Nintendo’s Lack of Interest From Gamers Force Them to Make More Bad Decisions

Today, some huge announcements were made by Nintendo. Announcements of new games were the center of attention as this is exactly what Wii U owners have been waiting for… or is it? The Wii U has done fair in sales for sure but has left players on the unhappy side in terms of games. Gamers want to love the Wii U but there is something keeping them from that feeling. When new announcements were made by Nintendo earlier today most players were alert and ready to hear exactly what they were going to say. There was an excitement in the air as we awaited big announcements from the company.

That excitement soon faded once the announcements were actually made. Nintendo deemed this year “The Year of Luigi” and announced several 3DS titles. One of the only things that focused attention on their new Wii U hardware was the Mario Bros U DLC. This DLC focuses on Luigi… cool… sort of. Other than that most games were for the 3Ds like Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Golf: World Tour, Donkey Kong Country and multiple eShop downloadable titles. While players are awaiting news on what more they can do with their Wii U Nintendo is failing to fulfill those needs by making announcements that are all well and good but lack in significance.

Mario Defeated

The first issue we notice that Nintendo is facing is in the mind set of “The Year of Luigi”. Luigi has always been a sidekick, staring in few games himself, but that’s something players have never really had a complaint about. Instead of trying something new and different with Mario & Friends focusing on game play they have made the choice to pretty much stick with the same sort of game play they have been giving but swap the main character. It’s like they are string players along more and more with each announcement. Gamers want to have faith in Nintendo just as they did in the past but we want something that feels new not just something with a new face. Nobody has a problem with Mario it’s what they are doing with Mario like the average 2D, running from one side of the screen to the next, role playing game that people are getting sick of. Taking Mario out of that role, sort of but not really, and replacing it with one or many Luigi’s isn’t going to feel like a new experience. Drop “The Year of Luigi” and come up with something new.

The next issue arose quickly. There were a lot of great sounding games announced today but none of them are to make an appearance on the Wii U. People who bought a Wii U would have loved to see games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario Golf: World Tour but sadly these games might stand tall on the Wii U console but are not being given that opportunity. The 3DS handheld system is a great thing but that’s not where gamer’s attention is currently focused. We are waiting for something like this to release on the Wii U but that wish is not being granted.

Nintendo needs to get their act together. Players are only going to be strung along for so long until they retaliate. They should realize what the actual problem is and take steps to fix that in order to gain back the respect they have lost. We don’t need a replacement Mario we need a new Mario experience, we don’t need more games for our 3DS (although it is nice) we need games for our Wii U. It is problems like these that will make Nintendo as a whole lose fans.

8 Comments on Nintendo’s Lack of Interest From Gamers Force Them to Make More Bad Decisions

  1. Nintendo may have an issue with wii u games and release dates, but last Nintendo direct was 100% wii u and this direct had a small % of wii u as well. However 3ds which I case people forget is also a Nintendo platform; one that also needs some big N love. I for 1 don’t expect much from Nintendo on wii u games till after e3. Personally the ones we know about we may hear info on but with new Xbox and Sony systems coming they need as many cards up their sleeves as possible. Imagine 1-2 games a month get talked about, then e3 again 1-2 games if by them there are any new games to talk about go up against a ton of Sony / Microsoft news the wii u would be in the same boat. Journalists casting fire and brimstone down onto Nintendo. They can never seem to catch a break can they.

  2. Does Luigi not deserve any love? I think it’s smart for Nintendo to diversify, even if that means losing Mario for a year.

  3. I thought the last Nintendo Direct was well done and provided a ton of new content for the 3DS, most of which I happen to be excited about. I’m really looking forward to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Castlevania: Mirror of Fate. They provided a glimpse at a couple upcoming games for the Wii U and also offered a free download of Wii Street U, which is a really neat app especially for those who are unable to travel or are stuck in their homes.

    Overall I was slightly impressed and thought it was an adequate Nintendo Direct.

    P.S. Nintendo has their act together. They don’t operate to serve people like you with a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance. Nintendo deserves respect. It’s not the other way around where you think you deserve to be respected by Nintendo. You’ve done nothing for them but be a disgruntled fanboy.

  4. Im sure they are waiting for E3 where they can make a bigger splash and gain more attention with their announcements. On the other hand this risks putting the Wii U in an even worse position with focus on the upcoming orbis and durango.

  5. LOL at this article. 1st – Just because you tire of certain games, formulas or characters, millions of gamers have not tired of these. Nintendo proves this time and time again. 2nd- Nintendo constantly proves they have so many games in development that you can not ever say they need to get their act together. Guess what Metroid is in development, Star Fox is probably in development, Zelda, Mario Kart, Smash, they are all coming and dozens of games we have probably never heard of or never thought we would see. Nintendo knows what they are doing. Unlike Microsoft and to a lesser extent Sony Nintendo doesn’t need 3rd parties to keep their consoles alive. Nintendo makes the best games in house. If you enjoy playing mindless shooter after shooter have at it but Nintendo constantly innovates while also sticking to their bread and butter. Had Nintendo not created the wii, Kinect and Move wouldn’t even exist. 3rd- and most importantly Nintendo usually gears their Directs mostly to one platform. This one was 3ds, the next one will be mostly Wii U. Its really not that hard to comprehend. 4th- Nintendo keeps their cards up their sleeve because the instant they unveil something the trolls at M$ AND Sony are quick to try to copy.
    I for one enjoyed the Direct. I would assume you are not a nintendo fan to begin with which is why u didn’t like it. Nintendo better that every other company knows their audience (I bet Ubisoft wishes they did right now). Nintendo knows what they are doing. At the end of march, after we all have Lego City, Monster Hunter and the best version of Need for Speed Most Wanted this ripping Nintendo stuff can finally stop because no one will be able to bitch about not having games to play.

  6. i need games for my 3ds thanks. monster hunter and dragonquest 7,bring them on.

    what i dont need is a WiiU.nintendo should do like sega and makes games, not home consoles. if they keep their handheld supremacy and make games for consoles, they could finally keep things fresh .

    anyway. whatever. not getting a WiiU, didnt get a Wii. nintendo failed me. i did have every other consoels they did, even an import famicom and super famicom. i owned almost every gameboy iterations. i always had them at launch cause i knew nintendo was a seal of quality and entertainment.

    but since the n64, their home console keep getting bad. third party just dont seem as attracted to them and it goes down console after console… maybe its sony and microsoft fault. maybe its their main consumers who got older and got sick of fluffy graphics and turned back to playstation and xbox for more mature and deep experiences.

    now, as a dad, i see many of my daughters friends who love their Wii and just dont know about xbox or playstation.
    nintendo has become the little girls console, the kids toy.

    now where is my playstation 4 🙂

  7. just bought a 3ds and skipped the U so its all good for me. wont even consider buying a U until it has smash bro and mario kart so hurry up with that big N

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