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Will Nintendo be too late with the QoL platform, too?

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One of the major criticisms of the Wii U is that Nintendo took too long to jump on the high definition bandwagon. When the Wii launched in 2005, smartphones were mostly BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones that no one but a business executive would use. In 2007 when the iPhone launched, the way consumers use electronics changed forever. With the launch of the App Store and literally thousands of developers jumping on board, consumers are overwhelmed with casual games right on their phones.

People who bought the original Wii for casual games to enjoy with their families were now happily pecking away at their phones, shooting pigs with birds and playing endless runners. No one wanted to waggle a Wii remote around in order to bowl with grandpa, so the Wii was quickly forgotten by the casual audience. Nintendo themselves realized this, which is why the end of life cycle for the Wii was so barren. Aside from a few choice JRPGs to appeal to a niche audience, the last Nintendo released title for the Wii that wasn’t a Just Dance or compilation game was Kirby’s Return to Dream Land in 2011.

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The transition from Wii to Wii U was a rough one for Nintendo because it was moving into uncharted territory where Nintendo was no longer the pioneer. Nintendo pioneered motion controls for the home console and later both Sony and Microsoft aped that success. Now Nintendo attempted to do the same with a high-definition console and severely underestimated the time it takes to develop games designed to run at 720p/1080p.

While the successes and failures of Wii U will directly impact how well Nintendo’s next platform does, one has to wonder if they’re not jumping in too late playing follow the leader yet again, instead of innovating like the Kyoto company has done so well in the past. Today the term QOL was trademarked by Nintendo in Japan, meaning they’re planning on going full force with this new platform. However, given the focus on health and wearable tech, Nintendo will face stiff competition not just from traditional rivals like Microsoft and Sony, but also new arrivals Google and Apple.

The Rise of Wearable Tech

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With the launch of the Pebble Kickstarter, many people began wondering if there were better ways to interface with a smartphone device rather than pulling it out of your pocket every time you want to use it. The Pebble was the first stepping stone to success in terms of wearable tech, but both Google and Apple have announced intentions to join the wearable tech race. Google’s first example came today, with its Android Wear concept video.

Google is shaping Android to be more than just a smartphone interface, backed by Google Now technology that means a watch produced by Google could be more than just a fitness device, or a way to track your notifications, as so many devices are relegated to today. Apple isn’t to be counted out either, despite no official announcement being made yet. The ever present rumor of the iWatch puts it being able to interface with Apple devices in order to monitor blood sugar, oxygen, and hydration levels.

So where does this leave Nintendo? What sort of platform are they working on? We don’t know. No announcements have been made yet and we don’t expect them until E3 of this year, but if we follow the pattern of the Wii U reveal, it could be up to two years before we see more solid information about the direction Nintendo is going with its new platform. Within 2 years, wearable tech will have evolved in the same way smartphones and tablets rapidly evolve due to consumer demand.

This could put Nintendo launching a platform that has already outgrown itself when Nintendo declared it was interested in bringing new tech to the table. Nintendo needs to approach the launch of its QoL platform with caution, but also with speed that it has never displayed in the launch of any of its previous platforms. No matter how Nintendo plans to approach it, competition is coming from all sides now, especially with the health-focused stuff Nintendo seems to want to push over just video games.

What is non-wearable tech?

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One of the main points of Nintendo’s QoL announcement was a leap frog strategy that would see them jumping from console and handheld production, directly over mobile and wearable tech to non-wearable tech. What does that mean? It seems as though Nintendo might be interested in creating a health-oriented console that features something like Wii Fit U and the Wii Fit Meter as its main proponent, which would be a combination of wearable and non-wearable tech.

Is there a demand for a console dedicated to an experience like Wii Fit U? I suppose that depends on price, target audience, and whether or not it is marketed correctly. With the world focusing on things you take with you throughout your day, Nintendo’s gamble on non-wearable tech might be just as big as the gamble of the Wii U.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I think Nintendo should stick with what they do best… Making great games that focus on fun. A few fun health oriented games are fine, but if they start making this their main focus, they’ll lose me as a consumer

    • David Trail

      It’s not their main focus. They have a great mixture. It’s fun playing hardcore games like Zombi U and DKC TF mixed with games I can play with my girlfriend like Wii Fit U!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I made my girlfriend play MH3U. Go hard or go home XD

        But I get what you’re saying. I love their mixture they have, but if they focus too much on the other thing, I might start getting a bit irked

        • David Trail

          They won’t

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            we’ll see…

    • Magnus Eriksson

      This! Games or GTFO. Nintendo should drop this shit they are sticking to now. They should instead evolve into gaming. Thats what they know to do, and not health in blue ocean motion pad power glove. Make a great Metroid instead.

      • David Trail

        Retro are working on a new game. It is probably Metroid.

        • greengecko007

          When Retro said earlier this month that they would like to work on another Metroid game in the future, they basically revealed that they currently are not working on a Metroid game.

          • David Trail

            This is Nintendo we are talking about. Lots of secrets.

          • greengecko007

            Those secrets don’t involve killing their own hype. If they were working on it, they wouldn’t deny it. That’s not the kind of news that will help Nintendo at all in their current situation.

          • DragonSilths

            Uh no. That could easily have been a trick to throw people off. Before they did DKCTF they said Nintendo gave them the options between Metroid and DK they chose DK, so its safe to assume Metroid was the next project unless Nintendo has given them so other game like Starfox.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            True, but also unlikely of many other reasons. Most of the Metroiders have left RETRO, but they hired new staff as JJBredesen have pointed out at some occations. But my guess is that we will see something different… Allthough Reggie had this pin on VGX…

          • DragonSilths

            While its true most of the original Prime team is gone, that has no effect on whether or not they do Metroid. That is up to Nintendo. As we all know though, if a Metroid Prime 4 or Metroid in general is done by Retro for the Wii U it will look different since the lead designer and lead level designer are over at 343issues (343industries) making Halo.

          • iamserious

            That pin! I really hope that was a tease for what is to come. Metroid or Star Fox would be great!

