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Editorial: The Year of Revival

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We’ve had a great year dedicated to Luigi with many great games starring and co-starring the man in green coming out in the past year. However, the Year of Luigi is coming to an end. While some people are calling for the Year of Rosalina, I’m more concerned about this year being the Year of Nintendo. Lucky for you guys, I have a few ideas as to how this can happen…

Bad Impressions

More than focusing on a specific character, I think Nintendo needs to focus on a specific goal. Get the Wii U back in the minds of people who have dismissed it. Showing off cool trailers in Nintendo Directs is great, but that reaches a very limited audience. Sure the gaming sites will report on it, but those stories are usually tucked away in a little “Nintendo” section that is consistently overshadowed.

I cannot stress enough that Nintendo needs to get some of these trailers on TV. They’ve started getting back on the right track, but all commercials so far have been decidedly family oriented. This isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s good that they’re trying to get the casuals on board. It worked wonders with the Wii, so why wouldn’t it work with the Wii U?

Let’s do a little comparison. Compare the ad for Wii U with the one from Wii. Sorry about the quality for the Wii trailer.


Alrighty, so what can we take away from these commercials? Well, which one has more variety? The Wii has sports games, first person shooters, Zelda, Wii Sports, and Red Steel. What did the Wii U have? 5 different clips of Nintendo Land, 3 clips of Sing Party, 2 of Lego City, and 2 of Mario Bros U. There is next to no variety in the Wii U commercial. People take one look at it and go “Oh, its a console for if you want to play games with your kids or a group of people.” There is nothing wrong with that. I have Wii U parties all the time. The problem is that they don’t show enough games that can be enjoyed by yourself.

Gaming has a weird image now days. People typically think of something dark, gritty, and chock full of guns. These darker games usually feature some kind of single player mode that tells a story. I think the problem a lot of people have is that they’ve gotten too used to games just giving them content, not unlike a movie. A big part of gaming has become completing objectives to see a new cutscene or advance the story. That movie likeness combined with photo-realistic graphics has come to “define” today’s modern gaming culture. This is why, when viewed by someone who’s view of gaming is so skewed, Nintendo doesn’t seem to offer much for their personal gaming time.

So what am I trying to say with all this? If Nintendo wants to come out on top this year, they need to use this year to rebrand. I don’t want them to stop appealing to casuals and families, but they need to appeal to others as well. So how do they do that? Well, it won’t be easy.

The Year of Zorpix

Let’s talk about the current game lineup. I can think of Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros, and “X”. I can’t think of any other huge Wii U games off the top of my head. If I had more time, I could probably come up with a few more. So that gives us three heavy hitters for the entirety of 2014, and only one has a solid release date. It leaves someone with a Wii U wondering “when is something new coming out?” and someone without asking “Why buy this now when the games aren’t coming out until later?”. Not to mention there are multiple games that were talked about a bit, but haven’t been mentioned for months now.

Nintendo, I know you like being secretive and waiting on announcements, but now is not the time to wait. They need to come out and say “Hey guys, here’s some games coming out for Wii U, here’s their release dates, here’s why you want them.” Their current strategy seems way too lackluster. They release trailers in directs that mainly focus on the 3DS and say “This game is gonna be cool. Please please please buy it because we made it and we make good things.” It’s not enough to make people who aren’t already Nintendo fans buy a Wii U.

The perfect year according to me goes something like this. First, give things release dates. Even if it’s just a specific month, it sounds miles better than “sometime this year”.

Second, don’t just drop games off the radar. Yarn Yoshi and Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei were announced, and now we haven’t heard anything about them for the past year or so. Do they still exist? Have they been dropped? We as your consumers need to know these things.

Lastly, tell us about games that are still just in the concept stage. Get us excited. Is there a new Metroid in the works? In the talking stage? Is it even being considered? Just knowing it’s at least being thought about is better than just guessing as to whether or not the game will come. Hell, even pitch game ideas to the public and let them vote. What better than letting the people choose between your great ideas so you know it’ll be a hit?

Following those three steps should lead Nintendo to the better image I imagine for it. Maybe you have a different plan though? Let me know in the comments below!

Miiverse and Zorpix

Post Text: Athena Cykes, asking the real questions!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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During one of the investigations, this moment happened and I had to share it. I love the chemistry between Apollo and Athena. I haven’t finished the game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened before the game was over… Sometimes I forget this game is rated “M”. You wouldn’t think so from some of the dialogue, but then there’s this kind of dialogue.

Post Text: I AM THE PRETTIEST SHEEP!!!!!!

Skylanders: SWAP Force

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At one point in the game, you have to go incognito using a sheep costume. I think it’s a pretty awesome looking costume if I do say so myself. No one will ever be able to tell I’m actually a Skylander! Such a cute little broom tail though. A perfect example of some of the ridiculous humor in the game.

