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Submitted by Ramon3MR 621d ago | opinion piece

Is Nintendo Playing Possum or Have they Run Out of Steam?

GotGame: The Wii U’s launch has been a strange one to say the least. After Nintendo announced their new console at E3, we assumed it would be the start of a media blitz to explain and hype the new machine. After E3, Nintendo went quiet, and we waited patiently for Nintendo to kick off the advertising campaign that would sell the public on their new machine. And then we waited patiently some more, and some more... (3DS, Wii U)

Akuma-  +   621d ago
nintendo is doing what nintendo always does. theyll rely on fanatics to sell the wii u. the wii u has little games on the horizon for it and the system should cost less than half the asking price. nintendo is known for starving their fanbase of games compared to the likes of sony who constantly releases new games.

i would also like to apologize for my absence lately but i was doing a lot of running around due to the holiday season and such. even though i use my vita and mobile phone to send messages i couldnt get around to voice my opinion on certain matters on n4g. anyway, have a nice day all
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Kingofwiiu  +   621d ago
You're the worst Akuma. You bring shame to the awesome real Akuma who is by far the best character in Street fighter.

I will be enjoying Lego city , Rayman Legends , Pikmin 3 , Wonderfull 101 , Aliens colonial Marines , Game and Wario all on my awesome wiiu and I will also be enjoying GTAV , Bioshock infinite , MGR , etc on my ps3 and 360.

You lose.
ozzywazzy  +   621d ago
That's just about the saddest list of wii u games I've seen bundled together. You use that to make a point?! C'mon man try harder. Surely there has to be something a little more stellar than Lego city and pikmin.
stragomccloud  +   621d ago
OzzyWazzy
You've obviously never given Pikmin some time, Pikmin is amazingly fun and addictive. In my book, Pikmin /is/ worth it.
deafdani  +   621d ago
@Ozzywazzy:

- Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 are incredibly appraised games, both by game reviewers and normal gamers like you and me. What makes you think Pikmin 3 won't be just as great?

- Lego games are always consistently fun, and Lego City Undercover is the first completely original Lego game, not based on any license, and it's open world. Think Grand Theft Auto with building blocks. Yeah, it's a pretty promising game.

- Rayman Legends is the sequel to Rayman Origins, one of the best platforming games of this console generation, with amazing graphics and superb level design and platforming... and Legends seem to be even better than that.

- Wonderful 101 is the new game from Platinum Games, the dudes behind Bayonetta, MadWorld, Vanquish, and the upcoming Metal Gear Rising. They have serious pedigree, the guys in the team made games like Devil May Cry, and Viewtiful Joe... so, yeah, Wonderful 101 is certainly a game to look out for.

- Aliens Colonial Marines: Gearbox game. They make fun shooters, and this isn't just a Wii U exclusive.

- Game and Wario: ok, I'll give you that one. Yeah, usually Wario's minigame compilations are fun, but personally I wouldn't pay full price for those games, I find very little lasting appeal to them.

So... 5 out of 6 games are worth looking out for on this list. So, yeah, Kingofwiiu is actually making a pretty strong point with almost all of these games listed. And he forgot to mention Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate.

If you can't see why any of these titles are appealing, then you're just plain ignorant, or have extremely limited gaming tastes... or both.
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Kos-Mos  +   621d ago
Nobody noticed your absence, but I can notice that you`re full of immature comments.
exfatal  +   621d ago
took the words right outta my mouth. Well said well said..
Spookshow  +   621d ago
@ ozzywazzy: what, does Pikmin doesn't have enough shooting for you? typical FPS fanboy reaction...
BlackWolf  +   621d ago
Absence? Dear Akuma, I doubt someone missed your fanboy talking. You're just one more of the bunch of haters. Stop being so biased, please. And i agree with King, you don not deserve that name.
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Theyellowflash30  +   621d ago
Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, Lego City, Aliens, Monster Hunter..... little games on the horizon?
tehpees3  +   621d ago
Dude seriously Sony do not constantly release new games. Only fanboyism would say that. They have pumped sequels and "HD" remakes to high heaven on a scale the others haven't.
stragomccloud  +   621d ago
Very true, though there is nothing wrong with that. It's just sad how Sony fanboys jump on Nintendo for doing that. Though it's even worse when xbox fanboys do the same thing despite the system having a paid online service and only surviving because of multi plat titles that I can run on my PC with higher quality effects and yet still pay less for.

