Wii U games and third party providersWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching in November 2012, the release of the system had almost no Nintendo first party support to speak of besides New Super Mario Bros. U and the bundled Nintendoland. First party titles, including Pikmin 3 and Wii U Fit, were supposed to release only months after launch, but have been delayed until at least this summer. As with the launch with the 3DS, Nintendo expected third-party publishers to do the heavy lifting of supporting the console, and once again they have not cooperated. The most telling summary of this dreadful start has to do with the once Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends.
Rayman Legends was first scheduled for launch then delays forced the title to move to February. Nintendo’s Wii U has disappointed in sales since its debut and has sold millions less then projected. Video game publishing giant Ubisoft took notice of this and has decided to not only make Rayman Legands available on PS3 and Xbox 360, but also to delay the finished Wii U version till Fall 2013 to coincide with the release of the other versions., which is a significant blow to Nintendo as the outlook of Wii U game titles dims.
Third-party support has been a major issue for Nintendo dating back to the Nintendo 64. The Nintendo Wii was an enormous success for Nintendo but still had very weak support from other publishers. Nintendo has already reduced their overall sales projections from 5.5 million to four million for Wii Us sold through March 2013 as potential fall releases of the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox console loom.
The saying has always been that you buy a Nintendo console for Nintendo games. This will not change for the Wii U. I do not regret buying the system on launch day because as a gaming enthusiast, system launches is something I rarely miss. The average customer though should wait for the price of the Wii U Deluxe to drop at least $50 and wait a year once there is a shelf full of Nintendo first-party games we all love. Nintendo will have to double down on releasing games and acquiring exclusives, something they have struggled in the past.