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How to make Smash U a bigger success than Smash 3DS

First of all, introductions. Hello there. I'm Salvador. Yes, I quite like my name. No, you can't have it.

I like videogames. I like reading about videogames. I like talking about videogames. I like watching people play. I... I don't play videogames that much, mostly because I just recently started earning enough money to justifying the cost to buy games for myself, so I can play games more often know! But hey! Enough of that, the title is, as I'm sure you read, "How to make Smash U a bigger success than Smash 3DS". Fitting for my first blog here, since Super Smash Bros. is the franchise I have spend most of my time, playing it regularly for that last 13 or so years.

Oh the memories.

As a big fan of this series, I'm absolutely hyped about the new games we are getting "next year" (Yeah right, and Kingdom Hearts III is also coming in 2014) and can't wait to have that delicious copy in my hands, rubbing that disc and insert it deep deep into my WiiU for the first time. I'm pretty sure that, if you are reading this, you feel the same way too! Or maybe just a little bit curious about the title. Don't worry, I'm getting there!

As you all know, the new Smash Bros. is getting 2 versions, color coded for your convenience. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for WiiU. Yeah, apparently those are the official titles... ok then!

Because calling them Smash Blue Version and Smash Red Version was not clever.

I'm one of those big Nintendo fans (Fanboy, if you want to call me that, I don't mind) and I'm getting both version as soon as I can. But there is something that is worrying me. A trend that I can't stop noticing around my circle of friends and the internet.

Most people are only getting the 3DS version.

I'm pretty sure you can tell where this is going. The 3DS is the sexiest machine around right now, and with good reason. Amazing games are coming almost every week in the little handheld and almost everyone I know, if they don't own it yet, wants it.

And that's great! I'm sure the 3DS Version is going to be a smashing success, and I certainly can't say no to a portable smash experience. But there is just one problem I Have with this.

What about the Wii U? Don't get me wrong, I know is going to sell a lot of consoles when it comes out, but it's obvious that it's not going to sell as well as it could have when people have the option to buy a most likely cheaper game for a most definitely cheaper console than, most likely by then, EVERYONE would own. I'm talking about the 3DS version, of course.

Sure, maybe by then the WiiU have turned around its lackluster first year with all the games its releasing this holiday season, buy we all know that the reason why a lot of people are holding their purchase of the console. And that reason is a New Smash Bros. and a new Smash bros. alone. And maybe Metroid. And maybe Star Fox. And maybe F-Zero. And maybe Zelda. Em... you know what I mean.

So the biggest risk for the WiiU, as a console that needs EXCLUSIVE games to sell well, is, funny enough, a game released by Nintendo itself. So how to solve this potential problem? That's actually quite simple. Nintendo has done it itself in the past.

Release the Wii U version first, and 3DS version a few weeks later. Remember The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess?

I sure do~

A refresher. Twilight Princess was originally developed for the Nintendo Gamecube, and is commonly known, was delayed so it could be released first on the Wii as a launch title with motion controls and all those wacky shenanigans that TRUE hardcore gamer shouldn't like. The move was a success and was, with Wii Sports, the reason why the console was sold out freaking everywhere. It was sold with 3 out of 4 Wii consoles at launch.

Most interesting part is, the Gamecube version of the game released 2 weeks after. This is incredibly telling. I'm sure at least halve those people that bought the Wii that wanted to play the new Zelda had the Gamecube, and if that version had released alongside the Wii version, they wouldn't have bothered with the Wii version. At least not yet. Granted, they could be excited about the new motion controls and ways to play, but you can't always justify a $250+ inversion to play one game that you could play in a console you already owned.

This is mostly speculation on my part, but I was part of the statistic. I just couldn't wait two full weeks to play the next Zelda. I HAD to play it at that moment, and I went far and beyond to get a Wii, ultimately failed, since they where sold out everywhere, but I swear I tried.

Back to the smash discussion.

I'm not saying is fair to release the 3DS version after the WiiU version, I'm sure a lot of people just don't have any interest yet on the WiiU, and that's fine. BUT if Nintendo is serious about moving WiiU units and putting on the fence all those who want to pass on it, THIS would be the smart move to do.

I know the 3DS owner would be mildly annoyed by this move, but it will make commercial sense. Its not really alienating the 3DS crowd. Its more a "Hey guys! We haven't forgotten about you, and you are getting your game in a little bit, but have heard about this really neat console called the WiiU? Yeah, you don't reaaally have to buy it to play smash, but if you are eager, why not give it a try?"

Of course, this is only if they don't just...

Give you the 3DS version for free when buying the Wii U version.

You know, like Sony is doing with their PS3/Vita game. But I don't find this likely to happen, since Nintendo is a firm believer of the "Quality games will sell forever" mantra, and if they release both versions, they will expect you to buy both.

But I still worry. I love both my 3DS and my WiiU, but I can't deny that there is not a lot to play on the home console. The WiiU needs to sell better, not because I care, I love to play mostly Nintendo games and I'm happy with those, but because the console needs a bigger base, just like the 3DS does, so I can have people I can PLAY with more often. Just so I can go out and say "Hey, have you played ZombiU? " and get "Hell yeah, it was great!" more often. And mostly so I can say to the naysayers "See? The WiiU is doing fine! Care to play with me?"

And that is that! This blog only purpose was so the WiiU can do a little better than its doing right now. It couldn't hurt! 

And thanks for reading my first blog here! Have a good one!
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About Salvador Sandovalone of us since 11:30 AM on 05.23.2013

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