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The Company That Steals the Show at E3: ...Nintendo?

Don't look now, but Nintendo might be poised to make a BIG run at E3 2014...

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Just go with me on this.

Obviously, the Wii U is going down. It just is. A gimmick only goes so far; re-releasing that gimmick in a high-definition format just wouldn't cut the mustard. I knew that the instant I saw the Wii U unveiled, and I wondered how long we'd have to wait before Nintendo announced their next move in the console world.

At the time, my prediction was as follows: The Wii U will be a miserable failure and at E3 2014, Nintendo would announce either a new direction or business goal and abandon (perhaps temporarily) the console world, or they'll reveal a new system. You know, one that's actually competitive and might pose a threat to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Coming into E3, I can't help but think I may have been prophetic.

Don't misunderstand; I've been wrong about Nintendo before

Hell, I figured after the GameCube, they were through with consoles. I thought they'd continue to dominate the handheld world and that'd be more than enough. But they produced the Wii, an absolutely ingenious machine that magically catered to the one demographic we never thought we'd get: The non-gamers.

Oh, calm down. I'm not saying no hardcore gamers bought the Wii. I'm saying that for the first time, we started seeing mainstream consumers with Wiis in their homes; people who really had never had a video game console before (unless it was an Atari way back when). They got senior citizens playing games, for crying out loud! They even managed to pioneer in yet another area of the industry: Motion sensing.

However, I know a gimmick when I see one. Gimmicks hit hard right out of the gate, which is why the Wii shot out to an immense lead in the previous console generation. Everyone was saying, "oh, there's no chance the PS3 or Xbox 360 catches the Wii." To date, it hasn't happened, but I think before all is said and done, the PS3 will hit at least 90 million, not far from the Wii's 100 million. And don't forget that during the last few years of the Wii's run, you couldn't give that thing away for free.

The Wii U was a mistake... and Nintendo knows it

There's just no other way to interpret it. How many systems has it sold? 4 million? 5 million? I mean, the PS4 and Xbox One have both sold as many or more units in their first six months at market. And while the future is bright for both those consoles, it's basically over for the Wii U, as far as most are concerned. So, the question is, how will Nintendo steal the show at this year's E3?

Well, think about it: They can't limp along with the Wii U forever. People are already losing interest in Nintendo and this business is all about timing. The Wii U might not survive another year being beaten into the ground by the PS4 and Xbox One; hence, Nintendo may have yet another ingenious plan. You can't expect them to pull genius out of their butts twice in a row, right? But if they did it before with the original Wii, they can do it again.

It's their time to derail some of Sony and Microsoft's combined momentum and announce a new console. Or, at the very least, make a big splash in the portable market. A new and improved follow-up to the 3DS, one that might effectively kill off the Vita...? Who knows? I do know that if Nintendo wants to even register as a presence at E3, they're going to have to make some noise somehow.

And like I said, I'm pretty sure they're aware of this fact. So, hold your collective breaths...

Originally Published Apr. 27th 2014

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  • 1
    Fatboy_2991 6 months ago
    The author must feel like quite the retard now
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    Jacob_3561 8 months ago
    The Wii U itself is not bad. It's in the same boat as the Vita. They have potential but lack the software to support it. If Nintendo can gets some god damn games on the Wii U then it would do fine but as it stands it has no software to justify buying it. Also, dropping the Wii U only a year after it launched would be the dumbest decision ever. Not only would they lose faith in the people who bought the Wii U, they would still be in the same boat the Wii U is in, NO GAMES. Also it would show to others that Nintendo is not confident in there own products and no one will buy it because they would be afraid Nintendo would just drop it a year later.
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    Ananchel27 8 months ago
    Okay, the 3DS is badass. And it's going to get way more better with the smash bros coming out this Summer. But I kinda agree with the Wii U going down a little. In my opinion, I liked the Wii before. I liked all three consoles before cause they were all doing so great before. However, when the Wii U came out, it really didn't fully catch my attention. Although there is still hope for Nintendo to rise up. They just have to think really hard and plan on how to catch up to the competition between Sony and Microsoft. I love Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I would love for all three of them to battle than to leave one alone and keep the other two battling. There's still hope Nintendo.
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    Ananchel27 8 months ago
    Okay, the 3DS is badass. And it's going to get way more better with the smash bros coming out this Summer. But I kinda agree with the Wii U going down a little. In my opinion, I liked the Wii before. I liked all three consoles before cause they were all doing so great before. However, when the Wii U came out, it really didn't fully catch my attention. Although there is still hope for Nintendo to rise up. They just have to think really hard and plan on how to catch up to the competition between Sony and Microsoft. I love Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I would love for all three of them to battle than to leave one alone and keep the other two battling. There's still hope Nintendo.
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    GamerXfiles 8 months ago
    I wouldn't call motion controls a gimmick these days. The Power Glove was a gimmick and it died fast. The Power Pad was the same, and the Genesis Activator as well. The VIrtual Boy was a gimmick and died fast too. But motion controls, although still needing improvement, are now in the second generation, and MS who once said they would not consider motion controls (before reversing course) are now making them mandatory. And I think the Gamepad will become just as integral once some games start coming out that actually use it to full effect. I can't believe there are hardly any games that use it in a unique way, and RTS/Sim and other menu heavy games or ones that require hot keys would be perfect.
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    SDowner 8 months ago
    Featured Contributor
    Will be interesting to see what they come up with. It's probably about time to go big or go home in the console market for Nintendo.
    I'd certainly like to see them come out with a strong contender for the next generation, but sadly I can't see it coming. Hopefully they can prove me wrong though!
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    Rothalack 8 months ago
    Master O' Bugs
    My thoughts exactly Fathoms. Nintendo needs to make a big move and soon. Mobile really is all they have left, they are spectacular at it, the 3DS is awesome. But like you said, the Wii U isn't going to cut it. They need to do something serious if they want to have anything to do with this console generation.
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    J_6461 8 months ago
    Don't count nintendo out. They have more bad ass exlosives that xbone and ps4. a mario kart 8, bayonnta 2, monosoft x, smash bros wii u, yarn yoshi, a new zelda, and so much more. Everyone should stop the hate on nintendo. And don't forget sony, and microsoft always copy off nintendo's technology. Kinnect, ps move ring a bell. I have a wii u I love it, and no it's not a ginnic you dumb mf!
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    Fathoms_4209 8 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I grew up with Nintendo. I'm the one saying we shouldn't count them out.

    Don't freak out because Wii was obviously a gimmick (and Wii U even more of a gimmick) because Nintendo did well with it. It's just time to move on, rather than blindly going, "I love Nintendo because they're Nintendo!"
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    smashbrolink 8 months ago
    Hey, author!
    You might want to look into what Sega was doing with its consoles before suggesting that Nintendo should pull the similarly stupid stunt of dropping their console early.
    Consumers would lose all faith in Nintendo's products if Nintendo showed themselves unwilling to show the faith needed to continue supporting their own machines like that.

    Also, quit trying to use the word gimmick as an insult towards the wii u. It just makes you look ignorant and hater-ish.
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    Fathoms_4209 8 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    It was a gimmick. And a successful one, so just deal with it.

    What was Sega doing with its consoles? Other than dying with the Dreamcast? You need to learn a bit about business, my friend. A company can't afford to support its machine if it's losing money, or if they're being beaten by the competition. Has nothing to do with "faith." It's business.

    The Wii U isn't selling. Nothing on the horizon indicates that it will sell. It's a high-def version of a GIMMICK that has long since run its course, as I predicted years ago.
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