Less than 24 hours till Wii U... the anticipation

Hmm.

This article was going to be all about how awesome it was that the Wii U was coming out tomorrow, and how I couldn't wait, and how excited I was as I waited for the delivery truck to ship it to our house.

But scrap all that. I'm going to talk about anticipation, but not for the Wii U launch.

You see, launches come and go. But the console remains. And it's that console, formed at launch but an evolving updating growing thing that I'm looking forward to.

Launches can be rocky things. Things can go wrong, features can be delayed, or software may need patching. Case in point, the Wii U will not ship out of the box with online features enabled, but will require a patch out of the box in order to add that functionality. And in the case of the TVii feature, it's not going to be available at launch, but instead will be rolled out sometime in December.

Cue the uproar.

"You promised, Nintendo! You said! Why Nintendo, whyyyyyy?"

Which would you rather: ship a product with something that doesn't work quite right, and have people complain, OR delay a feature to fix it before release, and have people complain? If you're a company that cares about its product, you delay. I'd rather have customers waiting for a feature that is fully baked, than give them something that isn't ready and sully their user experience with something that you knew wasn't ready for launch.

If Nintendo can deliver on its promised features in a reasonable amount of time, I don't think that people are going to remember that it didn't come with TVii on launch day. Just like people won't remember that you used to have to put in a disc to get on to Netflix (remember that?) when it first came out for the Wii.

So it is that I am anticipating the console that is to be, rather than the one that is. Sure, when I get the Wii U in my hands I'll be excited and happy. I'll play games on it, I'll be sad that there's no TVii feature yet, but then I'll have one more thing to look forward to.

Enjoy the launch, everybody. Stay safe.

Posted on November 17, 2012 and filed under Countdown.