          • greengecko007

            I must be missing something, because that doesn’t make any sense. They said they chose DK over Metroid. That in no way implies that their next project is Metroid. When they said that they would like to work on another Metroid game in the future, that does imply that they are not currently working on it.

          • Arthur Sataine

            As a developer, why would you want to spoil a surprising, awesome new project you are working to release? I don’t want devs to be completely transparent. I want to be surprised by awesomeness.

          • greengecko007

            When a company is constantly being slammed for having a game drought on their console, denying that you are making more games just doesn’t make sense. If anything Nintendo wants us to know that they are making games.

            Telling the fans that games are being made doesn’t spoil anything that can be shown in a reveal. We’ve known over a year that a new Zelda game has been in development for the Wii U, but we don’t know anything about it yet. It’s perfectly possible to assure fans that games are coming without spoiling any sense of surprise.

          • Arthur Sataine

            Slammed for having a game drought and actually having a game drought are two different things. There are plenty of games on the Wii U. Whether or not you like them is completely irrelevant. They are still there.

            Fans, quite simply, are spoiled these days. If the surprise is the game itself, then telling them the game is coming does ruin it. How is that hard to grasp? They can say “a game is coming” and not tell us a title. But I imagine people would still whine about that.

          • greengecko007

            The game drought isn’t debateable… No AAA titles in January, March, April, May (Mario Kart 8 comes out the 30th so the 29 other days don’t have a new release and Watch Dogs has been delayed on the Wii U). I have games to play, and I’m happy with what I currently have, but that doesn’t change the fact that games are not consistently coming out.

            The surprise most often is not the game itself. Any first party title from Nintendo that isn’t a new IP would not be a surprise. Everyone knows that those games are coming out eventually. The surprise is what new features those games will have, what they will be like, how will they progress the series, etc.

          • Arthur Sataine

            Games are consistently coming out. Just not AAA titles. And lately, I couldn’t care less. AAA titles have been more than disappointing as of late.

            Then the public doesn’t need to know they are coming out, as they already expect them to. So my new question is, why would you want to spoil the new mechanics and gameplay elements?

          • greengecko007

            Please allow me quote you here. ” Whether or not you like them is completely irrelevant”. Other people want games, and it is a major problem that they are not coming.

            “So my new question is, why would you want to spoil the new mechanics and gameplay elements?”

            Did you even bother to read my previous replies to you? My entire point has been; confirming that you are working on a game doesn’t spoil the surprise because the surprise comes from those other elements such as new gameplay elements.

          • Arthur Sataine

            You don’t know if they are coming or not. That is the entire point of this discussion.

            Furthermore, brush up on your comprehension. We established them being hush on the game is irrelevant because, according to you, “The surprise most often is not the game itself. Any first party title from Nintendo that isn’t a new IP would not be a surprise. Everyone knows that those games are coming out eventually.”

            Therefor leaving nothing to spoil except for the elements you just described. Which, in turn, brought on my new question.

          • greengecko007

            I need to brush up on my comprehension?

            I said which you seemed to understand, that developers have no problem with saying they are making a game because there are still plenty of other surprises left. The surprise is not that they are making a game, because more entries in an already developed franchise is expected. Does anyone doubt Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. will be on whatever Nintendo’s next console is? No…

            Then, you ask me why I would want developers to spoil new gameplay elements, when that’s exactly the opposite of what I said.

          • greengecko007

            Confirming that you are working on a game doesn’t ruin very much, if any, surprise. Will you not be surprised at all when they probably show the Zelda game they have been working on at E3? We’ve known about that for almost 2 years, yet we haven’t gotten anymore information. I’m not suggesting that developers tell you everything they are doing. But denying that you are working on something fans have been asking for and that you would want them to buy? That’s just idiotic, and I don’t think Retro is made of idiots.

          • DragonSilths

            Like I said prior, unless Nintendo had decided to let someone else do Metroid when Retro chose DKC TF then its still waiting there. Retro does what Nintendo gives them. Unless they switched up the choice. Metroid was the next thing. To me it sounds like you just don’t want them to do it.

          • greengecko007

            I would love a new Metroid game, and I’m not saying that Retro will never make another Metroid game. What I am saying is “we had a choice between DK and metroid” + “we finished the new DK game” =/= “we are now working on Metroid”.

            If they were already working on it, they would not have said they would like to work on it again in the future.

          • DragonSilths

            Its called a TACTIC. A developer says they aren’t when they are all the time.

          • greengecko007

            Examples?

          • iamserious

            I think you are right but someone IS. If they were both choices then they were both intended games to be developed for. Idk who but someone out there somewhere is gonna make us all very happy! :-D

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Agree, it didnt sound like a Metroid in the making.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        They are making games. Nintendo has Retro making games like this:

        https://c3.eb-cdn.com.au/website/videos/images/screenshots/140340_screenshot_04_l.jpg

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        They need to focus all resources on games that remind people why Nintendo is the powerhouse they are

        • Magnus Eriksson

          We speak the same language more often than you know. I agree wholeheartly in what you just said. Thats excactly what they should do, and bring variety to it. Great platformers like DKCTF is great, but they need to do other stuff too. I want to see a heavy 3D game in the spirit of Metroid or Star Fox. A great looking adventure like the Zelda tech demo we was shown. And no more of the nonsense they do to attractmy grandma. We need scary Resident Evils, awesome fighters, simulators and stuff like that too, but thats games others can make. But they wont make them until people start to buy this junk. And people wont buy that until they got those games. DKCTF would probably sell more games than Metroid, but people dont buy a console for DKCTF. But they would buy it for a cool looking 3D Metroid.

          • DarkYoshi

            I agree with all of you, but you’re overthinking it.
            This is just something to convince parents IMO,
            and Nintendo isn’t stupid enough to leave their main business, I mean, yo crazy?

