The Nintendo Wii U has had a rough life since its birth in November of last year. It has failed to move as many units as expected, ‘must play’ games have been few and far between, and hardcore gamers have shunned its existence since day one. There have been many woes when it comes to the Wii U console, and Nintendo’s recent business model, but the darkness is beginning to subside, and there may just be light at the end of the tunnel for Nintendo.
Although I have been a fan of Nintendo since as far back as I can remember, I have never been one to subject my opinions as ‘fanboyesque’. I have been harsh in my verbal and written opinions of Nintendo. I have balked at their business model, console name, lack of quality content, price point, absence of an achievement system, shoddy online service, lack of available storage, and the sparseness of their Virtual Console library. That last one brings me to this article. While Nintendo may still seem to be 3rd place in a race of three, they have slowly been taking some nice steps forward, especially when it comes to the Virtual Console.
I had always found the lack of compelling, nostalgic titles in the Virtual Console library to be a bit alarming. How is it that Nintendo had all these great, memorable games and experiences, but they could not have a virtual copy ready to purchase at launch? How is it that there were so few titles that we all grew up with, and fell in love with, available to the public that would have easily spent $5.00 to relive the experience? To me, it was baffling.
I am not sure where Nintendo plans on going in the future. I am not sure even Nintendo knows where it is going in the future, but as of now, they have taken a step forward in the Virtual Console market. In the last two months, Nintendo has released hits on the Virtual Console such as: The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda II: Adventures of Link, Earthbound, Breath of Fire II, Street Fighter II, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Harvest Moon and more. These titles seemingly dwarf what was already available on the Virtual Console, and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be arriving soon as well.
Nintendo has made some small, yet bold moves this year. They are announcing an affordable, child friendly handheld with the Nintendo 2DS, are expected to release titles from hit franchises such as Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario World, and now have begun presenting their early Wii U adopters with an online store that is worth spending money in. I am not one to say Nintendo will make a dent in the next gen market as Microsoft and Sony appear they will do, but Nintendo is making sure that no matter what, they plan on hanging around for a while.