Wii U has come out and has caused an interesting reaction with the gaming community. It’s exploded onto the scene like a bird shitting on a park bench. Wii U isn’t selling as well as Wii did at this very early stage, and after skeptical claims of “artificial shortages” people are now falling over themselves to prove that Wii U is “in stock”. Yes, you can buy it. So why don’t you?
With websites not even playing Wii U games, people tearing apart screenshots, analysts predicting the end of Nintendo and misinformation spreading faster than information, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Wii U was sent here by aliens to capture the worlds population and enslave them in the Miiverse. This console threatens to provide an affordable development environment, new game ideas and an interactive community “outside” these gaming forums. It must be killed before people have too much fun without us.
ZombiU has caused the biggest stir and painted itself a big target. With scores ranging from 4.5/10 to 9/10, it seems this game just might not be your taste. Except I don’t buy that bullshit for one second. If a reviewer doesn’t like an FPS he’s not going to give Halo 4 a 4 out of 10. Need for Speed won’t get a 2 out of 10 because somebody just doesn’t like racing games. ZombiU is an objectively good game no matter which way you come from. It has high production values and gets every aspect of itself right. The controls are great, graphics are fantastic and the gameplay is very finely crafted and balanced. I’m not going to pick apart that Gamespot review because you can see the drama unfold for yourself in the comments and it’s been done to death. I don’t really care what the reviewer ate for breakfast that morning, but 4.5 out of 10 is a statement to get attention. ZombiU hype must be contained, STOP being excited! Here’s some direct quotes from the similar GameInformer review (5 out of 10),
“A Bad Start For New Wii U IP”
“Gamers eager for a new experience tailored to the Wii U likely have their eyes on ZombiU”
“Good zombie games are a dime a dozen these days, and I can’t recommend ZombiU above them despite being the only undead shooter on the Wii U”
I’m sensing he’s trying to tell us something here. The best example of a Wii U game sucks. So that means Wii U sucks, right? He even takes a jab at Red Steel for good measure. Red Steel’s backlash ensured that Wii never got any quality first person shooters despite being perfectly designed for them, do we really want that to happen again? Using that same logic, some people want ZombiU to suck so badly because it threatens to TAKE their games and put them on Wii U, and it also shatters the family console image often snorted through the noses of hardcore gamers. So why does ZombiU suck if it’s one of “their” games? I don’t fucking know and this whole paragraph is doing my head in. Scores need to be taken out of reviews because they lead to an intentional comparative shitstorm, but that topic is for another day.
ZombiU is just the start, we’ve got a brand new Mario game launching with a console for the first time since the Nintendo 64. Remember when the press kept asking “where’s Mario?” at the GameCube and Wii launches? Here it is, day 1. Wii U has the best version of Call of Duty and Assassins Creed, people bought PS3’s and Xbox 360s for those games. Nintendo Land has 12 games in it with new methods of control. Yet it seems Wii U is nothing more than some gimmicky distraction while we wait for the “real” console generation to begin.
Time for a fucking reality check. Wii U is the real deal and “next-gen” is a fairytale. It doesn’t even exist. It’ll always be NEXT, and never actually be here. It’s nothing more than a concept. Of the scant details we DO know, Sony has cancelled a handful of PS4 projects and shut down an entire development studio working on PS4 games. We know Just Cause 3 has been in “next-gen” development for a long time, and any developer hoping to compete is going to have to invest more money than they own. We know GTA5 is for the current generation of consoles. We know that Sony barely has any money left. We know Microsoft is betting heavily on Kinect. Sure, it could all turn out great and Xbox 720 and PS4 could be affordable, reliable, and bursting with new games and features. However, Wii U is out right now and already does that. Developers are happy, gamers are happy, and sitting on the sidelines is nothing to be boasting about. Give Wii U a chance and you’ll be surprised.