Post Text: This guy tosses half my army off a cliff, then dies in a place where only 3 pikmin can get to it… clever girl…

Pikmin 3

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This was during a game of Bingo Battle with my girlfriend. I’m blue, she’s pink. I had just managed to kill this guy who had annihilated my army moments before, and then he dies in a place where I can’t carry him! I think I lost like, 2 or 3 more just trying to carry him away. Pretty sure I lost this round… Pikmin 3 is a perfect example of a game that can play well solo or with a friend. I think the Wii U needs more games like this. I love being able to experience an amazing adventure, then share part of it with someone who may not know as much about the series or story. What are your favorite games to play with your significant other?

Wrapping up

I think that about covers it! Thank you very much for reading this article, and I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my TwitterFacebook, or Miiverse account. Please don’t feel offended if I don’t respond to friend requests on the Wii U, as I reserve that for people I actually know in real life. I’ll gladly follow back though!

Happy non-leap year, and I’ll see you next week!

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Hey everyone! Once again, it’s me. I wrote this. Tell me stuff. Thanks for reading :3

    • gamewick

      great article, but after seeing those commercials it seems that Nintendo lost that touch with marketing. The Wii spot shows real houses and real people playing the games in THEIR environment. The Wii U shows the pure modern all white colored living rooms with no cables showing, the cylinder seating, just really a fake enviornment. This new style they are showing is really fake and everyone who owns a Wii U knows you can only hold the gamepad up in the air with one hand for so long as it’s a bit awkard and heavy. Just my thoughts….

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        yeah, all good points. They really need to get marketing back on track. their new team just isn’t getting it

      • matthew garcia

        The problem is that the nintendo name and look just doesnt look badass to people. The ps4 looks like it came out of stargate so it looks badass and people know it has plenty of power. Not saying the wii u isnt badass but it doesnt look or sound badass. All people want is badass now

        • Phoenix Maybe

          It looks like the Wii U may have a more powerful eDRAM then the other next-gen consoles, so the idea of the Wii U being “under-powered” may not be so accurate anymore. However the PS4 does look more slicker and “cooler” than the Wii U, especially with the light bar on both the console and the controller.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Dammit, if there’s no light bar then WHATS THE POINT!?! XD

          • matthew garcia

            We can get techy but u look at specs of the wii u which are on this website and look at the ps4 they dont compare and people see that. People see 8 cores on ps4 then 3 cores on wii u and they make sense of it. They see 32 gig hardrive and then 500 gig hard drive and know it means more business. Also they show ddr 5 compared to ddr3 on wii u plus it has alot less shaders then ps4. Spec sheet shows differently

          • Arthur Jarret

            Except, they don’t know what the numbers mean.
            It’s funny how people compare lamps and say ‘well this one has more Lux than this one’ – while the other one shows Lumen, not Lux.

            Rules of modern marketing: it doesn’t matter what unit of measurement you use, just ensure you got the highest numbers on the box.

          • matthew garcia

            Well it doesnt help when the man iwata himself comes out and says the wii u is underpowered. Didnt say it right away but said it when wii u went downhill

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        The Wii U spot also focuses way too much on people holding the pad, I noticed a marked decrease in shots of the screen showing actual games. They could probably redo this commercial concept but show more games on the screen (a variety, as previously stated), make pointed references that the U isn’t just an expensive accessory to the Wii (“play your favorite Nintendo franchises, now in vivid HD” and “backwards compatible with all your favorite Wii games and accessories”) and sprinkle in a few retro gaming sequences with the Virtual Console. Do any of the CoD games support team chat? If so, show a split screen with 4 people playing online and wearing headsets (even if the support is weak). If not, figure out some other online functions to show off. Throw a person using the Pro controller in somewhere. Show a little love to the 3rd party developers even if it’s not being returned much at the moment it may help in the future if Nintendo isn’t only pushing their franchises. The Wii spot is a full minute longer than the Wii U commercial, there should be room to pad the commercial a little. End the commercial with a few shots of upcoming confirmed games with realistic game play (for example, avoid the Zelda U tech demo since that’s not the art direction for that game) such as X, Hyrule Warriors, Watch Dogs, etc.

    • RyuNoHadouken

      i didnt read it, but as long as Nintendo releases X by the holidays, things will be looking really good going into next year, leading up to the Spring release of Zelda(you heard it here first)…Smash, MK8 and Bayonetta will undoubtedly move systems this summer…surprise us with some AAA titles this fall and Nintendo will dominate!!

      • matthew garcia

        Thats wishful thinking. Every wii u exclusive was supposedly a system seller none of them have worked. I wont believe anything now til I see results

        • RyuNoHadouken

          they havent released a system seller yet…i never thought anything in the current library was a system seller…it sold, initially, because it was new and possibilities were running wild

          • WT Herrod Jr.

