Iwata Believes One Game Can Change Everything for the Wii U and He’s Right

Ed from Twinfinite writes: “The fate of a video game system is often influenced greatly by the introduction of a single title.” Truer words have never been spoken by Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata.

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Mexxan1257d ago

He's praying that's the case. Fresh dynamic blood at Nintendo is needed. I need quality games not the next wii fit...

EdMcGlone1257d ago

For a while I thought once Nintendo gets the big names out the Wii U will be fine but it just hasn't happened yet. Mario Kart 8 and SSB might get things going, but I really think they need something new and innovative.

raWfodog1257d ago

I feel that a AAA Action-RPG exclusive title would go a long way to moving a lot of units in the U.S, Europe, and Japan.

Eonjay1257d ago

Agreed. MK8 will move units but one game can not change the fortunes of a console - Titanfall say hi btw. Do you really want to by a console just to play one game?

choujij1257d ago

@Eonjay Except it's Mario Kart, and will live up to it's reviews.

Eonjay1257d ago


for sure, the game looks great.

iamnsuperman1257d ago (Edited 1257d ago )

Funnily enough Mario Kart and SSB have never been system sellers. They always sell well on already established systems but they never shoot unit sales through the roof. Those games are big for the people who already own the system just not for those who don't (and in here lies an issue)

eworthington01257d ago

Well. I think we all need to remember the wii u hasnt pooped out its giants yet. I am a proud extremely satisfied owner. They have mario 3d world new super mario, zelda ww and pikmin. Donkey kong wont push systems.
Mario kart, ssb, x, ZELDA U will.
Among many others.
Nintendo isnt going to blow out its biggest names anf leave us with nothing else for the res th of the generation. Thays craziness.
Dont count nintendo out just yet.
There are plenty of games on the system right now. But not enough to appeal to the masses unfortunately.
The smear articles are partly to blame for anyone looking into the wii u.
The rest are average consumers walking by confused.
They need to market better.
Thats all the business advice we can offer a giant multi billion dollar company.

andibandit1257d ago

They should just release mario 2000

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wonderfulmonkeyman1257d ago (Edited 1257d ago )

And you're getting them, unless the only thing you define as quality, is realism-focused sparkle fests like so many third parties are doing.
There have been plenty of worthwhile games on the system so far.

And as for new blood being needed?
Not if, by that, you mean replacing Iwata with some talentless yes-man lacky who will willing bend-and-spread to the demands of idiots like micheal pachter and some of the remarkably low-brow "journalists" in the gaming press.

That would kill off Nintendo's home console market faster than iwata or the Wii U ever could.

Dchops1257d ago

No kidding. There are already a ton of great games on the Wii U, despite all the crap it gets. Even more so, although I thoroughly enjoy many third-party titles (which is why I always have at least one other home console per gen), the majority of Nintendo's first-party line-up is hard to beat.

McScroggz1257d ago (Edited 1257d ago )

So you would rather Nintendo not bring in new, fresh ideas and continue the downward trend their home consoles have been on since the NES? Here is what it looks like without the Wii, which was 100% a fad:

NES: 62 mil
SENS: 49 mil
N64: 33 mil
GameCube: 22 mil
Wii U: 6 mil with a projected lifetime total well under GameCube numbers.

Sure, we can talk about how profitable Nintendo has been - and they have been just that - but how much does Nintendo's userbase need to shrink until Nintendo fans acknowledge that there is a fundamental problem with the company and that it needs somebody to fix these problems. Bury your head in the sand and you are contributing to Nintendo's worsening situation.

Errefus1257d ago


The Wii was not a Fad, sure the wii remote was terrible but it held on it own and actually had a pretty fun library of games to play and enjoy.

Codey471257d ago

A fad that sold more than the PS3, PS4 and Vita worldwide combined.

I don't own any of the latest consoles from Nintendo...even I can't deny the sheer volumes shifted of the Wii.

ProjectCARS is due in November lets see how it compares with the other consoles whence released.

wonderfulmonkeyman1257d ago (Edited 1257d ago )

First off, the wii was not a fad. It had plenty of great games and an attach rate that proved it was bought for more than just a few casual games.
And second, keeping iwata, instead of replacing him with someone who would listen to industry idiots like pachter, is the better course.
Nintendo can get new blood and new ideas without replacing their heads and screwing over the entire company in the process.

Let go of your delusions; Iwata has made mistakes, but he's a far sight better than some idiot newbie that would rather make Nintendo go third party for the sake of pleasing investors and lining his own pockets.

