Third Party Games are Better on Nintendo Wii U

Jayden Williams at writes: "One of the most prevailing criticisms of Nintendo’s Wii U is that the console lacks decent third party support.

Though what these same critics are quick to forget is Wii U’s existing third party, multiplatform, games are better than their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts.

Assuming you’ve read past these first paragraphs, I’ll underline here that I’m not implying Wii U has the best third party support, only its third party offers are better."

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PopRocks3591934d ago

I assume this is in regards to current generation third party games? Because obviously the Wii U is not going to graphically match PS4 and Xbox One.

If a publisher/dev makes a claim like that, they need to prove it. The Wii U is a more capable console, so they should take advantage of its hardware. Render games in higher resolutions, or do what Need for Speed did and just make the game look significantly better with higher resolution textures and more detailed effects, things of that nature.

You can't just stick that into a headline without expecting some sort of backlash.

abzdine1934d ago

"Third Party Games are Better on Nintendo Wii U"

the question is: at what price??

Muffins12231932d ago

Saying 3rd party games on wiiu are better is like saying Paula Deen is not a racist

guitarded771934d ago

My issue with 3rd party multiplats on Wii U is the lack of a trophy/achievement system. I like having the bonus objectives and replay value they add, so 3rd party multiplats are played on PS3, 360 or PC (Steam), where trophies/achievements are supported. I don't care about the gamepad features. Wii U is just for exclusive experiences for me.

Concertoine1933d ago

never did understand this. its not like the removal of achievements takes out any actual content. the collectibles and extra difficulties are all still there, i don't really care if they're not paraded around with a 100g achievement.

levian1933d ago (Edited 1933d ago )

They *have* to mean compared to current gen. If they don't, then that statement is just 100% false.

Even on current gen though, that's a pretty tough sell. Yes, it's more powerful. However, the one third party game I've tried for PS4 and WiiU - Assassin's Creed 3 - played much better on PS4.

On the WiiU gamepad it felt like the analog sticks had a massive dead zone that made it difficult to accurately control anything. I haven't tried any other third party games, but the best way to try it would be with a shooter.

Another thing - unless you're using the new Pro controller, the old Classic Pro doesn't have clickable analog sticks, meaning you lose out on two buttons. Really noticeable in FPS games.


In addition, their multiplayer side of games is a bit worse as well. There aren't as many people playing the WiiU versions and you can really tell with matchmaking.

Not to say bad things about this system - I actually own one, and I'm waiting for some first party games.

Dr Pepper1934d ago (Edited 1934d ago )

The problem I have with an argument like this is that Nintendo based their system around tech that never felt like it was missing from my gaming sessions in the first place. Not once while playing a Splinter Cell game did I ever think "I really wish I would have to keep looking away from the screen into my lap". And yet, that is now the lone selling point this article uses for the Wii U versions above the rest.

This argument wont last very long either. The Wii U already doesn't get a fair amount of third party games, and soon enough it wont get those on the X1 and PS4 due to the disparity in hardware (or at least wont get very comparable versions).

In my opinion, Nintendo's selling point remains its first party games, not the controller/hardware.

PopRocks3591934d ago (Edited 1934d ago )

I can concur with this. The second screen is good for some things, and those features are actually done really well, but they have not been utilized in games very well. You can tell because almost none of Nintendo's games coming out this year will really be using the gamepad a great deal. I think Game & Wario and Pikmin 3 are the only exceptions.

At this point, the Gamepad's best feature is off-TV play. Good feature, not a good selling point.

Neonridr1934d ago

Zombi U and Lego City Undercover are probably the best examples of using the Gamepad properly at this point.

I will agree with you in that the off-screen play is a huge bonus for me, especially with a wife and 1 year old son.

iplay1up21934d ago

Like this article said, games like Blacklist, and Rayman will use the gamepad allot. If you have played the Rayman Download demo for Wii U, you would see that that game was made for use of the gamepad. I simply can not see buying Rayman for my PS3 after playing the Wii U version with the gamepad. There is no way the gameplay would be the same. If you have not played the Rayman demo on Wii U and don't own a Wii U, go to a friends that has one and see for yourself how cool the gameplay is on Wii U, because of the second screen.

MNGamer-N1934d ago

I think Rayman uses the gamepad in excellent ways

smashcrashbash1934d ago

So you are arguing the point that the Wii has better third parties then the PS3 and Xbox 360? What kind of temporary argument is that? First of all no one is going to buy it again if they already played it on the PS3 and Xbox 360 just to play it again on the Wii U.Second of all the PS4 and Xbox One are right around the corner so no one is looking at how much better the third parties on the Wii U compared to older systems.And finally it is a very cheap way to defend the Wii U by comparing it to older consoles.Why don't you stand up, wait for the new consoles to come out and compare the third parties then instead of cowering behind past consoles to defend a next gen one.

Technical World1934d ago

As much as I would love for this to be true it's not exactly the case. Yes games like Need for Speed were better on Wii U. For a fact. I even liked having the second screen map on Assassin's Creed to have a larger view. But then there were sloppy games like Madden that were inferior to other versions. Third parties have the tools to make better games but then again like smashcrashbash said above me when the PS4 and Xbox One come out this fall I don't know how it will compare. I'm waiting to see the differences between the different versions of Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed personally to make my final judgment. I'm not disagreeing with you per s but as a Wii U owner I think it's a premature statement to make as of now.

trickman8881934d ago (Edited 1934d ago )

"Third Party games are better on Wiu U"

Well um gee, of course Wii U games are going to be better than PS3/360 when it comes to multi platform. Way to state the ****ing obvious.

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