Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t critique it. I feel like diehard fans of the Wii U have been quiet about the problems faced with Nintendo’s handheld gaming device. I could ignore the drought of games with this system in addition to the limited amount of storage space compared to the competition.
Well, Nintendo has seemingly made an attempt on correcting such problems; however, it’s an attempt that is as sad as being beat by your little sister at “Super Mario Kart” for the fiftieth time.
If you were recently at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) this year, you might have stumbled upon a flyer that outlined the differences between the current Wii U and the company’s last mega-seller, the Wii. I understand what Nintendo is doing, since it has to move more consoles, especially with stories about retail outlets scaling back on support being seen. However, this list isn’t the way to go about it, primarily because it makes the Wii U seem like only an upgraded Wii as opposed to its own system. The Wii U is an entirely different monster, yet casual players may not invest in seemingly a more powerful version whereas serious gamers have other systems to look forward to.
Nintendo is trying to perform damage control in terms of reputation management and it’s not working.
The Wii U is not a hopeless case; as an owner, I can tell you that there is a great deal of potential with the system. There has to be work done on the major problems, though.
1. Games sell consoles, ten times out of ten. If you bought a PlayStation 3 back in 2007 solely for the Blu-ray support, you might as well have bought the Blu-ray player and saved that extra money on student loans. With Wii U’s aforementioned game drought, some big titles have to come down the pipeline.
2. Create more solid intellectual properties which serious gamers can invest time into. You can only play Mario and Zelda so many times before you’re clamoring for something new. It wouldn’t hurt Nintendo’s reputation by featuring a darker, more prominent mascot to shake the proposed kiddie image a bit.
3. Air commercials more often on TV. Buy advertising space in public for people to see. Showcase the Wii U has its own system instead of a supposed upgrade to the Wii. Any of these actions would be much more impactful than Nintendo currently twiddling its thumbs.