• Nintendo Reminding Gamers the Wii U is a new Console

    Posted by Mike Yawney on May 2nd, 2013 View Comments

    When Nintendo initially launched the Wii U late last year there was a lot of confusion over what exactly the device was. Many questioned if it was a brand new console or simply an upgrade to the existing (and aging) gaming machine. Turns out many are still confused.

    Earlier this week, Nintendo sent out a software update for the Wii U, adding additional functionality. At the same time it pushed a notification to original Wii users, clarifying the Wii U is a brand new console.

    “It’s time to discover Wii U” the statement read. “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.”

    Adoption of the new console hasn’t met Nintendo’s expectations. Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata admitted during a recent financial results briefing the company hasn’t been able to demonstrate the purpose of the new console to customers.

    Nintendo recently shocked gaming media last week when it announced it would not be holding a press event during the upcoming E3 gaming expo in June as it does each and every year. Instead it will hold “behind closed doors” events for the press to get hands on time with upcoming titles.

    Both Microsoft and Sony are going ahead with plans for major press events at E3 to discuss details of their upcoming next gen consoles.

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