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Published 7 September, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt

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Nintendo and the Wii U should not be underestimated

Nintendo’s latest console has been subjected to a lot of criticism lately. Some of it is deserved, as the console has been out for almost a year and even till today the games list is still extremely limited. There is also the case of the console’s name causing confusion to those that are not up-to-date with gaming; many people still believe the Wii U is just an add-on for the Wii.

So many things are not going for the Wii U, but lets not get too hasty on our judgement for the console. There is a mouthwatering lineup of games yet to arrive:

  • Super Smash Bros
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Bayonetta 2
  • X
  • Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • New Zelda game
  • Sonic: The lost worlds
  • Plus more to be confirmed at Tokyo Game Show

Most of those games above are exclusive to Wii U, the ones that are not, are also being released on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo Wii U has gone off in its own path, and to be honest, I am glad. I feel this generation was too heavily reliant on First Person Shooters or games with zombies in it. It looks like Xbox One and PS4 is also going to be following suit as well. It struck a cord when Sony officials stated they were aiming for the new dual shock 4 to be ‘ideal’ for first person shooters. Yes, they sell like hotcakes but what about the TONS of people that have no interest in first person shooters?

I like the fact Nintendo are sticking to what they have always done: deliver games that everyone is able to play. I look at that list above and I think to myself “there is more that I would personally like to play than what has been confirmed for both the Xbox One and PS4 put together.” Obviously, this is a personal preference thing, but that is my opinion on the matter.

The last thing I want is for people to think I am a ‘Nintendo fanboy.’ I am actually far from it. I tend to look at things from an neutral point of view, as I just go where the games I feel are the best for my preferences. I am still undecided about which console I am going to purchase between the Xbox One and PS4. With Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out on both systems, there is nothing at this moment of time that warrants me to choose a specific console. Maybe that will change in the upcoming months, or maybe even at Tokyo Game Show. Things like ‘timed exclusives’ are never going to make me choose one console over another. It might do for plenty of people, but just not for me.

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Haters gonna hate

Nintendo now just needs to concentrate on getting more games on to the market, sooner rather than later. The price drop in price is a good move, but Nintendo need to give people more of a reason to buy their console RIGHT NOW. It just winds me up when I keep on seeing people saying the Wii U and Nintendo are doomed.

Let’s face it, they have more money than we can even imagine. I mean come on… all of the top 15 ‘most sold games’ are published by Nintendo. Shall we take it a step further? 32 of the top 50 ‘most sold games’ are published by Nintendo. I think this is proof enough they are far from doomed. Over and out.

So there that is my opinion on the Nintendo Wii U. Do you agree with me? Or maybe you think I am talk a load of wack? Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below. 

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39 Responses to Nintendo and the Wii U should not be underestimated

  1. Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3 says:

    Finally! A hardcore gamer who’s using his brains! At least someone knows what Nintendo is doing is better than nothing at all. I can’t wait for the games you listed above; most excited to play Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros. but they’ll all be great because Nintendo has always been about quality not quantity. Also, with Nintendo going to TGS, do u know their schedule for TGS like the days and times or they haven’t announced that yet? Beyond that, Nintendo is going to be unstoppable after the holiday goes into full force and even beyond into 2014 and forward. There’s nothing that can halt their momentum now! Thanks for sharing; usually don’t read articles that actually speak the TRUTH but for once I’m glad you broke that trend.

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      Thanks for the kind comment. I have no idea what they have lined up for TGS but seeing as it is in their hometown, it wouldn’t surprise me if they unveil some new IP’s.

  2. BrianC6234 says:

    Why would anyone waste their money on that toy Nintendo made? Real gamers want a next gen console. You kiddies can go ahead and buy a toy if you want.

    • Aiddon says:

      all consoles and games are toys. It doesn’t matter if it plays Pokemon and Mario or Halo and Final Fantasy

    • heavenshitman1 says:

      Dual analogue controls on PS4 and XB1 next gen??
      Actually that technology has reigned since PS1 days. And my 3 year old PC will almost match up to PS4 performance

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      I am going to take a guess and say you are a Call of Duty player? If not, I apologise, if so then whenever I logged onto a Call of Duty game, most of the people that were take happened to be kids.

      Plus, why has people got this mind frame that only kids buy Nintendo consoles? I’d say the Mario games are for everyone, then you have the likes of: Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, X, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Zelda and so on that are aimed for older audiences.

      I can’t see many youngsters playing Smash Bros either, that’s aimed at teens and up. At the end of the day, your opinion is your own, but arrogance just limits the amount of great games you are able to play.