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Can you imagine Star Fox Assault with crazy HD Graphics, proper foot combat controls, and a slightly more intense and involved story? I’d buy and play that game for centuries. They need to cater to everyone. So far they’ve catered to platforming fans, which is good. You need those platforming fans. But you can’t settle for just that…

    • Sydney Ultrasyd

      I do agree. I really dislike Wii Fit and all this kind of things. But so far i totally love this qol stuff because it always makes my day : it’s so funny. Typically the schematic tbat can mean something or nothing, i’m pretty sure they were laughing themselves when drawing this. And thos question marks on the drawing haha. Seriously, when someone shows a powerpoint or a strategy like this, i think the real idea is totally killed by a lot of non sense. And is that really provided by Nintendo officially ? The choice of colors, the shapes… Everything look amateur :D

    • Zuxs13

      By that logic then Nintendo should have never gotten into the Video game market in the first place. They made cards and toys that’s what they did best for nearly 100 years. Then they took a chance went outside the box, and created video games. This is how companies grow and evolve. If your logic was true we would never have an iPhone, or Google would have never made hardware. MS would still be making software instead of tablets and Xbox’s etc etc.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        eh… to a certain degree. There are companies where exploration is a terrific thing. There are some that should maybe stick to what they do

        • Zuxs13

          But Nintendo has already proven multiple times it is a company that can make things it normally doesn’t. If Nintendo didn’t explore we would have three systems all the same right now.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            True, but maybe I’m just a stickler for huge change. I just don’t want Nintendo to stop making their amazing games

    • T-X

      But what if the new console challenges you to start a fight and lose? That could also be fun. A console that makes life a game O^O *duh-dun-DUUUUUUN*

  • David Trail

    Wii U has the best hardcore and casual games. Can’t argue with meta critic and the exclusives are selling well despite the low install base. If only all the casuals weren’t just into COD and Fifa?

    • That guy who hates Spike

      Its Nintendo’s job to get them off the COD and Fifa. Don’t blame it on their tastes.

  • Ryan F

    I’m still puzzled what they mean by ‘non wearable’ tech. Is it a scale? An alarm clock? Flying robot? I sure hope it’s a flying robot.

    • au8277

      Oh man, here come the Nintendo brain implants.

      Don’t forget to drink a 8 glasses of water!

      urgh, f@*k off Tingle.

      Did you go to the gym today? Swimming is a great total body workout!

      Jeez, Tingle. Do you ever shut up?

      Don’t forget to bring a towel!

      • Wooopigsooie

        Haha! That’s hilarious bro… Although you’d need to be able to switch it out with navi…
        “Hey! Listen! U need to work out and eat healthier u fat slob!”

        • au8277

          The lawsuits from all the Navi-related suicides would crush Nintendo’s stock.

      • ETMew2348

        this is why we love tingle

    • FutureFox

      I think its stuff we already see like the Wii Fit U but going beyond that it could be headphones, microphones, dart board, a game urinal. Whatever. Anything not put on your person is game.

    • jrob23

      I think it might be a camera type device that can scan you. It will be able to read your vitals, BMI, and other things. This can then keep you posted on your progress whether it be exercise, diet, etc. Maybe it will have a way to insert a pedometer and software where you can input your food intake. Sort of a broad way of keeping tabs on your body’s overall condition.
      I wouldn’t put it past them to come up with something very unique and compelling. They do it all the time, not sure why people are doubting them now.

      • au8277

        Because although this may be the Nintendo platform many of our out-of-shape as*es deserve…it’s not the Nintendo platform we need right now.

        • jrob23

          yeah, I know, the Wii U has not wowed anyone but its owners. But Nintendo does innovate and is not afraid to push the envelope even if it means failure. You have to respect that. I am sure if the Wii U does not sell well this year they will be working feverishly to get their next console/handheld duo out

          • au8277

            Just jokes…I agree with you on the innovation, and I love that about Nintendo, but I just hope they don’t spread themselves so thin that their gaming divisions suffer. I, for one, could do with a little INSIDE-the-box thinking from the Big N at the moment. I’m sure Super Crossfit Bros. or ExciteTreadmill or whatever they’re scheming on will sell oodles, but I honestly just want some fresh and amazing games.

          • jrob23

            lol, for real. I sold my Wii U because I think they were ill prepared for this gen (despite my love of the games and console) and are a few years behind. But I think they will catch up at the end of the Wii U’s life (2016) and hit on all cylinders for their next one. Not sure much can be done based on what I expect (no Zelda or Metroid until late 2015) to jumpstart sales aggressively enough to save it. It’s almost like a lost gen of getting up to speed for Nintendo and HD games. I still think I will buy again when they price drop and their are a bunch more games for it

    • jjbredesen

      Its obviously a giant mech, so that old people don’t need to walk, and you can get around a lot faster!

      • T-X

        Spandex rocket body suits for old people, dude.

    • jokergallagher

      I think it well be a combination of a app, a home sensor, or some kind of new higher end fit meter and new fitboard. Hopefully their well be lots of suprises, and hopefully its big.
      honestly they should partner with Microsoft, GE, 24 hour fitness, and schools

    • Magnus Eriksson

      I hope its a 400 kilo heavy console filled with hardware that can pull off the best games ever seen. 400 kilo is non wearable for real, and I want Nintendo to make games instead of fitness oceans. Im tired of that, im a gamer.

      • gerome

        if nintendo makes a console based on fitness, it could be a terrible mistake. the world doesn’t want to stay hooked to a console for fitness. they’d rather their phones and laptops do that.

    • Josiah Parsons

      Flying would be great, but it seems like the desktop computer fits the non-wearable moniker the best! Also, what’s the “Blue Ocean?”

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      A pot that hooks into your brain to analyze data to control your home and mental emotional health

      Basically drugs

  • au8277

    The Nintendo Board of Directors won’t slip a squeaky fart without doing extensive market research/studies and feeling out their major shareholders first. So yeah, look for this ummm, around the time the Death Star is finished.

  • Kyle

    Sounds bad, just bad.

    • David Trail

      It’s a separate thing to Wii U. It’s not replacing it. If it helps Nintendo. Then all the better for it. You can see Nintendo’s commitment to hardcore games. Just look at this years line up…

      DKC TF, Mario Kart 8, SSB U, Bayonetta 2, Zelda Hrule Warriors, Sonic Boom, Shin Migami V Fire Emblem, Yoshi’s Yarn and Monoliftsofts X.