            Wind Waker HD goosed sales a little but that may have been due just as much to the limited edition controller and price cut all at the same time. It’s not a long term system seller though. Sold me on one :)

          • matthew garcia

            Ha lol so it would take nintendo a year and a half to have a system seller game. What kind of business are they in

          • RyuNoHadouken

            technically, ZombiU and Super Mario 3D World are considered system sellers…even Rayman moved a lot of units

          • matthew garcia

            Rayman could not have done to good if they took the exclusiveness out of it and made it for all consoles. Wii u is the best version though

          • RyuNoHadouken

            they took the exclusivity because ZombiU didnt meet expectations…but Rayman sold more on Wii U than the other systems combined

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I agree about surprising us with AAA titles. However, I dont think it’s as simple as you say… It’ll get us started, but this problem is a little bigger than just releasing a few games. It’s about clearing the Nintendo name of what it’s gained in the general public’s eye

        • RyuNoHadouken

          true, true

      • Alejandro Ramírez Bejarano

        woooooooowww you are definitely optimistic; that´s good we need more people like you but let´s just face the reality; Nintendo is really not trying to make the wii u a success, we all know what they need to do, nintendo knows what the should do and somehow nothing happens, why?? cause the really don´t care that much. of course they want the wii u to survive but surviving is one thing and owning the place is another thing. is like nintendo wanted already for this generation to be over by now, so they can move on to do something else

        • Alejandro Ramírez Bejarano

          By the way the new zelda game is coming in 2016 as the one must have game from nintendo during winter

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      Thanks for this new editorial Zorpix, it’s as always a good read, keep up the good work.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Thanks! I love hearing things like this :)

    • jjbredesen

      Once again, fantastic article! You sort of said it all, and i have got to agree with you, on everything. No point on me writing what i think Nintendo needs to do, because you sort of already have XD, really enjoy the articles, and can’t wait for next week :)

      So yeah, they need to fix the marketing and show us more games! I would also consider Hyrule Warriors a big title, not sure how it will be, but it has potential to be great, not sure if it can sell a lot of consoles, but i will be big in Japan and the west, in the west Zelda is big, but not so much in Japan, and Dynasti Warriors is huge in japan, and not so big here in the west, so a crossover would get us to try the Warriors games, and the japs to want to play Zelda, so it could do really well!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Good point about Dynasty warriors. I frequently forget that Zelda isn’t as big there as it is here :)

        • RichM

          Didn’t see any mention of Bayonetta 2 in the article. I consider that a pretty big title that is way out of their “traditional” market.
          Imagine a commerical starting with the scene of Bayonetta breaking through the brick and then saying her line, “Nobody said you could touch!” And then comes the heartpumping music and all the action you can take. On the last beat, the screen goes black and there is a fade in of the Bayonetta 2 title which then fades out and then “Only on Wii U” fades in…with the release date and some catchy phrase to make everyone want to buy it.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Good point. That would definitely turn some heads. I only didn’t mention it because I guess I just didn’t consider it that big a release unless promoted correctly. The original game for the PS3/360 didn’t sell the best, so I’m skeptical about the sales potential on a completely different system with a (sadly) smaller install base.

          • Fred

            Especially if the initial announcement of the release date with a commercial that hit TV, Hulu, and YouTube at the same time and all the game media learned by watching the commercial. Talk about Buzz

      • TAKANYAN

        “japs” is considered offensive. Please use “Japanese” instead.

        • jjbredesen

          oh..sorry about that :( il remember that next time…

      • palomino blue

        Hyrule Warriors needs to come out soon to be effective. It was a shock when they announced it and no one asked for it. But that initial shock will quickly disappear if they can’t consistently deliver updates on its progress or release it. If executed correctly, that game could be excellent but it won’t sell consoles until it is actually out and people have a chance to play it. That’s the biggest problem with telling us that new titles are coming and not actually releasing them in a timely fashion. Those of us with Wii U’s can wait and play existing titles but those waiting for these big titles won’t bite until they are out and proven to be decent games.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah, thats true but i have a feeling it will not be out before fall…

      • Arthur Jarret

        The 3DS warriors was AWESOME – and because you could control multiple players while sending the others somewhere – it had tactics and constant action that others in the series miss.

        You can pick it up cheap and I really recommend it.

    • Raptok

      He’s got a girlfriend… *gasp*… He is a higher nerd, and we shall worship him as a king of those who are too lowly to be considered by those who deem themselves, female.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        XD I dunno if it’s THAT much of an achievement. I think she’s just too sleepy to care at the moment :P

        • jjbredesen

          problem is to find a girl that likes the same stuff as us, and there are not a lot of them XD,

          http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T7Wz5rL-OGw/UbC210t5C-I/AAAAAAAADi4/1xMKeDUbRMo/s1600/You+Did+Well.jpg

          • Arthur Jarret

            Yes there are! They’re just at home… playing video games on a saturday night instead of dating you.

