Wii U isn’t bombing hard enough for some journalists to feel secure, and another desperate doom article has surfaced. This “sports expert” on Kotaku has decided Wii U’s fate rests on Madden. Only 42 people were playing Madden on Wii U at some random point on Sunday, while Xbox 360 had 194236 billion people online! What do you have to say about THAT, Nintendo?
…thank you Banana. Let’s look at a few other reasons,
– ZombiU, Nintendo Land, Tekken, Mario, Sonic, Funky Barn etc. are all better games
– Xbox 360 has been out for 7 years
– Wii U has been out for a month
– Madden had no fans on Wii
According to Kotaku, this means Wii U is not a serious sports console. Not only that but somehow Wii has been dragged into this expert cynicism, here’s a juicy quote!
“While the Wii was probably the worst console of all time for sports video game development…”
The worst sports console of all time somehow has the highest selling sports game of all time. Doesn’t count, it’s a pack-in? Well how about Mario Kart Wii and Wii Sports Resort, selling over 30 million each and still going. Significantly more than any Madden game; the highest one being Madden 2004 at 5.5 million.
What the fuck has Madden done for sports lately? Why should we be championing this dead franchise as a symbol of relevancy? What adds more to a sports game, new control schemes or microtransactions?
“That last quality speaks to the real barrier for sports video games on the Wii U, as it raises the ages-old complaint that Nintendo offers an outstanding platform — for Nintendo.”
Complaint. Wow. Fuck all these great Nintendo games, they’re making Madden look bad! Is it Nintendo’s fault that EA didn’t use the GamePad properly in Madden? Why would Madden fans be lining up for Wii U? What’s stopping EA from making a good game? Ubisoft did a great job with ZombiU, in fact I would say they used the GamePad better than anyone.
My point here isn’t to shit on this Kotaku writer, or game journalism. It’s the bizarre conundrum of third parties getting away with being lazy. EA can’t make Madden on Wii U? Codemasters can’t make F1 with a steering wheel controller? THQ can’t figure out how to make a shooter with a pointer? That’s their job. People are tired of Madden, it’s selling less and less. All the Madden games this generation combined have sold less than the PS2 version of Madden 2004. If only there was something new on the market that could spice up these games.
This Kotaku article doesn’t even have a conclusion. What do you want Nintendo to do, stop making motion controllers? Do you want the exact same version of Madden for the 17th time? I don’t get it. Suit up or die, EA.