[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]If you’ve been a gamer for more than ten minutes then chances are that Nintendo has been a pretty big part of your gaming life. Or Sega, but we don’t serve their kind around here.

(Disclaimer: OnlySP and the author of the editorial do not hate people who owned, played, or enjoyed Sega products. Only Single Player dor Com is an equal opportunity video game website and we love all gamers a whole huggy buggy bunch.)

For me, Nintendo has been so much more than just a game publisher and developer. It’s been a part of the family. It introduced me to this pastime back in the late 80’s when I, first, spent far too much time at friends’ houses eating their food and playing their video games and then, later, eagerly tore the gift wrap off my very own NES. It was one of the few things my father and I – neither of us very close – bonded over and my fondest memories of the man are playing various Mario Brothers games with him.

I still remember the day he took me out of school early to show me that he had beaten the original  Super Mario Brothers. Good times.

Mario, Link, Mega Man, Pitt…these characters were all siblings to me. I remember the triumph of beating my first game by myself (Mega Man 2) and I remember the thrill of hearing that delightful phrase “how about we go out and rent a game for the weekend?” In short, most of my formative years were spent being yelled at by my parents to turn off that stupid Nintendo and go outside and play. Happily, I never did, which went a long way to making me the pasty, gimpy mess that I am today.

Eventually, however, Nintendo and I split apart. After the 90’s, when I spent too much of my time cruising through the best JRPGs of our time on the Super Nintendo (Final Fantasy VI is my favorite, what’s yours?), I fell away from Nintendo a bit. I missed the Nintendo 64 era altogether, which I regret whenever I try and argue that Ocarina of Time is just not a very good game (please don’t throw anything at me), or at least doesn’t hold up without the support of nostalgia. I followed Final Fantasy to the Playstation and, like most broken relationships, I deeply regretted my infidelity.

So, when the Gamecube came out, I was bound and determined to go back to the company that introduced me to gaming. The company that I loved.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” parallax_enabled=”” col_height=”” css=”.vc_custom_1438817607329{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;background-image: url(https://onlysp.escapistmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/71BBPUMc4iL._SL1280_.jpg?id=62677) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]I couldn’t have been happier. The Gamecube gave me some of the greatest entries in my favorite series. Windwaker remains, to this day, one of my favorite games of all time and Metroid Prime reignited my love in a long-neglected and overlooked series. Though I was wrestling with some pretty heavy things at the time, including the loss of my father, it felt like I was coming home.

You might wonder why I’m telling you all of this. Firstly, I doubt my story is entirely unique. Plenty of us have this experience, not just with Nintendo but with many game companies. Well, I’m about to get a little harsh on Nintendo here and I want you all to know that I’m doing it not out of malice but out of love and concern. Like a family member we see making terrible life choices, I am concerned by what I see Nintendo doing.

I was late jumping onto the Wii hype train. My friend had purchased an XBox 360 so, for that generation, Microsoft was my jam. I don’t regret it (it introduced me to Bioware RPGs, so it couldn’t have been all that bad), but I hardly look back on it fondly like I do my years with Nintendo. So when the Wii U came out, I knew immediately where I would be this generation.

First off, as critical as I’m about to be with Nintendo (and as bleak as I’m about to predict the future to be), I wouldn’t exactly say that I regret this decision. Certainly the Wii U has not been the unabashed success that the Wii was, but it’s done alright for itself. It’s given us two of its most important tiles, Super Smash Brothers 2014 and Mario Kart 8, an excellent 3D Mario game, and even a brand new and successful IP in Splatoon, showing us that Nintendo can still innovate when they feel the need (something I’ve never doubted but some people really need to be reminded of, it seems). So no, it hasn’t been a waste and it’s not a purchase I regret. But financially, it has been a wake-up call for Nintendo, and one I don’t think was well-received by the traditionalist Japanese company.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” parallax_enabled=”” col_height=”” css=”.vc_custom_1438817651379{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;background-image: url(https://onlysp.escapistmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/bloghome_ps4_hires.jpg?id=62679) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]Let’s look at the numbers. A quick search shows that as of June this year, the Wii U has sold 10 million units. That’s as many as Sony claimed the Playstation 4 sold…at about this time last year. And the PS4 came out a year later. The XBox One was a bit behind in getting to that 10 million number, but it did later last year in November according to Microsoft. The PS4 has sold twice that number as of may.

