Submitted by legendoflex 770d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo Land Has Failed In its Mission to Become the Next Wii Sports

GenGAME writes: "Now that the Wii U launch has come and gone, and the extent of the system’s loss of momentum in 2013 is finally visible, I think it’s safe to say that Nintendo Land was no Wii Sports successor. The game failed to drive sales in any way that even remotely resembled the Wii Sports phenomenon." (NintendoLand, Wii Sports, Wii U)

Erimgard  +   771d ago
Nintendo Land is a great game, but from a business perspective, yeah, it's not doing it's job.

Wii Sports launched with the Wii as a sort of "Look at this! This is the kind of stuff the Wii has to offer" game, and people just GOT it. It clicked.

Nintendo Land does the same thing, showing off lots of fun ways to use the fancy new GamePad, but it's not drawing as much attention. It's arguably a better game, but it's not making the purpose of the system sink in with most people.
OccludedGamer  +   770d ago
I would say it fell short on more than just a business standpoint too.

I agree it is a great game, I managed to sink a considerable amount of time into the Donkey Kong game, but I haven't found much me and my friends would sink much time into together.

Wii Sports had Golf and Bowling, both of which got played many times with groups on my system and I haven't seen anything on NL that would fit that goal either, despite having tried all the MP games too.
jaymart2k  +   770d ago
The only reason Wii Sports was popular was because Bowling.

Everything els sucked or was meh.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   770d ago
You suck, Tennis and Golf were fun as hell.
Venox2008  +   770d ago
tennis is much better
atthemags  +   771d ago
Nintendoland will never be as viral as Wii Sports--it's not included with EVERY system sold. That said, it's not a killer app by any stretch of the imagination, and many of the "attractions" have little appeal.
DA_SHREDDER  +   770d ago
yeup, they screwed up by not adding it for every system. Which is a shame cause alot of kids wont ever enjoy it. My kids love it!
stragomccloud  +   770d ago
It's true. It's really true. They do lack appeal. The games are incredibly fun, some of the funnest games I've played in years. However, they lack all kinds of appeal, even watching people play doesn't look all that fun. It isn't until your hanging out with your friends playing the game that one realizes how awesome it is. Unfortunately, that's not good enough from a business perspective.
PopRocks359  +   771d ago
Wii Sports was a far simpler endeavor. Smaller in scope, smaller in ambition and because people don't talk about the gamepad in the same context as the Wiimote, there wasn't much of a chance of people being as largely wowed by the console.

That all said I think Nintendo Land is a vastly superior game, and it's a shame that many of the people who played and enjoyed Wii Sports may not even experience it.

Would have been nice if at least ONE of the two games had online play though.
VikTheStampede  +   770d ago
I agree, not adding a bit of online was a mistake.

That being said, it is sad that in terms of sales nintendo land isnt close to wii sports since it is in my opinion so much more.
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DwightOwen  +   770d ago
Nintendo needs to release Wii U Sports.
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jaymart2k  +   770d ago
That golf tech demo where they put the controller on the ground & you swing the wiimote & the ball jumps from the ground to tv was awesome.

Shame it was only a tech demo cause they should really make it.

Mario Golf Wii U anyone?
Venox2008  +   770d ago
I would love eshop release of tennis and other great games improved, a collection maybe
scissor_runner  +   770d ago
Nintendo land should have a wii sport like update with online. Yet it's a huge game already.
Thepcz  +   770d ago
it doesnt have universal appeal
wii sport did.

i dont think i will buy nintendo land if i get a wiiu.
Ultr  +   770d ago
You should if you plan on playing with friends, Its an absolut blast playing together :)
jaymart2k  +   770d ago
I got it with the system. Shame I have no friends or family around to play with.

I'm missing out on 3-4 mini games :(
Link079  +   770d ago
WiiSports U will make wiiu very popular it will have to be like the original but with online and more events,make it alot deeper done.
wiium64  +   770d ago
yes, the will release wii u sports, just give it time, nintendo land is more like wii party, during the tech demo, in 2011, we saw a wii u sports demo, so one is definitely being worked on.
a_adji  +   770d ago
No one positioned this title as the next wii sports bar media outlets.