      The 3DS is also doing very well. No one can touch it.

      GBA and DS games for Wii U soon.

      120 indie games in development.

      • Adecentboy777

        Wii U is a weak console and even DKC was not using the gamepad. It means if you wanna have the superior version of games like Watch Dogs (3rd party games) and you don’t wanna wait a lot, then buy the PS4 version. Other games are still Nintendo only games and it is obvious that you can’t boost the sell of a console with Nintendo only games. Just take a look at Wii U – they sold only 4 millions or so in more than 2 years. If the lifespan is 6-7 years than you have a console which will be sold like 10-13 million times – it’s nothing. Oh, sorry, there is a word for it it’s called “flop”.
        http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/17/wii-u-not-selling/
        But you already know that!

        • David Trail

          I want the superior exclusives. Everything else on pc

          • Adecentboy777

            PC is not a console and we talk here about the consoles, right? I played PC many years in the past, but it’s not comparable with a good and powerful console. Nintendo to me is a big disappointment this gen. It’s only good for some Nintendo games, which is in total not good enough and expensive for just 5-8 games in the whole lifespan.

          • David Trail

            Nintendo exclusives > most multiplats and Sony exclusives except GTA.

          • Brandon

            No, nintendo and sony 1st parties for me are about the same, as for 3rd parties they beat 1st party.

          • David Trail

            Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 97% > TLOU only 95%… Nintendo edge it!

          • Marcus Larsson

            Good boy, now count the wii-titles over 90% and compare to ps3.
            And while you are at it, check userscores as well.

          • David Trail

            It’s pretty even but Mario Galaxy 1 and 2

          • Marcus Larsson

            Gta IV 98% GTA V 97%.
            Yes they are third party but how come i cant get one of them on my wii u?
            That on the other hand makes it really effing relevant.

          • Brandon

            Still thats very close and depends on the type of gamer the person is, and there still is many great 3rd party games that the wii u is misding out on, thats why so many gamers chose to skip it.

          • David Trail

            Great third party titles such as Thief, MGS Ground Zeroes, Broken Batllefield and next Fifa. They are far from great!

          • Brandon

            I was talking about the great ones like gta, dark souls, assassins creed, batman arkham knight, MGS V PP, still many people like sports titles and would want them and others.

          • David Trail

            Might as well wait for them. Wii U is where it is at at the moment.

          • lonewolf

            Assassins cree is on the wii u

          • Brandon

            Yeah i know is was naming good 3rd parties, but how long will it be on wii u is the real question.

          • David Trail

            5 to 8 games. You a fool!

          • Adecentboy777

            Nope! I only feel adressed by 5-8 games in case of Wii U. So to me it’s just a 5-8 game machinde, which is not good enough.

          • RazorRuss

            PC is consoles. Consoles games are made on PCs, and the vast majority of console games near and dear to PS3 and Xbox are usually delivered in higher performance, better graphics, and features when played on PC. Consoles are essentially PC’s designed to deliver gaming at a price point that following software title sales represents a viable business model.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            PC is classified as a platform, not a console.

          • David Trail

            Lay form/ console plays games doesn’t it?

          • RazorRuss

            that’s all there is to it. Couldn’t agree more.

        • WiiU4life

          For the sake of your argument, let’s just say the U moves only 20 million lifetime. What if the average user purchase 5 1st party games (100 million pieces of software)? How is that a failure…

        • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

          6 millions from dec 2012 to feb 2014.. 1.2 years

          • Adecentboy777

            Sorry! You’re right, but it doesn’t make things better and nore change the fact that Nintendo made so many mistakes with this console. The question is, can Nintendo survive this kind of failure wave all the time. OKey, they have money in the bank for a lot of years to come, but what happens after that? :) Since they are stubborn and has no clue how to deal with first party. They even had no clue about games in HD! They didn’t know how long it takes to develop a game in HD! That’s why they postponed all the games. What kind of a company is that???

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            well of course, isn’t a good number. i totally agree.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          It’s not a weak console

          • Adecentboy777

            It is compared to PS4 :)

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            So is the Xbox One :P

            Same generation.

          • Adecentboy777

            True, but the PS4 is way more powerfull than the XBOX ONE :) Let’s hope Nintendo’s learnt from the past and create a usefull hardware with an appropiate support for 3rd parties next time!

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The WiiU’s PPC and the Xbox ONE is X86 and so is the PS4.

            WiiU not being on the same architectural benchmark means comparing numbers is useless as the hardware will be outperforming when coded for optimally.

            The Xbox One isnt even being coded for optimally, its harder to work with than the WiiU or the PS4. That’s why we have all these

            The WiiU’s strong enough, third parties balking goes back to the same issue. Nintendo is not their priority. They never will be. To them its just an extra thing.

            Third parties are falling left and right you know? So now they’re searching for their source of funding to exist. Mobile one of these days is gonna crater, PC’s might take some of them back, but they have no where else to go.

            The difference between x86 and PPC is its easier to create graphics quicker but you have a less powerful machine that shows progression.

            And come on, you really think the PS4 is that strong? You can build a PC for 400$ and get the same exact thing

          • Adecentboy777

            PS4 is not almighty :) BUT it is the strongest console on the market :)

      • Adam Porter

        zelda hyrule warriors is an abomination and it’s mother should abort it.

        • David Trail

          Doesn’t look bad IMO

          • Adam Porter

            it looks terrible, so bad, why drag the franchise through the mud like that? Zelda games are for playing like zelda games warriors games are for that BS repetitive hack and slach bullshit.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            If you don’t like it, don’t play it.

          • Adam Porter

            i won’t, it’ll be the only game with zelda on the box that i won’t buy ever.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Okay then. Don’t see how that seems to be a problem.

          • thedeciderU

            besides the CD-i games

          • David Trail

            Each to their own. Can’t be worse than Knack.

