As you clicked this thread title and glanced at the thread creator, i'm sure a lot of you mumbled "What!? What could this SONYITE possibly know about Nintendo!?!". I guess you will all just have to trust me on this one. I have talked about this a couple of times here on the forums so this may sound familiar to a couple of you.
If a company ever finds themselves in a bind, they have to acknowledge it, find the source of its problem and correct it.
Now if we want to find the source of their problems, we have to ask ourselves "What is the main cause of the Wii U's struggles?". I'm pretty sure the majority of people would say "Games". The Wii U doesn't have many "games" right now and that's why it is struggling, right?
Do you remember these commercials? when these came out, i was not on any gaming forum like here and i hadn't even discovered the internet gaming community on Youtube yet(i feel like it was more fresh with a lot more people back then). I was just your average everyday consumer back then and i can tell you that these commercials had me hooked!
usually i would say that i want a Nintendo console because of the Zeldas, Metroids and all that other stuff but i actually wanted the Wii itself. I didn't want it because of the Nintendo franchises. I mean i knew that the Nintendo games were coming but i just wasn't that worried about them.
What is the 1st thing you think of when you hear the word "Wii"? If you go out to random people and ask them what the "Nintendo Wii" is, i guarantee that they will say something along the lines of "it has the Wii Mote" or "It's the one with the motion controls".
I actually went back and looked at some of the old games on the Wii that i wanted and i noticed that the majority of games i wanted WEREN'T Nintendo games
Red Steel(I wanted to play this game SO BAD)
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Super Monkey Ball(Mainly because of the way it was used with the Wii Mote at the time)
Rampage(kinda because i played it back on Sega/Super Nintendo)
Metal Slug Anthology
Sonic and the secret rings
Kororinpa(I wanted to play this more than Super Monkey ball for some reason)
The only Nintendo published game i really wanted to play was WarioWare smooth moves because already played Zelda on Gamecube at a friends house but i did eventually buy it for myself on Wii.
When i look at the Wii U, i don't see any 3rd party games that make me want to get it like the original Wii.
Pikmin(THE game that makes me want the Wii U)
The Wonderful 101(i guess this coud be considered a 3rd party game)
So where are those other games that helped sculpt the Wii name into what it is today? why are they absent? Why was there more people making games for the Wii and not Wii U?
What's the difference between the Wii and Wii U?
lol have you all caught on yet or do i have to keep going? ;)
Ok i'll just come right out and say it.. the GAMEPAD is what's holding the Wii U back!
..there.. i said it..
Like i said before, the 1st thing you think of when you see the word "Wii" is motion controls/Wii Mote. So if i buy a console that has the word "Wii" in it then i would be expecting a "Wii Mote" to come with it.
what does the Wii U come with? the damn Gamepad.
So why would you call this new system a Wii if you abandoned the VERY thing that defined what a Wii is?
The Wii used the Wii Mote but the Wii U uses the Gamepad?
Why did you not just call the "Nintendo Wii U" the "Nintendo Gamepad U", Nintendo?
The Wii U IS NOT a Wii!
The Gamepad should have been presented the same way that Wii Fit was presented. It should have been bundled with Nintendoland and sold seperately. I actually think that the Gampad would have sold more at this point if it WASN'T the main controller
Nintendo is not going to strive with the Gamepad. There is NO gaming software that will prop the Wii U up to where it should be. Mario Kart and Smash Bros WILL NOT do it aslong as that Gampad is there.
Nintendo needs to bring the Wii Mote back. They need to slowly phase it back in. They should announce a new $349 sku that has the Wii Mote included and only advertise that version in commercials as if the Wii Mote never left. Then they could eventually bring out the Gamepad+NintendoLand bundle as a seperate peripheral.
When this is done, they could remove the Gamepad from the $349 sku, then they could drop the price to $249 and just bring out a different $299 sku that still includes the Gamepad.
This will basically provide a Wii U with THE SUPERIOR Wii Mote at a cheaper $250 price(like the original Wii) and a $300 Wii U that still has the Gamepad.
I bet my life that the $250 sku that doesn't include the Gamepad will fly off of shelves and would also make some of these devs want to create games for the Wii U like they did for the Wii again. It wont sell as much as the Wii but it will still put them in a better position.
So what do you guys think? Am i fucking crazy or could i be on to something here? Let me know below
Edit: I tried to make this as fast as possible so i might have made some mistakes