End in Sight for Wii U Problems?

Posted on Nov 1 2013 - 3:21pm by Dan Adcock

As another day passes, Iwata has to address yet again why the latest Nintendo game console is failing. It’s even being outsold by the Wii, which is no longer in production. That fact alone is pretty alarming.

Unfortunatley it’s the same old song and dance. Iwata stresses that Nintendo has failed to show the true value of the Wii U. He is spot on with this statement but fails to resolve it. How many times have we heard this yet there are still little to no Wii U commercials for the system itself or for the games that will ultimately make or break the system.

They Wii U is a fantastic system. It’s not near as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One but it has plenty under the hood to produce amazing games. The problem is the drought continues. We are finally getting some solid releases this holiday season but it’s anyone’s guess if it will be enough to save this sinking ship.

I support and have always been a huge fan of just about anything Nintendo has been involved with. I have more fond memories from there franchises and systems over the years than anyone. That was until the Wii. Since then they have seemed to have lost their focus and direction. Innovation is a good thing but when it comes before games and the fans that have supported you, it becomes a serious issue.

I will say the GamePad was a pleasant surprise and I find it to be an excellent controller. At launch ZombiU was such a thrill and took advantage of this excellent controller and interface showing nothing but promise for the new system. I believe it’s still one of the finest if not the best game on the system. The bad news is gamers haven’t seen much since. This is bad for early adopters and even worse for potential buyers. Nintendo needs to release more games like this that are fresh, new and push the system and its unique capabilities.

Nobody has more classic and beloved franchises than Nintendo so there isn’t much of an excuse why we aren’t seeing more releases. They without a doubt have the resources needed but are still somehow lost regarding what to work on. I’m happy we are getting Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, SSB and Mario Kart 8; but this should have been delivered in the first year. This whole downward spiral could have been avoided had they provided these games at launch. Let’s see some new IP’s, as well as some older franchises revived. I’m not alone in wanting a new F-Zero, Star Fox, Turok Star Tropics, Ghost and Goblins, Wave Race and ActRaiser.

Star Fox Wii U Adventures

Iwata sees the issues at hand but needs to eventually take action and be done with the rinse and repeat apologies. Luckily the 3DS is selling like hot cakes or this would be more of a serious blow to Nintendo financially. Either way however, it’s not good and they need to first and foremost promote their product, produce many more games and figure a way to bring excitement back to the Wii U scene. If anyone can do it, Nintendo can.

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Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the newest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16 bit era are some my absolute favorite titles. I also enjoy experiencing new IP's on each and every platform, especially when the creators give the game an artistic look and unique presentation never seen before. I've been lucky enough to start out gaming on the NES. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming, both in its incredible growth in overall popularity and as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With the next generation of gaming upon us, there simply hasn't been a better time to be a gamer and I can't wait to experience all that it has to offer.

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