While you’re distracted by the PS4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo is secretly killing it

GameZone's Matt Liebl, "All things considered, it’s not a bad time to be a fan of Nintendo (or even just a hardcore gamer with an interest in Nintendo's game library). There’s certainly plenty of great stuff coming out to get us through the “fresh-console doldrums” in the wake of the PS4 and Xbox One launches. So while you're twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the goods to land on Microsoft and Sony's new machines, I'll be basking in the glory of Nintendo's absolute gold mine."

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Kingthrash3601853d ago

lol ok enjoy! the wiiu is awsome for its first party games!
other than that tho....really no reason to buy yet. nintendo needs to make a push for a stonger console so 3rd party games can actually be worth buying. like the good old days.

Neonridr1853d ago

well they aren't going to be pushing for a stronger console until the next generation for them (assuming they make another console). So we are stuck with what they have put out there. No reason not to support them when they are giving us great 1st party titles. The exclusives alone are reason enough to pick up the Wii U. If we can get some 3rd party support as well, that's a bonus.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

I agree with you.

About the Next Console...
They will-
They just merged the handheld and the console developers/R&D teams into the same building so that they can work together. In fact, they just built a New Builing for that reason.

I expect a hybrid-
something that is portable but can upgrade graphics and gameplay (and other functions) by docking.

Concertoine1852d ago

yeah i think theyre one the right track with the atlus collaboration, securing TW101 and bayonetta 2, and that 3 game deal with sega. hope there's more to come from 3rd parties, and i hope it's exclusive so they can take advantage of the system.

Merrill1852d ago

"While you’re distracted by the PS4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo is secretly killing its self.

I fixed the title for you.

MizTv1852d ago

I'm still waiting for a must play game
Where is a new MetroidPrime??????
I would get a wiiu if it came out

MsmackyM1852d ago

Yeah because with the PS4 there is so much to choose from; I mean there is COD Ghost, BF4, and Killzone and Knack/s. 3rd party publishers sell Sony and MS consoles, Nintendo sell their own. Oh, and I have a PS4 to supplement my WiiU.

Fanboyssuck271852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

On the contary, Sony and Microsoft have great 3rd party support but have no good 1st or 2nd party games.

Seeing as Nintendo's 1st party games are better than the 3rd party games anyway, Wii u is definitely the better option. I can play 3rd party games on my pc and they will be better than they are on Ps4 or Xbone.

Plus Wii u gets sufficient 3rd party support the only additional 3rd party game I'd like on Wii u is gta 5.
Wii u is gettin watch dogs, assassins creed,ghosts plus more.

Kingthrash3601852d ago

no, just no. you lost me at "On the contary the other 2 consoles have great 3rd party support but have no good 1st or 2nd party games."
ill admit nintendo had legendary 1st party games recognizable by all gamers and casuals and even non gamers.
that said though all consoles have great 1st party exclusive games....anything nd puts out is a potential goty candidate. not to mention the gow and infamous games.
halo, gears and titan fall are ms's greats (titan remains to be seen on x1 but is up there on the hype meter).
your opinion is yours and i respect that. but dont disrespect the devs out there trying new things making great games...nintendos 1st party games are great but they also are the most recycled games on the market.

Dubaman1852d ago

Gears of War and Titan Fall aren't first party. They are exclusives but made by Microsoft? Nah. Made by someone else, bought and paid for by MS. Halo on the other hand is 1st party and the reason i once went 4 days without sleeping or showering..twas a blissful summer.
When it comes to 1st IP's it's hard to compete with Nintendo in terms of quantity. Quality is opinion, defined by what you consider to be fun.

MsmackyM1852d ago

Fanboys are immune to logic, then again they are so fanatical you'd think they were on the payroll.

Chrischi19881852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Totally agree with you fanboyssuck27. I played on every console till now and it is true, Nintendo has the best first party titles by far, only halo is close as another companies exclusive. Then on PC you get every 3rd party game in better. Better controlls, better graphics, actually pretty much everything. All act like hardware is what counts, get a pc already, you all actually miss the point of what consoles are for.


You really said they are the most recycled^^ Hmm, CoD, Battlefield, actually almost all FPS are recycled from each other, Assassins Creed, Forza, Need for Speed... man, please stop to spread false information.

Kingthrash3601852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

@ dub
i may be wrong but arent gears and titan 2nd party? i m
ay be wrong...if so i stand corrected.

@chris i was talking 1st party. every game...and i mean EVERY GAME you said were 3rd party games. take the fan boy cap off and read. i clearly said nintendos 1st party games. smh
fun fact mario has more sequals than them 3rd party games you mentioned..not including spinoffs. still i wasnt going there.

