It will be pretty lame again, sp00l. Hardcore gamers aren't going to be enticed by the Wii U, they will not migrate from their 360s/PS3s because there is no point. Same level of visuals etc, way less games. They'll hold out for MS and Sony's next platforms.
What you'll get is more party games and casual tat. At the moment you're getting some cheap ports of old 360/PS3 games, but when they fail to sell significant numbers, and new hardcore games are thin on the ground, that'll be that.
I personally just want Nintendo to enter a very difficult financial situation, as Sega did in 2001. I want Nintendo to be forced out of the hardware business, so that I can play Mario and Zelda again. The only way that can really happen is if the mothers and stuff don't bother migrating from their Wiis. There won't be enough support from hardcore gamers/developers to hold the system up.
I don't buy shitty consoles, and that's all Nintendo make these days. All these motions controls and other gimmicks.. nah.
I love Nintendo games, but their last machine and the current one leave much to be desired.
*looks at SFC, N64 and GameCube mournfully*
There are three Wii U games that have been out for more than two weeks on other systems at launch. Out of 23. Saying that's "all" that's on the Wii U is flat out wrong.
That said, I don't entirely disagree with you. I think for at least a year Wii U will be Nintendo playing catch-up. As with all Nintendo systems, they'll eventually release enough great first-party content to make the system worth owning, regardless of what third parties do. But it would be nice if they kept things stable for third parties, especially since Nintendo's games are getting sadly repetitive and way too few and far between.
I don't think Nintendo is going anywhere anytime soon. They're probably the most financially stable games company, probably because if Xbox or Playstation fail, Sony and Microsoft don't have to care. They're in all kinds of other markets. Nintendo does games and only games. Which is sad when you think about it, because as you and I have said, their games are getting weaker, favoring the more gimmicky parts of their systems. Nintendo usually does it way better than anyone else, but a gimmick is a gimmick, and unlike with Kinect and Move, Nintendo makes it mandatory.
Long story short, I almost agree with you. I'm not as adverse to the gimmicks as you are, but I too have wondered if maybe Nintendo going the Sega route wouldn't be so bad, it might cause them to focus more on just making great games again.
More than that though, I hope they promote Masahiro Sakurai and Hidemaro Fujibayashi into positions of more power. Those two guys know what's up; the older designers at big N, bless their souls, are too afraid to branch out and stop making the same games over and over. Skyward Sword could have been the best Zelda of all time, but with oversight from the higher-ups, it ended up being more like a really good Twilight Princess mod with terrible controls. And Sakurai can touch anything at Nintendo and turn it into gold, something he's been doing since he was 19. That guy has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. The only issue is he takes forever to make games, but it looks like with a bigger team, Super Smash is coming along a lot faster. Maybe Nintendo should give him one of their four development houses, he'd be spitting out killer apps left and right.
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