Nintendo To Release Wii U in November
A few weeks ago, Nintendo announced that the Wii U will be released in North America on Nov. 18, a statement that was met with resounding silence by Staples students.
The new video game console is Nintendo’s follow-up to the 2006 pop-icon Wii, which has sold 30 million units in America as of this past August, according to official sales numbers published by the company.
But Staples students, for the most part, couldn’t seem to care less about this new Wii U.
“Is that like a book or something?” asked Elizabeth Mitas ’16.
Julia Woods ’14 hadn’t heard of the system’s launch either, saying, “I guess it’s not as big of a release as the Wii.”
Despite many new features, like compatibility with high definition televisions, a robust digital games store, launch titles from popular franchises like Call of Duty and FIFA, and a new tablet controller, the Wii U has failed to make an impact on the Staples community.
In fact, when surveyed, 71 percent of Staples students said that they didn’t even know the console existed.
“I used to play the Wii a lot a few years ago,” said Monique Medina ’15, “but I barely care about the Wii U. I’m not planning on buying it.”
Self-described Nintendo enthusiast Cyrus Burris ’15, however, remains hopeful that the Wii U will be successful, although he has his doubts.
He points to the fact that major retailers like GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon have all sold out of preorders for the system, according to their respective websites.
“At first I was underwhelmed,” he said, “I was expecting something revolutionary. Nintendo is trying to broaden its audience; they want the Wii U to appeal to the casual and the hardcore. Their launch titles may have a wide range, but nothing can reach the mass popularity of the Wii.”
For more information on the Wii U, visit the website at http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/features/