Bubbamilk1852d ago

Thank u sir!
Keep bringing the truth

Oh and @ miztv
"Still waiting for that must play game"
Yeah that's what they all say. After metroid it will be something else like a price drop. Or a new ip. Or even the impossible like a new console or something ignorant. I bet u bought a ps4 when I haven't seen even close to a must play game. You could say for some it's infamous. But that in my opinion is far from a must play game. If u like Nintendo products then just buy a freaking wii u. U know the metroid is coming because Nintendo listens especially when in a rough patch. In the hard times they bring the innovation and the best games. I expect to see a metroid and a star fox along with some new ips. And I predict they will all be above and beyond in quality. Actually I bet it has already been set in motion

Beastforlifenoob1852d ago

ALL CONSOLES have great exclusives WIIU, PS/XBX
Lets count all the PS3 Exclusives last gen...
God Of War
Heavy Rain
Ratchet and clank
Beyond two souls
Demons souls
Gran Turismo
The Last Of us
Little Big Planet
Motor Storm
Twisted metal...

XBOX 360 also had a lot of exclusives. BUt the main reason i choose ps4 over wii u is that its actually going to recieve 3rd party support whereas the WII U will recieve little.

Gemmol1851d ago

@King he is right Mario Kart Wii out sold any first party games for XBox and only have 1 game that sold over 10 million, while Xbox got a couple Halo, look I know you do not like Nintendo games, but sales talk where your opinion do not

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N4g_null1852d ago

The console is fine. The casuals are quite vicious. Tennis has kids ranking 650 points off the mole game and bowling has a top player at 3000 lol. Yes this is all on sports club online. 4 player 3d world is going to be hilarious.

Red steel 3 would be fun, a suda 51 game would be great. Also does x remind you of another game.? Titanfall.. the rpg version epicness awaits.

The fit metters are sold out everywhere it seems. Ill be back in LA next week so ill see if that is true.

The only thing nintendo needs to do is keep exposing the wiiu components in their sdk. Unity 3d needs to keep pushing the hardware also. Other third parties should put their engine up on the wiiu too for licensing.

I still cant get over the fact that sony fails at traditional gaming like even platforming... knack vs mario 3d with 4 player locally, way more powers, bosses that uses knacks abilities yet look better! And play better.

Unfortunately power does not equal craftsmanship or game play. Come on knack isnt even better than galaxy! That is a wii game for heaven sakes!

come on sony step up to real gaming. Movie gaming is fine, but not better than watching thor, or even the Carrie remake.

frankly I dont see why sony needs more power... to watch other gamers play? To push more particles.? How is that fun we do that on pc already. These sony fans are making sony weak. It has become the casual console simply because they keep letting sony make mediocre titles and has never pushed for real game play.

you know 3rd parties could leave console gaming but these guys are making it to easy to still from gamers.

R00bot1852d ago

I think X, while it does have mechs like titanfall, uses them in a very different way. In X it seems like they might be used mainly for movement (you need a vehicle in the massive world the game has) with little fighting.

Titanfall's mechs are like less mobile, larger, stronger soldiers, their main use will be fighting.

N4g_null1851d ago

There is the boss fight at the end of the trailer.

Yeah carrie and her dirty pillows lol. Is better than the ps4 line up lol.

wonderfulmonkeyman1852d ago

It may not have as wide a selection of AAA third party games, but it does have a selection of ABSOLUTE GEMS in that category, including Lego City, Rayman Legends, and The Wonderful 101, amongst others.

Don't let others fool you; what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality.
Especially when you consider indie titles.

HardcoreDaBoss1852d ago

agreed 100%. nintendo does have the gems and they will always have it. they just fell off along the lines with the hardware not only thats but they pushed for causuals too hard and much.. they need to cater better and push for all crowds of gaming.. I think the hardware is fine and I like almost everything about the WII U.. minus 2 things.. gamepad battery life... and the account is tied to the console.. everything else is alright by me

HardcoreDaBoss1852d ago

yeah I dont know what they are thinking. If they pushed the hardware better It would be over for ps4 and xbox one. Just imagine if nintendo had all third party games??? lol it would over thats all for now tadda

Shnazzyone1852d ago

I'm really liking Deus ex directors cut. Super nice.

kwandar1852d ago

Deus Ex Directors Cut, and Monster Hunter 3 - both 3rd party and VERY worthwhile on Wii U in my humble opinion.

lilbroRx1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Yeah, I guess Bayonetta 2, Fast Racing Neo, Monolith's X, Shin Megami Tensei, and No More Heroes 3(pending) don't exist.

Legend_Killer1852d ago

do a few more textures make a game better? 3rd parties really need to quit bitching around. when gamecube and xbox existed they still supported the ps2 more so what's the story?
even last gen with all the spec and tech they weren't able to produce something to match Mario Galaxy.

