How 3DS Will Make Wii U's 2012 Launch Incredible
Past mistakes will help Nintendo create a stellar lineup of games for its highly anticipated console.
There's a lot to look forward to in 2012, so much so, that it makes 2011 seem weak by comparison. The 3DS lineup alone will keep you busy throughout the year.
That said, we're more excited for the Wii U launch, and why not? The Wii debuted a billion years ago in 2006. Excite Truck. Wii Sports. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Remember that? It seems like ages ago.
With this in mind, we expect the Wii U to make a grand entrance, and everyone has Nintendo 3DS to thank.
Scratch that. They'll have both Nintendo and the millions of consumers who refused to purchase 3DS for $249.99 (and its average launch lineup) to thank, because let's face it, the Wii U would have probably looked a whole lot different had the big N achieved its 3DS sales target (four million sold the first month) from the beginning. The fact that it didn't means the company learned a valuable lesson.
In other words, there's no chance (NO CHANCE) it'll release with system without some sort of Mario game, or at the very least, a big time franchise like Zelda or Pokemon; seems like Pikmin 3 may be there.
What's more, you can expect the most impressive first and third party lineup of launch games in history. It'll be so good, Sony's PlayStation Vita launch won't even compare. Grand Theft Auto V? Aliens: Colonial Marines? Darksiders 2? Bring it on.
Granted, we know nothing about the games, really. It's all speculation, but we'd like to think Nintendo will shy away from a Steel Diver sequel.
On top of that, we'd wager the 3DS price drop and resulting sales will impact Wii U's MSRP. No way that system will cost more than $299.99, and if Nintendo's smart, it'll do whatever it takes to hit that $249.99 sweet spot for new hardware, just as it did with the Wii. $350 would be ludicrous.
Not only that, but also consider Sony and Microsoft. The next Xbox and PlayStation are obviously on the horizon, and once again, Nintendo will have the weaker system when it comes to pure horsepower. The cheaper Wii U is, the better the console's chances.
Ultimately, Nintendo's experience with 3DS should, in theory, benefit Wii U and consumers. To that end, we can't wait to see what the company's up to.