Could 2015 Be the Year of the Nintendo Wii U?
Nintendo recently tweeted a picture of the Wii U’s 2014 and 2015 video game lineup. The list reveals a steady stream of exclusive and several cross-platform titles that may finally give Wii U owners the burden of choice they’ve been waiting for since the console’s release in November 2012.
E3 2014 kicked off the Wii U’s comeback revolution, where the company live streamed game demos during the course of the event. Nintendo’s approval ratings among hardcore gamers jumped significantly after the event. Out of the three major consoles (Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U), the Wii U saw the most significant bump — gaming enthusiasts and consumers were looking at the system as a worthwhile investment. Consumers feel more secure knowing that a system will be supported well through the holiday season. It also helps when a majority of the games available on that system can’t be found on any other console.
Nintendo’s Wii U has the strongest exclusive video game lineup, with six coming this holiday season alone. In the next few months, PS4′s biggest exclusives will include LittleBigPlanet 3 and DriveClub, and the Xbox One has Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Xbox One and PS4 may have more games between them, but Nintendo has the market cornered when it comes to valuable IPs — just look at Mario Kart 8′s sales.
The Wii U’s list begins with the release of Hyrule Warriors on September 26 and ends with Zelda, slated for release sometime in 2015, as well as 18 games launching in between those two. Nintendo may have tipped the scales in its favor, and we could see the Wii U beat out the PS4 in next-gen hardware sales.
Nintendo suffered a loss last quarter, which could be attributed to its unsteady releases. Mario Kart 8 was the only major title to launch in a year since Super Mario 3D World and New Super Mario Bros. U during holiday 2013.