Next Gen and Nintendo

Claire Phillips of Capsule Computers writes, "With the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One perilously close to release, a new console is on the horizon for a lot of gamers.It suddenly dawned on me that I hadn’t spared a second thought for Nintendo in these particular console wars. Nintendo are responsible for me being a gamer, but I don’t own any of their "next generation" hardware. What gives?"

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Subby1711d ago

Nintendo now have plenty of games I'd love to play, but by now I'm so invested in other platforms that I simply can't afford to buy their stuff and maintain another platform library. Maybe if I had more income.

wiiuniverse1711d ago

yeah wii u will definitely hit that 199 price mark first, if they would be more lenient on dropping the price on their games it'd be even more cost effective.

Beastforlifenoob1711d ago

How are the WII U and next gen consoles even related?

The Wii U may be the nextgen for nintendo but definately not "next gen" in terms of hardware.

RexFury1710d ago

I have always looked at gaming generation as part of a time-frame....not hardware development. Seeing as the word 'generation' is to with time.

JuleyJules1710d ago (Edited 1710d ago )

'Next-gen' is simply referring to the next consoles - last gen was Wii/PS3/360 and the 'next-gen' is Wii U/PS4/Xbone. We know Wii U is not as powerful as PS4/Xbone but it's still the next generation console for Nintendo. As far as Nintendo consoles go it is 'next-gen' in terms of hardware as it's compared to the Wii NOT to PS4/Xbone or PS3/360.

Chrischi19881710d ago

Yeah, so a tri core compared to a single core aint next gen^^ it is obiously the same. Gpgpu is it, too. Console boys trying to speak hardware^^

masterabbott1711d ago

People just overlook Nintendo but when you stop and take good look Nintendo especially the Wii outsold the XBOX360 and the Ps3 nearly 2 to 1 so no matter what people say, Nintendo will always be around even if you think they are not hardcore enough for you.

zeal0us1711d ago

Wii outsold the 360 and PS3 because it attracted the casual crowd. It had elderly folks, people mom and dad up and playing. The Wii had something unique about itself that no console at the time was doing, motion gaming.

The WiiU however doesn't have something unique about itself. A second-screen has been done for a while. Publishers and developers don't like making their games for the WiiU because they fear it won't sell.
Some publishers on one hand want the WiiU sales to pick up before making games for it but on the other hand the WiiU sales won't pick up without games.

Neonridr1711d ago

it's a vicious cycle. And the developers that do end up releasing their games on the Wii U usually strip features out of it to gimp it in some way, shape or form and then when it doesn't sell, they proclaim the Wii U as a first party only system.

It's ridiculous. Regardless, in today's world it isn't uncommon to see people owning multiple consoles so the Wii U still has a great place in the home, even if it ends up being for just the exclusives..

gpturbo811711d ago

second screen has been done for awhile? on what home console has this been done on already?

RexFury1710d ago (Edited 1710d ago )

Wii U sales will shoot up next year with the likes of: Smash Bros, Mario Kart, X, Bayonetta 2,Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei and maybe even a new Zelda? Let alone whatever else gets released.

Yes they had a bad start with the Wii U. Silly name, no major titles released on it at the beginning and so on. The release of Wind Waker HD improved the sales of the Wii U in the UK by over 600%. Imagine what the games listed above would do!

*edit* How did I forget this! Also, the release of Super Mario 3D World will ship quite a few consoles as well. The game just looks phenomenal!

MEsoJD1711d ago

While Nintendo sold more Wii models in the short term, it's now dead. PS3/360 have are long term devices that are still getting the latest 3rd party titles. While the casual crowd brought big sales in the short term, they don't purchase software consistently like the hard core. Sony and Microsoft noticed that.

JuleyJules1710d ago (Edited 1710d ago )

True Wii is basically now dead with no support from Nintendo only 3rd party. The problem with PS3/360 being long term devices as you said is simple - Sony & MS will continue to support them and put games on them. For those who don't need the latest and greatest system right away where is the incentive to upgrade? MS has said it'll support 360 for another 3 years or so basically shooting themselves in the foot! Nintendo stopped with Wii support a while ago and is focusing (granted very slowly!) on Wii U. Games are starting to come out now that are helping to sell consoles. There are other gamers who are waiting on certain titles from Nintendo like Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, 3D Mario, new Zelda etc to buy the console so it will sell as those games come out and they'll be the ones who buy software. Some casual gamers will buy as will families with Nintendo having the more kid-friendly games and over time they will buy games.

