Showcasing the new Zelda at the Game Awards Show is one of the smartest things Nintendo has done with Wii U so far.
The Game Awards show, the one that featured Nintendo rather prominently and ended with some brand new Zelda U footage, was arguably a bigger online success story than the entirety of the PlayStation Experience, which took place on Saturday and Sunday.
Next year is gearing up to be a banner year in gaming. Ten years from now, we may be talking about 2015 in gaming the same way we look back nostalgically at 1998 and 2007. There are a LOT of good games coming out next year, and if you’re a Nintendo fan and Wii U owner, Aonuma’s assurances that Zelda for Wii U will release next year is fantastic news. Nintendo’s profits are soaring now thanks to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire remakes for 3DS. Things are definitely looking up. Nintendo has focused on its core audience with its game releases and it’s starting pay dividends.
The progress on this game looks incredible. Link vaulting himself off Epona and taking out enemies with his bow and arrow in slow-mo dropped my jaw.
What is so cool about watching this is that it seems Miyamoto is seeing this stuff for the first time as well. He’s asking questions as if this is the first time he’s seen the game himself in awhile.
And then Miyamoto adds that the new Starfox for Wii U will be released before Zelda. Both will be coming out in 2015.
You can tell Nintendo is really bending over backwards to please its core fans. Them even having this much of a presence at a game awards show, which is not the norm for them, is evidence of that.
Being the fastest-selling game on Wii U is admittedly a pretty low bar, but Nintendo needed this game desperately for their system. If there is any game that will send Wii U systems flying off shelves right now, this is it. Outside of the new Zelda game coming sometime in the far-flung future of the console, this is THE system-seller for Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U has become the console’s fastest selling title in the US, shifting a combined 490,000 units across digital and physical combined in just three days.
I wish I could argue with that statement. Wii U is really struggling. And its mainly Nintendo’s fault.
Looking to the future, Gara said: “I’d like it to continue with the innovation stream I just talked about, but also what we want to see in the next year or two is a bigger mass market play, shall we say. So in order to broaden and perhaps fill the void that’s being left latent by, say, the Wii – which is a shadow of its former self.
“We need to have the kind of product that will engage that more casual consumer. I think that’s a big opportunity for us, and that’s not yet clear on the horizon, but something we should and I’m sure will be focused on as we look forward into year two, three and four.”