Considering Nintendo had the early release so it could snatch up some of the cross-console market and boost its own sales, this turned out to be a double blow to their expectations. Not only did it do very poorly in competition with the other companies – hampered by poor visibility at launch and reports of a number of third-party developers stating that they would not support the console – but it made Nintendo’s early launch work against them  in terms of their launch library which, let’s be fair here, was pretty unimpressive. Sure, we got a pretty good 3D Mario game. Wonderful 101 was a surprise success (even if not in sales) and Pikmin 3 was Pikmin 3. But that’s hardly enough to ignite the hopes of an entire console generation, let alone to justify an early release.

But the worst part of this early release and the subsequent poor sales (the Wii U is the slowest-selling of any of Nintendo’s consoles) is that Nintendo seems to have all but given up on the system. While they haven’t come right out and said it, Nintendo seems to have regarded the system as a failure.

But it’s not a failure, that’s the problem.

Let’s not mince words here, the Wii U’s launch was a flop. It was an abysmal showing from one of the giants of the industry. But the low numbers were not a result of people not wanting the console or what it had to offer. Late in 2013, a year after the system originally launched, the Wii U received a $50 price cut and the launch of several additional titles and sales of the system skyrocketed, some accounts say by upwards of 200%, and some analysts were calling it the system to own for young children and families during the holiday season of that year.

That year. 2013. One year after the system was released and despite facing stiff competition from the Playstation 4 and XBox One.

What else happened by that point in 2013? We started to see gameplay of Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” parallax_enabled=”” col_height=”” css=”.vc_custom_1438817593373{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;background-image: url(https://onlysp.escapistmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/wiiu_splatoon_e3.jpg?id=62680) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]Besides that, Nintendo’s always been an in-house kind of system and video games are getting harder, more expensive, and longer to produce, so Nintendo was likely feeling the pinch. They wondered if they would be able to maintain their high quality releases in a timely manner. So instead of trying to compete right out of the gate with Sony and Microsoft, they decided to show up to the track early and start their laps.

But they did this at the expense of the one thing that people look to Nintendo to provide: games. Amidst all the hubbub of the Playstation 4 and XBox One’s releases, people were becoming jaded by the amount of non-gaming features these systems were providing. Pundits were lambasting the systems for focusing on multimedia and social features rather than entertainment. They were trying to be mini computers, not game consoles. Meanwhile, the Wii U was the unequivocal antidote to this rather irritating marketing strategy…but since they’d gone to the race early, they forgot their shoes and their socks and their running shorts, so they were crippled right out of the gates.

In case that metaphor wasn’t clear enough, I’ll be blunt: they forgot the games.

Like I said before, the Wii U had some excellent games at launch, but it wasn’t enough to create faith in the system. And more importantly, we had very little news about the future. I mean, none of us are dumb. We knew there’d be a Zelda game and more Mario and Metroid (well, ok, maybe we’ve been right to worry about that last one), but we didn’t have confirmation about those titles. Not until well after the launch.

I believe that if Nintendo had waited even six months and ramped up production of games like Mario Kart 8 and even Super Smash Brothers, maybe even making them launch titles, things would have been very different. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Brothers are part of a family of Nintendo games that people play for years, even decades. Sure, we all love Super Mario Galaxy and Ocarina of Time and Metroid Prime, but once we beat those games, we put them down, sometimes for years, to move on to the next thing. But the Mario Karts and Smash Brothers (and more recently, Splatoon) games engage us for years because they are inherently never ending. Adding those sorts of games to a launch library seems like a no brainer.

To put it blunty, since it inherently provided something (at least seemingly) very different from its competitors, I think with a strong launch library, the Wii U could have been competitive with the Playstation 4 and XBox One. After all, the Wii was even with significantly weaker specs. But Nintendo clearly didn’t believe in the Wii U after its abysmal launch.

