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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - What's your Wii U system seller?

Time for me to head off to ed...or play a game...or watch some TV. I'm not sure I'm ready to catch some sleep just yet. I like to unwind a bit after a day's work. That's what I say now, but I bet my eyes shut just a few minutes from now! See you in a few, short hours.

The Wii U is out all over the world. Plenty of people have already picked up their console, but there are still many, many more that are holding off on a purchase. Some may never pick the system up, some might be waiting for some funds to free up. Of course, most are likely waiting for the software library to beef up.

For those that picked up the Wii U already, I'm guessing you saw something that sparked your interest. On a very basic level, you might just want to have Nintendo's latest hardware. There's no shame in being an early adopter, as that usually works out with the Big N's offerings. If you did pick up the Wii U for a specific game, please let us know what game sold you.

For those that are holding out on a Wii U purchase, what software would seal the deal for you? Is there a game that's been announced that you can't wait for, but it hasn't yet been released? Are you waiting for a specific announcement before you jump in? Are you waiting for more first-party offerings before you make a purchase?

Software is going to be a big part of the Wii U's future success or failure. Whether Nintendo manages to bring in content that sells the Wii U to more consumers remains to be seen. You can be sure that there are some big-name games on the way that'll bring in newcomers. We just want to know what that one game will be that you can't resist!

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15 Jan 2013 12:04

I'm waiting for my awesome HD Kirby game, whatever it is, I'll love it.

But my system seller was Nintendo Land. I was finally convinced of its potential like a week before launch.
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15 Jan 2013 12:33

I would have probably bought the Wii U at launch regardless of what software was available but, the game that I just couldn't wait to play was ZombiU. I showed my brother the E3 trailer and some of that, I guess you would call it concept gameplay footage? Anyways, my brother had initially told me he was done with video games after his Xbox 360 broke for the 3rd time but, ZombiU totally snagged his interest. After watching both trailers he turned to me and said "When does this come out?" So yeah ZombiU was definitely a system seller for both of us.
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15 Jan 2013 12:38

Let's see what's my Wii U system seller, well I have bought quite a few games, but I'll stick with the exclusives for this post. ZombiU, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Little Inferno. They definitely sold me on the console, but it was also in combination of the great third party support at launch, Assassin's Creed III has been a blast, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed has been an amazing surprise, and having Amazon Instant Video access has made this console my favorite console launch, and it will probably go down as my favorite Nintendo console. I know it's early to say, but I love what they have created here.
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15 Jan 2013 12:48

The day either Dragon Quest X or Bayonetta 2 come out, will be the day i buy a WiiU
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15 Jan 2013 12:52

Hard to say, since I don't really care about the WiiU itself...like, at all. So it's definitely the software that may or may not draw me in one day and there's nothing really on the horizon right now that'd truly interest me.

Back then, Metroid Prime alone sold me on the GameCube, with the prospect of Skies of Arcadia Legends releasing soon afterwards. The former being an absolutely fantastic looking (and gladly later on playing) take on a series I loved and the latter being a solid RPG-port I always wanted to play but never got to due to no Dreamcast.
Similar to that, the Wii became a must-have to me as Metroid Prime Corruption launched, which felt like a prime example -Zing!- for good use of the console's controls. Admittedly, beyond that I mostly played staples like Galaxy and Skyward Sword on it, until Xenoblade hit and pretty much became my favorite game of the system.

So...Nintendo's safest bet to net me in would either be a damn good Metroid game (pretty unlikely, after they raped butchered killed euthanized knocked out the series with Other M for a while) or something along the lines of "Xenoblade 2" (sadly seemingly unlikely as well, with Monolith apparently shifting their goals and missing why Xenoblade...just worked the way it did). That aside I guess my (or better: their) hopes cling to some other huge RPG titles, solid IPs Nintendo may get exclusives on the boat or surprise titles, that are either exclusive or damn well convincing in being best suited to play with a GamePad. Until then I guess I can save some money and wait for at least one price-drop.
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15 Jan 2013 13:05

Honestly for me, it was the system itself. The 2 screen format and everything it brought with it in regards to possibilities. I have never used a more competent browser on my TV save for a desktop hauled out to my living room and always plugged in. Seriously I spent an hour on the browser version of Youtube alone the other night just playing music videos for a party I was throwing (the 1080p playback option really comes in handy here).

