Hey guys, listen up. There is a new movement going on known as #operationPlatinum and it needs your support. As you know, third party games are rare on the Wii U and great third party exclusives are pretty much non existent. As you are also aware of, Platinum games is finishing up development on the second entry on the Bayonetta franchise and its coming to Wii U this year. This movement is in support of the games success to show other third party developers that the core Nintendo fanbase does in fact purchase and play mature rated titles and titles from developers not named Nintendo. So please support #operationplatinum and even if your not planning to buy Bayonetta 2, tell someone about the game. The man behind the movement as far as I can tell is a Youtuber by the name of Dr. Tre. Down below are Links to his channel were you can hear the operational details straight from his mouth. Thanks.
It’s Time To Call A Spade A Spade…
Look. You know me as the Wii U Mad Gamer, right? I’m a huge Nintendo fan. Always have been and probably always will. Why? Nintendo has been known for pushing gameplay boundaries and bringing us excellent software over the past two decades. You know what, though? I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of let down. It’s time to call a spade a spade. The Wii U is a joke. One that i’m not laughing at. If your a Nintendo fan-boy then go to another site for a while or read another article. This may make you cry.
GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Who Gives a Damn About Wii Party U?!
Sony and Microsoft just showed off their newest consoles. They showed the potential of what the next generation of hardware can deliver and believe me their is an obvious and noticeable difference in power between the next and current fen consoles. We all knew that the Wii U wasn’t going to match these new consoles in terms of horsepower but what we knew is that Nintendo could go toe to toe and outclass just about any developer in the industry when it came to software quality. So we thought.
Nintendo held an E3 Direct video today at 7am pacific time. For months fans of the “BIG N” had been anticipating what Nintendo would reveal at this years show. Our imaginations ran wild especially when we began to ponder the possibilities of what Retro Studios would finally unveil. Instead, what we got was the same ‘ol same ‘ol with absolutely nothing new. There was hardly anything even interesting. Let me break it down for you.
Super Mario 3d World is the name of the new highly anticipated Wii U Mario game. Guess what? It was disappointing to look at. While its clear this game sports man, many technical improvements over its predecessors, this game looks absolutely dull. The new Mario game is based off of the recent Super Mario 3d Land for the 3ds except this time you get four player co-op. Co-op in a Mario game isn’t a bad thing but this style of gameplay isn’t what i expected from the newest home console version of the Mario franchise. The game looks confined instead of the more open feel of Super Mario Galaxy. Speaking of Galaxy, that game looks visually more impressive than the Wii U version. I’m talking art direction, not shaders and lighting etc. Damn, Nintendo. You blew it. You knew what people were looking forward to and you did the opposite.
This Was The Show Stopper…But That’s Not Saying Much
I will actually keep this one short. Mario Kart 8 looks awesome. Nintendo added the ability to allow your kart to attach to the walls or ceiling via a hover craft type transformation triggered once the player enters a certain part of track. We knew this game was coming and Nintendo delivered on this one.
Probably the most anticipated game of all. Did it look good? Yes. Was the trailer awesome? Yes. Did it feature an awesome new guest star? Yes. Megaman has entered the Smash Bros. tournament ! Finally !! It’s what we’ve all wanted since Melee. This game doesn’t come out until next year so new info will likely trickle in pretty slow.
Worth The Wait
Nintendo revealed the first gameplay trailers of Bayonetta 2, Zelda Wind Waker, a new Donkey Kong Country and Monoliths new game still currently titled,”X”. More details were given for the Wonderful 101 and a sizzle reel for upcoming 3rd party games was shown although there was nothing new in the footage.
Overall this was not the epic E3 reveal that i though it was going to be. What the hell happened to Retro Studios? To be fair, Nintendo still has a couple of days to drop a surprise announcement on us but like the initial XBox One reveal, Nintendo should have done more to impress. Period.
THIS IS WHY I’M A MULTI CONSOLE GAMER
Look, i’ll be honest. I didn’t expect third parties to come out and announce games like Grand Theft Auto v or Metal Gear Solid V but damn !! Nintendo can’t keep announcing the same ‘ol games without announcing anything new. At the very least blow us all away with an amazing new take on familiar software! They did nothing of the sort. Mario Kart 8 was the only game that truly impressed me simply because of the new gravity mechanic. Bayonetta 2 was cool because i’s an new franchise on a Nintendo system. I know what your thinking…”The games shown by Sony and Microsoft wren’e mind blowing either!” No, they weren’t, but what was impressive was the power of the new consoles in addition to their social features which gave us a look at the potential of what the next gen consoles can offer. That in itself is exciting. Nintendo has had over 6 months to turn the Wii U’s potential into reality. Nothing that was shown today gave me the slightest impression that the Wii U’s game pad is truly a game changer. Heck, Nintendo would probably had been better off using a standard controller and saving the money they spent on the 6 inch touch screen and put it towards a better gpu/cpu. Oh, and did i mention that the PS4 is only 50 dollars more than the Wii U? You serious? Other than a die hard Nintendo fan ( yes i am one, but i already own a wii u) who in their right friggin’ mind would by a Wii U over a PS4? You know i’m right.