        • Lil’ Goron

          Thaaaaaank You!!!!! finally someone with some sense around here. I can’t believe someone thought that was a good idea. Really ?…! wow.

          and what is with this Quality Of Life Crap?! Make games Nintendo! make cool games! make new games! holy crap I regret buying this crap box of a Wii U. I paid $350 for what?!!!! crap

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Games.

            305 of them.

            Go play them.

  • Restone

    Ninty just shut up and make games.

    • David Trail

      They are, read below.

      • Restone

        No. It consumes time and money that could be used to make more games and ensure their quality is superb.

        • David Trail

          Read below

    • Zuxs13

      They have a separate hardware department, It has a separate budget and staff, in no way does it effect game development.

  • Adecentboy777

    Another bad decision from their side. It means they will create a console for nintendo games only with the same bad attitude and give people a new health centrical console. HUH, practically nothing that a hardcore gamer could need. We already have so many options to improve our lifestyle, starting with Fitness and so on… Well Nintendo, you do again a terrible mistake!!!

    • David Trail

      Read below

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You have 5 companies servicing you lol chill out

      • Adecentboy777

        Yes, thanks God! :)

  • RazorRuss

    Sony’s PS3 sign off critically acclaimed and best selling “Last of Us” exclusive title was an amazing game. Guess what? It’s only 720P. For all the 1080P TVs sold in the past 4-6 years, only now is true 1080P content capable of streaming over internet reliably, and yes – even the powerhouse 12 core PS3′s sign off masterpiece was short of even 1080i. Most games and media content over the past several years reflect the truth that Nintendo is actually just in time for HD. The Wii back in 2006 was significantly underpowered compared to both PS3, and the 360 and for some reason people forget that Nintendo was also the last to move on from cartridges with N64, but somehow always manages to be the system with the games that carry legacies as defining masterpieces of their age. Entertainment systems, built to be accessible to the largest amount of the consumer market as possible.

    WIi U’s 3 cores hyperthreading under IBM’s Jeopardy famed “Watson” CPU does more than outperform the PS3 and Xbox 360. Multiple screens as well. A true delivery on Nintendo’s promise to deliver only where existing products do not – and it came out a year before the other guys! lol

    • David Trail

      I didn’t think TLOU was amazing.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        I agree with you. I really liked the story of TLOU, but the gameplay was a little lackluster. I think the reason why TLOU is such a highly rated game, is because of its story. I honestly yhink TLOU is an “okay” kind of game. Not amazing, but not terrible at the same time.

        • RazorRuss

          Yeah once the AI mechanics of aggressive flanking and map awareness were understood, the gameplay did not evolve beyond the first chance we got to throw a brick or bottle. It was fun to choose how to engage, but unchallenging once a strategy became reflex.

      • RazorRuss

        It was enough of a solid story to get my wife watch parts of it, and she enjoys watching games as much as waiting for the bus. lol. It commanded living room time and probably was one of the few games player’s actually completed to the end. I enjoyed it, but BioShock Infinite, and Tomb Raider were equally if not more so enjoyable to your point.

    • Adam Porter

      720p would be better to game with than 1080i, but your main point is still valid.

      • RazorRuss

        agreed. The average consumer doesn’t know what most of any of this means, but your point is true and why ESPN delivers in 720p. Sports like games need to appear fluid and bright. Most over the air network TV shows are a different story, 1080i and the audience is non the wiser. Most people don’t understand what digital versus analog, interlaced versus progressive, or any of these terms the geek squad will happily worry about for them for the right price.

      • Zuxs13

        Why would it be better? 1080i and 1080p are the exact same resolution. You TV has to do less work converting a 1080i image to its native resolution that a 720p signal. unless your TV is on a 720p set, in which case anything more than 720 would be worthless to you.

    • readypembroke

      Unless you played Gran Turismo 5 or 6, or Tekken Hybrid on PS3. They can do full 1080P.

  • hhfhfhf

    Wii u sales are up big time and everything seems to be looking great for the Wii u…..

  • Adam Porter

    the only real question here is what is non-waerable tech? i think these watches form apple and google are so stupid, phones killed watches, easiest thing in the world to steal, and break, and to be comfortable they need to be small, and small is awkward when you need to use touch controls, voice controls would be shit, could you imagine what it would really be like on a train with everybody talking to their watches at the same time?? ridiculous. now non-wearable tech, does that mean it is mobile, but it’s surpassing mobile, so if it’s not mobile or wearable then it’s just stationary, maybe they are producing holographic images that will be controlled via motion controls of your body?

    • JB

      Soooo…. What’s your stance on smartwatches? :-)

      • Adam Porter

        the idea is ridiculous, as i say, people gave up watches as soon as they had a phone to use to tell the time, so much so that they make the advancement of the pocket watch to the wrist watch seem absurd.

        • JB

          I’m just being snarky. I completely understand your point. As a person who still wears watches, I think wearables have potential honestly, but I don’t think they are quite there yet. Most smartwatches are big and cumbersome and don’t look all that elegant. Though I could see myself using one in special cases.

          As it stands, I think the best smartwatches on the market are the ones that are fitness oriented, like the upcoming Samsung Gear Fit. It’s seems to have the best balance of form and function.

          • Mithiragi

            I’m also a watch guy. They’re still very convenient and add to the attire lol.

          • JB

            Well that’s the main reason I wear a watch. To accessorize. I’d be all over a well designed smartwatch. Sometimes it’s just easier to glance down when you want to check the time as opposed to pulling out my phone.

            Also with a smartwatch, It’d be great in settings like a meetings or if you’re at the movies and stuff like that. Or even anyone in the most of those scenarios in the Android Wear video. (Though I’m not sure I’d be too keen about talking to my watch on a bus.. LOL)

          • Mithiragi

            Right now these smartwatches are still too damn expensive lol. Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll get one when I switch to the Galaxy S5. The features are pretty cool. (Checking your emails, being able to call, being able to record video ;) etc.)

            Naw man, use it everywhere. In the bus, the bathroom, work, opera, church, gym, laudry room, in the rafters, in the sky, in the ocean…

        • WiiU4life

          A smart watch is essentially an underpowered Wii U. The Gamepad is an extension of the console; the watch is an extension of the users smart phone. Proving once again the Big N is always light years ahead of the bell curve. Bring on the QOL platform!!

