Yesterday we saw the trailer for Splinter Cell Blacklist on the Wii U and Nintendo wanted fans to acknowledge the GamePad. Nintendo is hoping you’ll see the gamer tapping the screen to target enemies and say, “Hey, I want to do that!” The issue is, the only thing potential buyers REALLY want to do is play the game, and as of now there’s still no reason to play it on a Wii U, and more importantly, no reason to buy a Wii U to play it.
Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer for the Wii U showed us an experience that we already understand from having so many touch screen devices. Any Android or iOS user knows what to expect from the game just based on the trailer, and with that feeling of not missing out on anything, the excitement isn’t there.
As of now, touch screen controls don’t typically add anything to games. On iOS and Android games, developers just throw up a pair of virtual buttons. Now on the Wii U, the touch screen is used to just speed up things that you could still do with a traditional controller. Wii U needs to have games where the GamePad isn’t just used, but makes sense. I bring to you: They Live the first person shooter.
In the 1988 John Carpenter film, Nada comes across a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see the world for what it really is. He sees propaganda in advertisements, aliens running things and kicks ass while doing it. In the film Nada NEEDS to wear his glasses in order to save the day.
We as gamers don’t NEED the GamePad in order to save the day, and until Nintendo figures out how to do that, they should make this game and reward me handsomely.