Nintendo Will Ultimately Win The Console War

The Wii U may be the best console of this generation. Here is why Nintendo might win the console war.

Over the past few weeks, Luigi’s death stare has opened up the meme flood gates, and the tide of Nintendo fans seems more like an organic wall about to collapse on us all. Okay, that’s a bit exaggerated, but don’t think for a second that it is any less than a resurgence.

While the Luigi fade might go into obscurity faster than a virtual boy, his impact is a sign of the times. It is a kick in the groin that Nintendo needed and is subsequently banking on to survive this generation.

With dismal sales of the Wii U in comparison to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Japanese company is no doubt looking to gain more customers in the coming months.

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How will the folks at Nintendo do that?

Riding the waves of Luigi’s death stare is just the beginning. Mario Kart 8 is a great addition to the Wii U’s library, but it won’t sell the system. In fact, no game on the Wii U will sell the system by itself. It’s already had a year and a half to pick up users and it failed. The only way that the Wii U will become successful is by the collective power of all the games.

It is not surprising that many of the fan favorite franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox were treated with announcements at E3. Heck, most of us expected the Nintendo staples to lead the way. The real trick to winning the hearts of gamers are in the new IPs like Splatoon and Mario Maker. Combining old favorites with newcomers will undoubtedly extend the Wii U’s life.

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Much like the 3DS, people want to like the Wii U. The difference right now is that Nintendo brought desirable games to the 3DS. Games like Bravely Default and Animal Crossing: New Leaf brought people in; Pokémon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds made them stay. Now it’s time to concentrate on delivering epic, new adventures to the Wii U, and Nintendo knows this.

So how will Nintendo win the console war?

By focusing on gameplay, the Wii U will end up the most fondly remembered out of the big three; not just games, but innovative games that try new things and don’t just stick to the usual formulas.

I mean, have YOU ever played an online multiplayer shooter where your goal is to paint things? Or have you ever played as a green dinosaur entirely made of yarn?

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There are several machines that can play Titanfall or Call of Duty, but only one can play Super Smash Bros. As long as Nintendo delivers experiences through its games, the Wii U will be the console that we respectfully talk about in 10 years. I doubt we’ll see the same kind of talk for the PS4 and Xbox One.

What do you think? Does Nintendo have a chance to pull the Wii U to the front of the pack? Comment below!

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Gaming enthusiast. Great at many, master of none.

Published Jun. 16th 2014
  • LroyJenk7
    As much as Nintendo is indeed "close to our hearts", I think it's just too late for them. They had their time, and they will continue to make money off Mario and Zelda for some time to come I suspect, but the fact of the matter is that gamers today just don't want to play the lower quality of the Wii U. Sure, the Wii U is the "innovative" one of the bunch but that will not win them any wars, it'll just keep them alive. It's just not debatable that PS4 and Xbox One are just simply more powerful gaming consoles and the Wii U just can't keep up
  • Jason_1089
    I bought the Wii U for the same reason I bought the Wii & the GameCube before it, for the Nintendo games, & if I'm lucky a few exclusive 3rd party gems. I'm fortunate in that I can afford to buy a PS4 & an XBox One in addition to a Wii U and so I don't suffer from the dreaded fanboy virus. For me it's all about the games and I thought all 3 platform holders had a solid E3 this year. I don't see Nintendo "winning" this generation but I see them gaining ground on the strength of their 1st party IP.
  • topher339
    As awesome as it would be for Nintendo to take the lead I don't think it is going to happen. Microsoft will probably end up winning the US and Sony the rest of the world. It's too bad, it'd be cool to see Nintendo top the competition for once.
  • Logan_1187
    Um, currently, the Wii U is out-selling the Xbox One; it is also slowly catching up to the PS4.
  • Truth_6669
    Nintendo fanboys are the most delusional idiots on the face of the planet.
  • [[Deleted]]
    Contributor
    Nintendo keeps falling back on Mario and link to keep them afloat.

    Where as their games that could compete in today's "Lets blow S*** up market" keep getting sidelined.

