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Wii U Hands-On for Media Only at CES 2012

Posted by James Newton

Bubble burst

Yesterday's rumour that Nintendo would show off Wii U at CES in January has turned exactly as expected: it just ain't so.

1UP has a statement from Nintendo that confirms the publisher's showing is behind closed doors, with nothing new to reveal over and above what we learnt at E3:

Nintendo of America, working with the 2012 International CES management, will offer demos of the upcoming Wii U console to members of the media who did not see the system at the 2011 E3 Expo. However, Nintendo will not have a booth at CES, nor does it plan to include any games, experiences or information beyond what was available at the 2011 E3 Expo. Production and development efforts remain on track for the Wii U launch, which will take place between the start of the 2012 E3 Expo in June, and the end of 2012.

As you were, folks.

[via 1up.com]

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User Comments (16)

WiiLovePeace

#3

WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man what a rip! They're marketing this pretty badly if you ask me. Stopping developers from showing actual games working on the system, only showing off fake game demos on the system. Showing off a controller & not the system. Making it a 1 awesome controller only system, etc. What the, Nintendo? They should be building up the hype, not hiding from it!

James

#5

James said:

@Aviator We already played it at E3, remember :)

@WiiLovePeace We're probably 10 months away from launch, that's plenty of time to build up a hype machine and show games :)

NintyMan

#6

NintyMan said:

I really wasn't expecting much. Last time they only had private meetings, but at least this time some of the media will get another spin so they could tell the public whom didn't know much about the console how it was.

motang

#7

motang said:

This is good as CES get more tech crowd and not just gaming journalists i.e. E3.

aaronsullivan

#9

aaronsullivan said:

It's a smart move, but I still hope for a new tidbit here or there around that time.

I have a feeling we won't get too much before E3, though. Lately, Nintendo has been keen that a poor E3 showing can sting. The more held back the bigger the splash at E3.

grumblebuzzz

#12

grumblebuzzz said:

Hopefully the media outlets aren't gag-ordered and can at least write about the system a little bit. I'm still needing a little bit of a wow factor to fully be able to back the Wii-U because right now, it just ain't there for me.

drumsandperc92

#13

drumsandperc92 said:

if i were nintendo, i'd release more definite info at E3, but not release the system until 2013.
I know Wii sales are slowing down drastically, and Skyward Sword, the last hoo-rah for the system is already released, but I'd rather see them build up hype for the Wii U and have the tech as up to date as possible for launch along side the true next gen competition.
Meaning a 2013 launch, same year as the suspected next gen xbox launch.
Why? because then it will be obvious that it is a next gen system.
I'm worried that if it releases between generations right now, that some may not consider the Wii U a true next gen system and dismiss it right off the bat.
Also, just a personal feeling, a possible reason the 3DS didn't launch as well as Nintendo wished is that not enough people knew about it, and not enough people realized it was a considerable update from the DS.
For me personally i felt like I heard about the 3DS one day, didn't hear too much more about it, and then all of a sudden a few months later it was released. That's just me, i feel like there wasn't enough time between the announcement of it and the launch for hype to build, and they didn't do enough to make hype build.
If we see system specs, at least two controller support, and some actual game demos from both 3rd parties & 1st party staple franchises (mario, zelda, metroid, one of those) at E3 this year, and then STILL don't see the system for another year - year & a half, hype will build, they can even further update the tech, and really market this system as the next big deal, then release it right on time to compete directly with the next xbox.
I remember one of the biggest hypes for me was twilight princess. we saw a few screens and a trailer for it YEARS before it was released. that entire time, so much hype built up for it, even way more so than for skyward sword. I felt like it was a good 4 years between our first screenshots of TP & when it was finally released, and because of that i had 4 years to get more and more anxious about it and just begging for it to be released. They should do that with Wii U, my general consensus from the video game world is that while we say it's about time nintendo had an HD console, we aren't ready quite yet to invest in another system.
Give it more time nintendo, please.

eviLaTtenDant

#14

eviLaTtenDant said:

@drumsandperc92: I can see where you're coming from. But keep in mind that Nintendo might want to be secretive about the Wii U's unique features as long as they can. It would be too bad if Microsoft, Sony or whoever knew too many details too soon and would beat Ninty to these. (Tablet controller as a main input or whatever else will be unique about the WiiU.) I'm sure that plays a big part in presenting console ideas to others.
Zelda, Kirby, Mario, Metroid and many other Ninty franchises imo profit more from their characters and overall series quality than their unique features so there's most likely no harm done when you announce them years before they're released.

3XDStar

#16

3XDStar said:

Nintendo's next system should be a Wii U 2. And it should be able to have two Wii U 2 disks in it at a time and be able to read and combine them as 1 super disk to make really long, big, and great games.

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