Now Isn’t the Time to Buy a Wii U

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When it comes to the Wii U, I’ve been pretty darn quiet. In case the title above didn’t make it obvious, I’m not one of the millions of Wii U owners. Just this morning I was planning to put some cash aside to buy one in the next couple of months, but the day continued, and I changed my mind. Shortly after the announcement of Rayman Legends getting pushed back, something clicked; right now, there really isn’t much about the Wii U that gets me excited.

Rayman Legends getting pushed back is a big blow for the first quarter, and now it means there won’t be another retail Wii U game until mid-March. Even then, I’m not sold on Aliens: Colonial Marines, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or LEGO City Undercover; maybe sometime down the road when I’m looking to round out my library, but not when they launch. Rayman Legends isn’t the only title to get pushed back either, Pikmin 3 also suffered a delay and won’t even make its once promised Q1 release date. Not to mention that January was bare with very few new retail Wii U games becoming available. OK, that being said, let’s go back to the November launch for a moment.

During launch, if I had the cash bundled together, I would have bought a Wii U, no question. I would have gladly got caught up in the hype and put down cash for New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and the Wii U Deluxe Bundle. Now that the launch has come and gone without me purchasing a Wii U, I’m looking forward to new titles, titles that have been announced, but likely won’t be around for a significant period of time.

Come to think of it, if a die-hard Nintendo fan like myself doesn’t feel the urgency to buy a Nintendo console at the moment, something’s wrong with the bigger picture. Could it be a fear of terrible third-party support? Yes, I do have a strange feeling telling me that this will indeed be the case. Watch_Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Tomb Raider, GTA V; I’m not convinced that any of them will come to Wii U, ever. What about future multi-platform next-gen titles? I don’t think third parties will bring over those games either. I hope I’m wrong, but I think developers will pass over the Wii U for the X-box 720 and PS4.

Today is obviously a slow, stale period for Nintendo’s Wii U console. I really hope the situation isn’t as dire in the next year, but until the big guns come out, I can’t recommend the Wii U to anyone. Also, in case you’re wondering, I have played Nintendo Land, I did have some fun, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. Super Smash Bros. 4, The Legend of Zelda, and the 3D Super Mario game – and of course, games that haven’t been announced yet – will all be reasons for me to buy a Wii U. I’m not willing to give up on Nintendo, but now just isn’t the time to buy a Wii U.

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  • PissedOffLeo

    I like this article, I bought a wii u on launch day, and I agree with what you said in the article. Nintendo continues to lose exclusives, first the razor edge edition of ninja gaiden now rayman … Nintendo has to do something to push the support third party on its home console.
    I am a long-time Nintendo fan, I’ve seen a lot of crap made ​​by nintendo in the past years but never like now I desired to take an hammer and destroy my Nintendo console.

    • http://twitter.com/RPGFan2k Stealth

      yep they are losing so many exclusives like dq X, monster hunter, ect.

      Those games were never going to be exclusive.

      It isnt there fault

    • http://twitter.com/MiniFortress Mini Fortress

      I didn’t even mentioned losing Ninja Gaiden, but it’s a great point. With that, and the Rayman Legends delay, I believe third-parties are showing their true color, green.

  • http://twitter.com/RPGFan2k Stealth

    this article is ridiculous.

    LAUNCHES ALWAYS SUCK. The wii u has better games than most launche.s

    • http://twitter.com/MiniFortress Mini Fortress

      Actually, I think the Wii U has had a pretty good launch. There were a couple of games to buy, but it’s the launch period that’s shit. Nintendo said it would be glorious, but so far it hasn’t been.

      • http://twitter.com/RPGFan2k Stealth

        everyone says that

        • http://twitter.com/MiniFortress Mini Fortress

          A lot of people do, but not everyone.

  • http://coffeewithgames.com/ coffeewithgames

    No, NOW is the time with the new bundle just announced. ZombiU, Nintendo Land, AND a Pro Controller.

    • http://twitter.com/MiniFortress Mini Fortress

      That’s a pretty sweet bundle and all, but it doesn’t get me excited. Plus, the collector in me would want Nintendo Land on a disc lol.