Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 146: Just Wii and U

A super-sized podcast for all the news and revelations from yesterday’s Nintendo E3 2011 Press Conference.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 06/08/2011 09:00 19 Comments     ShareThis
Episode 146: Just Wii and U

Noah, James and Evan react to all the Wii U, 3DS and Zelda news revealed at E3 2011.

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Recording Date
June 7, 2011

Noah, Aaron and James

00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:53 Zelda’s 25th Anniversary Offerings
00:11:15 3DS’s Upcoming Year
00:22:02 The Ghost That Is Wii
00:27:52 Wii U Reactions Part 1: Name, Design, Technology & More
00:55:10 Wii U Reactions Part 2: Demos, Games & More
01:17:53 Overall Reactions and Favorite Press Conference
01:39:19 Warm Fuzzies Feedback
01:52:37 Conclusion & Fan Fiction Assignment
01:54:21 Credits

01:56:28 Total Length



19 Responses to “Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 146: Just Wii and U”

  • 3 points
    Dave87 says...

    Very cool! Thank you for doing this episode! This just confirms that this is a day one purchase for me. Not only did people diss the Wii at first, Sony AND Microsoft went for motion controls!
    Also do you know where I can pre order the wii u? Amazon has it listed as “pending”

  • 288 points
    JPtheNintendoFan says...

    Any idea as to how much the Wii U will cost?

  • 697 points
    Adam Sorice says...

    I don’t see Nintendo dropping the price of 3DS this side of Christmas but a pack-in seems more likely. On the whole, Americans complaining about software pricing just upsets me; the $40 3DS software price is still ~$10 more than the original DS games were in Europe.

    Over here, the suggested retail price for 3DS software is $65. And you’re complaining about $40? :P

    • 288 points
      JPtheNintendoFan says...

      I never knew games were that expensive in Europe. You can now officially take me off of your list of upset complaining Americans…

      • 697 points
        Adam Sorice says...

        The 3DS was actually $120 more expensive in Europe than America at launch which is a bit crazy when you think about it. Apparently we have some form of extra charge on electronic products but still, that’s a massive difference for the exact same device.

        Luckily, 3DS sales have been abysmal over here so I picked one up last week for $115 less than its launch price. Still a fiver more than you guys have to cough up but I’m not complaining.

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    I live in colombia a third world country and here the 3ds costs 500 DOLARS! a wii game 100 Dolars! so ….

    that aside, i really enjoyed this show, i’m super hyped for all the 3ds games, allthough your right, 5 nintendo franchises in such a short period of time is a risky bet, but i mean, for us games, those are great news, at least everyone’s gonna have their favourite game represented.

    The Wii U is a very bad name, i would rather call it ULTRA, Stream, even dolphin ! but i’m really exited about the posibilities of the controller, on the other side, it sucks that you can only play with one controler.

    That Zelda hd SSSSWWWWWEEEEEEAAAAAT! it reminds me of the trailer showed during 2001 ( i believe) anyway in the e3 when the Gamecube was announced. it was a Ganondorf VS link fight. I watched that like 1213857439 times, and i think this gohma trailer is gonna be just the same.


    • 1332 points
      Andrew Hsieh says...

      Yep, that Zelda HD certainly was exciting– and I still remember seeing images of that Link vs. Ganondorf fight in Nintendo Power, thinking that the game was actually going to come out the next year. We got Wind Waker instead, which definitely satisfied my fix, but I’ve never forgotten that image.

  • 690 points
    KisakiProject says...

    So granted the 3Ds stuff was known about but it makes me excited to see stuff justifying this purchase.

    Zelda orchestra was cool. Skyward Sword is finally looking unique and compelling.

    No Xenoblade & Last Story. **** you NoA Im hacking my Wii and importing the EU versions.

    Wii U is a terrible name. The device looks huge and clunky. A Smash Bros tease for god knows how long form now and a NSMB that looks like the Wii one doesn’t do it. Cool its getting multi-platform stuff but we buy their systems for their games. At least Pikmin 3 was confirmed. Why didn’t they show it on stage? Tech demos do no cut it.

    Also $250 PSVita can’t wait.

  • 441 points
    Terr says...

