"The Wii U has no games!"
"The Wii U has no third-party support!"
"People are ignoring the Wii U!"
"Nintendo isn't relevant anymore!"
"The Wii U is too weak!"
"The Wii U is too expensive!"
. . . The above quotes are common sayings around game-discussion boards these days and N4G seems to be one of the main hubs of that.
Either way, I'm here to give my personal view of the Wii U's current situation, and why people really need to stop freaking out like it hasn't happened before.
#1 ~ "The Wii U has No Games"
- This is a Wii U defense article, but I must agree that IS the case right now. The Wii U's current library is filled with 2 first-party titles, and most of the 3rd-party titles are just age-old ports that are available on other (more vibrant) platforms fore a much cheaper price. EVEN SO ~ this statement is only valid towards the system's CURRENT library. It's list of CONFIRMED up-coming titles, all of which either can or will see release this year is (although lightweight in size) - isn't lightweight in quality.
.Batman Arkham Origins
.Splinter Cell: Blacklist
.The Wonderful 101
.Mario Kart U
.New 3D Mario
.Wind Waker HD
. . . These are just a few of the Wii U's confirmed up-coming titles. We still have yet to see what announcements E3 brings. Nintendo hasn't revealed what RETRO STUDIOS is working on for instance, and there are some third-parties whom are also keeping hush~hush about up-coming titles for the platform.
HISTORY SHOWS: This has happened before. You don't even have to look too far back in history, either. Let's take a look at two now-popular systems, which at first, seemed like they were failures right out of the gate - PS3 and 3DS. Both these systems didn't have much titles worth playing at launch. Their situation is similar to what the Wii U faces now. What happened? Well, aside from their price drop - they both got a few quality titles released and then BAM - that was it.
Now look at them? They're rockets who's destination seems to be outside of our own Milky Way galaxy.
To be honest, there has yet to be a system that comes roaring out of the gate with new releases hitting it every few weeks or so. The Wii U got the brunt of the drought wave because it's the first of the new generation to release. Some of the torrent of games coming out on the PS3 and 360 were in development before the Wii U was even announced, let alone released. On top of that, devs know the architecture of the PS3 and 360 better. It takes time to learn new hardware and port games over to it. Look at the release lists of the 360 and PS3's first years, and compare them to now.
#2 ~ The Wii U is Too Weak - XBOX 720 and PS4 will Crush It
- Okay, now THIS is what really gets me. Apparently, because the Wii U is weaker than it's up-coming competition, it's suddenly weak and not a part of the 8th-generation. Well guys, let's look at history again.
HISTORY SHOWS: Specs don't sell systems. Whether you realize it or not - not every system unit that is sold is bought with the buyer thinking "Wow, I can't believe I bought this totally powerful system, with 8 GB of RAM, and super-charged PC architecture!"
.3rd Gen - SEGA Master System ~ More faster than the NES. Yet the NES stomped it in sales.
.4th Gen - Neo GEO ~ Best specs of it's gen, yet it sold only 1 million units. Genesis and SNES sold over 40 million and almost 50 million, respectively.
.5th Gen - N64 ~ Had more RAM than the PSX, yet couldn't even sell half as well as the original PlayStation.
.6th Gen - XBOX ~ Best of the 6th gen class, yet got it's butt kicked by the PS2's monster sales which took it almost half-way into the next-gen.
.7th Gen - Wii ~ Has to be the most classic example. This was more technologically-handicapped than pretty much every weakest system in the generations before it, yet it stomped, rolled over, and sprinted ahead in the sales department, when compared to the PS3 and 360.
Need I say more? The Wii U is weak(er) than it's competition, but it isn't weak. Yes, right now, there are few games that separate the Wii U from the best-looking games on the 360 and PS3, but the Wii U isn't weak. Put it this way, we're NEVER going to see another Wii vs. PS3 and 360 fiasco. That was an SD console vs. HD console. Wii U is an HD console vs. HD consoles. We're nearing the end of the graphics road now people. Next-gen visuals will look better than what we're seeing from the 7th-gen, but we're NOT going to see a huge leap like the 6th-gen to the 7th-gen. Fun, innovative games sell consoles, not "photo-realism".
BTW ~ PS3 and 360 games didn't look so much better over PS2, GC and XBOX titles when they first began either. Just sayin'.
CONCLUSION: I just touched a few of the Wii U's pains, but I hope this is a wake-up call to some of you. The Wii U's situation as of now is a dark one, but it isn't the end of the world for the console or Nintendo. They plan to revive the system (or in other words, bring it to life entirely) by the end of this year, starting this summer. Nintendo realizes what they need to do, and if the 3DS has taught us anything about the Big N - is that they know how to turn something that appears to be as good as cow manure into rich gold.
Patience, is a virtue...