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[Let’s Talk] The end of Wii U

Posted on 11 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk, Wii U | 56 Comments | 0 Likes

Sooner rather than later, the Wii U will be meetings its end. The Switch will be here to replace it in just a few months. And if that wasn’t enough, Nintendo said this week that production of Wii U will be ending in Japan soon. The final shipments for the fiscal year were also already sent to North American retailers.

With Wii U on its way out, I was thinking it might be nice to hold a dedicated Let’s Talk topic to the system. Four years later, how do you feel about it? Do you believe Wii U was an overall failure, or does it have redeeming qualities? What’s your favorite game on the console? Share your thoughts with us below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – November 2016

A new month is here! We’ve just entered November, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing. Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Or maybe you’re continuing something you started a little while back? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, or both

We have one simple question to ask as part of this week’s Let’s Talk topic. When the new Pokemon games come out, are you planning on picking up Sun, Moon, or both?

Just like with past entries, Sun and Moon will feature exclusive Pokemon. Sun naturally has Solgaleo while Moon offers Lunala. Others include Midday Form Lycanroc and Passimian in Sun while Moon contains Midnight Form Lycanroc and Oranguru. Aside from that, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon take place 12 hours apart, and Totem Pokemon will depend on the version you choose.

I’m personally still trying to figure out which version I’m more interested in. I’m leaning slightly more towards Sun, but I may just pick up both in the end. What about you guys?

Highlights from last week’s topic: Your reactions to Switch

This week certainly turned out to be much more interesting in the world of Nintendo than most would have expected. It took Nintendo about 1.5 years, but we finally got a first look at the company’s brand new system on Thursday.

The way in which Nintendo decided to unveil Switch was certainly interesting. It was a more-focused approach for sure. Many people expected that Nintendo would come out in full-force with details, but instead we received a brief three-minute trailer. Still, in that time, you’ll find a lot packed in.

First, “NX” is now a thing of the past. We have an official, final name: Switch. The “Wii” brand is completely gone, and shows that Nintendo is ready to move on. Many rumors were also proven true: notably the hybrid theory, use of cartridges, and detachable controllers. Plus, it’s still on track for a March 2017 launch!

Another important aspect to point out is the amount of partners on board. The expected and previous-known partners such as Square Enix, Capcom, and Ubisoft are pledging support, but there are a few big surprises as well like Bethesda and FromSoftware. Heck, even EA seems to be giving things a shot as well. The Wii U had its fair share of third-party support when the console was first announced, but the number is certainly higher this time around, and more varied as well.

Even though there’s still plenty to learn about Switch, this is a good start. We apparently won’t be hearing much about it for the rest of the year, though Nintendo will likely hold an event in January for a proper blowout.

With that introduction out of the way, we want to hear from all of you about Switch. What are your initial impressions? Are you pleased with what Nintendo has shown so far, or are you disappointed. If you have any comments at all, share them with us below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – October 2016

A new month is here! We’ve just entered October, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing. Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Or maybe you’re continuing something you started a little while back? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Your NX reveal predictions

Assuming Nintendo doesn’t have an imminent surprise in store, we still won’t know what the NX actually is by the end of next week. That means September will have come and gone without a reveal. I personally did believe that we would be seeing the system this month, but that’s looking incredibly unlikely at this point.

Common sense would tell you that Nintendo will finally show us what the NX has to offer next month. The company’s Q2 earnings release is scheduled for October 26, and I just can’t see the big N going past that date. October also leaves us with six months before March – the month when Nintendo said NX would be launching. Might October finally be our lucky month?

When Nintendo is ready to talk about NX, there’s going to be a lot to show – what the system is, how much it’ll cost, upcoming games, a specific launch date, and plenty more. And hey… NX probably isn’t the final name!

So let’s talk about this a bit. Do you guys have any predictions in store for the NX’s unveiling? Do you have a certain date in mind as to when the NX will be properly announced and when it will be released? What projects from Nintendo – and other game makers – do you see being present at the event? Any name predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – September 2016

Prior to this week’s Nintendo Direct, we had gone several months without a major presentation. March was the last time when we saw a broadcast with new announcements in a prepared video. Most people have been expecting that we’d hear something about NX soon, but Nintendo first decided to share news about the 3DS.

Quite a bit was shown during the Nintendo Direct on Thursday. Not all of the games themselves were new, but it at least showed that the 3DS will continue to receive support into next year. Super Mario Maker is heading to Nintendo’s portable in December, followed by Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World next February (with a Poochy amiibo of course), Mario Sports Superstars in spring, Dragon Quest VIII, and a Pikmin side-scroller. Let’s also not forget about Ever Oasis and Tank Troopers. Nintendo also unveiled new Zelda amiibo, released new Hyrule Warriors DLC, Picross 3D: Round 2 (in North America, December 2 in Europe with a physical option) and Zelda: Skyward Sword digitally, and teased Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s update (with new amiibo cards and a Nintendo Direct to come).

Now that our brief recap is out of the way, what do you think of this week’s Nintendo Direct? Were you pleased with what was shown, or were you let down? Have any thoughts about particular games? Let us know in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: Your dream NX game

We still don’t know a whole lot about NX. Within the next few weeks, that will hopefully change. When Nintendo is finally ready to talk about its new platform, we’ll actually learn about what this thing is, and we should be seeing some games as well.

It is interesting how a few games have been confirmed for the NX even though it’s yet to be properly unveiled. Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dragon Quest XI, Dragon Quest X, Project Sonic 2017, and Just Dance 2017 will be on the system. There are some other probable candidates like Pikmin 4.

In terms of unannounced titles, what do you want to see? What would be your dream NX game? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Thoughts on Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Metroid Prime: Federation Force might be one of Nintendo’s most controversial games in recent years. The reception has been very mixed – leaning more towards the negative side – since its reveal in 2015, and the conversations haven’t slowed down since then. But on Friday, the game finally launched and everyone has a chance to play it for themselves.

We thought Metroid Prime: Federation Force was alright, as you can read in our review. It’s definitely not one of the worst titles on 3DS, but we feel it’s not towards the top of what the system has to offer as well. The critical reception has also been mixed. Some outlets feel strongly that Federation Force is a great release while others haven’t felt nearly the same. Given how things have gone for the game, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by the critical reaction.

If you’ve had a chance to play Metroid Prime: Federation Force since it came out yesterday, what are your feelings on it thus far? If you don’t have it yet, do you intend to change that at any point down the line? What are your thoughts on it in general? Let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – August 2016

A new month is here! We’ve just entered August, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing. Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Or maybe you’re continuing something you started a little while back? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

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