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I miss the early Wii U days... Those days were the brightest days of the Console's life.

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AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers. U, Bayonetta 2, Wind Waker HD, and Metroid Prime were only enough for 2 months max and one extra month of slight interest.

Metroid Prime? Also, you got full enjoyment out of all those games within 3 months? I know the length of time a game can hold one over for varies from person to person, but that's only two weeks per game there. Mario Kart 8 alone kept me engaged for months!



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I didn't start really come back to gaming until early 2014 and so I can't personally recall the optimism that initially surrounded the Wii U. I do remember June-July 2014 after Mario Kart 8 came out and the Wii U was briefly beating the XOne in weekly sales on VGchartz, though. There were threads and a few hopeful Nintendo fans (including myself) who were speculating that the Wii U might be able to beat the XOne in sales during Christmas 2014. Unfortunately, that fantasy was shattered rather quickly once September 2014 came. By December 2014 Miyamoto was already spreading rumors about new hardware. The Wii U's moment in the sun was very brief.

Personally, I wouldn't want to go back to those days because it just means that I have to go through the disappointment of the Wii U's failure again. I would rather just keep moving forward and see Nintendo release an actual successful console in the coming year.



AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Turkish said:
I disagree, it was the hardest of times. Huge painful software droughts, the crushing disappointment about its online platform and technical specs. I remember being excited the console would do 1080p after a long generation of 720p gaming, excited about those ports of Mass Effect, NFS and Batman but then they turned all to be 720p.

Wii U only got better around Xmas 2014 when it had accumulated enough software to keep you busy until Pokken, Splatoon and Xenoblade.

Really? People who have Wii U's say that all the time, but in my personal experience that was never the case. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers. U, Bayonetta 2, Wind Waker HD, and Metroid Prime were only enough for 2 months max and one extra month of slight interest. No important game released from January to March of 2015 so even with all the games I had it still felt like it wasn't enough for me personally. 

In my experience too many games on the Wii U felt like standard games fron Nintendo which probably made the drought worse. Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart were awesome obviously, but more titles like Splatoon and a innovative platformer like Super Mario Galaxy were needed.

Yeah for me too there were just too many droughts. Even 2014, for example, while it saw awesome games like DKC: TF, Mario Kart 8, Bayo 2, Hyrule Warriors, etc, had only two major games in the first six months of the year. That's just not enough.



No offense, but what early days? Launch? NSMBU was a good game, but people didn't care about it that much, because they had JUST come out with NSMB2 on 3DS mere months earlier, which was a massive mistake on their part. Nintendo Land, to me, was a major disappointment. Unlike Wii Sports, it was not a simple and fun "pick up and play" type of game that was easy for anyone to understand. They were obviously banking on it being their next Wii Sports, and luring that casual crowd back. Didn't work.

Because having lived through it, having bought the console at launch, the next near-year was a long, dark drought where almost nothing came out on the console.

Wii U has had some good games, but it is easily Nintendo's worst home console to date. The controller was fine, the hardware was fine, but Nintendo fumbled this console like a bobbling NFL pass from the outset, and never really got it under control. They mismanaged marketing, development, game releases, you name it. It's not a BAD system. But it IS a flop, also. I know this, because I sat around waiting for the system to finally truly recover and take off. It never did.



Ah? I just remember thinking "why would anyone get one" when it came out, because there really was no killer app or any really good reason to buy it over a PS3, 360, or their looming successors.



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RolStoppable said:
S.Peelman said:
Really the only periods where it was halfway decent were the times Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 released, and it solely because of those games. Too lazy to look up when that was though. First year was attrocious, basically the same as this and last year. I think, after getting ZombiU (bundled) and NSMBU I didn't get a single game until Wind Waker HD and not an original one until 3D World. That was a long period of time.

You should have bought third party games. They were really good. Stuff like Batman: Arkham Origins was mindblowing.

So you remember, lol. Well at least I only bought that when it was like 7 or 8 euro.



Einsam_Delphin said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers. U, Bayonetta 2, Wind Waker HD, and Metroid Prime were only enough for 2 months max and one extra month of slight interest.

Metroid Prime? Also, you got full enjoyment out of all those games within 3 months? I know the length of time a game can hold one over for varies from person to person, but that's only two weeks per game there. Mario Kart 8 alone kept me engaged for months!

