Ok, so the overall impression of the Wii U as of right now is that its failing. It would seem as if most media outlets have written Nintendo’s newest console off and give it very little chance to succeed against Sony and Microsoft’s newest console offerings. Lets not even get into Michael Pachter’s constant badgering of Nintendo concerning the Wii U’s dismal performance thus far. What i am going to talk about is what Nintendo will absolutely need to do at E3 to turn things around. Show the games. Release the games. Show us the future. Lets get started.
Ok, so recently Nintendo announced that they will not be hosting their typical press conference at E3 2013 instead opting to focus on smaller and more focused events. Nintendo also recently announced that sometime within a few days before E3 they would host a Nintendo Direct that would show off some of the “Big Guns” like Mario and Zelda. Even with the new info on hand i still believe more than ever that what ever they announce during E3 or decide not to announce could spell disaster for the Wii U or be its saving grace. E3 is…Judgement day for the Wii U.
SHOW US WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY PROMISED
Release date, please!
Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct video some time ago where they announced an amazing lineup of games that are set to release for the Wii U sometime this year. Games like Bayonetta 2, Winda Waker HD, Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 are just a handful of the titles that were showcased during the January Nintendo Direct. While not all of them may release in 2013 it would seem that a good majority of them might and Nintendo cant have it any other way. Its no secret that the Wii U needs games. Sure it had a pretty good lineup but most people had probably played those games already on another system. The Wii U needs exclusives and its time Nintendo started to roll them out. At E3 Nintendo needs show these games in playable form and give us an solid release.
Nintendo also dropped a few bombs on us by sharing that the newest 3d Mario title as well as Mario Kart would show up in playable form. Now that’s the kind of news that fans and media have been waiting to here. Hopefully the appearance of a huge 1st party Nintendo title like Mario can put to bed all of the nonsense being said about the Wii U not being a true next gen console in terms of visuals. We know that Nintendo has some of the most talented studios in the business employing some of the best art teams around. We can almost bet that they wont disappoint. Nintendo also mentioned the virtual console. We know that Nes, Super Nes and now Gameboy Advance games have been added to the VC roster but what about all of the other systems that we became accustomed to buying games for on the original Wii? Nintendo will have to roll out plenty of VC games and they need to be available the week of E3. Hey Nintendo, where are my Gamecube VC games? Announcing Gamecube games for the Wii U Virtual Console would bee a huge plus for those who own the console and have been wanting to go back and revisit some of their favorite games for that old purple box. Lets just keep our fingers crossed.
What in the world have these guys been up to?
What we know so fare about the Wii U should be enough to get gamer’s excited but its not enough. We need surprises and not the Wii Music kind. First, what has Retro Studio been working on all of these years? I know they made Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii but i doubt that game took their entire staff and all of their resources to make. So what are they doing? It was rumored that Retro may be working on a Star Fox game for Wii U. That would be absolutely amazing and i hope its true. Could their next game be a return to the Metroid franchise? We Know Nintendo is working on that as well. What ever the game ends up being Nintendo definitely has to reveal what Retro is working on because the secrecy isn’t helping matters.
What about some of Nintendo’s other big franchises. Recently Nintendo was granted a trademark extension for the Eternal Darkness franchise. Could this be Retro’s secret game? Its good to know that Nintendo still see’s the potential in this franchise. There has also been some F-Zero talk here and there due a mini game showing up in Nintendoland. It would be great to see that franchise make a return since the Gamecube version was awesome. E3 needs to mark the return of many Nintendo franchises. Wave Race, Punch-out, and how about a new Mario Paint just mix it up a bit and give us a real reason to use that nice gamepad as a drawing tablet.
Nintendo should buy PG!