And now they’re talking about a new system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” parallax_enabled=”” col_height=”” css=”.vc_custom_1438817687833{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;background-image: url(https://onlysp.escapistmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/maxresdefault-1.jpg?id=62678) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]Two and a half years after the Wii U premiered to the world, we already started to hear news (mostly rumors) of the company’s next big thing: the Nintendo NX. While we haven’t gotten any concrete news yet, we’ll hear more about the NX next year. Hell, we’ve already received confirmation (or at least a strong indication) of a launch title game: Dragon Quest XI.

Why is this a bad thing? Well, it certainly doesn’t do a lot to instill faith in the company. Not only does it show a quick turn around – the Wii U launched six years after the Wii, and we were hearing about the NX a scant two and a half years after the Wii U…even if Nintendo doesn’t launch the thing for another two years, it still creates a negative impression of quickly abandoning the old for the new – but it’s also a slap in the face for those of us who bought into the Wii U. It would be one thing if it was a legitimately bad system, but it isn’t. Sure, it has its problems, but most of those were in adoption. The games are solid and there’s no reason why Nintendo can’t continue making more for years to come.

It’s a slap in the face not only because it won’t be too long before we start seeing Wii U production completely fall off (unless they release games for both consoles simultaneously…which I suppose is possible, like with the old days of the PS2 and PS3) but because we still haven’t seen a lot of our favorite titles reach the Wii U. At E3 we were “treated” to images from a new Metroid game and a new Animal Crossing game, but neither looked like traditional entries in the series. Hell, the Animal Crossing game isn’t even close. It’s looking like a reskinned Mario Party. And really, there’s nothing wrong with that sort of branching out in theory, but people are clamoring for mainstream releases in these franchises. But it sure seems like we’re out of luck if we have a Wii U.

Worse yet, it creates a split in Nintendo’s games library. We already know that we won’t be getting a “proper” Metroid or Animal Crossing game on the Wii U, but what about the Wii U’s library affecting the NX? We’ll be getting a Star Fox game on the Wii U, so does that mean the NX won’t be getting one? What about a Zelda game? Hopefully we’ll be getting one of those in the next year or so (unless Nintendo goes back on their word and bumps that to the NX too, which is still 100% possible), does that mean the NX won’t have a Zelda offering? I suppose given Nintendo’s dedication to backwards compatibility, there’s little chances that these games won’t be playable on the NX, but there probably won’t be a “modern” offering of the series taking advantage of whatever technology the new console has to offer.

Sadly, it looks like the NX is coming whether we want it to or not, so at this point I’m crying over spilled milk. I’m disappointed in Nintendo, but we all have to move on. The problem is, they’re starting on the back foot here. Public perception will be against them more now than it has been in years (I can’t imagine I’m the only one who feels cheated by their abandonment of the Wii U…and let’s not even get started on the contempt they’re breeding with their Amiibo supplies) and it will take time to counter that. Nintendo is living under a pall and they’re going to have to work out from under it if they want the NX to be a success.

Even a hardcore fan like I am going to think long and hard about whether I want to buy the NX at launch after the Wii U. Because what happens if the NX doesn’t sell well?

So Nintendo has some soul searching to do. Obviously, I think revealing the system this soon was a mistake. Even if they wholly intended to work on it, keeping it quiet would have been a far wiser idea. That way, at least, Wii U adopters wouldn’t have a reason to feel abandoned. Again, the Wii U came out six years after the Wii, so it certainly seems like that span might end up being right on the money…though the other console cycles seem to be seven years and I feel like the console generations should be getting longer, not shorter, with as powerful as even the weakest of them are getting.

But there’s no taking that back now, so they have to start looking to the future.

