Rice Digital takes a look at the key areas that could save Nintendo's flagging console.
Nintendo should invest into different type of franchises that appeal to other gamers not just their hardcore fan base
Agreed. New IPs never hurt anything. Though it doesn't help that they neglect Samus and Link in favor of Mario, Mario, and more Mario. Oh my bad, they also have Luigi. Silly me. Seriously though, I still cannot fathom why they were willing to outsource a Metroid title. Is she not worth their direct support?
The Just released Zelda Wind Waker HD and The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds. How are they Neglecting Link?
@Yellow An HD remake, and a portable game. We are discussing the Wii U and when it comes to Zelda, ever since that tech demo they showed when they announced the Wii U everyone has been wanting it to be a real game.
@Theyellowflash30 They just (re)released a Zelda HD re-release (they've never stopped relaunching old games) of a Zelda game I didn't care for the 1st time around and a handheld for a system I don't want. Why are we limited to 1 new Zelda game, 1 new Smash Bros, and only potentially a new Metroid every generation yet subjection to a bazillion Mario titles and Mario spin offs?
Zelda A Link Between Worlds Zelda Wind Waker HD Zelda Skyward Sword Zelda Spirit Tracks ... ... all in what ... 4 ... 5 years tops?
@lord_sloth the mario games require game play tweaks while the other games would not be exceptted with out fancy new concepts and new graphics. Also team ninja was one of those teams given a free pass on game design... I dont think nintendo understands the mind of the graphic whore. I'm not sure if you know but the graphics button has finally been found on the wiiu. Mario 3d shows what they have learnt, yet their show man ship is lacking right now.
They are too greedy to do that
dont involve microsoft in this
I think they are trying this with that X title and bringing Bayonetta and stuff. They just need more time to understand that that's the way to go...
nintendo need's to actively go after talented western studios to become 2nd party developers for the wii u, and not force them to make first party nintendo ip's, but keep the option open if that's something they want to do. there must be a few good western studio's out there that don't have a major publisher backing them. i also wouldn't mind if they went after tomonobu itagaki & valhalla games, and suda51&grasshopper manufacture if lilly bergamo doesn't work out.
It's going to take a lot and a lot of commitment, but Nintendo can pull the Wii U out of its rut if they would evolve as a company first, and until that happens it's going to be a struggle all generation, and next.
Rename it to "Super Nintendo Wii".
link the 3ds and wiiu shop purchases, and take a good look at PSN.
Continue focusing on quality titles with great value like SM3DW, Pikmin 3, WW HD, and advertise and hype upcoming releases like Bayonetta 2, MK 8, Smash Bros, DKC:TF, SMT X Fire Emblem and Monolith soft's X. Work hard on revealing or teasing the next Metroid and Zelda and add in a surprise reveal of a long forgotten franchise or two(e.g Star Fox, F-Zero, Wave Race, etc). Try to underline the advantages that the Gamepad brings in gameplay and ease of use in all the software produced internally to guide and inspire 3rd parties and more importantly the indie devs to include these features in their games. Work on strengthening the software/hardware connection with the 3DS(adding Miiverse to 3DS is a great 1st step) Miiverse is one of the best innovations this gen, whether you love or hate Nintendo. Adopt Shinen' Multimedia and support them further as they seem to understand the Nintendo hardware on a level that's been only associated with Nintendo themselves; give them more confidence and maybe hand them a franchise like F-Zero under your supervision. I feel opposed to the opinion that says Nintendo should make ips to rival CoD or GoW, I think they should do what they do best we have enough shooters and linear games as it is and most of them come and go in short cycles and are generic knockoffs; Nintendo franchises have unique, timeless appeal and value to them and I prefer they keep it that way and innovate in gameplay, control and artistic themes as they do with every new iteration. In the next Console cycle, I wish that Nintendo continues to innovate and refresh the industry in ways that benefit them and their competition as well, as they always do.
''Try to underline the advantages that the Gamepad brings in gameplay '' the gamepad is a failure and its holding the wiiu back now. in fact, the game pad is like an anchor, preventing the wiiu from going anywhere. nintendo guessed WRONG that the games market would be going in the tablet direction. they should have kept their tablet dreams for their next handheld. the huge successes of the ps4 and x1 launches have proved people DO still want consoles to be consoles. it also proved that the market is still there, after many used the excuse that the weak wiiu performance was due to a decline in interest in gaming. No, just decline in interest in wiiu.
