Nintendo has been having some serious financial problems for a while now and to effectively analyze these we have to take into consideration many different factors. Firstly, most major publishers have stopped developing Wii games and although the console has been selling consistently for years, sales have dropped dramatically. Secondly, the 3DS has been having a very similar (but ultimately more serious) problem. Many people complain that there aren’t many games for the portable console but it should also be taken into account that most players are not that interested in a device that uses 3D as a gimmick and not as an actual resource that changes the way in which they experience games.
As a consequence, Nintendo has recently confirmed losses of about $926 million in the April-September period. Still, the Japanese publisher will try to reverse these financial problems with the release of the upcoming Wii U. Apart from releasing actual numbers that make reference to company’s financial results, Nintendo said that it’s planning to show the Wii U in its final form at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2012, which will take place June 5-7 in Los Angeles, California.
Although the prototype looks great, I’d like to know more details about the controller, upcoming titles and the new proprietary format.
Regarding the release of this new console, it seems like Nintendo should see all the aforementioned problems as a learning experience and not as a terrible tragedy and the Japanese company could really benefit from analyzing the reasons why the 3DS launch was not what everyone was expecting.
In fact, the portable console has recently received a couple of updates for the 3DS eShop that change some of its basic functionality, allowing users to download software in sleep mode, it has DLC support, and demos, which are expected to be available by the end of November 2011. If the company manages to heavily improve the eShop, maybe more players will be able to actually find the content they are looking for and more companies will be willing to put out games for the service. Still, the holiday season is rapidly approaching and many big titles are going to be released for the 3DS.
Here’s a personal list of the best upcoming 3D games:
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Mario Kart
- Animal Crossing 3DS
- Paper Mario (working title)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
- Rayman Origins (this is not an exclusive game)
- Dragon Ball (working title)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012)
- Monster Hunter
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (I really want to know what this is…)
Finally, here’s a list with some of the upcoming Nintendo Wii U games:
- Darksiders 2
- Batman: Arkham City
- Battlefield (untitled)
- Dragon Quest X
- Assassin’s Creed
- Lego City Stories
- Ghost Recon Online
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Metro: Last Light
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Pikmin 3
- Project Nova
- Super Smash Bros. (untitled)
- The Legend of Zelda (untitled)