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  • shawksta - June 5, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Man, last E3 if anything was definitely symbolizing the the current situation, i wonder if itll happen again. Also yeah, your Best Wii U games link went straight to the Best PS4 Games link, you might want to fix that.
  • winner2 - June 5, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    If I buy any console this year it will be a wii u. I only play on PC at this point, and more on my vita/3DS as I get more games for them. But the wii u has Nintendo games that I can't get anywhere else and the game pad.
  • Alskeora - June 5, 2014 3:40 a.m.

    Was the 'best WiiU games' link meant to go to the 'best PS4 games' page?
  • GOD - June 5, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    Something I would really appreciate from Nintendo that I've been thinking about for a while, is a WiiU Twitch App. I'd find this super convenient whether I was watching a stream full screen on my TV allowing me to interact with chat on the gamepad, or be able to have the stream just full screen on the gamepad itself for comfortable watching of a stream in any area of the room that doesn't allow for a hot ass laptop because if I put it on my legs I'll catch on fire. Just saying, a Twitch app would definitely show off an easy way that the gamepad is super useful and I'd definitely take advantage of it.
  • talleyXIV - June 4, 2014 10:58 p.m.

    I think one thing that has recently happened that is big is that Nintendo seems to have their stuff together a little bit. Maybe I am calling it too early but that opening weekend for Mario Kart 8 was pretty big for them and the announcement of the GameCube adapter has gained some hype for them as well.
  • GOD - June 4, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    I will always love that Iwata staring at bananas screenshot. It also perfectly sums up Nintendo to me. "Oh hey I have some bananas. Well that's nice. Maybe I'll do something with these, but no rush." Because they have great properties and a solid system (the gamepad is far more amazing than Kinect 2.0 and the cartoony style of their games in HD is gorgeous) but aren't really in any rush to start dumping things out or change how they do things. They go at their own pace, and produce quality products. They also have many monies leftover from the "it prints money" days so they have no need for concern as long as they gain a solid following by continuing to release quality games. MK8 just gave it a well deserved boost and that'll also be the gateway for those people to buy other previously released exclusives. MK8 was the kind of mainstream success that it needs to remind people that it matters and has a lot to offer. Even Tom "I hate fun" Magrino began to love the WiiU once he got his hands on it and sang the praises of the gamepad. What's your excuse?
  • FoxdenRacing - June 4, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Good set of observations and predictions! Anxious to see how they affect this year's presentations. Microsoft has to make friends, they have to do it quickly. They've spent the last year getting creamed in everything from public opinion to hardware sales, and releasing the camera-free SKU so quickly after launch...let alone that they'd dare announce it before the last possible second, in sharp contrast to the company modus operandi...tells of just how desperate the situation is in Redmond. What they have going for them right now is first-party power and the bigger, meatier catalog of AAA-caliber games that come with it, and shameless aping of what works for Sony [games with Gold not being phased out as planned, and pulling various features out from behind the paywall]. As has been the case for the past year, they're fighting against their very reputation. What MS needs to do more than anything is sell themselves to the people who aren't already zealous about the platform...something they've been doing a terrible job of so far. Sales numbers make it patently obvious that rabid fanboys are a minority, and doubling down on them is tantamount to suicide. Sony is seeing their momentum slow, and that's putting them in a very vulnerable position. With many of their most famous franchises MIA or desecrated [Jak, Sly, Ratchet, Spyro, Twisted Metal, God of War], and others [notably GT and Infamous] too close to current releases to see a sequel, they need to shore up their 'must-have' catalog, and fast. There's plenty of system-justifiers...the 'I didn't just buy it for [], I also have...', but very little in the way of must-haves. Indies have all but saved PC gaming, and herald a new era of accessible development...but won't be enough to carry the system by themselves. Thankfully for Sony, they do have the stronger position: more units in the wild, better PR, at this point defeat is their to snatch from the jaws of victory...but with having lost the price advantage, and with seeing MS eat into them hard on the differences in services, the quickest way they can do that is to sit still. They need to keep pushing like a hungry young upstart taking on Nintendo at its most powerful; if they take their lead for granted...especially with such a weak high-profile lineup...they're as good as dead. Nintendo is...lost, and in the same situation MS is trying to put themselves in: appealing to the dyed-in-the-wool, but don't have (or aren't communicating) a compelling argument as to why anyone else should give them a try. Their games can be downright wonderful, but the company is doing a terrible job of convincing skeptics, critics, and unfamiliar faces to give them a look. The leadership is too risky where it does no good, and too risk-averse where it counts. Good on them for putting the priority on games first, good on them for trying new things [such as motion control on Wii and useful second-screen on DS/U]...but they need to go further. By all means, let the other systems have their blood and power fantasies...but it'd do them well to take a cue from Dark Souls and embrace Nintendo Hard for more games...platformers that require precise control, tight and twisty kart tracks that take skill to get around, let alone win, more brawlers like Bayonetta, things of that nature. Metroid Prime and F-Zero GX struck that balance perfectly, and a meaty catalog of those kinds of games would almost certainly move systems in a hurry.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 4, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    "Aren't communicating" Were you under a rock the entire last month? Nintendo has been doing.nothing but advertising for the Wii U, Mario Kart, and especially Smash Bros and E3.
