Does Japan Care About the Wii U?

Survey says!!!

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson

Does Japan Care About the Wii U?

Famitsu (via 1UP), Japan's largest and most internationally renowned gaming magazine, ran a consumer survey in order to gauge the Wii U's reception post-E3. The results, oddly enough, are practically a dead split.

Amongst gamers polled, here's how the responses broke down…

  • 38.3% said they liked what they saw of the Wii U at E3.
  • 33.7% said they did not like what they saw of the Wii U at E3.
  • 28% said they weren't sure.

Gauging excitement for the upcoming console is likely a tricky practice in Japan. While it's obvious that the country has always been gaga for gaming, the style of gaming that they go for is oftentimes a little unique when compared to the tastes of the rest of the world.

There's a reason, for instance, that the 360 sells well in the US while it continues to tank in Japan. And, to go the other way, why the PSP kills in Japan yet stumbles in the States.

So when Nintendo unveiled the console, controller first, talked very little about its specs and showed off the simple HD gaming fact, Japan as a whole was left completely split apart in opinion. Why? My money is on both the absence of killer software to get gamers excited and the dud news of HD gaming.

HD gaming? A dud? Well, not exactly. Through knowing folks living in Japan and visiting the nation myself several times in the last few years, I've come to gather that HD television and HD gaming just aren't as imperative to the culture. Most homes and business I ventured into still make use of tube TVs. Yes, I've been there as recently as this year.

If they don't have the HD gear to make use of the gorgeous games, why would they care that the Wii U offers HD gaming? That makes us Western Worlders excited, absolutely, but Japanese gamers were treated to a weird controller and an absence of games. The reason for the split in opinion, as far as I'm concerned, is obvious. The field will likely lean towards one direction over another once proper, strong software is announced.