    • Sam Patel says:

      Real gamers don’t spew nonsense like you just did. The End.

    • Drugs says:

      Because its not another clone. The XB1 and PS4 and virtually identical and the most popular games are NOT the companies IPs. Nintendo is the only company taking a risk and doing something different. Also the exclusives make the Console for me and simply put Nintendo has Better 1st party titles.

  3. Here’s the thing. You’re an old school gamer – like me – who’s been gaming since at least what, roundabout the third generation? Gamers like us have fond memories of things like Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, and so on. Nintendo depends on that nostalgia, which is why they maintain those franchises so strongly. They knew that’s what we grew up playing, so making more things like that is what we want.

    The thing that neither they nor you are taking into account is that gamers are changing. By and large, the majority of today’s gamers started in or about the fifth generation. It wasn’t about Mario and Zelda for them; it was GoldenEye, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7, Resident Evil, and so on. That’s what THEY grew up on; the classic Nintendo franchises don’t hold the same weight with them. You come at them with Mario Kart 8 and a new Zelda or whatever, and if you put it in front of them they’ll play it, but those aren’t the games they get excited about.

    You might like the fact that Nintendo is sticking to what they’ve always done, but them doing just that is EXACTLY what’s going to kill them. They need fresh ideas, new IPs, and new strategies if they hope to still be relevant in this next console cycle because I’ll tell you this right now: When it comes to the eighth generation console race right now, nobody gives a shit about Nintendo.

    • Colin Tosh says:

      They just did a new IP actually. Its called Wonderful 101. They are very much relevant and only a fool would contest that. Like the author said, not everybody cares about FPS games. Furthermore, I wouldn’t say stuff like that selling is a sign of gamers “changing” more of whats popular with lots of different people who have just gotten into gaming.

      This whole read of yours not only ignores points the author made it contradicts what is happening right now. 3DS is selling more than anything else on the market despite the fact the media, analysts and Neogaf were telling us that mobile gaming is where it is at now.

      So you tell me, if Nintendo’s games are irrelevant why is that happening? Nintendo’s franchises have HUGE fanbases. That is something that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

      • I’m not saying that Nintendo franchises don’t have large fanbases; I’m saying they don’t have GROWING fanbases. Isn’t something that’s likely to change anytime soon? Come on man; the Wii U has been out since late 2011 and hasn’t even sold 4 million units yet. More people bought the Kinect – five times over. The PS4 right now is set to get a quarter of that number on its first day of availability. Want to bet how long it takes to surpass the Wii U? My money is on eight months or less.

        I don’t care what Neogaf and the media say about handheld gaming; they can crow all they want that smartphones/tablets are where it’s at, but we all know that’s bullshit, at least for now anyway. Besides, I don’t care about handheld gaming – I ignored that point from the author because it’s irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

        I’m glad that Nintendo has that new IP, but that’s just not going to be enough. They need to push and push hard. You keep talking about FPS games apparently because the author brought them up, but where exactly did you see ME mention one except for GoldenEye (two generations ago)? I hate FPS games – they bore me. I’m into action/adventure and role-playing games. I’ll pass on your Halos and your Killzones and your Titanfalls or whatever, but you show me an Uncharted or a The Last of Us or Heavy Rain or Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed or GTA or Watch_Dogs or Dragon Age (you get my point) and you can go ahead and take my money.

        Look, I’m not one of these assholes that are going about saying that the Wii U sux and Nintendo is teh d0000med!!!111 or whatever. I grew up on Nintendo. The NES was the first home console I ever owned, the SNES was the second, and the N64 was the third. Nintendo rocks…I just grew up and they didn’t grow up with me. That’s the problem, and that’s what they need to solve. I’m telling you Colin – and feel free to quote me on this – if Nintendo doesn’t change their strategy and do it soon, they’ll be in a LOT of trouble in the home console market.

        • Drugs says:

          I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the EA dispute

          Long Story Short Nintendo refused to give EA complete control of its Nintendo Network so EA pulled its support, completely cancelled a lot of games and left Nintendo with halfhearted ports of other games that Nintendo was counting on to pull sales until they could perfect their first part line up.

          Even worse, EA was very unprofessional and allowed one of its officials to Slander the console saying among other things that it was much weaker than an Xbox 360. Most people weren’t aware of the Nintendo Network dispute and assumed that what EA said was true beacuse well why would they lie? The general belief was that EA pulled its support because the hardware was to weak to support it games which was completely untrue and the Wii U never properly recovered from that ordeal.