The first thing to do would be to focus on the games right out of the gate. With the competition becoming more and more enamored with multimedia machines and social functions, Nintendo remains one of the few companies openly dedicated to games. And I still believe that. They need to make sure the NX library comes with a mix of old classic franchises like Mario and Zelda (and for the love of God let’s get a proper Metroid game) but also games with long-lasting appeal, competitive, non-story games in the vein of Mario Kart and Smash Brothers and Splatoon. Probably not those exact titles, but something to keep people playing the system past the post-launch doldrums.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” parallax_enabled=”” col_height=”” css=”.vc_custom_1438817895073{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;background-image: url(https://onlysp.escapistmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2557861-zelda_001.jpg?id=62786) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=”” gradient_background=”” full_height_enabled=”” midnight_logo=”” fixed_background_enabled=”” top_svg=”” bottom_svg=”” background_pattern=”” parallax_enabled=”” border_radius=”” col_height=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ gradient_background=”” border_radius=”” border_column=”” icon_size=”64px” icon_color=”#666″ icon_position=”fa-bg-center-center”][vc_column_text]Though avoiding the post-launch doldrums with a long series of titles in the following year would be nice too.

Another thing I keep hearing from fans is that Nintendo should stop relying so heavily on gimmicks. I don’t necessarily agree with the sentiment. While the Wii’s motion control wasn’t perfect, it was a fun addition to the industry, and I’m probably the only person that really likes the Wii U’s gamepad and its possibilities (still waiting for a D&D game for the Wii U where the DM utilizes the gamepad). But what I do agree with is Nintendo not enforcing those gimicks on third party developers. In this day and age where games are becoming more and more difficult and time-consuming to produce, adding addition steps to belabor the process doesn’t do anyone – developers or gamers alike – any favors.

In short: keep the gimmicks (as long as they’re thoughtful and not just imposed for innovation’s sake), but don’t enforce them so strictly. Even if Nintendo ends up being the only person that utilizes them “properly,” I feel like the system wouldn’t be any worse for the wear for having them. And who knows? Maybe after Nintendo shows off all the cool things that can be done with a specific gimmick, other developers will be more keen to follow suit.

But I don’t mean to be ALL negative. People seem to forget all the good things Nintendo has done this generation. A new IP in Splatoon showed that not only can Nintendo come up with new ideas but they can also go outside of their comfort zone (if someone had told me two years ago that I would be playing a Nintendo-made team shooter I’d have laughed them out of the room), a rise in quality DLC for games like Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Smash Brothers, and even a cavalcade of free updates for the aforementioned Splatoon, the beauty of Nintendo visuals on an HD system…there were a lot of good things going on this generation too. All Nintendo needs to do now is figure out what didn’t work (the lack of games) and parse it apart from what did (pretty much everything else) and be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

What about you, lovely reader? Are you a Nintendo fan and, if so, do you feel abandoned by Nintendo moving on from the Wii U so quickly? Or do you think this cycle has been long enough to warrant a new system? What do you think the future holds in store for Nintendo and its fans? Will the NX be a flop or is a fresh start just what Nintendo needs right now? Sound off in the comments below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Brienne Gacke
Writer, journalist, teacher, pedant. Brienne's done just about anything and everything involving words and now she's hoping to use them for something she's passionate about: video games. She's been gaming since the onset of the NES era and has never looked back.

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  1. I’m a Nintendo fan, but things have gotten out of whack for the company with the Wii U.
    The Wii U may have some great exclusive games like the ones you mention, but you really fail to make the point that Nintendo didn’t get the game of the year games (pretty much all of them the past 5-6 years have been 3rd party games) due to the fact that Nintendo wants to be different more than they want to have the best games on their system.

    It stands to note that the best games of this and the last generation were 3rd party games and not exclusives.

    If I only owned a Wii U, I would never have played an Elder Scrolls Oblivion/Skyrim. Skyrim possibly being the best game of the last generation. I would never have played a GTA V. I could never play The Witcher 3. All of these games are the game of the year games and they are available on the PS and Xbox consoles but have no chance in ever coming to a Nintendo console. The publishers and developers have flat out said so. Rockstar, Bio-Ware, Bethesda (which also makes the Fallout games) have flat out stated that they have no interest at all in bringing their games over to the Wii U.

