The Wii U is looking to be hardcore in 2014

By Michael On 19 Jun, 2013 At 02:17 PM | Categorized As Features | With 0 Comment

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The Wii U is looking to be hardcore in 2014


Perception is vital to any gaming console. How a gamer perceives a console can influence whether they will buy it or not. Therefore, it is vital shape positive perceptions of their product.  The three main console makers has handled the perception of their consoles differently. Obviously Microsoft has been going out on a limb to destroy any momentum of the Xbox One while the Sony has methodically in the process of ticking all the right boxes to make the PS4 a potential a success story. The Wii U? Well the Wii U is an entirely different story.


The Wii U faces the kiddy image that is usually associated with most Nintendo consolse and then there is the casual game maker which spawned during the Wii fad. These are perception Nintendo has to overcome if they want to have any chance to win the generation War. Nintendo needs to win over all the gamers from the casual, to the devote mii-gamers and even to the core. The fact of the matter is that the Wii U has a long way to go if Nintendo wants to earn a piece of the core gamer pie.


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E3 revealed many exciting prospects for the Wii U. In fact, situations are looking brighter for the Nintendo Wii U. For starters, the holiday season is going to be kind to Nintendo thanks to key titles such as New Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Wii Fit U.  These titles should reignite the Wii U. From a Nintendo fan perspective, the Wii U is looking to be a worthwhile system.


Although Wii U owners will be receiving many impressive games from now until the end of the year, unfortunately, we have to wait until 2014 before the bigger core titles arrive.  The wait may be long, it can seem eternity’s away, but the wait will be worth it. The good news for Nintendo, is that these game will appear to the core gamer.


Let’s have a sneak peek into 2014. Games that have been confirmed  to be coming in 2014 are Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 and  Monolith Soft’s X.  Small but an amazing list nonetheless.  And then there is the prospect of more titles announced for the future: Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei, Metroid, Star Fox and perhaps F-Zero.  And then there are potential 3rd party games. It is looking quite bright for Nintendo.


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Shall we examine these 2014 games a little more? For starters, Nintendo will be releasing two certified systems sellers in Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U. These two games are fortunate to have both mainstream and core appeal.  Then there is Monolith’s X and Bayonetta 2. These are the core games that Nintendo desperately needs to succeed if they want to win over the core. I don’t need to say much about these games, just watching a trailer is enough to get excited. Really, what more can a core gamer want? A slick fast paced action game with a sexy heroine and a beautiful open world game with playable mechs – it is a gamer’s wet dream. While Bayonetta 2 or X may not move many systems off the shelf, they will do well in changing the perception of the Wii U from kiddy into something the gamers can take more seriously.


The Wii U needs to rock the hardcore look, and in 2014, it is set to do so. The tide is changing, the apple has fallen far from the tree, the Wii U is shaping up to be more than a casual system. Apart from the games I mentioned above, the library is looking better than the Wii in terms of mature titles. In its first year,  it would already have ZombiU, Ninja Gaiden, Tekken Tag Tournament, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, Black Ops 3, Assassins Creed 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Assassin Creed IV, Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Plus add the games from 2014. Looking much better than the Wii right?


While if you compare this list of mature games to the next gen rivals (or even the last gen), the Wii U list looks weak. But that isn’t the point.  What I am trying to get at, is that the Wii U is not going to turn out to be another casual system. In fact, I firmly believe the Wii U will be the contrary of the common perception– it will be a console for all gamers: Casual, Nintendo fans and Core.

About - Michael is the proud owner and Editor-in-Chief of! He has a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honors ( try to guess his Degree), and has been writing about video games for many years. His favorite Nintendo franchises include the Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon. When Michael is not playing video games – he is usually outdoors riding kangaroo’s, playing cricket or sleeping (or doing all three at the same time).