Submitted by wmmn80 452d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo Hitting Hard in 2014

"The Wii U has not been the success that Nintendo hoped it would be. The reasons for this have been debated, ranging from consumers getting tired with older Nintendo franchises to people wondering if the product was branded poorly. My personal response to these two claims: no, people are not tired of old Nintendo franchises; and yes, the Wii U has suffered from poor branding. However, I would argue that Nintendo does deserve your hard earned dollars in 2014." (3DS, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart, Nintendo DS, Pikmin 3, Wii, Wii U)

Benjaminkno  +   453d ago
If they were really serious, they wouldn't have named the WiiU after a system that they knew was abandoned by the hardcore gaming community. They gambled that the tablet controller would've sold to many of the families that wanted or already owned an iPad and it didn't pay off. And those tablets can go anywhere, and they do everything. You stopped competing after GameCube, which is why Wii went in a totally different direction. And now you're wondering why gamers don't take you seriously?
Sony and MS played it smart... stick with a name that works.

If you want us to take you seriously, get hip with the times.
ZidaneNL  +   452d ago
Yes, because the name of a console sure as hell determines whether or not I wish to purchase it. It's not like the software has anything to do with it.
king_george  +   452d ago
You're right ZidaneNL. But i think Benjaminkno is also correct. Something as simple as a name can make a difference. The name "Playstation" for example carries a ton of weight. People know that name. Where as "wii" is often associated with casual games. Atleast thats what i believe the hardcore gamers think of when they hear that name. Just my two cents
ZidaneNL  +   452d ago
I won't deny that the name of a console has an impact on how its received by the public and "hardcore" gamers. The best example of this is probably the Xbox One, because it was ridiculed at first as well. However, the name of a console will NOT, and I repeat, NOT prevent someone from purchasing it.

The only exception to this is when it causes confusion and that's primarily been an issue with the 3DS and not the Wii U. Most non-gamers I know immediately understood that the Wii U was a new console.
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3-4-5  +   452d ago
You just said " Tablets can do anything"

* Where is the Tablet's D-pad, A,B,X,Y L&R buttons ?

Where are it's triggers or analog sticks ?

You can poke and swipe. that is it.
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Benjaminkno  +   452d ago
I mean in terms of function, like leaving your house.
They do anything a smartphone can do, which covers plenty of ground.

Give them another year, tablet controllers will be everywhere.
Realplaya  +   452d ago
So the galaxy should not be galaxy, Xbox one should not be named what it is and a PS4 should not be named what it is?
Benjaminkno  +   452d ago
Stick with a name, like "Playstation" or "XBox"...

You don't think that Nintendo would've stuck with "GameCube" if it would've been highly successful? GameCube3 maybe?

They stuck with "Wii" because it sold well, but was seen as a casual system. So regular people just don't know about it. Hell, they would've been better off with "NintendoU", or "Wii2", or "NES6"...

WiiU sounds like an app. It was a lazy way of sticking with a name.

I love it, but when somebody asks me what I'm doing, I say, "playing Nintendo". Ironically, it sounds more mature.
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Chrono  +   452d ago
These games only appeal to the Nintendo fanbase.
ZidaneNL  +   452d ago
Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. only appeal to Nintendo fans? Are you mad or something?
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   452d ago
Dude, it's CHRONO. You're not going to get anything other than disdain out of him if it's about Nintendo. Save your bubbles in the future.XD
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Realplaya  +   452d ago
So then by your account they should sell about 35 million and 10 of smash?
OtakuDJK1NG  +   452d ago
stop tro...
oh wait it Chrono.

Eh I guess he still the same.
REDBEARD  +   452d ago
Nintendo just needs to release games on a monthly basis, develop a better marketing team, and learn how to get along with 3rd parties. Now that DK has been released, Wii U owners will have to wait 3 months for the next game: Mario Kart 8. That is worrying.