Maybe i’m just going on an unwarranted rant, or maybe i’m right but something is off with Nintendo. Third parties have abandoned them and they seem to have abandoned common sense. Oh, and as i’m writing this i found out that Retro Studio’s new title is that Donkey Kong country crap for Wii U. Why is it crap? Because we just got the same damn game on the Wii and 3ds!
This proves that you can not be just a single console gamer and have a full experience. If all you plan on doing is buying a Wii U and no other console, i can tell you that your making a mistake. Nintendo has firmly planted itself as a company that makes consoles for its games and they don’t care about the third parties, no matter how much they say they do.
I give Nintendo a solid C grade
I’m Wii U Mad! Are You?
Wii U Sad?
EA Sports software engineer, Johan Andersson says that the Wii U is crap. EA also says that the Nintendo’s newest console can’t even run the Frostbite 2 engine with favorable results. Heck, most of the gaming media thinks that Nintendo is “dead in the water” and that they should pull a Sega and become a software only developer. Well, here are a few thoughts on why Nintendo could be headed the way of Sega and a few thoughts as to why they could be on their way to absolute success.
NINTENDO IS NOT SEGA. OR SONY OR MICROSOFT FOR THAT MATTER
Nintendo is not like the other two console makers. They don’t run with the latest trends in hardware or software development. Nintendo looks at what is currently on the market and tries to come up with ways to innovate instead of imitate. Nintendo is all about doing things differently. Unfortunately it is this approach that gives fuel to the Nintendo haters, allowing them enough ammo for an all out assault on the beloved Japanese console maker. Here is what is unfair. When Nintendo doesn’t do something that fits in line with what the so-called industry professionals feel is the correct course of action they get heavily criticized. When that course of action seems to not resonate as much as Nintendo would have liked then the media crucifies them. God forbid that Nintendo does something that is widely considered “the right thing to do” because that’s when the media gets all up on the big N’s sack and forgets how much they previously hated them. That may sound like a good thing to have the media flip their perception of Nintendo into something positive but not when you consider the hypocritical nature of the gaming media in general. If said it before, E3 is judgement day for the Wii U, not Nintendo. Here are three things Nintendo needs to do to prove that the console is worth everyone’s attention and hard earned money. Believe me when i say that if Nintendo doesn’t do these things then they may as well pull up a chair next to good ‘ol Sega.
1. First party franchises
Nintendo has already stated that a new 3d Mario title as well as Mario Kart, Smash Bros and zelda will make an appearance during this years press events. This is great because Nintendo consoles thrive off of their first party titles. The problem is that Nintendo cant rely only on those. They need to resurrect some old franchises. Where is Wave Race? Where is F-Zero? Will Punch-Out make a return this generation? Also worth noting is that Nintendo needs to absolutely wow us with these titles. And yes i’m talking about graphics. We already know Nintendo will deliver on the gameplay but its the consoles graphical prowess or lack there of that has given the haters most of their Nintendo sniping ammo.
Nintendo seems to be doing well when it comes to partnering with other developer/publishers to bring the Wii U some interesting content. Nintendo just announced a partnership with Sega to produce a Wii U exclusive Sonic game. Look at the partnership between Nintendo and Platinum games to produce Bayonetta and Wonderful 101 which are both exclusive to Wii U. Nintendo has stated in the past that there are definitely more partnerships like these to be announced in the future. It would be nice to see Capcom and Square show up on that list.
3. THIRD PARTY SUPPORT
Screw EA! Now that we got that out of the way lets talk about the developers that matter. We all know that the main reason the Wii U isn’t getting the 3rd party support it deserves is because of slow sales and a small install base. Provided that things pick up for the Wii U, we should see more and more 3rd parties come on board. Regardless of this, Nintendo should be courting third parties like never before. Myamoto said a few months back that he was doing just that. In person. Now i’m not saying that Nintendo needs every major third party game released on the Wii U. I don’t believe they do. What they need are the titles that matter from the developers that matter. GTA 5 coming to the Wii U would be huge news for Nintendo and its fan base. Nintendo needs to change the perception that their consoles are only for the likes of Mario and Zelda and show the gaming world that the Wii U can be home to a wide range of content from both first and third parties.
I could go on forever it feels like. I didn’t even touch on things like improvements to the OS, Miiverse upgrades and the Gamecube Virtual console. All these things need to be added too. How about dual gamepad support?
If people feel the Wii U sucks, its Nintendo’s own fault. They decided to release a console that from a hardware and software standpoint wasn’t ready. Not to mention the piss poor advertising. Its been around 6 months since the Wii U has launched and it’s sad to say that their isn’t much to show for it. Yes i know the console is young but Nintendo has a lot to prove to not just the gaming media, but to gamer’s like you and me. I love Nintendo but maybe it’s time for a new approach from them. If we don’t see Nintendo strike gold come this E3 then i think Iwata should step down.
As always, let me know what your thoughts on the matter are. Wii U Mad?
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.
As always let me know your thoughts on the matter and don’t forget to let me know what makes
Wii U Mad!