Wii U has Highest Rated Exclusives, No Signs of Slowing Down

Hardcore Gamer: The big Nintendo news going around the web is the promise from Nintendo of America's president that the Wii U has a long life ahead of it. Those who are paying attention know that this isn't news at all. That isn't just our opinion, either. It's echoed among dozens of video game reviewers across the industry.

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ValKilmer1637d ago

THANK YOU! Nintendo far and away has the best exclusive titles this console generation and will continue to have them. So there's no Madden -- who cares? I'd rather have Smash Bros and Bayonetta than EA cash grabs any day.

NextLevel1637d ago

People obviously do care, it's part of the reason for such low sales. Missing games like Bioshock's, Far Cry's etc.

"I'd rather have Smash Bros and Bayonetta than EA cash grabs any day."

I think you are forgetting the Wii and the mass amounts of shovelware it pumped out. Nintendo's first party for most part has always been solid for ages though, no one can deny that.

EliteGameKnight1637d ago

I think its reached a point where people don't know about all the fun games the system has. Nintendo really should put out some commercials showing some of the games that are available.

wonderfulmonkeyman1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

There's a point you're missing in your "part of the reason" that makes it totally invalid...

Even if Bioshock, Far Cry, and every other multiplat under the sun showed up on the Wii U...
No one would care.

Know why?

Two reasons:
#1, they'd likely be really horribly done ports with no new or exclusive content to make them stand out from the graphically-focused versions on the other two next-gen consoles or the cheaper prices of the previous-gen console versions.
#2, so long as other versions exist on other consoles, gamers who have been buying them on those systems will continue to do so.
Because that's how they've been TRAINED to buy their third party games sheerly by the focus of the industry itself.

The only way that would change, is if those ports started getting really REALLY attractive exclusive content that no other system could get.
Do you think they'd do that?
Because I sure don't.

So, I'm going to contest what you've said.

You know the majority wouldn't purchase Madden on Wii U unless it was an exclusive, and even then, half the fanbase would rage-quit before they'd do it, because that's just how used they are to playing Madden on any console OTHER than a Nintendo console.

Nintendo does not need ports.


miyamoto1636d ago

I know two games with over 200 GOTY awards and 70+ perfect scores each and they armade by one of the most acclaimed developers of all time & not on Wii U

herbs1636d ago

Yes Miyamoto we all thoroughly enjoyed The Last Of Us and guess what you get to buy it again.

GordonKnight1636d ago

I'm happy for the Wii U. People are starting to see it's a great Nintendo system for Nintendo games past, current & future.

@ Nextlevel

The Wii did have a lot of shovelware, but MOST 3rd party games are shovel.

IMO: It's funny how Gamers say the Wii U is their secondary console for Nintendo exclusives, but they only play 3rd party games on their main console.

Wii U>PS4>X1

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MysticStrummer1637d ago

"Nintendo far and away has the best exclusive titles this console generation and will continue to have them. So there's no Madden -- who cares? I'd rather have Smash Bros and Bayonetta"

I haven't bought a Madden game since 05, but I have no interest in Smash Bros, Bayonetta, or any other Nintendo exclusive either. I'm glad Nintendo is sticking to their guns and not giving up, but saying they have "far and away has the best exclusive titles this console generation" is nothing more than an opinion.

Chrischi19881637d ago

It is an opinion, but look at reviews, it is not like only the nintendo fanboys think the nintendo games are great. And comparing just the exclusives, there Nintendo is number one, that is what most prof. journalist also say.

randomass1711637d ago

I think the point is that opinion is widely agreed upon. And I'm not bothered. Nintendo does indeed make great games. I wouldn't have gotten a Wii U without that in mind.

weekev151636d ago

Whilst I agree with you the article is saying "highest rated" which the wiius games unarguably are higher rated than anything on xbone and ps4, althougg TLOU remastered will come out so I guess that will count as a highly rated ps4 game.

iamnsuperman1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

To quote the infamous line "Well that's like your opinion man"

Honestly I don't rate Nintendo's games. They don't appeal to me at all. Super Mario Galaxy is a perfect example of this, critics loved it but I just could not get into it. Same with other Nintendo games. They never really captivate my interest as other franchises have done. But the real reason why I comment is you mention this:

"So there's no Madden -- who cares? I'd rather have Smash Bros and Bayonetta than EA cash grabs any day."