          • jjbredesen

            Yup…. I guess instead of looking for them the normal way, you must brake in to every house in you town untill you find one XD, and then use your masterball to capture her ;)

          • Arthur Jarret

            I got two masterballs… I’m saving them for legendaries, though.

          • jjbredesen

            haha, and lets not forget your diglett XD

          • Arthur Jarret

            More of a Magikarp, really… all it does is Splash.

            It can evolve into a fire-spewing gyarados, though… :P

            Edit: wow, this took a turn for the weird… maybe I should lay off the pokemon games for a while…

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nah, thats not the problem. Its much more difficult to find a girl who bring beer on command and makes you food as an hobby. Thats a challenge.

          • jjbredesen

            lol. well since i am to young to drink beer, it can be a challange XD, not hard to get it, but finding a girl that would serve it is not so easy, unless you give them some first XD

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You need to write a good Virtual Console article soon. Whats good/not so good/what to wxpect in the future and good games available. Also compare it with Wii catalogue, at the same time etc. and compare the Japan, US and Europe catalogue with each others.

      oh, an please :) Would love to hear your thoughts.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        That’s a really great idea… I just might steal it for an upcoming week ;)

        • Ducked

          You should write some article involving Kingdom Hearts III on Wii U. There’s been zero here on wii u daily

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            hrm… Another good idea! Maybe I’ll hold off on my previous idea…

          • Ducked

            That be fantastic! I’d be happy as long it happens in like a month or so :D

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I’ll probably do that before the VC article. Give the VC just that much more time XD

          • Ducked

            Zorpix, your awesome!

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            well thanks XD I do try

          • Ducked

            Add me on miiverse. My Nintendo ID is Ducked. That’s becoming my main account now.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            as I said, I’ll follow, not add :P

          • Ducked

            Oh?

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            yeah, it’s in the last paragraph of each Zorpy Den. I follow, not add. Friend list is reserved for people I know in real life, with very few exceptions

          • Arthur Jarret

            Just add him, wii u chat and get to know him! How else can we join your monster hunter games? :P

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Clever girl… I suppose I’d add people if I intended to play with them later :P Yknow what, screw it. I guess I can just add people from this site. I consider you all friends :3

            Well… mostly…

          • Arthur Jarret

            Girl? uh… wha? Hm, the basis of friendship is still the ability to take insults from each other, it seems. :P – you know mine, right? Samael_blackwing – hurry up, only three spots left (I accept all request, lol)

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            well, clever girl is from a quote :P Sooooo don’t take it personally? :D

          • Arthur Jarret

            I take everything at face value (in my face :S)

          • Ducked

            Lucky, I only know one in real life who owns a Wii U. Everyone else is PS3, 360, PS4, and Xbone.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            That’s how I know I have keepers for friends ;)

    • Daniel Carvalho

      It’s dubstep! It makes everything worse than it actually is! Whoever saw that Wii U add flew miles away from it!

      Jokes aside, I think Nintendo’s biggest mistake is the casual market they ended up creating. The casual gamer doesn’t go for a specific brand and isn’t willing to spend too much on games, since they only play for a short while. 8 years ago, there were only a few tablets and smartphones on the market, it wasn’t a popular technology as it has become now; the Wii was really cheap almost a decade ago if compared to the Wii U now, and it had virtually no rivals who wanted to get the casual gamer’s attention. Back then, making the casual gamer their top priority was a good choice, as they were the only ones doing that; right now, they not only have too many rivals on that area, but they are also the most expensive choice in front of tablets and smartphones!

      I’m not saying Nintendo should drop their efforts to bring casual gamers to their home consoles again, but it’s not where the market for the Wii U lies. They should be focusing on those who actually want to play Nintendo games, those who are willing to spend US$300 on a new console to play Zelda, Metroid and Fire Emblem. Make the Wii U a console people who already own are satisfied with, that’s what makes people interested on it. Make the eShop page more organized, give us some info on how making GC games available for the VC is going, and give us more light on upcoming titles! Show us you care about your consumers.

      All we are seeing Nintendo do is neglect those who want to buy their games and strive for those who do not want. It’s like we’re being friendzoned by Nintendo! They keep going after the public that left them while ignoring our plead for their services!

