Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Every Wii U Owner Needs To Buy 3rd Party Games

The Wii U is an awesome console (my girlfriend bought me one yesterday as a surprise but thats a story ill save for another post). Its got great hardware, great services and a great library of games. There is one big worry though and that’s third party support. Don’t get me wrong, there is some strong stuff already out and some good stuff on the way but undoubtedly the absence of big third party games is noticeable and will only grow ever more painful unless something is done about it. The problem is that Nintendo find themselves in somewhat of a catch 22. Without strong third party support the Wii U wont sell in the huge amounts that third parties would want it to but in order to get strong third party support it needs to sell well and prove to third party developers that Nintendo is a market that they wish to pursue.

Whether you love or hate Nintendo (I love them) it’s impossible to argue that they have had strong third party support over the last five years and it is even harder to argue that they are perceived as a company that caters to so called ‘hardcore’ adult gamers. There are these types of people who play their games but the image that the company has is one of casual affairs and more family friendly fun. You don't buy a Nintendo console to play Grand Theft Auto.

Sadly this is what the Wii will be remembered for in the short term of NIntendo’s history.

So what to do? Well, the answer is incredibly simple really. There are currently about 3-4 million Wii U owners and each and every one of them owes it to themselves, to NIntendo and to the millions of potential Wii U owners around the world to buy every single third party game that they can (obviously some people simply can’t afford many). If you own a Wii U and you can afford to then every time that Activision, EA, Ubisoft or someone like that publishes a game for the Wii U, go and buy it. It doesn't matter if you don't like it, if you can afford it then buy it. Take one for the team, fly the flag for the Wii U.

In short, give the publishers big sales and they’ll give you big games.

If people who are in a position to do this aren't willing to then they cant complain when games like Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto V and Bioshock Infinite don't come to Wii U and they can’t complain when a game like Rayman Legends gets delayed to go multi-platform. Its like with politics, if you choose not to vote then you choose not to have a voice. Vote with your wallets and tell the third parties you want their games. All they want is your money, so they’ll give you the games.

This might sound a little harsh, it might sound a little bossy but its true. If you have bags of money, own a Wii U, like Nintendo and aren't an arsehole then go out and buy some third party games! Do it for the rest of us!

1 comment:

  1. Kudos for having an interesting idea, as I've never heard someone make the case that it's the fans obligation to make sure their system has third-party support. Especially by buying any and all third-party games; irregardless of whether they're crap or not. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, as Nintendo's third-party support has always been hampered by the gimmicks of its recent systems (using cartridges in a CD-era, motion controllers, tablet controllers, etc.). No third-party publisher would want to spend the time and money developing for that when they could instead just write one game, and port it to two systems. But with the new Xbox also having motion control be standard, this could level the playing field for Nintendo.