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Nintendo messages old Wii users, stresses that Wii U is ‘not just an upgrade’

Thursday, 2 May 2013 09:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has sent messages to owners of the original Wii, stating that the Wii U is not just an upgraded edition of the console, and that the new rig will “Change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”

IGN reports that the message has been sent using the console’s WiiConnect24 channel, which reads, “Did you know that you can play nearly all of your existing Wii games on Wii U? Your Wii controllers and many Wii accessories can also be used with a new Wii U console — along with any downloaded games, save data, and other info stored in your existing Wii console.

“Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It’s not just an upgrade — it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment. The second screen on the included Wii U GamePad controller enables never-before-seen ways to play games and enjoy TV. And for the first time ever, you can see Mario and your favorite Nintendo franchises in glorious HD.”

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata shed light on the company’s recent financial report.

Last week, he stated that low sales of Wii U were down to a lack of communication to consumers, and that the business would improve its approach moving forward. This messaging spree could be the start of a new awareness campaign to try and boost Wii U sales.

What do you think of the above tactic? Does communication need to be improved? Let us know below.

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30 Comments

  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    It won’t play GC games, it’s not even an upgrade.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Nintendo should just scrap making consoles and make games for PS4 & 720!

    Am I doing it right guyz?!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Bit of a clumsy way to try and repair the damage…

    Now they just look desperate.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Digital Bamboo

    Smart to reach out to the huge Wii install base and try to clarify things regarding the U. Dumb because they should have done it 6 months ago.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    Eh, nobody care’s.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    @2

    Yep.

    They’re really starting to sound desperate. I read something somewhere saying the Wii U should’ve been called Super Wii. That would’ve brought connotations of SNES.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SolidGamerSnake

    The majority of people who bought a Wii were those who bought for Wii Fit and all this casual shit. Those people dont care for better graphics or any other kind of upgrades and they do not deal with the gaming industry,- But these people are Nintendos main audience.

    The stupidest thing Nintendo did was to name its new console WiiU. The name itself gives the impression that it is just an upgrade for which you only have to buy the tablet controller.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. adge_uk

    The Wii had massive potential (that a huge audience bought into) but it really didn’t deliver upon it. There’s nothing on the Wii-U innovative enough to attract customers, plus there isn’t a software library to entice the curious.

    It feels like a disconnect between their software and hardware people.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Logion

    I can only assume that the people who watches the WiiConnect24 channel are the kind of people that play games regularly. The fact that they would not know of the Wii U then do I think is highly unlikely.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Lengendaryboss

    First of all: this reeks of desperation.
    Second: That “family experience” just proves Wii and Wii U are for families, why not mention different games like Bayonetta 2 or ports of third party games like Watch Dogs or Rayman Legends. This is why Nintendo should fly solo they don’t need third party support they got the support of the casual audience and best selling franchises like Pokemon and Mario.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    @6,7:

    Yeah, the name is an issue, but I think they made it worse by going for almost exactly the same branding.

    Same font, colours, etc.

    Even the actual console looks very similar.

    Most Wii owners probably wouldn’t notice the difference between a Wii display in a store, and a Wii U one without squinting.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Let’s forget about the nature of this move and focus on who will hear it:

    - People that still have a Wii connected to the TV and not gathering dust in a cabinet.
    - A percentage of those people that still have their Wiis connected to net… the least online friendly console of last gen, .
    - Of the above, the percentage that hasn’t bought a Wii recently because why would you pay again for a new one so soon?

    This is better than Nintendo Directs to sell Wii U but still problematic. In that regard, gaming media and some non-Nintendo fans do turn in but in the end, such vids are like preaching to the choir. In this case, they are trying new ears but their availablity is rather limited.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. The_Red

    @2
    You just broke my sarcasm detector :)

    Seriously though, you’ve got to admit that this move at least looks a bit desperate (Looks, not absolutely is).

    #13 2 years ago
  14. KrazyKraut

    they should have name it Yuu

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    Normally, I’d say something snarky, but this…this is just sad. To say something negative about Nintendo at this point would feel like beating up a mentally challenged 6 year old…on crutches. I think I actually feel bad for them, with how desperate this comes off.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Digital Bamboo

    @2 Pretty good effort, but you forgot to include something about a Nintendo console collecting dus–nevermind, someone’s done it now.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    The fact they have to so blatantly try to explain what this console is and isn’t just shows how much they dropped the ball on initial marketing.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    Damn I’m with you G1GA thats hella desperate man. I’m sorry but they deserve it after fucking the industry up with the wii. Just goes to show you Nintendo and the rest….the casual are not loyal like the core.

    What goes up must come crashing down.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=56387444&postcount=96 < Left hand? This is Right. What…WHAT are you doing? /o\

    #19 2 years ago
  20. livewired500

    Still sounds like an upgrade to me. I can play Wii games with Wii remotes and there is a new controller finally in HD. Maybe if most of the games weren’t rehashes, re-skins, remakes, and mobile ports I might be more convinced. Same s***, different decade Ninty.

    Wonder if the Average Joe Public thinks that it is just a tablet for their Wii? Because the adverts that I have seen focus mainly on the controller.

    Either way, I don’t know how it would, “Change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”

    My kids want to shoot people and zombies in the face. They have no interest in having a dinner plate sized tablet to do that. Don’t know how it is an improvement over KB&M or PS360 controllers. Or they want jump around in front of a real motion controller, the Kinect.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    The screen’s the bad part of it. But, it’s intrinsic. So, yeah. They’re anchored to it.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. livewired500

    @19 Holy CRT. People still actually have those?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    The WiiU prolly should have been named something different. That would have helped in this regaurd.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. hitnrun

    Boy, I bet you wish you hadn’t given it such a stupid name now, huh?

    It’s funny when the corporate religion of “branding” runs up against reality. You’re selling big ticket consumer electronics, Nintendo, not cans of soda. And in a deep recession, no less.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    Or the wii should have released in HD back in 2006 and Nintendo could have still done their motion gimmick crap without the tablet like controller. They then should have released their next gen console along with PS4 and 720/infinity/fusion/who gives a fuck as long as it doesn’t RROD again with the tablet controller that would have made SONY’s DS4 touch pad seem like shit.

    But no they took the road only fools would take. You’re getting exactly what you deserve Nintendo. I hope all that money you made with the wii gets burned up quick for selling your souls to the devil.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeyman

    Yep that’s the problem with the name Wii-U a lot of my friends thought it was just a new controller add on for the wii, & the way it has been marketed. I bought one because I really like Nintendo games but with the lack of these forthcoming since launch has forced me to sell, I may pick one up again a few years down the line if it gets a reasonable games catalogue. But it doesn’t look like that so far…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    LOL yea….its the name people. Give me a break! Wii 2,Wii U does it really matter that much. I don’t think so. If anything the design of the system is more confusing than the name I think.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. NeutralBlade

    Educating consumers on your new product is just smart business. Everyone does it, especially in the PC market. It’s a very common practice in Microsoft PC products, and both M&S will surely do the same thing once their consoles are out.

    Most consumers don’t follow video game news online, or market releases. So increasing customer awareness while providing information on the new product, just make sense. I’d say it would have been foolish, if Nintendo didn’t do this.

    You can move all your stuff over to the Wii U, continue to buy Wii games if you wish, and have access to a new generation of games. If you don’t think their message is good business, then you wouldn’t be in business.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Clupula

    @28 – Most people usually do it BEFORE their new product comes out, not after it sinks like a rock in sales.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. theevilaires

    ^ exactly

    #30 2 years ago

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    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]