How About Repurposing Your Wii U For Work With Minimum Fuss?

That’s exactly the idea behind the Kickstarter that yours truly has just launched.

After working for nearly a decade in IT at various levels, I’ve come to learn that you can never have enough formal documentation on how to do anything. It may seem simple enough for you or myself to just head over to Office Web Apps and interpret what happens.

Does a plug-in failed to load, causing us to have to try out about a dozen or more other competitors? Are we allowed to sign-in? If so, how do I work that interface or just get my school paper done in time? Let me handle your frustration in advance so that you can have the best chance at smooth sailing.

That’s fine. At one point in time we all new nothing and had no skill in everything that we’re proficient with now.

Moving beyond that, people are able to get much of their computing done via a web browser and Chrome OS. They’re uying Chromeboxes and Chromebooks that are within the same pricerange of a Wii U. They offer an operating system with little to no maintenance needed in stationary and mobile form factors. The Wii is mostly stationary but via the GamePad it is versatile. There are some things that Chrome OS can do and offer that a Wii U can’t, the same is true for in reverse. Why not take part in a guide that clears a path for you?

Sure, we can trust our pc’s, laptops or tablets to friends or family but not everyone has these extra devices to share. Not only that but they are often highly personal devices. Should your sisters get to learn about what you and your girlfriend were really up to last night while supposedly researching Hernando Cortes for a history paper? I don’t think so.

Sure, she or he (little brothers are a monster unto themselves) may be very adept at web searching and can punch keys to type but how well can they organize a project on their own that will net them an A? (with them doing awesome research, typing and assignment adherence of course)

My sisters excel at this, my mother… eh. It wouldn’t even need to be family. Most people learn a single workflow in a very specific environment so that they can do a task, almost on autopilot sometimes. If their machines die or become unusable somehow, you can bet that they’re coming for yours next.

If they need to complete an autocad project or advanced music editing, you may just be out of luck and have to take that risk is they aren’t a savvy user. If their needs are simple, you can stay on your machine or even jump over to the Wii U yourself, and continue working and generally doing whatever you were doing before.

In the end, this is a project about making you and those around you more adept and able to repurpose a fun piece of tech to get some light work done. I’ve tried doing this many times in the past and can tell you that the random hiccups can often suck up more time than the actual work itself. Be prepared. Let me spend a month or more with a Wii U, document how to handle many tasks needed for school work, general every day work and a few odds and end tasks. Let me suffer so that you may be able to spend your time more wisely.

Lowest option is $1 and it gets you a digital copy of this guide. Yes, every participant gets to taste the fruit of my labors, anything over that dollar is all about adding more of yourself to this project without needing to commit much – if any – time.

I’ve only spoken about a few general use cases, do you have something more particular that you’d like to have looked at? $3 will get your voice heard. I will determine the feasibility of what you would like added and do my best to try to accomplish it on the Wii U. Some things are just plain impossible with the way the system is now, others are very unlikely or may require odd workarounds. No problem, I’ll try that for you.

Just go here and pledge to become a part of this awesome Kickstarter.


Nintendo, Return To Greatness

Please do so. It’s like they know exactly what we want before we want it and decide that they will either go all out and give it to us or flip us the bird and go the other way. They just don’t care, they don’t care not one bit. You’d never believe that they were one of the first gaming companies to experiment with the internet in a meaningful way from their actions. They just don’t care or if they do then they have a hard time showing it.

Let’s take a look at their most recent Nintendo Direct, a video broadcast whose purpose is tell us Nintendo’s intentions directly.

Miiverse crap, boring.

TVii crap, boring

Oooh, free updates are coming! System updates will allow for a more responsive system since they’re focusing on launching games faster and returning to the main menu more quickly. Wait, is it slow now?

Virtual Console is late to the party, it will come in a few months. You do have the “opportunity” to beta test it for 30 cents a month. No, Nintendo didn’t call it a beta test but they will be granting you access to an unfinished service while charging you for it. Hey, they sold you an incomplete controller and sell incomplete handhelds so don’t be surprised.

I am a gamer. Very simply, I play games. I enjoy other mediums but when I decide to play games I go to a device that can handle them very well. I prefer to pick up a controller or a mouse or whatever it is I’m using and start playing as soon as possible. That’s a primary function of gaming consoles, getting us into the game fast and at home.

Somehow Nintendo decided that it was fine to start their broadcast off by telling us about an actively censored and invasive social service, video streaming on a dumb-tablet that’s tethered to your tv and updates to their software that honestly shouldn’t have been needed this soon in the game. As awesome as the concept of the Wii U is it does seem like it was released prematurely. Nintendo usually handles their first impressions much, much better than this. I guess that when you can update and iterate as often as you like, the quality incensed by Shigeru Miyamoto’s saying of “a bad game that is released is bad forever” much seem restrictive. Just get that crap to a “good enough” level then toss it out there!

