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Wii U Should Do As Well As The Wii, Says Developer

Posted by Damien McFerran

"There’s a lot of potential that’s not tapped yet"

We've had a lot of negative news regarding the Wii U lately, so it's nice to have something positive to report. Giants Software's Marc Schwegler has stated that he feels the console could be even more popular than its predecessor, the Wii — which at the time of writing, has sold over 98 million units worldwide.

Speaking to NowGamer, Schwegler said:

I think it should do as well as the Wii, maybe even better. It’s difficult to say, it’s really depending on what games they will add that really use the extra device you get with it.

There’s a lot of potential that’s not tapped yet, if it is and if it will be then I think it could be more popular than the Wii because it’s something more.

Wii motion was okay, everybody copied it but it’s done, people are returning to regular controllers because it’s easier to play and you have much more options. A touch device, you could put a whole set of controls on there.

While the comments might hold more weight if they'd come from a bigger developer (Giants Software mainly produces farming simulators), it's always nice to hear someone saying nice things about the Wii U for once.

The potential is clearly there, as we all know — we just need the games to prove it now.


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User Comments (31)



soracloud28 said:

Yay! More articles like this are going to continue to appear from smaller developers.



SCAR said:

Motion control is still strong in my opinion. Nintendo was smart to implement it right off the bat, and make it easy to map moves to. Positive comments are welcome.



Reala said:

As much as I don't agree with those that say the wii u is doomed, to think it could match the wii's sales let alone surpass them sounds just a tiny bit mad.



Peach64 said:

I'd be amazed if it got anywhere near Wii's sales. Nintendo's plan to attract non gamers worked perfectly, but I know so many of those non-gamers who are happy with their Wii fit and Mario and Sonic Olympic Games. They don't have that gamer mindset of 'upgrading' to the next thing.



andreoni79 said:

"There’s a lot of potential that’s not tapped yet"
That's what my teachers used to say...



Nintenjoe64 said:

I hope motion controls don't die and that someone actually makes a good HD action game with the skyward sword controls



GameLord08 said:

It shouldn't do "as well" as the Wii. It should aim to do better. The Wii was both a massive success and a massive failure conclusively; the Wii U ought to build upon its strengths and rectify its mistakes. That's how we'll determine whether or not it's successful.

That said, I agree - there are tons of untapped potential with the Wii U, especially in game design. However, whether developers will recognise it and be intuitive enough to appreciate it is where the conflict lies.



MadJay1664 said:

Motion controls ain't gonna die. Loads of people on cod use the Wii remote & nunchuk. Besides that, fighting and racing games are unbeatable with motion controls. I had loads of fun with Wii sports and mario kart wii.



McHaggis said:

I prefer standard controls to motion controls, but I think the Wii Remote + Nunchuk combination is much more natural to hold than other controllers. I love being able to relax my hands in whatever position feels comfortable without them being handcuffed together. The GamePad kind of takes a step back in that respect, but I guess we all grew up with our hands tethered together by our controllers, so...

I don't think the Wii U will be as popular as the Wii. I think its popularity will grow on people, but I think there's some misconception that casual gamers will keep updating their hardware. Some clearly will, but I don't think most will. The Wii U is a nice family console, and Nintendo probably put Wii ahead of Playstation as a household brand name, so perhaps I'm wrong but I just can't see it happening with the Wii U.



Mahe said:

@SCAR392 Indeed. Wii U is suffering because it doesn't take as much advantage of motion controls as Wii did.

Wii U needs those games and a lot more better games than now if it ever hopes to reach the Wii.



SteveW said:

@Mahe Exactly! just look at how Epic Mickey 2 suffered, it would be a huge mistake to ignore motion controls, they make games easier to play, not harder.



Will-75 said:

I am hopeful and still very optimistic when it comes to the Wii U - I Love mine , I can't wait for Nintendo to put out some of there titles it will be interesting to see what they bring to the table . I think Wii U most definitely has the ability to be better in every way over the Wii even in sales but that all rest on the upcoming software , I'm just hopeful Nintendo and 3rd party tap all the promise and potential that is Wii U - In my opinion it could easily be Nintendo best console to date; bring on the software .



Haywired said:

Motion controls still have their place, but I'm relieved to see them take a back seat. I don't think I could have taken another generation of annoying, clunky Wii remote shaking, miming and flailing (pointer's fine though).

As for the Wii U selling as much. I'm not so sure about that, but who knows.



Znerd said:

Well the WII U can do it but not at this moment dont forget wii did in my opinon have a better launch than the U and The games that are selling besides NSBU are Ports and If i am correct Brawl is Nintendo best selling game but it can do it once Nintendo Brings us Some 3D Mario Zelda Metroid Pokemon And other well first Party Games with 3rd Party games



GiftedGimp said:

On topic but kind of Off ... sorry

WiiU could reach the success of the Wii... for numerous reasons but if one rumour about Nextbox/Ps4 turns out to be true could have a big influence on WiiU sales.
That rumour is Used Games wont work on the systems.
The used game market is a debate in itself, but I know a lot of people who are saying they may not bother with the ps4/nextbox if that rumour turns out true.
Not so much for point of being able to buy used games, but being able to trade in games when they have finished with them.

Sorry its sort of off topic, but theres food for thought amidst all the Underserved WiiU hate thats around.



aaronsullivan said:

Sounded good until he started dismissing motion controls. IMO, they are just maturing now, and the GamePad's motion sensitivity is incredibly useful as a controlling method as evidenced in the Zelda and Metroid Nintendo Land games.

Still, glad some developers are bullish on it even if I don't think it will see Wii numbers or at least the sales curve won't look very similar.



NiBar said:

I will never again return to regular controllers. Developers , Nintendo included , need to realise that milions of people prefer the nunchuck + wiimote combination. Just think how wonderful games like Mario Galaxy and Metroid the trilogy worked. Wow ,It really changed the way we used to play games and now it seems every developer just ignoring this superb, relaxing way of playing. It really makes me sad. Give us what we want and need. Nunchuck+Wiimote option in every game and I think WiiU will have a brighter future with a lot more buyers. Me included..



WanderingPB said:

I feel like this article read my mind! I gotta say so far ive been on my WiiU way more than i ever was on the Wii. From the awesome features like Miiverse, to gamepad controls and great games i wake up eager to turn on my WiiU and start playing



Wheels2050 said:

Oh look, another developer has made a comment about the Wii U! Quick, let's write an article!

Seriously, this is entirely unnecessary.



scrubbyscum999 said:

Well, I don't think this will happen but it's a lot better hearing this than the trolls constantly saying Nintendoomed all the time on here. Really ANYTHING positive is nice right now. People are overreacting.



The-Chosen-one said:

Nintendo has to reveal one EPIC game and the sales blast right of the shelves lol
just show the crowd the new EPIC zelda game, or a starfox game HD, and a really beautifull mario game, or even better smashbros if they show something of smashbros people will cry and beg for mercy lol



DaveGX said:

I bet I have a rather minor complaint nobody thought about; Why is there no place to put a wristband strap on it like the Wii remote has, left or right side somewhere on the GamePad? Sure you hold the thing with both hands, but assuming the games using motion control with the GamePad granted it's already a hefty conroller, ya never know. Just saying.



Jellitoe said:

Problem is that the best developers of third party title want to go multiplatform, so they will bypass special use of the tablet so they can reach the masses. That leaves only Nintendo and small projects that are directly targeting the WiiU audience which is tiny right now. No "BIG" Title will make real use of the Gamepad's features.

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