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Submitted by mii-gamer 478d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo needs to relaunch the Wii U

mii-gamer.com writes:

The Wii U is in a predicament right now. In a previous article I went into detail about the woes of the Wii U during the launch window. Although games such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Lego City: Undercover have helped the Wii U in the past week, it is still not out of the dark waters. Nintendo should not be complacent, the Wii U is still young, and there is much work to do. (Nintendo, Wii U)

snipermk0  +   478d ago
re-launch the wii u? Isnt that like buying a cake in the weekend and re-celebrating ur birthday just cos you've got no friends?
darthv72  +   477d ago
...
no
Donnieboi  +   477d ago
Yes it is. That's exactly what it's like...how snipermk0 said.
darthv72  +   477d ago
still...
no
DivineAssault  +   478d ago
not happening but it does need 2
3-4-5  +   477d ago
You don't / can't re-launch something.

You just up the advertising...

it's the same thing.
darthv72  +   477d ago
sure you can
Sega relaunched the master system after a couple of years. they did it to coincide with the revised design and new games that were being made for it.

They took the opportunity to do this while the genesis was picking up in popularity. Now that is one example of how a system can be relaunched.

Another is when Atari tried to relaunch the 2600 after nintendo/Sega had already been on the market. That launch wasnt as successful because the gamers had moved on from the 2600 days and atari was hoping to cash in on nostalgia.

As for nintendo, they just need to market it better. Take the wii out of production as it conflicts with the wii-u. the wii-u can play all the same wii games and if nintendo wants to push wii-u....that would be a start.

We know there are games coming for it. But coming for it and being out and available are two different things. Obviously they wanted to release the system when it was ready and from the hardware side it was ready. The software unfortunately, was not.
RAFFwaff  +   478d ago
It doesn't need a relaunch, it needs games and preferably AAA first-party. I mean, even if alot of (casual) gamers still are ignorant of the wii U as a new console, the best way to remedy that is an amazing advert of say a new 3d mario or zelda which makes ordinary people, families, parents sit up and take notice with the realization that you can only play it on nintendo's NEW console. In essence, in order to play this amazing game, they have to purchase the console.
jimbobwahey  +   478d ago
I think people realized with the Wii that it's just not worth owning a Nintendo console for one worthwhile game per year, and that's if you're lucky.

Nintendo just isn't willing to spend the cash on expanding their studios and ensuring that they have a regular output of decent software for their customers, so screw 'em.

Sony and Microsoft make sure that their customers have games to play, Nintendo doesn't. They make their money off the hardware sale and just don't care about their customers at all. They'll put out a decent game once a year (or every couple of years...) and that's it.

Take the Wii U for example, what's their big game for 2013? Wind Waker. A quick remake of a freakin' GameCube game. If I had spent money on a Wii U I would be furious, and I'd sell it as fast as possible to recoup lost money and spend it on a real console instead.

Until Nintendo spends some of that money they've made to expand and open new studios to make games for their customers, I say screw 'em. Anybody that defends this company is a mug.
insomnium2  +   478d ago
I kinda agree but I would put MS right there with Nintendo. How much have they expanded and put decent software out to people? It's been nothing but Kinect after 2009. smh.
jimbobwahey  +   477d ago
@insomnium

Well in the past six months Microsoft have given their customers Forza Horizon, Halo 4 and Gears of War Judgement. Those are just major AAA retail exclusives, and on XBLA there's more big exclusives such as Battleblock Theater, Monaco and the upcoming Super Time Force.

I'd say that's one incredibly impressive exclusive lineup. Sony also has a great software lineup too. What's Nintendo giving their customers? Ports of old PS3/360 games. It's pathetic.
Ck1x  +   477d ago
Lol your trying way to hard man... Oh wow!
So Nintendo never brings out any games for their systems right and I guess that's why the 3ds line-up of games desroys the Vita's. So I'm assuming that you said the very same thing about the PS3 when it launched as well, because it didn't have that must have exclusive title until Uncharted 1 came out... Just like the PS4 has a lackluster line-up from what we know so far(at least to me that is). Many are going nuts over Killzone, but it just wasn't doing anything new really besides prettier graphics. Nintendo has probably just as many active game studios as both Sony and Microsoft does so I don't know what your angle is there.
The 10th Rider  +   477d ago
@jimbobwahey

Lol,I agree with your point to a certain extent...but the overall tone of your comment is ridiculous. The Wii U's big game this year is Wind Waker HD? That's ridiculous.

Have you looked at what's the Wii U has coming? It's not just Wind Waker HD. They've got Pikmin 3, the Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, whatever the heck Retro Studios is working on, a 3D Mario game, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Monolith Soft's new game, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and an original Zelda game all coming in the next three years. That's definitely more than one worthwhile game per year.