    This is the huge problem Nintendo has. All those games (GTA, Witcher, Mass Effect, Skyrim/Oblivion) are all massive games which I can play for a very, very long time. And Nintendo has nothing near that scale on any of their franchises.

    When I played Skyrim, I said “This is how the next Zelda game should play.” Problem is, Skyrim came out in 2011. And here we are going into at least 2016 and Zelda hasn’t done what Skyrim did 5 years ago.
    The Mario Kart/Smash games may have some replay ability, but they are nothing in scope to the wonderful universes I can explore in GTA/Skyrim/Fallout/Mass Effect games. I got into gaming because of Zelda. That was the first open world game. Letting you explore all over the place and all these hidden areas and levels. There was nothing like that before.

    While I’ve liked almost every Zelda game since, none have come remotely close to the feeling of exploration I had when playing the first one. That is the experience I want playing a videogame. And Nintendo doesn’t do it and doesn’t have the companies who do that make games for them.

    So, if I’m going to buy a system, I am going to buy the system that gests the game of the year games and the one that has the exploration feeling that Nintendo once monopolized with Zelda and has since abandoned. If I’m buying a Wii U or the next console, it MUST be substantially less than the PS4/Xbox systems. At least $100-150 less. Why? Because I know I’m not going to get the game of the year 3rd party gams on a Nintendo system that I will on the other system. If price is remotely close, I’m choosing the system that gets me those series/games.

    One last thing. I do like the fact that the PS2/3/4 plays DVD’s. In this day and age, it seems like a developer would have to go out of their way to not incorporate reading DVD’s into their system. If the Wii had been able to read DVD’s I’d have used the system a lot longer and it would not have gathered dust. Every console has periods when there are not a lot of games. During these periods, it is a good idea for a console to be able to do something else. That way, I don’t “forget” about it. If I don’t power something on for a long time, odds are that I won’t later. Having the ability to do media (read DVD’s) has me turning the system on and dusting it. That way, I don’t go for months without turning it on. That makes me think about the system and when a games comes out for it, I’ll be more likely to buy it.

    1. That’s why Mario kart 8 won racing goty smash won fighting goty Mario kart won family goty Nintendo won developer of the year and bayonetta 2 was in the running for game of the year sorry man but you shouldtake back your entire comment

      1. Meanwhile Skyrim won Game of the Year. It won over 300 awards in fact.

        GTA 5 won Game of the Year and highest rated game on metacritic in 2013.

        Mass Effect won Game of the Year. And Mass Effect 2 is considered one of the best games of all time.

        Witcher 3 will win game of the Year. And is such an awersome game and the developers ar so cool that they are giving away the DLC for free! Meanwhile, Nintendo is doing what with their DLC?

        Skyrim sold over 10 million copies before the 2011 year ended. The game came out on 11-11-11. So basically the Wii U has sold as many units in its entire existence as Skyrim did the first 1.5 months.

        GTA V became the most profitable piece of entertainment in world history after one day. It made $800 million on Day 1. Over a $1 billion in 3 days. That isn’t even adding the new PS4/Xbox One numbers

        Mass Effect has sold over 10.2 million copies. Again, more units than Wii U has sold.

        The Witcher 3 sold over 4 million copies in 2 weeks. Or basically as many Wii U purchases in the first year.
        And among all those units sole, how many were to Wii U units?
        Not one. Nintendo did not benefit at all from any of these massive successes.
        Those games you mention only won category of the year games. That isn’t nearly as impressive as Game of the Year. And the sales numbers show that your best is nothing compared in sales to these 3rd party games which were available to anybody owning a non-Nintendo console.
        The Wii U game with the highest number of games sold is Mario Kart 8 at 5.4 million and was released over 1 year ago. Or just a tad more units than the Witcher 3 sold in 2 weeks. So, 60+ weeks vs 2 weeks. Hmmm….I wonder which is more impressive.
        And you think that means nothing at all. Funny man.
        If Nintendo had these games on the Wii U they would dominate the market big time. But they are sooooo stupid by not attracting the big 3rd party developers that they are going to be in danger of going out of business if the next console fails to attract them.
        As for the Netflix/Hulu comment, the Wii wasn’t in HD!! So I’d be stuck watching stupid standard rather than HD. No way did I spend all that money on an HD TV to watch standard 480 on it. The PS3/360 allowed me to watch it in HD. Guess which unit I’m powering up to watch Netflix on?
        And DVD’s are very common for children. Kids love watching DVD of Barney/Thomas/My Little Pony, etc. They would have turned on the Wii if they could to watch it.

