The black sheep of gaming consoles

by Jordan Pollock

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to say I love just about every system and first-party title Nintendo has ever made. That being

Wii U. Courtesy of Caitlin Johnson.
Wii U. Courtesy of Caitlin Johnson.

said, the Wii U’s lack of worthwhile games is the main reason why it’s considered a failure in the gaming industry.

Back in 2012, the Wii U had a decent amount of hype built up around it. Think about it—the advent of Nintendo’s first high-definition console meant users would be getting HD versions of Mario Kart,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Metroid,” “Donkey Kong Country” and various other first-party Nintendo titles.

And yet, nine months later players are just now getting word about first-party Nintendo titles fans are actually looking forward to, titles such as “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,” “Super Smash Bros. Wii U” and “Super Mario 3D World.” Unfortunately, these games aren’t coming out until the holiday season and sometime in 2014.

That’s all well and good; we’ll finally get our hands on something more fun than “ZombiU.” However, the Wii U now has to contend with the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Wii U doesn’t really give gamers an incentive to purchase the game console with variety in quality. Ultimately, next generations consoles will end up being more successful than the Wii U. In addition to that, major third-party publishers such as Electronic Arts and Activision aren’t really attempting to make games for the Wii U.

That isn’t to say there is absolutely no third-party titles for the Wii U. In fact, it does have many third-party games available right now, but they are all titles that appear on the other more popular consoles.

Where does that leave the Wii U? On shelves at every major gaming retailer. Why? Because Nintendo has seriously dropped the ball. To further this point, look at the price tags of the current-generation, and next-generation consoles. The Playstation 3 now runs for about $300 bundled with triple-A titles such as “God of War” or “Uncharted.” The Xbox 360 can go for as low as $200 by itself. The PS4 will be sold for $399 and the Xbox One runs for $499. With that in mind, the price of the Wii U Deluxe Set is $350! It costs more than the PS3 and Xbox 360 did initially and just a little less than the PS4 and Xbox One.

The Wii U’s price point, combined with the lack of exclusive titles, absolutely does not garner any sort of interest in the console. The original Wii was a success because it innovated the industry with motion controls, which Sony and Microsoft tried to capitalize on and ended up not being as successful. With the Wii U, Nintendo attempted to bottle lightning once more and create a new gimmick for a new generation; it simply didn’t work.

Maybe next year the Wii U will start generating some interest when it actually gets worthwhile games. Until then, the Wii U sucks. No offense.

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