I hope that Nintendo realized their mistakes with their lack of Wii support. But I realize that a lack of games can't be fixed instantaneously, game development takes time. I'm hoping that they fix their mistakes, but I also know that it'd be a year or more until any of their efforts start to pay off.
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truechainz  +   477d ago
Funny how many idiots with a keyboard think they can run a multi-million dollar corp better than people who do now, and say stuff like, "Anybody that defends this company is a mug."
TimeSkipLuffy  +   478d ago
Actually I think that those games won't help to sell the WiiU to the broad audience.
Simple games like Wii Sports and easy mini games were the reasons why I've seen elder people buy the Wii to start with.
Now why should they buy a new console when they can still play Wii Sports on the old Wii?
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   478d ago
Wii's advertisement was great.

I think Nintendo needs to go back to that simpler style and dump all of the unnecessary blue lights.

They just need to have a guy say in a plain voice, "This is our new product WiiU and if you like the Wii..."

Then go back to showing families/people enjoying all of the WiiU's Abilities in real-looking houses.
MasterCornholio  +   478d ago
How did Nintendo go from ads like this?

http://www.gamasutra.com/db...

Which show a group of friends/family etc playing the Wii U together and having a great time.

To this.

http://cdn.wegotthiscovered...

While it still has the group of friends/family vibe the issue with the ads is that there is only one Wii U controller. Seriously how cool is it that you can only use one tablet controller with the device while the rest are stuck with gaming with Wii Motes. In my opinion it doesnt make any sense at all since it ruins the experience that all players share with each other due to only one of them able to use the tablet controller.

In my opinion Wii U isnt about playing a cool game and sharing the experience with your friends. Its about gaming by yourself with the controller while you show it off to your friends. And if they behave well you let them experience the fruits of Nintendos innovative controller design.

"Then go back to showing families/people enjoying all of the WiiU's Abilities in real-looking houses."

Yep and show all of them gaming on Wii U tablet controllers and at the end of the video announce an update that will bring multiple Wii U controller support to the system. That would be fantastic even though the controller is expensive at least it gives consumers the option to enjoy games together with the same type of controller.

@majiebeast

I dont know about Reggie (even though i feel like pouring acid all over his face) but didnt Iwata say that if Nintendo posts a loss at the end of their fiscal quarter he would leave the company?
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rainslacker  +   477d ago
At least it's truth in advertising. On launch day I had people over and that's exactly how it went. We passed around the tablet controller, and honestly I became increasingly frustrated in just getting a game started with all the different controllers(1 tablet, 2 wii-motes, 1 pro controller). People weren't really excited over the wii-motes, and the pro controller didn't work in 2 of the 4 games I purchased. Nothing about the implementation of the tablet sold the idea of it to me, except maybe that hide and seek game in NintendoLand. Lego City has some cool stuff on it, but that came 4 months later.

Anyhow, they really should work on that a bit more. I still feel like advertisements make it seem like an add-on just because most have all the other controllers in the mix. Show the games, and spend less time on it's controller, because people aren't really that keen on the idea it seems.
majiebeast  +   478d ago
So anyone wanna take this bet?
Iwata and Reggie are both gonna resign April 24th. Things cant continue the way they are now for wiiU, no developer support consumer confusion and a massive lack of games in general are killing it.
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Y_5150  +   478d ago
If you lose this bet, you buy me a Wii U, deal?
r21  +   478d ago
What, why April 24th?

Edit: Ok, majie pm'd me this, 'Ending of the fiscal year with the Nintendo meeting.'

In case anyone else wondering the same question i asked.
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FunAndGun  +   478d ago
I was wondering....thanks for sharing the answer.
LOL_WUT  +   477d ago
Surely Iwata has to give... I mean come on, he's been doing nothing bad business decisions.

Not securing exclusive games, lack of 3rd party software, leaving their fans to play rehashes of old ports and failing to sell more Wii U's the list just goes on. ;)
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1upgamer99  +   477d ago
I doubt that is going to happen. Nintendo signed on all new graphics designers and Retro has developed a new game engine for Wii U. Wii U is lacking 1st party games right now and proper marketing. I think this E3 we will see what Nintendo has been up to, but I think Nintendo should have had a better 1st party line up at launch. I mean yeah NSMB is a great game and Nintendoland is underrated, but a SSB, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Zelda (even if it would have been Wind Waker HD), Starfox, Eternal Darkness (They renewed the IP), Kirby, Mario Kart, FZero, Hell anything would have added to the appeal of the system.
I think Wii U is great,and I cant wait to see how the new game engine runs that Retro developed. I know PS4 is coming and cant wait, but power is not everything, common Nintendo its all about the games. As far as losing their jobs is concerned it should be the MARKETING team.
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rainslacker  +   477d ago
I doubt that's going to happen. One weak console launch isn't going to have shareholders calling for their resignation. They still have the 3DS, which admittedly had a weak launch, but they are coming off a high from the Wii's success. If this whole thing continues on through next year, then maybe we could see something like that. One would expect them to turn it around by then.
Donnieboi  +   477d ago
Iwata won't be missed. Whoever is managing the portables division should replace him.
Bobby Kotex  +   478d ago
All I know is that the WiiU Fanboys aren't helping. Have you seen any of their youtube videos? They think it's perfect and will take a dump on anyone who thinks otherwise. It's pretty pathetic.
delboy  +   478d ago
It's not perfect, only Sony is perfect here on n4g /s
But overall it is a innovative and good balanced console that lacks games currently.
Games will come eventually and then it will be a great console.
from the beach  +   478d ago
No need, just make sure it's cheaper than PS4/720 this Christmas with a few killer games ready to go (Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2 etc.)
OmniSlashPT  +   478d ago
The biggest problem isnt the games, the hardware or the marketing. It's the name. It looks and sounds like an update of the Wii, a new controller. Not a next gen console.
Jek_Porkins  +   478d ago
Nah, they already had a pretty good launch that was on par with the Xbox 360 and PS3. I don't think anyone expected the Wii U to light it up the way the Wii did, mostly because $249 is a price point that attracts everyone, where as $300 and $350 will only attract a more core centered gamer, or long time Nintendo fan waiting for their first HD console.

