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Ever since the Wii U launched early last year, Nintendo has seemed to be in a very bad place. The Wii U didn’t have a very strong start and hasn’t managed to build up much momentum in the year since its launch. And if one takes a look around the internet, they’ll quickly find that there are just as many theories regarding what Nintendo should do about it as there are people to think them up. Some say Nintendo should return to their roots, others say Nintendo should focus all their energy on creating new franchises. Some like the changes they’ve been making while others absolutely hate it. In short, like many fanbases, we don’t have much consistency.
It really is tricky question to answer isn’t it? The games we all thought would get the console to sell: Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Windwaker HD…all of these along with 3rd party ports haven’t had much of an impact on the Wii U’s popularity. All of these had our confidence and yet most aren’t convinced of the console’s worth, developers included. EA has even gone on record and said it wasn’t going to be publishing on the console. It would seem that like the Wii and Gamecube before it, the only hope for the Wii U will be outstanding first party games from Nintendo…but that’s just another opinion.
Even if Nintendo were to listen to that opinion, what forms would those games take? A new Zelda? Would we want it to follow the formula we know and love or would we want it to be radically different? How different could they make it before it stops being a Zelda game? The questions go on and on and I’m sure there’s answers upon answers for each.
It’s always cool when a developer listens to their fans, but if we’re honest with ourselves then we should probably recognize that, as a group, we really don’t know what we want (heck I don’t even know what I myself want Nintendo to do). So should Nintendo look to us fans for the answer to their problem, I don’t think so. Indeed, if the all the recent talk and unceasing arguments are any indication, the only ones Nintendo should be looking to for the answer is Nintendo itself.
What do you think? Can Nintendo figure out how to salvage the Wii U? Can we as fans be consistent enough to give a reliable opinion to consider?