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It's been a rough road for the Wii U since its launch in November 2012. Starting with the reveal of their latest living room hardware, Nintendo's communication strategy has bred confusion. The company has failed to penetrate the casual market, which was a segment that contributed much to the success of the Wii. Sales of the new console have been tragically low, and the company's financial position has deteriorated to the point where CEO Satoru Iwata has hinted at stepping down should the company not reach the ambitious goal of a 100 billion yen operating profit in the next fiscal year.
In an interview with CNN, famed creator of iconic characters Mario, Zelda, and more, Shigeru Miyamoto, spoke about the challenges facing the Wii U. Specifically, he identified making the platform more stable and convenient. He did not, however, talk about the most pressing issue facing the Wii U: games.
Recently, Game Informer reported that Battlefield 4 will not be making an appearance on the Wii U. This follows the significant loss of Rayman Legends as a timed exclusive. Ubisoft decided to delay the game until the fall to maximize reach with a simultaneous multi platform release. We also know that Deep Silver's upcoming Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light will be skipping the Wii U. Even the titles that Nintendo does have coming, like their own Pikmin 3 and two exclusives from Platinum Games (Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2), are still without release dates.
Miyamoto is hopeful that consumers will warm up to the Wii U. In particular, he identified the change in perception of the DS, which met much skepticism early on. Unlike the DS, which had a steady flow of unique experiences only possible on that device, Nintendo has failed to cultivate and maintain third-party support for their home consoles. Additionally, he put much weight in the Wii U's non-gaming functions (like Netflix, which is on nearly every other living room device) and the vibrant Miiverse communities. Whether these features will be enough to convert the multitude of non-traditional consumers that purchased the Wii into long-term Nintendo customers remains to be seen.
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I shall wait! I think it just needs more time...like recent consoles.
Sure, why not? For Miyamoto of course. :D
Love Miyamoto. He always has a huge smile in his face :)
this bad mama jama brought gaming to the world, and he did it with an italian plumber that eats psychedelic shrooms. Take all the time you want. Nintendo's the only game company that feels like they truly have a love for the ART that is video games. Sony and Microsoft seem like if they could profit more from the total destruction of video games and it's industry they would. Nintendo seems like they would die before they lost the passion to evolve the art. Im not even a nintendo FB. Im 100% convinced i will get a wiiu. Im just waiting for that one game be it Zelda, Metroid, or whatever.
I'm sure I'll get one, but I'm waiting for the Big N's first party titles, like many of us. I'm playing a Gamecube Zelda right now.
Wii U and a PS4.
At E3 they just need to say this game on this date for about forty games for an hour and I will be set. Also change the pricing structure. Just have the deluxe edition cause no one will by an 8 gig box.
It really sucks to say this since I own a Deluxe Wii U, but it's getting pretty hard to defend the console when there are no triple A titles that I can't get on my PS3. I love my Wii U and I know it's got huge potential but Nintendo really hasn't shown that yet. I'm confident that Nintendo's console will succeed but their going to have to prove themselves through the exclusives that have kept themselves prominent throughout generations. My hope is that Nintendo will announce games like Metroid, Mario Galaxy, Star Fox and a new Zelda (not a remake even though I am excited to replay Windwaker!). Once Nintendo gets going, the Wii U will succeed.
Ummm yeah ive given NINTENDO about 13 years of time to get ya'lls *** together, and your still on that PEDO game, Grow up Nintendo, we YOUR ORIGINAL fan base did, and we aint trying to play *** kiddie games with *** graphics! Your best work was on Nintendo and on the Super Nintendo after that................ Pfft.
hell yeah, I'll play... when a new good Metroid game or a new Zelda game comes out
I'll just hold out on the ***
No question I'm getting it. I'm just waiting til the good games come out.
I'm away for a year, but I'm getting one when I'm back.
I still believe!
Nintendo took WAY too long hopping on the HD bandwagon, and I agree that there are way too few games for it.
I will still buy one, of course, because I absolutely love The Legend of Zelda and most definitely want to own the re-made Wind Waker and whatever the newest HD Zelda installment will be. I love Nintendo enough that I buy their consoles to play their first-party games. I have an Xbox for everything else, though.
Nintendo needs to keep the casual feel it's always had, but they really need to step it up and let in some more in-depth games and at least a decent multiplayer experience.