It's amazing really. Why is is that no console manufacturer can ever get their console reveal right?
You would have thought that with such a powerful console (seemingly at least), it would be easy to impress people. Yet Microsoft still managed to screw up their reveal, instead leaving punters entirely confused about what the future holds. This is a Nintendo website of course and the first question on Nintendo fans' minds is: 'what does this mean for me?'
As always, I'm more than happy for Microsoft and Sony to battle it out over who will dominate the multimedia box space. Both now feature Blu-Ray drives, so the contest has never been closer, but we've been here before.
First and foremost I want a games machine and I want the company I buy into to be focused on that. Call Of Duty: Ghosts looked stunning but how many developers, realistically, will be able to afford the resources necessary to create such a product?
Microsoft, EA, Activision... that's probably it. Even Ubisoft isn't stupid enough to plough high-end exclusively into a new generation that has yet to prove itself. All of which means that while the Xbox One and PS4 may well have a handful of stunning looking games, the majority of the games out there won't look all that far removed from Wii U titles.
What matters to me though, is originality. Every console has its evergreen franchises that will always do well and will always look that little bit better with every iteration.
Forza 5 looks like... the last Forza but prettier. You could say the same for Mario Kart though; a new Mario Kart will look a bit better and have one or two new ideas.
But, as always, it's the controller input that makes the real difference. The Wii U GamePad already gives us new reasons to play. Splinter Cell: Blacklist on Wii U is already looking like the best version. Sure, other versions may end up looking better but the GamePad takes the gameplay to a completely different, far more immersive level.
Microsoft has chosen to stick with the standard controller input and instead innovate in other, non-gaming departments. That's a huge mistake as far as I'm concerned. There's absolutely no doubt that Nintendo desperately needs to sort out its own non-gaming offering (OS loading times, media sharing etc) but the GamePad works perfectly and is a vital tool in the fight against iterative gaming.
It's the GamePad and Miiverse that's going to provide me with my favourite gaming memories over the next few years, not being able to watch a trailer at the same time and upload my latest kill video to cyberspace. The danger of giving users the option to share everything (by that I mean uploading videos) is that it removes personality and creativity... things that defines the Miiverse. But that fits into perfectly into Microsoft's vision.
The Xbox One will no doubt have some great games. It will also, no doubt, be quite expensive, and you'll be paying for the other things it does as opposed to just paying for a games machine. Am I worried about its effect on Wii U? No. If anything this reveal has made it easier for me to understand how the Wii U will succeed.