This broadcast lasted for about 36 minutes, why did it take about 9 minutes to start getting to anything related to new games? Nintendo decided to focus on gimmicks instead of depth. No, I’m not calling the Game Pad a gimmick. I communicate from the context of a gamer and about gaming. In gaming, anything that doesn’t add to the actual gameplay experience is a gimmick. Doesn’t necessarily make it bad because it’s a gimmick but did they really need to get some over-anxious fans and reporters up at 6 in the morning to tell them they can post drawings from Scribblenauts on their social network? Why couldn’t they have just blown us away with the games first and then tell us that in order to complement these awesome experiences that we could use Miiverse features X and Y to do Z? Nintendo is too focused on non-gaming things now. I appreciate that you want/need to diversify but please don’t do it at the neglect of your core market. People were crazy over the Wii but with the U it’s like some insult was directed at someone before getting to “U”.

The Virtual Console is a thing of beauty – for Nintendo. They have monetized roms and an inferior packaging and access for them. Sure, we can backup game saves and will eventually get GameBoy Advance games but why wasn’t this available at launch? Hulu was ready. We’re only getting NES and SNES games this spring. The NES alone should not have been placed on the backburner to get something like Netflix going.

To make matters worse, you still have to manually transfer games from your old Wii to the Wii U via an SD sard. Nope, we still don’t have a Wii Channel to just add all of our games to a Nintendo Network account so that we can redownload them. Games are still tied to the console and not to the account. If you want to play the game in Wii U mode, not Wii mode, you will have to pay $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games as long but only if you’ve already bought them.

Nintendo, please tell why I should spend $349.99 for console with a tethered tablet controller when I will be able to buy a Wikipad Tablet that can go anywhere in the world for as long as its’ battery lasts? A tablet that runs Android and powerful enough hardware to play all of your released and unreleased Virtual Console games via emulators without trouble? I can take this anywhere in my home, on the bus, in the car and have my game saves backed up too. Tell me, please.

Nintendo Says:

Bayonetta 2: “The scale of the game is completely different this time so it feels like you’re fighting the last boss from the very beginning.”

Nintendo didn’t say you could speak yet.

I need that right n-






And this Atlus game too!


Nintendo: Because I hate you!

That is all completely messed up. Nintendo is capable of bringing content to its’ platform that gamers care about but they are increasingly trying to screw with access, player experience and console focus. Nintendo, make games. Focus on the games, focus very hard on the games. Solely Microsoft and Sony customers don’t care much for you because you usually target different portions of the market or fail to bring very serious challenges to them in their bloody section of it. Apple, Android, PC and other customers don’t care much about your efforts to diversify when you try to offer them a poor value proposition with what should be the nuclear bomb of your arsenal – video games. Sometimes it seems like the people of the company are so deeply entrenched in an insular culture that they have disconnected from their customers. Right when I’m ready to flip the bird completely you announce initiatives that show that you’re somewhat going in the right direction or at least show that you have talent.

Beautiful. It’s not the Zelda that I want but your talent graphically and technologically is there. You’re promising us that the next real entry in Zelda will be a return to basics. I will hold you to that. I’d rather receive games closer to the quality and craftsmanship of the 90’s than the general public masturbation of some you N64 and beyond work entailed. That’s not to disparage you Nintendo, I just want consistency in your quality and focus. I honestly don’t know how we went from games like Link’s Awakening and Ocarina of Time to Phantom Hourglass and Skyward Sword. There is obviously something wrong there and as a fan and a person that loves to play games I’d like it if you would fix it and return to greatness. That’s it. I don’t hate you, I just want the greatness that you’re capable of Nintendo. Do it. Do it now.

Can Wii U Players Haz Zombi U Patch?

Based upon a tip sent in to Gonintendo, ZombiU players will be forced to play their game without adequate support. If this forum poster is to be believed, Ubisoft won’t expend any resources on fixing glitches in their Wii U game. Just as a crack in a table is a defect that can take away from its’ use and enjoyment, a glitch in a video game can ruin an experience. Not that people don’t sometimes have fun making games do things that they weren’t designed to do but when a bug impedes player enjoyment completely it is a problem. Let’s take a look at this bug.

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Video Game Reviews

Bitmob has a fun piece up that shows off the stages of disagreeing with with a game review in a manner that contrasts with the stages of the acceptance of death. It’s fairly funny and as always the comments are good read at Bitmob. I don’t read traditional game reviews anymore. At least not at sites that have reviewers that feature reviewers that play through dozens of games a year as part of their career. Part of the reason that video game scores are saturated in such a small range from 6-10 is the fact that the reviewers gluttonously experience video games.

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