Historically when Nintedo has partnered with another developer the results are usually pretty amazing. Nintendo x Silicon Knights gave us Eternal Darkness. Nintendo x Factor 5 gave us Rouge Squadron. Nintendo x Sega gave us F-Zero GX and AX and Nintendo x Capcom gave us the Oracle games from the Game Boy Zelda series. Nintendo has continued this effort on the Wii U and have partnered up with Platinum Games to bring gamers two exclusive titles for the Wii U. The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta two are both the result of Nintendo reaching out to developers to try and establish relationships that lead to unique content that can only be found on Nintendo’s platforms. You also have the Monolith studios which have already brought Wii fans the fantastic Xenoblade chronicles and it looks like that relationship is continuing onto the Wii U with another game in the Xeno series. Then there is Shin-Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem which should be very interesting. Nintendo needs to continue partnering with developers to bring new content to the Wii U. Even the small things like getting Nintendo themed costumes into Tekken makes owning the Wii U version feel like you’ve just purchased something special. We all know that 3rd party support for Nintendo platforms pretty much sucks ,so….
3RD PARTY SUPPORT
Uh…So what happened?
Speak of the Devil and he shall appear. Wait…i didn’t say anything about EA yet did i? Unfortunately for Nintendo there are games being announced by 3rd parties that still aren’t being considered for a Wii U release. Developers just seem to have any confidence in Nintendo’s system. Does Nintendo really need 3rd party support, though? I mean in the past they have done fine with using their own 1st party titles to push hardware. I think things may be a bit different this time. Nintendo wants to attract the hard core gamer’s from Sony and Microsoft and as good as Mario and Zelda are if those gamer’s wanted to play Nintendo games they would have already owned a Wii. Nintendo cannot continue to let 3rd party support slip away but must do everything in their power to convince developers that the Wii U is worth their time and effort.
A while back, Miyamoto stated that he had been personally visiting developers to try and get them on board with Wii U. That must be pretty awesome to have the legendary designer show up at your door to try and convince you to bring your games over to Nintendo’s new console. If this is true then their could be some awesome 3rd party exclusives just waiting for a time like E3 to be revealed. Nintendo’s North American President did state that there are other partnerships that they were not ready to reveal yet. Does this mean that Wii U is getting games like Battlefield 4? I wouldn’t count on it cause EA is the devil and they eat small children, what?! Where did that come from? Anyways i think it would be far more interesting if the Wii U got more exclusive titles as apposed to some bad ports of PS3/360 titles. Don’t get me wrong, Nintendo needs the Resident Evil’s and Skyrim’s of the industry but Nintendo does best when its content is unique and offers something that cant be found anywhere else.
Go eat. Take a dump. Take a nap. Come back and it will still be loading.
Call me a liar if you want but i once waited over two hours for my Wii U to return to the main menu. It never happened so i just unplugged the damn thing. Usually my Wii U can take about 5 minutes to load the main screen and that’s usually after using the Hulu or Netflix apps. Regardless this is unacceptable. Nintendo has already mentioned that they have two major updates coming in the spring of 2013 which will deal with the slow os. Good, because as of right now things are pretty bad. Why did it take me 12 hours to download Tekken on the Wii U eShop and only 30 minutes to download install and boot up Assassins Creed on Steam? Hmmm. Come on Nintendo fix this!
Ok, so Nintendo did a good job at fixing this one recently. The OS is slow as hell anymore thanks to the Spring update. There is still the summer update to look forward to and i wonder what changes to the Os that will bring.
Why don’t people know what the Wii U is? Nintendo doesn’t advertise that’s why! Sure the core gamers know what Wii U is but the audience that Nintendo is trying to get in touch with doesn’t. Now this could be because Nintendo realized that they don’t actually have an awesome game line up as of yet. Or it could be that they wanted us core users to get the console first and avoid shortages. Maybe the Wii U campaign will kick in to gear around the summer and winter seasons since most core users who were going to pick one up early has done so. What ever the case may be, Nintendo needs a great advertising campaign to sell the Wii U. Especially during the holiday season when Nintendo consoles tend to clean up.
Don’t kid yourself. If Nintendo doesn’t make corrections now and blow us all away at E3 then all that NintenDOOMED talk that you all hate so much may become a very real situation. Now i’m not saying that Nintendo as a company will be doomed but the Wii U will be severely hurt and may not recover. E3 is “Ride or Die” time for Nintendo and its new console. They can bring the heat or get left out in the cold by Sony and Microsoft. That’s it.
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Wii U Mad!