Nintendo needs to get their act together: RELEASE the eStore catalog!

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This week Nintendo simultaneously lost Madden NFL 25 on the Wii U, saw prices slashed again at retailers in the UK, and sent a message to your custoemrs begging them to buy the Wii U. This is getting pathetic.

I had a stack of Wii U’s I was planning on making some money on. They didn’t sell. I’m still sitting on some of them. It seems good to know that in 15 years they’ll be a rare treasure that sells well on eBay, especially in a sealed box! Too bad I’m stuck with these pieces of crap for another 15 years.

I’m thrilled with New Super Mario Bros. U, it’s a fun game. But the system is failing, it’s not a secret. It’s Nintendo’s best online service yet and the eStore is just finally starting to take off. The video above shows games that will be launching on the Wii U’s Virtual Console service. But if Nintendo really wants to keep the Wii U on life support until larger publishers and triple-A title games return to the platform, I know how they can keep it going. Release more Virtual Console games!

Nintendo, I don’t want to import my games from my Wii U. It’s absolutely the right move to allow people to do that. And the upgrade process to Wii U sounds great. But where are the games!? If I could turn on my Wii U tonight, and download a bunch of games, I would jump right on it. Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Street Fighter, even Gameboy games like Metroid II, or Donkey Kong Land II, and classic NES titles like Mega Man III (my favorite), or Darkwing Duck (also: insert obvious Metroid request) – give all of these games to me, and you’ll make a fortune in a day. It seems too much like they want to drag it out and slowly release more and more content, much the way Xbox Live Arcade works, or other online systems. But if the basic formula is to take an existing, old ROM file, drop it into a wrapper that lets me sett it on my TV and my Wii U Gamepad, and upload it to the eStore… then GET ON IT. Make a splash – give users a compelling users to have this console! You’re floundering too much, and it’s frustrating me to near insanity.

One thought on “Nintendo needs to get their act together: RELEASE the eStore catalog!

  1. A strong back catalog sells systems. The Wii U just doesn’t have that catalog because there are almost no good Wii games. Emulated games are going to be that much more important now. The only way I’m gonna buy a Wii U is if they have all the games I grew up with as a kid. If I wanted to play “Hardcore” games I’m just gonna go play on the PC. Make the Wii U into a emulation box and give us all the classic games we loved. This would at least be a temporary measure to buy them some time. I think this might be Nintendo’s “Dreamcast Moment” for the console. I also don’t see a way for Nintendo to win in the mobile market against these smartphones. When I hear the name Nintendo I now equate it with sadness.