Let's Be Honest: Nintendo Was Not Ready To Launch Wii U

This is not another article saying how crappy the Wii U is. I personally have one and enjoy it. It's their best made console since the N64. It is just so blatantly obvious that Nintendo launched their console too early in order to beat out their competitors. In all honesty, they should have waited and prepared their best features even if that meant releasing the following year.

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PopRocks3592130d ago

I can admit as well, the launch did feel somewhat rushed. I mean it was initially going to launch around March of that year, I think, until it was pushed back to the holidays.

But I still don't believe it was bad. It had a lot of content, ports or otherwise. And games like Nintendo Land and ZombiU are actually good games. It's just a shame there was no big Zelda game or another AAA title to really get the units moving.

Studio-YaMi2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

Does it really have that much content ? I have the WiiU,only bought 3 games,Nintendo land,super mario brother U and Zombie U(which isn't that good tbh) and I feel short !

It's not too bad by any means but it's still lacking lots of content,especially video games ! I wanted to play First party exclusives and all I got was 3 games with only 2 of them being fun to play.

Yes,I hold most of the blame for buying the console knowing that there wasn't that much content with it,but the point stands,the WiiU needs quality games and needs them fast .. I want my Mario Kart fix DAMMIT !

I say to people wanting to buy it,give the console a couple of months when good games comes out for it .. then buy it.

It's a great experience and I love the new controller,it's just lacking content right now.

jmc88882130d ago

It has quite a bit of content. People just want DIFFERENT content.

Even though the same will be said on the PS4/720, as you'll get the same games on the 360/PS3 mostly as well.

It also depends on what kind of gaming system you have besides or before the Wii U. If you just had a Wii, there is an epic amount of games.

If you're like me and have a PS3/360/PC, then many of the titles you've already played or passed on, and on the newer ones you might have chosen a different version. Personally I got the BLOPS2 on the Wii U. No nuketown and lack of players sucks but the gamepad makes it really fun to call down killstreaks (even if you are using a pro controller).

How many games do people think they should be able to get on a new console 20-30 that they actually want to play?

I remember getting the 360 and going great I have Perfect Dark Zero...and what else is there?? Oh I'll buy Gun. Call of Duty 2 imo sucked. It really wasn't until march-april when it started hitting its stride.

When PS3 came out it was basically my Resistance Fall of Man machine.

This is just what new consoles do. It takes awhile for a flood of games to come out. Sometimes it's worse than others, but Wii U's launch isn't that bad game wise.

Septic2129d ago (Edited 2129d ago )

Well I bought quite a few Wii U's hoping to cash in on them but had to send them back because Amazon never really sold out.

I did feel that the whole launch felt rushed. Not a lot of people knew about the Wii U at all and still don't to this day.

darthv722130d ago

pretty much every console launch can be looked at as rushed...after the fact. I can see the emphasis would be on the new games but one aspect that nintendo didnt really drive home was that people could play all of their existing wii games on it.

We (the informed gamers) know this but the uninformed consumers (the ones who bought the wii as part of the trend) did not. To them they didnt see the wii-u as something new and different. They probably felt content with their initial purchase.

Looking at something like the 3ds, its ability to play ds games was apparent from the beginning but (again) nintendo didnt focus on that convenience. So after some time, the price comes down to where a new buyer would look at both the ds and 3ds and the small price difference leaned them more towards picking up the 3ds to play both.

I cant recall what it was exactly but it was obviously enough to convince consumers that buying the 3ds OVER the ds was the better choice. Nintendo should be doing the same for the wii-u.

buying a wii-u doesnt suddenly mean you have to stop playing wii games. you can play them in addition to wii-u games. Whoever is in their marketing department needs to really rethink that part. Consumers are wanting more for their $$. I mean what is more than the hundreds of existing wii games (and wiiware) being readily available to someone who buys a wii-u. It certainly fills a need when it comes to the amount of playable games for the platform.

Looking back, even sony touted the BC of the ps2 with ps1 games as a selling point. People didnt have to give up their library when they upgraded their system.

eferreira2130d ago

most launches are pretty weak but the vita had a decent one

user39158002130d ago

Please. lets not come up with excuses to established a good relation with your sale and money wasted. I bought one for my son and to be honest, I regrte buying that over hyped GARBAGE... Maybe it gets better with new games, but right now its a paper weight, not to mention its compatible with 360 and ps3, problem is they are 7 years behind. They should bite the bullet and stop production and bring a console for next gen competition the 720/ps4. Out of all the hardware they ever made, this is by far their worth mistake on the consoles business, this is another virtual boy.

ahronith2130d ago

Huh, thats funny cuz im always on mine...playing games while kids use the tv, chatting on miiverse, drawing, and pretty much using it more than my wife would like to admit.

jmc88882130d ago

Wow simply wow.

360 and PS3 that you are talking about had the same problem when they launched. Did you buy one of those early on? If you had, you would have seen the same thing and understood this to be the case.

Also PS4 and 720 will only be 3x and 2x as powerful if the rumors are true...which means not too much. They closed 2/3rds of the gap between the Wii and the 360/PS3 with the Wii U and the PS4/720.

Virtual boy was just bad. Gave me headaches at the local blockbuster. EVerything was also red, and the games sucked.

If you chose to play Assassin's Creed 3 or BLOPS2 on another system then those are games you could have been playing on the Wii U.

NSMBU is great game. ZombiU is good.

