Nintendo Is Snapping Up 3rd Party Exclusives
Several months back we reported the rumor that Nintendo was going to help revive other publishers’ franchises in exchange for exclusivity. At the time the only example we had of this was Sega’s quirky Seaman series, but recently the potential of Nintendo’s new strategy really became evident when they announced Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive.
This won’t be the last cult favorite series to go Wii U exclusive.
It isn’t just unorthodox stuff like Seaman and Bayonetta either — Nintendo is also locking more conventional games like Dragon Quest X and the Monster Hunter series into exclusivity deals. They’re almost surely working on other deals as we speak. Mark my words, a surprising number of interesting Japanese games are going to end up being Wii U exclusives next generation.
Nintendo Aren’t Pinning Their Hopes On the Wii U becoming an Entertainment Platform
The Xbox 360 and PS3 were supposed to be all-purpose entertainment boxes — your one stop shop for all your TV, movies, games and more. So far it hasn’t really worked out. Why? Because Microsoft and Sony are just too invested in the idea. In the case of Microsoft it’s pretty much the entire reason they created the Xbox in the first place.
Nintendo on the other hand, doesn’t give a s–t. They only really care about games and only created Nintendo TVii in order to stay competitive. They have no interest in creating walled gardens where they control all the content, making users pay monthly fees or forcing Bing, Internet Explorer or Blu-ray on people. Nintendo TVii is just a straightforward, free “ultimate universal remote control” concept I can see catching on with average, mainstream consumers.
Basically, by not having a dog in the hunt, Nintendo may actually be able to outmaneuver Microsoft and Sony, by offering simple, open services that people other than hardcore online gamers may actually use.
Nintendo’s Back Is To the Wall a Bit and They’re Going To Make Some Great Games
Which console actually had the best games — the super successful Wii, or the third-place Gamecube? I think most gamers would say the Gamecube. A company having their back to the wall a bit, having something to prove, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also, let’s not underestimate what Nintendo will eventually be able to do with HD graphics and Xbox/PS3 level processing power.
Bottom line, Nintendo is going to make some f–king amazing games for the Wii U. Yeah, what we’ve seen so far isn’t pushing the bar too hard, but once we start seeing stuff from Nintendo’s Zelda team or the Mario Galaxy team or Retro Studios, I have full confidence we’re going to be wowed.
The next game from the Mario Galaxy team is going to be rad, I guarantee it.
So there you have it — a few reasons why I think the Wii U has a better chance than many are giving it. What do you folks think? Think Nintendo could pull this one out, or are they thoroughly Dreamcast-ed? Leave a comment and let me know.