          Now in moving forward, you named a lot of games (3 of them actually are or will be available on the Wii U once they are released) Only two of the 3rd part titles you highlighted wont be available on the Wii U and The Sony IPs you Named simply don’t have the following that a Decent Mario or Zelda title would produce. The Last of Us, I will admit Is selling very well… As of right now its the number one selling game of 2013 so its probably going to be The Game of the Year. But this is the first time in 19 years that a Sony IP has outsold any The Nintendo IP and for good reason seeing as though we’ve literally only seen two or three Nintendo 1st party titles for its home console this year.

          I must admit you’re concept of “not growing” is intriguing. Are you saying that the franchises themselves have not evolved over the years? Or do you mean to imply that games like Mario, Zelda and Metriod are just for kids?

          I’d also like to point out that Sony is a huge corporation nearly 8 times the size of Nintendo And MS is even larger than that so Nintendo is very much a “Ma N Pa Store” in comparison. They refuse to stoop to Shady business practices or do anything that could lead to mass layoffs which Sony and MS do like clock work. So what this means is that the don’t have the resources the other companies have to pull out game after games until something actually works. Instead Nintendo must take their time with each and every title to assure it is of the highest quality. This is why Pikmin 3 which was supposed to be a launch title was only recently released AND also why even with the Super Small Wii U Install Base it was a number one title for several weeks.

          We’re finally seeing GAMES from Nintendo and these are the games and franchises that people actually expect from Nintendo and WANT to play. Starting this month with the release 101 and the Zelda Pack in I’m hoping sales will pick up. But it is indeed very difficult to regain the momentum once it has been lost.

          • Nyobee says:

            Additionally Nintendo is the reason why the video game market increased. The Wii is the reason why many “casual gamers” got into video games and because grandparents got into the video game industry in the first place. Even Sony’s President admits to this. Nintendo is like the gateway drug into video games, without them we lose to PC gaming and Tablets- which is happening a little now. So Nintendo not increasing it fan base doesn’t make sense since PS4 and XBone are more niche than nintendo is. For example would you get a Xbone it you don’t like shooters…. for some reason ppl think “hard core gamers” are more than casuals which is not the case. Casual gamers outnumber us “hardcores” but at least 3 to 1, so yea….

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      Been playing since second generation my friend :D. Gamers are changing, that’s true but I all of my nephews and nieces have atleast a Nintendo DS. They all love Mario Kart and Mario Bros….one of them even collects Mario plushies. Even if they are not ‘winning’ the console war, Nintendo are absolutely dominating the handheld market. This is keeping the kids of today still aware of what Nintendo has to offer.

      • Indeed. Until they grow out of it. My nieces and nephews are also locked and locked with their DSs as well (okay, not my newest niece, but she’s literally four days old so she doesn’t really count), but my oldest two nephews have already moved onto Sly Cooper and Fable (and Madden; God help me) and my nieces aren’t far behind them.

        Nintendo IS the handheld gaming market; I’m not disputing that. The Wii U isn’t apart of the handheld gaming market though, and I thought that’s what we’re talking about here. Handhelds is an entirely different discussion; I’m talking home consoles. Approximately zero of my nieces/nephews have a home console that says Nintendo on it.

        Nintendo isn’t just not winning this console war. They’re not even in the fight. You even said it yourself in the article; there are people that think the Wii U is nothing more than an add-on to the Wii, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if it weren’t nearly two years since the damned thing came out. If they (the casual/softcore gamers) haven’t got that sorted out by now, it means they simply don’t care. Which is very, very bad for Nintendo.

        • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

          Yeah. They are not even in the console war as they are not even taking part in it. Which is something I like. The reason I was talking about their handhelds is because they keep people interested in what Nintendo has to offer. It might not be a lot, but I wouldn’t be surprised if games some people played on a DS or 3DS is what enticed them to buy a Wii U.

          A majority of my Nephew and Nieces owned a Wii. Fair play, none of them own a Wii U, and I think that’s down to Nintendo giving it a silly name, even if Reggie Fils-Aime doesn’t agree.

          What they needed was games like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, Super Mario Bros 3D World and so on available around launch. I can’t believe it has been this long and only one of of them has a release date, let alone being available to purchase.

          Nintendo put themselves in this situation, but they most certainly have the games coming that will get people thinking more and more about getting the Wii U.

