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Times are tough for the Wii U owner. We're still within Nintendo's 'launch window' for Wii U, but that window seems to be just barely open. There really aren't many titles to look forward to, especially when it comes to retail. We have LEGO City Undercover as a big blip on the radar, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate...and then what?

Rayman Legends would have certainly helped fill out part of the launch window, but we all know how that went. Still, that single game would have certainly made it a tad harder for non-Wii U owners to stay away from the system. A sequel to a multi-award winner going solo on the Wii U was a big deal. Now that deal is just a pipe dream.

We had Aliens: Colonial Marines to look forward to, but the rash of reviews this morning have really put the writing on the wall. It seems like the game, even after 6 years of development, is quite the mess. Even the best of the reviews are average, at best. I'm sure more review scores will come in, but so far the picture painted isn't a pretty one.

We have the eShop left as our last hope for some entertaining gaming while we wait for E3 to sneak up on us. Release dates on the eShop move around even more than retail, so who knows when we'll go hands-on with big-name games. Runner 2 and Toki Tori 2 are certainly stand-outs, but there are other notable titles peppered in there as well. If we could only pin down release dates.

So yes...what's a Wii U owner to do? We have other entertainment choices on the system, so we can always utilize Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand and so on. But still, we are all hungry for games! Just how empty is your stomach feeling right about now? Are you at a slight rumble or a full-on growl?

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12 Feb 2013 12:12

EmpoweredByOne wrote:
and on that note: catching up on some old wii games as well, including Last Story, Fragile Dreams and Xenoblade, there are plenty of games out there to play peeps.

Crazy you say that because that's the exact 3 games for Wii I have that I still want to beat. I'm also considering getting Pandoras tower.
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12 Feb 2013 12:24

thorn-rock wrote:I think it's a given that Lego City won't stay exclusive but at least we still get it when we are supposed to. I'm getting it and Scribblenauts too as it has not been releasesd in EU yet. I'm of course getting MHU as well. Looks so good.


Given that Lego City is published by Nintendo, I think they have some say...
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12 Feb 2013 12:29

Play Wii games. There's a massive library of quality titles on the Wii, and probably no one can have played them all yet.
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12 Feb 2013 12:40

Agedgamer wrote:I'm back to playing on my 360.


Me too. At least until Castlevania, Luigi's Mansion, AC and Fire Emblem (UK) come out in March/April...
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12 Feb 2013 12:55

I'm done with NSMB U and working on Trine 2 and Madden. I still have a ton of other launch games to either finish or buy, so I'm not too worried. I also can put some more time into NintendoLand. Beyond that (on the Nintendo side of gaming), I have a huge backlog of Wii, 3DS, and even DS games to play.

As for Wii U games to buy in the next few months...I'm definitely getting LEGO City and MH3. Wanted Aliens, but I'm not wasting $60 on it if it didn't turn out good.
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12 Feb 2013 13:05

MH3 Ultimate will be worth the wait and will probably suck up all of your time waiting for new games to arrive.

Everyone needs to buy this game. 3DS or Wii U it don't matter.
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12 Feb 2013 13:22

I still have a bunch of games I still have to finish. I also don't have Tekken Tag Tournament 2 yet, and I hope to get it soon. February seems to be the month of Fire Emblem Awakening. I'm looking forward to Lego City, Monster Hunter, and Pandoras Tower in March. Then Injustice Gods Among us in April and Resident Evil Revelations in May. Pikmin 3 should be coming in the Spring and the Wonderful 101 in Q1/Q2.
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12 Feb 2013 15:22

If it hasn't already been mentioned, you could try the Cave, it looks pretty rad.

And if you haven't played The Last Story, you could give that a go, even though it's a Wii game it looks pretty great when played on the Wii U.
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12 Feb 2013 16:11

Just discovered that I can use the Gamepad's universal remote function to switch on my PS3.

It was like the Wii U was trying to tell me something.

Anyway, NSMBU and the HD twins will hold me until March, then Monster Hunter will become my life for several months.

Feel sorry for all the Non-Monster (Nonster?) Hunter fans, though.
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12 Feb 2013 16:21

Everyone who is saying go play other things like Wii games or other consoles...

..I'm really happy with my WiiU and am really excited to play more games on the WiiU . I think you're missing the point slightly - I'll always have other games to play but this is my new favourite toy and I want to use it more. Playing Wii games with a Wiimote without Miiverse just isn't the same for me. Yeh sure I could go play something on my PS3 but the gamepad is awesome and I want to use that. I've sunk just over 200hours into my WiiU already - I'm addicted.

(ha I sound like a spoilt little kid)
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12 Feb 2013 16:42

I do all that multimedia stuff on my gaming pc.

