Leave Wii U alone, it's a great console launch

by Stephen Heller 21 Comments 22 Likes 1,516 Views 20/11/2012 Back to Wii U articles Wii U

“BURN THEM!” “ZOMFG have they lost the plot?” “WHY NINTENDO, WHY?” These are just some of the cries I’ve been hearing from US gamers since the Wii U launch in the States. Why the hatred? Perhaps it has something to do with a 5GB patch waiting gamers when they get home. Why so large? Without it your shiny new Wii U console cannot connect to the internet or play your old Wii titles.

Sure, it’s certainly frustrating, yet it’s no cause for alarm just yet. Yes it is a gigantic oversight on Nintendo’s behalf, yet it doesn’t constitute gamers screaming this is the worst launch of all time.

Take a look at the line-up of launch titles. New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, these are some of the most revered franchises in gaming, and they are all rocking up on our doorsteps at day one.

Don’t let the US gamers fool you – the Wii U is going to launch with a bang here in Australia when it arrives next Friday.

Remember the Xbox 360 launch? Remember how it launched with the tripe that was Perfect Dark: Zero? How quickly they forget. I spent more time playing Bankshot Billiards 2 on XBLA than any actual launch title on my Xbox 360. Nintendo are coming out the gate strong with Trine 2, and Little Inferno amongst other downloadable titles.

But it’s seriously the worst launch ever guys…..

I challenge you to find a better launch line-up than what Nintendo has conjured for their first foray into the HD world. If you seriously believe that Resistance: Fall of Man or Motorstorm can live up to the arrival of New Super Mario Bros. U, then you need to ditch the fanboyism and start looking at things realistically.

"But they’re all old games, Heller, and I could have played them on my Xbox 360 or PS3 long before the launch."

I hear some of you say. Well, I can’t argue with you there, but at least they are providing plenty of exciting titles for us to experience. I haven’t picked up Black Ops 2 yet, and I’m looking forward to putting the Wii U through its paces, particularly online.

Launching with New Super Mario Bros. U is a smart move from the Big N. Providing fans with a new entry into a beloved franchise was always going to move units, and US reviews are telling us that it is by far the best New Super Mario release to date. They have already grabbed themselves a sure fire hit, one that hardcore gamers and casual families will enjoy.

ZombiU is another exclusive that is dividing critics. Some are praising it beyond belief, saying that there is no match for this survival experience on consoles. Others simply don’t get it, giving it average score and calling it a bore-fest. Sound rather similar to an Xbox 360 launch game, Condemned: Criminal Origins, which I still maintain is one of the best games I’ve played this generation.

Yes, Nintendo dropped that ball with their online on day one – but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a fully functional online service is almost as complex as building an entire city. Nintendo have never attempted something on this scale before, so seriously, cut them a little slack.

Don’t let the US gamers fool you – the Wii U is going to launch with a bang here in Australia when it arrives next Friday.

Just don’t run the update until you’re ready to go to bed!

By Stephen Heller

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  • KojiDD 15712 XP 20/11/2012
    The ones that are crying are probably just trolls :P

    Or idiots that don't know better.

    I really want to get this but I don't really have a tv in my room anymore and I don't play enough consoles to fork out the dough for it either I think.

    Monster Hunter is the deal breaker for me even though I was looking forward to Zombi U
  • 1wiierdguy 9880 XP 20/11/2012
    But with this you don't need a TV in your room. Just grab games that support off screen play and use the pad!
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  • Tano 363562 XP 20/11/2012
    I don't think many people are saying it's a crap launch...it's just that it's difficult to get excited about Black Ops 2 and Mass Effect 3, especially when only 500 people are playing BLOPS 2 on Wii U. I'm sorry, but that's absolutely pathetic for a free online service that is basically Nintendo's attempt at Xbox Live, which really launched into the mainstream in 2006.

    Maybe Nintendo is too late to the party...I hope they're not. I don't think they are. But they need to sell this as a console that lets you play Mario and Zelda in HD. Bring back the charm of the late 90s when basically everyone owned a Nintendo hardware. I can't believe how big a share of the market they've lost, especially when you consider the 90s was a far more hostile, competitive market than it is now with SEGA, Sony AND Nintendo.

    I don't except the excuse about online. It's 2012. Get it right. I want to play Metroid online and I want it to be an easy experience to connect on. That's not me being a troll. It's just me being the "core" gamer Nintendo says it's trying to appeal to.
  • KojiDD 15712 XP 20/11/2012
    Oh right, I'm a dumb ass [Derp]

    The ones I want probably don't support that though [Rage]
  • Gryllis 371665 XP 20/11/2012
    As long as you're in range of the Wii U. So your bedroom would have to be right next to the room with the Wii U in it.
  • Heller 186978 XP 20/11/2012
    Since when have you been a Metroid fan? It seems so many people are jumping on the hate bandwagon because it's the cool thing to do - because Nintendo can't return from the failed experiment that was the Wii U.
  • KojiDD 15712 XP 20/11/2012
    I'd keep it in my room [Derp]

    Edit: derp the new layout confused me :'(
  • Harry 77956 XP 20/11/2012
    "I can't believe how big a share of the market they've lost," -- they haven't really lost anything, have they? I mean sure, statistics will say they don't own the industry like they used to, but that's probably because a HUGE number of gamers would be owning multiple consoles now.. Don't forget how many Wii units Ninty shipped.. :)
  • Tano 363562 XP 20/11/2012
    Well it's not like it's hard to like...I love the Prime series, mentioned countless time my love for Super Metroid...
  • Tano 363562 XP 20/11/2012 +1
    Wii was a casual market that moves on from bought products very quickly.

