Five Things I Want To See For Wii U At E3
With the recent Nintendo 3DS news released in this week’s Nintendo Direct, it looks like the Nintendo 3DS is going to have a great year. With that said, the Wii U isn’t doing so great right now. In fact the difference in success between the 3DS and Wii U is night and day. I’ll be going to my first E3 this year so I wanted to list the five things (in no particular order) that I want to see for the Wii U at E3.
A Much Better Advertising Campaign
Nintendo needs to really send the message to the general audience that the Wii U is not an add on for the Wii. Ask the general person what the Wii U is and many will answer a brand new controller for the Wii. Nintendo really needs to change this and soon. In addition to that, Nintendo can’t focus on their family oriented commercials anymore. There’s an audience for that and there’s an audience not for that. Start showing off your hardcore games. We know that you have “great” karaoke games and children games but why not make a commercial featuring ZombiU and its survival gameplay and how you’re able to play Call of Duty Black Ops 2 solely on the Wii U Gamepad. Feel free to have those casual family game commercials but don’t make them your only commercials.
Gamecube Games via Virtual Console
During the recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that the Wii U virtual console service will launch next week. The service will have NES, SNES, N64, and even Gameboy Advance titles. However the one thing I really want to see is Gamecube games that can be downloaded off the eShop and upscaled. Wii U can’t play Gamecube games via disc so why not release if not the entire library of games, the most popular Nintendo published ones on the Wii U eShop. Nintendo would make some money off the service and gamers would be able to play their Gamecube games on their Wii U, possibly also on the Wii U Gamepad.
Nintendo’s First Party Titles On Wii U
This one is actually confirmed by Nintendo to happen already. At this year’s E3 we’ll get our first look at the new Super Smash Brothers game for Wii U/3DS, a brand 3D Mario game, and Mario Kart Wii U. Aside from that I’m expecting to see Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD and possibly the other Legend of Zelda HD game in the works for Wii U. It seems like Nintendo is all set in this department.
Show Future Third Party Support Exists
First party Nintendo games for Wii U is awesome but we can’t rely on first party titles for most of the console’s life. I mean look how the Wii did, it started off great and died a slow and painful death. I’m really hoping to see some third-party support announcements at E3. Currently it looks like no one wants to develop for the Wii U, the install base isn’t there nor is the support for third-party games. I think Nintendo should invest some money into getting some developers to develop for the console. There shouldn’t be a reason why major third-party titles like Grand Theft Auto V and Destiny aren’t coming to Wii U when they’re coming to current gen consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360. Currently EA and Ubisoft are the main third-party support the Wii U has and who knows how long that will last. Could the Wii U really survive on only first party and indie support?
A Brand New IP
While seeing our favorite classic characters in HD is going to be amazing, it would be great to see some new creations from Nintendo. When the Wii came out we thought just think we’re going to be able to play as our favorite characters with motion controls With the 3DS it was 3D gameplay and now with the Wii U it’s in HD. It’s a recurring theme with Nintendo consoles and while it works now, I’m not sure how long it will last. I like that Nintendo let GameFreak make a new game like HarmoKnight for the 3DS. It wasn’t the greatest game, but it was good and something new from the company. I want Nintendo to let their developers explore new ideas without limiting them to the palette of already established Nintendo characters. Let’s see some new IPs with the Wii U, you have the HD graphics and the unique controller, let’s put them to good use.