Now that Rayman is delayed, I have nothing on this platform coming for who knows how long. It's going to be the same as 3DS, nothing to play until the holidays. I know good content will come and that's what cements the early adoption from me.

But it's frustrating now, you'd think Nintendo would have anticipated this and went even further to ensure things were coming to the console in such a critical time in it's life span. Many popular games are still forgoing the Wii U altogether and that's just sad, really. Nintendo has to hurry up and get the 1st party on deck and drive hardware sales so it can at least start getting 3rd party content on time.

I also find it surprising that the 3DS has a stellar year ahead of it and how barren wii U is feeling right now.

Seriously though, Rayman would have been a god send and I would be beyond happy to pick that up in 2 weeks.
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12 Feb 2013 17:58

I have Lego City Undercover, LM2, TW101, Pokemon X on pre-order [gonna wait on Wii U Party, WW HD, 'Yoshi Yarn' and Mario Kart U].

I'm happy with that. :)
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12 Feb 2013 18:13

Ubi and other developers are really missing out. There's a window where content exclusive to a new system will get a bigger attach rate, just because people want to play something exclusive. I know it's irrational, but I have fallen prey.
I never would have bought elebits for the wii if it was out on other systems at wii launch.
And that wasn't even a good game - Rayman looks good, at least from the demo.
I am glad some of the multiplatform IP's came to the wii, but I don't have any real affinity for most of them.
That said, I hope Rayman's Wii U numbers smack Ubi in the face when it comes out and they realize their mistake one way or another. It would be sad for the developers if the game doesn't do well.
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12 Feb 2013 18:19

I think the Playstation and Xbox brand worshipers have them under ball and chain so much they can't support Nintendo with the Hardcore gamers breathing down their neck

before people smite me, here's my definition of a hardcore gamer in THIS generation
A rude, sexist, horny nutbag that buys nothing but games with blood, ugly colors, sexy-time scenes, ladies with unrealistic bouncy parts, endless shooting (i'm not against Guns irl btw) and gory death scenes
not to mention belittles newcomers by not only killing them off of their first game session but shout at them every hateful slander in the book to make the newcomer almost to suicidal level of depression

If you're not this sort of gamer yet you define yourself "hardcore" more power to you
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12 Feb 2013 19:09

VinceFox wrote:I think the Playstation and Xbox brand worshipers have them under ball and chain so much they can't support Nintendo with the Hardcore gamers breathing down their neck

before people smite me, here's my definition of a hardcore gamer in THIS generation
A rude, sexist, horny nutbag that buys nothing but games with blood, ugly colors, sexy-time scenes, ladies with unrealistic bouncy parts, endless shooting (i'm not against Guns irl btw) and gory death scenes
not to mention belittles newcomers by not only killing them off of their first game session but shout at them every hateful slander in the book to make the newcomer almost to suicidal level of depression

If you're not this sort of gamer yet you define yourself "hardcore" more power to you

Im going to bet that a guy named Hardy Core used to annoy you in school and left you permanently obsessed with those people and bring the topic to threads that have absolutelly nothing to do with them forever.
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12 Feb 2013 19:13

ddddd wrote:
VinceFox wrote:I think the Playstation and Xbox brand worshipers have them under ball and chain so much they can't support Nintendo with the Hardcore gamers breathing down their neck

before people smite me, here's my definition of a hardcore gamer in THIS generation
A rude, sexist, horny nutbag that buys nothing but games with blood, ugly colors, sexy-time scenes, ladies with unrealistic bouncy parts, endless shooting (i'm not against Guns irl btw) and gory death scenes
not to mention belittles newcomers by not only killing them off of their first game session but shout at them every hateful slander in the book to make the newcomer almost to suicidal level of depression

If you're not this sort of gamer yet you define yourself "hardcore" more power to you

Im going to bet that a guy named Hardy Core used to bully you in school and left you permanently obsessed with those people and bring the topic to threads that have absolutelly nothing to do with them forever.


You must ask yourself the following
1. Why is the Wii U shafted by major publishers?
2. Why did they make this huge drought happen?
3. Why are they making games ONLY on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and not on the Wii U?
4. Why do gamers today care more about Call of Duty, GTA or Halo than a good game that REALLY needs your money (e.g. "Retro Game Challenge")?
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12 Feb 2013 19:23

VinceFox wrote:
ddddd wrote:
VinceFox wrote:I think the Playstation and Xbox brand worshipers have them under ball and chain so much they can't support Nintendo with the Hardcore gamers breathing down their neck

before people smite me, here's my definition of a hardcore gamer in THIS generation
A rude, sexist, horny nutbag that buys nothing but games with blood, ugly colors, sexy-time scenes, ladies with unrealistic bouncy parts, endless shooting (i'm not against Guns irl btw) and gory death scenes
not to mention belittles newcomers by not only killing them off of their first game session but shout at them every hateful slander in the book to make the newcomer almost to suicidal level of depression

If you're not this sort of gamer yet you define yourself "hardcore" more power to you

Im going to bet that a guy named Hardy Core used to bully you in school and left you permanently obsessed with those people and bring the topic to threads that have absolutelly nothing to do with them forever.


