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Submitted by mephman 913d ago | opinion piece

Why The Wii U Will Not Fail

Gaming Union: "It's no wonder critics and fans alike have doubted the Wii U. Poor console sales, recycled IPs, and a lack of 3rd party participation would make anyone feel discouraged. Heck, even Asda, one of the major UK supermarkets has stopped selling the console. Yet as I look at the PS4 and Xbox One, see the attitudes of Nintendo's headship, and go down memory lane of another "doomed" console, I feel strongly that Nintendo and the Wii U are going to come out of this generation with it being deemed a success." (Nintendo, Wii U)

Selyah  +   913d ago
The only thing really wrong about the Wii-U is the marketing approach, thoroughly enjoyed Pikmin 3 recently and although I make a habit of owning each console. I still believe that the Wii-U can take a share of the market from the other two despite its hardware capabilities, through just thoroughly good game design.
Hitman0769  +   913d ago
Agreed. Gameplay > ALL. I'm sick of hearing "but .... the story~~~~", I'm not a book reader who cares. Give me gameplay design!!!! Indie takeover in 5....4.........3......
_QQ_  +   913d ago
i would think someone who reads alot and watches movies alot would care less as they can just watch a good movie or read a book with a way better story, story games are nice but gameplay>all.
Cam977  +   913d ago
You act as if Nintendo are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition in gameplay when really they leach off platformers with similar gameplay.

They're all similar in some way or another, you can argue that they're better in gameplay but really they aren't because alot of their are the same (casual games). The truth is that MS & Sony are better at gameplay as they offer more variety in that aspect.

That's my $1.25
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wishingW3L  +   913d ago
they are different mediums. Movies are limited to 3 hours at most. Books require you to use your imagination. With games is like one epic journey that it is as long as the developers want it to be, they create situations that make the gameplay itself be more exciting and stuff.

You Nintendo fanboys are as closed minded as Nintendo itself and that's why they are in the position they are now. They just got lucky with the Wii and that's how it is, give me disagrees and cry me a river but that will not change anything.
PopRocks359  +   913d ago

I feel sorry for you and the ten plus others who agreed with a comment that stated that Mario (a platformer), Zelda (an action/adventure game) and Pikmin (a real time strategy game) were all similar.


Oh please. You're the close-minded one. You're so sensitive to anyone who likes anything Nintendo related you throw a hissy-fit and start insulting people. For goodness' sake, you called me a Nintendo fanboy for stating I thought the Metal Gear game on the Gamecube was underrated in my own blog. Despite my stating my favorite was MGS4 on the PS3.

Next time you want to make stupid generalizations, don't.
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meganick  +   913d ago
I'm thoroughly enjoying Pikmin 3 as well. It's very fun and well designed. However, I do miss the weird noises and singing the Pikmin did in parts 1 and 2. That's weirdly missing in part 3. I thought it was funny and charming so I'm sad to see they axed it. Maybe too many people found it annoying or something.
-Superman-  +   913d ago
Wii U failed for many reasons.

1) The Wii alienated the hardcore audience and the casual gaming audience turned out to just be a fad

2) The Wii ending 2 years early, and having weak releases 2 years before that did not encourage people to buy a Wii U.

3) The name, and packaging suggests that it's an upgrade rather than a console itself.

4) No games (casual or hardcore) at launch

5) No games (casual or hardcore) 9 months in

6) Practically no online library.

7) Hardware compared to PS4 is weaker than Wii compared to PS3.

8) Developers don't like it.

9) Far too expensive for what it is.

10) The controller is a nice add-on, but even moreso than the Wiimote, it's unnecessary.
BosSSyndrome  +   913d ago
1) They weren't a fad. They just don't play consoles anymore.
2) Skyward Sword? OP Rainfall?
3) Agreed.
4) Hyperbole, but they could've done better.
5) Disagreed.
6) Straight up wrong. eShop titles are MANY.
7) SUPER Wrong.
8) Many developers DO like it. EA doesn't.
9) Opinion.
10) Opinion. I find the gamepad to be very convenient, unique, and bring new potential and ideas such as in ZombiU and W101.
tehpees3  +   913d ago
"Wii U failed for many reasons."

