I saw the recent bad news of the current state of your company, the financial loss of the WiiU, the adjusting of your forecast goals, and having your top men come out and admit that he ‘misread the market‘.
It would not be too far off to say that you want to turn around your current situation, move away from the red and return to the black in your books.
I am sure that with all of this bad press about your company and the recent news reports saying that that exclusives at Nintendo are busily working behind closed doors putting in effect games and projects that you have been holding off for just this sort of occasion. But may I, a person who is teetering in the fence about buying a WiiU for the new year, put forth a few suggestions on how to get out of the current storm your are in.
The first tip is probably the easiest to get started,
Advertise your backwards compatibility feature to the public
The WiiU has the ability to play the previous generation of Nintendo games and especially following the public opinion backlash of the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4’s inability to play any of their games you should have jumped on board the band wagon and boosted about how people who bought the WiiU can still play all their favorite games like Brawl, Zelda, and the Warioware series.
To avoid more brand confusion between the Wii and the WiiU it should not be the major selling point of the console but instead more of a ‘oh and one more thing’ tacked on to the end of the sales pitch.
Port more N64 and GameCube games to the Virtual Console (and sell it cheap!)
Still continuing on the backwards compatibility trip, have a library of N64 games and GameCube games to your Virtual Console eShop. Nintendo is the only company compatible with Nintendo games, no other company can boast that, and with some moderate work, in a few months time, you could have some of the best collection of the past two generation of your games on Wii U and then you can go back to the marketing department and truly say that the WiiU is the all in one console for any and all Nintendo games.
But be wary if you do intend to put relatively old school Nintendo games on the WiiU the price of said games must to be inexpensive enough not to warrant a second thought from the paying consumers, Gamecube games should be around the ten-dollar mark and everything should be that or lower.
Talking from personal experience, I would go out and buy and WiiU if Nintendo ever made the announcement that they would be bringing Mario Kart Double Dash to the virtual console.
The price for these old Nintendo games must to be low enough in order for it overcome the temptation of going through the hassle of just emulating the game on our smart phones. You should not be making major profits from these almost 30-year-old games, instead they should be the bait to get players to sign up for the Virtual Console service. On that note, bridge the 3DS and WiiU accounts closer together, I should not need to pay twice for a Virtual Console game on my 3DS and WiiU.
The last one is the most obvious but….
Produce more first party games and bring back the older IP and for the Wii U.
Nintendo, we both know that you never really relied as much on third-party games for your success as Microsoft or Sony have. To compensate you need to start pushing out exclusives and then beyond the Zelda/Pokemon/Mario formula As much as we can not wait for the newest Zelda game and that secret Pokemon project we need you to give the Kid Icarus: Uprising revival treatment to your older titles to cover a wide range of modern gaming genres.
F-Zero could provide entertainment to the hardcore racing enthusiasts that might not be satisfied with the slightly more casual Mario Kart series. Star Fox has not had a game since the GameCube, and a proper spaceship fighting game since the N64, and Matroid can easily fill out the Space shooter for a full library of games.
Nintendo, I do love your company and work ethics about videogames and whether or not you see this I hope that your find a way out of this mess you are in and regain your place as one of the best heavy hitters of the gaming world.
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