Nintendo, I should have been the first in line to get a Wii U. I’ve been playing your games since the beginning …hell, even before the beginning with my favorite Game & Watch. I’ve gotten to know Mario well over the years. Okay…maybe he’s not my closest friend, but we could easily hang. I’ve loyally given up many, many, many hours to your systems, from the NES to the Wii and DS. I should have been standing with the heady crowds awaiting the Wii U’s arrival last November. I should have been cheering your cause from the streets to the mountaintops. I should have been overdosing on the Wii U during my holiday break. But I wasn’t, I wasn’t, and I didn’t. Instead, I was just sad and confused over your new little contraption. What happened? Why didn’t me and U connect?
1. Bad timing.
Though surely unintentional, you released the Wii U just a couple months after our PS3 died. Getting a new PS3 was never in question. Our PS library is among our strongest and we couldn’t just allow it to gather dust. So our $300 was already spent well before the Wii U hit the market.
2. Bad advertising
Look…I know this’ll probably sound a little stupid, but I just didn’t understand the Wii U. When I first saw the device out of context , I thought it was a Wii peripheral. Then, when I saw its commercials, I thought it was a handheld system. Even after listening to some great reviews about the system and having the proper info on the device, it still didn’t feel like something I needed.
3. Bad launch titles
And allow me to clarify that I mean “bad” in terms of my own interests. Which games really caught my eye at launch other than New Super Mario Bros. U? Uh…um… That’s right. None of them. Sorry. Maybe I just wasn’t that informed. Maybe I couldn’t see the gaming trees in the Mario forest. Maybe I didn’t understand the link between the unique controller and its games. Or maybe I’m just too hard to impress.
So on with the holidays and the new year I went. Meanwhile, you decided to give the Wii U more press and more games. I responded by watching a number of Let’s Plays that featured the device. I read and listened to reviews about it. I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I should get in on the magic. But that price point…oh, that $300+ price tag AND the price of a new set of games…I couldn’t swallow it. Too much, and for what? Yet another Mario game?
So then along comes E3. Though you don’t have a press conference lined up, me, my cynical self, and I tune into the latest Nintendo Direct. And…well, well, well…what do we have here now? Hard to argue with those remade Zelda games. And Super Mario 3D World…with cat Mario!? Damn, you hooked me there. New Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. Rayman…Luigi…Yoshi…Bayonetta?! High heels AND pipe dreams??! Okay, OKAY…stop! Just quit it already. You really WANT me to buy a Wii U! I get it. Please stop with all the giddiness and fun and gun shoes. Please.
Look Nintendo, I’m not an unreasonable person, and we’re not planning on buying the next gen straight outta the gates. But the only way your gonna get me to buy a Wii U tomorrow is if the price drops to $50. So I’ll tell you what…this holiday season, if you give me a bundle and a significant price cut on the Wii U base model, I’ll seriously consider buying. How about Super Mario 3D World and DKC: Tropical Freeze together with a $199 8GB model? That’s fair, right? Hmmm…too greedy? Well, you mull it over and my wallet and I will check back in a few months.