    2. Also who cares about a DVD player when you have Netflix hulk Amazon video a DVD player in a console should be the last thing anyone thinks about

  2. I think Nintendo is finally pulling its head out of its ass and is realizing that they need a system on par with the PS4 and xbone in order to stay relevant. The WiiU was grossly over priced for its capabilities and was basically just a refreshed version of the Wii. I say kudos to Nintendo for finally getting on board and trying to be relevant to a bigger market. If Nintendo makes a system the 3rd party developers will want to work with, I can see them taking a very large piece of the pie, especially if they have downloadable versions of their expansive library. There are a lot of adults that would pick this system up and get rid of their PS4s or xbones, just so they can play the 3rd party games and have access to classic nintendo titles on one system. It could be a system that the entire family can utilize.

      1. Well, there goes all of my hopes and dreams. My other hope is that Nintendo gets out of the hardware business and focuses solely on software. Maybe then their expansive back catalog could be ported to other systems. Maybe the NX will finally pull Nintendont under for good.

        1. Sorry dude Nintendo has stated that they would rather let there franchises die then put them on Sony or Microsoft not to mention why completely get out of the hardware business when there handhelds always make them money

          1. Then Nintendo will die.

        2. That article was only rumors, nothing is proving NX to be not in similar category with PS4 in terms of power. In fact, the announcement of dragon quest for both, ps4 and the NX could indicate that the specs won’t be too far, since making a port of an unreal engine 4 game from ps4 game to the NX would be a very tiresome effort if the NX would be underpowerd in similar way to the WIIU. Especially knowing that Epic has stated that unreal engine 4 should be preferrably used with no less than 1 teraflop gpu. Since wiiu has something around 350 gigaflop GPGPU it would seem that the NX would be atleast above the 1 teraflop, making it possibly at least close to the XBONE. We don’t know for sure any of this yet, but even xbone specs would not be a bad thing knowing how the new tomb raider in some images looks better than the next uncharted, shows that spec differences between xbone and ps4 matter far less in the end. So nx could be similar, or according to the rumors concerning the fusion terminal, which claimed that the nx would have twice the gpu power over ps4, NX could even be superior. we just don’t know yet.

          1. You didn’t pay attention to the article at all.
            I wasn’t talking about power at all.

            This is the paragraph I am talking about:

            “Whilst it was previously thought that ‘Nintendo NX’ will be competing with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, however Satoru Iwata has pointed out that Nintendo is not really good with competition he added, “If you do the same thing as others, it will wear you out. Nintendo is not good at competing so we always have to challenge [the status quo] by making something new, rather than competing in an existing market…It’s often called the “Blue Ocean Strategy”, looking for something that no one else is working on…It is an unwritten company credo, something that runs deep in our DNA.”
            You see? They aren’t going to compete with Sony at all. They are going to make their own thing (motion control or gamepad controller type thing). Which will not be portable to a Sony/Xbox console. Or, to put another way. A developer (Rockstar for example) will have to make a completely different game to put it on Nintendo and can make the same game if they put it on Sony/Xbox and make a ton more money.
            They won’t do that. It cost over $250 million to make GTA 5, and the highest grossing game for the Wii U right now is under $6 million. The next Nintendo console would have to be something that nobody can come close to (selling units wise) in order to warrant Rockstar or BioWare, etc to put in a ton of money to develop a game for the “unique” Nintendo console.

