Mario has always been the main man for Nintendo, but can he still work his magic on the Wii U?
Yes. There is a huge amount of fans (including me) around Mario Kart alone. That game will keep Wii U hardware units over 30 million sold alone.
I disagree. Mario and Mario Kart are great and people will buy the system for that, but.....'Teh hardcore' will not buy it without 3rd party support, which is lacking. If they can get that group to buy in a bit more they would do a lot better as then those adopters would consider getting the 1st part games. Most gamers from a site like this will not buy a WiiU for Mario games and ports of games we've already played...IMO of course. Zelda may be a different story though, those good push units. They only come along every so often, as opposed to the 6 Mario games a year.
Mario Kart on Wii sold 34 million. It was the #2 game in the USA the month GTA4 came out on PS3 and 360. It sold over a million that month sandwiched between the 360 and PS3 versions of GTA4. Don't tell me hardcore guys don't buy Mario Kart when I know damn well they do. That is the reason Nintendo released the month Grand Theft Auto came out! The following month Mario Kart was number one outselling GTA4. And again the next month. Watch and learn.
Completely different. Look at the install base of the 2 consoles and tell me they'll sell that many again. The 'casuals' who bought the Wii and in turn the 1st party games are not there for the Wii U. With the PS4 and X1 coming out, I doubt that will change.
Nintendo really needs to move beyond Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and Pokemon and create new, stunning first party exclusives like what Sony and Microsoft are doing.
Actually, I wish they'd actually make a new Metroid, they've completely ignored it :(
I don't understand why they haven't made a new Star Fox, Metroid, and F Zero yet :(
They have over 70 They have created some on 3DS and Wii. Yall Nintendo Need New IP folks need to shut up really.
None of those have reached Mario-level popularity though. Admit it, Nintendo is still dependent mainly on older franchises.
@golwyncq i beg to differ. wii fit sold 23 million copies and was a new ip. professor layton sells close to donkey kong levels now. wii sports is the best selling game ever(yes bundled with the system but it's what got people buying the wii) all 3 of those are mario level or close to it. wii fit proves it by fit trainer being in smash. ask anyone if they know what wii fit is. yes its on marios level.
The Wii games(wii sports,wii fit,etc) did reach mario level popularity... Look at the sales.
Popularity doesn't just mean sales. It has to be iconic. You'd hardly think of wii sports when you see Nintendo.
You mean like this http://www.youtube.com/watc... or this http://www.youtube.com/watc... (Man, I feel like I've posted this far to many times, lol) And before you say anything, Monolithsoft is a first party Nintendo developer and has been since 2007, so X is a first party Nintendo game. And the Wonderful 101 is developed by Platinum Games but the IP itself is owned by Nintendo. I myself do believe that Nintendo needs to more stuff like this. But don't act like they haven't done anything.
A ton of casuals that loved those games more than mario does.
That's my point though. Nintendo needs to get back on making new exclusives that appeal to casual and hardcore gamers alike.
Like X and W101? :D
Exactly. We definitely need more of those kind of games from Nintendo.
Nintendo and Mario will still be around after we are all long gone.
I thought Nintendo's first party games looked fantastic. They looked fun as hell! Isn't that what gaming is all about? Can't wait to get them myself.
um no. gaming is about guns and killing duh. oh and the graphics. /s
Oh yeah I forgot! More Guns Hurray!!! /s
As a Nintendo fan I want to say the following. Nintendo expects to pull a miracle in the scope of when Moses parted the sea. Now that's biblical proportions. Not only will they be competing with new-gen tech and ALL the games they will offer, but also this current-gens offerings some of which are GTA5 and Castlevania LoS 2. For as versatile and fun as Mario can be, I'm willing to bet that this holiday season will hurt Nintendo, much. If one thing was made abundantly clear was that gamers wanted new, fresh, exciting and fun experiences NONE of which Nintendo has done. What we see in the horizon are the tried and true games we've all been playing for the last 20 years. Peppered with very few third party games. Does anyone really think that Bayonetta 2 and the Wonderful 101 (games I am looking forward to) will lift WiiU from the quagmire its in? Remember, imagine a gamer with a few hundred bucks in their pockets, that they saved towards this holiday season. You think they are going to somehow forget all the new toys or the old favorites. For Mario Kart 8? I pray they have much religion at Nintendo HQ.
nintendo systems sell during the holidays no matter who they are against. they always have always will. parents buy them for their kids. nintendo doesn't care how old their customers are which is why they make gamesfor everyone. and with a ton of kid friendly games coming around the holidays sales will pick up. they are helped by the fact that gtav is coming because it will be promoted to death and parents will see it for the other systems any think nah i'll buy nintendo.
Didnt we have this conversation over 7 years ago....nintendo is done etc etc etc.....do we have short term memory remember everybody was like nintendo is gonn a lose because xbox and playstation 3 are more powerful ....it's over 7 years later and who won the console wars ummm nintendo wii 100 million consoles sold And it came out a year after xbox and same month as playstaion 3 The more powerful companies high 70 millions and to those that say the casual marker has left umm why is 3ds moving over 30 million units ...I just don't understand the hate for nintendo ...I'm no one console fan I owned all three last generation and I've been playing video games since Atari and colecovision ....intellivision ...my point is nintendo is never gonna go away ...just think if playstaion 4 or xbox 1 start out the gate slow they really don't have any first party games that can move systems in the millions ...nintendo can always go to the well and pop out a mario and move millions ...you have to be someone that doesn't know gaming to think mario 3d ....donkey kong tropical..or Zelda won't move millions of units with them titles just alone also a wii fit or Pokemon ..nintendo will be fine
I'm definitely going to buy X when it comes our after I get a WiiU.
Mario will always find an audience, from parents to children it will always trickle down. Mario is etched into the global culture of gaming and thats what I have a problem with. We are so settled with the mario/zelda/popular nintendo IPs, that we just let them make the same thing over and over with minor changes and eat it up. I fell into that for over 15 years with nintendo but at some point I just got tired of these games. Ironically when I have children I will get the classic games like Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda for them to play as they are staples that all games are built upon. Hopefully that won't help create a new generation of gamers who just expect the same from nintendo but who knows.
I think Zeldau will take over that mantel and its sad we haven't seen nothing of it.. Wii u need to sell like hot bread so publishers like ea can bring back the support they promised I can honestly see now why they afraid to bring there AAA games to wiiu or all b it understand clearer...
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