The WiiU Doesn’t Work Yet


?I have quite the reputation as a Nintendo hater among people who really, really love Nintendo. It’s not true, but I do think Nintendo’s been resting on their laurels — sure, they made the Wii and its motion controls, but they never really figured out how to do anything cool with it after Wii Sports, and since then they’ve just been churning out their core franchises without any real innovation as per usual. But I — wait a second. I do kind of hate Nintendo, actually. For the reasons I just described. I’m sorry, Nintendo fanboys. You’re correct. Because I’m taking way too much delight in the rumors that the WiiU, Nintendo’s next “revolutionary” new console, doesn’t even work yet. From Kotaku:

According to 01Net‘s report, the hardware powering the Wii U
simply isn’t up to scratch to do what Nintendo needs it to: Namely, run
not just the console, but beam data to its fancy touch-screen
controller as well. Apparently developers working on the console are
having to use “tethers” to ensure serviceable communication between the
Wii U and its controller, but even then things still aren’t working that
well, and progress is reportedly halted daily with repeated software
updates for the pad.

The source spilling the beans–who, given the publication, sounds like
it could be a European third-party developer–also says that these
problems have caused a delay in the console’s launch, an original June
2012 release now being pushed back to sometime around September.

Now, this is obviously a rumor, but since Nintendo rushed out the Wii with pretty shoddy motion controls — shoddy enough they had to release the Wii Controller Plus stuff later to match the superior motion controls of the Kinect and Move — this seems imminently reasonable to me. Anyone disagree? Besides the Volunteer Nintendo PR Corps?