I'm not even going to look past that sentence. It hasn't failed until the fat lady sings.
360ICE  +   913d ago
Most of what he said was opinions.
seraphym88  +   913d ago
1) Caual audience went to mobile gaming, to call casual anything a fad is down-right dumb.
2) wii ended a year LATE.....the very last year of wii sucked, not last 2. Project rainfall > most of the hd twins library that year.
3) i agree
4)i agree
5)i agree
6) the indie game selection on wii u is small, but nice, with several exclusive. many more to come shortly.
7)dude, laughable.. wii u, spec wise, is far more comparable to ps4 than wii was to ps3. before main specs, just look at everything else. now, both are hd, both native 1080, both use high capacity blue-ray hdd dvds, to be honest, just that ALONE makes the gap much smaller.
8) this has NEVER mattered with nintendo, furthermore can be remedied with more nintendo games, to up install base, to bring 3rd parties to wii u. also, bayonetta 2, w101, mh3g, shin megami X fire emblem, X, and many other exclusives say 'hi'.
9) too expensive, yes. far? idk. i would like a price cut to 250.
10) we will have to find out what devs can do with it, DS didnt sell until Nintendo released nintendogs and showed everyone how to use touch screen gaming. nintendo also showed ppl 3d gaming with mario 64/zelda oot, motion gaming with wii sports, so on and so forth up to mario land 3d with 3ds. Its a proven formula.
AJBACK2FRAG  +   913d ago
Here's why Nintendo will win the eigth generation of video games.
1. Nintendo develops the best software in the World. Nobody comes close.
2. Nintendo builds hardware that is nigh invulnerable.
3. Miiverse.
4. Reggie.
5. Their customer service is number one in any industry.
6. Shigeru Miyamoto. Super genius.
7. Lateral thinking with withered technology.
8. Familys trust Nintendo to provide all it's members with fun interesting gameplay.
9. Satoru Iwata. Great guy. Worked on Baloon Fight, Kirby and a little cult classic called in America, Earthbound while at Hal.
10. Mario Kart ∞.
Hopefully we'll be looking at the end of Microsoft in the home video game console business but as P.T. Barnum said,"There's a sucker born every minute." Once they're gone Sony fans and Nintendo fans can get back to the business of hating each other.
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Shnazzyone  +   912d ago
Your bubble score seems directly related to how much people should take you and your opinions seriously. There is fair debate on literally every single one of your points. I mean, "no games (casual or hardcore) 9 months in" is the pretty mu8ch dumbest statement i've ever heard about the system. Earthbound was just rereleased after about 20 years. That's fucking hardcore. It's had COD black ops 2 since day 1 and it's community is still active. MONSTER HUNTER 3 IS NOT HARDCORE YOU SAY? the people dumping 500+ hours in say otherwise.

You are a sad person and I feel bad for you and all that you are. You have successfully demonstrated a total sphere of ignorance in a way I think I've only witnessed in terrible blog articles written by 14 year olds.
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BOWZER35  +   913d ago
The Wii U won't fail because they have an ass load of good games coming.
unknownbystander  +   913d ago
Guys you should read this. I don't know if you'll believe it, but it gives a lot of information about the game industry, The 3 next-gen consoles, and a very interesting conspiracy theory about Nintendo!

WiiUsauce  +   912d ago
there are a crapload of amazing exclusives coming out for the console with more to be announced next year.
NYC_Gamer  +   913d ago
Wii U will have its own level of success just like the other two next gen consoles about to hit the market
meganick  +   913d ago
You're right. The big three will continue to co-exist for a while, and the Wii U will do healthy business for Nintendo, especially from first-party software. The Wii U not only will not fail, but I think it has the potential to even win this next gen in terms of sales. It's unlikely, but I believe possible when more compelling games are released for Wii U.
PSNintyGamer  +   913d ago
I don't feel that Nintendo needs to aim for first place this gen. They have the 3ds to fall back on. They just need to sell consoles and make a profit. I can't imagine Hand-held Gaming without them.
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BOWZER35  +   913d ago
Ya they should aim for last place.
user7402931  +   913d ago
make a exclusive resident evil title like the gamecube had. resident evil 0, remake ect) bring some metroid, starfox and zelda and your on the right track.
fattyuk  +   913d ago
I think capcom have enough on there on plate when it comes to the resident evil series,

let alone making a wii u exclusive resident evil!

