As much shit as Nintendo gets from fans of other consoles and PC gaming, one truth is undeniable: Nine times out of ten, Nintendo knows how to set out and accomplish what it wants to. The 3DS had a rocky start, but is now leveling out with a growing library and 3DSXL coming out soon. Nintendo has plans though. The next console generation is coming, exciting players, developers, and journalist alike. Nintendo intends on striking first and securing sales before Microsoft and Sony have time to launch theirs.
Being honest, when the WiiU was announced, I was disappointed. I thought the gimmick of motion sensor consoles was over, and I wanted Nintendo to go back to the fond days of N64 and Gamecube. The WiiU is essentially the Wii2, seeing how controllers, and the many,many accessories are compatible with it. But now the console features a tablet-like controller (which many would disagree that it’s not a tablet, seeing how it has buttons. I argue that it’s in the shape of one, therefore, it is tablet-like.). This new controller is intended to work like the DS, providing an additional screen for maps and additional data. I’m just not sold by the concept yet. And lately first party Nintendo games have been a letdown. Skyward Sword took one step forward and two steps back, Mario 3D Land was good till you realized you can farm a thousand extra lives, and now the new Super Mario Brothers game features the collection of coins as a ground breaking game device. Ugh.
And no one seems to mention that Nintendo’s idea with the WiiU controller isn’t exactly unique. They have done it already with the GameBoy Advance/Gamecube connector cable. Now we have a more elaborated variation of it for the Wii.
“How does Nintendo keep doing it?!” I heard one journalist ask.
Despite my gripes, bitching, and complaining, (as I’ve said before) Nintendo know’s their business. They are largely the most successful game company… ever. I find myself WANTING to be hyped up by the WiiU. No doubt it will be successful. I got to thinking that perhaps it is a lack of games that grip me.
Then I remembered something amazing.
Director Suda51 stated after the release of No More Heroes 2 that he was done with the current console generation. “Maybe for the next Nintendo console.”
The WiiU IS the next Nintendo console. Logically Suda51 should start planning the game right?
No More Heroes 1 & 2 are favorites of mine. I think no other gaming protagonist has struck me quite as cool as Travis Touchdown. An Otaku who discovered he yearned to fight tougher opponents. His weapon, the Beam Katana, is even a stylized variation of a weapon we’ve all seen time and time again. No More Heroes 2, along with Monster Hunter Tri, are the pinnacle of games I have played for the Wii. So maybe it will carry over to the WiiU?
Suda51 has said that Travis’s story has ended in NMH2, so NMH3 will likely feature a new character and tell his story. If Suda ever announces NMH3 for the WiiU, I think my hype meter might go off the charts. It would be a console seller for me instantly.