“This is the new thing. This is the new system. You add it to your Wii, or you don’t even need to use the Wii… do you need to use the Wii? You can just use it on your own,” Jimmy Fallon said during a confusing opening monologue on Friday’s show. He was trying to hype the Wii U as the next big thing in video games, and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime helped to keep Fallon on message during the main segment, but we’re seeing this sort of confusion from the mainstream press and gamers, not to mention confusion about the capabilities of the system itself.
You can explain the Nintendo DS in a sentence: it’s a portable system with two screens and touch controls. The 3DS is the same: a portable system with two screens, touch controls, and glasses-free 3D. The Wii is a video game console that allows you to play by moving your hands and arms, making it more welcoming to a wide variety of gamers. The Wii U is a system that’s like the Wii and uses those controllers but also can use a tablet controller that is either a separate screen or the main screen and you can add a second tablet-style controller later but not at launch. Also some games will use a combination of the tablet, Wii controllers, or the upcoming Pro controller.
Good luck with that.
Is it just me, or does Nintendo's marketing people need to be mercilessly rapped across the knuckles?