In the recent news of Nintendo reporting huge losses for the year, the obvious question started popping up; How can Nintendo convince you to buy a WiiU?
At this point it’s about momentum. For a long time I kept telling myself that when the games come I will pick up a WiiU. Now… I don’t know.
The other consoles are on the market and PS4 is looking really sharp. The lack of games on that platform has kept me playing on my PC but the higher probability for multi-platform games arriving on PS4 is much greater than WiiU.
Honestly, I just feel a bit slighted by Nintendo at this point. We are still waiting for launch titles to show up on the WiiU over a year later. That is completely bonkers. They spent a considerable amount of development time and dollars rehashing a Zelda that most fans have already played, and still haven’t come out with a proper Metroid, or even released Bayonetta yet. I mean, at this point it’s just a long running joke and I can’t take their efforts seriously.
I’m sure that Nintendo is working hard but they are running in place. It seems like every time they hand off a title to a 3rd party it gets mutilated. Hyrule Warriors?! The early trailer looked rough, and we probably witnessed 75% of the gameplay because it’s clearly Zelda assets in a Warriors engine. Other M was a disaster with the worst voice acting ever, worst story, repetitive environments, and general Team Ninja sexism just smeared all over it.
Nintendo has failed to prove exactly why that expensive controller is the reason to go with WiiU and not get a 10x more power and better supported device like PS4. I mean, why is it that the one and only console capable of having a Supreme Commander-like experience has failed to deliver a single RTS on their platform?! Why is it that we haven’t seen deep strategy or RPG games that let you use the big screen for the action while planning your attack on the small screen?! Seriously, a long list of 8bit remakes is cute but that hardly shows off the hardware. The problem is that, outside of Zelda HD, I haven’t seen anything on WiiU that couldn’t have been done on Wii just as well.
I wish I could say that I want a WiiU, but I don’t anymore. The newness is gone, and the games still aren’t there. It would take an epic announcement for me to look in their direction this generation.