- It was not too long ago when gamers, journalists, and even some developers were chanting the "Wii U is DOOMED!" slogan.
Every single day, there were multiple articles - all asking the same doom-&-gloom questions:
"Is Wii U Doomed?"
"Will the Wii U be the end for Nintendo?"
"Should Nintendo Just go Third-Party?"
Then we had articles like:
Developer: "We simply don't have any ideas for Wii U."
"We can't develop for the system - it's too weak."
"We're not bringing this game to the Wii U."
'This engine doesn't run on Wii U.'
...It's no secret that Nintendo's infant console has had a rough start. Ever from since 2013 swung around - it's been getting more and more heaps of bad news. Countless of people spitting on it's existence - and many others IGNORING it's existence.
Then - Nintendo brought out the "Wii U Direct" which ignited a flame of hope. And finally, at E3 2013 - Nintendo gave more information about it's up-coming plans for the system. As of recent times, they've been trying to ramp up their production for Wii U. Admitting their mistakes and pitching their ideas to fix them. They've also advertised the console's existence in a major way - from e-mailing Wii owners about the new system, to partnering up with Best Buy to allow shoppers to try out up-coming titles.
All of this - in an attempt to get the Wii U going; in a sense - to RE-launch the system.
Nintendo has announced many games coming for the system - all of them attention-grabbing. From August onward - the Wii U will have one (and in October's case - two) titles releasing up until the end of the year. All of these titles are different - but they all have the same mission:
To re-invigorate passion for the Wii U. To get software sales going and to attract newcomers.
But will it happen?
The Wii U is in a unique position, right now. On one side - it has the two veteran systems - PS3 & 360 - which are still racking up sales and have a vast and active release schedule for the next coming months. On the other side - the Wii U's main competitors - the PS4 & XBOX One - will be releasing at the end of the year, with a myriad of titles; some that will be coming to the U and many more that won't.
Being in this position - will the noise that Wii U makes at the end of the year be enough to get it rolling again, or will it be drowned-out by all the commotion from the other guys? Will this be the time when third-parties might start flocking to the system, if it hopefully starts flying off shelves?
There's a great amount of mystery, worry and lament surrounding the Wii U. This is an awkward situation - that can be fixed. But WILL it be fixed?
Your thoughts . . . .