Wii U: An Abandoned Masterpiece
Don’t get me wrong, I love the WiiU, in fact, I’m rooting for it. Ever since I was young, I always played Nintendo. I had a N64, Gameboy and DS. I was pretty obsessed with Nintendo like a lot of people were at that time. Although as time past, so did my enjoyment over Mario and Zelda. Nintendo was nothing more than a mere memory.
Sure, I would invite some friends and play Super Smash Brother’s Brawl or Mario Kart together, but I felt that the Wii was just a Mario console. It had no third-party support, and no multi platform games. Lets be honest here, the Wii was nothing more than a console to play first party games. Soon after the Wii sold over 100 million consoles, the WiiU came along. The unfortunate timing eventually led to the demise of the WiiU.
The WiiU, while a good console, with many new features, is still just a Wii with an iPad and HD graphics. It was released when the Wii was dirt cheap, and when Xbox360 and PS3’s were in the height of dominance due to the great multiplats and exclusive titles. No one wanted to buy a WiiU due various reasons. For example, if you are like me, a guy who doesn’t have money falling out of the sky, you pick consoles these key factors, price, the power and the games. WiiU had basically none of that. It was expensive compared to the Wii, It was weak compared to Current gen consoles, and It had no launch titles to really push the sales. Mothers already had a Wii for their children to play.
Hardcore gamers had Halo, Gears of War, Gran Turismo, and GTA to play. WiiU had Mario and Zelda. That alone isn’t enough to make gamers go “Ill ditch my Xbox to buy a less powerful console to play only Mario.” So, bad sales meant that developers stopped making games for the WiiU, and in turn, less and less 3rd party games were released, making the WiiU deserted and alone, with no multi platform games, and no 3rd party support. Nintendo really has to do something about this, or the WiiU might just be a Mario Machine.
Nintendo is a great game developer, they have always been, and they always will. But their consoles have always suffered the power gap ever since they came onto the market. And in today’s world, it’s not just about how many animations a character has or what quality the sound is. Gamers today care about the particle effects, dynamic lighting, dynamic water effects, and HD Textures. As much as I hate to say it, gamers of today don’t really care much about Mario. It’s the people who grew up playing Nintendo games that desperately cling onto the hopes of Nintendo swinging back. Yes the plethora of Nintendo games are outstanding, all deserving a 10/10, but is that enough of a driving force to bring Nintendo back? I sure hope so.
Keep in mind that this is just my opinion of why Nintendo is crumbling right now. This isn’t a biased article, but its the truth. Thanks for reading the short article on why the Wii U is behind in the console wars.