Kingthrash3601852d ago

i main prob the third party has with the wiiu is power. truth is people would rather buy the "best version" of a game. and dont get me wrong, im aware the alot of 3rd party games were slightly better on the wiiu vs ps3/360 versions. the wii u timing was all wrong. it launched in na after alot of huge games released like nba2k, blops, ac etc. people went gunna buy the games twice to have a slightly better game. tbh if ps3 to ps4 deal didnt exist i would have waited to get bf4 on ps4 and skipped the ps3 version. also wiiu would have sold more if they launched with heavy hitters like zelda hd metriod 3d mario and so on but they didnt...they wasted over a year. also the price...399 for deluxe? same innards as a ps3/360 with a awsome controller but 399? that killed the wiiu sales. the power, the price, and that drought of games they had. no one bought it and 3rd party devs..once again wont make much money on it. thats why they passed on it and also why nintendo needs to wake up and realize weaker consoles dont cut it it or not more people now days want more bang for their bucks.

Legend_Killer1850d ago

I developed a game once for android and realized it even had framerate drops on some devices I guessed would be more powerful but that doesn't mean they're not, they just had different hardware and needed optimization.

what I'm trying to say is most of the wii u ports were built using game engines optimized for current gen consoles and throwing them to another console and just add a few more textures doesn't cut it, even the devs know this but they'll blame the hardware to cover their lazy asses.

Legend_Killer1850d ago

what killed Wii U sales was the same thing that killed 3DS sales in its first yr and that's depending on 3rd party devs. nintendo is abt gameplay innovation thus their hardware choices, but devs are abt graphics so they have different philosophies. I predict the magic of the next gen consoles will die a lot faster than Wii U cos interms of gameplay, current gen already did everything it's offering and when pple stop bitching abt graphics, it'll be bad for those companies

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Eddie201011852d ago

Wii U is great, PS4 is great, Xbox One ......

from the beach1852d ago

.. is the greatest!

Wii U ended up with a good first year, 3D World is the icing.

Th4Freak1852d ago

What else is coming after 3D World? More Marios and Zeldas?

TripC501852d ago


"No..There is another..." -Yoda


Ddouble1852d ago

Good year for the Wii-U?

Nah the 3DS had a good yea. The Wii-U didn't.

paulcek1852d ago


That argument is old. Mario sells, gets good reviews, and is fun. If the characters in the Mario game were replaced, you wouldn't be complaining anymore, right? It wouldn't feel like the same game because a lot of times, the gameplay changes.

Zeldas rarely come out on home consoles... I WISH there were more, but since Nintendo goes after quality especially in Zelda, I have to wait at least 3 years before a new home console Zelda.

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imXify1852d ago

In short, WiiU is killing air. It's even struggling to compete with the 360 and PS3.

Concertoine1852d ago

the next gen systems will struggle against the 360/ps3 too. it happens every gen.

Th4Freak1852d ago

1M+ PS4's sold in a day doesn't sound like struggling to me.

Concertoine1852d ago

of course it had a good launch. every system has a good launch, even the wii u did.

Th4Freak1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Uhmm, no.


**First week US sales:

*Dreamcast = 370k
*PS2 = 500k
*GC = 640k
*DS = 550k
*PSP = 620k
*Wii = 400k
*3DS = 374k
*X360 = 320k
*PS3 = 190k
*Wii U = 420k

PS4 = 1m first 24 hours


Acording to VGChartz and several sites it sold 400k the first week.

Baka-akaB1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Not really the Wii had like 600k in its first week in USA , and was sold out . It would easily had done much better with enough stock .

The WIi U did fine , but it's obvious it didnt have the same supply issues and wasnt as high in demand

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KwietStorm1852d ago

Well if playing games that just aren't available on Wii U is being "distracted," then so be it.

kwandar1852d ago

Well, I haven't looked at the Xbox1 games, but there is NOTHING worth distracting me with on PS4 exclusives.

Check the reviews yourself; barely above shovelware.

That being said, I hope that Nintendo, Sony and MS get their acts together for this generation.

KwietStorm1852d ago

And again with the exclusive talk, like a game needs a prerequisite to be worth playing. Regardless, there are games I'm playing on PS4 right now, both exclusive and not exclusive, that aren't on the Wii. And that's fine. Reviews? Lol.. are we gamers here or what? Are you told what pants to put on in the morning too? Can't believe people still use this as an argument.

kwandar1852d ago

Yes, I'm a gamer, and as a result I've bought more than my share of shovelware, and don't want any more. So yes, I read the reviews. Multiple reviews. Only a fool wouldn't.

As for my interest in exclusives, I'd point out I don't plan to buy all 3 consoles as I don't believe is throwing money around. I'd also point out that if not for exclusives, Steam is the place to be. Exclusives (and games available), while not the sole factor, are a critical factor in determining whether to make a purchase.