I long for the days when gamers go back to the ways of yore. Namely... sitting down, shutting up, and playing some freaking games!
deafdani  +   621d ago
I guess I'll get a lot of disagrees for writing this, but here goes.

Yes, Sony have made a lot of sequels, and yes, a lot of HD remakes... but that doesn't change the fact that they also have introduced SEVERAL new AAA IPs on this console generation exclusive to the PS3, something that neither Nintendo or Microsoft can truly claim.

As a matter of fact, there's two new PS3 exclusive IPs coming out this year (I think): Beyond, and The Last of Us.

Soooo, yeah. Sony actually releases a lot of new games most of the time.

I'm not saying this out of fanboyism. As a matter of fact, Nintendo is actually my favorite company, Wii was my favorite console of this gen (though I own and play Xbox 360 and PS3 as well), and Wii U will probably be my favorite console of next gen (day one buyer here), because I love Nintendo franchises THAT much. And yet I can see that, when it comes to quality and quantity of high profile games, Sony had the edge on this console generation by a LONG shot.
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SuperShyGuy  +   621d ago
I thought it would take you having broken hands to not be the first person on every Nintendo article, calling everyone a "fanatic" while being fanatical about Sony.
gpturbo81  +   621d ago
unoriginal, played out sequels of the same few franchises. wow, thrilling
IAmTheBest35  +   621d ago
wii u has a lot more than black ops 2. come on dude thats not the only game that exists.
IAmTheBest35  +   621d ago
i guess fanatics can get you to 100 million units sold
madjedi  +   621d ago
Nope thats the casuals, thx for playing though.
Ramon3MR  +   621d ago
Good to see you back around Akuma.
chadboban  +   621d ago
Like pretty much every single console launch ever, there is gonna be that dry spell period for a couple of months post launch. My friend that bought a PS3 at launch said all he pretty much had to play for a while was Resistance then pretty much nothing for months, swore he'd never buy another console at launch. All consoles take a while before they pick themselves up, I mean look at how far the PS3 has come. I'll most likely pick up a Wii U a little later this year although Rayman Legends may just make me pick it up sooner(I freaking loved Rayman Origins).

I say the Wii U and the Vita have a lot to prove this year and I believe Nintendo and Sony will do right by their systems.
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BlackWolf  +   621d ago
Agree. This is the moment for both the Vita and the Wii U to show what they are made of, and shut the haters' mouths once and for all (I'd like to think that, but there'll always be haters...) :D
JustinWeinblatt  +   621d ago
You're definitely right on that one. All launch periods have a dry period after launch, and we ALWAYS act like it's some sort of surprise. The same thing is going to happen with the X-Bo 720 and PS4, and again we're going to be taken aback. We have a habit of getting overhyped and then being disappointed by reality.

The Wii U is different for a couple of reasons though. First off, the launch lineup was fairly weak. The Wii U is an interesting concept that could turn out to be amazing, but Nintendo has to prove it's amazing. Wii Sports clearly and effectively demonstrated the capabilities of the Wii U. Nintendoland did not.

Moreover, we have no inkling of whats coming down the pipeline for the Wii U. By the time the Wii came out, we knew that Metroid Prime corruption was coming out. We'd seen a trailer for Smash Bros Brawl. We'd already seen some HUGE and awesome looking titles. We knew why we should be hyped for the Wii, even if the games weren't there quite yet.

For the Wii U, we know next to nothing about its post launch window plans. We don't even know the release dates for all of the launch window games. Nintendo's hardest hardcore fans will have faith that Nintendo will eventually deliver great software as they almost always do, but Nintendo needs to show more than Bayonetta 2 to show that the Wii U will have a long successful life with a great software lineup.

