For many gamers, and for members of the Headset Buddy team, there was a time in their lives when the phrase “Nintendo” basically stood for all video games in general. For many, the phrase “Is that a new Nintendo?” still refers to the entire world of gaming. While there are more and, arguably, better game systems at this point in 2013, Nintendo is a company inextricably linked to the history and fundamental role of gaming. Its position is equivalent to, say, Ford in the car industry.
So it gives a little thrill every time Nintendo actually does release a new gaming system (or console). We’ve all been living with the Wii for years now, but Nintendo’s latest breakthrough takes that system’s setup one step further. The Nintendo Wii U, the successor to the Wii, was released late in 2012. So it’s still new to the market. Its placement is historic – the first of the eighth generation of video game home consoles to hit the market.
The specs: this is the first console from Nintendo that supports high-definition graphics. The Wii U has 2 gigabytes (GB) of RAM, and it is capable of up to 1080p video output. These are also firsts for Nintendo. Currently the Wii U comes in two versions – the white “Basic” and “Deluxe/Premium” in black. The Premium model comes with four times (32 GB) as much RAM as the Basic. If you’re willing to shell out the few more bucks for the Deluxe, the package is enriched with a charging dock, console stands and a “pack-in game” (aka a video game that is packaged with the purchase!).
The Wii U is played with a special GamePad controller that has a touchscreen interface embedded into it. This GamePad can hook up with the television and even display game play when the television is turned off. It is also “backwards-compatible” with the original Wii, and several now-classic Wii games can be played with the Wii U.
Although there isn’t enough marketing information yet available on the Wii U to make a concrete view of consumer playing patterns, it is inevitable that headsets will be used in combination with the Wii U’s online gaming capabilities. This is a great opportunity for Headset Buddy to get closer to the new Nintendo console. As it’s the main competition for Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Playstation 4 from Sony – and both have headset capabilities – it’s nice for Headset Buddy to see connections to all sides of the gaming spectrum with the new eight generation of video game home consoles.
The launch of the Wii U also brought 29 new video games into being with it. These include a new Mario game (always the front runner on new Nintendo consoles), New Super Mario Bros. U, the aptly general Nintendo Land and a new Lego franchise game Lego City Undercover. After the early releases, these titles followed: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Darksiders II, Assassin’s Creed III, Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Madden NFL 13, and Just Dance 4.
The Wii U may not be the next revolutionary game console, owing to its symbiotic relationship with the already-established Wii, but it’s a signal of a new generation to come. Video game innovation will continue, and Headset Buddy is happy to follow the story wherever it takes us (and the world).