  • BladedFalcon - June 4, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    Advertising one or two games isn't really communicating a good reason to buy a console that from an outsider's perspective is less powerful, has lass games, and has a tablet-like controller that has yet to properly justify itself. The games you mentioned they are advertising are popular and always well received, sure, but neither of them use or showcase the gamepad in a way that justifies it, and neither franchise is new or fresh enough to appeal to those who aren't already in love with Nintendo's games and franchises. So no, they really aren't communicating properly as to why their console deserves a chance aside from delivering the same games and franchises you already played and known from Nintendo for decades.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 5, 2014 5:36 a.m.

    You need to relax homie. Regardless of the situation the fact of the matter is that they are doing better advertisements that they shouldve done from the very beginning. Period. Also, its one thing to ignore the Wii U's decent library to look for Gamepad games that will justify the system, but its another thing to assume the PS4 and Xbone are doing better when %95 of their games are already available to last gen and the only worthwhile games arent until 2015-2016. Gamepad use or not, games are games and the Wii U has a horribly understated amount that people make it to be.
  • BladedFalcon - June 5, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    Doing better advertisements doesn't equal good communication. As for the PS4 and Xbone, I agree they aren't really doing great in the exclusives department, and they have yet to create a good library of games that justify "next gen". But even if 95% of their current library is on last gen consoles, at least they have those games as well, unlike the Wii U which, despite in theory being able to turn most of said games just fine... They get like only 20% of them. Making the Wii U the machine that might certainly have more exclusives as of now... but not a very good stand alone machine if you plan to rely on only ONE gaming console for at least 5 years. Even staunch Nintendo supporters like Henry Gilbert agree that the Wii U works best as second console, but not really as your main one. Which, again, unless you are a fan of Nintendo games, (And in which case, you probably already own a Wii U at this point...) what exactly is so enticing about the Wii U compared to the other consoles? Again, it is less powerful than the new ones, has less games, (exclusive or not.) and the one distinguishing feature it has isn't really that special, or at least, it hasn't proven to be as of yet.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 5, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    People force the vision that way. "Oh the Wii U is less powerful" "What is Nintendo doing" No doubt for anything it has failed in being a single platform, every real gamer knows that you want Multiplats and Mainstream, go for the Sony and Microsoft platforms, Nintendo's business is in being different, its not a underpowered PC attached to a TV, and it provides unique experiences and it desperately needs to show off. However people fail to notice that the Wii U is flat out, Nintendo's most powerfulest Console, and what people know Nintendo for can have it at their most strongest. and frankly, Nintendo are the only ones to actually show an improvement through a generation shift. Regardless, yes, Nintendo does need to step it up and hopefully they do at E3, the Wii U's in trouble but people seem to lose track of why they play a Nintendo console in the first place. One minute their blabbing about wanting innovation and gimmick justification, and the other their asking for "____" Franchise. They have to dig themselves out of it, but it wont happen if people stay ignorant. Bayonetta 2 being Wii U exclusive is supposed to help it, not get bitched at.
