

This past year it made a relatively small profit ($142million), last year it made an outright loss.

Even with this past years profit that's only $28,000 per employee. In contrast even Microsoft with it's profits down for the year made $197,000 per employee, Google made $200,000 per employee and Apple made $573,000 per employee. That's right, Microsoft/Google made roughly 7 times the profit per employee and Apple 20 times the profit per employee of Apple.

You know fanboys are on desperate ground trying to justify their position when they have to resort to the most absurd of lies.

Fanbois (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43865807)

I was wondering where all the fanboy screaming matches went after diggs collapse. Now I know.
They eventually ended up here.

WII U IF FULL OF THE GAYNESS
NO XBONE IS WAY FULL OF GAYSHIT

Dead? (1)

mikeulus (1307315) | about a year ago | (#43865987)

I don't know much about the statistics and trends of the console market, but the Wii U was just what the doctor ordered for myself and the wife. Have spent about an hour each day the last few weeks switching between N64, SuperNES, and Wii games and Mario U. All great and timeless short attention span games. I think I've made my choice this generation. She doesn't relate to very many XBox games and never had a reason to start up the Playstation. For me the interface is friendlier than the other consoles. I feel like I'm watching TV on Idiocracy every time I boot up the 360 and see those adverts (But at least it's got lectrolytes!). Dead? I guess I'll just go down with the ship.

So silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866187)

Why should I turn my body to look around? Tech should make our life easier, not complicated, just use a damn button.

Android did this years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43866487)

The summary says it would take some development time to get the same experience... but this already exists.. load up android go to maps street view and enable compass mode.

Now you don't have to buy a wiiu

FUD and Desperation (0)

jaminJay (1198469) | about a year ago | (#43866735)

It seems that a lot of people are generating FUD, again, because they want the system to fail.

The system is great, the games we have so far are fun, and that's probably about the same purchase rate as on the Wii. We have a PS3, but that is only used for watching movies, which I never thought would be the case. The games just aren't compelling.

The Wii U will do fine, and will sell many units when the 'big' Nintendo titles release.

Why so much Nintendo hate??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43868025)

Amazing how cheap people are with video games compared to houses and cars given the time spent on them. A wii U is only two car payments at most--and that's a base-level economy car with a sizable down payment. And there's very little maintenance of a Wii U and no requirement for insurance. Really. If I wasn't so busy I'd love to spend money on a Wii U AND an Xbox One or PS4 just for the Nintendo exclusives (smash bros/zelda/mario kart end of story).

just 2 notes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43870023)

1) They complete screwed up this software. The handheld device does not act like a map, it cannot display a map. No that function is reserved for the non-interactive Hidef television. Meanwhile the ability to view the surronding area is displayed on the low-res touch screen device. It looks cool but use it for 5 minutes and you very quickly reaalize that they got it backwards.

2) The wiiu is dead and dying. The only way I see to pull the Wiiu from the fire is to release an open SDK. Sure people will emulate, and hack, and do other things but people will buy them off the shelves faster than nintendo could create them. Also nintendo would have a released a new era of interactive development programs. Lets see if they step up to to plate or allow someone else this opportunity.

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