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.