How to bring a massive profit to Wii U - peripherals

#1Squirt_ShadoPosted 2/1/2013 7:47:07 AM
Remember how Nintendo used to have standard consoles, but with neat add-ons needed for specific games? Star Fox has this special chip enabling its "stunning" graphics to run on the SNES, and DK 64 had a RAM add-on to allow huge levels with high-res textures. Both of these were massively successful and basically gave them TWO sales per user: one for the game, one for the add-on.

Now, the GC wasn't too special with add-ons unless you enjoyed using Bongos to move a character left and right... but the Wii. Oh boy the Wii. We all remember happily shelling out $80 for Skyward Sword, which required the Wii Motion+ to play. And it was worth it. This game proved that Nintendo can always increase profits this way, as revealed by the new Wiimote - they could've originally built it like this, but by choosing to hold the tech back to sell separately profits were increased exponentially. So it's pretty clear what they have to do this time to hit that 5.5 million mark.

The question is, what add-on can even be provided for Wii U? The controller is perfect already, so nothing that plugs into that. However, the system itself may be lacking. As we all have heard by now, Wii U has a weaker CPU and slower non-standard RAM that causes issues in a few ports (textures fail to load in Batman, for example). I say this is a perfect opportunity to reveal either

1) The WiI U ECU, the Extra Computation Unit. This would plug into the USB slot and allow calculations to be offloaded from the CPU, and basically boost the power by 20%. Possibly enough to match the PS4 if a game was developed to use this tech.

2) The Wii U Hyperboost module. If you've heard of ReadyBoost, you know that having a USB stick to use as RAM can speed up your machine quite a bit. If Nintendo offers a 4 GB HyperBoost RAM stick they can kiss their performance issues goodbye - with most of the game loaded into memory, there's no need to wait/block while the game reads items from disk and stutters.

Any other good ideas for peripherals? Maybe if this topic gets big enough Wii can send it to Iwata, and he won't need to resign next year.
#2Squirt_Shado(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2013 8:06:26 AM
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#3wobbuffet10Posted 2/1/2013 8:08:27 AM
i was just hoping nintendo was starting to realize that no one wants most of their stupid peripherals and you then you come in here proving me wrong
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#4Squirt_Shado(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2013 8:21:53 AM
wobbuffet10 posted...
i was just hoping nintendo was starting to realize that no one wants most of their stupid peripherals and you then you come in here proving me wrong


List all their "stupid" peripherals and compare it to the successful ones.
#5Squirt_Shado(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2013 9:02:31 AM
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#6wobbuffet10Posted 2/1/2013 9:11:49 AM
failed/stupid peripherals - e-reader, wii zapper, wii wheel, wii motion plus, wii speak, wii balance board, power pad, power glove, super scope 6, game boy printer (camera was sweet though), gamecube microphone, bongos (actually fun but flopped/only used for 3 games), gamecube modem/broadband adapter, super scope (fun but extremely impractical + 6 batteries), n64 transfer pak
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#7wobbuffet10Posted 2/1/2013 9:40:55 AM
also n64 controller pack, R.O.B., circle pad pro, ds headset
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#8GiygasminionPosted 2/1/2013 9:42:41 AM
wobbuffet10 posted...
failed/stupid peripherals - e-reader, wii zapper, wii wheel, wii motion plus, wii speak, wii balance board, power pad, power glove, super scope 6, game boy printer (camera was sweet though), gamecube microphone, bongos (actually fun but flopped/only used for 3 games), gamecube modem/broadband adapter, super scope (fun but extremely impractical + 6 batteries), n64 transfer pak


I don't think you can call Wii Motion Plus stupid or failed. Same with the Balance Board.
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#9DTY3Posted 2/1/2013 9:47:27 AM
wobbuffet10 posted...
failed/stupid peripherals - e-reader, wii zapper, wii wheel, wii motion plus, wii speak, wii balance board, power pad, power glove, super scope 6, game boy printer (camera was sweet though), gamecube microphone, bongos (actually fun but flopped/only used for 3 games), gamecube modem/broadband adapter, super scope (fun but extremely impractical + 6 batteries), n64 transfer pak


Um, Motion Plus was a success.
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#10wobbuffet10Posted 2/1/2013 9:53:01 AM
motion plus is now built into wiimotes so that's cool, but it makes the original attachment seem obsolete now. balance board sold well i suppose but i still think it's pretty stupid/has next to no use outside of wii fit
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