Pokemon Pokemon Pokemon. This month we saw the release of Pokemon X/Y for the Nintendo 3DS. And what a release it was. The game sold well and Pokemon was the topic of many discussions with friends. This generation of Pokemon saw many new features and additions to the old formula that has proven successful each release. We have new evolutions, Pokemon, items, upgraded 3D environments and great battle animations.
Now that everyone has had some time to play and complete the game. I come to a question that has always bothered me. Why haven't they released a game for the home console? I love the games on Nintendo handhelds but I always thought having a true Pokemon release on the home consoles would make for great sales and fun multiplayer action. Up to this point Game Freak has always held firm that they believe Pokemon should be a handheld game and that they will keep that idea.
With the Wii U struggling in sales I think a release will really help drive hype and sales of the console. Also with all the online/cross platform talk recently, we can even see battles across the Wii U and 3DS. My idea is that they release X/Y as they did on the 3DS. Then when they release the third in the series, we will assume it will be called Z. They release it on the Wii U. That way it will give incentive to get the Wii U and also make a BIG game on the console with a HUGE following. We will be able to see all our favorites in beautiful HD and perhaps have an expansive world with the added space on disc. This would be a monumental change in the formula and really be something special.
What do you guys think? Should Nintendo and Game Freak make a full RPG Pokemon game for the Wii U? If so, how do you think it would affect sales? Let me know!
It's no secret, I have been a fan of the Wii U since it's beginning. I love the gamepad and what the system can do. It's a fantastic gaming console. That being said the console is still suffering from lack of third party support and many argue first part support is rough too. Well that at least should change. And in my opinion it starts with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
I have the original game for the Gamecube still inside the system. I played it and beat it just as I do with all Zelda games. It's my favorite series so of course. The Wind Waker was most controversial at the time of it's release. I remember many fans (including me) at the time throwing a fit over the graphics. Mostly because we were shown demo footage of the system with Link in the Spaceworld 2000 trailer (if you don't know it, Google is your friend). This trailer made it seem that Nintendo was taking Link in a realistic adult version. Which we LOVED. Then we got Wind Waker. Now after playing it on the cube, I have to admit I do enjoy the graphics and story. The game is good. It wasn't on my top five but I did like it. It was somewhat limited with the hardware at the time and also had some annoying, imo, parts to the game.
Fast forward 10 years and I have played Wind Waker HD for my Wii U. This title has given new breath into this game for me. The Wii U version of this game bumps the game into my top five Zelda. I love all the new additions and upgrades this game has over the original. It really helps me get into the game and want to play more. Easily the best game for the Wii U right now. Believe me, I understand it's a decade old game and it's a new system BUT it's very fun and even if you have played Wind Waker, get this game. Boating is faster and more fun. The graphics make it so crisp. Finding bottles is fun and adds a layer of collection. The range of sight is so great too. You really feel it when you are boating or looking out at the horizon. I can't recommend this more.
Now with this game officially released, it sort of kicks off a new era for the Wii U. We have a ton of first party and some third party games coming out. We'll see the numbers soon to tell if Zelda has an impact on people wanting the Wii U. But I believe the holiday season will bring new consoles to people's homes. We have a price drop as well! That should be an extra incentive to pick up a Wii U. I know in my area that all the pre-orders were sold out which makes me feel that the game will do quite well. I really want to hear what you guys think. If you have a Wii U, did you purchase Zelda? If you don't have a Wii U, does Zelda make you want to purchase one? Or what software are you most excited for?
I'm back with another Nintendo post. However, this time I'll be a little more optimistic in what I want to discuss. As I said back in my post about third party support for the Wii U, Nintendo NEEDS third party support, the console is hurting in sales. However, I have been reading a TON of doomsayer's blogs predicting this is the end of Nintendo consoles and that the Wii U will go the way of the Sega Dreamcast. I want to make this as clear as I can and comfort anyone that is worried about Nintendo going software only.
This will not be the last Nintendo console.
There it is folks. You can quote that statement to your friends. Nintendo is not going anywhere. If you are old enough you will remember that people were saying this when the Gamecube was around. "Nintendo is doomed" "The last console" "Gamecube = Dreamcast" blah blah blah. There is nothing to worry about. Will the Wii U surpass life sales expectations? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure however, we will see that little Nintendo logo on hardware in the future.