Sounds like financial suicide.
user7402931  +   913d ago
then 3ds is there only hope.
meganick  +   913d ago
I'm surprised you don't have any agrees. That would be awesome to have a real RE game along with Metroid, Starfox and Zelda (which we know is coming with WW and the new one). I'm a huge Metroid fan, so it would be great to get a new Prime game or something like it.
user7402931  +   913d ago
i dont know why either, i know it will help them. and metroid prime rocks to this day still.
meganick  +   913d ago

Yes, Metroid Prime does rock. I was stunned at how good it was when I first played it on the Cube, and it's still great. I have the Prime Trilogy on Wii, and I'm never letting that go.
Galacticos  +   913d ago
because it already failed?
Hitman0769  +   913d ago
nice default but this is a game site not a weirdo meeting ground soz xD
Imalwaysright  +   913d ago
Failed? Nintendo has yet to release their big guns.
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LOL_WUT  +   913d ago
Which won't be till around 2014 so his comment still stands ;)
Imalwaysright  +   913d ago
So? Nintendo's 1st party is by far the strongest of all the 3 companies involved in console gaming and it won't matter when Nintendo will release their big guns. What it will matter is that their big guns will move a lot of hardware.
Williamson  +   913d ago
Its hard for me to predict how the wii u will turn out, but I really do like the console and the controller. Really looking foward to bayonetta 2, smash, sonic and 3d world.
thomasmiller  +   913d ago
WELL, the trolls are going to ignore this one!!!But i totally agree!! the WII U is going to be fine!!I don't know why the trolls want nintendo to fail so much, very sad and pathetic really.. I love the wii u and i am looking forward to the many great games that are going to arrive on the machine, for many years to come!!! games like pikmin 3 and wonderful 101 are just the beginning!! cannot wait!!
BillytheBarbarian  +   913d ago
Wii-u is a Ps3 with Nintendo exclusives. Ps3 mimics Nintendo's exclusives enough to a point where it isn't a big enough selling point.

Nintendo needs to get GAMES that will make people take notice other than Mario and Zelda.

WiiU is looking like Sega Saturn. Great 1st party games but 3rd party is weak.
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_QQ_  +   913d ago
yup don't forget PS3's touch screen controller.
GotHDGame  +   912d ago
Or better OS, newer tech and 3x the memory.
iliimaster  +   913d ago
yes little big planet is somewhat mario like but nowhere near the fun im sorry but u can mimic all u want the original stands out.... thats like saying xbox makes zombie games too so i shouldnt buy the last of us?
Cam977  +   913d ago
"Wii-u is a Ps3 with Nintendo exclusives."
That is wrong in so many ways. Sony actually deliver a variety of games, they don't rely on fads (like the Wii and Wii U controllers - the Wii U is a tablet), they appeal to more people (through the games available) and in general, appear to be more focused on gaming through their ad campaigns.

Wii U has barely any of the multiplats available on PS3, where is GTA?

"Wii-u is a Ps3 with Nintendo exclusives."
Sigh.. You're a fanboy. Where is The Last Of Us on Wii U? Where is Gran Turismo on Wii? Where is Demon's Souls on Wii U?

Please, just stop embarrassing yourself.

"Nintendo needs to get GAMES that will make people take notice other than Mario and Zelda."

Hang on! I thought the Wii U was a "a Ps3 with Nintendo exclusives", if that't the case then where are the multiplats and the genre-variety. You're a fanboy yet again.

"Great 1st party games but 3rd party is weak."
That's too opinionated. Don't you wonder why the Wii U is doing poorly? It's not got enough games to warrant a purchase, there is very little variety! Where are the exclusive racers? Where are exclusive sandbox games? Where is... exclusive-based variety?

