Since its launch (and before), the Nintendo Wii U has gotten a lot of mixed responses. Michael Pachter recently made the bold prediction that “no one is going to support it”, and Peter Molyneux continues to be baffled by how to use two screens at once.
However, Time Magazine has chosen the Wii U for their number 2 spot in their “Gadget of the Year” list, being edged out only by the iPhone 5.
Time wrote, “The Wii U’s key innovation is its GamePad, a game controller with a built-in 6.2” touchscreen. It interacts with your TV in different ways in different games, and has the potential to be a big deal if game developers make good use of it.”
The magazine was also impressed by the Wii U TVii feature (despite it not actually being publically available yet): “Also potentially huge: TVii, which combines streaming video from sources such as Netflix with your cable lineup and TiVo recordings. It’s the first time that the famously game-centric Nintendo has poured its heart and soul into a non-gaming feature.”
It would appear that the basis for the Wii U’s second-place spot is built largely on potential, but Time’s praises may fall flat if Pachter’s prediction comes true.
The iPhone 5 topping the list may also be a head scratcher for some, but Time claims that “it’s one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built”, and “Apple still has no peer.”
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