Nintendo just stated it would show case what and how to understand the Wii U controller.
legendoflex  +   770d ago

"Sometimes we say what Wii Sports was for Wii, Nintendo Land is for Wii U, except... [there's] a lot more than what was available in Wii Sports. We want people to know that this is a full game."
jakmckratos  +   770d ago
Id still wanna play it but some of the games seem whack..but then again only 4/5 wii sports games were worth playing and Nintendo Land has a crapload
I would get a wiiU for AAA exclusives. Nintendo land looks like a 4th graders favorite game.
Kos-Mos  +   770d ago
And what`s your favorite? gears, halo, killzone, gta, cod, me, skyrim, gow?
You`ve advanced to the fifth grade.
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Realplaya  +   770d ago
Actually Nintendoland surpassed what wii sports could do.
It's just media gives there opinion and people think they must be right. But if anyone picks up the game and plays it they would see the beauty.
lovegames718  +   770d ago
Casuals have officially flocked away and are onto the new fad.
Jek_Porkins  +   770d ago
Lightning usually doesn't strike twice, but I think those that do get the game will enjoy it better than Wii Sports, which was more of a tech demo. Nintendo Land is a ton of fun and the more people around to play, the more fun it is. I just wish they would have made it online enabled, it seems like Nintendo still doesn't understand that people want to play mini-games like that online against other people, not everyone has people that can come over every time they want to have fun with the game.
Summons75  +   770d ago
It was never trying to be Wii Sports not to mention it's a lot better giving players a lot more variety and challenge with each game.
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Kevlar009  +   770d ago
Not to make excuses, but Nintendo Land was a "look at all the interesting things you can do with the gamepad". Wii Sports was the same way, it showed all the simple ways Motion Control was fun and intuitive. I found it odd NL wasn't in every WiiU, since it seemed to fulfill the same purpose as Sports.

More importantly, what this tells us is that the WiiU isn't going to succeed on novelty alone. The WiiU is in a precarious situation because it's not casual enough to instantly appeal to kids and adults, but it's not hardcore enough to appeal to the graphics nuts who will instantly flock to other systems. It's not going to thrive purely off one group. In the end it's going to thrive on how well developers utilize the gamepad to enhance or create new experiences and gameplay. Until we past the crowded game releases for the WiiU (Like by March 2014), we can't say for sure if the WiiU is a flop or not

Back on the subject, Wii Sports is instantly more recognizeable (you know it's about sports), more cohesive (again it's all sports), and it really incorporated the theme of the console. While NL does the same type of theme advertisement, it doesn't have that instant appeal (which the Wii and Sports was about). Wii Sports instantly has the advantage and it shows. In the end the WiiU is going to succeed off the main titles it can produce, not some game that comes with the majority of WiiU's.
andrewsqual  +   770d ago
Not really, just the donkey masses will never be fooled by a console with "Wii" in the title. Nintendo failed instantly with the name of the console.
Shnazzyone  +   770d ago
At least it still succeeded at being a fun pack in game that gives you an idea of what the system can do.
tweet75  +   770d ago
it should have been like welcome park on vita built into the system. It is merly a demonstration of the what the system can do with nintendo flavor.
Theyellowflash30  +   770d ago
Nintendo Land is much better than Wii Sports though. As gamers we should embrace games that are better. Sales are one thing, but a great pack in is another. Nintendo will be showing off Wii Sports 2 at E3 with a price cut and Wii Mote plus bundles.
wiiulee  +   770d ago
nintendoland is better then wii sports..but motion control is no longer new...and nintendo didnt advertise or point out the features of the gamepad well enough...it still remains with that silly controller from sony and microsoft continuing kinect ,that the wiiu is actually the only system offering something unique and new with the gamepad and other options such as miiverse

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