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People don’t seem to realize that Nintendo has told us their strategy for the future of the Wii U. I have seen a few articles lately that say things like, Nintendo’s games aren’t making innovative use of the GamePad, the games that Nintendo needs most aren’t coming out until 2014, and Nintendo needed to release new experiences instead of relying on safe franchises.



Here is the basic story of the Wii U. Nintendo decided to invest money into creating the GamePad as a second screen experience instead of putting that money into either making the system more powerful or making the system less expensive. When the 3DS started to struggle, Nintendo had to reallocate resources away from Wii U development onto the 3DS. Due to the limited resources available and the new HD technology, software development for the Wii U took much longer than Nintendo initially expected. Although there were over 30 games available at launch, including New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land; somehow, nothing performed similarly to Wii Sports or New Super Mario Bros Wii.



As the 3DS recovered, the Wii U development slowly regained its resources. Because none of the initial launch window games took off or performed particularly well, Nintendo needed to revitalize the Wii U just as they did for the 3DS. They planned to do that by first releasing familiar Nintendo franchises of proven sellers in order to build sales momentum. Then, they would release games that make new and innovative use of the GamePad.



Nintendo has recouped their development resources back for the Wii U, they have gotten familiar with developing on HD hardware, and they are pushing forward with familiar franchises first, in order to revitalize sales. Once Mario Kart 8 has been released, prepare yourself for some of the best, most innovative games that Nintendo has ever developed. At this point, we will see the games that are meant to sell like the Touch Generations games did. These games will make great, inventive use of the GamePad, and they will be fresh new experiences that will likely include new IP instead of old franchises.



Nintendo is able to remain confident instead of being worried about the Wii U’s current predicament because they know that what they will be releasing, in the future, will be incredible. Nintendo has pretty much spelled all of this out for us already, just like with their Nintendo Direct at the beginning of the year, where they told us what they would be showing at E3. No one seems to be listening, and they will be shocked and amazed at the software that Nintendo will showcase after Mario Kart 8’s release.


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I agree. I think that Nintendo has a lot up their sleeve and we already know of a steady stream of games releasing starting with Pikmin 3. I just hope Nintendo can start marketing their games more. Games like The Wonderful 101 aren't going to sell on their own... but if they advertise a bit, it could catch on. The more people see how games are played on Wii U, the more they'll understand what it's about. Wii U is different from Wii in that the new experiences aren't immediately understandable. It's not as simple as picking up a controller and swinging it like Wii. Instead, Wii U offers the GamePad as an extension of the TV and services like Miiverse. If Nintendo can properly convey how those Wii U features change the way you play games, they'd be onto something. I know how they change games, but that's because I've used those things.

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They just need to push games like TW101 and Pikmin better. Most fans will know about Pikmin but what about potential new fans? And hardly anyone except the press & big fans know about TW101 yet... :-(

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And hardly anyone except the press & big fans know about TW101 yet... :-(


I don't know about that, it's been in a number of Nintendo Directs, and it was available at the Wii U experience, so I think additional people are aware of the game, but they will need to market it good.

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hattrick wrote:
And hardly anyone except the press & big fans know about TW101 yet... :-(


I don't know about that, it's been in a number of Nintendo Directs, and it was available at the Wii U experience, so I think additional people are aware of the game, but they will need to market it good.

I've talked to other Wii U owners who are not on these forums, and they pretty much know little to nothing about it. Granted, that may just be my small poll, and maybe I just asked the wrong people... but something tells me they are a reflection of the majority.

Here's the thing, though. Yes, a lot of Wii U owners might know about TW101, but how many non-Wii U owners do? This should be a fantastic game, and should possibly sell the hardware (granted not as much as Mario Kart, Smash, or Zelda but still). And I don't know if that many people know about it. Nintendo Directs are great and all, but where are the commercials?? Where are the Wii U's setup in every mall kiosk showing new and upcoming games?? Where is the push they had with the Wii marketing? That's what I think they are truly missing this time around (in addition to the "big" games).

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hattrick wrote:
Gamer Greg wrote:
hattrick wrote:
And hardly anyone except the press & big fans know about TW101 yet... :-(


I don't know about that, it's been in a number of Nintendo Directs, and it was available at the Wii U experience, so I think additional people are aware of the game, but they will need to market it good.

I've talked to other Wii U owners who are not on these forums, and they pretty much know little to nothing about it. Granted, that may just be my small poll, and maybe I just asked the wrong people... but something tells me they are a reflection of the majority.

Here's the thing, though. Yes, a lot of Wii U owners might know about TW101, but how many non-Wii U owners do? This should be a fantastic game, and should possibly sell the hardware (granted not as much as Mario Kart, Smash, or Zelda but still). And I don't know if that many people know about it. Nintendo Directs are great and all, but where are the commercials?? Where are the Wii U's setup in every mall kiosk showing new and upcoming games?? Where is the push they had with the Wii marketing? That's what I think they are truly missing this time around (in addition to the "big" games).

Right. Nintendo Directs and these events at stores help for people who already have the systems or are on the fence about them. Doesn't really advertise to those that are clueless about Wii U. I think they need to ramp up that type of marketing. "Wii Would Like To Play" was a great commercial for Wii and that got people's attention. I know hattrick mentioned to me on Twitter that they need to do something like that for Wii U, and I agree.

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