    • Drugs says:

      Nintendo’s first party games have always had a strong presence, during every console generation. I think you’re forgetting that around the same time Golden Eye (which was actually a Nintendo exclusive) Metal Gear Solid, FF7, and Resident evil came out Nintendo was revolutionizing the gaming industry with the first ever free-roam 3D game in Mario64. Nintendo has always lacked decent 3rd party support But their 1st party titles are always phenomenal and they sell because quite frankly these are the games People Want.

      I cant speak for your nieces and nephews but i can tell you that Mario is the single best selling franchise in video game history and is the MOST popular video game character in the world. The only IP that even comes close is Pac-Man. I guarantee that in any console generation you choose, the names Mario, Link and Samus will be recognized well above that of Solid Snake, Cloud, and Leon (or was it Clair?).

      Either way people tend to ignore the fact that ALL of the popular franchises… including the 3RD Party titles you named AND the popular 1st Party Franchises from Sony (Uncharted and God of War) and MS (Halo and Gears of War) Have ALL been revamped and rehashed and repackaged over the years. It only seems like Nintendo does it more because they’ve been around damn near 20 years longer than the competition. Even So, Nintendo completely outclasses their competitors in that regard… The leaps from Super Mario, to Maori 64, to Mario Sunshine, and then finally to Mario Galaxy display more advancement, diversity, and fresh game play in one transition than other franchises produce in their entirety.

      • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

        Well said Drugs. We have to also take into consideration that Pokemon is also the 2nd most sold gaming franchise. Fair enough a large majority of those sales are on handhelds, but they do also have pokemon games on Wii U and Wii

      • Robert Berwick says:

        I’ve been around since the days of the Atari 2600 (my first console game system but I also had a TI-99/4A…how is THAT for old-school!?) and nothing has captured my attention as long as the Mario series. I keep going back to those games because they are, for lack of a better and more manly word…whimsical! They represent, at least in my mind, what videogaming is all about. A friendly challenge that is supposed to be entertaining and fun, but not so overly difficult and oppressive that you hate the game. It’s that “just-right” balance that Nintendo has always been able to do better than anyone else in the industry.

        • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

          I think games are trying to get more and more realistic..at some point it is not going to ‘feel’ like a game anymore. I honestly do not give a crap about graphics, I personally think companies work too hard on making every blade of grass look real and not putting enough time into the actual gameplay.

        • Guest says:

          Kudos for actually listening and replying in the comments section. So seldom do i see the authors of these blogs actuality explaining their stance and defending their piece. Its refreshing.

          • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

            I assume that reply was meant for me and not Robert?

            We don’t write articles with the main target being views. We want to engage mature debates, even if you opinion happens to differ from ours.

          • Drugs says:

            yea, lol, sorry. The site wont let me delete it or repost it properly.

          • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

            Haha. It is refreshing to get a lot of comments on the site :) We only started this website just over a month ago.

  4. Aiddon says:

    Can’t really see Nintendo being in trouble anytime soon. Thing is, they’ve been around for over thirty years. You just don’t survive and flourish that long by chance. They’re not going anywhere and people really need to get used to that

  5. WellWisher says:

    You’re right. They have more money than they know what to do with. At one point the Wii U and DS were reaping profits of 5 billion dollars a year. All I ask is that they spend half of one of those billions on 10 epic games. Some from old IPs some new, but all for the Wii U. Each with a budget of around $50 million. That would earn back the respect of those (like me) who thought the original Wii was a huge joke and turned to PC and other consoles for their fix.

  6. Xino says:

    instant fail article!
    the Wii U and Nintendo should not be underestimated?

    6th gen is over son! 7th Gen is going to arrive in Nov 2013.
    Nintendo lost. they are busy making clones of mario and zelda.
    We see no news about Metroid for Wii U. They are bringing new 2DS system.
    Nintendo have no idea what they are doing, they failed already!

    what did Wii U offer? a console lacking core titles. As for hardware standards, the graphical capability does not even exceed many games Xbox 360 and PS3 AAA/Exclusives titles have.

    Nintendo are obviously focusing on their fans and not the market. They’ve lost. They need to evaluate their standards or they will end up like Dreamcast.

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      Instant comment fail!

      How have they lost when they wasn’t even part of it? What is the point in having another ‘power house’ console on the market? “Two is company, three’s a crowd.” I like the fact Nintendo are doing their own thing…it is good for gaming!

      The Wii did not have the graphical capability or hardware standards of either the Xbox 360 or the PS3, but still sold more than both. Also take into consideration all of those people that have gone through multiple 360′s and PS3′s. I don’t know anyone who had their Wii breakdown and have to buy another. I personally had 3 Xbox 360′s.

