For my first feature here on KokuGamer I would like to address an issues I’ve had for the last few months.Even with the Nintendo 3DS fast approaching, I still feel as though Nintendo had forgotten about their fans. Donkey Kong Country Returns was, in my opinion, the last hardcore game to come out the Wii. Since then my Wii has been collecting dust, I’m aware of the Wiiware titles that have been released but for full fledged games, the Wii has been seriously lacking as of late.
The Wii had a bit of rough start when it came to hardcore games at launch. Out of the 21 games it launched with, only a few could be considered for the hardcore market. Most of the games were aimed at families, so the games needed to be accessible to people who haven’t played a video game in years or ever. There was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Trauma Team: Second Opinion and those were great but unfortunately a few of the other games that were marketed toward the hardcore fell flat on their face(I’m looking at you Red Steel.)
When I bought my Wii, I couldn’t have been more excited, I don’t even think I slept that night. But it only took a few days of waggling for the novelty to wear off. I needed some real games. I loved the idea of the virtual console, having access to all the great games of the past was simply amazing, that was until i downloaded them and played each one for about a half hour and realized that the only reason i downloaded these games was simply because I could. I had already beaten these games before and as great as they are, I didn’t complete any of the Virtual Console games I bought. I needed something more, the “killer-app” for the Wii that would keep me playing. The Wii still got quite a bit of playtime, but not by me, it was my family who usually never play games that spent hours bowling and golfing and having a blast. That’s great that they are having so much fun, but I didn’t buy the Wii so my family could spend evenings in a virtual bowling alley. I know that they were various ports of good games to the Wii during this time, but I had already played most of them on the previous consoles and was look for something new.
It wasn’t until 3 months later that I would pick up a new game that I thought for sure would rectify me getting the Wii. Sonic and the Secret Rings was released February 2007 and as a long time sonic fan I knew that this would be the game for me…..I was wrong. I only spent 1 day playing the game when I decided to sell it back to my local video game store. In making the controls more accessible, they lost almost everything that made sonic great and I couldn’t have been more disappointed.
It was another 2 months of boring waggle until I finally would see a game that made me want to hold on to this system. Super Paper Mario came out in April and as a fan of the Paper series, I couldn’t have been happier. Finally a real game that wouldn’t wear out my arm in 10 minutes. As great as Super Paper Mario was, once I finished it, I was back to were I started waiting for another great game to come out. It would take another 7 months before the Wii started getting the games it needed. Within those 7 months there were some games worth noting: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure, and Battalion Wars 2. It was the holiday season of 2007 that the Wii really started to make sense. Nintendo was finally releasing games at a decent pace. We were treated to Super Mario Galaxy, Resident Evil:Umbrella Chronicles, Trauma Center: New Blood, and NiGHTS: Journey to Dreams. After the holiday season Nintendo was able to keep the games coming with at least 1 big title each month and the Wii was finally getting the play time it deserved.
This pace would continue for the next few years. In this time Wii would become Nintendo’s best selling home console and things couldn’t have been better. That was until the end of 2010. Holiday 2010 was treated with a bundle of Nintendo goodness with Kirbys Epic Yarn, GoldenEye 007, Sonic Colors, Epic Mickey, and Donkey Kong Country Returns. After the holiday season it seemed Nintendo no longer had any tricks up their sleeve. With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword being pushed back again, the release of Super Mario All-Stars: 25th anniversary Edition (A collection of games most Nintendo gamers already had,) and Lost in Shadow finally coming out of Japan (This could have happened months ago, I played a Japanese import of it in July 2010 and it had very little dialog.)
Reggie Fils-Aime has been saying that there are still many Wii games on the way, but he has also admitted that Nintendo has given little attention to the Wii as of late due to the arrival of the 3DS. If these games are coming, can’t we at least get a date or some details on the status of games like The Last Story, Tales of Graces, the next Kirby, and Xenoblade? And I’m not even gonna bother talking about the Wii Vitality Sensor.
I, like many others will be picking up the 3DS at launch and will probably be too distracted to care about the Wii for awhile, but Nintendo planning on distracting consumers away from the Wii is not the best marketing.