Gaming wise? Well, I've been enjoying BLOPS2 and my wife has been unable to put down NSMBU so we're good there. I will be picking up Aliens here soon as well.

And of course, everyone knows when the blockbuster home run Nintendo titles start dropping, all will be forgotten on the hater front towards Wii U. I can only imagine how epic the Wii U Zelda will be.
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15 Jan 2013 13:05

Honestly for me what sold me was the gamepad and the possibilities it could possibly bring to console gaming. While i eagerly anticipated New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU i really want to see what nintendo can do with there first party franchises this gen. So basically i guess you could say i bought the system on future games and not what was available at launch.
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15 Jan 2013 13:27

Great topic. For me, it's less about the games and more about the cost. There are several launch titles that made me strongly consider a system purchase (especially Mario and ZombiU), and there are others coming that I'd love to play, but the bottom line is, well, my bottom line, and shelling out $400+ for a new console and games just isn't something I can stomach. It's not a question of whether I can afford it; rather, it's a function of getting older, increasingly frugal, and realizing eh, I don't need it right away given the other demands on my time, and if I wait i can get a cheaper system and cheaper games. I did the same thing with the 3DS (though wish I had waited even longer, for the XL version), as well as the PS3.

So, there's no one game that would make me rush out and buy a WiiU.
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15 Jan 2013 13:51

I'm holding off because I still have a ton of PS3 games to play. I would have bought a Wii U instantly had my sister not bought me a PS3 at the end of '11.

I'll eventually buy a Wii U because I hate the noises my Wii makes.
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15 Jan 2013 14:04

I got mine as a Christmas gift as well and if I hadn't it would have been a while before I would've been able to purchase one. As for my system seller/reason why I wanted a Wii U, well I basically had 2 of them, the first being 1st party games (both announced & unannounced) in general and the second one being 2 specific third party games (Zombi U and Aliens: Colonial Marines) that promised a unique (and scary/horror driven) gameplay experience using the Wii U game pad.
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15 Jan 2013 14:06

What's my System Seller? Simple! The fact that you can play games without the need of the TV, as well as Miiverse communities, sold me on the Wii U. From E3 2011 to launch.
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15 Jan 2013 14:14

I don't own one yet but I'm currently saving up for it. About 75% there. Plus it will be my first console that I bought on my own. The console itself is interesting and by the time I can get it MH3U will be out so that's gonna my first purchase. I messed around with them a bunch of times at Nintendo World so I look forward to my purchase.
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15 Jan 2013 14:16

I know I'll have one eventually. But this is the first console generation since I finished studying, I am paying my own way now, and being a freelancer means I often don't even know if I can pay the rent next month. Not sure when I will have several hundred € of disposable income, but I'm waiting for a price cut and bigger used market for sure.

The second thing is the games, there's no must have for me yet. Happy to hear that Nintendo Land and NSMBU are good, I'll get them once I pick up the console. System sellers for me are 3D Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart or some new big (action) adventure game. Sadly Nintendo always holds these back for at least a year from launch. Got the Wii for Galaxy.

