Nintendo’s Next Next Gen: The Wii U

Nintendo launched its next generation system, the Wii U, yesterday. The Verge has its review here. (Though I’d disagree with their use of the word gimmick to describe the differentiator. The Wii’s control was a “gimmick” until everyone else tried to copy it, I guess. We wouldn’t have Kinect today if it weren’t for the Wiimote. Do people call the Kinect a gimmick, too?)

That just made me wistful and nostalgic for the glory days of the release of the Nintendo Wii, 6 years ago now. It was impossible to find on launch day with that release, but I exploited an archaic local law to easily pick mine up on a cold November Monday morning. Heck, I bought two and sold the second to a friend. Spread the love, I say.

My Wii is still connected to my TV to this day. I’m anxious for the time my daughter is old enough to be able to play Wii Sports with me. We’re not too far off.

No, I’m not buying the Wii U. It’s not that I don’t find it a fascinating device — though I do wonder if Nintendo isn’t trying to be All Things to All People and doomed to fail — but that I don’t have the time to play many games these days. I won’t be buying a next gen XBox or PlayStation, either. All my gaming gets done on my iPhone these days, and I don’t think I’m alone on that.

Here are my first thoughts on the Wii, too. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still a lot of fun.

I first started tracking the Nintendo “Revolution” in May of 2005. Time certainly does fly.