It's hard to believe that it's almost been an entire year from since the Wii U has been released. Wow, time sure does fly!
Most of the time that it has spent on the market - things have been very dormant...VERY dormant. Despite Nintendo promising it wouldn't happen - the '3DS Scenario' once again reared it's ugly, ugly head. Here we had a nice system, but no nice games...in fact, barely ANY games. Left, right, front and center - insult, upon insult, upon insult was being slung on the poor thing - and not just from fanboy-trolls. Nope - Analysts, journalists and even a few developers decided to take a smack at the Wii U, seeing that generating baseless hate against Nintendo seemed to be the coolest thing ever at that time (and still - although to a lesser extent - is today).
"Nintendo is doomed!" "Will the Wii U be Nintendo's last home console?" "Is the Wii U dead?" "Does the Wii U stand a chance?" "Should Nintendo scrap the Wii U?" - Oh yes...the doom-&-gloom articles kept flying every single day. Several of them, all asking the same questions and trying to make their little apocalyptic-fantasies seem like undeniable-truth.
But now - all of that is set to change.
As of July - the Wii U has been getting a major first~party (or third-party exclusive) release every month. July brought us "Pikmin 3" and now this month - August - has delivered "Wonderful 101". As we look on the horizon - Wii U owners have this to look forward too:
September: "Wonderful 101" (America)
October: "Sonic Lost World", "Zelda: Wind Waker HD", "Wii Party U"
November: "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze", "M&S: Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014", "Wii Fit U (?)"
December: "Super Mario: 3D World"
With titles like those under it's wing - it's hard to imagine that the Wii U won't get off the ground even just a tad bit, this holiday season. Yes - it has to compete with two new rivals and an influx of 'AAA' games on these systems that won't be making a homestead appearance - but with franchises like these; that shouldn't be much of a problem.
Now then - let's get apocalyptic for a second. Let's pretend that this DOES fail and none of these games re-kindle interest in the Wii U. Only then, can everyone justifiably lose their heads and declare the console dead. Only then can it legitimately be called "Dreamcast 2.0" or even "Virtual Boy U" BUT - Until that happens - then the Wii U, hypothetically, is just fine.
This really isn't the first system to have growing pains. Very rarely is that NOT the case, for any game system - past or present. Just recently we saw the 3DS do a 180. You know that rap-song by Drake? How did it go...."Started from the bottom, now we're here." That was 3DS. It really did start from the bottom - the very bottom. Then, Nintendo slashed the priced, gave it a Zelda remake, and two new Mario games - and boom - now it's been topping charts for months. How's that for a comeback? If the 3DS can do it, why can't Wii U?
It probably won't be getting the price cut - but instead of 3 games - it has EIGHT potential life-savers. And don't forget ~ that's only THIS year. 2014 still packs other titles like: "X", "Bayonetta 2", "Mario Kart 8" and "Super Smash Bros."
If this doesn't save the Wii U - Nothing will.