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Submitted by mrbojingles 488d ago | news

Nintendo messages Wii owners about Wii U: It's not 'just an upgrade'

Believe it or not a new advertising tactic Nintendo is trying with the Wii U is to message Wii owners about the new system. They've sent a message out to Wii users hoping to raise their awareness of their new home console. (Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

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ShugaCane  +   488d ago
"Just an upgrade" or not, powerful or not, many new features or not, the Wii U doesn't have games that make it worth buying. It's about time Nintendo does something about it instead of this really ridiculous advertising. And no E3 conference this year ? That's not reassuring at all.
mrbojingles  +   488d ago
But they do have an E3 conference this year, its called Nintendo Direct. Will likely be without issues that a live presentation can have.

Games have been lacking but its getting better as these games look like they will be out before the end of 2013 on Wii U: Batman Arkham Origins, COD Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, Yarn Yoshi, New Super Luigi U, Wii Fit U, Pikmin 3, Game and Wario, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, Wii U Party, Pokemon Rumble U, and probably 3D Mario and Mario Kart 8. Things will pick up software wise just like with 3DS in late 2011, but will consumers still be paying attention by then is what matters.
Hicken  +   488d ago
Directs are not a substitute for the E3 presser.

Also, leave out the games you can get elsewhere. We all know multiplats are NOT a selling point. This is especially true if you're trying to convince Wii-only owners to trade up to a Wii U and not, instead, get a cheaper PS3 or 360.

Similarly, it'll be hard to convince the majority of Wii owners- who fall into the casual category- to get the new system without solid release dates, which are lacking for most of the exclusives on that list of yours: announcing the games is great, but people having a concrete time frame during which to expect them is as important, if not more.

It's better than nothing, though, which is essentially what their current efforts amount to.
stragomccloud  +   488d ago
I like how people say that multiplats aren't selling points, whilst at the same time criticizing Nintendo for not having multiplats. Which is actually only half true. Systems need exclusives and multiplats.

That said, I don't think Nintendo has a problem with exclusives because of their first party franchises. As far as 3rd party support, heck, even the Wii which had notoriously little support had No More Heroes 2, Fragile Dreams, Last Story, Zack and Wiki, Red Steel 2, Arc Rise Fantasia, Tales of Symphonia 2, Sonic Colors, Epic Micky, Madworld, and more as far as third party exclusives were concerned.
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LightofDarkness  +   488d ago
Plenty of PR heads have applauded Nintendo's decision to stay out of the press conference race this year. Why? Because they can't possibly compete against two new console launches in that way.

Instead, they have invited the press and investors to a smaller arena close by which will have those all-important games available not only to see, but to play as well. Blowing their wad on a big blow-out press conference would simply be pathetic compared to what new wonders MS and Sony have to show, and so Nintendo have decided to pull back and focus on the thing they REALLY need to focus on: GAMES. Just games, not new hardware and celebrity endorsements.

Nintendo have made a lot of mistakes of late, but this is certainly not one of them. Sony and MS may have a lot to show, but they won't have as much to play, and Nintendo are playing this to their advantage.
DarkHeroZX  +   488d ago
Batman Arkham Origins, COD Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV, Watch Dogs, and Rayman Legends are all coming to the ps3 and 360. Outside of Pokemon, Zelda, and fire emblem there aren't many first party games that attract me to Nintendo. Until a new Zelda and new Brawl game come out I'm not picking up a Wii U.
Theyellowflash30  +   488d ago
Some people like to purchase a system early, so when all the game come out, there not dropping $600 at one time.

And what system has a lot of games in the first 6 months? The Xbox 360 and PS3 didn't.

I think you have it wrong. There going to have a E3 conference this year. It's called Nintendo Direct.

It's better than watching Ringo Star and Usher talk on stage that's for sure.
stragomccloud  +   488d ago
Well, if someone picked up a Wii U right now they'd have a pretty decent library. The ones that are suffering for new titles are the early adopters that already played the launch games but have had only 2 major releases in the past few months.

And say what you will about the games that released late. Just because a game released significantly later on a system, doesn't automatically mean that every gamer has already played those games on another system. That said.... the drought has been pretty bad, but the Indie titles have kept coming and there is a lot of cool things on the way.
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Neonridr  +   488d ago
I still have games from the launch library that I haven't finished yet. I have plenty to tide me over until the summertime when Pikmin 3 finally comes out. And with the release of the VC finally on the Wii U, I have retro titles to tide me over as well.
stragomccloud  +   487d ago
True. I haven't beat everything in Nintendo Land, and I got stuck with a side mission in Batman, though I completed almost all of the content including the main story.

That said, I think that Monster Hunter 3 is more than enough make up for not having many games released. I have already sunk more than 100 hours into that game.
Realplaya  +   488d ago
Did you read the article on quality of there?
Of course you didn't read it and you could understand why they delayed the games.
avengers1978  +   488d ago
Sends message through wii... Not to many people gonna see that message. Since most wiis are sitting around collecting dust for the past few years
CaptainN  +   488d ago
The problem is Wii U needs some original content,not just ports and multiplats.It needed a game like Rayman Legends to be exclusive because that game shows how to use the gamepad very well!

Should multiplats come to the U,of course,but exclusives from 3rd parties also need to be made.Show me why the U can do things I cant do on another console.

Even PS3 eventually got Metal Gear Solid 4, which showed people why they needed it.What game from a third party does that....none.The closest was Zombi U, while a good game,isnt anything to brag about.Lego City is amazing,but it wont attract the core audience due to the perception its kiddy.Bayonetta 2, while being a core game,had a very small install base on 2 previous gen consoles,why would it be a system seller now?And Wonderful 101,looks fantastic,but again not the type of game to get everyone running to buy a Wii U.

Third parties have to bring better games to the table and other third parties need to actually sit at the table.Games like GTA5 have no reason not to be on this console.EA sports have no reason to skip the console, and games like Metal Gear Ground Zeros and Destiny also have no excuse not to be there.

It really is third parties who abandon the Nintendo install base.Nintendo already is in hot water due to under staffing their U games that were in development....this was the chance for third party games to shine, and they let this slim opportunity pass them by.
Neonridr  +   488d ago
Rayman will still show how the Gamepad can be used very well. Nothing is changing with the Wii U version of the game, it's not like they are taking out all the Wii U features just because it is releasing on the 360 and PS3. I think when it comes down to the comparisons, you will still see that the Wii U version will be considered the best because of all the extra additions the gamepad allows.

As for the 3rd party software, I still think that you will see several titles come for the system, and as the install base grows as the year goes on, developers will be more keen to want to build games for it since the numbers will start to look more attractive. Perhaps Nintendo needs to throw some of their money around to ensure they get some large 3rd party titles...
avengers1978  +   488d ago
I think the point is Rayman being exclusive, may have sold systems, but now people can get it on a system they already own, so they most likely wont go buy a 350 console just to play Rayman with tablet controller features.
CaptainN  +   485d ago
Yes Rayman will be superior on the U, but it being exclusive would help show gamers.....I can only get this experience on the U. Now that its multiplat, people have no reason to upgrade to this console, because they can say I can just get it for my current machine.

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