      I am not going to lie, they messed up big time with the Wii U so far, but I explained in the article that it should not be underestimated.

      As for the 2DS, just because you don’t like it. Hell, I also think it looks horrific! You watch it sell loads! It is not marketed for teenagers/adults. It is marketed for children that want to play 3DS games who are not able to because their parents do not trust the 3D technology in the system. It even says all over the 3DS not to allow under-7′s to play with the 3D turned on because it could damage their eyes.

    • Mark O'Connor says:

      I must have fallen asleep because I’m pretty sure we’re in the 8th generation. But anyhow…

      Wii U offers something different. Its not a direct competitor to Sony or Microsoft. That is a battle it is not in. Its running its own campaign aside from them, and to be fair they’ve faired OK. Better than expected I would say, and that’s without the catalogue of exclusives due out.

      • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

        Yup. It still surprises me till today that ‘gamers’ think the generation of consoles are determined by power! *Slaps forehead*

        • Xino says:

          keep laughing at yourself.
          who said anything about horse power?
          can’t you see the major difference what the sony and microsoft consoles presents?
          it’s not all about horse power, it’s about features.

          still Nintendo’s online capabilities are still lagging behind. At first Xbox Live was dominating that area back in xbox 1, further improving in xbox 360. Yet Sony manages to caught up with Xbox Live with PSN and I will say PSN is better already.
          What is Nintendo doing? wasting time by bringing more cloned DSs

          • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

            Who is talking about horse power? We ain’t talking about engines here, we are talking about gaming consoles.

            Cloned DS’? You mean the ones that are selling like hotcakes….the ones that are making Nintendo silly amounts of money? Call them what you want, I don’t think Nintendo cares.

            As for features. It is good they give people the option to do so much through their consoles, but there are plenty of people like me: don’t ever use the features and only use the computer for gaming reasons. Not even once have I watched a film through Netflix, or whatever. I ain’t saying they are a bad thing…they are just not for me.

    • Sam Patel says:

      I am a Nintendo Fan, if they’re focusing on me, I’m happy, they get my money and I get games I want. Nintendo win. The End.

    • shaneyS2K shaneyS2K says:

      Sorry mate, but to be honest, I go where the good games go…and the Wii U has them. People are banging on about ‘core’ titles when it’s actually there in front of you, like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 when it gets released, though many are blinded by the aesthetic of ‘more power = best console’. I would rather want unique experiences from my games, or games that give me immersion in a different way, or games to test my skill, and that can be found on all consoles.

      Graphics don’t even equate to anything either. It’s like saying that you will rather have a game that looks nice, but can’t do nothing in it…then trade it in at the first opportunity because you might of clocked it in 10 mins. If the games provide the gameplay I am looking for, that’s where my money is going, regardless of what console it is. Nintendo doesn’t care about the next gen race. When I play on a Nintendo console, I want to play Nintendo games. It really is as simple as that.

      And here is the kicker…if it becomes another Dreamcast, I’d be a very happy guy.

    • Drugs says:

      Dude you realize you’re an entire generation off right? We’re on the 8th generation now and unfortunately for you Wii sales are sitting pretty at over 100,000,000 consoles sold while the PS3 and 360 have yet to achieve 80,000,000 in sales. So to make sure I’m being clear here, what I’m saying is that Nintendo WON the 7th Generation Console War.

    • JezzupWuzzup says:

      They are in development for a new Metroid! xD Says the Metroid Prime Devs. Wii U is a powerful console, 360/ PS3 barely handle anything, how could you even say they lost before those consoles have even come out?! How can you say the Wii U will have no titles and have already lost when the generation hadn’t even started yet? SERIOUSLY?! You think Nintendo is just going to let their core IPs die like that? There was 4 Metroids on the Wii! OF COURSE THEY ARE WORKING ON ANOTHER FOR THE WII U! Just because it had a bad launch doesn’t means the console sucks. PS3 for example, but thats not enough either is it? Because by the way you sound your a Xbox guy. I have a PC and a Wii U. I’m not a nintendrone, just using facts.

      • Xino says:

        i can’t even read the nonsense you are saying!
        my post was made 7months ago.
        a lot of things has happened.

        Nintendo cannot even be taken seriously anymore.
        wii u is a powerful console? that is why it can’t run Cryengine.

        nintendo fanboy don’t waste my damn time!

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