|Mr Khan said:
They did actually have most of the big market IP. Assassin's Creed, Batman, Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K, Need For Speed were there from day one. If they had pushed they likely could have gotten GTA as well.
The problem is what's the incentive for anyone to buy a Wii U for these games? There's no generational leap, if Nintendo had a full year where they had the best versions of these games without question (noticably better too), they would have seen considerable benefit.
They should have worked more closely with Ubi Soft as well to ensure Zombi U was a very high quality game.
They could have done it. But every time you miss your window of oppurtunity, it's very costly. Now Nintendo is pretty much cemented as being irrelevant to the mainstream console market as far as the development community and non-Nintendo fans go. It's a costly mistake.
The key is that most of those were half-assed, and when they sold proportionately poorly, third parties soon bailed out.
The games don't just need to be there, they need to SELL so that the third parties stick around. Nintendo will have a job and a half convincing folks to put third party games on the next console at launch at all, but either way it doesn't matter, the version you have has to be a version that matters, and that means paying up to make sure the third parties don't half-ass it.
Well you can't just offer the exact same games, lol. I mean it's not rocket science.
Would anyone be interested in a 16-bit "me too" system, even one with Street Fighter II ... launching in 1995?
No. Why would the average gamer want to invest in that system when they already have a SNES and Genesis and are looking forward to the N64 and Playstation.
Even the Dreamcast was an immediately noticable upgrade on the PSX and N64, Wii U was basically just Nintendo's "oh hey, here's our version of PS3 six years late mixed in with a bunch Wii casual games, now give us $350 please". Like who in the world did they think was going to get excited by that proposition.
If the system was a good deal more powerful then third parties would've made better looking/performing versions of those games and it would've given Nintendo a decent edge.
How many people would chose a PS4 ... if PS4 was just a PS3, very slightly upgraded under the hood with a screen on the Dual Shock and basically nothing else? XBox One would dominate, it would have all the superior multiplats. All the "third parties heart Sony" stuff wouldn't change anything, Sony would get routed. You can't make stupid decisions with your hardware like that.