          2. Don’t tease me!

    1. This. A console which lacks the horsepower of its competitors simply is overlooked by 3rd party developers who can’t re-design their game in order to make piss-poor port or a spin-off. They tried it with the wii, but apparently they never made good profits to try again.
      At the end of the day, when you buy a console, you want its exclusives, but you also want to be able to play your favourite multiplats. Sure, I love my God of War, but I also want my PS system to be strong enough to handle the latest Doom or Elder Scrolls. If it can’t, then I’m stuck with 20 exclusives for a time period of 5-6 years. Not much else.
      Hardware wise, I agree 100%. They *must* stay relevant.

  3. I think nintendo needs a fresh start and becoming competitive again, even if they’re not going against Sony and Microsoft. Hopefully the nx succeeds.

    1. They need to truly give themselves over to 3rd party developers. Have meetings with these companies to discuss what THEY want to see hardware wise. We also need hip/young strategic thinkers making decisions about the next console and the successor to the 3DS.

      Sure, the Wii kicked butt and took names. Nintendo won the last generation. Unfortunately the customer base has a ‘what have you done for me lately’ mindset. Hardcore gamers are back in the drivers seat, not nursery homes and stay at home wives.

      You have to continue to innovate yes, but you need horsepower, you need ease of use. Epic Game X needs to be on that Nintendo console at the same time.

      Stop being niche (but still be innovate, I dunno how you do that)!

      1. “Nintendo won the last generation.”
        I don’t agree. I know they sold more consoles. Especially early on in the console lifecycle. The issue is that most of those console sales went to people who don’t/didn’t buy a lot of games. They stuck with Wii Sports, maybe Wii Fit, but not much else.
        Now, if you are a 3rd party developer, how do you sell your games on a console that doesn’t have a lot of its owners going out and buying a lot of gams for their console? You can’t. A big install base which doesn’t buy games isn’t an install base for you to sell your games on.
        So while Nintendo made bucket loads of cash off the Wii (they sold the console making profit off of it), other companies did not benefit.
        When the Wii U came out, the Wii owners who never were really gamers, don’t give a crap. They are still playing Wii Sports. And while the Wii had motion controls, the Wii U is the precise opposite making you hold onto a tablet to play a game. Which is just awkward. So the majority of the Wii base did not go buy a Wii U. Unlike the majority of the other two companies fans who did.
        On top of that, the majority of “gamers” tired of the Wii long before the Wii U came out, and the Wii U didn’t do anything to excite them. Myself included. When the Wii came out, I was like “I want to play Zelda on that! And I could from day 1” With the Wii U, there was no single game that I was like “I gotta try that on the tablet controller!” And there still isn’t.
        So Nintendo failed with the gamers and the Wii Sports only guys to get excited to buy their console which was not any better than the PS3 and was about as much as a PS4.

  4. Great article and great site. I just discovered it while searching for Nintendo NX information. I’ll have to come here again…and again.

    1. Welcome to the site, glad to have you.

    2. Hooray! :D Welcome!

  5. Who is willing to bet the Zelda game comes out on NX instead?

    1. My secret shame is that I am putting money on this happening. But the blowback would be immense. Nintendo would be digging their own grave if they broke this news to people.

    2. Sony did it with the Last Guardian, I see no reason your guess not happening with Nintendo as well.

  6. The wii u is a great console,but it was let down by nintendo resting on its laurels,lack of third party support and the game pad.
    Nintendo should have not bothered with the game pad and poured the cash into making the console more powerful.
    What is it about nintendo and third party support,it’s like they don’t want third party support.
    I hope nintendos 10th console is a commercial success,but they need third party support,a console that can usurp their competition.
    A lot of nintendos games are a bit long in the tooth,so it’s good that splatoon has been released.

  7. I’m fine as long as there’s good first-party titles. Third-party titles, even better. They should start with a bang, maybe even Super Mario Galaxy 3 (unlikely, but still), SplaTWOn, Metroid, Mario Kart, and maybe they should save Smash Bros. for the holidays. They might not be creating Animal Crossing because of what happened with City Folk (lowest-rated), but that’d be great.