I dont see any way of solving the main wiiU problems any time soon, I don´t think M3dworld is enough. Seriously I am expecting only project X to buy the wiiU if the game ends canned is farewell for me until proper next gen "super-wii"
yes, im only going to buy a wiiu for X as its going right now. i also fear the game will be shelved or not make it outside japan
They need to revive some of their other games. I would love to see a new FZero, Metroid, Starfox, or a 3D Kirby.
They just need the games. The games are everything really, get the great games out in a fairly good time frame and the fanbase will grow. That's the only thing holding them back really, the hardware is good enough to allow some amazing games but you need a steady flow. There's been some great games this year but they need people to really feel the urge to want more than a few, and the only way is with a solid libary.
Announce a high trade-in value on a true next gen version..
Or just release the Wii U-2 with top end specs, a mix of new and old franchises, backwards compatible, and send out half off vouchers to current Wii U owners. I can seriously see this happening in 2015 if the sales stay stagnate. If this scenario does not happen, expect a major shakeup of Nintendo top brass by the end of 2014.
Rebrand the system and call it Wii HD. Get rid of the gamepad as pack in. Cut the price to $199 The gamepad ... Nintendo has FAILED to show why it's important. Most of their main games play just fine without it (some like Pikmin play BETTER without it ... wiimote+nuncuk is better) and don't really use it in any innovative way. It is what makes the system so expensive and it is what casuals believe IS the Wii U. A controller ... not a system. Nintendo messed up bad investing so much into that gamepad without the software to show us WHY it's so great or WHY it's required.
I completely agree, Sell the Gamepad as a separate purchase (probably make more on it this way) give me a regular controller with it price it at 200 and you will see them sell for WHAT THEY'RE WORTH. It's hard to justify the purchase for a week first year when you can get a PS4 for 100$ more, and get 500GB HDD and VASTLY better graphics. I had a Wii U at launch I bought it for Zombie U and it was horrible. I sold it shortly after. I would gladly buy a Wii U at 200 Without the Gamepad.
the wii u experience is centered around the gamepad. miiverse wouldn't function right without it. most people saying no gamepad are the same people who cried "no wiimote" on the wii.
@ AWBrawler ... the Wii Mote was intergral to a NEW experience that was truly fresh and it had games like Wii Sports that truly showed off why. The Gamepad doesn't have that Wii Sports game and the gamepad doesn't do anything too special. Miiverse is cool and Miiverse isn't worth 100 dollars and it can still work as a basic message boards without the pad. That controller is the biggest downfall of the Wii U.
downfall? seriously? Zombiu multiplayer would suck without it, Game and Wario used it well, splinter cell made great use of it, even simple multiplayer without split screen is a cool feature. no its not as revolutionary as the wii remote yet, noticed i said yet, but it is not a downfall at all.
Love all the disagrees with no one explaining why I am wrong lol. Be a fan ... but don't be a blind fanboy guys.
Im sorry but the system doesnt work with out the game pad. What they need is for the 3dsxl to be redesigned to become the player two gamepad and let it retain the ability to play 3dsxl games via the tv. Basicly they would make a 3dsxxxl with clam shell lol and make the otherscreen detachable with the use of the same 3d cam on the back for real screen over screen game play. Release an fx pack for the gamepad with a longer battery and the gear needed to play and broadcast the 3ds second screen onto the tv or the companion screen. suddently you have a vita tv situation and every 3ds game becomes playable at home on the big screen.
Mario 3D Works without the Gamepad for 98% of the stages Pikmin 3 works BETTER with the Wiimote Plus than the Gamepad Wonderful 101's summoning weapons works BETTER on with the thumb stick than it does on the gamepad screen Windwaker HD ... well the game worked just fine on Gamecube with no Gamepad. Give EXAMPLES ... explain in DETAIL why the system doesn't work without the Gamepad.
"The gamepad ... Nintendo has FAILED to show why it's important" Never a truer statement made about the WiiU.
They have a way to increase the sales if they release a similar device like Super Game Boy for NES -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... & Game Boy Player for GC -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... for Wii U to give us the option to play 3DS games on Wii U that's the only way for me to buy one because 1st 3DS have games I want to play compare to Wii U & 2nd because I'm not a handheld guys I can't stand playing on such a small screen.
All Nintendo need to do is to steadily release excellent next gen versions of their biggest IP's and the Wii U will turn out a tidy profit by the end of it's 4+ year lifecycle.
I do think RPGs are probably the best hope for the Wii U
Wii U can't be saved anymore.
