The Trends of the Wii U Section
Obviously as a Nintendo fan I frequent the Wii U section more so than the others and comment on related articles more often. To put the headline into context, here is my observation;
EDGE put out a review of an upcoming Wii U exclusive called Lego City Undercover. It was one of the earliest reviews, and they granted the game a 5/10 score. This particular article generated some sizable buzz (not massive, obviously but big enough to be considered significant).
Almost every comment consisted of something along the lines of, "Well, I expected this," or "Damn, I was looking forward to this game," or other such comments. Game Informer had recently given the game an 8.5 and I pointed this out, only to be met with higher disagree ratio and a reply suggesting that Gamestop (owners of Game Informer) wanted to give the game a higher score to forward used physical game sales.
I would have appreciated just about any other reply over a baseless conspiracy theory.
Since then a ton of reviews have been accepted onto N4G's Wii U section and almost all of them have been mixed to positive. Most of them are receiving 7/10 scores and I have seen a couple of 9/10s and at least one perfect score.
None of these articles have received any buzz.
This echoes the treatment I saw ZombiU receive. Many people said they did not care for it because of its "bad reception." Well if one had gone to Metacritic at the time, they would have seen it was receiving nothing that could be considered negative reception. The game consistently held a 70+ score on Metacritic with mostly mixed to positive reviews. Positive ZombiU articles and review would generally get little buzz and very few comments if any.
I'm not necessarily saying Nintendo has it the worst, but pretending all of the criticism in Nintendo related articles is honest criticism just does not cut it with me. There are people who want negative news for Nintendo, who seemingly enjoy negative news. And that is a damn shame because it fogs out the aforementioned honest criticism which I am actually interested in reading as oppose to the former.
I do not expect people to agree, but this community as a whole is in need of improvement. This post just cites one of the reasons.