    If they hadn't lost such a big share of the market they wouldn't be pushing this "we want core gamers back" card, which is what they're doing.

    Wii is a very different market. Primarily it was a "non-gamer" market that bought very little software, bought a few fitness games and titles that optimised use of the Wiimote, but beyond that it didn't have a very committed fanbase. This is why it died so quickly. It launched in 2006 but couldn't sustain beyond 2010.

    In 2010 retailers we literally on stage saying they had concerns about Wii heading into the holiday scene. This was said at retailer events. There are still a lot of unsold Wii consoles. It made Nintendo a lot of money, but it doesn't matter if your market and audience doesn't stick around for long.

    I'm not hating on Nintendo at all btw. I just accept why some people might hate on it.

    I can't wait to use the GamePad for NSMBU, Yoshi Land (if it exists), etc etc.
  • Blob 41736 XP 20/11/2012
    Metroid as a series is about isolation, why does that scream online to you?
  • colint1 0 XP 20/11/2012
    It hasn't launched here the in UK yet but I am really REALLY excited for Wii U. I have 5 games on order and another included in the bundle. That is the first time I am buying that many games at launch. It shows how good the launch lineup really is. I would say it is one of the best ever.

    Thank you for fighting it's corner. I remember Microsoft saying at their E3 2005 they would have the best launch lineup in console history and they had far from it. Oh sure they are ports but at least they are ports of good games. Tekken, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed. SO much choice and variety. I remember 360 had rubbish sports games with features cut out as well. Gun was rubbish. King Kong was the only noteworthy port for me. And considering Kameo originally started development as a GC game it should have had FAR more then it did.

    I can't help but think the internet is just bashing this because it is Nintendo or something. The next Xbox and PS4 will have a lot to do to match this launch lineup.
  • abujaffer 14339 XP 20/11/2012
    "... only 500 people are playing BLOPS 2 on Wii U."

    How is that Nintendo's fault? It could be the the best online service ever and that wouldn't change, Xbox Live/PSN/Steam/GameCenter, whatever you want; it won't make a difference.

    And about Metroid/Zelda, who said they weren't coming? Did you really expect them to come out at launch? Then you're either looking for a half-baked game (Resistance on the Vita/PS3 at launch, anyone?) or one that doesn't innovate (New Super Mario U for example). Long gone are the days where you could conjure up a Sonic the Hedgehog game months before launch and make it a must-have; development time/costs have ensured the death of that.
  • abujaffer 14339 XP 20/11/2012
    Just a quick addition, they lost a lot (LOT) more of their marketshare when they appealed to the "core" gamer. Nintendo was about to hit the dump with the GameCube, even though they had all the best first-party (Metroid trilogy, Smash Bros., Zelda) and third-party hits (Resident Evil 4, SoulCaliber, etc.). Face it, "core" gamers didn't give two sh**s about Nintendo, they were buying the "casual" PS2 by the dozen and only came back when the Wii became a hit. I honestly don't think any company can live off of "core" gamers, and all three manufacturers have already realized that.
  • renagadez 86128 XP 20/11/2012
    lol Some people are just funny.
  • Tsunamo 74548 XP 20/11/2012
  • M@ndyz 251995 XP 20/11/2012
    Real Nintendo fans will certainly buy it.. I'm one of them and there's many of us.. I'm still really looking forward to it *_*
  • Tsunamo 74548 XP 21/11/2012
    It's not the titles on offer that people are complaining about and making it be called the worst launch ever, it's that the console is suffering from really bad issues that shouldn't be present. Random lock-ups (and this is very consistent, it's not just a rare thing), someone pressing a button and managing to get into the consoles debug mode by accident are really worrying on launch, it makes it seem like they weren't ready and it was rushed.

    Although in regards to consoles software on offer some of the 3rd party games have technical issues on Wii U on launch , which isn't too good. Batman Arkham City's not even at a playable framerate.
  • Tano 363562 XP 21/11/2012
    It doesn't, but I don't see why that universe couldn't have a multiplayer component...also, multiplayer doesn't necessarily need to be competitive...
  • NintyNinty 815 XP 08/12/2012
    my friend asked why did the tablet cost so much for a crappy old console [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm]
    needs a name change, would sell like 200k more worldwide
  • NintyNinty 815 XP 08/12/2012
    most underrated console of all time
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