On the flip side, they have plenty of time to save money for future Wii U games, Maybe a collection of future Wii U games.
ZidaneNL  +   452d ago
I'm picking up a Wii U later this year when Smash Bros. arrives. By then I'll be able to enjoy three major Mario Games, Monster Hunter, Donkey Kong, Zelda and plenty of other titles. Those who picked up the Wii U early on had a rough time, but purchasing a Wii U sounds like a reasonable thing to do soon.
AKR  +   452d ago
While I agree that they need to release games more often; having time between big releases is a good thing; it gives players more time to buy and enjoy their game. Most people buy 1-3 games every few months. Usually, when you go to a game store, let's say in January; you probably won't purchase another title until maybe March or April; unless you're the type who REALLY invests your bucks into gaming.

Also; coming out with new titles in an increment format preserves quality. You know how nerve-racking it is to develop titles at a pace where you need to be releasing one per month? Not even most third party studios do that.

That's where third-party support comes in; and as we've seen - Nintendo is trying to nail some third-party exclusives, seeing that multi-plats are barely happening. It fills in the gaps between first-party releases.

In all honesty; it's the opposite with the XBOX and PlayStation. First party games from either divisions come out once every blue moon, while third-party games are always around.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   452d ago
uh you mean Third Parties learn how to get along with Nintendo and build games from ground up on their system and learn the Wii U architecture.
REDBEARD  +   452d ago

You might be right. Nintendo has always been in a damned if you do damned if you don't type situation. But I believe Nintendo is also at fault. N64, Gamecube, and to an extent the Wii, had some terrible 3rd party support. You would think Nintendo would have a solution by now, but it looks like its getting worse sadly. I honestly don't know what Nintendo can do other than pull a Microsoft and pay for 3rd party support.
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KevinCubes  +   452d ago
An exclusive Shaqfu game is the only thing that can save this console
Concertoine  +   452d ago
To be honest im really not feeling the effort yet.
Dunban67  +   452d ago
If the author means: Hitting hard like a pillow fight after 3 valium and 6 beers, then yes- otherwise in the real world no
Activemessiah  +   452d ago
people's tune will change once that elusive Zelda is shown
ARESWARLORD  +   452d ago
Drop me a new F Zero and Punch Out and its all good. Mario 3d world was great.
TristanPR77  +   452d ago
I respect Nintendo, many childhood memories, but right now they need to come up with a new vision. I do hope they get better.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   452d ago
they are coming up with a new vision
Knushwood Butt  +   452d ago
Yeah, it's all about releasing the same old franchises on the latest version of their hardware, after abandoning the previous hardware.

Wait, that's not new...
RPG_Lover  +   452d ago
Nintendo was this industries number 1 in 2013. I expect nothing less in 2014.

Hell, the 3 best games in 2014 so far, they published

DK, Bravely Default, Layton
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Beastforlifenoob  +   452d ago
2013 ninyendo lost and so will 2014
Gta v no wii u
Battlefield 4
The last of us (highest awarded game ever)
Etc etc
RPG_Lover  +   451d ago

The last of us (highest awarded game ever): Factually false..........

ok your acting silly.

Nintendo is having just as good a 2014 as a 2013. They basically killed it.
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fonger08  +   451d ago
You mean Nintendo? Right not niyendo it's Chinese knock off? And yes just because Last of Us is the most awarded game ever ( since they started tracking everyone with a site or blog giving out awards in about 2005 so HUGE asterisk there) doesn't mean whole lot. Besides most of us with a Wii u actually can afford other systems to play other games... Shocking I know!
Realplaya  +   452d ago
If I am Nintendo I am using the there old school library to determine what gamers want. That people want.he crazy thing is we don't know how many games are sold via the Eshop but they do if they have sold a million of one title use that as way to publish games t
lizard81288  +   452d ago
Nintendo hopefully will do something at E3. It seems like those year is make or break for the Wiiu. If Mario Kart and Smash Men can't boost sales, I doubt anything will. Plus Sny & M$ are just getting started. I expect them to come out swinging at E3....well...maybe just Sony...

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