Please, just stop embarrassing yourself! I believe Nintendo have lost their way, why can't you see that?! I own a PS3, there is currently very little reason to buy a Wii U because the next-gen consoles are on the horizon at very competitive prices and I know I'll get my money's worth from exclusives. I made the mistake in buying a Vita because I rarely play that due to lack of games (I like it but the games absence is recognizable) and I fear the same would happen with the U. And no, I'm afraid the Wii U isn't "next gen", it is currentgen.5 in my opinion, I'm sorry, but I feel that way about it.
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BillytheBarbarian  +   913d ago
Why am I embarrassing myself and you calling me a fanboy when you just reworded what I said and agreed with me?

" I own a PS3, there is currently very little reason to buy a Wii U because the next-gen consoles are on the horizon at very competitive prices and I know I'll get my money's worth from exclusives."

Relax man, just giving my opinion. I only gave reasons why people aren't interested in the Wii U. How is that being a fanboy when you just said the same thing?

Billy said: " Ps3 mimics Nintendo's exclusives enough to a point where it(as in WiiU) isn't a big enough selling point. Nintendo needs to get GAMES that will make people take notice other than Mario and Zelda. "
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iliimaster  +   913d ago
i love the passion in this article and yeah i agree its nintendo they can't fail i havn't gone out to buy one for myself yet but that is because im so backed up in my ps3 collection but my next console will be the wii u ive been waiting for a HD console from nintendo and its here and now i just need to save up $$$ ive always wanted to play a zelda game in HD
BillytheBarbarian  +   913d ago
I'm in the same boat. Mario HD so awesome. I kind of wanted the original Wii to fail so Nintendo would go third party for Sony and MS. We would have had HD Mario in 2007.
andshesays  +   913d ago
unknownbystander  +   913d ago
The truth is that non of us know the Wii U's future. Only time will tell. Our impatience makes us predict the future and believe it as if were true just because we can't stand waiting. Then when your bad prediction of the Wii U turns ultimately wrong, you'll be scratching your head, confused, and eat back your words. So let's stop all these predictions, and how about waiting for the results to come in after all 3 next gen consoles are out for about a year or two. Then you can call it what you will.
tehpees3  +   913d ago
Bubble. This is exactly what is wrong. Everybody who knows the strength of Nintendo's franchises will know this Christmas will give it a boost. Its how big a boost or how good or bad the others are selling that will give a better indication of what is going on.
arbitor365  +   913d ago
"The Wii U is in an identical position as the 3DS was in 2011"

BS. complete damage controlling BS.

the worst the 3ds ever sold in a week was 63K units. and that was the lowest. throughout 2011 it was mainly in the 80-100k per week range. it was NEVER like the wii u.

the wii u has been selling under 30K a week for almost every single week this year. these are record low sales.

so this is a FACTUALLY incorrect statement. there is no opinion here. these numbers.

also, are you really going to say that nintendo's handheld and console departments have the same level of competition, the same position in the market, and are facing the same consumer standards within that market?

this argument is so laughable and poorly supported by evidence. it is shocking people are still using it
Cam977  +   913d ago
30k, is it really that low?
That can only get lower with next-gen consoles! I really feel that Nintendo are in trouble.
tehpees3  +   913d ago
This article was very interesting. I never knew the US was preaching "Nintendo is doomed" as far back as SNES. I only thought the hate came in after Sega left.
MiasmaDodo  +   913d ago
Nintendo has its own audience.
PS4 and Xbox have their audiences...

Wii-U will be fine once 1st party hits hard.
After I get my PS4, I want a Wii U next
No_Pantaloons  +   913d ago
Too late!
EXVirtual  +   913d ago
Well... this is the deal. If Nintendo steps up fast they could come second. At this point, getting Wii numbers is impossible as a lot of casuals have already decided to get a PS4 or XB1.
Jag-T1000  +   913d ago
Nintendo is like Disney. They will never fail. They should do theme parks. That would be awesome. Metroid roller coaster would be awesome.
GraveLord  +   913d ago
It kinda already has though. It can sell better in the coming years but it won't reach Wii levels. That ship has sailed.
Reeze  +   913d ago
I judge a console simply on how much fun I have with it. :)
truechainz  +   912d ago
Gaming would be awesome if everyone aspired to be more like you.

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