That is cool but also irrelevant. You have given a bias comparison. The Wii U doesn't get other top notch third party games as well as the cash grabs.

BX811637d ago

Lmao, is that the dude?

Chrischi19881637d ago

They dont, but these games can be played everywhere else. Nintendo is the only plattform, that offers experiences, that you can only get on nintendo plattforms and those exclusives also get some of the highest ratings of the whole gaming industry. You can say you dont like these games, but you cannot deny that.

BullyMangler1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

If a game like mario Galaxy cHANGES the gaming industry by introducing new physiques to gaming, then we have to give it props. Its a FACT that mario galaxies do just that.

Critics didnt give mario galaxy the Game of the Generation award just because they had fun playing it, they praised it because mario Galaxy evolved gaming.

nintendo is your daddy. get used to it :(:

jcnba281636d ago

You sound jealous of Nintendo's success. Keep hating brother.

SpinalRemains1381636d ago

An infamous line!!??!!??


That is The Dude 100%

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Magicite1637d ago

And lowest hardware sales EVER (for Nintendo console).

generic-user-name1637d ago

Love how you single out Madden, leaving out games like Destiny, The Division, MGSV, Assassin's Creed Unity, Witcher 3 and future games like RDR2 and Fallout 4.

Not fooling anyone.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1637d ago

so you want all three platforms to offer the same

LOL_WUT1637d ago

No, but there should be some diversity in your consoles catalog from the usual year to year franchises thats where 3rd party games come into play. ;)

Ol_G1636d ago

Well a lot of people like me don't Care about any of those games think about that and how it invalidates the point you were trying to make

user56695101636d ago

wiiu exclusive ratings dont matter only sonys does.

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NextLevel1637d ago

Nintendo has amazing first party studios, but they also get alot of free passes based on nostalgia.

ValKilmer1637d ago

Replace all the characters in Super Mario World 3D with Platypus and it's still an incredible game.

DualWielding1637d ago

yes but would it sell? Rayman Legends is as great a game as a Mario Platformer but doesn't sell at much because its not mario..... If anybody tried to sell a game like A Link Between Worlds at $40.00 without the Zelda Franchise they would be laughed out

Vegamyster1637d ago


Rayman was launched a little over week or so before GTAV & Wind Waker HD came out, if it came out when it was suppose it would have sold much better. It had no competition and Wii-U owners were craving a new game at the time, hype went away once the long delay hit.

Chrischi19881637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

"but would it sell?"

Yes it would, of course not as much as with Mario, you guys act like it is a bad thing, that a game has a name. Just like AC, COD, GoW, Fifa and many more. You act like the same thing doesnt happen on your consoles... bias pretty much?

And it would sell more, than other franchises, that change all their characters to unknown ones, that is because all Nintendo games focus around gameplay, gameplay doesnt change, just because of a different protagonist, but story would change.

randomass1711637d ago

Mario 3D World with a platypus... I'd play the crap out of that. XD

user56695101636d ago (Edited 1636d ago )

when you loss the arguement jump to the next dumbest thing even if it doesnt have to do with anything.
"yes but would it sell? "

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Metallox1637d ago

I wouldn't give them anything, their games are just that good.

-Foxtrot1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Skyward Sword is a perfect example of nostalgia. It was such a step back gameplay wise with how limiting and repetitive is was compared to past main Zelda games yet people made out like it was the best game ever. Not to mention the forced motion controls.

Yet you can't say anything bad about it apparently

Was it a bad but was it as good as people made it out to be "Perfect", "GOTY", "Amazing"

thegent1637d ago

you always assume your opinions are facts. just because you didnt enjoy it as much as other entries doesn't mean other people didn't. it is in my top 3 zeldas.

-Foxtrot1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )


So saying it was repetitive and limited compared to past Zelda games is just an opinion....I'm sorry but you can't say it's just an opinion because the fact is Skyward Sword was repetive and limited compared to past Zelda games. Even reviews mentioned this yet still gave it a good score.

An opinion is like, for EXAMPLE. "The motion controls were horrible" but instead I've said "Not to mention the forced motion controls". I didn't like how they were forced, a choice would of been nice.

Concertoine1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

I personally hate Skyward Sword to the core, but my friend thinks its his favorite. He loves the motion controls, thinks they propel it to a level of immersion above the other games, the art style and the dungeons while admitting the game is too linear.

I dislike almost everything about the game (even the stuff he likes), but his insight into why he loved the game let me see how an objective reviewer would give points for new things included aside from the lack of old things.

