What’s the difference between Wii U and Wii? About 6 years.
Many of you have pointed out that the majority of consumers think that the Wii U is just a new controller for Wii. Well, believe me when I say that it is not. Nintendo has tried many approaches to explain the differences between the two consoles, and according to NOA CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, consumers have finally caught on. Here’s how he put it:
That issue has been largely addressed, I think, as we’ve told consumers all the great things you could do with the GamePad as we’ve showed fantastic software like Pikmin 3, and Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker in HD. The consumer I believe now understands this is a brand new system with brand new capabilities. It has all of the benefits of backward compatibility. And we’re the only next gen system with backward compatibility, so the consumer has this great library of games from Wii, can use them with the Wii U. But now they understand all of the new capabilities that they can have.
Well there you go! All it takes is a look at the new tech and innovative software to tell the difference between the two. If only they didn’t have such similar names… -Greg Boe
With the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Nintendo 3DS, many are asking just where the game lands in the importance list. Well, Prima Games has made their own personal list that seems to be pretty accurate. As expected, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time got #1, but I was surprised to see A Link Between Worlds trump Twilight Princess. This new game is getting some really good reviews. For example, Game Informer gave it a 10/10, a rating rarely given by the long-running publication. Check out Prima’s list below. -Greg Boe
10) Link’s Awakening
9) Minish Cap
8) Legend of Zelda
7) Majora’s Mask
6) Skyward Sword
5) Twilight Princess
4) Link Between Worlds
3) Link to the Past
2) The Wind Waker
1) Ocarina of Time
Today is the 61st birthday of legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard his name, but for those wondering, he is the creator of famous Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. He was born on November 16, 1952.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Miyamoto!
This is truly a sad day in the world of Nintendo. I’ll try not to cry…
After finishing his work on the upcoming Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo Wii U, series creator and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has shared that he is stepping down from producing Mario games. With his retirement approaching, Mr. Miyamoto has decided to stick with working on smaller scale games, as an overseer of sorts. Here is his statement:
“Create a game of the caliber of Super Mario 3D World takes a lot of energy and there is little chance that I could take the time to work on the next Mario. However, I want to get involved again and more deeply in the development of smaller projects, but that doesn’t mean it will be a modest download-only title or something like that. It is not impossible for me to work on a new game as the main producer in the future, but even when I’m not directly in charge of a project, I always look at what the teams does in terms of gameplay, and I trust them. Don’t worry about Mario!”
We sure will miss seeing Miyamoto’s creativity in the development of the series that made Nintendo what they are today. It just won’t be the same without him. -Greg Boe
Now? But why? I’m sure these questions are running through your head right about now. Last year, the Kyoto-based company brought a smaller, more compact remodel of the Nintendo Wii to Canada, and everyone was questioning their decision. An entire year later, Nintendo has shared that the Wii Mini is coming to North America as well later this month. Here’s a question though: Who would want an already outdated system with less features than it’s original build, which dates back to 2006? A small few, that’s who. According to Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, the budget console is still a great value:
“Wii mini offers the same fun experience as Wii, which has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world, and it comes packaged with Mario Kart Wii, a multiplayer Mario racing game that is one of the best-selling Wii games. At such a great price, it is an extraordinary value for shoppers this holiday season.”
What are your thoughts on the Wii Mini? Will it join the 2DS as a lower-priced, yet great valued product, or is it doomed to failure in a progressive country where new technology is king? -Greg Boe
A stroke is a terrible occurrence that restricts blood flow to the brain and can limit circulation to the rest of the body soon after. The standard rehabilitation method currently in use is the repeated use of all affected areas, which can become tiresome and tedious if the rehabilitation takes too long and can be ineffective if the patient becomes disinterested. Some researchers in the stroke rehab field have came up with the brilliant idea of using the Wii to facilitate this rehabilitation. There are 101 subjects that are participating in this study, having recently suffered from acute strokes. It should be interesting to see just what the Wii can bring to this section of the medical field. -Ryan Baxter
Be sure to stay tuned to Nintendo Charged for more news on this experiment as it arises!