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Lack of 3rd party support on Wii U – It’s just one excuse after another

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At the author’s request, I will be posting the whole article here on PlayerEssence. However, make sure you check out Wii U Gaming Zone for a different take on Wii U news, opinion pieces, and retro gaming.

Now before you read this article there is one thing I want to make abundantly clear, this article is not any form of flame bait or an attempt to start some kind of riot. It is merely an article expressing my own opinion on the Wii U’s third-party support or lack there of, so please do not take it as anything more. But above all else, please enjoy the article as I am sure there will be points that you either agree or disagree with.

Nintendo Is 3rd Party Publishers’ Worst Nightmare – Diego Arias


PE freelance writer Diego Arias has penned an interesting article discussing Nintendo and third-party support. See the full article below.

Is it Wrong I’m Enjoying Mario & Luigi Dream Team more than Destiny?

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I downloaded the Destiny Beta yesterday and played through a couple of hours of the campaign. I also started up Mario & Luigi Dream Team on the Nintendo 3DS. And while the Destiny beta is great for what its worth…..I found Mario & Luigi’s Dream Team far more addicting, despite having inferior graphics, gameplay modes, and features.

Ricard Julianti’s E3 Expectations and Predictions: Microsoft

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10:  Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

It has been a while, but E3 is upon us yet again. Over the next few weeks I’ll be giving my expectations and a few guesses as to what each of the Big 3 have planned. Considering Microsoft will be the first to present this year, I thought I’d start with them. Let’s get started, shall we?

Gaijin Goombah Discusses all the Samus Complaints – Opinion Video

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Gaijin Goombah discusses all the complains leveled at Zero Suit Samus in Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS.

GameSpot’s Reasoning for Murdered Soul Suspect not Coming to Wii U is a bit Off


William Usher from Gaming Blend has brought up an interesting point about Murdered Soul Suspect not coming to Wii U. While he agrees with the developer essentially saying they don’t want to make a lazy port for the game, he took some exception to GameSpot writer Eddie Makuch blaming the Wii U’s install base for the game not coming, when the Xbox One’s install base is lower. Read a snippet of the article below. 

Why the ‘Nintendo Fusion’ will Certainly Regain Third-Party Support – The Nintendo Industry


Roy from The Nintendo Industry feels that Nintendo’s next rumored handheld and console the Fusion, will regain third-party support. Read a snippet of his article below.

Game Droughts – A Matter of Perception? – Nintendo Enthusiast

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Nintendo Enthusiast’s Kris Godwin has penned a nice article discussing game droughts, or at least the perception of game droughts. Check out a snippet of the article below. 

Could the Wii U Actually be Stronger than the PS4/Xbox One?

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There is so much technical jargon in this post it made my head spin. But there is a guy who actually thinks the Wii U is stronger than the PS4 and Xbox One, and he ‘appears’ to be doing a good job of explaining why. Read the full post here. Or you can get the cliff notes version below. 

Change is Coming to Nintendo, big Change

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Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata, has admitted he misread the market. He also said that he needs to a better job of tracking Western trends. Change is coming to Nintendo, Iwata said it himself. But what change is coming? Here are my ideas of what I think, Nintendo will do to remedy Wii U and 3DS sales. 

Community Article – Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2014

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Playeressence user Gryphonofmight, has listed his top ten most anticipated games of 2014. See which games made the top ten below. 

The 8th Generation will be just as bad, or Worse than the 7th Generation

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We have a brand new writer for Playeressence! His name is Diego Arias, and he feels that the 8th generation of systems, will have more issues and problems than the 7th generation. 

The Nintendo Network is Inferior to the Competition… Or is it? – Nintendo Enthusiast


The Nintendo Network is loved by many Nintendo fans, but deemed inferior to Xbox Live and PSN by others. So is the Nintendo Network truly inferior? Read this article on Nintendo Enthusiast to find out. 

Microsoft, Don’t Bother with Japan – The Xbox 360 is About to get Outsold by the Wii U


Microsoft has announced that they are “committed” to releasing the Xbox One in Japan, in 2014. While Microsoft might be committed to doing this, the Japanese consumers are not committed to buying Microsoft’s consoles. 

Top 5 Games that make Microsoft and Sony fans Wanting Nintendo to go Third-Party

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It’s pretty clear at this point that a lot of Microsoft and Sony fans want Nintendo to go third-party. Even Jason Rubin, the former CEO of THQ said he wants Nintendo to go software only. I was going to write article why Nintendo won’t go third-party anytime soon, but that type of article has been beaten to death. So I figured I can write an article on the games that drive Microsoft and Sony fans to say Nintendo should go third-party. Here are the top five upcoming games I could think of. 

Nintendo is Currently Dominating Japan


Just in case you missed the Media Create Charts this morning, Nintendo sold more than 200,000 units of hardware this past week. The 3DS sold over 181,556 units. The Wii U picked up 74,903 units, while 14 Nintendo titles charted in the top 20. Super Mario 3D World pushed another 57,862 units. Showing that Mario games always sell for long periods of time. While GungHo’s Puzzle and Dragons Z moved 543,630 units. More details below. 