If you ask me the motion controls, potion mixing system, over world, etc that were included are not only not enough to balance the distinct lack of what made past games good, but also bad things themseves. I can at least understand why critics might think it is a good game. I think if it was calked something besides TLOZ i would've liked it.

randomass1711637d ago

@Concertoine I personally liked SS for its story and motion controls, but I agree that it had simplistic design and it was far, far too easy and too guilty of holding the player's hand. It was a tough transition for me, but I too can see why people liked it as much as they did. It was a game with a lot of polish and it tried very hard to be a good entry point for newer, younger fans of the series.

DC7771637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

It didn't sell well anyway regardless of over zealous reviews or being one of the most revered game franchises there is.

Personally hate motion controls because most take away from core gameplay.

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maniacmayhem1637d ago

I love how people think Nintendo gets free passes. Nintendo has got nothing but extreme flack and hate from every corner of the industry.

It seems certain people like to think Nintendo gets a free pass whenever anything positive comes their way.

-Foxtrot1637d ago


They have/had extreme flack because the Wii U's launch wasn't solid.

It's like they didn't know what they were doing with it and sometimes even today it's like they still aren't sure.

The reason it's not been selling well is because of their poor decisions they've made in the past. Take the name for example, trying to ride off the Wii's success, thats the kind of arrogance that bite Sony on the arse in 2006.

Look at when they first showed it off at E3 2011, was it a new console or a tablet for the Wii? It was very confusing at first. Even E3 2012 they didn't seem like they had a well thought out plan.

You might think Nintendo are getting hated on for nothing but they have deepened themselves in some problems so it's not people pulling things out from thin air.

Microsoft - Last Year DRM stuff

Sony - Arrogance 2006 - 2007

Out of all three Nintendo is getting it lightly, they should be lucky. It's different if Nintendo were getting hated on for no reason but they aren't. So I don't know why people are thinking they are getting it as bad as others when really they aren't.

Are they improving now...yes, yes they are but they still have some issues to work out.

maniacmayhem1637d ago


You have to be blind to not see the extreme hate Nintendo has been getting since the tail end of the Wii.

I am not or never said that they are getting bad press for no reason and most is warranted, but to sit there and say Nintendo gets a free pass or that journalists and others have been going easy on Nintendo is just plain wrong.

The lack of third party support should show everyone how much of a free pass they are NOT getting. And before E3 almost every story was declaring Nintendo a failure, or telling us how Nintendo should throw in the towel and go the Sega route. Even most saying how Nintendo should put their games on smartphones.

With 90% of the stories being doom and gloom I don't see how anyone is taking it easy on Nintendo.

It comes down to perception, I found when bad press was going on about Sony a lot of people said "the media was biased." When 360 got good news "MS paid for it." And now we have Nintendo gets a free pass.

Realplaya1637d ago

Dude let it go. They take their time making games if they don't think the game is good they push it back. If the game isn't worth it they don't release it. You can use your 5 bubbles but your flat out wrong.

marloc_x1637d ago

Kudos to N for not pulling the trigger until a game is right for them..

jcnba281636d ago

Ah yes the nostalgia excuse lol

That's like saying let's blame Nintendo because they are the oldest video game company still standing after all these years.

You guys need to come up with better excuses.

truechainz1636d ago

First of all that is called branding. Nintendo did plenty to create characters that became internationally known and recognizable to this day. It takes a ton of work (and the right timing) for that to happen. So there is nothing "free" and them being able to make that happen, and Sony and Microsoft would kill for a character with that kind of recognition. Second, when games like Pikmin came out they still had great review scores even with no prior recognition to fall back on.

NextLevel1636d ago

I agree that it's not Nintendo's fault and it does have to do with their characters being iconic.

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MultiConsoleGamer1637d ago

The little system that could. Nintendo will still be around long after their detractors have stopes gaming.

Haters gonna hate, doubters gonna cry, message board shills will rage at their computers.

-Foxtrot1637d ago

"In fact, 2013 was a wildly successful year for Wii U exclusives. Of the 10 exclusive Wii U titles released in 2013, five of them sported at least an 80 rating, with two breaking 90 (Wind Waker and Super Mario 3D World). Not a single exclusive from Xbox One or PS4 broke 90, with highest rated games at 78 and 84 respectively"

The Wii U has been out much longer, the Xbox One and PS4 came out in November, they had roughly one and a half month before 2013 ended. Highly unfair comparison especially with launch games.

