When Only 42 People Are Playing Madden on the Wii U, It’s Not a Sports Console

Kotaku: "While the Wii was probably the worst console of all time for sports video game development, I don't see much in the Wii U's current offerings—all of three simulation sports—that makes its high-definition successor any more of a full partner in the same landscape."

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-Mika-1704d ago (Edited 1704d ago )

Great read. I think Nintendo is in alot of trouble. Why should developers port their games to this system? All of the third parties titles that launched on WiiU flopped. The only title that hanging in there is ZombiU but that isn't even a smashing success.

Developers aren't going to want to waste millions porting their game and then optimizing it because of the WiiU slow cpu speed. Then on top of that, they have to add useless gimmicks to their games that not going to add much or if anything to the experience.

Nintendo better get it together because If they don't. Vita is going to be taking all their ports since it cheaper and easier to port games to that system. Just look at TecmoKoei.

PopRocks3591704d ago

Because Madden reflects the launch as a whole. /sarcasm

PopRocks3591704d ago

I love how a fanatic is accusing people who like this console of being fanatics. Oh the irony.

bothebo1704d ago

No I think poor launch sales and no games until February reflect the launch as a whole as well as delayed games and 3rd parties who are deciding to skip over it.

People keep claiming it's sold out but we all know it is not. Reggie also lied on national television about the product which tells you something else.

Keep trying! Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while!

PopRocks3591704d ago


Please keep the misinformation coming. The Wii U and first party games have sold moderately well. Some places sold the Wii U out but stocks were kept up.

Reggie is a PR person. The PR folks at Sony lied when they said the trailer for Eight Days was actual gameplay.

Just own up and admit that you desperately WANT the Wii U to fail, eh?

chadboban1704d ago


You getting a Wii U? Seriously YOU getting a Wii U? This is the funniest thing I've read all day.

The way you act towards Nintendo, you had me thinking you wouldn't touch a Nintendo console even if someone payed you to. Oh and 80% cheaper? The Wii has been out 6 years and it's not even near 80% cheaper as yet.

I don't play companies, I play games. But I guess fanboys will never change.

bothebo1704d ago

Yes I do want the Wii U to fail. Why? Because I'm sick of stupid Ninny fanboys who think being fed shit is acceptable. How can you even buy their consoles anymore after being sold out to the casuals? You Ninny fanboys try to deny this by saying it's not about hardware even though you buy SEQUELS on more modern consoles. You're all a joke. Nintendo sold all of you out and you know it, but are unwilling to accept it.

I love how you refer to the glory days of Nintendo and how the SNES and N64 were the greatest thing in the world. Reality check, it's 2012 almost 2013 and Nintendo has released a sub par console that will STRUGGLE to compete with the 720 and PS4, one of which will be reasonably priced, probably the 720. They have STRUGGLED to get 3rd party developers other than multiplats on theirs systems.

I love how you say Nintendo has good first party titles even though they've milked them about as badly as COD. I love how you say Nintendo has the best first party titles when metacritic scores suggest otherwise. Now all of their intellectual property is being developed by second party developers.

You all say Nintendo innovates. How? By supplying you with weak hardware that can barely compete? Yeah that's innovation right there. Well done. On top of that, why don't we just light a fire in front of us and praise Nintendo. Innovation, is using new and better hardware to push the limits of what we can do. Developers, consider the Wii U a burden. How are they supposed to integrate a gamepad into their game?

Do me a favor PopRocks, shut up and realize what Nintendo has become.

PopRocks3591704d ago



I really hope you get bent and take a trip outside, man. Sounds like you need it.

SilentNegotiator1704d ago

None of the other HD systems had even remotely this much trouble getting an online community in its first few months.

They're going to miss out on the big bucks like DLC.

People need to stop trivializing this issue.

PopRocks3591704d ago (Edited 1704d ago )


Wow, really? You mean to seriously tell me that the PS3 didn't have a hard time pushing its online infrastructure early on? Aside from Resistance, how many big games were online on the PS3? Or had DLC for that matter? And we all know how well PS Home worked out when it launched.

Honestly, if people here are going to label me a fanboy for defending Nintendo with this platform then you tell me how you're not to be labelled a fanboy for suggesting that Sony didn't start off sluggishly with the PS3.

SilentNegotiator1704d ago (Edited 1704d ago )

"Wow, really? You mean to seriously tell me that the PS3 didn't have a hard time pushing its online infrastructure early on? Aside from Resistance, how many big games were online on the PS3? Or had DLC for that matter? And we all know how well PS Home worked out when it launched"

1) It's not 2006 anymore. DLC is exponentially bigger today.

2) I recall a vibrant Resistance community as well as other games on ps3 at launch. It definitely had more than 42 people playing (and more than Wii U Blops 2 had....which is pathetic with how much more popular COD is).

3) PS Home has made millions in DLC. Who cares if software that was clearly only testing the waters had a rocky start?

darthv721703d ago

"None of the other HD systems had even remotely this much trouble getting an online community in its first few months."

" It's not 2006 anymore. DLC is exponentially bigger today."

Your 2nd part is right. It isnt 2006 anymore but that points to your first part. sony DID have trouble getting its online all squared away. MS essentially carried over the live community from xbox to the 360 while at the same time improving on that structure.

Sony knew they couldnt very well charge for their service because there wasnt any substance like live had. How do you get customers? You get them by trying to undercut the competition. While the idea of the online play was free, that was the only thing PSN really could counter live with.

It took them time to build the video relations with netflix and hulu. it took time to build the store to be more unified. it took time to build home into a social platform. All of which took longer than "first few months" as you proclaim.

