Wii U launch ‘marks a beginning,’ says Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime

Wii U

Anders Krusberg/AP – In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a fan purchases one of the first Wii U systems in the world at the midnight launch event at Nintendo World in New York on Nov. 18.

The Wii U is set to launch Nov. 18, marking the biggest release from Nintendo since the company introduced the motion-gaming console, the Wii.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that this launch “marks a beginning” for the company.

“As we prepare for this launch, I think it’s really important to recognize where we are as well as to look to the future,” he said.
Ahead of the launch, Nintendo reported that stores had pre-sold all the stock set aside for reserve on the first day. Fils-Aime said that stores across the country would have midnight releases for the console — including the Toys R Us in Times Square — and continuing with heavy promotion throughout the week. Nintendo has prepared for this launch to be bigger than the Wii’s 2006 debut.

Fils-Aime touted the Wii U’s unique features, specifically the GamePad tablet controller that acts as a second screen for games, video and television viewing.

Reggie Fils-Aime

“[This is] the launch of a very innovative system, a system that will marry new ways to play games, new ways to interact with gaming friends and new ways to engage with a broad range of entertainment,” he said.

The list of launch titles indicates that Nintendo is focusing not only on the family audience but also going after more serious gamers.

“Nintendo prides itself on being a mass-market gaming company. When we talk about our target audience, we say things like ages 5 to 95, male and female,” Fils-Aime said. Offering “Mass Effect 3,” “Call of Duty” or “ZombiU” in addition to classic Mario titles and party games such as “NintendoLand” helps to broaden the console’s reach, he said.

The ability to transfer on-screen action to the tablet controller and vice-versa also makes the Wii U a console that can fit easily into any family situation, he said.

In fact, the device is very focused on getting groups of people together. Some games for the Wii U can support up to five players at a time — with four people using Wii remotes and one person directing some other part of the game on the tablet.

Nintendo, he said, “has built a legacy in side-by-side play. …We think there is something inherently magical about people playing together but having completely different experiences.” The company has also started something called off-TV play, which lets users play full games directly on the tablet and leave the television open for other use.

The Wii U is also designed to be used for watching regular television and online video. The television interaction component, Wii TVii, will launch in December. It allows users to send messages through Facebook, Twitter and Nintendo’s own Miiverse social network while watching their favorite programs — building off of the trend of people using their smartphones or tablets to comment on programs as they happen.

The GamePad also works on its own as a television remote, so people can use it to control the volume and channels on their existing televisions.

“We want every consumer in the household to pick up the Game Pad at least once a day,” Fils-Aime said.

This is an important time for Nintendo. Video game sales have been down this year, with NPD Group reporting this month that hardware sales had suffered the most — 37 percent down from last year. And, so far, Nintendo hasn’t had as much luck with its attempts to build a social community around its console as its competitors have with the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live and has fallen behind in sales.

Fils-Aime said that social is another primary focus for Nintendo as it launches the new system. The MiiVerse community, he hopes, will connect players who want to discuss games as well as video and television.

Nintendo is also pumping up its online store, the eShop, which Fils-Aime said has been appealing to both publishers and gamers because of the rise of downloadable content.

“We prioritized the eShop because we’re seeing that, first, there’s a segment of consumers that want their games digitally on the system and don’t want the hassle, potentially, of physical discs,” Fils-Aime said. “We’ve also seen the ongoing business opportunities with digital content. Continuous transactions with this content is something publishers especially view as critical to the ongoing monetization of their franchises.”

Nintendo’s ability to attract developers willing to create games optimized for its unique layout is critical as it tries to compete with Sony and Microsoft.

Developers, Fils-Aime said, have embraced the idea of a second screen.

“What I love is that developers are utilizing the second screen of the GamePad in completely different ways,” he said. In “ZombiU,” for example, the tablet houses the player’s inventory menu. In the Wii U version of “Batman: Arkham City,” it’s an extension of the world’s greatest detective’s utility belt. In Madden 2012, players can trace plays directly on the screen.