ContraCode1711d ago

Wii U is finally getting some good games and while it won't match the muscle of the PS4 or Xbox One, their exclusives are what will always keep them going. I doubt they'll be the winner in terms of sales this gen but people don't give them enough credit in how well their 1st party games sell.

Concertoine1711d ago (Edited 1711d ago )

wii u is such an original system, i think it will be the perfect companion piece to a pc or ps4, and a perfect system for a nintendo fan.
i really feel like history will look back on the wii u in positive light despite it's slow start. games like the wonderful 101, armikrog, sonic lost world, x, bayonetta 2, and all the first party nintendo stuff are really stand out titles and they possess a certain creativity and artistic flair that i find lacking these days.
it reminds me how retro consoles really had identity, you knew what system a game was from just by looking at it. That was an n64 game, that was a saturn game. that feeling is really lost in a market dominated by multi platform titles, but i really feel it with the wii u because the little exclusives it does have are so far out there and different, and really make use of features only the system has.

DejectedJeff1711d ago

wow, well said. that really got me thinking. it reminds me of the dreamcast, there was a system with creativity up the ass.

Amigaengine1710d ago

The Wii U reminds me nothing of the Dreamcast. Comparing the Dreamcast lineup after 1 year to the Wii U is almost laughable

filchron1710d ago

you cant really make that comparison. first of all, dreamcast offered a HUGE visual upgrade compared to its competitors when it launched, secondly: online, third:the dreamcast had a HUGE selection of FUN games, fourth and last point: Sega actually tried to market and sell a system that they actually gave a shit about. doesnt look like nintendo is too worried about it's poor WiiU sales

AWBrawler1711d ago

i was thinking the same thing. if anything the Wii U exclusives have an advantage when it comes to creativity, because once again they have the most wildly different controller. people also forget that wii u gamepad has NFC, a built in cam, built in mic, built in gyroscopes, and sensor bar inside it. I can think of a lot of ways to use all of those.

Beastforlifenoob1710d ago

gimmick is not original (wii u gamepad)

What u look at gamepad or TV?

RexFury1710d ago

You don't always have to look at it. Games like The Wonderful 101 use the touch screen for you to do moves in-game. Also ZombiU also found new and immersive ways to use the gamepad as well. More and more companies will come up with no ways to make unique gameplay experiences with that pad.

iplay1up21710d ago

It is not a gimmick. Try BOPS2 online with a friend over using the gamepad, both online same room no split screen. Then tell me its a gimmick. How bout Resident Evil on Wii U, Rayman, NFS, and the upcoming Deux Ex delux all make the second screen use a great experience. Let me guess, you do not have, and nor have you spent any real time with Wii U, but feel you can judge something you have not even given a chance.

Nevers0ft1710d ago (Edited 1710d ago )

How about both? Some of us are capable of focussing on more than one thing at a time. It's called multi-tasking, you should try it. But more to the point: You don't need to look at them both simultaneously!

There's been ONE game for the Wii U where I feel that it deliberately tried to pull you in two directions between the pad and the TV to stress you out... And that was in ZombiU, and it was deliberate.

Beastforlifenoob1710d ago

So you look at your fucking screen at the bottom and be like ohhh shit i can see the map "how cooooooool" a map! you tap something then realise in the game you have already died.'

GIMMMMMMMICK the only thing it can show is a map or menu and i would prefer that on screen, sure in NFS it has a little circle with a line throuh it when you die but thats it.

Nevers0ft1708d ago

Sorry Beastforlifenoob but I don't speak idiot, can you translate that please?

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filchron1710d ago

the new mario game for WiiU has one of the weakest artstyles of any game ive ever seen multiplat or not. its just different colored square blocks with a slightly different texture on it. even mario 64 had more varied topography than this new game and that came out 14 yrs ago.

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DejectedJeff1711d ago

I cant wait to get a wii u personally, it looks like a promising system. plus i can play all the wii games i (like many gamers) neglected. like nmh, madworld, xenoblade and some of the greats.

ape0071711d ago

don't forget to pick up donkey kong country returns on Wii, one its absolute best games

Beastforlifenoob1710d ago

dont forget to pickup some other milekd ass shit nintendo has been making for over 30 years. Its always bbeen mario, pokemon, donkey kong or zelda nothing new NOTHING NEW!

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