Looking at PSN now vs then we can see Sony made many mistakes but also worked their ass off to rectify those mistakes and build PSN into what it is. nintendo gave online an afterthought on the wii. Very similar to sony and their view of it on the PS2. so naturally both companies had to start somewhere.

We poke fun at nintendo when we really dont know what kinds of strides they will make in the coming future or how long it will take. People who believed strongly in sony building a solid online system should give nintendo the same optimistic POV.

Even if some dont care for nintendo as a whole, they are wanting to follow in the footsteps of greatness which in and of itself is very respectable.

360ICE1703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

Kids, kids. Stop fighting.
Not a single one of the comments above actually dealt in facts or numbers. They were all like "Well, Wii U has totally flopped saleswise" (without refering to sales and sales expectations) and then someone would go "No, it hasn't. You just want it to fail" (again, without references)

You might as well not talk, because it's just word against word. You don't deal in facts, you deal in intuition.
How you feel the things are going means nothing.

Ok, I'll admit a few of the comments closer to the bottom weren't that bad.

JasonKCK1703d ago

maybe the people who own a wii u dont like madden. i know i dont.

SilentNegotiator1703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

PS3 had a large online community with Resistance:FOM.

I guess they don't like any games that go online, then....

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BeAGamer1704d ago

mika, you should chill out a bit

EddieNX 1704d ago

Is it just me or did the wii definitely have it's sporting moments? Love it or hate it wii sports was absoloutly unbelievable the first time you played that and turned your living room into a temporary bowling alley , Golf course , Baseball pitch , tennis court etc. Wii sports Resort was awesome aswell. And yes I know it's casual , but it's still a sports game lol.

What About PES on the wiiu ? that was terrific.
Tiger woods on wiiu was amazing.
Mario strikers , etc etc etc.

The wii had its sports moments definitely.

animegamingnerd1704d ago

kotaku goood read? LAMO only trolls, fanboys, or complete idiots takes what kotaku say seriously

ConstipatedGorilla1704d ago

Mika is a known troll. He/she shows up on every Nintendo article just to bash it.

auragenz1704d ago

It's an unfair comparison. Everyone knows that no self-respecting Madden player would be caught playing on the Wii U.

It's like saying only 42 players are on Live playing Rainbow Dash's Magical Princess Quest right now, xbox must = Doom.

aquamala1704d ago

And Madden is a smashing success on the vita?

HammadTheBeast1704d ago

It's sold a good 200 k. Not too bad for a simple port on a handheld.

dark-hollow1704d ago

If you are a madden fan, why in the hell would you wait SIX years to buy a Wii u to play madden? Chances are 99% you already own a 360 or ps3 for it.

lilbroRx1704d ago

That argument doesn't even make sense.

This is madden "2013". How could someone wait six years to buy it when its only been out for a few months?

Even more sad is that you had all agrees for this statement.

TheoreticalParticle1703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

I think you're missing his argument, lilbro. It's that if you're a Madden fan, you likely already have consoles you are currently playing Madden on.

Why, then, would you jump ship to a brand new control scheme when you already have the one you're comfortable with?

However, a counterpoint would be, "Doesn't this indicate that Nintendo's going to have an exceedingly difficult time capturing any of the sports audience?"

bigfish1704d ago

Where did the Vita come from?? lol

Tetsujin1704d ago

Figures coming from kotaku...

TheDivine1704d ago

So you think Nintendo should give up on the wii-u but Sony shouldnt drop the Vita? The wii-u is a month old and selling very well. The Vita is a year old and only at 3 million.

I would think the wii-u is in a perfect position to recieve 3rd party games as its comparable to other hd systems, easy to code for, Nin doesnt charge for patches, and its a new system so games sell very well considering the library is smaller. Also alot of dev's might decide to make wii-u/360/ps3 games instead of ps4/720 games because its cheaper and theres 200 million more sold when new consoles launch.

Wii-u is a guaranteed success as soon as Zelda, Metroid, exc hit. Couple that with the agressive 3rd party partnering Nin is doing and i think people will be shocked in a good way. All these recent gamers dont remember before the wii when Nin=core and was the king. Im patiantly waiting for them to return. Hell the 3ds is still new and ive already gooten star fox, zelda, paper mario, re, kid icarus, tales, mh, 2d mario, scribblenauts, prof layton, animal crossing, harvest moon, 3d mario, and mario kart. They brought that shit and wii-u will be no different.

metroidfusion21704d ago

Thank you someone knows what they are talking about and the 3ds is coming with a lot of rpgs and jrpgs and the wii u will get ports from the ps3 and 360 and ps4 and 720 and the wii u will have a lot of 3rd party titles and surprises and more new ips and of course there 1st party titles which ssell millions and I'm sure there will be 1st party surprises but dumbass people don't give nintendo a chance and just automatically assume things then when nintendo does everyrhing and more nintendo still doesn't get any credit and I will play my wii u today but the hate will keep coming and nintemdo will keep being successful

dragonyght1703d ago

lol why the vita is coming into a console discussion. It a handheld the factors that hindering its success do not apply to the Wiiu. and also vita is 9 month old

WiigotU1704d ago

Mika and hatsumi or whatever the name is are one in the same I swear there funny.

vallencer1704d ago

It wouldn't be a Nintendo article without the Nintendo bashing love birds in the comments section. Seriously Mika and hatsune-miku you guys should get a room with your sony products and just make sony babies. And also please stay away from Nintendo articles while you're at it that would be an added bonus.