I'm sure Nintendo has more in development for the Wii U. Naturally, they intend to support the console for more than 6 months. I'm just trying to make sense of why Nintendo is being so incredibly secretive about what's coming up.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
stragomccloud  +   621d ago
Man it was a little gloomy for a while on the PS3 front. But look at it now! For one thing, multiplat titles are mostly amazing(bethesda and call of duty devs need to shape up), and the exclusives have made the PS3 a must have for anyone. I can't wait until "The Last of Us" and "Beyond Two Souls!"
ZeekQuattro  +   621d ago
Rayman Legends is amazing. I recenlty played the demo and the three stages provided convinced me its a must have. Its the first Rayman game I evered played but I can see why the series has such a big following.
Ramon3MR  +   621d ago
I'm hoping Nintendo at least teases something at GDC this year.
doogiebear  +   621d ago
The "U" is for "Underwhelming".
exfatal  +   621d ago
Oh? I always thought i stood for "Underestimated"
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doogiebear  +   621d ago
Perhaps "Underachiever", when REAL next gen starts.

Next gen doesnt start with Nintendo just because it's new. It's actually 6 years too late, without the same casual appeal that sold the old wii. By that reasoning, then Ouya is next gen too (Lol).

Ooh! By my above deductions, "Underdeveloped" is a good title for the "U" too!
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DivineAssault  +   621d ago
Its really for "Unfulfilling".. I have one btw.. Kidtendo land that came w it & NSMB which i bought sadly.. I must say that i havent turned it on in weeks & only played it for a couple hours before i felt ripped off again.. I guess it will stay off until rayman & bayo 2 come around.. Everything else that i tried was nothing special..
IAmTheBest35  +   621d ago
donbear

its next gen because its new. plain and simple. what exactly makes it part of the seventh gen? i dont understand this mentality.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   620d ago
The U is for Unterseeboot. It's German for submarine. Nintendo... does not have a firm grasp of German.
Theyellowflash30  +   621d ago
If you don't have one. Wii U has been nothing but awesome for the people who have one. Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge is sooo fun. Looking forward to Monster Hunter and The Wonderful 101 this year. Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3 and Aliens Colonial Marines.
metroid32  +   620d ago
It's for ULTIMATE.
Genuine-User  +   621d ago
I just hope Nintendo is consistent in quality and quantity this gen.
3-4-5  +   621d ago
* 3DS had little games on horizon first year.

Now look at it...it's doing fine and only getting better with age.

* The Wii U will be fine, but people need to realize it's not a this or next gen console.

It's a hybrid of both and it is it's own thing. This is the direction Nintendo is choosing and has chosen to go.

Games don't start appearing or piling up on a system until year 2-4.

^ Anybody who has actually looks at past consoles and stats knows this.
MasterCornholio  +   621d ago
I pretty much agree with you that the Wii U is another Wii from Nintendo.

Blue ocean vs Red Ocean.

Capitalism Vs Communism (just kidding lol)
jacksheen0000  +   621d ago
It seem to me that Nintendo is just using pure common sense here. They can't afford to release all of their 1st party games in one shot because its all they really have in store right now. So, I don't blame Nintendo for being completely mum about their upcoming game line-up. Now, lets all not forget that Nintendo don't have enough support from all 3rd party Dev at the moment. I know I know...give it some time.

Sure, it’s great that the Wii U has great ports of solid titles,But it won't be enough to complete with Microsoft/Sony.
who knows, maybe this year e3 2013 will be a different story.
andrewer  +   621d ago
IMO PS2 is the best console ever, but (IMO too) PS3 isn't as near as good as its predecessor and even Wii. I don't care about the dislikes I'll probably get, but since I discovered N64 (and it was long after its release) I love Nintendo and its games, especially, of course, Zelda. Overpriced? Better investment than PS3 (didn't talk about Xbox because I never played it). And don't forget about the $499 PS3 launch price for 20GB...
vikingland1  +   621d ago
opossum
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   621d ago
wiiU is just like Vita a slow starter give it a year lol.
lilbroRx  +   621d ago
Wii U isn't like Vita at all. Contrary to the insistant negative journalism, its making a profit and selling comparetively well compared to other console launches.

