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Topic: A newer model of the Wii U later in its lifespan

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ItalianBaptist

So I'm seeing all the controversy about the Wii Mini, and how some people thought the exact opposite where it would be completely online with no disc slot...

That would seem a bit too extreme for the Wii because their big titles were ALWAYS in disc form (Wii Sports, Brawl, Mario Kart, etc.) whereas VC games and lesser known WiiWare games were all that were available online, but with Nintendo's new retail downloads policy it would seem like a perfect fit for the Wii U. They would I guess be going the way of the netbook or the Mac Mini with it, but it would lower the price by a ton because of not as many moving parts and maybe make the U more accessible down the road.

Obviously it couldn't happen right now because the Wii U just came out, but does this seem like a good idea? Should I charge Nintendo royalties for thinking of it first? jk anyways, discuss

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Not happening.

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Malic

I'm going to pretend I didn't read this

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AnarquistaLibre

Well... downloading is the future. I'd be all for it if my internet didn't suck so badly, that's the only thing I'm worried of. Would be interesting to know the average internet speeds in America, UK, Japan, etc.

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Tasuki

Not going to happened the fact being that some people like me prefer hard copies to download content. If they were to go download only they would lose alot of customers will equal a loss of money. I know I dont speak for all but if games went download only well than I would give up video games.

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AnarquistaLibre

It MIGHT happen but not next gen or the gen after most likely. But already like 80% of the PC market share is downloadable games, all that needs to happen is Sony and Microsoft making the transition which I bet they will someday. I think Nintendo will be the last to conform but in this case I think it's a good thing.

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Tasuki

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It MIGHT happen but not next gen or the gen after most likely. But already like 80% of the PC market share is downloadable games, all that needs to happen is Sony and Microsoft making the transition which I bet they will someday. I think Nintendo will be the last to conform but in this case I think it's a good thing.

How is that a good thing? The fact that you dont own the item even though you pay for it is a bad thing. At least with a hard copy I own it. With a digital copy you only have it till the company says so. Just look at some of the games on VC or XBLA for example.

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AnarquistaLibre

I meant its a good thing that Nintendo would be last to adopt this, sorry if I didn't make it clear, kinda tired right now. I agree with you.

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Tasuki

Ah lol no worries I am tired too and I read that wrong. Personally I think just going digital only is a bad business choice cause like I said you will alienate people who like hard copies. What they should do is like the Wii U offer both hard and a digital version so everyone is happy.

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AnarquistaLibre

Agreed, sadly though if Sony and Microsoft did it Nintendo might be forced to follow suit because that's where the money is, no distribution costs or manufacturing costs.

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Tasuki

Yeah but as I said I am sure they would lose even more money due to retail sales. I mean some people even if they want the get a digital copy might not have the choice due to poor or no internet connection so they have to get a hard copy. Imagine all the money from those people that they would lose out on.

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AnarquistaLibre

True, if it does go all digital someday I seriously doubt it will be this gen or the next gen. Don't know where you live, but I know America still has a lot of slow internet users.

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SCAR

Even if internet doesn't work optimal in some places, I'm sure you could pay a retailer to load a game for you off of their server. That would also be a way to bring retailers into the digital market, besides DLC codes to bring home. Just lije when you could bring your Xbox 360 or GCN memory card to a store and get extra stuff at the kiosks.

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As for Wii U mini, we probably shouldn't think of that now, but since you brought it up... All digital, but not needing internet, and being able to go to a retailer to get content digitally. It shpuld be as smalle as the Wii mini, but have wireless HDMI, solar power, and internet still possible. Wii Menu would be cut out, but there would be 2 TB inside. IDK...

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KingDunsparce

I think Wii U is selling fine how it is and don't really expect a new model.
Plus, as @Tasuki was saying, that would lose lots of customers since people like to own copies of games.

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You wouldn't have to buy it guys it's just a potential for a different sku. I think there's a reasonably good chance of it especially as storage prices drop. Could easily see an online only, diskless Wii U Mini launch in 2020 that's the size of a couple of DS game cases with 1TB of ridiculously fast flash storage. By that stage we'd be looking at the next thing anyway and the vast majority of people would be on significantly faster internet connections so... why not?

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Cheaper huh? So why was the PSP Go so much more expensive, hmm?

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Ya, people do like to own physical copies, but if you buy New Super Mario Bros. U for $60 on the eShop, you get $6 back, and that's already more than selling the disc once you open it and it's still brand new. Just opening it makes people want to buy it for $20 cheaper immediately it seems, and it's only losing value after that. If Earthbound would have been downloadable, we wouldn't be dealing with everyone wanting a copy there's only so many of.

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Hokori

I'd be ok with that as long as they find a way to make hard wii copies to digital form at no extra cost and merge wii shop with eShop and allow play on the system itself it could also get rid of the SD card slot if it transports the VC data to the system account itself

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I hope not. the Wii U looks great and does not need pointless de-sizing in the near future...

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