        • Mithiragi

          People in the healthcare field still use watches to keep time when taking vitals so in that sense, they are still very important lol. But I agree that smartwatches are unnecessary, and I think they’re too expensive for what they’re worth. However, I do like wearing normal watches so that I can just check my wrist for the time without having to whip out my phone.

    • Jon

      isn’t a watch one of those weird metal like things on old peoples wrists?

      lol

    • Arthur Sataine

      Explain to me how it is easy to steal a watch? Unless you are pointing a gun at a man, it isn’t.

  • David Trail

    I am a hardcore gamer and I appreciate the Wii Sports and the Wii Fit’s as my girlfriend wouldn’t be willing to play Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong as much. This is why I love Nintendo. They have great quality of different types of games.

  • Wooopigsooie

    Want to improve the quality of MY life Nintendo? Make a Nintendo phone that I can use as a phone/music player/multimedia device, AND play classic and new Nintendo games on. However, nobody knows wth “non-wearable tech” actually is, and therefore it’s hard to make ANY sort of opinion about it.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      No.

  • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

    wow this has fuck all to do with wii u

  • thedeciderU

    maybe they should focus all personnel on making the wiiu a success instead of branching out when their system is not selling. i did not buy my wiiu to have support be so shoddy. they should be hiring new developers in mass amounts to try to fix their droughts. make some games that really immerse you with the gamepad, or, start selling it without the gamepad and make all games, the console, and included apps run with the pro controller and have the gamepad be an accessory. based on their currently available info, how is this going to bring back the core gamer? just my opinion.

    • David Trail

      Support is not shoddy read my comment below

  • http://twitter.com/maneauleau maneauleau

    Why can’t I read the end of all the articles lately? They are all missing the end.
    Also why is this article about wearable when cleary QoL is said to be non wearable. So it won’t be late to the party since it’s about a whole different thing. It says it will be a hardware/software combo so nothing to do with wearables

  • greengecko007

    “Nintendo themselves realized this, which is why the end of life cycle for the Wii was so barren.”

    The only thing Nintendo realized was that the Wii console was selling better than their actual software. The attachment rate for the Wii was terrible for the most part, aside from obvious titles like Wii Sports or Mario Kart Wii that were bundled in. Skyward sold under 4 million copies on a console that sat at 100 million owners. That means less than 4% of Wii owners bought a game from one of Nintendo’s most famous series that took several years to develop.

    • RazorRuss

      Skyward sword was Nintendo’s push for motion plus market testing on the last chance title for the aging device. The result? Motion plus is here to stay, and Zelda was the needed incentive to garner the best response they could muster then and there. Most gamers don’t enjoy the level of movement and whole body attention the Wiimote and nunchuck demanded, but the conventional gamer also represents one segment out of a larger consumer pie that Nintendo was first to access and sell to with Wii.

      People who don’t play video games could finally play video games with the Wii, intuitive controls for the untrained gamers. New markets. Zelda was the bait to push the future of the wiimote. Sort of seems messed up, but in reality Zelda has always been the title Nintendo uses to integrate new hardware into our gaming lives. For better or for worse.

    • David Trail

      Mario Kart Wii was only bundle after 20 million sales naturally.

    • David Trail

      Forget NSMB, SSB, Wii Fit U, Donkey Kong Country etc

      • greengecko007

        “for the most part”. Some first party games sold great, but many sold terrible for the given install base. That’s not to say that those games were failures, as I’m sure they were profitable. My point is that Nintendo dropped support because they saw that the Wii was basically seling itself, with or without software.

        • David Trail

          Many? Wii had 20 or more games that sold over a million.

          • greengecko007

            Do you realize that 1million is only 1% of 100 million?

          • David Trail

            And like only a few we’re like that. The rest were like 4 to 8 million dude.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The wii had 50 titles that sold over that amount

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      The attache rate for the Wii Is 10 games per console lol ( no bundles included)

      • greengecko007

        This has the Wii listed at 9, but take into consideration that it is vgchartz…

        http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/Tie-Ratio/Global/

        Anyways, the PS3 and Xbox 360 both are listed as having a higher attachment rate, yet those consoles did not have Mario Kart and Wii Sports. This further supports my main point, that even though Wii games like those that have been mentioned sold very well, most did not for the given install base, especially taking into consideration how far the ahead the Wii was for most of its life.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          You’re really not corroborating your data correctly.

          And the PS3 and Xbox 360 have Grand Theft Auto.
          The Wii also had much more software released on it. Its about the sales ratios. You’re really not making a good point without hard numbers to back it up

          Shit look at Japan. The PS3 only had one game that sold over 1 million in that territory. FF13.

          Wii Had like 12 of those. (probably even more, My memory’s foggy on the famitsu report. Do a search on google for the gaf thread with it)

          • greengecko007

            I’m not sure what you’re trying say, other than you are disagreeing, which is fine, but without any proof.

            I’ve made my point already. The Wii, despite the major lead on install base, had the lowest attachment rate last generation. The biggest selling titles on the Wii were packaged with the console. Some Wii games sold great, while others sold much worse, including first party Nintendo games.

            If you think I’m wrong, you are free to prove it. But I’m not going to take numbers pulled from nowhere, and I’m not going to google sources for you.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            There’s only one biggest selling title that’s packaged with the console and that’s Wii Sports sitting at 89 million units sold

            And the game was not a pack in within certain territories like Japan.

            Mario kart became a pack in midway through its life and its only sold an extra 15 million due to it.

            You’re information is false, nor should you be using VGchartz their information is not on point.

            And the information you are using is trying to paint a false picture with inconclusive evidence. Because either you have an agenda for whatever reason, or you’re an infantile with an ax to grind.

          • greengecko007

            So since you can’t actually come up with a counter argument beyond, “You’re wrong because I said so” and feel the need to resort to name calling, I’m done. Nice rhetoric.

  • Nintenjoe82

    Pure Iwata lies that we shouldn’t entertain. QoL means New Super Mario Bros Cooking

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Or Mario Teaches Knitting.

