How 3rd party games can be successful on the Wii U!
EA, it seems have dropped support for the Nintendo Wii U. Gen 4 hasn’t arrived? EA needs a reality check, next gen started at November 18, 2012. The haters will likely be jumping around in joy, but mii gamers shouldn’t be too concerned with EA abandoning the ship this early.
The bottom line is, when has EA supported Nintendo with quality games? Should we buy happy with casual water down ports like they have done on the Wii?
Nintendo doesn’t need the type of support they will likely receive from EA. What they do need is the effort we see coming from Ubisoft and Platinum games. If 3rd party games are to survive in a 1st party dominant environment, they need to be unique and of high quality.
Porting current gen games to the Wii U is not a wise business decision. The performance of the late ports of multiplat titles seems to suggest this. The problem lies with the larger install base of the HD twins. Consumers are likely to buy these titles for the systems they own already. I doubt consumers buy a console specifically on ports. These ports will not sell well on a smaller install base when they are already on consoles with higher amount of users.
In my opinion if 3rd parties are to have success on the Wii U, the games have to be either exclusive and/or take advantage of the Wii U gamepad. It comes down to one simple principle – market your games to the Nintendo audience. Mii gamers buy Ninty consoles for the unique content – the games and experience you cannot find anywhere else but on a Nintendo consoles.
3rd party developers need to approach the Wii U with a different mindset, it is not about just porting the games over to the console because it simply won’t work. Consumers bought the Wii U for the unique gamepad – so why not take advantage of its capabilities?
Ubisoft absolutely has got it right with ZombiU. The game is unique and takes advantage of the Wii U gamepad. Despite the mixed reviews, Wii U owners have responded well to the game. It comes at no surprise ZombiU has performed well, it is the type of game mii gamers have been begging from 3rd party developers.
I expect upcoming 3rd party game such as Raymond origins, Aliens colonial marines, Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 will do relatively well on the Wii U. Finger cross! Ubisoft, Platinum games and gearbox have invested love in the games and I want their efforts to be rewarded.
I know I am indulging myself a bit too much – demanding games from 3rd party developers. Bottom line, developers and publishers create games to make money. Truth be told, there is an untapped market on a Nintendo console. If done right 3rd parties can enjoy the same riches that Nintendo has been making with their software.
I am not blaming 3rd parties solely for the poor performances on a Ninty console. It’s a well-known fact non-Nintendo games struggles on a Nintendo system. Nintendo has a history of alienating developers such as the horrible such as the decision to use cartridge on the N64 or the failure to adopt HD and online with Wii. It could be because the 1st party software overshadows 3rd party games or poor marketing.
Whatever the reason, the least Nintendo can do is make the console more accommodating to 3rd parties. Wii U should be better a platform for 3rd parties; It has decent power and a good online infrastructure – which is a good starting point.
Future 3rd party support for the Wii U is questionable. The first years will be vital. But I would like more developers taking the risk on a Ninty console. It would be nice to buy AAA multiplats for my preferred console. 3rd party games can be successful on a Nintendo console but they need to rethink their approach.