Nintendo needs to just show off some great games, maybe introduce an Achievement system, and show that their online can compete. Maybe offer something similar to PSN+ and let people play some games while they pay for a service.
rainslacker  +   477d ago
The launch was fine. It even did respectable numbers it's first month. It's the following months and the next 3-6 months which are hurting the system. No matter how much people may be interested in the system, it's hard to sell a game machine without a wide selection of games. Even if they're announced, people will wait until they are available.
SonyPS4  +   478d ago
Release Zelda, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros...problem solved.
koehler83  +   478d ago
If that's all Nintendo hardware is for (and it is), why does Nintendo continue releasing the hardware without it?

Really, Nintendo can walk into E3 and say:

"Here is a stupid piece of white plastic,.
Here is Mario.
Here is Zelda.
Here is the game in which Mario and Link appear together.
Here is the launch date and price.
We'll see you in 5 years."

Bam. Company streamlined and back on track.
lovegames718  +   478d ago
Del boy.....

Yeah its so innovative Lol I'm still waiting to see this innovation ohhhh you must be talking about the control scheme Bobby really cares about because I know your not talking about games. Just trying to pass something off as innovative in regards to control scheme doesn't cut it thtbfadbhas passed in the long run games need to be new, fresh and innovative and Nintendo games are far far from doing that.

Main reason I haven't bought Wiiu is the hardware doesn't match price and number 1 software, Even the supposed system seller games coming out in the future are been there done that a thousand times, Where are the days when Nintendo would come out with a new IP like Starfox and Lol would be like wow Smh oh yeah that's back in the 90, s Software innovation for them is marketing this year as the year of Luigi Lol yeah u substitute one plumber with another gtfo out of here Lol bwahhh and in that lies the problem. Reggie is lame and iwatas vision has to go.
GABRIEL1030  +   478d ago
Of course, Nintendo must re-launch the console with a different name, Large HDD, new controller, cut-off the price and with a great lineup like Zelda, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros.
XXXL  +   478d ago
Release the VC on wii u with remote gamepad play and I'll buy one.
meowthemouse  +   478d ago
already does that?
hard joe  +   478d ago
Better launch a new console
BrianC6234  +   478d ago
At least give it a lot more RAM. Why would anyone think a relaunch would help the Wii U though. This article makes no sense.
LKHGFDSA  +   478d ago
needs gaems mainly.
if everything else is wrong (marketing, slow os, sub-par graphics, poor features, etc.) the least they can get right is games.
they're already making a new Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros & Yoshi's Island. So hopefully those games would be a nice starter to get the ball rolling and they'll do some more first party games (such as original ones!) which could then attract 3rd party support.
IMO it comes down to how far apart they release those 5 games I mentioned. if they're each 7 months apart forget it. if they're all within 10 months then the Wii U could see a new life.

I wouldn't mind a re-launch with a different looking console. but I'd rather games than a new device. (I'm looking at you, 3DS XL!)
cyclindk  +   477d ago
Small, but noticeable price cut so it looks appealing when compared to Micro and Sony powerhouse consoles and lots of great third party games as well as unique and well implemented first party games.

And secure AT LEAST a few AAA titles as has been stated.

And all this, I think, would be enough to stay afloat.
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Ck1x  +   477d ago
You guys are so right, what was Nintendo thinking actually... They should relaunch it and slap a label on the box that says 8GB of GDDR ram inside with supercharged PC technology, now that should make sales go through the roof! Lol
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LOL_WUT  +   477d ago
No relaunch, just drop the price and release more software for it and if that doesn't help THEN they can consider this an option. ;)
raph360  +   477d ago
oh my god look at what we have here :

nintendo must re launch the wiiU !!

Are u dumb or what ?

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