  • Adrian

    Ahh, please do not use non-gaming acronyms in article titles.

    Yes, i know it means Quality of Life, but that is not a common acronym or a gamer term.

    • RazorRuss

      That’s the point. Newfangled to some, the heart of Nintendo’s core business is what we don’t know or understand)s is the essence of new markets, get on board!

  • FutureFox

    Considering how late they are getting the Wii U to launch (zing!) their QoL strategy is already behind curve.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      WiiU ushered in the next gen of the Xbone Sucking compared to PS4

  • metalpants

    Brain wave information transfer? :o Nintendo is the future!

  • JB

    I don’t know what to think about the whole QoL platform. It’s definitely interesting, and I want to see more before lambasting it or passing judgement, but I feel like every new thing they work on, that much more focus is taken off of digging the Wii U out of the hole it’s in. How will this platform drive people back around to the gaming hardware is the biggest question I have if that is indeed the endgame?

    Another thing that worries me, (and I may be worrying too much) I’m hoping that this isn’t their primary focus at E3 this year. Surely Nintendo isn’t that stupid, unless they want a repeat of 2008 and the groan inducing Wii Music presentation….

    Personal opinion. Unless it’s something truly mind blowing, I don’t see how QoL will be very successful, as the market is already starting to get saturated… Heck the Galaxy S5 is almost a damn near heath device with the heart rate monitor and other gadgets built in.

    • ETeach

      I don’t even think their Quality of Life program is video game related, so I doubt there will be anything about it at E3. From what I gather, it’s more in line with how Sony makes electronics and Microsoft ,makes PCs. Nintendo’s just looking to expand beyond a purely video game based company.

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

    What’s QoL?

    • Michael DeVore

      Quality of Life

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Quality of Lies (this is Nintendo remember)

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        That sounds very accurate. :)

      • Cena’s Smirk

        what did Iwata do to you? it might help to talk about it. keeping all this anger inside isn’t good for you. I’m listening.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Lol, thanks :D

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Sony’s the one who lies, remember?

    • Prizm

      Quality of Rife. Prease understand Reapfrog Strategy.

  • Iflywright

    I think they should partner with a company that makes exercise equipment for gyms. How about a Mario sit up machine where you throw a weighted ball into a basket to score points. Or a Little Mac punching bag machine. Donkey Kong pull ups and dips machine.

    • David Trail

      And video games in the lounge area instead of pcs to relax : )

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Konami does that

  • Josie the Sketcher

    Anyone seen the Batman Forever movie? Maybe it’s like one of those invention that the Riddler created to put on your TV. Iwata wears a device and collects all the data from everyone that uses it. LOL sounds too evil!

  • David Trail

    To the troll trying to be smart. Wii was the most successful software sales wise ever. Don’t know the exact figure but 8 to 10 games sold 12 million to 35 million.

    The other 10 sold between 1 million to 8 million.

    The highest selling exclusive on ps3 was Gran Tourismo. Then it was COD and Fifa.

    • matthew garcia

      Ps2 has it beat

      • David Trail

        Not software sales totals dude. Stay on track.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Not total sales. And many of the top selling Wii games are thanks to bundles.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Not to mention all that shovelware it received. ;P

        • David Trail

          NSMB, SSB, Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, DKC, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports Resort sure were shovel ware.

          Better than Fifa and COD being your top selling games. No one cares for Sony exclusives.

          • Marcus Larsson

            People love a lot of Sony exclusives and definitely the third party.
            The total sold games for ps3 compared to wii will probably bite you in the a$$.
            Why do you think third party run away from Nintendo?
            Cause people buy there games where they are appreciated.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The Wii has higher sales overall than the PS2. Lol.

      • David Trail

        No not really mario Kart was only bundled after 20 million sales. Not one Sony Game on the PS3 even touched that. The only game that was bundled from the beginning was the original Wii Sports dude. No need to be misinformed all the time.

  • AkaLink77

    I’m thinking they wanna get into cloud storage or some sorta gaming partner or…. idk im just throwing things out there…
    Im really interested to what they are doing now! D:

  • readypembroke

    Some of you guys may not noticed this until now but Nintendo has the space needed for games on their games. If you scroll at the bottom, there is a Space Requirements section that tells you that if you have enough space or not. Here is pictures:

    http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/readypembroke/06EF6309-F752-4B06-A37C-B3E88A5E6237_zpsoxub8cem.jpg

    http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/readypembroke/8042BD11-4A99-4223-B507-C86FCD6E1067_zpsxefazwpq.jpg

  • Yen

    QoL could mean so much more than just Wii Fit type games. It doesn’t even have to be health related. Quality of Life means the general well being of an individual which includes happiness. I don’t know about you guys but I play games because they amuse me and that improves my QoL by making me happier. No idea what Nintendo has in mind but QoL doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about games anymore. It just means they want to think about games differently.

  • C4

    What if it’s a rebadged Wii with all the fitness and sports related stuff, Wii Fit and Wii Sensor, and maybe a camera or other monitoring device. Cooperate with Nike or any other of these companies for wearables.

  • Lord Tywin

    I’m pretty sure Skyward Sword was the last Nintendo title released on the Wii, not Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.

    • readypembroke

      It was the Kirby 20th disc actually.

      • Lord Tywin

        Well, I was referring to what the article originally said, anything that wasn’t “Just Dance or compilation game.” Skyward Sword was the last original Nintendo game.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    It depends how interested the casual market will be to this idea. It’s a good idea, and I can see success being had. I necessarily don’t see this as a revolutionizing platform, but more as something that could start trending. I assume Nintendo is trying to go this route under Iwata, so they don’t have to actually improve their brand much on the gaming side like they really need to. In a way…I look at it like a good idea that’s purpose is to be a distraction, so if it catches on…Nintendo will look at the success of this platform and apply small increments to no notable improvements that they need to make. You could look at this as a new gimmick they hope blow in popularity. I like that they go at their own pace, but they do it too much and make unfavorable decisions..which is why they are so behind.

