Popular online gaming site Kotaku has listed what it calls the biggest disappointments of 2013. The publication says that Nintendo failed to deliver the must have titles in the first year to dissuade people from purchasing the more powerful Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even after a year Kotaku says that it still doesn’t think Wii U is a must have console for gamers. Here’s what they had to say.
Nintendo has always had a tricky challenge on its hands with the Wii U. They had a one-year head-start on Sony and Microsoft, one year to come out with some amazing, must-have exclusive games that would make people choose to get a Wii U over the looming PS4 and Xbox One duo. Suffice to say, Nintendo didn’t really manage to do that. While there are more good games for the system than ever, even after a year we don’t really think the Wii U is a must-own. And now, with the more-powerful PS4 and Xbox One dominating the next-gen discussion, Nintendo will have an even tougher time breaking through.
Remember the Android game that sparked some controversy over at Nintendo Headquarters when a female Yoshi cropped up as its main protagonist? Well, she’s had a makeover that’s left the game’s developers feeling a little less green. Era’s Adventures - a title that sees the player have to escape from a series of trapped worlds – now features a blue coloured dinosaur with diamond-shaped eyes, wearing a backwards red cap and orange boots.
The game’s developer Botond Kopacz recently contacted Kotaku to say he is currently working out the kinks with Nintendo after they got in touch with him about the game.
He said: “Yes, and they did with rightly since the original Era was Yoshi’s character. The new Era is also similar to Yoshi but we are cooperating with Nintendo about the changes required by them but till that time the only thing that we could do is to re-color it, remove the carapace and some other parts and make some changes in “Eras” head shape.”
You can still play the game for free over in the Google Play shop.
Despite the slow start and overly expensive price tag, Kotaku believes that the Nintendo 3DS has become the best gaming machine on the market. The publication points out that we’ve had one of the best Mario games out there, we’ve also had the incredible Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the best Resident Evil in a long time. The future is looking bright for the console which was slated shortly after launch by analysts who were convinced the handheld wasn’t relevant due to smartphones and tablets. Sales for the Nintendo 3DS now stand at 30 million worldwide and are sure to be boosted by the games that were announced at today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. Here’s some choice excerpts from the article.
“That’s a lot of name-dropping, but the point is this: the 3DS is impressive, and continues to get more and more impressive as Nintendo does more and more to support it. While it’s always fun to debate over console power and technical specs, the best video game systems are, quite simply, the systems that have the best games. In 2013, that’s the 3DS.”
“The 3DS has followed the same path, and now it’s booming. Sales are great—Nintendo says they’ve moved 30 million of the little buggers worldwide—and the machine has exceeded our expectations by a great deal.”
“Maybe it was the near-death experience that did it.”
Yesterday, a Nintendo of America representative told Kotaku that a Virtual Console for Wii U is in the works. Although Wii Virtual Console games are not playable on the Wii U GamePad, the representative said Nintendo plans to make Wii U Virtual Console games playable solely on the new controller, which features a 6.2-inch touchscreen.
So far, we don’t know for sure whether Nintendo GameCube games will be purchasable from Wii U’s Virtual Console, but remember that Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime previously said he’d love to see them on the new console.
“We do not have any specifics to share at this time. However, we are moving ahead with development of Virtual Console for Wii U, and we plan to make it so you can play it on the Wii U GamePad alone.”
Kotaku made a list of multiple third-party games that are coming out next year, 2013, but haven’t been confirmed for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. However, keep in mind that the Wii U will be receiving some major third-party games early next year, including Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Rayman Legends, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Early 2013 third-party games that aren’t confirmed for Wii U are listed here:
- Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
- BioShock Infinite
- Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
- Crysis 3
- Dead Island Riptide
- Dead Space 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
- Metro Last Light
- Remember Me
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Tomb Raider
Owen Good, one of the writers at online gaming publication Kotaku says that it is unfair that Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, but admits that it’s going to secure Nintendo more console sales. Good says that effectively paying $360 or $410 to play Bayonetta 2 on Wii U just isn’t fair on the loyal fans of the franchise, but concedes that the backlash against the developer Platinum Games isn’t really on. You can read his full opinions here.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was recently asked whether Nintendo GameCube games will come to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Fils-Aime responded to the question by saying Nintendo currently has nothing to announce, but he would personally love for it to happen.
Will GameCube games ever come to the [Wii U] Virtual Console?
“That is a great question. And personally I would love for that to happen, but we have nothing to announce right now.”
Brian Ashcraft, a long-term writer for Kotaku, has just published an article titled “I hate the Wii U Pro controller”. Ashcraft says that the Wii U Pro controller is just too light and says that it’s comparable to Sony’s original PlayStation 3 controller, the Six Axis. Another point that he brings up is the fact that the rumble feature on the controller is very subdued compared to the Xbox 360 controller and the Dual Shock 3. You can read his full opinions here.
Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo asked Nintendo president Satoru Iwata if Mother 3 would ever come to North America. Iwata replied by saying that he recently spoke to Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi about the popularity of the Mother series in the West. During his conversation with Totilo, Iwata did not rule out the possibility of a Western release for Mother 3 – so maybe the game will eventually come to Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Stephen Totilo: I would be remiss in not telling you that some of my writers would like to play another Advance Wars and they would someday like to play Mother 3 in America… [Iwata writes something down] … Whenever I ask Reggie about Mother 3, he says, ‘ask Mr. Iwata.’
Satoru Iwata: “Just yesterday, before I left from Japan, I met with Mr. Itoi, who is the creator of the Earthbound series.”
Stephen Totilo: “Oh, I know. Are we ever going to get it?”
Iwata: “And, yeah, accidentally we were discussing that there are huge fans from Western countries for the Mother series.”
Stephen Totilo: “So, someday? Someday?”
Satoru Iwata: “[laughs] Thank you. Great to see you!”
An anonymous tipster from an Australian retailer told Kotaku that the Wii U will be released in Australia on Thursday, December 6th. Because of the Wii shortages that were prevalent when the console debut in 2006, Nintendo is apparently making sure that anyone who pre-orders a Wii U from EB Games will get it at launch. For the sake of comparison, the Wii was released on Thursday, December 7th, 2006, in Australia.