  • BladedFalcon - June 5, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    people force that vision for a reason: The Wii U is less powerful... Why? what benefits does that give us? Far as I can tell, the benefits of making the systems less powerful are these: - Cheaper to produce and cheaper to develop. Far as I can tell, this definitely applies for development, but as for selling price... the Wii U verson worth owning originally was priced at 350 dollars... Only 50 bucks cheaper than a PS4. hardly seems a comparable trade-off in most consumer's eyes. -Makes it easier to develop games for it than with newer technology. Also true in theory... And yet this should mean that we should see more games being made for it, or being adapted for it... Yet we really haven't. So this is an advantage that has been squandered. - Allowed Nintendo to release it a year earlier than the competition. In theory, this was a BIG advantage, just like the 360 and the Ps2 had done it... But Nintendo squandered that head start completely, making it so much of a waste that already both competitors have outsold the Wii U's sales despite the head-start in less than half a year.... Not even the Wii was able to do that with the 360 despite it's ridiculous first 2 years sales. ...So yeah, why exactly should people be happy that it's a lesser powerful system? Also, you keep talking about unique experiences and showing improvement on generation shift... How exactly? again, they keep releasing the same Goddamn franchises and IPs. They look prettier, certainly, and no doubt are great games, but they are at their core the same games than their previous games were in said franchises. I'll say it once more, unless you are a hardcore fan of said franchises, you really have no reason to play the new Zelda, Mario, or Donkey Kong games if you feel content enough to have played previous versions. Like I said before, you love to pin people as the sole main reason why Nintendo's failing, but that's just as absurd as saying that every single thing that Nintendo does is wrong and sucks. There's such a thing as a middle ground :P Lastly... Nintendo itself has proven that they can do better than how they've done with the Wii U... it's called the 3DS. Like the Wii U, it's less powerful than the competition and it has a gimmick that doesn't really do anything special... BUT. Unlike the Wii U, it has made a good job in mixing 1st party and 3rd party experiences to create a very solid and compelling library that makes it so much more compelling than the competition. with the 3DS, you're not buying it just for the tried and true Nintendo franchises like pokemon and mario, but also for the third party stuff like Bravely Default, Ace Attorney 5 and RE: Chronicles. And heck, even Nintendo Itself has created more fresher experiences for it than with the Wii U: Pushmo and Kid Icarus: uprising are more original and exciting than any of the Wii U games Nintendo has created so far.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 5, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Obviously, thats the push they need. They need to establish better third party and mix it with their first party, just like the 3DS. The negativity the Wii U has flooded for Nintendo is helping them see sight and pay attention, which is good and the kick in the rear they need, which harkens back to my original comment. Their advertising, its nothing to you as you clearly show no sign of giving a shit, but to Smash Bros fans, they see Nintendo is really pushing out to make the new Smash bros the best they can and to rewrite the wrongs from Brawl, there is a lot of skeptism in the hardcore side of Smash and the tournament at E3 is something nobody expected Nintendo do regarding Smash to cater to the hardcore side of the game as well as flat out giving a Gamecube adapter port, just last year they threaten to cancel the Evo Melee tournament. This push will hopefully transition them to care about the Wii U in general and we heard them say they have promising gamepad justifying games, so the best we can do now is wait and see, otherwise Nintendo has shown they listen after the criticism.
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Right... Except hardcore smash bros players are hardly what I'd consider a "broad audience" :P To be sure, it's good that they have made those changes and letting people know they've listened regarding that game. And like I've said before, I've never questioned Nintendo's ability to create awesome games. But aside from that, said advertisement and changes communicate to a certain crowd, they aren't really statement of "this is why our console is the better choice" or "this is what our console is all about". So yeah, we'll just have to wait and see I suppose. If Nintendo really does listen to the criticism, then we should see some original IPs rearing their face for once.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 6, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Bad reception can = good response, i didnt say it was a statement but they are pushing near it, baby steps but they are still doing it, to those audience it means a lot to them. Here's to the future that their listening will expand. You really like to push the fact that it has to be original IP's dont you? Not complaining, arguably your right but this is Nintendo were talking about, if anything the farthest they'll go is take a series name and put said gimmick on them. The real issue is that they arent helping the original IP they have been making in the last 2 years. Granted they are small Eshop games, but still, Pushmo did become big, heck Pushmo World was just announced a couple days ago for the Wii U Eshop, so who knows maybe another IP will spring forth and gain popularity.
  • BladedFalcon - June 4, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    I think in short,you could say that this year what all three big players need to do is the same thing: Show us the games. Last year's E3 main purpose for Sony and Microsoft was to sell their new upcoming console based on the hardware, functions and customer plan for them, whereas Nintendo was required to show why their already existing console was more worth it even in the face of the upcoming new ones. (And failed miserably in that respect, as sales trough the year make this plain and undebatable.) This year then, I think all of them need to show what games are what sets them apart from the competition, and convince those who are still uncertain of what they should buy. (like me...) Like you said, Sony may have the momentum here, but if they sleep in their laurels and don't show a strong 2st party presence, they leave themselves wide open for Microsoft turning things around. And Nintendo more than ever needs to show more games or SOMETHING that can change the Wii U's luck around... otherwise, i don't see the console surviving yet another dismal year as 2013 was for them.
  • g1rldraco7 - June 4, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    So much has changed which will make E3 very interesting
  • Jackonomics2.0 - June 4, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    It has changed a lot of shit hasn't it? Wonder what'll happen this year. Sony cant hide from Microsoft anymore, the entire current success is simply because "Hey, we are not the Xbox One", but they cant hide behind that anymore, and showing off indies ain't a good substitute. They have to show and tell. Microsoft just flat out had a full 360, they seem so far to have the biggest bite this E3, lets see if they can give what they are showing with their changes. Nintendo is Nintendo, their random announcements will get people talking and the fact that Nintendo has the entire Nokia theater for the public, just for a Smash Bros tournament shows they want attention and their event is flat out the biggest, yet journalists still butthurt over no Press Conference will no doubt pretend "Nintendo isn't at E3"

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