Who remember what had bad launches? They are called the 3DS and PS3. Where are they now you ask? They are not discontinued or no sold anymore. They get great sales and lots of games now. Its a race and not a sprint. The Wii sold so much when it launched but not it hardly sells. The lesson is dont judge a console at the beginning of its life.
PS3's launch wasn't as bad as you make it. People can be as optimistic as they want about the WiiU, fact is their sales numbers are not good enough. I'm not saying this will shut Nintendo down, but they can't be happy by what they're seeing. I mean PS4 outselling the WiiU lifetime sales in the UK in 1 day? C'mon man, it's a marathon yes, but Nintendo at this point is starting 2-3 hours after the race began.
Even at 600 dollars the PS3 didn't suffer nearly as bad as the Wii U. Nintendo fans need to stop comparing it to the PS3 launch. The PS3 launch is more similar to the Xbox One launch.
I don't know pull a Sega,I guess... but keep the portables rolling in the dough.
Wii U can survive just need to wait for next year
Does everybody realize just how many consoles Zelda is going to sell? Mario was overshadowed by recent console launches and Nintendo was stupid to think it would outshine such a thing. The release of that new detailed Zelda game will be incredible for the wii u.
There is nothing they can do, Wii U is a flop. Even a U-turn in their situation won't help :( The reasons are simple, but obvious (and they admitted it and continue to admit it while apologizing in Japan). 1) they failed to communicate to the markets about their product 2) the name was confusing and poorly chosen for various reasons 3) gamepad is simply too big and clunky while not being nearly as innovative or usable as everyone was led to believe That being said, I would like to play 3D Mario world and get my hands on X one day.
they should definitly work on their online market, make games more multiplayer oriented. nintendo land was oozzing online gameplay with freinds. also take adtvantge of thier vast librbray of games, instead of making every first party game an event, make some of them as a customary yearly release, like kirby great game, great gameplay and very entertaining but its not a blockbuster game but it can hold off those big gaps like we wait for mario or zelda. they need to stratgize thier games and relase them accordinaly cuz i cane care less for 3rd party as much as i do 1st party, they have enough to sustain the market
1. the price- while the price of wiiu is the cheapest of the three next gen consoles, the perceived value of the wiiu is lower than the price it retails for. to put it simply, even at that price, people dont think it is worth it. this is most likely due to the specs of the machine, which barely puts it beyond what ps3/360 were capable of. of course, we know the controller also adds a hefty amount to the price tag, but to the average consumer- its just a control pad. so all in all, the wiiu is not seen as being worth its asking price. the console will NEVER reach any level of success or compete in the market with ps4 or X1 at its current asking price. nintendo need to either cut the price more, and sell the console at a loss, or sell the console without the fancy controller. yes, its drastic, but the wiiu is in need of drastic measures now. 2. the games- the wiiu started off to a promising start, with very high profile launch titles such as batman and assassins creed. this was quite a surprise and gave me some hope that nintendo had finally 'seen the light' and decided to give their customers what they want- the core gaming experiences that can be found on PS and xbox. this was short lived however, with publishers ditching future projects and cancelling their exclusivity deals *rayman.* now its back to square one, nintendo relying almost singlehandedly on its first party games. and while in past generations that has not been so bad, it has been a disaster so far, with nintendo making some very disappointed choices for games releases. ie ignore the fact everyone wants retros next game to be metroid, and instead force feed people another donkey kong game. also the fact that NONE of the games coming from nintendo are catering for adults. and im not talking about sex, violence and bad language, i mean games that are.... mature. no, mario kart doesnt count. no smash bros doesnt count. those are superb in their own right, but they cater for the under 24's (in my book.) yes, i am fully aware of Xenoblade 2 and also bayonetta 2, but with those games not due until later next year, that leaves the console with absolutely nothing for the mature market, until then. and the wiiu has been out a year already. 3. marketing- nintendo need to start doing it.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is THE New Zelda, yeah I said it ...get made Internet, that's what experienced gamer's expect from Nintendo nowadays. Yet I sit here hoping Nintendo can deliver following the Winter of next year of WiiU games releases, no thanks 2+ years to late. Really don't understand how people consider Nintendo WiiU their main Console aside from the competitors, Nintendo's focus is strictly & clearly the 3DSXL. Anyway's I still respect Nintendo, as I grew up enjoying their games equally the same as any other gamer still to this day.
So is their really nothing they can do? Or do you dunces NOT WANT them to have anything to do? I bet a lot of you were the fans that defended the ps3 when it was struggling, or Microsoft when the 360 was dying all over the place. Shame...
Wii u needs no saving.
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