Sure, Wii U sales are poor and the Wii U is an afterthought to most shadowed by Xbox One and the PS4. However, the company is in no trouble. With strong sales from their first party titles and the very fun Nintendo 3DS handheld, they are still green. The landscape is vastly different than it was for Sega. Sega had a string of failed systems and poor management. The Sega 32X, Saturn, and Nomad were the systems released by Sega prior to the Dreamcast. Each had poor sales and contributed to the demise of Sega.
Nintendo does not have a pattern of poor sales. With the Wii and the DSi, Nintendo just came out of their best sales ever for console/mobile combined (100 million Wii sold and 150 million DS). Nintendo has plenty of money and still turn profits each quarter. They don't have to consider leaving the industry. They are making some good moves too lately with Indie support and bringing out some big titles at E3 with Smash bros, Zelda, Mario Kart, Pikmin, and Mario.
Overall, the system is selling poorly now but may pick up when the right games hit the market. We still don't know the prices of the Xbox and Playstation so that might help boost sales of the Wii U if they are pretty expensive (comparably) by Christmas. I don't see Nintendo giving up the home console and will learn from the failures of the Wii U and hopefully capitalize in the next next gen.
Violence in video games and the impact it has in human behavior. This has been a hot topic for decades now. It has been talked about more and more now that graphics, animations, and behavior in video games have become more realistic. The question is do these more realistic violent scenarios in games contribute to real life violence in society. The answer may be surprising to some. However, the media and supporters against violent video games need to relax and stop with the horribly one sided arguments.
Does violence in video games contribute to real life violence? The answer is yes. Yes, it does contribute to violence in society. How can someone argue this? There are people that admit they developed their murder plans, robberies, etc from actual video games they have played. When someone gets their plans from a video game, that is a contribution. Even if it makes up a very small percentage of people that commit crimes and mention a game helped them. If it was just one person in history, you would still have to say video games contribute to violence in society. In all reality the percentage of people that attribute their crimes to video games is rather low.
Here is the thing though. Video games are not the only medium people get ideas of violence from. Throughout history any story or entertainment can contribute to violence. You take music, movies, theater, etc. They all have accounts of people using scenarios to plan or commit crimes. Anything people use to generate ideas could, in theory, led to violence. There are people that murder others in the name of their god even. There will always be the wack jobs that cannot separate fantasy and reality. We cannot place blame on violent video games for people in general. If someone is stupid enough to copy a dangerous stunt or commit a crime from some form of entertainment, then they deserve what is coming to them. It is on them! We would have to ban any story in any medium to completely remove the contribution of violence. And even if that was somehow possible, people still talk and share stories. We would have to stop people from communicating with each other.
The media in general needs to just relax and stop placing blame on video games. I have been a gamer for over two decades and have played the violent of the violent games. Does that make me a minority of people that played violent games and it hasn't somehow infected my mental stability? No, I'm not the minority. Once a story "breaks" it's the medias job to discuss and bring national attention to it by adding drama to it. Katie Couric just recently spoke about this topic and got gamers up in arms. So Katie went to twitter to pose a question to gamers.
Passionate gamers upset w convo whether violent video games can contribute to v behavior. Tweet the positive side of violent v games? Thanx! - @katiecouric
Now I did reply to this on Twitter. However, I had to stop and think. Not because I was trying to come up with a good response but because how does one come up with a positive about violence? I believe that violence doesn't belong in our world. If I could get rid of all the wife beaters, murderers, rapists, etc in the world, trust me I would. This question is why Katie is good at her job. She has put us into a situation that we are trying to defend violence but also are trying to say why violence in games should stay. The answer to this question isn't "Here is the positive side of violence in video games...". The answer to this question is, why does it matter if it's violent or not? That is why there is a ratings system. If parents are up in arms about violent video games, then stop buying violent games for your children. They are NOT recommended to play and are NOT the demographic for the game. Be responsible people. Just because there is violence in video games doesn't make the video game industry evil or responsible for a rise in violence. Violent games do not contribute enough to crime to justify this much coverage over the topic.
