Respected online gaming publication Eurogamer has written an article declaring that the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita are our new Dreamcasts. However, the publication says this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as despite neither achieving commercial success, they both have a good back catalogue of games.
“Commercial success may evade them, but these ailing consoles are future classics.”
“It’s one of the odd phenomena seemingly exclusive to video game fandom that some people really do care. Sales figures are used as self-validation for those that have picked the most popular side, and there’s no shortage of morbid mobs prematurely ringing the death knell for struggling hardware. The strangely partisan behaviour of players who pledge blind allegiance to corporations is a matter for another day, though – what’s important is to forget about all that, and embrace some of those commercial failures while they’re still around for us to celebrate them.”
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has written an in-depth article looking at who to blame for Nintendo’s current predicament. The publication has decided to point the finger at legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, saying that he’s partly to blame for Nintendo’s current woes. You can read the whole thing, here.
“It seems unlikely that Miyamoto himself isn’t aware of this situation. His own record as an innovator suggests otherwise. Perhaps, in greenlighting so many sequels, offshoots and retrospective curios, he is just trying to keep fans tickled and sales ticking over until Nintendo’s next magic bullet is in the chamber. It’s said that he is working on a new franchise for Wii U, as is the Tokyo A-team – perhaps one and the same project. News of what they are up to cannot come soon enough, and I hope it proves me wrong.”
“But even if it does – even if, within Nintendo’s walls, Miyamoto is fighting the company’s more conservative instincts rather than preserving them – perhaps it is time to consider whether his richly deserved legend hasn’t become a gilded millstone for the game creators working under him. He’s a star that cannot be outshone, and his original creations have become needs to be serviced by those who follow him, rather than inspirations for them to find their own voices. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if the great man agreed with me, but it never seemed to him to be the right moment; his successors never seemed to be ready. Perhaps they won’t be until he steps aside. Perhaps he, and they, and we, just need to let go.”
Eurogamer readers have gathered together to vote for their favourite games of 2013. Some of the games you’d expect to find on the list, but there’s also a few surprises too including Hotline Miami and XCOM. Interestingly there isn’t a Nintendo 3DS exclusive in the top ten, despite it being a great year for the platform. You can see the entire top fifty games as voted by Eurogamer readers, right here.
10. Hotline Miami
8. XCOM: Enemy Within
7. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
5. Super Mario 3D World
4. Tomb Raider
3. Bioshock Infinite
2. Grand Theft Auto V
1. The Last of Us
Eurogamer has picked the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World on Wii U as their Game of 2013. Mario’s latest adventure beat big hitters such as Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar and The Last of Us by Naughty Dog. The publication awarded indie title Fez their Game of the Year in 2012. Anyway, here’s an extract from the article.
“In fact, as far as I’m concerned Super Mario 3D World is the most delightful of any of the 3D Marios. I found Mario 64 and Sunshine’s structure of sending players back to the same maps multiple times to be plodding and tiresome. The Galaxy games improved on this by taking you to different parts of the stages, but the general theme would remain the same. Unwrapping a new level was always met with a mix of excitement countered with a mild groan of, “I guess I’m going to be stuck here for the next 20 minutes.” 3D World changes that by merging the big-budget 3D splendor of a modern console Mario adventure with the quick, breeziness of its 2D forebears.”
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has awarded the fantastic Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii as the game of the generation. The publication says that the game could well be the pinnacle of Mario’s career as there’s the unmistakable sense of a great idea reaching its fullest, and perhaps final, expression. Mario’s iconic adventure was released back in 2007 and received incredible reviews upon release. The game currently has a Metacritic score of 97 which puts it inline with its brilliant sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.
The sense of creative freedom is unparalleled. Once Mario’s designers had kicked themselves free of gravity and were swimming amongst the stars, they found that space allowed them to do anything they wanted. And so they did anything they wanted. Manta-ray surfing on a stiff little tube of twisting water? A marriage of crazy golf and pinball that hangs, stoically, above a black hole? Why not have an asteroid serving as the roost for a towering three-legged robot, and another that’s home to an enormous molten octopus, too? Why not lay on hollow planets, glass planets, planets like deserts and planets like desserts? Why not throw in a video game joke that’s been three decades in the construction: an ice level that comes with a lava level clamped to its back?
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Online gaming publication Eurogamer has joined EDGE magazine in saying that the Wii U is the best choice of console this Christmas. The publication points to Super Mario 3D World as a prime reason to own the struggling console along with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3. Whether these opinion pieces will be enough to change the fortunes of the failing console once the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch remains to be seen. Still, it’s certainly nice to have some good coverage for once.
Inject a little Tokyo EAD magic into that back catalogue and it’s hard to deny that the Wii U’s line-up eclipses those of the Xbox One and PS4 – and so it should after its lengthy headstart. Is it enough to turn the tide, though? That’s a harder ask, but there are at least signs that Nintendo’s beginning to push the console in the right direction.
Nintendo is supporting indie developers like never before at Eurogamer Expo 2013 with a special zone showcasing some of the best indie talent to grace Nintendo’s current consoles.
The developers of indie games Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails, Tengami, Coaster Crazy Deluxe, Knytt Underground, Putty Squad and Steam World Dig will attend Eurogamer Expo alongside Nintendo. There will also be nine brand new games available to play including the first playable Wii U demo of Tengami. Indie games available on stand include:
- Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
- Knytt Underground
- Coaster Crazy Deluxe
- SteamWorld Dig
- Shantae & the Pirate’s Curse
- Retro City Rampage
- Putty Squad
Based on 14 critics, Ubisoft’s Wii U-exclusive game, ZombiU, currently holds a 72/100 on Metacritic. Eurogamer praised the game for ‘taking a new path,’ and awarded it with a 9/10. Although Destructoid said ZombiU is awkward, ugly and often nonsensical, it awarded the game with an 8/10.
Greg Miller, the executive editor of IGN PlayStation, said ZombiU‘s controls are ‘clunky, melee combat is annoying, and the game doesn’t look good,’ and gave it a 6.3/10. GameSpot said ZombiU has an ‘uninteresting world and dull combat,’ and gave the game a 4.5/10 – its lowest score yet.
ZombiU can be purchased in North America via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and/or at retail.
Eurogamer have revised their headline that claimed Sega said Wii U graphics are on-par with current generation consoles. Now they make it clear that developer Sumo Digital was actually referring to the graphics of the Wii U version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, rather than the Wii U console’s graphics. Eurogamer apologizes for the confusion that the original article has caused.
Eurogamer’s Revised Headline: Sega: Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed Wii U graphics on-par with PlayStation 3 version, “maybe even better”
UPDATE: We’ve updated the headline of this article to better reflect the content of the story. Sega was referring to the visuals of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U compared to the visuals of the other versions, not the graphics capabilities of the Wii U itself. Sorry for the confusion this has caused.
It was recently reported that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed developer Sumo Digital said Wii U graphics are on-par with current generation consoles. This claim was actually stated by Eurogamer, not the developer. When Sumo Digital was talking about Wii U graphics, it was in fact referring to the Wii U version of Sega’s upcoming racing game, which is graphically “on-par” with current generation consoles or “maybe even better.”
Eurogamer’s Headline: Sega: Wii U graphics on-par with PlayStation 3, “maybe even better”
Eurogamer’s First Sentence: British developer Sumo Digital’s new Sonic racer is graphically “on-par” with current generation consoles – “or maybe even better”, according to publisher Sega.
Update: Eurogamer Apologizes For Misleading Wii U Graphics Headline