Posts Tagged ‘Mario HD’

What Nintendo must do to get me to buy a Wii U

October 22, 2013

I often get asked as to why I hate Nintendo so much and whatnot, and that’s a fair question. I come out as rather anti-Nintendo, and sure, I get that. But in all honesty – I am gamer. I love products that push boundaries and innovate. Nintendo, are unfortunately, stuck in the 90:s. But should they change around a few things and release some really, really solid software I might pick up a Wii U in like 3-4 years.

Why do I say 3-4 years? Because I am about to list my requirements for me to buy a Wii U and they are not likely to be matched until at least 3-4 years. What are they? Glad you asked.

Wii U console for $199.
The Wii U hardware is already six years old. It’s ridiculously overpriced due to the tablet controller. I won’t pay a single dime over $199 for this console and when I do pay $199 for it, I want it to come bundled with at least one amazing game as well. And for it to be some sort of special edition like they did with the Wind Waker bundle.

Wii U controller for $79.99
The fact that you can’t buy additional controllers one-year after release is pathetic. And the fact that they cost over $200 is even more sad. Drop that price by miles and release the product.

Wave Race Wii U
This needs to be a fully new game with 1080p graphics in all its glory. It needs to have 8-12 people online multiplayer with leaderboards, rankings, free roaming, split-screen racing for 4 players, fantastic tropical race tracks, but also some innovative and new ones, perhaps winter themed? It also needs to be getting additional levels and content through at least one DLC package for $9.99 with like 3 new maps and a new mode. This is by far the most important piece of software Nintendo can put out in order for me to be excited.

Zelda HD
A really mind-blowing Zelda HD game with some form of online features whether it’d be leaderboards, races, sharing items, something. It needs connectivity. And fucking gorgeous design choices. Like I need to sit there and say  Very nice, this is a must have. Something like that. Not just “Meh, it’s Zelda in HD with the same shit over and over again.”

Super Smash Bros. Wii U
I know this one’s already announced and a trailer has been shown. But this needs to be pitch perfect. I mean, the online needs to have leaderboards, rankings, divisions, proper replay features, bonus content with DLC in the future in form of characters and levels, it needs to be fast, polished, and insanely addictive. Simply put it needs to be the best goddamn online game Nintendo has ever done with amazing esport potential.  Cross-play between 3DS and Wii U would be slick. That would make it impressive.

Mario Kart 8
This game has also been announced and shown. For Spring 2014, so it’s not that far off. But I must say I am not that impressed. Maybe in 3-4 years we’ll get Mario Kart 9, but I expect some very deep online features, addictive social gameplay for 4 local players, replay features, perhaps a level creator?  It needs to be the deepest, longest and most content filled Mario Kart by miles.

If Nintendo manages to achieve all my requirements, I suppose you could see a Wii U next to my PS4 in like 2016-17.

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Nintendo on their way to irrelevance

September 8, 2013

Atari’s founder has done an interview with BBC where he said that Nintendo are on their way to irrelevance.

This is something I’ve been saying for numerous years now, seeing as Nintendo’s hardware is always more than one generation behind their competitors in terms of power and performance. Wii saw the effect of that. It lost hundreds of AAA-titles such as Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Skyrim, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, you see my point right? These were titles Nintendo owners missed out on. Not to mention Xbox and PlayStation exclusives such as Halo, Gears of War and The Last Of Us. Sure, they got Mario and Zelda, again instead.

Nintendo’s a joke in my eyes. They have zero understanding of what the western core gamer desires. They prove this with their ancient and vastly inferior online service and weak hardware. The Wii U is barely selling at all and that’s justified I feel. It has no games and it’s insanely old compared to the coming consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo are aware of this, of course. Several developers have already stated their lack of intention to develop for their platform and it will most likely only increase as people won’t buy the Wii U once they see a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that are more than 10 times powerful with AAA-games for not so much more money.

So what are Nintendo doing about this? Well, they are cutting the price by $50. The Wii U will be priced at $299 which is $100 less than Sony’s PS4, and that’s a start, but it’s still not enough I believe. The lack of games is another key factor and it’s being addressed but I feel it’s too late. The console has soon been on the market one year and didn’t managed to attract interest. I believe it will feel “old” and much like a “failure” in consumers eyes to care when they see that new shiny Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Had the Wii U been as powerful as the PS4 and had much better online capabilities, I think it’d been much more successful. Also, the name is flat-out horrible.