I don't have anyone else to play Mario Kart or Smash with since everyone either doesn't have a Wii U, isn't a Nintendo fan, or doesn't come over to play those video games. Metroid Prime Trilogy, yes...though I only played one. Wind Waker I didn't finish but came really close to, my first Zelda, really fun although I hesitate calling something my "first" if I never finished it so... Bayonetta 2 I completed through 2 times in a week, Smash Brothers didn't have that much content for casuals I feel, kind of missed Subspace Emissary, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was really fun but I always raged quite at the later levels. I'm the kind of person where if I Die too many times in a game I get really stubborn and start all the way over, ruins a lot of games for me, so i never finished Donkey Kong. Oh, I also completed almost all of Super Mario 3d World on a completionist run two times(but never did finish or complete it either times...got close though). 



You will pretty much have the love for the Wii U that I had for the Sega Dreamcast. I'm sure you'll still have fond memories of 2012 in 2022 :) if not fonder, as nothing ever beat the Dreamcast. Maybe nothing will ever beat the Wii U for you.



RIP Dad 25/11/51 - 13/12/13. You will be missed but never forgotten.

AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Einsam_Delphin said:

Metroid Prime? Also, you got full enjoyment out of all those games within 3 months? I know the length of time a game can hold one over for varies from person to person, but that's only two weeks per game there. Mario Kart 8 alone kept me engaged for months!

I don't have anyone else to play Mario Kart or Smash with since everyone either doesn't have a Wii U, isn't a Nintendo fan, or doesn't come over to play those video games. Metroid Prime Trilogy, yes...though I only played one. Wind Waker I didn't finish but came really close to, my first Zelda, really fun although I hesitate calling something my "first" if I never finished it so... Bayonetta 2 I completed through 2 times in a week, Smash Brothers didn't have that much content for casuals I feel, kind of missed Subspace Emissary, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was really fun but I always raged quite at the later levels. I'm the kind of person where if I Die too many times in a game I get really stubborn and start all the way over, ruins a lot of games for me, so i never finished Donkey Kong. Oh, I also completed almost all of Super Mario 3d World on a completionist run two times(but never did finish or complete it either times...got close though). 

 

Welp, guess I need to adjust my parameters on what lengths of time are reasonable! Still I think for most people that amount of games for that amount of time would be enough. I guess in your situation the fix would be to wait until there are even more games already available before picking up the system, though hopefully you wont have to wait too long with the Switch. Well that, and having another gaming system. The 3DS is probably another reason why the Wii U droughts haven't phased me, certainly so this year.

Also, derp, forgot about the Prime Trilogy, guess I was just thinking retail games. 



Einsam_Delphin said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

I don't have anyone else to play Mario Kart or Smash with since everyone either doesn't have a Wii U, isn't a Nintendo fan, or doesn't come over to play those video games. Metroid Prime Trilogy, yes...though I only played one. Wind Waker I didn't finish but came really close to, my first Zelda, really fun although I hesitate calling something my "first" if I never finished it so... Bayonetta 2 I completed through 2 times in a week, Smash Brothers didn't have that much content for casuals I feel, kind of missed Subspace Emissary, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was really fun but I always raged quite at the later levels. I'm the kind of person where if I Die too many times in a game I get really stubborn and start all the way over, ruins a lot of games for me, so i never finished Donkey Kong. Oh, I also completed almost all of Super Mario 3d World on a completionist run two times(but never did finish or complete it either times...got close though). 

 

Welp, guess I need to adjust my parameters on what lengths of time are reasonable! Still I think for most people that amount of games for that amount of time would be enough. I guess in your situation the fix would be to wait until there are even more games already available before picking up the system, though hopefully you wont have to wait too long with the Switch. Well that, and having another gaming system. The 3DS is probably another reason why the Wii U droughts haven't phased me, certainly so this year.

Also, derp, forgot about the Prime Trilogy, guess I was just thinking retail games. 

Ya i think the 3ds is a much better system but because of how much games like Ocirina of Time and Animal Crossing go out of stock it's been frustrating as well. Luckily I got Ocirina for christmas.

I mean to be fair Donkey Kong would have added another 1-2 weeks to complete possibly, finishing Mario maybe 1-2 more days for completionists, Hyrule Warriors would have added another week or two but I never picked that up. And Tokyo Mirage as well as Xenoblade Chronicles X - those are really cooling looking games that I never picked up and would add probably another three weeks. That's still very little though. I got the Wii U to experience a lot of franchises that i never had before, like Donkey Kong and Zelda and Metroid etc. In that respect I was satisfied with the system, though I feel bad for not completing the triforce quest and for rage quieting donkey kong lol. Hopefully we get a really good eshop for Switch, I really need to finish Prime 2-3 and Wind Waker. The only zelda game i have that i've completed is Link Between Worlds so hopefully we get ports on the eshop.