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  • GECK0M - May 12, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    this is very stupid
  • CitizenWolfie - May 12, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    Personally I'd love it if Nintendo would give me some genuinely awesome reasons to turn on my Wii U other than the once every few months to download firmware updates or whenever a first party game is released. Ever since the Gamecube I've only really been buying their consoles for Zelda and Mario with the hope that something else would come up between. But now it seems like we're waiting forever between their big guns. Sure, we have stuff like Super Mario 3d World and Donkey Kong but honestly they're nothing that far advanced from their 3DS predecessors. I'm sure even Pikmin could be a brilliant handheld port. But it seems like the massive games (Smash Bros, Zelda, Mario Galaxy successor) are getting further and further apart while dross like Wii Music, Fit and the rest seem to be churned out every year. What happened to the Nintendo that used to push gameplay ideas further than anyone else? That magic seems to be gone. Even New Super Mario Bros feels more like a third party Mario Bros clone than the Mario games of the 8-16bit generation. Instead of continually plugging money into the (first party) casual stuff I'd much rather Nintendo splash their cash on getting more resources for their AAA titles, or even use it to get more quality third party devs on board; whether it's buying out console exclusives or getting them to work on first party franchises. Imagine how awesome The Legend of Zelda would be if Team ICO co-developed it...
  • Nikku7 - May 9, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    Since raw running power is what people want (myself included) that's what Nintendo should go for, but it also takes good timing that the gamecube didn't have. Graphics seem to have an impact too.
  • Vonter - May 15, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Don't forget hype. Since that's more or less what has sold the other consoles, given how they barely have games exclusive to them.
  • Nikku7 - May 15, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Very true. I have friends with one console or the other who talk them up but have little to play other than indie games. I may even get a new console later if they get enough good exclusive games in franchises I like, but right now there's nothing interesting out there other than infamous. I have a good gaming pc. I can play most of what they have so far between that and my ps3.
  • Vonter - May 15, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Yeah that's the thing, it's not strange expecting the other machines will have mind blowing games, but the fact is, as of now they don't have anything special. The Wii U has the best games atm in regards to next gen consoles are concerned. The problem is that it mainly appeals to the Nintendo fan. So I'm happy and all, but I understand people also want new things from Nintendo that appeals to their tastes and not something new in the sense of Steel Diver or Dillon Rolling Western which are niche or unproven gameplay styles.
  • Nikku7 - May 15, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    I agree. I've been enjoying the shit out my Wii U, as oddly backward as it is in some aspects. Sometimes the miiverse just doesn't want to work for me, but when it does,I love using it (especially on Mario 3D World.) All I have is that, Rayman, Wonderful 101, and Windwaker and they're all really good games. I think fixing it's online problems could potentially help the Wii U appeal to more people, as well as more games, but at this point, it's hard to see the system making any kind of full on comeback. It looks like based on console sales most people have already made their decision. And for a lot of people one console is going to be enough for one reason or another.
  • Vonter - May 15, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    Yeah, still the flipside of that is that Nintendo will probably take risks in reaction to this. I mean if the tried and true formula hasn't work, you have to experiment with new things. I don't believe Nintendo has to imitate the other 2, because that'll imply everyone has to do the same in this industry in order to succeed. I hope the NFC is more ambitious and substantial than what other developers have done with it, because that will be different and unique. I hope their gamepad centered games are far and beyond more confident with using the touchscreen and second screen along with the TV. In short if Nintendo can learn a thing of two of the competition, fine, but what has always made successful is trying new things. Hell at least a new IP in the vein of Kid Icarus will be a good call in my book. I mean the last ambitious IP they made was Pikmin and that was a long time ago.
  • Nikku7 - May 15, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    And that's what I expect of them. One of the reasons I still like Nintendo is that while they are behind in some aspects, they try a lot that others don't. As far as proving the system can do what the others can't in some way, I'm honestly not convinced they need to worry much about proving that the second screen does things that the other 2 systems don't because I feel like the other 2 only have second screen functionality as a bullet point so they can say they CAN do it too. When I see a game on those systems that actually makes much use of that I may change my mind. Nintendo does however need to prove that the second screen is useful in the first place. They managed to pull it off with the DS, I bet they can figure it out on the Wii U. Hopefully they're new I. P. that Miyamoto has supposedly been working on will be good and they can get some more variety on their for the people who still aren't satisfied. Wouldn't mind some more Star Fox, F-Zero, or Metroid either...
  • Vonter - May 15, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    The only one I know for sure is the local co-op in Bayonetta. I hope it's as cool in execution as it sounds.
  • TheGooseinator - May 9, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    If Nintendo's E3 this year isn't absolutely amazing, then that's it, they lose this generation. They can't afford three straight years of financial loss. However, I feel like three or four huge announcements could really help Nintendo out. New Zelda, Metroid FPS, Star Fox with mobile integration, and a new franchise (a real one, no Steel Diver BS) are all they need. If they announce even two of those four things, then their sales will significantly increase.
  • KidKatana - May 12, 2014 1:39 a.m.