  • Frankie

    “It seems as though Nintendo might be interested in creating a
    health-oriented console that features something like Wii Fit U and the
    Wii Fit Meter as its main proponent, which would be a combination of
    wearable and non-wearable tech.”

    Already confirmed it is not this.

  • LordiMcKill

    I’m pretty sure the Wii came out in 2006 not 2005?

  • steve

    its amazing how we have evolved socially, we went from aol, to texting, to facebook on smart phones, to now using a smart wrist watch device. One day we may even use our mouths and bodies to communicate with eachother!

    • ETeach

      That’s a madman’s dream, my friend.

    • Zuxs13

      That could be a good thing. Imagine never hearing crap coming out of a politicians mouth again!

  • DragonSilths

    Not a question of being to late, the issue is this QOL thing is random, and pointless and nobody will really give a damn about it.

  • WiiU4life

    Non wearable technology is a newer and improved R.O.B!! Mark my words.

  • Alejandro Castillo

    Nintendo will use a game induced hypnosis that will cause their users to become fit and also be capable of selling nintendo products. hence the nonwearable leap-frog plan.

  • Mr. Berzerk

    Nintendo going from a games focus to a health focus will in FACT kill nintendo. I don’t by tech to exercise, I buy it to relax, and I am sure I am not the only one.

  • InterTreble

    The haters of this site are the most stupid people all over the web. They spend all the day talking no sense, spamming their ignorant and useless comments everywhere, which only demonstrate how blind they are. No time for enjoying games, only hating. What a poor life, indeed. The problem is not Nintendo’s QoL, but their very low IQ.

  • YoG99

    IMHO, it’s a big gamble for Nintendo. I can’t see where they are going and I’m puzzled. They are either on the next big thing or on a flop. I’m a die hard Nintendo’s fan so I assume it’s the next big thing :)

  • TheyCallHimBigAl

    The most important issue raised in that graphic is the consumer apathy issue and how to fix it. Making awesome games, especially with the time and money needed to produce large scale HD games. It seems like only Nintendo understands the dire need for a gaming platform that can do more than play 40 self indulgent movie/tech demos in order to entice consumers who’d much rather play cheap android/iphone games.

  • tronic307

    I’m all for this, as long as Nintendo doesn’t divert existing game development resources. Development resources are stretched very thin right now and it’s about time Nintendo hired some additional programmers.

  • http://www.gamesobscura.com/ themizarkshow

    Really wish Nintendo would work nicely with other fitness bands/trackers. I wear a FitBit on my wrist and the WiiFitU thing on my waist. They both end up with separate numbers per day and I’d really like to ditch the waist sensor. I tend to forget it anyway.

  • gerome

    i’m calling it now, unless nintendo becomes ambitious and aggressive in succeeding with this “quality of life platform”, they won’t get out of the hole they dug themselves into. that means the platform needs to be revolutionary, easy for developers to port ps4, pc, and xbox one games into it, needs to have amazing nintendo produced games that take full advantage of its capabilities, and surprises. i fear that once again, nintendo will go the route of “my way or the highway” with this new platform, once again ending with zero developer support, and taking nintendo out of the console business for making two straight failures of a console. two straight failures is absolutely unnaceptable in a market that has such huge competition. i would have prefered nintendo simply focus on making a console that will support next gen games easily. i don’t know about you guys, but a console based on fitness might be a huge mistake.

    • Zuxs13

      There is no telling its a console, or a console based around fitness. And they did make a console that was easy to support next gen games. They made it super cheap to develop for (1.3 mil to port a Ubisoft game), they went as far as offering Unity Engine for free with the SDK. They even are going as far as giving away development kits. They didn’t know that the competition would go with x86 and just because they didn’t doen’t make them any easier to develop for.

    • Ice Climbers

      Except this “quality of life platform” isn’t video games related. Its NOT a video game console. No need for any of that. If the QoL platform fails, it won’t affect Nintendo’s position in the video game console market.

  • T-X

    Maybe it’s holographic-tech. If any of you have seen the anime Psycho-Pass you’ll understand what I mean. Maybe we’ll all have light-based AI communicating with us and helping us in our day to day lives.

  • David Lein

    Let’s be honest, and I myself suffer from this too. Nintendo’s problem isn’t because of not being with the times, not being hardcore enough, or even having a strong machine. Nintendo’s problem is just being “Nintendo”. The brand itself other than handhelds and save the Wii hasn’t meant much.

    Ever since the N64 Nintendo has had a reputation of no third party support. THat was a load of crock of Gamecube had a good deal of third party games just that no one bothered buying them. I am aware “Sony had much more” but that’s not valid. That was a time when owning more than one console was becoming a norm. FYI, you will hear the same argument and I will bet 30 grand that Bayonetta and X will also flop too then we’ll hear the same argument “Well, they don’t have third party support”

    I am in no way defending Nintendo, because I personally would buy a PS4. Although I am not some retard sony Fan boy who is thinks a game like “Thief” is good or shelled out high prices just to play a CoD game already on the PS3, the PS4 brand is more appealing, and in my opinion the PS2 is sony’s best system to date. Don’t even talk about Power cause the PSX performed much better than the Dreamcast. In Japan, the PSX even withstood the DC assault. IT’s not about games either, because the best games logically cause of it’s one year head start for this generation are currently on the Wii U and yes they’re predictably a Mario and some other first party game. But yet, PS4s continue to fly off the shelves.

    Sony and their Playstation has an allure to people. Nintendo, other than their hand helds and save the Wii for casual gamers last decade just scream don’t buy me and I am a lame product. Nintendo has a lot of work to do, because this isn’t “smartphones” “under powered”, “no games” people at large just think nintendo sucks.

  • PatcherStation

    Most gamers today just want powerful consoles and plenty of games. Anything else is an added bonus. If Nintendo is going to try new ideas, then fair enough. Nintendo doesn’t have to stick its neck out with its next console and handheld. A powerful and affordable console with a hard drive and a handheld that can be used as a second screen. But Nintendo being Nintendo, it’ll go in the opposite direction and risk another balls up.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Health could me an Mental health. It could be a device with software