Author’s Note: What I’m posting about below is neither fact-based speculation or news. It’s simply my thoughts on a potential future that is highly unlikely. These are just ideas I had, so please don’t go flipping out about how these will never happen. I realize that.
So earlier this week there was a lot of talk about the sales of the PS4 and how it outsold the Wii U in two weeks (or something like that, I cannot for the life of me remembering the wording). This caused people to start wondering about the console’s life in the long run and what Nintendo could do to make things better for the Wii U. What I’m showing you below are some drastic choices that Nintendo could do. Let me know what you think of them!
End the Wii U
In the same vein that SEGA ended the DreamCast, and Microsoft did with the original Xbox, Nintendo could end the life of the Wii U earlier than anyone expects. They could rip it off the market and cut their losses.
In its place they would release a console that was spec’d similarly to the PS4 and Xbox One. This would allow all third party games to be released on their system without losing features or general quality. The system would also be backwards compatible with Wii U games (something they would advertise clearly on the box) so people’s game catalogs don’t go to waste. This solves the issue of turning Wii U owners off because of what they’ve bought and bring in other people who know they’ll be able to play other non-Nintendo titles on their system. If they wanted to, they could just own a Nintendo system alone.
The tablet controller is tricky. I honestly haven’t seen a good use case for it so I think they should dump it in favor of something a bit more traditional. Give it that Nintendo touch of course but don’t make it so zany that people want a reason for its existence. Give us something that feels somewhat familiar and yet does something different enough to excite us. Everyone is raving about the new PS4 and Xbox One controllers, but you don’t hear anyone talking about the tablet controller. Even when it was revealed people were worried about. Occasionally you see someone talking about how much they enjoy it for playing games while someone else is on the TV, but there has to be something else it can do right? We haven’t seen that yet and I beginning to doubt we ever will.
Even Chris Kohler from Wired thinks the Wii U is holding Nintendo back. Though in his article he suggests a less extreme option of dropping it in favor of making the console $200. I think this simply a band-aid for a large issue and it’s that the system just doesn’t have a driving force behind it anymore. There’s yet to be a killer-app on the system and even the games that people were counting on to help push the system (Pikmin 3 for example) were delayed beyond relevance. What does it say when people start making fun of you for having a year long launch window?
This new console would hopefully come with online features that bring it on par with the current generation of consoles. Achievements, party chat, streaming, and everything else the PS4 and Xbox One have are needed in order to appear relevant in this day and age. Consoles are no longer just about games. They need to be a multimedia box now.
Release a MOBA
MOBA’s are popular in this day and age. But unless you’re Riot or Valve simply making up a bunch of characters and slapping on the MOBA gameplay isn’t enough to stand out anymore. You need a catalog of characters with enough variety to make people want to play as them.
Nintendo of all companies has that. It’s what makes Smash Bros such a fun franchise. But with a MOBA you could expand the reach of their characters and bring in the hardcore audience at the same time.
Nintendo may say that they dislike the idea of F2P games but when it comes down to it, Nintendo is a business. They need to make money. MOBA’s are very lucrative when done correctly. Look at the money that Valve has made. Riot’s entire company is based on one game. Nintendo has the catalog of characters to make a MOBA style game worth while.
Go Handheld Only
This last one is probably the least plausible of them all here we go anyways! What if – stay with me now! – next generation Nintendo simply drops their home console business and sticks to only releasing handhelds. The 3DS is killing it right now. They fixed their issues quickly, dropped the price, and released many excellent games. While I’m of the mind that Nintendo should be releasing things like Pokemon on the iPhone, they clearly don’t need to be right now. The 3DS is king, why not ride that boat instead of trying to save the sinking one?
It’s a long shot, but I think that a bold move like that would do wonders for Nintendo. All of their best games have been on the 3DS and third parties are more than willing to support the device. This in sharp contrast to the Wii U which has little 3rd party support and most of what it gets has been gimped in some way.
I don’t know. What do you guys think? Would any of these even work? Would you play a Nintendo MOBA?