    Got to agree with that - if Nintendo wants to sell to gamers they have to make some bloody games. They've left some amazing IP gathering dust since the Gamecube era, and they need to use those to shift systems. If they announced a new F-Zero, Star Fox and 1080 - let alone a new frachise - to go with the ones that we know are coming like Metroid/Zelda, I'd pick up a Wii U straight away.
  • Waldo - May 9, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    It's a shame they're losing money, but I have been holding out on any Wii U purchases due to Mario Kart and Smash Bros being released this year. I've only got the cash for a couple of games a year, and those 2 are must haves. So, if there are more people like myself out there - a little strapped for cash but willing to shell out a day-one price for some tried and true material - then come release time for MK 8 and SSB, you're going to see a spike in sales. Oh and I also have an Xbox One, so even when faced with the choice between a new Xbox game or a new Wii U game, I got to go with the sure thing. Also, the Nintendo games are cheaper, but, most often, just as good. I think it's a sign of the times. People in general are just hurting for funds, and the first thing everybody trims is their "Entertainment" budget.
  • AlexAMG - May 9, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Nobody really seems to have touched on the main problem Nintendo has at the moment. Nintendo have a wealth of characters and titles, but none have been released on the Wii U. Why not? Where is a brand new Lylat Wars game? Where is a brand new Metroid Prime? Where is a brand new Donkey Kong in full 3D? Nintendo also have more cash in the bank than God, so they need to actually spend it. Buy RARE back from Microsoft, and get them working on some new titles, such as another Banjo-Kazooie, another Conker game, a new Diddy Kong Racing, and another Perfect Dark game (and this time don't make it suck arse). Nintendo think that people will buy a Wii U that has very few good AAA titles. It's game library is just dire right now. If they aren't going to make a console that's powerful to run the same games as PS4/Xbox One, then they MUST start churning out more AAA games with their own characters, and buying other companies like RARE to do some of this for them.
  • TheGooseinator - May 9, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Yeah, you're right on point with the Rare thing. Nintendo could easily buy them back, and it's not like Rare is doing anything of value over at Microsoft XD
  • bread_or_decide - May 9, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    I love you guys but...these are all terrible ideas.
  • StalkerD - May 9, 2014 3:31 a.m.

    Easy suggestion: Make a Console Pokemon RPG game in Full HD with decent online play.
  • brickman409 - May 8, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    if they cut the disk drive, they'd have to give the console a bigger HDD drive, basically making it the same price. 32 GB wont do the job on an all digital machine, they're going to need at least 500 GB. Also, I can't really see how dropping backwards compatibility with the wii would save any money. It's not like the PS3 where it needed an extra CPU to play PS2 games. Or like the Wii which need controller ports and memory card slots to play GC games. The Wii U has very similar hardware to the Wii, so it doesn't take much for it to play Wii games.
  • ataru2600 - May 8, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    10) release a s**t ton of games.
  • Tranquilbez34 - May 8, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    I feel as though that the Wii U sales will go up when Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. come out. They've been system sellers for the last two generations.

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