#310 The Ugly Wii U Duckling

Despite playing almost all of my games on the PC I make it a habit to follow the events in the console world and with the hype from Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles dying down I want to take this time to express my empathy towards Nintendo’s Wii U.

Yes, the Wii U, hit the selves about this time last year and Nintendo was hoping to ride the success from the Wii but between the harassment from the online community and the weak launch titles it faced a rough year for the company.

Their stock rates and all of the news about them being outsold by their competitors within 48 hours

Their stock rates for the past three years and all of the news reports about them being outsold by their competitors within 48 hours

But all that being said Nintendo seems to be doing everything right for this next-gen. The Wii U had no hardware or software problems at launch, the console brought a new game play mechanic with the gamepad, it has backwards compatibility with all Wii games, and the first party Nintendo’s games are polished enough to actually worth the $60 price tag.

On top of that the Nintendo network has no online fees, no microtransactions, and with push came to shove when Nintendo had to implement DLC or subscription fees they make sure that it’s a worthwhile investment (see the $5 a year subscription fee for the new Pokemon bank).

and 5 bucks for the access to use the Pokemon Bank for a year is just amazing

I wonder if Nintendo will add the same level of content to the Super Mario 3D world on top of all the hidden worlds, probably not

New gameplay mechanics and worthwhile expansion packs, these are the things that everyone harps about online back when ‘gaming was good back in the 90’s’. With all of that I still feel a pang a sadness whenever I see in the news that Nintendo is struggling in the market because they are the videogame company that is doing the most good right now and I want them to success and see it to the end of this generation.

I feel like the Wii U is very much like the Ugly Ducking from our children storybook, at the beginning it was treated as the butt of a everyone’s jokes and easily forgotten but as times passes and Wii U really matures and then takes the world by storm with its overlooked beauty and ends up easily compete with the best of the other ducklings by the end of the story.

We saw this story unfold a bit with the 3DS and how it became popular with the help of some amazing blockbuster games and I hope we are seeing the start of the metamorphosis with the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World and the Wii U’s Super Smash Brawl game slated for early next year.

What got me excited about this game was not the reviews but from everyone online talking about how much genuine fun they had playing through a franchise that has been criticized for being the victim of one too many rehashes

What got me excited about this game was not the reviews but from everyone online talking about how much genuine fun they had playing through a franchise that has been criticized for being the victim of one too many rehashes


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