Fils-Aime said he was particularly impressed with how the tablet improved the multiplayer experience in “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for the Wii U.

“Multiplayer in the same room has always been a challenge because of the split screen environment,” he said. “But [the Wii U] multiplayer allows two players to focus on individual screens. It’s a much more fun and robust experience.”


Source: Washington Post


Watch Mist Of Pandaria live stream this Monday


At midnight on September 25, World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ hits shelves at retail locations around the world, ushering in a bold new age of exploration, and bringing heroes of the Horde and the Alliance to the shores of an exotic new frontier.

You can join Blizzard and your fellow Horde and Alliance on the evening of September 24 at 22:30 (CEST) as we celebrate Mists of Pandaria’s launch with the Digital Launch Event. This pan-European live stream brings together seven launch events across the continent, and will be broadcast online for free on our official channel at YouTube.com/Warcraft. Featuring insights from the game’s developers, spectacular entertainment from each location and much more, there’s no better way to be part of this momentous occasion.

Or is there? If you can make it to Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Cologne or Moscow, why not join us at one of our launch events in person? There’ll be prizes to win, giveaways, live entertainment, music, costume and dance contests and, of course, the chance to pick up a Collector’s Edition and get it signed by members of the development team! Check out our teaser video and launch event site for more details.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria goes live in Europe at midnight CEST, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Mere hours later, North America’s launch takes place, and you can watch the action unfold at the event in Irvine, California. Our friends at Machinima.com will be live-streaming the North American launch party, where Blizzard developers will be celebrating the arrival of the expansion with players. The live stream begins at 9 p.m. PDT, so mark your calendars and watch it live here.

European Launch Events and Digital Launch Event stream information 

North American Launch Event at the Irvine Spectrum Center
If you’re unable to catch the live streams or make it to one of these official Blizzard-hosted launch events, don’t worry – other select retailer locations will also be hosting special openings on the evening of September 24. For a list of participating stores, check out our dedicated page.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of stores hosting midnight launch events, so be sure to check with your local retailer. See the press release for further details, or visit the websites below.

Mists of Pandaria Global Launch Celebration Press release

Learn More About Mists of Pandaria

Pre-Purchase Your Copy Today

The Pandarens are coming!

When it comes to MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) or just online games for short, I’ve played quite a few, but my all time favorite and also for 12 million other gamers worldwide is World Of Warcraft. I started playing around 2005 and instantly fell in love with the Lore and the beautiful art style of the world. I followed through all 3 expansions and shed a tear for the last one” Cataclysm” which saw the Azeroth as we knew it ripped to sunder as beautiful cities and landscapes shifted and collapsed and formed new ones. Its a good thing I took plenty of screen shots of everything before Deathwing enforced her destruction on the world.

This month will see the 4th expansion for World Of Warcraft called Mists Of Pandaria. On September 25,2012 Blizzard introduces the Pandarens which in all honesty look like kung fu panda, but remember, Blizzards take  on these characters came way before that movie.The major setting is the land of Pandaria, one of the continents of the world of Azeroth. The discovery of Pandaria is made after a naval battle between the Horde and the Alliance. It had been hidden by magic since The Sundering.

Mists of Pandaria will raise the existing level cap from level 85 to 90. It will introduce a new character class, the Monk, along with a new playable race, the Pandaren. The vanity pet system will be overhauled and will include a pet battle system. New PVEscenarios will be introduced, and Challenge Modes will be added for dungeons. The existing 41-point talent trees will be replaced by a new system of tiered talents that are awarded every 15 levels. Blizzard has stated that there are plans for nine new dungeons, three new raids, and four new battlegrounds.

Watch the awesome Cinematic Trailer!

If your interested in the launch, here’s a link to the official global launch event: http://tinyurl.com/9a7re6g

Do you love World Of Warcraft or any other online game? Tell us which one is your favorite and why. See you in Azeroth!