Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 11:44 UTC
Games

Not only did the PlayStation 4 outsell the Xbox One in its first weekend by about 100000 units in the UK, it completely obliterated the Wii U.

The numbers are even bleaker for Nintendo - its year of Wii U sales have now been trounced in a weekend by both next-gen machines. More people bought a PS4 and a copy of Knack over the weekend than bought a Wii U at any point over the past year and new release Super Mario 3D World.

If not even a Mario game can save a Nintendo console, you know something's up. People, Nintendo is in deep, deep trouble.

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RE: Nintendo
by Novan_Leon on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 14:23 UTC in reply to "Nintendo"
Novan_Leon
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2005-12-07

I'm actually interested in getting a Wii U in order to play some Wii games JRPGs that I missed and play some of the new classic Mario titles... but every time I think about buying one, I remember several things which immediately turn me off:

* The controller - I've used one, and it's definitely a step back in controller design. It's neither comfortable, nor is the concept compelling, requiring you to constantly divert your attention to the second smaller screen in your hand. The fact that playing older Wii games requires you to own and use a Wii controller is bad as well. The fact that these devices are still powered by AA batteries is ridiculous.

* No online accounts - In this day and age, the fact that Nintendo still doesn't have a single, unified login for users to purchase and carry-over their digital purchases is simply unacceptable.

* Disk storage - If I WERE going to purchase digital games, this one would be a killer. My PS4 has 500GB that I easily upgraded to 1TB. The fact that the WiiU only has 32 GB is ridiculous.

* Price - Of course, this one is getting better and may soon become a non-factor. The same can't be said for the others.

These key points just amount to more hassle than I'm willing to go through just in order to play a handful of games.

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RE[2]: Nintendo
by Dekonega on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE: Nintendo"
Dekonega Member since:
2009-07-28

I just wanted to point out that Xbox 360 and Xbox One both have controllers which are powered by the AA batteries. And yes, it's ridiculous.

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RE[2]: Nintendo
by SitrucKram on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 15:03 in reply to "RE: Nintendo"
SitrucKram Member since:
2013-12-02

I agree on each point. Some of the JRPG's on the Wii made the system worth having (last story, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of The New World). However, it just irritates me that each iteration of their consoles since the Gamecube makes certain critical aspects look like a gimmick. I care about as much as having a tablet and motion controls for a controller as much as I care for teaching a goldfish Korean. Again, I think these are cool, but not really groundbreaking, or worthwhile.

I wish for more GOOD exclusive games to come to Nintendo consoles. Their handheld market has always been solid, but I can't hook those systems up to my 60in LCD.

Nintendo, stop taking risks with your hardware, and start taking risks with a new IP/franchise. Attract people to your console. Most people don't care about mind-bending new controllers as much as having good games.

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RE[3]: Nintendo
by bnolsen on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 04:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Nintendo"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I don't mean to advocate piracy but dolphin is quite a fine gamecube and wii emulator. I'm not sure its worth buying the actual hardware anymore, just get the disks and grab rips to play.

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RE[2]: Nintendo
by CapEnt on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 15:39 in reply to "RE: Nintendo"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

There is one nice point that is often overlooked on Wii U that i want to add to this list:

* Nintendo's insistence on proprietary disk formats. With other consoles of that generation, i have a fully capable blu-ray player.

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