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It’s Done: The Fatal Advanced Launch of the Wii U

March 4, 2013
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Not So FastCatching up on the latest news recycled by blogs more ambitious than this one, I came across a Joystiq article on the topic of the release of AC4: Black Flag.

Speaking to Joystiq in San Francisco last month, Assassin’s Creed 4 game director Ashraf Ismail said the AnvilNext engine, which powers Ubisoft’s pirate game and debuted with Assassin’s Creed 3 in 2012, was built for platforms beyond the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.” (bold added for emphasis)

Intentionally, or unintentionally, the Wii U is lumped with the 360 and the PS3.  From a technical perspective, that is not inappropriate.  From a marketing perspective, however, that is just deadly.  If Nintendo had waited until after the launch of Microsoft’s next machine (as they did in the previous generation), they could have slipped into the party without anyone noticing the fact that their clothes are dirty and they smell like cheap whiskey and puke.  People would see the bright yellow happy face button on their grimy lapel and think it was kinda cute, “unique”.  As it stands, they are “leading” the next gen with a machine that hardly challenges the current gen, and before the neXtBOX is even released, they are being lumped in with the 360 and the PS3.  While it is Nintendo’s chronic, “We don’t need no stinkin’ software!” philosophy that will cause the machine to fail, it is their ludicrous launch date that has them on all fours, spitting blood and teeth on the mat before the first round has even started.

Go Nintendo!

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One Comment
  1. Blankman permalink*
    March 4, 2013 3:59 pm

    I believe that Nintendo seriously miscalculated that MS & Sony would not be releasing their next-gen consoles until 2014. They tried to call MS & Sony on their bluff, and they lost the entire pot. I don’t know who they’re employing as their global strategists and corporate spies, but they sure are doing a terrible job. Look, the WiiU is a failure; plain and simple. The abysmal number of units sold thus far illustrate this fact. Now that the initial fervor of fanboys to grab the launch units have dissipated, I don’t know where they are going to get their next wave of customers. The GameCube brought Nintendo to the brink of being a software-only company, and it looks like the WiiU might just be their downfall. The hubris that they could release hardware that was all too similar to the existing generation of consoles while their competitors were on the verge of announcing their next gen machines was asinine to say the least. To expect that third party developers, who they have never had a good relationship with as a whole, would develop their games for the lowest common denominator console was a stretch. Even porting over a lower grade version would have been a feat since the price of development continues to skyrocket out of control. To add insult to injury, the install base for the WiiU is almost non-existent. They can forget about those developers placing resources on defunct technology with no guarantee of return. the only games that do well are Nintendo’s first-party games, and the Just Dance franchise. Even Ubisoft’s Guillemott has stated that the WiiU essentially isn’t worth developing for, Nintendo can stick a fork in it.

    The WiiU might very well be the end of Nintendo’s foray in gaming hardware. Sega miscalculated with the Saturn & Dreamcast, now it looks like it’s Nintendo’s turn. It’s like a heavyweight boxer that suffered an ugly loss in his last fight (GameCube), all of a sudden turns back the hands of time and surprisingly wins his next bout (Wii); he thinks that he’ll regain that elusive heavyweight title. Past his prime, much heavier from gluttony, slow to respond/adapt… Well, you get the picture.

    BTW: Choosing to saw some logs when a hot chick is in the same bed with you pretty much sums up what Nintendo did. Great pic selection, Suns! 🙂

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