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Wii U praised over hardcore adoption

We have seen plenty of criticism directed at the Wii U in recent weeks, some of it fair but probably most of unjustified. This week, it’s nice to bring you a positive spin on Nintendo’s upcoming console, with one source praising the system and Nintendo’s efforts in attempting to win back some of their hardcore audience that they perhaps lost with the first Wii.

You may remember a recent backlash against the Wii U over the GamePad’s lack of support for voice chat using the built in microphone. Consumers who want to play FPS games on the Wii U with voice chat will instead have to plug a third-party headset into the GamePad’s included jack, even if you opt to play using the Pro Controller accessory.

While that is a debatable decision from Nintendo, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford has actually praised Nintendo’s touchscreen GamePad by stating in a recent interview that the GamePad is ”the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games.”

He was speaking to Joystiq when he made his comments and added that the GamePad is ‘perfect’ when playing Aliens, in reference to the upcoming Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which will include some unique GamePad features exclusive to Nintendo’s console. Just one example that Wii U gamers will get is the ability to use the GamePad as an Aliens motion tracker, or an in-game map as well – a classic bit of multitasking.

It’s also worth pointing out that Gearbox seems to have put a lot of effort into making Colonial Marines the prioritized version. You may not be aware, but the Wii U version is out this year alongside the console’s launch, but the Xbox 360, PC and PS3 versions are not going to be available until February next year.

We’ve spoke about the change in developers mindset when deciding to embrace the Wii U with the likes of Bayonetta 2, now it looks like Aliens Colonial Marines is another game that may be worth getting on the Wii U ahead of other platforms. Aliens Vs Predator was a disappointing game, we just pray that this game has been done right as it’s an awesome franchise to work on.

Are you starting to see signs as well, that Nintendo are on the right track in terms of hardcore gaming on the Wii U? Or do you think that despite the praise, the console will suffer the same fate as the first Wii?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Ruby Lennox

I really want the Wii U to fail. The Wii didn’t offer me anything for my gaming needs, and now that I see the Wii U, I’m very disappointed.

1. Same lame name.
2. Outdated hardware.

3. Same lame games.

4. Crappy OS interface.

And the list goes on. Wii U is a flop. Simple as that. It’s too bad there are millions of blind fools out there burning their money on garbage products like this. I pity and spit on you.


Being criticized as a “gimmick” is so old now with Nintendo, it’s almost cliche’d. Nowadays I can’t even take any criticisms seriously when the sentence includes the term “gimmick”.

Paul Phillips
Paul Phillips

As I have previously mentioned in one of the negative stories on this site for me the Wii U was justified when they seemed to be getting their digital distribution in order. I find a lot more value in games on XBLA than at full price point in store. As I live in the middle of nowhere and it costs £10 extra to drive anywhere with a decent games shop and then most games only last about 10 hours single player so an £8 game on XBLA is often the preferred choice of media for my gaming. With unity on… Read more »


I would say no its not quit hardcore if it was hardcore it would not have the mii univers games and wii u ssports and other cheesy games like worio wii u game than the graphics is not nexy gen enough to be hardcore like ps4 can play 2k res games and can handel 4k res tvs.


im gonna sell my PS vita for this 😀


A lot of the criticism is not justified at all. Many people dismiss the gamepad as a gimmick. While not revolutionary, it is a natural evolution of the gamepad. Misconception: Gamepad is something Nintendo just whipped up to draw attention. Truth: Actually it is an evolution of what was already done before with the GBA and GC. Most people do not know that some GC games could use the GBA as a controller. Most 3rd party is not willing to support combos like that because they do not want to lose sales on people who do not own both. Just… Read more »

Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes

I think they are on the right track also, and am eager to get all my favourite games on one console, as well as the Nintendo franchise games. I can’t wait to play with the new touchscreen gamepad, it looks like it will be a lot of fun, plus bringing up maps, inventory screens etc on it will be great!

Chase Kirby

i think they may be on the right track and i definitely hope so, now while i love nintendo i hope the wii u makes money and is successful but nintendo better go EXTREMELY BIG or go home the next time around reguardless.

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