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A Look Back at Wii U's Roller Coaster Year

It brought the cuteness, and it brought the intensity, but it also brought disappointments. With its twists and turns, let's see how the Wii U fared in 2015.

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PerfidiousSinn1663d ago

They slowed down on releases a lot, but Mario Maker and Splatoon are still great.

sk8ofmnd1663d ago

Yup, im enjoying splatoon, mario maker, xenoblade, and wind waker. Nintendo say zelda u is not far offbut im willing to bet we dont see it until the nx's launch :!

BigDuo1662d ago (Edited 1662d ago )

Well, not quite. Nintendo developed and/or published the following games this year on Wii U in 2015:

1. Kirby & The Rainbow Curse
2. Mario Party 10
3. Splatoon
4. Super Mario Maker
5. Yoshi's Wooly World
6. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
7. Mario Tennis Ultra Smash
8. Devil's Third
9. Xenoblade Chronicles X

(not including eshop titles & DLC)

Compared to 2014's Wii U software lineup:

1. DKC: Tropical Freeze
2. Mario Kart 8
3. Hyrule Warriors
4. Bayonetta 2
5. Smash Bros
6. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

(not including eShop titles or DLC)

For the record, here's the 2016 Wii U software lineup of titles releasing by Spring that have been announced already:

1. Twilight Princess HD Remastered port
2. Starfox: Zero
3. Pokken Tournament

More games that are likely to be coming in 2016:
4. Persona X Fire Emblem (likely to be confirmed for localization)
5. Legend of Zelda (officially confirmed)
6. Pikmin 4 (development nearly finished, likely to be confirmed for Wii U)

Not too bad for a dying console that a lot of people are saying is going to have no games in 2016, right ? There's also a chance we may get new game announcements and potential releases in 2016 from Nintendo developers such as Retro Studios and EAD Tokyo.

As for Zelda Wii U, Nintendo confirmed during its last Direct video last month, that the game is coming to Wii U in 2016. The question is will the game also get ported to the next-gen home console like what it did with Twilight Princess.

Maybay1663d ago

This is where having third party support helps your platform. Indies are there for the Wii U and 3DS, though the bigger publishers ignore them altogether (the 3DS- to a lesser extent).

The NX makes a lot of sense to me everytime I read upon its rumors. Having ''carts'' instead of disc for both the NX's rumored platforms, instantly negates the divide between Nintendo's future console and Handheld, creating one massive library of software. It's crossbuy in the physical sense, and consumers get to play Pokemon, Dragon Quest, Monster Hunter, what have you - portably or on their big screen!

That's why failure is looked upon as a good thing for some people. The majority of Wii U complaints are: It's underpowered, lacks AAA third party support, lack appealing online infrastructure, slow OS system, Wii U gamepad's low res screen, and limited Wii U gamepad range.

Having heard the complaints, Nintendo's sure (hopefully) to rectify them with the NX.

LAWSON721663d ago (Edited 1663d ago )

Slow OS, people are complaining in large numbers over this? I think the Wii U runs pretty smooth and despite OS load times on my old 2ds it runs smooth as well the n3ds even more so. If there is one thing I can give Nintendo their OS is always responsive (for me anyway)

gerbwmu1663d ago

Fox and Zelda being delayed really hurt Wii U's image for 2015. Hopefully it is for the best, better games, but it definitely made 2015 feel less spectacular. When you consider Project C.A.R.S. being cancelled too, it really feels like what seemed too be an overwhelming year game wise turned into kinda a dud.

Still XCX and Splatoon made the year great for me and I managed to Pick up Need for Speed Nost Wanted U for $16 on Cyber Monday so hopefully everything that is slated for 2016 releases and I will have to budget to afford it all!