      Everything Nintendo has done wrong so far regarding the Wii U is because of their legacy with the Wii:
      - Naming their console after the original Wii due to its already large fanbase: ridiculous and confusing name;
      - Not focus on marketing due to their belief that casual gamers would strive for the brand: poor sales, casual gamers still don’t know what Wii U is;
      - Correct their mistakes by making infomercials: people still don’t get what the Wii U is, make their console a joke for having to explain it’s not a Wii;
      - Make family oriented ads: core gamers are going to spend their money elsewhere, as they are clearly not the public Nintendo wants;
      - Keep striving for that casual public after they have shown to be clearly not interest in Nintendo products anymore: services promised for the launch window are still missing (such as N64 and GameCube titles on Virtual Console, games that would utilize two Gamepads, titles that would fully utilize the Gamepad and the Wii U’s unique functions, better online support, third-party support, and so on), gamers are migrating to platforms that attend their demands.

      I’m sorry, Nintendo. Clearly the casual market was your strong point during the Wii era, but things have changed now. They are not going to be the main audience for the Wii U, as there are many other options available for them nowadays – they don’t need to buy your (or any other company’s) console to play games -, and they surely don’t care about brands!

      Your market now lies on those who call themselves gamers. Those who are willing to spend their money on gaming consoles and software, those who like to play alone in their room with lights off, those who like to connect to the internet to play with friends from the other side of the globe, those who buy Zelda T-shirts and Mario caps, those who are asking you to turn your eyes to them!

      Hey, listen, Nintendo! Wake up!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        yup yup yup. I have nothing to add, because everything you said hits it so much on the head.

      • Rinslowe

        Totally!

      • MerryBlind .

        Indeed, like some people have been saying recently, Wii U has to become ‘Nintendo Paradise’ and be marketed as such.

        Some say Nintendo aren’t relevant anymore. I don’t agree at all with that. They’re as relevant now as they’ve ever been, if not more so. The ‘blue-ocean-startegy’ that Iwata believes in CAN work with the Wii U if well executed (which it isn’t right now). In the middle of a video game ocean of instant gratification, social interconnection, multi-media, style over substance, oh so seriousness, etc. there IS a need for a little island that do stuff differently and is geniunely unique.

        Nintendo need to gather to CORE NINTENDO FANS. They have to let the casuals go or come, not chase after them, same for the so-called ‘hardcore. They have to make Wii U the Nintendo Paradise Island for anybody who has ever remotely loved Nintendo. Release all Nintendo classics of all Nintendo consoles on VC. From NES to Wii, from Gameboy Color to DS. Then, MARKET THE VC NINTENDO. Show customers that they can play classic upon classic upon classic ONLY on Wii U. Play with their nostalgia.

        Wii Sports and ‘Party Games’ days are over Nintendo. Now is the time to work your magic.

        Seriously, ‘Nintendo Paradise’ concept, and name, has insane marketing potential. Just imagine a billboard or TV ad selling ‘Nintendo Paradise Island’ as a vacation destination, but instead of showing beaches or landscapes or whatnot, they show games of different past and present Nintendo consoles, and end with a big, in your face, “Nintendo Paradise; Only on WiiU”

        • Daniel Carvalho

          Crap, they could even make Nintendo Land extremely popular with those who bashed it with that catchphrase!

          Another advertising strategy they could (and should) be using is to use one IP to advertise the other. Put Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Pikmin and Nintendo Land on the same commercial. The reason most people don’t play a Metroid game (aside from the lack of advertisement for every title – the only exception being Other M) is because they don’t associate it with Nintendo. The same for other IPs less known to the general public: Nintendo fails to make people understand they were the ones who developed those titles.

          If they were to use that “Nintendo Paradise” catchphrase as you said, people would immediately associate whatever is advertised under that title with Nintendo’s brand name, making every title extremely popular due to other franchises popularity! Genius!

          • MerryBlind .

            Indeed! They need to make ads that just show glimpses of tons of different exclusives one after the other, so that people just go Wwoooaaahh I need a Wii U. Make one ad with ‘Wii U’ exclusives, for example Zelda, Metroid, Mario kart, Smash, X, Bayonetta, ZombiU (for the sake of having something looking mature and gritty) bam bam bam one after the other, and another ad focusing on ‘Nintendo’ exclusives and show off great games from Virtual Console (they have to release a whole lot more VC games though). All that under the “Nintendo Paradise” concept.

    • Rinslowe

      I think it’s fair to say most of us are thinking the exact same things… Nicely written, totally agree. Especially in how Nintendo could do better in servicing that solo play aspect just as much as their phenomenal local multiplayer efforts.
      I think their directs are definitely an area that could be well improved. But instead of making more TV spots which is also a must IMO, they could potentially create their directs around a strategy which allows the various gaming media outlets – to further probe and flesh out additional information from those directs with Nintendo “directly”. And by design they could certainly start structuring and thinking in this way, as a way to include certain members and sites of the gaming media in their overarching marketing strategy. I believe this would be an effective way to create more hype after each direct and bring back positive interest and participation from the media. That would in turn spark comment sections with discussions based around the topics Nintendo chooses to talk about. Directs could be much more than they are currently, much more in terms of content also and an extremely cost effective avenue for creating and cultivating follow on hype afterwards…
      Just my 2 cents.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Hell, I’d love to see them get competitive again. Buy adspace on the Xbox home page. they need to get that “SCREW THE OTHER COMPANIES WE’RE NINTENDO.” Mentality back again. If they got all competitive like that again, they’d surprise people and take everyone by storm. They could really turn their identity around.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Yup, they should get back to their attitude from 20 years ago.
          Because ever since the N64, that mentality was lost within the company (it took the fans some time to notice it, though)

    • lonewolf88

      I told you stuff….

