How the Wii U Converted Me

Two years ago if you had asked me if I was going to get the Wii U, I would have laughed in your face. In fact, I remember when the Wii U was about to launch, I desperately tried to convince people to not rush out and get the console. I was giving the standard arguments, that Wii U was a step behind. It was trying to compete with PS3 and XBox360, but was getting into the game just before Sony and Microsoft were set to unveil their new consoles. Nintendo may not have come out of the gate strong, but it looks like the tide may be beginning to turn. At least it has for me.

I was a Hater

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

I am not going to deny it. I was a big time Wii U hater. It wasn’t because I was against Nintendo. In fact, I loved Nintendo. I still do. I had some great memories with my N64 and playing games with friends or cousins. I even got a Wii eventually though it was a hand-me down and near the end of the Wii’s life cycle. Thus when the Wii U came out, it just felt like an upresed version of the Wii with a big clunky tablet I had to use that distracted from the game in front of me. Then the Wii was released to a giant womp. It wasn’t selling. People weren’t buying in to the new console and to make it worse, neither were third party developers. Rather than developing for the console or even creating ports for currently releasing games, Wii U was left out in the cold. It was a sad time and even if I wasn’t on the Wii U bandwagon it was tough to see Nintendo flounder.

The Problem

Mario Maker

Mario Maker

I don’t claim to be an expert, I am far from it. I am just a meager citizen who likes to pay close attention to the world of video games. In fact, I’m constantly learning and trying to understand the business more and more. So take my claim as to what their problem was with a grain of salt. The marketing was all wrong at first. Wii was being pitched as a place where you could get games you loved on PS3 and XBox360 on there as well. At least they tried to show that with their version of Arkham City. Yet, they were trying to juxtapose that with the Nintendo message we know best and that it is family friendly in every way. It was trying to prove itself and it was doing it too hard. The truth was the Wii U didn’t need to make claims as to what kind of environment it would be, it needed to prove that internally it was creating games that people would want. Unfortunately, Wii U didn’t have that at first. Nintendo forgot for a minute that what people wanted out of a Nintendo console the most was Nintendo games.

The Games

Yoshi's Woolly World

Yoshi’s Woolly World

When it comes to video game consoles, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the games. Microsoft learned that the hard way after their disaster at E3 2013. Nintendo foolishly jumped into the market thinking that people would be viciously loyal to Nintendo. That wasn’t the case. And for the first year and a half the console struggled to get good sales. It simply didn’t have the games it needed to support itself. It looked like Nintendo was slipping into a dire place very early on in the life cycle. While, Nintendo is by no means in a great place, but it is beginning to slide into favor. I know that I have been converted to see the light now that the games revealed at E3 have been announced. Sure there had been rumors, but it is only with the announcement of Smash Bros, Mario Party, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mario Maker, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Yes, there is a Toad game. Oh and I didn’t even mention the new Legend of Zelda game. I’m finally excited about what is going on with Nintendo. Sure, it isn’t perfect and there are a lot of things that could make it more enticing, but I’ve crossed the hurdle. That may make me a hypocrite, but I admit it. Come holiday season, I may very well have a Wii U in my home.

Is Nintendo beginning to win you over? Or do they still have to do more to get you in their favor? Or are you one of the legion who was won over from the start?

2 thoughts on “How the Wii U Converted Me

  1. The lack of games never bothered me too badly with the Wii U. I’m going to buy every console, so Nintendo’s machine being dedicated to Nintendo games is something I’m used to at this point.

    I feel bad for people who buy the Wii U hoping for great ports from third parties, though. I don’t see that changing in the system’s lifespan.

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