    I do love Nintendo & am by no means a hater of the system, but I’ll tell you now. I saw nothing that would make me want to buy the Wii U. I was very disappointed in their press conference. Not only that but their 3DS stuff didn’t impress me either. I was going to buy a 3DS here shortly, but I think I’ll wait a while longer & instead save up for the Vita instead. I personally think that Nintendo could have done so much & actually have competed in the market, but they dropped the ball here. Especially with that joke of a name. What are they thinking? There was a lot of nonsense about the Wii’s name at launch too and you know what? It’s still a horrible name. Wii U? Yea… no thanks.

  • 54 points
    Rift says...

    I hope the Zelda Symphony comes to Antarctica too….

  • 165 points
    LocoBaka says...

    Response to how much it will cost: Wii U will cost exactly 23 dead giraffes. No more, no less.
    Response to Andrew’s response to Rift: No one lives in antartica. if a so called “homo sapian” lives in Antartica, they are an alien cyborg sent here by their robot overlords to montitor us. More from me as I find a competent browser and computer/smartphone.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      Sadly that’s actually the plot of an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. Borg at the Pole, you couldn’t make it up. (Well obviously they did but you catch my drift.)

  • 576 points
    MegabusterLegends3 says...

    First of all, kudos to anyone who plugs Valkyria Chronicles, its the only reason I play my PS3 and PSP nowadays. “Meeoink!”

    Anyway, I am a bit dissapointed in the lack of a Retro Studios appearance, since I was anticipating their next sequel with bated breath. I was so looking forward to seeing what they could do with the power of (Ugh) Wii U. (Way to go, nintendo, turning 2 mispelled pronouns into a console name). On the other hand, I am excited to try out the Kid Icarus Multiplayer, I think it has alot of potential, coming from the top Smash Bros developer, especially if it is online. It looks unique, action packed, and very customizable.

    I only have one question. How are they going to convince luigi to go into ANOTHER mansion…?

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    Nintendo Wii U 3DS Controller

    There are a few upgrades that should be made to the Wii U controller before it is released and to the Nintendo 3DS for its next iteration. The Wii U controller should have a multi-touch capable screen. Four Wii U controllers should be usable for simultaneous play on a single Wii U console so that games such a Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and The Legend of Zelda Four Swords can be played. For example, Pac man Vs. only needed one player to have a screen, but these two games require all four players to each have their own screen. Also, if two players are playing madden and they are picking their plays, they should both be able to choose from the display on their respective controllers; currently, they would likely have to take turns picking their plays from the same controller.

    The Nintendo 3DS should have a second circle pad. Already, games such as Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater and Splinter Cell 3D are suffering because of the lack of a second circle pad, and they a resorting to using the buttons for camera control. The Nintendo 3DS needs a second circle pad in order to properly substitute as a Wii U controller. Games such as Battle Mii and Killer Freaks from Outer Space use both circle pads and the motion controls together at the same time as their control method. A Nintendo 3DS would not be able to replicate this in its current state. For better functionality as a Wii U controller, the Nintendo 3DS should have a wide screen, 16:9, aspect ratio for its bottom touch screen. Finally, just as the Wii U controller should have a multi-touch capable screen, so should the Nintendo 3DS. For a new iteration of the Nintendo 3DS, it would be worth losing the backwards compatibility with the DS in order to have complete functionality with the Wii U through the inclusion of a second circle pad and a widescreen, multi-touch capable bottom screen.

    P.S. I prefer to use the Wiimote and nunchuk over dual analog sticks for FPS’s on the Wii. I dislike having to go back to dual analog when I feel the the Wiimote and nunchuk is superior. I understand the Wii U can use the Wiimote and nunchuk, but I do not see any way to make use of the Wii U controller’s touchscreen while using the Wiimote and nunchuk at the same time. If the functionality of the controller’s screen is not critical to the gameplay such as when using the gyro and the screen to aim in Killer Freaks from Outer Space, I can still use the Wiimote and nunchuk instead. However, when the functionality is important to the gameplay such as in Ghost Recon Online where you have a map, drones, and markers to deploy, I don’t see how I can still use the Wiimote and nunchuk without losing the added functionality that the Wii U controller’s touchscreen provides. In this case, I would be forced to use the dual sticks so that I can retain access to the Crosscom 2.0.

    • 381 points
      Hyawatta says...

      After reading an article on IGN about improving the Wii U controller, I would like to add that, although I don’t believe that it’s necessary to replace the circle pads with analog sticks, I do believe that the circle pads/analog sticks should be clickable. For example, pressing down on the left circle pad to duck in a FPS. I also believe that the ZL and ZR triggers should be analog with a click when pressed all the way down like on the Gamecube controller.

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