    1. Animal Crossing City Folk was a horrible game. The “City” was less than a block long. Had only a few stores. And there was nothing to do in the City.
      It was a massive disappointment after the DS version of Animal Crossing. Which let you build up your house more than the Wii version.
      Nintendo needs to release either a major Mario or Zelda game with a new console. When they do, they have great success that generation. The Wii had Zelda Twilight. The Wii U, nothing. The NX won’t come out till Zelda is ready.

      1. I agree that it will most likely boost sales, although Zelda might be for holidays (but I don’t really know). What I was saying that they might have lost confidence when the Animal Crossing for the Wii didn’t do so well.

  8. Your article (one of the better ones I’ve read in months) does bring up some interesting thoughts as to whether Nintendo should have announced this a bit later – my thoughts are that the console will be big and far more powerful than any other game console on the planet. Already third party support is rumored heavily.


    1. I recall the Wii U E3 announcement when Nintendo had promoted strong 3rd party support.
      E3 was big on it. They dumped the Wii U shortly after it was released. Ubisofts big “exclusive” for the Wii U is now coming to the PS4/Xbox. With better graphics and such.
      Nintendo has never had great 3rd party support. And since the N64/PS1 days, they have abandoned it.

      1. Nintendo has to abandon its niche image. Being the kid/family alternative won’t win you the next generation. Besides, the Nintendo brand with youths remain strong.

        Nintendo can afford to go after the hardcore and adult gamers and still retain the family-friendly crowd.

        If you’re taken seriously among the masses, 3rd party developers will stick around.

        1. If Nintendo had at least included a legit hard drive on the Wii U, then they could have had at least a shot to get games like Skyrim/GTA which do require space on the hard drive.
          But if they don’t have a hard drive, then they have 0% shot at getting the big 3rd party titles. The highest selling game on the Wii U is Mario Kart and it sold about 5.8 million copies. GTA sold 11.2 million copies on Day 1 of its release. Or many as Wii U’s have been sold in 3 years.
          Exclusive wise, Nintendo has it. But exclusives aren’t the big money makers or the best games now. Way too much attention is paid to exclusives when they aren’t the ones that really sell systems. I want the system that gets me the best AAA Titles first. I won’t buy a Wii U when it costs almost as much as the PS4/Xbox One when I can’t get any of the AAA titles.
          If Nintendo goes without a Hard drive, then they need to price their consoles significantly lower than the other 2. That is what the Wii did do. When the NX comes out, it can’t be more expensive than the PS4 is at that time. Even if it is a more powerful system than the PS4. Sony owns the market now and they determine the price of what people are willing to pay.

  9. The only Nintendo console I ever bought was the Gamecube, and that was because I really wanted to play the Resident Evil REmake day one. I also got Metroid Prime, but never understood what the fuss was all about. It was a good game, but not a must-have game for me. At all.
    Ironically, the only Gamecube-exclusives I really wanted to get was third party games, like Eternal Darkness, Killer 7 and RE4 – even though most became multiplat afterwards. I guess I’m not a Nintendo guy. I never got the Zelda/Mario/Metroid craze – these games look and feel too kiddie for my tastes.
    This doesn’t mean that I don’t respect or appreciate Nintendo’s contribution to the video game industry. Nintendo is the reason video games recovered from their late 80s oversaturation and had them spiral onwards. I’ll always respect Nintendo for their contribution to my favorite pastime, but I don’t I’ll ever give them my money again.
    I’m a PlayStation guy, through and through.

    1. “Kiddie” looking doesn’t always make a game bad.

      1. I agree – I was merely saying family-oriented games are not my cup of tea, ergo I don’t find Nintendo consoles particularly interesting.

  10. Who gives a rip? OOH Buy a New Nintendo NX and now get ports from Xbox One and PS4. I have lost faith in you Nintendo. Zelda will be launched on NX/Wii U just like twilight princess, what a crock Nintendo. I hate that I bought a Wii U, and now form the news I see FF and Dragon Quest might be on the NX along the PS4. Ill stick to my PS4 and my XBox Thank you. Now Nintendo will port all the games form PS4 and Xbox One and Say look at our library of games. DONE WITH YOU NINTENDO!!

    1. I was disappointed that Twilight Princess was delayed so long it got ported to Wii-U.

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