People are rushing to pick at any and every negative thing they can with the Wii U to forecast doom(most gaming journalist are still fanboys), but that is far from reality. The reality is that it is making a profit, and most other people are just waiting for games they want to play to come out on it before they buy the console.

The Wii U's start has been faster than the PS3/360 when they launched. That is not slow, that is above average.

Even the chartz show this. The Wii U is midway amongst systems in sales. Vita is at the bottom only slightly above the original PSP in sales.

http://www.vgchartz.com/
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metroid32  +   620d ago
No vita has sold less than 3 million the wiiu has sold 3.4 million to date and thats in just over 2 months vita has been out for ages ??
G20WLY  +   620d ago
I'm not even sure why I'm bothering to try, but here goes:

1) The Vita has sold well in excess of 4 million (according to good old VGC, smh)

2) It's a handheld and came out after the 3DS got a boosting price cut. You can't compare to a home console what was the first new option in 6 years! lmao, apples and oranges.

I'm not taking sides with brands here, but to compare the two is to lose perspective on the topic of this article, not to mention, plain mental :)
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wiiulee  +   621d ago
lol...like the psvita, is the psvita still a topic of conversation...the 3ds has done a number on that thing...come to think of it even the ds and the psp is beating it....wiiu is in a way higher league and a league by itself considering its ahead to stay despite the hate this next generation...though i will say im not sure who is responsible for advertisement and commercials at nintendo but they should be ashamed.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   621d ago
I'm hoping they're playing possum like theory one, and not just a bunch of idiots like theory two. I'd like to think they're smart, being the only surviving pure video game hardware maker. I guess we'll find out at E3.
metroidfusion2  +   621d ago
Everyone always talks shit about nintendo they need to do this and theyy need to do that they need to get this game and that game lol how long has nintendo been doomed ha. Ha and they are still aaround and everyone should know nintendo is coming out with their 1st partty titles as a mattter of fact nintendo is only coming out with 1/3 of their 1st partyy titles this year and next year and just from what nintendo is doing now and from learning that a while back nintendo is giving 3rd party a lot of chances to. Put games on the system and sell a lot but I guess people can't think anymore and just bitch and complain ha lol so to make it simple for all of the dumbasses their willl be first party games here and there and inbetween the 1st party releases 3rd party will come out with gamesaand like how nintendos 1st party sale that's a good strategy
rortz  +   620d ago
Well, I think they perfectly know what they're doing, and it seems quite simple: they launched Wii U knowing just nintendo fans will buy it at lauch and expecting it to be that way, otherwise 1 out 5 tv ads would've been a Wii U commercial to build up hype these past holidays. So this makes me think that they don't want hype yet, as a matter of fact, it looks like they're trying to not compete with PS360 keeping a low profile for the mainstream. This makes me think that next christmas will be when the battle begins with PS720 priced somewhere around 350-500$ with only near 2x or slightly above graphics performance this time (instead of 4x-5x as previous generation) and considering by that time Wii U will be 1 year old, so potentially the scenario might bee Wii U might be putting out games that at least equal the graphics of the new systems (maybe at lower frames per second or at 720p instead of 1080p, but average joe won't care/know/mind) for at least 100$ less, but Wii U also includes the gamepad whereas competition won't, and probably by the end of 2013 Wii U could have around 30-50 games out, and if nintendo releases a triple A title in time for christmas sony and microsoft are going to see how PS360, or in the worst case scenario Wii U sales as much as 3x-4x of what their new consoles sale during the same period. In the end it might be another 3DS vs Vita scenario (vita omg graphics no games / 3ds ok graphics, plenty to play), and they should aim for thant since we all know how that worked out for them.

Just my opionion, if you don't share it and/or like I don't care since we can all have different opinions.

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