Depressing Realities Surrounding Next-Gen Gaming – Pietriots

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Gaming site Pietriots, has listed four depressing realities surrounding “next-gen gaming.” From Platinum Games to DRM, this article covers a wide rage of “depressing realities” in the gaming industry right now. Read the article here. Thanks Normal Gamer for the tip!

Nintendo is Acting Dicey on Which Videos they Claim on YouTube


As you guys know, I’m a huge Nintendo fan. But at the same time, I feel Nintendo is being quite dicey with their YouTube Copyright policies. 

10 Reasons to pick up the Wii U over the Competition – Techland

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You guys know how I do it at Playeressence, I try to be balanced. I just posted a video with Rich from ReviewTech blasting Nintendo and agreeing with Jason Rubin. Now I’ll post an article discussing some good news on Wii U. Check it out here. Thanks Ricard for the tip! Btw Ricard published a new article yesterday. 

The Return of Ricard: PS4 or Xbox One? Neither.


You guys asked for him, and he has responded. Ricard Julianti is finally back with another interesting, amazing, and thoughtful opinion article. If you only have time to do one thing today, make sure it’s to read this article. 

Games Aren’t Film: Colonisation and Media Blindness – IGN Freelance


Freelance writer Tim Biggs has written an excellent opinion piece on the games industry, select media coverage, and big budget games. Get some snippets of his piece below. 

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft Have You in the Palms of their Hands – Nintendo Enthusiast


Nintendo Enthusiast has published a fantastic article discusses the “real” gaming industry, and how the console wars is a fabricated thing to manipulate gamers and “fanboys.” Check out a snippet of the article below. 

Why the Wii U Should Steal your Christmas – Edge

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I usually don’t or try not to post articles like this, but Ricard submitted it, so I know you guys will want to discuss it. Edge has detailed why they feel the Wii U will be a hot holiday seller, and why all gamers should have the system. 

Is the Wii U even Powerful Enough to Handle GTA V?

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One of our users Eyeofcore, has a amazing breakdown of the Wii U’s specs in response to a thread asking if the Wii U is powerful enough to handle GTA 5. Get the full breakdown below. 

Metal Gear Solid 5: The only Thing more Naked than the Women, is the Hypocrisy


By Jamie B. 

With the revealing of the new Metal Gear Solid character “Quiet”, who is a very scantily clad female, shots were fired from David Ellis, a designer of the most recent Halo title who called the design “disgusting”.  At first I understand where he was coming from.  I personally see overly sexualized character designs as lazy, and nothing but fan service.  Then it was pointed out to me that Cortana in Halo 4 is VERY sexualized, and essentially nude.  Well then, aren’t we the pot calling the kettle black?

Wii U’s Capabilities are Becoming more Clear


Shokio from GaminRealm has penned a fantastic article discussing the Wii U’s graphics potential being realized through recent announcements from developers such as Crytek and Teku Studios. 

Microsoft vs Your Rights – Can they be Trusted?


By: Ricard Julianti

Have you heard? Microsoft removed the DRM restrictions for the Xbox One! Gaming is saved and it’s okay to love Microsoft! They won’t try to violate our rights ever again! The internet won, right? Well, not exactly…

Ricard Julianti’s Nintendo E3 Direct Review

This morning, Nintendo had its big E3 Direct presentation. From a pure games standpoint, this one absolutely blew me away. It may not have been an hour-long as speculated, but it was jam-packed with announcements.

E3 2013: Ricard Julianti’s Day One Impressions


E3 has finally arrived, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony all gave press conferences today so I thought I’d share my thoughts on each. Keep in mind that I wrote each segment directly after each conference so the impressions given are my true initial reactions.

Do Not Buy the Xbox One – A Call to Arms

Ricard Julianti has an urgent message for all gamers. Do not buy the Xbox One. 

Xenoblade Chronicles’ Sales Numbers Point to a Bright Future for X on Wii U

By Furious Francis 

When looking at sales numbers, most people would agree the magic number to get to is one million units sold. Of course publishers would love more than that, but it’s a safe bet that your game could turn into a franchise if you hit that one million mark. However, not all games are given the opportunity to sell that much.

The Big 3 at E3

Ricard Julianti is back for another opinion piece on Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Gaming Expo. Get the whole article past the link. 

EA is a Complete joke of a Company

As most of you guys might have heard by now, EA has stated Madden 25 will not be hitting the Wii U this year. Which, I have no problem with. EA and Nintendo have a strained business relationship over the whole Origin on Wii U thing. But it’s what they said next that pissed me off. 

Is Online Multiplayer Ruining the Single-Player Portion of Games?