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        aww thanks :D

    • Dáibhí wotshissurname

      Great article! Likefoorer OfficialNintendoMag editor Chandra Nair, youshould depart from your journalistic ways to work at Nintendo.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Trust me, I wish…

        Thank you!

    • Arthur Jarret

      Something to mention next time:

      If you play a game on Wii U, press home, use the internet browser and visit WiiUdaily’s comment section… you can post a screenshot of your game.

      I don’t see nearly enough screenshots of the games that people are playing here – so this really deserves a mention.

      Also, games I like to play with my significant other (on the occassions I have one… I’m an awful person so they never last very long): Little big planet, Borderlands, Mario kart, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Any game with ‘Lego’ in the title, New / 3D world mario games, Kirby Superstar, Kirby epic yarn and the Tales of… games.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        All great couple games :) Monster Hunter is our current game

        True, but if you post to miiverse, you can also grab screenshots from there to post around :D

        • Arthur Jarret

          Monster hunter is a lot of fun – but when I play, noone wants to use the small screen of the XL…

          I’m gaming on a full HD beamer (I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, I’m very proud of it) – so any instance of off-TV play is a big NOOOOoooo from whoever holds the gamepad.

          And copying screenshots from miiverse is fine and all (especially with my hilarious comments on each picture) – it’s not very convenient having to turn a second device on, log in, navigate and grab the pic.

          Also: nobody in the comment section uses it either :O
          What IS very nice that you can also grab any drawing you did on miiverse – like this one of mine:

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I’m a good boyfriend and play on the 3DS so she can use the Wii U!

            XD Yeah, I can understand that.

            Its not, but it’s better than nothing :P It’s how I get my screens I put in my article

            XD that’s hilarious

          • Arthur Jarret

            Hm, that’s one of the reasons why I’m single today. But who knows about tomorrow? – I’m a gamepad hogger!

            Please, no XD – colloseum was much better – the protagonist was 800% cooler.

            Wait, what – that doesn’t explain how you captured the monster hunter screenshots… (it doesn’t allow miiverse screen posting)

            I know! – Have another! (originally posted in the Nintendoland section in the first month the Wii U was out)

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            oooh XD The MH screenshots were taken via phone. They came out better than I expected, actually o.o

            which protagonist now?

            XD I like that one. So crazy how exact you got the letters

          • Arthur Jarret

            Come on man, your user name is a portmanteau of two pokémon names – yet a joke about the two games in the orre region goes over your head? I am disappointed.

            Letters are actually pretty easy on miiverse – it’s a matter of patience, really

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Orre region? I’m confused… XD

            I have no time for patience

          • Arthur Jarret

            Orre is a region in the pokemon world – depicted in the two gamecube titles Colosseum and XD gales of darkness.

            Jokes aren’t funny if you have to explain them…

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I’m sorry I made it unfunny D:

  • Schultz38

    As always I loved it, Zorpix. Your ability to have intelligent, reasonable opinions whilst still being a loyal Nintendo fan is rare. Even the supposed “neutral” or “realistic” people on this website have been showing their true colors the past few months (which is to say they aren’t realistic or neutral – just downers).

    Keep it up!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Thank you so much :) I’m really glad you like my thinking style

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    You know what Nintendo needs to do? Make a game about Me, I’ll sell millions of console’s in the first week and increase in a weekly matter, then we don’t need Samus anymore, only reason you guys like Metroid is because Samus undresses in the end, I’ll do it in the beginning, 18+ M rated though.

    On a side note Good read again Zorpix you are on my safe list. Nintendo definitely needs to do something, and I just gave an opener.

    • Capt. Smoker

      I’d make more money than you

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Dude, I’d fricking play the HELL out of a game about Sylux. I want another Hunters game like nobody’s business.

      YAY I MADE A SAFE LIST :D

  • Razo_E

    Bingo battle on Pikmin 3 is INTENSE. My wife is hooked. We play for hours daily.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Me and my girlfriend get pretty snippy over it. It’s so intense. I love it!

  • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

    Great article, i enjoy it

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Brandon

    What nintendo needs to do on top of that is focus a little more on the other countries not just Japan. The wii u is not going to appeal to most core gamers, so thats not much of an option. Family, casuals, and children is their best bet and that audience likes nintendo more then core gamers do.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      yeah, they need to appeal to the western market more. I don’t think they quite have the hang of what westerners want yet.