ValKilmer1637d ago

Wii U still had better games in its first year than PS4 and Xbox One will have in their first.

-Foxtrot1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Most of the launch games Nintendo had for the Wii U were old games that were on the PS3/360.

Batman Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Assassin’s Creed III, Darksiders II, Madden NFL 13, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge which was basically Ninja Gaiden 3.

The only two decent must have games were New Super Mario Bros U and ZombiU. Least the PS4/Xbox One had multiplatform games coming out the same time.

Blackleg-sanji1637d ago

O geez just give the wiiU its credit it has great exclusives my god

-Foxtrot1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

I'm not saying it does.

Why do people make such a big deal when someone tries to point out some logic. it's not fair to compare a console that has been out in 2013 from January to December to consoles which has only been out from November to December.

You make it sound like people are saying certain things when they aren't.

When did I say in that comment above "The Wii U doesn't have great exclusives"

Honestly defensive. The disagrees prove aswell how upset people get aswell when people have hardly said anything horrible.

Thatguy-3101637d ago

It's Nintendo. Logic doesn't come into play because they have to make it look good some way. This year I'm pretty sure Far Cry 4 and Destiny will score 90+ on metacritic.

HogHug1637d ago

It is fair to compare numbers though. 10 exclusives for the Wii U in 2013, nine for Xbox One. What's not fair about comparing those?

wonderfulmonkeyman1637d ago

You know, I find it funny that people use the "It's been out longer" excuse here, but when people compare the sales of the first three days of Mario Kart to the 5-source-seller Watch Dog's first week, suddenly the time that each was out doesn't matter and Watch Dogs magically still sold more in the same comparative time frame.

Also, as far as the difference goes, the Wii U's initial two years were filled with negativity towards it and issues in building the install base, whereas the other two did not have those issues for very long[Xbone], if at all[PS4].

The opening time frame is pretty inconsequential when the Wii U didn't do spectacularly during that time frame.

Now if the Wii U had took off like a damned rocket and soared to success easily, and the PS4 and XBone had still blown past it in sales, then I'd say the timeframe was much more significant a piece of information.

As it is, with the Wii U's issues and Nintendo's advertising incompetence holding it back, I'd say the comparison is more than fair.

bass4g1637d ago

The wiiu did take off like a rocket though, the sales at launch were higher than every previous console apart from the wii, you may think differently because of the way it was reported. Now obviously it didn't do as well as the ps4 and xbox one and sales tapered off quickly but it is incorrect to say that the sales at launch of the wii u were poor. It's more that it was never able to maintain the amount sales.

McScroggz1637d ago

You know, once again I was about to reply to you. But you know what? I'm done man. You just don't care about logic or reason. All you care about is spreading the word about how awesome Nintendo is and how crappy everyone else is. It's tiresome.

If you really don't understand the logic that the Wii U has been out a full year more than the PS4 and Xbox One, and how that is a significant amount of time at the beginning of a console, then I don't know what to tell you.

-Foxtrot1637d ago


I was done replying to him a long time'd be wasting your time

HogHug1637d ago

@McScroggz but what about the idea that the Wii U and Xbox One have a comparable sample size of exclusives. 10-9, respectively. Does that not supersede the time element?

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mydyingparadiselost1637d ago

"Most of the launch games Nintendo had for the Wii U were old games that were on the PS3/360."

TLOU remastered, GTA V, Metro, Walking Dead, Grim Fandango, Halo, Tomb Raider, Ratchet and Clank, Rayman and rumors of many more are looking to fill the new gens libraries. Don't get me wrong, I didn't buy any of these games on their original release so I'm looking forward to pretty much all of them but third parties are doing the same thing here that they were on the Wii U, except they'll actually be improved instead of gimped or being a poor value.

Spotie1637d ago

And that's fine, but at least count those games coming to the XB1 and PS4, if you're gonna count those cross-gen games/ports for the Wii U.

And sorry, but anybody who thinks there isn't a bit of nostalgia bias in reviewing a Nintendo game...

truechainz1636d ago

Well even if you compare exclusives for the first 3 or 6 months of each console's lifetime the wii u still has the highest rated exclusives so though the author should not have compared a year's worth of time with wii u to half that basically for the other two.

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PSNintyGamer1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

"Sets up stand"
Alright I got popcorn, pizza, all the good stuff, anyone want anything?