Destiny on Wii U, and the appalling comments on the Bungie forums.

So there I was doing some internet browsing, looking up Bungie’s next project Destiny and the possibility of the game being developed for the Wii U. And what better way to get some information/answers, head straight to the horses mouth.

It turns out that a forum poster that goes by the name SurprisedRICK had asked the very same question. “Why no Destiny for Wii U?” In the forum post at hand, there are some reasonable answers, (possible no mention of Wii U development because of the current low install base) and some not reasonable answers, (Nintendo can’t do online).

Funny because I can play Splinter Cell: Blacklist online on the Wii U (a Nintendo product) and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate online without real issues. The odd Blacklist teething problem, but nothing a patch won’t fix. Like most games, they have bugs.

Most try and debunk the Wii U as childish, gay and for noobs, whilst others (kids probably not old enough to shave) bang on about the Playstation 4 and Xbox One being it. Yes they are the it, the buzzwords of the moment if you’re a fan of Sony or Microsoft. But what about fans who game the Nintendo way? Have they not got the right to ask, and get an answer without being called all things derogatory.

Yes we know it’s fanboy banter that gets too close to the knuckle, but on an official forum, this stuff should be moderated, do you not think?

So Bungie, are you planning to bring Destiny to the Wii U, a simple yes or no will suffice.


The Wii mothers have all gone, now what?

It was developed under the code name of “Revolution” and the Wii with it’s straight forward/easy to pickup controller, the Wii Remote, known colloquially as the Wiimote revolutionized and introduced gaming to a whole new demographic, your mother and her mother!

The bowling waggle (come strike), the amateur golf slice and giggling upper cut in Wii Sports guaranteed that shiny new Wii consoles sold on eBay for ludicrous amounts of money, and getting a Wii at retail counters was like fighting off a pack of wild dogs, not that I’m calling your mother a dog. But it was madness, a madness that Nintendo gladly soaked up and stashed.

So the novelty wore off and your mother went back to watching Coronation Street, and her mother, well she went back to telling great war story’s of old to her fellow residential home inhabitants. The game changer/revolution had run it’s course, and so, the creators of a revolution attempted a second lighting strike, (and capture it in a bottle). With rose tinted glasses securely in place the Wii U and GamePad took flight and then quickly plummeted, was the game up for Nintendo?

Why had the mothers not returned? Because the plot line in Coronation Street was such a good distraction? And in the advertisements between the half hour long (soap), not one cheesy Wii U advertisement was aired, and besides, mothers now have iPads and they have cracked Angry Birds and Candy Crush. So whatever Nintendo throws at them, they simply ignored.

So what now? Nintendo needs to ride the storm, forget about Wii mothers and focus on bringing the Wii U to the gamer, those who follow gaming specific websites, those who eat, sleep and drink gaming. Hard choices have to be made, and hard hits (like now) have to be taken. Ultimately lessons must be learned, and games must be delivered, and not just repetitions.

We all know Nintendo can take the hit, and will be do just fine in terms of profit, one way or another. The Wii U console was never designed to compete with Sony or Microsoft, but looking at it this way, they hoped the Wii name would carry them once again to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but instead the Wii U name is currently a laughing stock, a piece of hardware with chronic lurgy.

Most Illnesses can be overcome, I personally don’t think this is terminal for the Wii U, but it is terminal for the Wii name after this console cycle comes to an end. Next time around Nintendo must not make the same mistake and try to ride to glory on the name of something. They’ve got to put something under the hood that can at least compete.

They can use this time to learn high definition, build a substantial online infrastructure, and become more developer friendly, then they come out swinging for the gamer’s, not their mothers in four years time!