    • Phoenix Maybe

      Depends what you mean by “core” gamers. Core gamers would find games like X and Bayonetta 2 very appealing. However, if you’re referring to the COD-nation that consider themselves “core”, then you’d be right. For them if there’s no guns, then the game is boring.

      • Brandon

        Pretty much both, but im saying if someone had a choice of one console like I did they most likely go with xbox or ps4. X and Bayo 2 are good looking games that I will be getting once I get the wii u again, but its not enough to make core gamers switch to the wii u.

  • Phoenix Maybe

    I’m glad to see that finally somebody put their thinking cap on and suggested advice for Nintendo that could actually work. It gets annoying after reading countless articles demanding Nintendo to ditch the Wii U, buy random third parties (not Rare, they would be a welcomed addition in my book), and do other insane things that we know that Nintendo would never do. I really enjoy your articles and I really like how open you are to the community. Best of luck!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Well thank you for the comment! I’ve been following Nintendo for quite a while now, so I think I’ve at least somewhat been able to gauge what is and isn’t in the possible cards for them. I’m glad we agree on what seems like possible solutions to these issues. Ditching it isn’t the answer, but leaving it alone isn’t going to work either.

  • Niknique

    Hey Zorpix just outta curiosity, was vulpix the inspiration for your name? Other than that awesome article! I always enjoy these Zorpix Dens!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Zorua + Vulpix = http://www.furaffinity.net/view/12060452/ (me!)

      Was wondering when someone would ask about this :P

    • Schultz38

      I’ve always guessed a Vulpix/Zorua hybrid xD

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Ding ding! We have a winner XD

  • Fred

    I love the concept of us fans voting on what game a studio
    will make. Imagine if Myamoto and a studio got together and picked 3 games that
    they thought would be the best thing to make next and then letting everyone
    with a club Nintendo account vote on which one to make.

    I say have them narrow it down to 3 option because each
    studio has different strengths and while many of us fans know the strengths of
    many of the studios, most people with Club Nintendo Accounts are clueless on
    that.

    I can tell you right now,

    if it’s Intelligent Systems I’d vote Advance Wars U/3D

    If it’s Retro/Platinum (I know they’re not first party, but
    if they did another deal like with W101 or Bayonetta or just bought them out it
    could work) I’m voting Star Fox

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      See? I knew someone else would agree! I’d love it if we could get millions of people to pine for a new Star Fox. We need another one :D

    • Arthur Jarret

      Get Sega working on a new F-zero.
      After mario kart, we will need an online racer that is based on skill.

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    The Wii one is the best commercial ever.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      It gives me goosebumps

      • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

        They just need to make a great commercial for Wii U. Like
        “Would U like to play?”

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I liked “How U Will Play Next”

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Well so did I, but not many people did.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Dunno why…

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Xbox.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            You’re right. Slogan should be “GRAPHICS AND GUNS OR BUST” :P

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Yeah, but that’s not Nintendo. Their slogan is “we make fun family friendly games with good graphics.” Microsoft and Sony: “Kill kill kill great graphics kill kill kill”

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I know :P It’s just so saddening to me that MS and Sony’s consoles can sell based on that prospect alone

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Yeah, I know. But that’s what everyone’s into now. My best friend is a 360 from what he was 5 years ago, and it’s because he has an Xbox 360.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I swear, that console has the power to turn people into douchebags

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Sorry, I meant 180. Yeah, he uh, only plays M games now. He’s so…different. Like, he used to be a really good person. Now he’s just…an Xbox player.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            yup… been there

  • Fred

    What games do I enjoy sharing with someone:

    I play Rayman Legends, Mario 3D World, Game and Wario, Bumpie’s
    Party, and Wii Party U with my whole family (wife and kids) or with friends
    that come over.

    I play Donky Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze,
    Castle Storm, Mario 3D World, NBA 2K 13 and Sonic and All Stars Racing
    Transformed with my wife.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Bumpies party! I love that game :)

      Really glad you’re using your system to bond with friends :) That’s how I think they’re supposed to be used

      • Fred

        Nintendo systems are fun by yourself (just yesterday I was playing Xenoblade), but they are super fun in couples or groups (last night my wife and I played DKC:TF)
        When you play with friends you have fun with the game, but you also get the joking and the poking/prodding/trashtalk that you just don’t get playing single player games.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          well yeah, My above quote is a little misreadable. I think they’re made to be enjoyed with others, but single player is a great way to unwind too.

          But yeah, playing with friends is almost always better than playing online with strangers

          • Fred

            I’ll agree with that.

