GameSpot writer Tom Mc Shea has written a controversial article titled “Nintendo’s Plan To Quietly Kill Wii U”. Mc Shea believes that Nintendo is planning to quietly phase out the Wii U and concentrate their efforts on the mysterious Quality of Life platform. However, this goes against what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said in the past. As he previously explained that the platform will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. You can read the article, here.
“The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It’s the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console’s fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games for the Wii U? Then maybe the system wouldn’t lag so far behind its competitors. Though such moves might help Nintendo in the short term, they would be mere Band-Aids on an open wound. The Wii U is in a dire situation. I believe Nintendo has reconciled itself to that fact, and has already planned a way to bail from this sinking ship.”
“Enter the “quality of life” (QOL) platform. No one knows what to make of Nintendo’s proposed QOL initiative, partly because we know almost nothing about it. Nintendo wants to improve people’s lives in some indeterminate way–using non-wearable technology–and is going to introduce this nebulous product some time next year. According to CEO Satoru Iwata, whatever the QOL platform is, it will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. Iwata said, “When we use ‘health’ as a keyword, some may inevitably think about ‘Wii Fit.’ However, we are considering themes that we have not incorporated to games for our existing platforms.” But what if Nintendo has much grander plans for this mysterious device than they’re letting on? This could be Nintendo’s next big idea. An idea much more in-demand than their ill-advised tablet controller, and one that could propel the company to the same heights it enjoyed during the peak years of the Wii.”
GameSpot have uploaded a video explaining to those on the fence why they should buy a Wii U. The video initially talks about the poor reception the console has had with the general public and the lack of third party support, but it also explains that it’s the only place to play Nintendo’s stellar first party software. Would this video tempt you to purchase a Wii U if you haven’t already done so?
US gaming publication GameSpot has chosen The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as their best game of 2013. The publication says that Link’s latest adventure see’s Nintendo finally realise the long-dormant potential of The Legend of Zelda, and created an incredible experience that will be admired for years to come. They also said that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a stunning masterpiece that’s so consistently rewarding, so unexpected.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is being remade for Wii U, but does Nintendo plan on enhancing more older games to bring them to its latest console? In an interview, GameSpot asked Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto whether the company is considering remaking more games for Wii U. Miyamoto replied by saying he can’t talk about titles that Nintendo hasn’t announced to the public, and that he is more interested in creating new video games, rather than working on remakes.
On top of Luigi’s Mansion and Pkimin 3, Wind Waker for the Wii U is supplementing that lineup. Is Nintendo considering giving Wii U treatment to any other games, potentially older games like Metroid Prime?
Of course I can only talk about the titles we’ve announced publicly. We are thinking about the possibilities around that, but there’s nothing I can share today. I guess I can say from my perspective, I’m more interested in creating new titles.
Last week, on January 31st, Rockstar Games announced that its upcoming action-adventure video game, Grand Theft Auto V, will be released on September 17th for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The publisher has yet to confirm if the game will hit other platforms, and according to GameSpot, Rockstar Games said there’s “nothing new” to share about whether there will be a Wii U or PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.
Rockstar says “nothing new” to share about Grand Theft Auto V for Wii U or PC.
-GameSpot said, via Twitter
Activision’s vice president of consumer marketing, John Coyne, welcomed Disney Infinity to the market and made it clear that his company is the leader of the ‘toys to life’ category, via an issued statement to GameSpot. In under two years, the two games in the Skylanders franchise, which were published by Activision, have generated over $500 million in U.S. sales. Disney Infinity, set for release in June, will integrate collectible physical toys from Disney and Pixar worlds.
“We are thrilled by the incredible success that the Skylanders franchise has had in such a short period of time. We are also flattered that one of the leading family entertainment companies is joining our ‘toys to life’ category.”
“We continue to focus on delivering innovative and immersive entertainment experiences to kids around the world and are pouring more creativity into our games. As a result, we are well positioned to continue leading the category.”
-Activision vice president of consumer marketing John Coyne
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.
GameStop CEO Paul Raines was recently interviewed by GameSpot. During the interview, Raines shared his thoughts on Wii U, which will be released this holiday. With the launch of Wii U, Raines is confident that GameStop’s business will improve. Raines spent time playing with Nintendo’s upcoming console during last month’s E3 and, from what he played, thinks that it’s pretty cool. Raines likes the Wii U GamePad’s rendering capabilities and claims that Wii U’s “graphics are fantastic.”
“We’re excited about Wii U. We think Wii U is going to be a very significant part of the holiday period. If you played the games at [the Electronic Entertainment Expo], it’s pretty cool. I went upstairs and played Pikmin for like an hour with the tablet and the controller, and it’s pretty cool. I mean, the rendering, the graphics are fantastic. So I think Wii U is exciting; we’re eager to get started on the launch and we’re doing a lot to plan for that.”
While Gamespot believes that Nintendo had a better E3 presentation than their competitors, IGN thinks that Nintendo lost E3. IGN editor Richard George claims that “Nintendo’s failure to win E3 2012 was entirely of its own making.” George believes that Nintendo had high expectations before E3, but they ultimately failed to show something new and innovative during their presentations.
“High expectations. Poor presentation. A lack of substance. A narrow focus. Any publisher can be guilty of some of these items at any given E3. Nintendo somehow managed to do all of them in one year, and what’s worse is that it genuinely had some very interesting things to say. It simply said them in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong way.”
While some think that all three major video game publishers performed poorly during E3, some believe Nintendo’s E3 presentation was the better one. Gamespot editior Tom Mc Shea says that although Nintendo could have done a better job, they showcased more fun games than their competitors.
“Nintendo didn’t set the world on fire today. There was nothing that rivaled the Wii Sports demonstration from E3 2006, and I am disappointed at the lack of new IPs. But I can’t deny that they had the strongest group of games I want to play right now. And that’s the most important thing that Nintendo, above all other companies, seems to understand.”