DryBoneKoopa851257d ago

I love how everyone likes to point out how Iwata needs to go because Nintendo has been losing money but yet no one is calling for the head of Kaz from Sony.

Sony has been hemorrhaging money for the last I don't know 4 or more years now and selling EVERYTHING off and firing over 5,000 employees.

You guys need to get a reality check. If Sony keeps losing all of its money, how do you think their going to afford all those pretty little new IP's you guys keep clamoring over?

Sticking your head into Nintendo's business practices is not going to fix anything. You know the reason Nintendo reported a loss was because they spent something like 200 million dollar's buying and building and hiring right? It was not just all from Wii U sales lost.

Sure Nintendo could use a new IP or two but the list of Nintendo (EXCLUSIVES) coming out this year BLOWS AWAY the competition. Sony has what Drive Club in October and MAYBE The Order 1886. Microsoft who knows what's coming really until E3 happens.

All I'm trying to say is you can't sit their and point the finger at one person without calling out others who are not leading by good example. Both Sony and Nintendo need to fix their problems. Nintendo can afford a failed console. Sony can not.

The 10th Rider1257d ago


Actually, between building a new building, purchasing that undisclosed tech, and buying back the stocks of their former president it was over 1.5 BILLION that they spent. When you consider that, losing some 250 million isn't bad at all

Anyone who disagrees feel free to look it up.

(BTW, other than that little tidbit I agree with pretty much everything you said, DryBoneKoopa85)

EdMcGlone1257d ago

If you read the article you would see that I'm not saying Nintendo games aren't quality. They are fantastic, clearly though that isn't enough for the Wii U. The Wii U needs something new and exciting. Reshashed games regardless of quality isn't getting it done right now.

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3-4-51257d ago

* Super Mario Brothers, Mario 64, Goldeneye 007,Ocarina of Time, Halo,Half Life,Final Fantasy 7 ect...

All these were game changers and that "one" that helped put the console or games on the map for that era or gen

Fishermenofwar1257d ago

Good logic...I didn't really think of that....Nice comment

joab7771257d ago

Its possible but its a horrible mindset. I cant blame him b/c its their only shot now.

Actually, they should hav made a system as powerful or just less than the xbone and sold for $300. Also make it compatible with the 3rd or a new handset. They would hav had a yr jump which would have helped establish 3rd party support as ppl would hav flocked to play better looking games.

Now, they need to ditch the controller. Lower the price to $200. Figure out how to link the 3ds so ppl can play 3ds games on the WiiU. And make a great Zelda game.

AWBrawler1257d ago

actually the lack of wii fit type games is exactly why the wii u is not selling like wii. The Wii came out the gate targeting hardcore and look what happened? thats why i say they should always go blue ocean strategy. ALWAYS

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1257d ago

Mario Kart 7 changed 3DS so he not praying.

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mezati991257d ago (Edited 1257d ago )

zelda wii u

randomass1711257d ago

I really don't think it's stupid at all. One game to get people excited is sometimes really all a system needs.

L0YD1257d ago

If that was the case Super Mario 3D World would've saved it already, its one of the best if not THE BEST game on the system.

veegeeeffex1257d ago

I agree. They need to release a new 1080 game to save this system.

TheSleepingDoctor1257d ago

People keep forgetting that the Gamecube also had Kart and Smash and all Nintendo had to offer and yet sold less than 25 million units and got a distant 3rd place.

To Nintendo find this fabled (and usual BS) one game to change it all, it would need something not only unique but with broad appeal and trendy.

It will be no a mystical 'one game' that will change the WiiU fate, but Nintendo bringing a more diverse, bigger library to it.

Otherwise, please understand...

The 10th Rider1257d ago

I do think you're right for the most part there. But there is a bit of a difference between Nintendo's situation with the Wii U and with the Gamecube. I would add that the commercial success of the Wii and DS really increased Nintendo's brand recognition, creating a lot more potentiality for customers with the Wii U. If they can tap into that it would help.

N4g_null1257d ago

The ngc mariokart was flawed and had bad frame rates. Almost did not play like mariokart. The wii mariokart fixed that. The result was sony trying to copy it and failing and 32 million sold. This was the first Nintendo wii game that had good multiplayer.

I think fanboys are just afraid this will affect the ps4. If that system stalls sony could be in free fall.

Plus gamers can imagine a game good enough to sell a console because they are not game creators. Fans consume mostly and don't understand how to create demand.

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