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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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No, Miyamoto. As much as I respect the man because I love Nintendo, I think Nintendo should have given the Wii U more time first. I love my Wii U, it's a terrific console with a lot to offer, but the lack of games and the clunky OS has been keeping my console switched off unless I'm in a Netflix or YouTube mood.
I bought the console for ZombiU, New Mario, ports with all-new possibilities, Rayman Legends and Pikmin 3. With Rayman Legends delayed and no definite release date for Pikmin 3, I've admittedly been less enthusiastic about my shiny Wii U as of lately.
Nintendo, listen to us (you know, your devoted fanbase): We want--actually, NEED--new software. We need more console support. We need confirmation from you, the company, that more is on the way. And actually show it to us too. Nintendo Directs are nice and all, but what happened to those?
Show us more content, and have it out when you say it will be, and then tell gamers like me to give the console more time. A lot of us have given it plenty of time and attention. What's next?
I am happy with my Wii U purchase. I do wish there was more support for it. The number of developers that are passing on it is really adding up and Nintendo yet again should have released a beefier system. However, for the core games and such, it will be fine for me, yet I do not know how they will fair once the PS4 and the 'Durango' hit retail in November.
". 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."
the ds didnt have that in the beginning
the wii u will turn around
Casual adopters will get the system when its $99-150. Right now the wii u needs a unique game for classic nintendo fans to sink into. We need the equivalent of an eternal darkness or OG metroid prime.
"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."
" We also know that Deep Silver's upcoming Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light will be skipping the Wii U."
but we get monster hunter, dragon quest X and other things so who cares
It's 2013... WE AIN'T GOT TIME DAWG. Also the more time we give it, the more time that gives Sony and Microsoft to take away all of your third party support. Again. For the 3rd straight generation.
I can wait for good games, I'm with ya buddy.
As much as i want to play Mario with my kids i will pass. Maybe i will get to buy it on playstation network in a few years as it sits rotting next to a sonic game. My favorite food in Earthbound was chili by the way :P
I want the Wii U to do well. The Wii got endless *** for it's weak processor and subsequent sparse 3rd party support. Now that the Wii U is finally up to snuff for bigger games, all I seem to see is "X game passes on Wii U release". It's a shame, I feel like the Wii U deserves more.
I can't be the only one holding out for a DS player can I?