Wii U Had a Better Launch Lineup
Since all of the next-generation consoles have been released, which means we’re now in the new current generation, a great deal of games have launched as well: PS4 had Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall, Xbox One had Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5, and Wii U had New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land. Each console has its share of good launch games but upon getting an Xbox One I found the lack of enticing software to be disappointing.
When I got the Wii U last year I found myself with four games right at midnight: New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Assassin’s Creed III, and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. There was something so memorable, so exciting, when the Wii U launched and I feel that the same didn’t occur with the latter two consoles. While I did pick up Battlefield 4 for my Xbox One, I haven’t really seen anything else that I find to be interesting (with exception to Forza 5). All the games seem rather generic and lack appeal that set them apart from the past generation.
Now, granted, the same could be said towards the Wii U since many of the launch games came out on the Xbox 360 and PS3. With that in mind Xbox One and PS4 have a similar problem in that some of their games were released on the past generation (with will be a continuing trend throughout the upcoming year). Probably what made the Wii U games enticing was because of the off-screen play element of the gamepad. There seems to be a little more innovation, gameplay-wise, on the Wii U creating richer experiences even with older games.
Sadly, despite having a better lineup, the Wii U is still struggling to get sales while both Xbox One and PS4 sold over one million units within a day. Goes to show that good marketing can definitely increase one’s sales margin, something Nintendo should keep in mind. Which lineup do you feel was best and what do you feel makes up for a good launch? Sound off below!