With the next generation of consoles upon us, fanboyism is running rampant. Who's defending the Wii U and it's inferior tech until Nintendo's dying breath? Who's supporting Microsoft despite the 180s and wishing the old ways were still happening with the Xbox One? Who is standing by the PS4 despite....well....the light bar on the controller always having to be on?
By now everyone has seen the news out of E3 about Sony’s PS4, the price, and their policy on used games. Gamers have also seen what Microsoft has to show. Exclusives were shown, media options were displayed, and prices were flashed. But which system will be gamers go to console for the next generation? Will it be the Xbox One, Wii U, the PC, or PS4? Does price and being DRM free matter for the next generation?
The Wii U seems to be struggling a little more than Nintendo anticipated. The hardcore gamers are asking if the system is dead. Nintendo fanboys are clinging to their Wii U’s in anticipation for the next Nintendo Direct announcement. GoozerNation has a few speculative things Nintendo might be able to do to push the Wii U and make it more successful.
Recently, a couple of quality titles rose from the graves that I was positive would never see the light of a re-release. Most notably, Earthbound. I never got to play this back in the day, but I'm excited for the upcoming Virtual Console release. Everywhere you turned on the Internet, people fought long and hard for Earthbound, but just as strong were the rumors as to why it would never make it. Most notably, there are songs that were considered copyright taboo these days. This was the biggest hiccup most felt the title was facing.
Some gamers have waited years to play Earthbound. The re-release of Earthbound for the Wii U Virtual Console is coming in 2013. What does it mean? Will the price drop on the physical game? Will Wii U sales start to pick up? GoozerNation looks at all of this and wonders what this means for the future of other rare games and re-releases.
The Wii U is a wonderful device that seems to be a complete unit. One oddity is that the system only supports a single GamePad. Sure, buying a second would only be for the super-rich at the moment, but could there be more behind this reasoning?
Despite it’s slow releases and ho-hum reception from a lot of mainstream gamers -- including myself -- there is light at the end of the Wii U tunnel. Gamers will have to be patient and wait for the fall/holiday season. By then there will be at least 1 big name AAA Nintendo game for the Wii U. For now, GoozerNation is looking at the next few months for game releases on the Wii U and has a few suggestions for gamers to keep them interested in the Wii U.
The Wii U has had an interesting start, much like the 3DS. One of the big sellers of systems in the 3DS' early phase was Metal Gear Solid 3DS, which was thought odd by many as a port of an older game was a must-have new system seller. The Wii U is hitting this rather intensely, with ports of things that most core gamers have already worked through in very recent times. Games not even aged enough to be called "classic" are being ported over with Wii U enhancements. While Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex, and Batman: Arkham City are amazing games in their own right, these titles are at a rough spot, as budget minded gamers can deal without the bells and whistles of the new model and get a used copy of any of these games for pennies on the dollar compared to a brand-new Wii-U edition.
Nintendo's newest update has got to be one of the most sought-after updates in recent history. The update itself does little more than speed up some menus and a few other performance issues, but the next-day release of the Virtual Console is something many think Nintendo should have had ready Day 1. Even though 90% of Nintendo fanboys will agree with you that the Wii U has had a rocky start, Nintendo is pushing back strong. Here are four things I feel that Nintendo is doing right (with a few critiques thrown in for good measure and to prove I'm not a wholehearted fanboy myself).
I've been a huge fantasy/RPG fan all of my gaming life. While I grew up on Nintendo, I'd say Final Fantasy on PlayStation systems forever locked me into the gamer mold. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's release on the Wii U was something I looked forward to for ages, but one simple oversight on the developer's part severely crippled my ability to play it. The most recent update gives me a simple crutch to hobble through on, but will it win me over, or just be another hassle to deter me from the game?
I've written an article before about how games are taking full advantage of HDTVs and how it really hinders people who have yet to get one. When I published "What the Helvetica is Going On with Game Fonts?", a lot of the response I got was "Get over it" or "Get with modern society and pick up an HDTV." SDTVs aren't as clear with the image when it comes to text, so fonts made to minimize the graphical interface end up looking like blurry lines instead of text.