An interview with ATD and Iwata helped us confirm Netflix for the Wii U. Reggie already revealed that Netflix streaming will be coming to the 3DS, but now it looks like Nintendo is trying to claim the couch once again from more than just hardcore gamers.
A number of the videogame genres will be for male audiences, and the male audiences will increase, but on the other hand, this device is capable of many other things. On this device you can see video streams of Netflix, or you can use in conjunction with the TV. Regardless of the gender, you may want to use it … Our hope is it will be equal number of males and females who will be interested in this device. – Satoru Iwata
A lot of people argue on who core gamers are. In all honesty, I’m still not sure how to classify them, and I’ve taken two game theory classes in college. I just spent twenty minutes trying to find a definition in my text books, and still nothing. Plenty on the game communities and how we shape friendships through games, but not a definition on core gamers. So, what’s my point?
Nintendo has always had it’s own kind of gaming. They do things differently, and it’s one of the reasons why I love them. Yet, it is also one of the reasons that not everybody likes them. The new system will bring over people who love realistic graphics. But, this new Wii U system and controller is competing for everybody: including non gamers.
From the demos shown, this new controller is almost like a remote. Iwata even says he wants it to be used as a remote of the future. But it is also a device that works online and with your television. There have been attempts in using the internet with TVs in the past, but think about it. You don’t sit with your television in your lap, but far away in the comfy cushions of your couch. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have the best eyes in the world, so seeing text on screen is difficult. At least with the controller, I can view things on either screen. By doing this, Nintendo has found another new way to compete against tablets, laptops, and smart phones. I think it’s genius, and so do a lot of third parties who are already working on possibilities.
You all have seen the videos showing how the Wii U interacts with your TV and internet. What do you think? Netflix can’t be the only reason you want this new console!