  • Rich Cole

    Eternal Darkness revival

  • ICHI

    When talking about the big games coming out this year, it was interesting that Bayonetta and Sonic Boom weren’t up there as exclusives…

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      eh. They’ll be good games, but I dont think either will make systems fly off the shelves

      • ICHI

        Very good, but that wasn’t your argument or have anything to do with what you said, either that or your intention is written incorrectly. These two games whether they will sell systems or not, have a vocal fan base which bring a ton of attention whenever they’re mentioned. You talk about being a wii u owner and wondering when the games are coming? Well I could hear a news story about either of these two being published online from a different galaxy. I know they’re coming, I have seen them both recently and they have a financial quarter they would be released in.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Well of course! They’re coming out, and I know people are a bit excited. I’m just not personally that excited for it, and I think, like Wonderful 101, it wont be advertised well enough, therefore one of the most mature games that could shatter the family image will fly under the radar. I guess I’m more talking about the general public’s image

  • Tramz

    While I certainly would be interested in Nintendo having a more frequent release schedule (more games), overall, I am fine with the area in which which Nintendo currently resides. Let them have specialized systems, releasing quality games of the Nintendo brand/universe. These franchises have seen them through the last few decades of gaming and folks still love them. Nintendo has been the alternative choice, the console you buy in addition to your “main console” for many (though certainly not all) people for a few generations now. There are people, such as myself, who game from a variety of sources. (MMO’s, other sources of PC gaming, other consoles..) and who are quite happy to own a Nintendo console and only visit the system whenever a first party game is released. So in short? Perhaps Nintendo should embrace what they are in fact: Masters of specialized worlds, instead of trying to compete on a level they quite likely never will again.

  • David Trail

    I actually thought the advert was great lol!

    NSMBU
    NINTENDO LAND
    Lego City Under Cover

    Pretty cool games if you ask me!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      They’re great games!

      but they’re presented kinda wrongly…

  • Gabe Hoffman

    It was a good read Zorpix but you must remember Nintendo prefers to show off their games at the right moment where they will have the most impact/shock value. For the record we know relatively little about whats to come the 2nd half of 2014. I have a feeling at E3 they could potentially throw us a few curveballs. You know Nintendo they release when they believe that the game is most polished. In my book Nintendo doesn’t believe that you shouldn’t pin down a solid release date until you are absolutely sure that the game will be finished by then. If you set a release deadline too soon that kinda makes you want to rush which hurts quality I do believe they more than likely will have a press conference at E3 this year. They didn’t last year because they knew anything they showed would have probably gotten drowned out in the PS4 X1 hype. Good read overall

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      That’s what I’m saying. We need those curveballs. General consumer interest is basically gone. If there’s a time to impact/shock people, now is the time.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    As for Yarn Yoshi and SMTxFE, SMExFE might have ran into complications due to Atlus selling off its various studios while Yarn Yoshi was probably temporarily shelved to free up resources

  • Alejandro Ramírez Bejarano

    Well I can only say that this year makes or breaks the Wii u; the wii u has great potential and it is my first nintendo console ever, so to all the people that said that the wii u didn´t have the capacity to catch the atenttion of non-nintendo gamers just look at me, but I will say this: what got me to the wii u was bayonetta 2, super smash bros, the new legend of zelda game; and the awesome features of madden and nba 2k and it seems that we are losing both titles forever. Bayonetta and ssb have to step up and rescue the console otherwise i´ll get a 3ds of the next portable console from this guys, Just to finished i asure you guys that more people are curious of the wii u guy like me who got sick and tired of the same thing over and over from ms and sony it´s just a matter of having a great ssb to get all this new gamers who are looking for an alternative

  • Ducked

    Good article, you forgot Bayonetta 2 ;) I think Nintendo needs to go after some third parties games more as well.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I didn’t forget it ;P I’m just not totally convinced it’ll do all that well

      • Ducked

        Oh, well it will appeal to the “casual” fanbase, If you know what I mean ;p

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I believe I do XD It looks fun, but not my type of game

          • Ducked

            Same here. I do think it will help the Wii U with that kind of audience.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            It’s a nice game to add to the collection, but an odd one

          • Ducked

            Agreed. I think the more third party exclusives, the better. Like Sonic Boom, which I’m not crazy about. And monolith X, which I’m extemely crazy about. And hopefully Monster Hunter Ultimate 4 will eventually find its way to the Wii U

  • Arthur Jarret

    You have Wii U parties???

    Three questions:
    1) Is there cake?
    2) How big is your TV?
    3) Can I come?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      1. No, but we’re working on that
      2. jumbo
      3. sure!

      • jjbredesen

        Jumbo O_O so its the size og a boing 747?

  • Agent721

    I play SM3DW & COD:BO2 on the Wii U with my gf & we also play old school games like Chip n Dales Rescue Rangers on the NES. They’re all great, with Mario being the best. I agree that Nintendo needs to promote their games more, but they seem to love secrecy. They need to learn how to love hype!!!