I'm quite frankly pretty sick of defending video games at this point. The wold isn't going to collapse because GTA IV allows you to murder dozen of people in broad daylight. Violence is in our nature and it will continue to occur unfortunately. There will be more wars, bombings, shootings, etc. Some might be inspired by games/music/movies/television/books/theater and many more will not. There are more pressing issues that need national attention and all this effort to be to the main stage.
Leave a comment on what you think. I'm interested to hear from more of you. Thanks!
The Wii U is a fun game console. It has a lot of potential and Nintendo is doing some things right with their eShop now. However after months of being released we have one huge problem. The console is lacking strong software. Since launch we have had one reasonable launch for the console, Monster Hunter. The game is fun and a lot of people were looking forward to it. However, it was marketed poorly and didn't seem like a big deal. Software for the console is almost nonexistent. We need new highly anticipated titles. The problem is third parties aren't sold on the Wii U's success.
Nintendo has done a very poor job at marketing the Wii U. That is clear and Nintendo needs to show the value in the console. There are many people out there that don't even know Nintendo made a new console. They either don't know a Wii U exists or think that a Wii U is an add-on for the Wii. I have been in a video game store before and had to explain the difference between the two systems. I don't recall seeing any kind of ad or commercial for a Nintendo product other than the 3DS. They really need to figure this out. Also since they are not doing a big presentation at E3, they are dropping the ball once again on marketing. They will still have a presence but not in a way that the big boys like Sony and Microsoft will have. Nintendo with that decision will make themselves look out of place and not in the same league.
The reason I wanted to hit on PR real quick is because I believe this has a compounded impact on the software makers decision to pull the plug on games for the Wii U. The sales for the Wii U are horrible at best. Since launch they are still under 4 million units moved. That is LOW. If I was a publisher, why would I want my game on a platform that is doing so poorly? That is what is going on right now. Grand Theft Auto IV is a highly anticipated title that is coming out this year. And guess what...It is not coming to the Wii U at launch. It may a while down the road but after everyone has already played it or bought it. That is a problem. it doesn't deliver the experience to the Wii U that they need.
Nintendo usually relies on their own regulars to make their consoles. Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Mariokart, Smash Bros, etc. These games are great for the console and exclusive. However, they don't feed the need for all the gamers out there. They HAVE to get serious about bringing in third party games. They have to mend relationship (like with EA) to bring these games in. They have to show value and that the games will sell on their console NOW. This time is crucial for Nintendo as well since the PS4 and Xbox 720 is right around the corner. They have the next-gen market for themselves now. They need to sell as many consoles as they can before those new consoles come out so they can secure software sales in the future.
When asked about their dilemma Nintendo is always pretty reserved and optimistic about the future of the Wii U. I hope they are right and that the Wii U is a huge success in the end. However, I don't think they are taking the third party issue as serious as they should. They need to get more of these titles on the console or gamers will continue to think of the Wii U as a soft console without any consideration.
This is my weekly blog of everything Nintendo this week. I made this blog so you can have a one place that would give you all the information you need from the week. Look through it and if you find something I overlooked or would like to mention something, leave a comment!
Week March 31st
As you may know Deus Ex is coming to the Wii U. Lots of news has been floating around about this game. It appears that it's the best of all the platforms. The boss fights have been refined, the graphics refined, controls refined, added content, etc. This is on my radar and should be on yours too.
As you may know, Aliens Colonial Marines is still not out for the Wii U. Sega was supposed to have released this game in late March for the console. When asked what's up, Sega could only comment, "Still no comment on AMC, sorry!" This game was on my radar about a year ago. Since it's release on other platforms, it's clear that the game is behind horrible. I am interested to see if perhaps Sega and/or Gearbox is reworking the game for a Wii U release later this year. Time will tell!
There were two system updates released this week. One for the Wii U and one for the 3DS. The Wii U update refreshed the communities and limited the viewing to 100 posts to speed up loading times. The 3DS just fix some issues that some people experience on the last update. Neither update really did much but if you see the light go up, you know you have an update waiting.
Also, Nintendo is touting big news for Pokemon X/Y soon as well. A new Mewtwo form is floating around and perhaps we will hear more about this.
Sad news for the week
This may or may not be sad as the game really really sucks. But it was announced that Sega will be cancelling Aliens Colonial Marines for the Wii U. This came as the game was released for other platforms months ago and has received very poor reviews. I was hoping for a more polished release but it appears that they have given up on this title, as should you.