How to survive a Wii U game drought
Games, Games, Games – I need more games.
Times have been hard for Wii U owners. It can be disheartening seeing your new console struggle in the charts and receive a constant flow of “Wii U is doomed” articles. Perhaps the most frustrating part of being an early adopter of a Wii U is the game droughts. The year so far has been dry to the bones. Game releases have been few and far between. Sure we got Lego City: Undercover, Injustice: God’s Among, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U and Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate, but that isn’t enough. At least, not enough to satisfy my appetite for games.
Droughts are a common occurrence for Nintendo console owners – a natural disaster that happens at least once every console cycle. Looking back at the recent pages of history – there was the mass exodus of 011 and the great drought of the 3DS. Surprise! Surprise -the game drought curse has struck again with the Wii U as the unfortunate victim.
The excellent news is that the drought will be over in a couple of weeks. Oh boy, did I have a hard time surviving this one. You would think experience will help during tough periods like this, but it feels it gets harder and harder each time. Regardless, I survived (but barely). To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to make a guide on how to survive a Wii U game drought.
Golden Rule: Don’t think about selling your Wii U.
Droughts may be difficult and unbearable at certain times, but selling your Wii U is not the answer. You paid good money for the Wii U, clearly you saw the value when you bought it, it is such a waste to give up so soon. Besides all you have to do is to wait a couple of months for your next hit. If you are waiting for a specific game from Nintendo, chances are that the wait will be well worth it.
Tip # 1: Get a 3DS
The 3DS is the latest and greatest gaming machine in the market. There is a massive back log of quality games such as Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 8, Resident Evil Revelation etc. I can guarantee that there will not be any game droughts for the system in the near future. In fact, you can look forward to a couple of sure fire home run titles such as Pokemon X&Y and Zelda: A Link between Two Worlds. For Nintendo fans, the 3DS is the perfect platform to get your Nintendo fix.
Tip #2: Get yourself a secondary console
I have always found the idea of owning one console was rather stupid (specifically talking refusing to be a console because of brand loyalty; for those who cannot afford a second console this is not direct at you). Limiting yourself to one console excludes you from many great titles. Owning a second console is a good way to keep you busy until the next wave of Wii U game arrives. Currently, I am playing Resident Evil 6 on my PS3 and in the next week or so I will begin my playthrough of Last of Us. In the near future, I will be investing in a PS4 as the secondary console of choice (maybe a Xbox One if the right games appear).
Tips #3: Finish your backlog.
If you are anything like me, it is difficult to resist a sale especially when a video game is on discount. At the time you convince yourself, that you will eventually make the time to finish the game, that buying that game will save you precious rupees. As soon as you know it, you have a massive pile of games that need to finish. My recommendation when you have nothing to play on the Wii U,
Tip #3: Don’t read those “Wii U is doomed” articles
Prophetic articles claiming the demise of the Wii U are idiotic. However nothing will stop them until the Wii U picks up steam. During a drought is advisable to stay away from these types of articles. Besides the obvious lack of rationality and common sense in doom articles – the will do nothing but destroy morale.
Tip #4: Stay away PC gaming
Title says all. PC gaming is the devil. No need to join the dark arts of gaming even when the going gets tough. Just kidding! PC gaming is a good past time to kill the time. I know many of my friends love playing Starcraft 2, Dota 2 and League of Legends. I don’t care for these types of game, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them.
Tip # 5: Get a girlfriend/boyfriend
Hanging out with your girlfriend or boyfriend (which ever tickles your fancy) is an effective way to kill some time while waiting for the next big title on Wii U. You can go shopping, eat out, watch a movie – perhaps after all there is a chance for snu snu.
The drought has been terrible experience for current Wii U owners. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t PO’d at Nintendo. But at least the drought is coming to an end with Pikmin 3 coming out the end of the month – then Splinter Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends and Wonderful 101 following in the months after. Fingers cross that there is not a drought in the near future.