By Furious Francis

Action-adventure games have always had a special place in my heart. Before I knew Super Mario Bros 3 was a platformer, I considered it an action-adventure game. You were jumping on enemies heads, traveling to distant lands, and wearing different suits to unleash new powers. It had all the make up of a current action game. My brother and I would take turns playing as Mario and Luigi in the game’s “sudo” co-op mode. Playing Mario Bros 3 on my NES, was a fun event in our household. The interactions between my  brother and I, in person,  were enough for us back then. So what has changed so much from early 90’s? Why are classic single-player franchise’s getting force-fed online multiplayer?

Microsoft and Sony are Closer to Going Third-Party than Nintendo – Lets get the Facts Straight

By Furious Francis 

A lot of my fellow journalists, gamers, and industry insiders like Cliff Bleszinski and Michael Pachter, have claimed that Nintendo could go software only next generation, due to how the Wii U is performing. However, this is practically impossible, on account of how much capital Nintendo has in their bank account. Many people forget how successful Nintendo’s portable business is in Japan as well. Yeah, I’m talking to you Pachter.

After Watching the PS4 Event, I’m Disappointed with Nintendo

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By Furious Francis, the true Jounin 

I’ll start off by saying I’m a Nintendo fan, I like jumping on goomba’s heads, fighting huge monsters, and catching them all. I’m not huge on shooters to be honest. Sony showing off the insane graphics of Killzone wasn’t the reason why I’m disappointed with Nintendo. Even the Infamous reveal didn’t make me mad at Nintendo. What made me disappointed with Nintendo, is the lack of foresight in the next generation race. Sony is packing a lot of graphical heat, that’s for sure. But there also innovating with the functionality of the PS4. Being able to watch other players games in spectator mode while having voice chat is freaking awesome! Meanwhile, Nintendo can’t even let me play Nintendo Land online. Below I will address why Sony knocked it out of the park, the Wii U’s future, and how Nintendo can learn a thing or two from Sony.

Nintendo Doomed? Hardly, Addressing the Wii U’s Sales, Problems, and Future


By: Furious Francis

The Wii U has had a rocky start to say the least. The latest NPD numbers were released and the Wii U is not selling well. The Wii U only managed to sell 57K in the month of January. I actually see this as a positive,Nintendo didn’t have any notable software in January and 57,000 people decided to get one for $300 and up. Nintendo has their work cut out for them, but by no means is Nintendo doomed. I will address the Wii U’s issues entirely in the article below.

Wii U, Xbox 720, PS4, Steambox, & Project Shield – one will not have Successor

With the Wii U already out and having moderate success. Sony, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Valve, are gearing up to bring out their new systems to the marketplace in 2013 & 2014. With five separate consoles/handheld hybrids out in the market, things are starting to get crowded really quickly. Can five consoles co-exist? This is a rare occasion in the gaming industry were five major console manufactures will be competing against each other at the same time. However, five choices of where to spend your money might be too much for some gamers, and one of these consoles will likely not see a successor due to lack of sales. Playeressence’s Furious Francis takes a look at what each console offers and who he thinks will not make it out of next generation.

The Whole Gaming Industry Releases Sequels, why does Nintendo get Singled out?


Some  interesting quotes came from Size Five Games founder Dan Marshal on Nintendo and the Wii U. He clams that Nintendo’s problem is their established franchises like Mario, Metroid, and Zelda. He goes on to say Mario Galaxy was great but Mario Galaxy 2 was boring and Nintendo releases the same games over and over again to self-destruction. Not only did he forget Nintendo released Three new IPs in The Last Story, Xenoblade, and Pandora’s Tower for core gamer’s, he doesn’t understand Sony and Microsoft both release vast amounts of sequels as well. Uncharted 1-3, Killzone 1-3, Resistance 1-3, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Reach, Halo 4, Halo Wars, Uncharted Fight for Fortune, Uncharted Golden Abyss and then some. Many of the industries biggest games are sequels or based off established IPs. Why is Nintendo the only company getting called out for it? Even when they reinvent the franchise from Super Metroid to Metroid Prime to Metroid Other M somehow people still claim it’s a rehash. Playeressence’s Furious Francis takes a look at the blasting of Nintendo’s establish franchises and tries to sort out the vast amounts of hypocrisy being thrown around the internet.

Sony is Crippling PS Vita Sales by Their ‘Portable Console’ Marketing


 By Furious Francis, editor in chief 

The PS Vita is a fantastic device. A perfect OLED screen, multi-touch, and back touch pad, 3G, trophies, and more. However, Sony is not doing themselves any favors with their current marketing of the PS Vita as a portable console. Sony should really drop this type of marketing because it directly competes with their actual home console, the PS3. While some consumers will love to buy PlayStation All Stars on the PS3 and get a free Vita copy, most gamers want unique PS Vita experiences they can’t get anywhere else.  Sony needs to stop marketing it against the Wii U, highlight the ‘unique’ PS Vita software, and figure out a way to get PSP owners their games for reduced price or free. I already know the PS Vita can thrive on its own. It’s time Sony starts marketing it that way.