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  • Swedish_Chef - July 16, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Everytime someone brings up the Dreamcast I always feel a bit sad, it was a system ahead of it's time with a plethora of fantastic games released for it in the small timespan of it's life and a bunch of innovative features that all major consoles after it have since adopted. I hope the Wii-U starts selling better in the future since there's a lot of quality releases coming out for it that I don't want to be ignored and Nintendo are doing a lot of things with the system that I really approve of. Yes the system may be technically challenged in terms of it's hardware, however considering how good looking some of the games on the original Wii still look today (for example the Mario Galaxy series, Mad World, Red Steel 2, No More Heroes 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Metroid Prime 3/Metroid Other M, Muramasa etc) shows that Nintendo and developers are able to bring visually stunning games despite the hardware limitation by using excellent art direction.
  • Bloodstorm - July 16, 2013 5:09 a.m.

    Failure is really a subjective thing, and there is a huge difference between being a failure at retail (so much crap succeeds at retail) and a failure to keep the momentum up for your machine and keep your consumer base coming back. This article focuses on Nintendo and their current predicament, and their last few outings. You ask to look at all the first party stuff before calling it a failure, but I have no love for Nintendo franchises. They bore me, and if they didn't, they come out at such a slow pace that the time between them would bore me into not caring. Nintendo does the same thing, every generation, for the past 3 generations. A console supported by just the ones who created it is not a successful console in my opinion. Only so many people are going to keep buying a console so they can keep playing Mario and Zelda and nothing else.
  • CitizenWolfie - July 16, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    Hey, I love my original PSP. How else am I going to watch pornography on the bus? I think 3rd party support is a big factor in defining whether a console lives or dies. That was arguably a big issue for the Gamecube and Dreamcast which were both perhaps too different or ahead of their time. The Wii U seems to be going the same way, with the added bonus of poor marketing and a gimmicky main controller (and secondary if you include the Wiimote). I've got one purely so I don't miss out on the big Nintendo releases but part of me does hope Nintendo go the way of Sega and start producing their games for multiple formats. As for the Vita, it seems to have stumbled at the gates for similar reasons to the Wii U. Marketing didn't explain to anyone why it's so much better than the PSP/Go and I doubt many people even now will even know what the Vita is. But I think that could change in a big way once the PS4 comes out. If I can play say, Fallout 4 on my PS4, pause it, go to work, open up my Vita during lunch and continue where I left off with minimum lag then what was once a novelty becomes a must-have. Even more so now that PS+ is delivering on the free Vita games too - in theory I could buy a Vita, and never have to buy a game for it.
  • shawksta - July 15, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Funny how its David making this Editorial "By that point it was just becoming less cool to openly like Nintendo." Tell me about it, apparently in the places i visit i cant express my hype without easily being thrown off as "fanboy" despite being just as excited for other titles on other systems. Not Gamesradar of course. People shouldnt throw off games THEY dont think will suit.
  • ParagonT - July 15, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    I'm going to be honest man, you need to let that stuff go. I remember you talking about this many times before. It's not a big deal man, anymore than it was for me growing up in a God loving, "nigg**" hating state. Gotta let that crap roll off your back man. Like a majestic duck in the water. Serenity man, serenity....
  • shawksta - July 15, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    Your right, and i know that. But that still doesnt change the fact that when i hype a game i like its gonna be thrown off. But hey as you said, Serenity, just gotta let it go and f*ck everyone else' hate
  • Cyberninja - July 15, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Honestly, what should have inspired this is the Vita its been out longer then the Wiiu and it seems virtually nothing is coming to it at all and there is no reason to own one when you get down to it. Think of it this way when someone says good games for the Vita the first things that spring to the mind are P4G a port of a PS2 and Gravity Rush a 6 hour game. So far the only things my Vita is good for is collecting dust and playing PSone games. The Wiiu with as a much hate as its getting could be worse, its getting plenty of games this year and next, so I could name at least 10 things to look forward to for this year and next, while for the Vita I don't I could name 5 things that aren't ports.
  • Cyberninja - July 15, 2013 8 p.m.

    Heck I just looked at the bar you guys have at the top of the site and noticed Vita is missing while you even have a mobile tab, which helps my point
  • garnsr - July 15, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    I still wonder what the value is of Nintendo continuing to put out first-party only systems. Why not put their good games on someone else's system that has a wider reach? We didn't lose that much when Sega got out and started developing for Sony and Microsoft, they still kept as much Sega style as they had at the time, Nintendo could easily do the same, and benefit from greater power, too.

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