Nintendo have just had a Nintendo direct almost entirely focusing on the 3ds and while the 3ds having more games announced isn't a bad thing. Nintendo have completely missed the boat with the Wii U. I own a Wii U and as a 15 year old male I don't like the idea of having to constantly defend the "children's console" to my friends. And while some of them are not as informed about the gaming industry as I am some of the points they are making are correct. They joked "There is no games coming out for It" and I replied with Rayman Legends which we all now know is delayed till september (which is sending it to die against grand theft auto) and is going multi-platform. I also replied with Pikmin 3 and besides a few close friends who had a gamecube and grew up with pikmin the majority of people look at pikmin as a stupid Japanese game. This also goes back to the remarks made by polytrons Phil Fish about the state of eastern game development, which in no way I agree with but this shows that the average person does. This is shown by how plenty of Eastern games while regarded as great games by the informed mean nothing to the average person. Bayonetta to us is a great action game while to the average person is a button masher with strange music. These types of games only reach a certain audience and only find that niche of an audience.
When the creator of your franchise is against your decision its a bad sign
While it is all well and good that Nintendo has Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 as future releases these games only reach a niche market and will not ship units. Now rayman is a multi-platform game the biggest and most mainstream Q1 Wii U release is Lego City Undercover and while I have faith that Lego City will be a great game it is not strong enough to pull in the casual market who play the call of duties , who play the gears of war and you halos and your uncharteds. What Nintendo has is a whole lot of franchises that have slowly slipped into irrelevancy. Ice Climbers , Earthbound and Star Fox have all been dormant for many years and are now considered irrelevant. Nintendo needs to do what capcom have done with the devil may cry series. Star Fox would be great if it was rebooted in retros hands. Give the fire emblem series to atlus for future instalments if shin megami cross fire emblem turns out well. Ice climbers would work well as maybe a downloadable title which could very well pave way for a full length instalment (Nintendo should test the waters with ice climbers to see if gamers are still interested). Earthbound I have the least experience with and the least hope for Itoi has said on multiple occasions that earthbound 4 wouldn't happen but anything is possible in the games industry.
Iwata is speaking Directly to Fruit
What Nintendo needs is new IPs something that speaks to more then that niche crowd. People need more of a reason to buy nintendo consoles then the current roster of nintendo 1st party software. They need to buy some companies such as Platinum or Atlus maybe even Sega to help boost there variety of a software division.
Wind Waker needs to happen and needs to happen now
Sakurai Your Our Only Hope
The other day I was hard on the vita http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Rwh1hay/why-the-vita-can-still-succeed-244883.phtml
and today I have explored the Wii U in detail. Just as I did with the vita I would like to give a quick Round-Up of the Wii U games I have played so far.
Simply put it one of the best mini-game collection ever assembled. While not as wide spread as an appeal as wii sports and not as hectic as a wario ware. Nintendo has put together a collection of mini games that show off the potential of there machine. Besides the octopus dance game and monitas irritating voice I cannot fault this collection of mini-games. A homage to everything nintendo with classic songs such as Lost Woods from the Legend of Zelda given an Orchestral Treatment. A must own for any nintendo fan. 8.0/10
First things first. I always thought it a disservice to the Darksiders franchise for it to be compared to Zelda. The only game that should be compared to Zelda as being Zelda-Like is Okami. Darksiders is like the bastardised child of Zelda and God of War with Okami being its better older brother. But Darksiders is a great game and Although the recent misfortune of THQ means that it will be while before Darksiders returns Darksiders 2 was a worthy entry in the series and should be praised for its overall direction and mechanics, interesting characters and deep combat system.Although as a gamer I believe If THQ had not had financial difficulties and this game would have had longer to bake it could of stepped out of the shadows of Zelda and Okami as its own entity. 7.5/10
Epic Mickey 2
One word I would use to describe Epic Mickey 2 is Disappointing. I enjoyed Epic Mickey 1 despite its flawed camera system but with Epic Mickey 2 I looked for Junction Point to Improve on the interesting formula of the 1st game. Bad voice acting, Stupid AI , Clumsy Controls and more seem to plague Epic Mickey 2. Junction Point Has Now Closed due to poor sales of this game and that shows that we as consumers are smarter then the publishers may think. Please Warren Spector get back to making great games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2. 4.0/10
New Super Mario Bros U
New Super Mario Bros U is the title I had the most confidence in when I recieved my Wii U on 2012 Christmas Morning. Mario U sadly didn't come on christmas morning but now I have purchased , played and completed the game and Its safe to say I was very pleased with my experience. This should be how Nintendo end the NSMB franchise as then it can go out on a high note. Its the Mario 2d Mario Platforming we know and love and if you have ever enjoyed any of the nsmb games you will enjoy this. Simply put it the best game in the series 9.0/10
In my opinion the best launch title of all the Wii U software and a true return to the original roots of survival horror. After the disappointment of Resident Evil 6 and the more recent action orientation of Dead Space 3. Zombi U is what RE6 should have been. Its the Dark Souls of Zombie games and has split reviewers opinions. The Reviewers who gave Zombi U a low score I an understand why, its poorly made and the graphics are not something you would expect from a 2012 title. But Recently Cliff Bleszinski has gone on record to say how big budget horror games are not going to work. Zombi U retains the horror game feel of old and because of this it is bloody good and bloody scary
Nintendo recently had a Nintendo direct presentation in January showing off new Wii U games. But the problem with this is that these games seem so far away and we as gamers and consumers are in desperate need of new software. I personally believe Nintendo could turn this around like what they have done with the 3ds but at this rate the Wii U could very well become the GameCube of its time and as a Nintendo fan I would hate to see that happen (sales wise).
Come on Reggie You Need to Kick Ass and Make Games