Ah Wii U, the powerful little console with a not so popular name. It’s been a tad over five months since the console launched and the poor system still feels like it's sorely lacking is some important areas. With the PS4 and XBOX 720 (or whatever it's going to be called) on the horizon it’s time Nintendo ironed out the creases in their newest system.
Although the Wii U is strong (enough) in the tech department there are a few aspects of its operating system and technical specs that need to be addressed. The first is the gamepads terrible battery life. The poor thing can’t make it more than 3 or 4 hours, on a good day, without being plugged in. As much as I love Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, I don’t want to be tethered to a wall just because I’m on a five hour hunting kick and I need to chat with my online buddies. I’m sure Nintendo or someone else (wasn’t there a Nyko one coming out?) could enhance the battery to double or triple its current power.
As you may have heard in this week’s Nintendo Direct the Wii U will be getting a major update that includes faster load times. Thank goodness for this, because those load screen are excruciatingly long. It’s bad when you think you’re Wii U just froze up because it’s been loading the main menu for 15 seconds. Yeesh. This update promises to cut wait times by a substantial amount, but let’s keep working on that, shall we Nintendo? This is a big step forward, but imagine if you cut it down again. You would be the peoples champion!
While we’re patching things... wouldn't it be great if Nintendo could make the Wii U Pro Controller work with Wii games that supported the Classic Controller? Sure would love to play Brawl with it so I can get a feel for that new Smash Bros game. In fact they should just give every game the option to use multiple control layout if possible. For example - Why can’t I use the Pro Controller to play New Super Mario Bros U? It’s makes perfect sense that it would work, and yet it doesn’t. If Nintendo can fix things like this and incorporate different control schemes into future titles many gamers will be more apt to reach for the Wii U.
You know what Nintendo has? A great history. A great history that I want to relive with their games of yore. Yeah, yeah, I know, Nintendo announced that with their fantastic speed update will also come the true release of the virtual console. But from what I can tell there’s only going to be ten or so select NES and SNES titles. No N64. No GameCube. No GBA. It’s just a little less than what everyone had hoped. I don’t see why almost every title Nintendo released on the original Wii Virtual Console shouldn’t be arriving in the eShop this coming week. I know there are some licensing issues and Nintendo wants to stagger bigger games to get more hype for them, but come on. Give us a little more. Since Nintendo isn’t doing that they need to make sure they are delivering quality titles every week. I’m talking classics - Link to the Past, Super Mario 64, Metroid Fusion, etc. Heck, throw us some more Japan-only releases like you did with the original Sin and Punishment for N64. I’m willing to upgrade my Wii VC titles for a few bucks, but that’s not going to happen if they aren’t available.
Classic Nintendo titles are great, but what the Wii U really needs is some original titles, be they new IPs or not. Pikimin 3 is a great start, but I feel like we should have already gotten it, or it should be dropping in May at the latest. Everyone and their brother knows Nintendo has had a first party dry spell since November. The last first party titles for the Wii U were in fact launch titles, and the next Nintendo developed title is Pikimin 3 which hits in August. That’s nine months without a game! Yikes! Even Game and Wario isn’t developed by Nintendo, and it’s not really the blockbuster title everyone’s been waiting for. I’m sure Nintendo will officially announce some more titles at E3 and through Nintendo Direct, let’s just hope they aren’t NINE MONTHS APART. Wind Waker Reborn was a great gesture, since many gamers would love to relive that adventure while they wait for a new Zelda. Let’s hope it’s up to snuff, as the original was one of the best Zelda titles of all time (in my opinion of course).
So let me condense this into a few bullet points for those who don’t want to read the novel above.
- Make the Wii U operating system even faster
- Release a new/better battery for the GamePad
- Make the Pro Controller work with everything possible
- Pump out quality Virtual Console games weekly
- Produce more first party titles and release them closer together
I know that seems like a lot, but it can be done! Nintendo has really been on a roll lately when it comes to giving fans what they want (See EarthBound rerelease and Luigi's Mansion 2) and if they keep listening to their costumers and fans they may very well build the Wii U into the system it deserves to be. you can do it Nintendo! I believe in you.