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The Nintendo Delusion - Good Games Don't Sell Good Consoles

Why the good games will sell Nintendo's consoles argument doesn't hold up.

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NYC_Gamer1003d ago

Nintendo should invest in some fresh/different kind of franchise if they wanna move units in the western market

Vegamyster1003d ago

To be fair they funded W101 & Bayonetta 2.

AKR1002d ago

Don't forget LEGO City: Undercover.

curtis921002d ago (Edited 1002d ago )

@Vegamyster Think he meant games that would appeal to wide market, not a niche market.

cyguration1002d ago

@curtis92

What does that even mean? Every core sector of gaming IS a niche market. Nintendo is catering toward every sector just like they said they would.

Everyone complained when Nintendo appealed mostly to a wide market with Wii Fit and Wii Sports and Wii Party during the Wii's lifespan.

Now you're saying that for the Wii U they need to go back to doing what they did with the Wii?

There's no such thing as having it both ways.

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miyamoto1002d ago (Edited 1002d ago )

To be fair W101 & Bayonetta 2 are not fresh/different kind of franchises

W101 is like Pikmin and Lemmings and Bayonetta 2 is like Bayonetta 1.

@ritsukka666

lol, you are OWNED by your own fanboyic blindness!

Wii U is a victim of Nintendo's own greed and arrogance like that dog who wanted two bones at the same time and eventually lost both- the casual and the hardcore. Right, Kinect?

Now I know why Sony won't do kiddie toddler games even if it means slow steady sales. They can not go that low to maintain an uncompromising hardcore gaming image since 1994.
Its risky but the rewards will be great in the long run!

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Thepcz1002d ago

nintendo forgot who they are and where they came from. they now think they are a games developer who makes games for mobile phone, hence the relentless wave of shallow mini games collections and party games.

nintendo forgot that to sell a console you need deep, immersive and ambitious games. ie all the games they are refusing to publish- metroid, starfox, f zero, earthbound etc

instead they are force-feeding us crap like nintendoland, wario game and watch and a years worth of luigi (WTF!?) - nintendo think the wiiu is a mobile phone and gamers only want shallow, quick fix trash to play.

nintendo are wrong (the sales figures support my claim) and its too late for them to gain back lost market share. its hilarious that the wiiu is a hd console, but nintendo dont provide any games that can match that scale of gaming. ie, all the games seem to be little more than upscaled wii games.

X is the only game that even remotely shows any promise... and that is simply not good enough.

staticdash221003d ago (Edited 1003d ago )

Finally someone that gets it. Nintendo should have invested in brand new franchises for a brand new console. People like to see new, and fresh ideas not dressed up in the same old franchises. Give gamers new characters to get attached to, new lore, and new worlds to explore.

What are they afraid of? They are making the mistake that konami is, making metal gear their face and almost dependent on its success. People just don't understand that nintendo of all publishers is the one that can take multiple risks on new projects. All that money especially stemming from the Wii's success.

ForgottenProphecy1003d ago

Waooooh. No reason to bring Metal Gear into this. Metal Gear is still awesome to this day

punishing11002d ago

I own a PS4, so let's talk about new & fresh IP...Killzone...FOUR...Battlef ield...FOUR...NFS...lost count of what version this is. They had ONE...ONE new IP...Knack. And reviews say it sucks. I bought KZ4, BF4, and NFS:R, because I love those franchises. Kinda like a bought Mario Bros, WiiU Party, 3D Land, Wario. I also bought Nintendo's new IP - W101, ZombiU, and Rayman Legends.

JohnnyTower1003d ago

The Wii U launch was a trainwreck. The only way Nintendo will get people to remember them amongst the Xbox one and PS4 is nostalgia games or kiddy-Skylander games. Look at the expectations for Super Smash Brothers and Zelda Wii U. Those are decades old franchises that are tapped to bring focus to the Wii U. Nintendo should try out some new IP's, but they shouldn't be relied on as system-movers. I love my Wii U and I play Mario 3D all the time. If anything, I would love to see a Jet Force Gemini or Eternal Darkness HD remake.

Vegamyster1002d ago

The Wii-U launch wasn't bad, the following months after where games got delayed like Pikmin 3, W101, Rayman Legends ect caused the system to stall out, sales have picked up considerably the past few months.

JohnnyTower1002d ago

The Wii U launch definitely needed some clarity as to what the Console was. The title Wii U was a little confusing. I wasn't sure if it was a tablet add-on or not. You are absolutely right about the launch games being good, but there was a lull waiting for some good games. Deus Ex filled the void nicely until Mario 3D came out. I wish Nintendo nothing but the best. And make another Eternal Darkness Dammit!

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1002d ago

Uh Wii U launch was a success. Post launch wasn't due to Rayman, Pikmin, LEGO City, TW101, Game & Wario and Deux Ex delay. Wii U sold 3.06m units in 2012.

wonderfulmonkeyman1002d ago

If the launch was a train wreck, it's mostly because the AAA third parties didn't do jack crap as far as actually making games the core audience would wanna get the Wii U for, during a time when they had very few high-quality first-party Nintendo IP's to contend with.

Chrischi19881002d ago

The launch of the console was really good. Looking at numbers, it sold as good or slightly better than the Xbox One. During this time a year ago Wii U sold around 3 million, the problems started after its launch and not during it. That is also why I am saying, that people should stop to compare launch sales with sales in like may this year.

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Dravidian1003d ago

It's a sad day when good games dont sell consoles. New ip or not. That being said, new IP's are rarely system sellers BECAUSE the casual gamer has never heard of it. The few lucky ones usually have great sales on their next game or two and my be system sellers, but by definition they're no longer a new i.p. at that point. Very few have ridiculous sales or sell consoles on the first try.

ritsuka6661002d ago (Edited 1002d ago )

I feel you pain dude. I love supporting devs like Platinum Games, they are doing their best to make new IPs, but get overshadowed by an overrated videogame casual games. it's really sad times for us harcore gamers.