Is Japan Excited about Wii U?

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The Wii U is Nintendo's new console. You might be excited about it. You might not be. But what do Famitsu readers think?

Famitsu is Japan's biggest gaming mag, and its polls provide insights into what readers are thinking. So what are Famitsu readers thinking? Here are the results, via 1Up:

•38.3 percent said they had a good impression of the Wii U after E3
•33.7 percent said they did not have a good impression
•28 percent were undecided


Many liked the console's potential, but 22.5 percent didn't like the console's name, and others thought the Wii U seemed like a minor Wii upgrade.

Developers were more excited about the console, with Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi, Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki, Yakuza designer Toshihiro Nagoshi, Resident Evil designer Shinji Mikami, and Professor Layton developer Akihiro Hino all expressed interest in the machine. Many of them, however, seemed to be taking a watch-and-see attitude towards the console.

"We can think about new ports of games like Professor Layton which use the touch pen," Hino told Famitsu (via 1Up), "but I'd also like to think of new possibilities for games you can enjoy at home."

Having developers on board is important. Having good third party titles from non Nintendo studios is important. But talk is cheap, and developing new games isn't.


At E3, BioShock designer Ken Levin appeared in a Wii U promo reel, but later said his studio currently had "no plans" for Wii U titles.

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bah iv been burned 2 times in a row from there home consoles... im going to pass on this one since its once again going to fall behind sony and microsoft in terms of power and 3rd party support