You must ask yourself the following
1. Why is the Wii U shafted by major publishers?
2. Why did they make this huge drought happen?
3. Why are they making games ONLY on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and not on the Wii U?
4. Why do gamers today care more about Call of Duty, GTA or Halo than a good game that REALLY needs your money (e.g. "Retro Game Challenge")

Nintendo is not releasing games on wiiu right now, pubs arent releasing casual titles on wiiu right now. The hardcorz consoles also had droughs at first too, because of the timing too. None of this has anything to do with the topic presented here (how are we dealing with this, not why).
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13 Feb 2013 00:35

yougenius wrote:If it hasn't already been mentioned, you could try the Cave, it looks pretty rad.

And if you haven't played The Last Story, you could give that a go, even though it's a Wii game it looks pretty great when played on the Wii U.


"even though it's a Wii game it looks pretty great when played on the Wii U."

Ok I'm sorry, it must be my TV or something because Wii games on my Wii U look craptastic. They look WORSE than played on my Wii. At least the Wii with component cables "smoothed" out the jaggies a little more and, oh, filled out my entire TV since it's displaying in 480p and not 1080p.
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13 Feb 2013 03:54

Im happy with my wii u
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13 Feb 2013 18:02

NSMBU is mostly unremarkable and Darksiders 2, while good, is just a port. So I'm a bit bored with it at the moment, but that's no surprise. Consoles very rarely hit the ground running.

Definitely sticking with it though, not like I have any other choice for a console this generation. I have nothing against PlayStation or Xbox, but they don't have nearly enough games that interest me to warrant a purchase. I stick with Nintendo systems because their games cater more to my personal tastes.

The launch may have been weak, but just look at the 3DS. Terrible launch selection, but now that it's been out for a while it's showing great promise. I predict a similar future for the Wii U.
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13 Feb 2013 18:12

gatorboi352 wrote:
yougenius wrote:If it hasn't already been mentioned, you could try the Cave, it looks pretty rad.

And if you haven't played The Last Story, you could give that a go, even though it's a Wii game it looks pretty great when played on the Wii U.


"even though it's a Wii game it looks pretty great when played on the Wii U."

Ok I'm sorry, it must be my TV or something because Wii games on my Wii U look craptastic. They look WORSE than played on my Wii. At least the Wii with component cables "smoothed" out the jaggies a little more and, oh, filled out my entire TV since it's displaying in 480p and not 1080p.


I agree. Very jagged. I wonder if they could change that with a software fix?
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14 Feb 2013 13:14

I'm pretty satisfied until march when games start hitting. Havent really felt a drought yet. The only game Ive played to completion has been Mario. Which leaves me currently with DSII, Trine, Ninja Gaiden, Sonic, and AC3. I thought about getting Mass Effect again, but with NFS, Lego City, and MH hitting soon, I would just be spending more money.
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18 Feb 2013 11:22

To prove we must rise up against the Hardcore gamers
here's proof of the lingo from your typical hardcore gamer
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18 Feb 2013 12:06

VinceFox wrote:To prove we must rise up against the Hardcore gamers
here's proof of the lingo from your typical hardcore gamer
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It's one big Catch-22 for us Nintendo fans - we buy what we're given [usually with minimal advertising thrown behind it from the devs], or support is completely cut off [I don't believe this happened when acclaimed 'AAA' titles failed from big studios on the PS360 - more money was simply thrown at them or invested in the next project...]

And some fans do just buy Nintendo titles [whether it's justified or not].

Doomed if we do, doomed if we don't. That's what the conditioning of TPTB have done over the last decade or so, segregate us from 'true gamers', those that, in addition, want gaming to remain a closed-hobby forevermore [hence the increased OTT venom at new gamers during the PS360Wii gen].

This all said, the Wii U is getting some definitive editions of games [Rayman Legends, Need for Speed, maybe RE Revelations, and maybe Aliens - though I think it'll just be quietly axed], so this gen is already looking abit better.

Time will tell whether things radically shift come the Fall.
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18 Feb 2013 14:34

even so, We are quite outnumbered by those whom claim to be "real gamers"
These people are similar to the otakus that ruined anime for everyone here in the US

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