Looks like you're going to be really disappointed with 'next gen'. It's not going to microwave your food for you and rub your back.

PopRocks3592130d ago

"Please. lets not come up with excuses to established a good relation with your sale and money wasted."

My, my. Look at how mature and courteous you are. Your mother ought to be proud. /s

Gamer19822130d ago

The WiiU was 2-3 years late. It should have capitalized 3 years ago before any ps4 and 720 talk really started getting going. then people may have chose it over current gen consoles.

rainslacker2130d ago

I didn't feel it was rushed. We knew about this thing for two E3's, and knew for the most part what it was going to be. I do kind of feel that the majority of 3rd party support came in late to supporting it however, and now that long term support is being called into question, although I'm sure it will have more than people are giving it credit for.

The system itself isn't bad at all, but the lack of really compelling software for the moment is making me think I could have waited to get one.

On a side note, I am the proud new owner of a 3DS XL.:) Can't wait to get Fire Emblem in the mail.:)

monkey nuts2129d ago

Sign up to club nintendo asap! I got to choose a free retail game download when I bought my 3DS xl and signed up. Theres 6 or so titles to choose from, I got SM3D Land. Epic game, and the lasy ninty console I bought was the N64.

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LOL_WUT2130d ago

If only Nintendo could've held off the Wii U till this years holidays, they would've had some of their key franchises ready by then Smash bros, Zelda, Yoshi and a new 3D Mario game.

Even though it might've competed with other unannounced hardware (PS4/720) it would've made it a killer launch. ;)

Gamer19822130d ago

Holding off would have done nothing the games needed to be ready for launch I agree but they should have been out last year..

dangert122130d ago

Nintendo has become really ignorant if you ask me, they refuse to accept the people who have made them big way back have grown up now and are more capable, so is tech and the people know im not saying none of us like nintendos new games far from as even i like them...but outside of mario and the gang they dont give a ish but we the fans do! so now they are digging themself a hole

TheWhyButton2130d ago

Personally, I think Nintendo does a heck of a better job at acknowledging the fans than Sony or Microsoft. It's not rare for them to give away free games, or games at a great discount (similar to how they are doing the 30 cent retro games every month). If you get their consoles early on, then they almost always reward you. I bought a 3ds on release day, and when the price drop happened a month later I was pretty disappointed until I found out about they were giving me 20 free games for the inconvenience. Now I'm getting great retro games for 30 cents and I can't complain with that. I feel like Nintendo is probably the most down to earth company out of the three becasue of deals like these, but I guess that's just me.

dangert122130d ago

That's fair enough, but i honestly think sony has a competitor for Nintendos big games and most the time PERSONALLY sony come out on top.

Modnation VS Mario Kart
LBP VS Super Mario Bros
(Kind of Comparable) Ratchet and Clank Vs Mario Galaxy.
PS All Stars Vs Brawl

i could go on but sony has direct competitors for Nintendos games where as the more mature games Nintendo only really have metroid and Disaster day of Crysis...So sony takes the cake for me and no service compares to plus...even cheap retro games lol

zebramocha2130d ago

@danger wrong! Lbp has nothing in common with Mario other than that they are platformers,lbp and modnation are the same game different genre,only one that kinda makes sense is pasbr, Sony had the crash series of games that went head to head everything Mario.

Old McGroin2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

@ dangert12

Wow, by your comment above saying that Sony come out on top with the exclusives you named you've clearly never played any of the Nintendo games. If you did you would know that they make the Sony exclusives you name look like the mediocre clones that they are.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

"Personally, I think Nintendo does a heck of a better job at acknowledging the fans than Sony"

lol maybe when it comes to hand held or something.

Nintendo wont capture the hardcore crowd..

They need a new just dance fast.

neogeo2130d ago

I agree. I get excited to get home from work and play wiiU.

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schlanz2130d ago

I think its the core crowd who is ignorant. Mass market could give two shits about specs. All they want is a great user experience and fun games, and that is what Nintendo delivers for all of its systems regardless of horsepower.

It's the same strategy Apple employs. The iPhone 5 is hardly the most impressive device on the market but the people buying it don't care about that. It's a device that stands on its own and doesn't need the fastest processor or highest pixel density. The Wii U (and its predecessor, which was wildly successful) takes the same approach.

mochachino2130d ago

Mass market aka casuals couldn't give a shit about paying more than 1.99 for videogame.

Mass market is playing on their phones, tablets, browser, and facebook.

Wii was like a gateway drug, but they found better dealers with cheaper product that satisfies their needs just fine.

schlanz2129d ago

You're wrong about that. The mass market might not be as clued in to the industry and all the AAA games that get released but they can certainly tell the difference between angry birds and Super Mario Galaxy.

If there is a developer out there that continues to resonate with the mass market its Nintendo, and its why many of their flagship series go on to sell millions. The Wii sold over 800 million games, four times as much as the gamecube, so you can't attribute that to just Nintendo fanboys.

TongkatAli2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

Free games suck for the Sony haters. "bu but you pay 50$" and you pay 60$ for each new console game, lol fail. I'm happy with the Wii U what do you expect FROM A THREE MONTH OLD CONSOLE, common sense please noobs.

Venox20082130d ago

yea, it was rushed, still I love my Wii U..console has potential and I know that after some time everything will be fine

TheWhyButton2130d ago

My thoughts exactly, I still have faith in the little guy!

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