Team Ninja may be the masters of action-intensive games and a rather questionable perspective when it come to in-game character models for women, but it's also a studio becoming increasingly relevant to Nintendo gamers. After all, it was chosen to deliver Metroid: Other M, successfully dividing the fan-base in the process. With Wii U, Nintendo surprised many by agreeing to publish a revamped version of one of the developer's less successful recent titles, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, which promises to take the series back to it's rage-inducing roots.
As a studio with a strong relationship with Nintendo you'd expect it to speak positively of Wii U, yet Ninja Gaiden 3 director Yosuke Hayashi made a point, when speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, that Nintendo's system could have enough all-round strengths to attract a gaming audience.
The biggest difference compared to other Nintendo hardware released until now is that it is not trying to complete with 'only one' feature. Obviously, the Wii U GamePad is a huge feature, but the Wii U isn't only about that. There's the hardware performance, network capabilities and, of course, the titles that fully utilise these aspects. From this all-encompassing gaming ability I get the impression that this hardware could get many people to pay attention to console games once again.
On the matter of Miiverse, which NoA boss Reggie Fils-Aime has described as a "true killer application", Hayashi gave his own perspective of what it could mean for Wii U owners.
The biggest change of direction from the Wii would be the Miiverse. It's usually introduced as a social networking tool, but I feel it has the potential to become a kind of virtual amusement park for game fans. With SNS [Social Networking Sites] making a lot of unique advancements, as a gamer, I am excited to see how the Miiverse will grow within the realm of console games.
Do you see Wii U as an all-round system that can get gamers excited about consoles, or do you doubt that it'll have quite that impact? As for Miiverse, and from what we know so far, do you think it can truly become an entertaining "amusement park"-style feature?