    I mean its about time we got another Starfox game, but what about Metroid? Were talking about a character that could essentially go toe-to-toe and bullet for bullet against Master Chief and most likely win and ... wait.. its been about FOUR years since the last Metroid game, meanwhile we get a new Mario game at least once per year.

    In total there have been 11 Metriod games (12 if you include pinball) and only 5 Starfox games (6 if you include the 3ds version of Starfox 64) and about 4 games that got cancelled.

    In short Nintendo keeps re-hashing the same games, trying to keep milking the mario scene while their other flagship characters, characters that would do better with an older audience keep getting put on the bench.
  • derp_2772
    This is about as credible as claiming the Gamecube would win out against the PS2.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    "I mean, have YOU ever played an online multiplayer shooter where your goal is to paint things? Or have you ever played as a green dinosaur entirely made of yarn?"

    One problem with that: Neither of those is mainstream and mainstream appeal is what wins this industry nowadays.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I understand mainstream is appealing, but let me point to games like minecraft or call of duty. Neither of those games were mainstream, until they were.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    At one point in the industry's history, no games were mainstream. And shooters will always be mainstream, while Minecraft is a niche cult hit (i.e., not mainstream).

    And unfortunately, none of the imaginative things you speak of will ever be mainstream and therefore will never sell as well.
  • LordDarkwolf
    You obviously are Nintendo fanboy. I read this article hoping to hear some great news about how Nintendo is turning it's business model around, but instead hear some shite about Nintendo innovation which is truly conspicuously missing. Splatoon looks amazing and I think it will be a big hit, but if Yoshi turning into a Little Big Planet clone is your idea of a innovative idea, I'll just stick with Sony where the REAL innovations are being created. The Zelda series is the flagship title Nintendo has been riding since 1986 and I think Starfox was innovative in 1993. Ideas created and implemented twenty-one to twenty-eight years ago are far from groundbreaking. The fact is the best games on the Wii U are modified versions of games already released on other systems AND unless Nintendo throws their entire creative genius behind truly new concept that implemented perfectly it's going to be missed while game enthusiasts and hardcore gamers are looking at real innovation like Entwined on the PS4 or the TV Show/Game Quantum Break on the Xbox One. Nintendo has always had a tenuous relationship with Third Party Creators, especially independent games due to their exclusive deal with Digipen and steep licensing fees. Nintendo is kicking it's final death throws as a home console producer and they are just too proud to admit it. And fanboy's like you are just giving them false hope that the market for their home systems will be revitalized. I promote Nintendo's handheld systems and software creating prowess, but they haven't really tried to make a competitive system since the GAMECUBE, which they totally mismarketed. Promote the things their doing right, not push this overpriced underpowered failure known as the Wii U.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I've been called a fanboy by every fan base. In fact, in my experience, it is fanboys that are the first to start name calling people fanboys.

    This article is a reflection on how Nintendo is making its comeback. The reasons I think this are in the article.
  • Truth_6669
    You sir, are what we call on Earth "a retard".
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Make sure to mention this Truth member to Amy or someone for direct flaming. He only signed up to call people names; he needs to go.
  • Paul_2146
    You seem confuse being 'fondly remembered' and 'respectfully' talked about in 10 years time with winning the console war.
  • Nick_2786
    How is this any different than any of their previous consoles? Nintendo has always ruled First Party games, and do a great job with that. It's the fact that 3rd party struggles, and seems to be why their consoles fail.

    I don't see anything to say that the Wii U will be different than the Wii, or GC, etc..
  • DrugsAreBad
    Drugs are bad
  • Nicola_6330
    Of course we will talk about ps4 and Xbox One, the same way we talk about Original Xbox, Gamecube, ps2! It all shapes gaming history but the Wii U still has along way to go i think but E3 was a fantastic start.
    The beautiful thing about the Wii U and any nintendo console is that for a certain age of gamer its always close to your heart- the worry is the new breed of quick thrill shooter gamers will not have the same experiences we had with a nintendo system- we need games!

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