Third thing, I am slighty annoyed that Wii U doesn't render Wii games in HD. My girlfriend has an HD TV now, so my stance on SD/HD has changed somewhat. Would have been a big plus for me.
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15 Jan 2013 14:43

nintendoland , i didn't thought so at first because i could only play by myself and it was more the combo nintendoland-nsmbu-miiverse , but now clearly it is . So many new mechanics , so many ideas , quite deeply exploited in metroid blast and battle quest but even the rest of the games . Just an example it seems simple but for many it's going to be their first 1:1 sword game (if they avoided wsr and skyward sword for some stupid reason) . Far above everything else , i just can't fake enthusiasm for yet another shooter with more autoaim lock , the "aim" button finally destroyed any enjoyment i got out of those games . COD wii u although interesting and with wiimotes , rely too much on autoaim for analog players.
Trine 2 was actually a great surprise with three players locally with wiimotes , that's so neat , and nsmbu is quite difficult in some way . And even rayman is interesting in some way , and i'm not part of the 50.000 origins buyers that thought the game was a gift from the heavens .
still it is nintendoland . I would appreciate a game to expand on metroid blast and battle quest , but surely a clever third party could ..... lol .... i just hope they think about those when they do those two majestic solo player game .
nsmbu second , miiverse third and trine 2 fourth
. It's quite stupid to make the distinction since i got all of those at the same time , well miiverse kind of force me to buy trine 2.
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15 Jan 2013 15:08

I finally found one, the deluxe version, and snapped it up. That was about a week and a half ago. I just returned it today for a refund. There is nothing WRONG with the WiiU, the pad is actually quite cool, I like the design, menus, etc. it just doesn't do anything new for me. Pretty much everything the WiiU does is also done on the Wii, 3DS, or VC. I was already not a fan of no GC support, but with Nintendoland and NSMBWU... I've already played those games. Plus getting it online/transferring data was a huge pain in the backside for me. I will get another eventually, but Nintendo has to consider a price drop or incentive program or something. So basically I felt like I bought an overpriced system to do what my already owned systems do, but I have to jump through a bunch of hoops first. Throw in the fact that I have a sizeable backlog, and the WiiU just wasn't a good idea for me right now. I'm not slamming the WiiU, it's a very nice machine and I was and am excited for it, but I felt very let down overall.
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15 Jan 2013 15:38

Virtual Console on the tablet screen, and I seem to remember Sega saying their PSN/XBLA download catalog would be on the eShop...
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15 Jan 2013 16:12

Originally I wanted it because I wanted pikmin 3, but after finding out it skipped launch I decided to buy it for ZombiU
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15 Jan 2013 17:16

I hesitate to regard any game as a system seller because they have a history of being monumental letdowns ('sup Metroid Prime 3) but Monster Hunter and Bayonetta alone should be worth the price of admission.
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15 Jan 2013 17:58

when zelda wii u is released...
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15 Jan 2013 19:18

For me, it was NSMB U, Madden 13, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Batman, Scribblenauts Unlimited, ZombiU, Ass Creed 3, Miiverse, and the Web Browser.

Nintendoland surprised me with how good it is, and I also bought for all the future games I want... starting with already announced games like Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, Aliens:CM, Pikmin 3, Smash Bros. U and ending up with those that aren't announced yet like Zelda, 3D Mario, Metroid, etc...
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15 Jan 2013 19:44

Metroid or Pokemon really. Smash is a no brainer. But usually when they come out, I already have the system. Zelda is now a if. Skyward got me annoyed. Pretty much any major 3rd party. Assuming they're released on U...
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15 Jan 2013 22:17

I will buy during the Summer if there are at least 5 games I want. As of now, though, all that I'm interested in that will be released by then is NSMBU, Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3.
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15 Jan 2013 22:38

There isn't a system seller still out for me... The first party games that are currently out don't say "I have to buy a WiiU for that game alone".

And as of yet none of my friends own a WiiU neither, so I'm still buying 3rd party games for the systems where I know I'll find friends to play with.

Maybe when Metroid is out, or something that really catches my attention.
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16 Jan 2013 17:46

I always grab the Nintendo platform because I know it will always be worth it. I did so for the 3DS and that paid off in spades since I loved the ambassador program.

That said, I hope Nintendo announces things for the Wii U soon. I see alot of stuff on the horizon for the 3DS but the Wii U front has been silent.

Waiting to hear first party and more importantly, rayman legends

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