Ashens Takes On The Wii U

I’ve certainly done enough Ashens parodies over the past several weeks on my channel lately.  Might as well respond to one of his videos too, especially since the good doctor has taken on the recently-released Wii U and given it his signature “Popstation sofa treatment.”  🙂

After seeing this video, I can honestly say that it looks like I had the right idea with this gaming box.  My plan was to get the Wii U after a price drop or two or a major system update, or at least after the holiday rush that’s currently going on, kind of like my Wii which I randomly wandered into a store and picked up in February of 2007 after “nobody could find it” during the 2006 holiday rush.  😛

Seriously, is the interface REALLY that slow?  Does it really take THAT LONG to go back to the main menu from a game?  Even the original Wii is faster than that I think.  I really think the Wii U so far is serving well as a caricature of the very things that have plagued console gaming in recent years.  Nintendo was the last holdout in the “keep gaming about games” mentality and some of the simple fun that could be had on the Wii was very reminiscent of Atari games where gaming was simply something you could do for a bit in the evening after a long day’s work instead of what we have today where titles have nearly film-sized budgets and have so much presentation and backstory that you almost can’t play multiple games at once anymore because if you spend too much time away from a game you have to practically re-learn what was going on when you pick it back up.

Today though – forget it.  Here comes the Wii U, Nintendo’s long-delayed entry into the last generation of console gaming’s “Hi-Def Everything Box” market that console gaming has devolved to these days.  :-\  Better late than never I suppose.  😛  It has a little of everything though.  Games, computer stuff, internet, long system updates, the need for additional storage media, some kind of gimmicky hardware controller thingie.  You know, those things that make console gaming these days pretty much PC Gaming only worse?  😛

The one thing that Ashens totally missed in this video was he should’ve put dialup modem sounds into the video during those wait times.  Seriously.  Nintendo didn’t learn their lesson with the horrendous online features of some of the Wii’s titles like Smash Bros. Brawl?  You know.  That game where signing in to play online was like dialing in to AOL back in the 1990s even though this was a console running on broadband in the 2000s back when the game came out?  Heck, that game even mimicked the random disconnects of dialup internet well too with all the times I was abruptly disconnected from online matches.  😛

Then of course there’s the inferior ports of games already out on other platforms like the PS3.  Seriously now.  This was supposed to be the console that brought Nintendo back to the mainstream instead of continuing their downward spiral of making overglorified “Mario boxes” for their first party titles, but hey, at least THIS time around I can play Mario, Zelda, and Metroid in HD.  😛

There are many out there who’ve already written off the Wii U as “Nintendo’s Dreamcast”, especially with new Sony and Microsoft consoles coming out, plus more indie-friendly boxes like the Ouya and the recently-confirmed Steam box.  Until these load time issues and interface issues get ironed out, this sort of stuff isn’t going to help that any.  :-\

But…. at least Ashens has come a long way from picking apart the Vii on his sofa.  😀


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