Nintendo's 3DS Mistakes Will Help Wii U Succeed
How the big N will rebound from the weak 3DS launch to make its next console shine.
The 3DS' rocky start may turn out the be the greatest thing that happened to Nintendo since Wii Sports.
Although the publisher absorbed a tremendous amount of criticism for the handheld's launch, the company will use that experience as a valuable learning tool for its upcoming console, the Wii U.
To that end, the big N would be wise to do the following for Wii U, based on how things played out with 3DS.
Deliver Mario right away
Super Mario 3D Land, the first new Mario title for 3DS, will pay dividends this busy shopping season, but let's face it, the famous plumber should have appeared on the system from the get go. Pairing Mario with a shiny new piece of hardware worked with Game Boy, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, DS and Game Boy Advance. There's little reason to continuously break tradition, especially when the result is Steel Diver.
That said, we expect Nintendo to release a new Mario alongside Wii U, or at the very least, Zelda, Metroid or Pokemon.
Build a wonderful lineup of games
The biggest knock against 3DS involved its launch titles. Although consumers had a variety to choose from, most were sloppy ports that felt rushed.
With this in mind, and with Sony prepping a fine lineup of games for PlayStation Vita, Nintendo will definitely rebound from 3DS' slim pickings with an attractive bunch of Wii U games that put the launch focus squarely on the software, not the hardware.
Price Wii U accordingly
Many consumers refused to pay $249.99 a piece for 3DS systems, forcing Nintendo to eventually lower the price to $169.99. Consoles normally cost more than handhelds, but the 3DS issue will play a role in how the company approaches Wii U. In other words, don't expect to pay more than $299 per system.
Online ready, day one
3DS debuted sans the eShop and Internet browser, a huge mistake considering other devices, most notably the iPhone, let users surf the web ASAP.
Wii U won't follow a similar path. You'll be able to go online and download games/watch trailers the day the system hits shelves.