The Power of Nintendo Exclusives
When the WiiU was released by Nintendo back in late 2012 I wasn’t the least bit interested in getting the console. The only launch game I wanted was New Super Mario Bros. U. Let me explain my decision to not purchase this console at launch. Typically an adult has to be conscious of the cost/investment to purchase a new console. I am not the type of gamer that must have the latest/greatest consoles and titles (insert Seinfeld line here). I still don’t own a 360 or Xbox One and to be completely honest I can’t see myself getting either of them. I didn’t even have a Wii until the summer of 2013 when a pre-owned console was on sale by Gamestop for $49.99. That is saying a lot, since the Wii launched in 2006. Along those same lines I didn’t purchase a PS3 until April of 2010, which I may add was after I married my beautiful wife (forgive me we just celebrated five years).
I’d like to share a bit of my gaming history with you. The first gaming console I received as a gift was the Original NES. My parents supplied the gift. I played on my cousins Atari every chance I could prior to getting the NES. I loved the classics: Pac-Man, Galaga, Asteroids, etc. When I got Super Mario Bros. me and my brother played it on end along with The Legend of Zelda. The fact that we only had our dad’s 8-inch black and white TV didn’t matter to us. I was in love with gaming, and more importantly, I was in love with Nintendo. I bought the Nintendo Power magazines when I could to learn about my favorite games. When the SNES was released I wanted it more than ever. Unfortunately I was unable to get it at launch but I did have access to my cousin’s every Friday. I was finally able to get my own a few years post launch. I remember playing games like Star Fox, Super Mario World, Super Tecmo Bowl, Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, etc. Those games were so much fun that I purchased a SNES and several games from Ebay last year.
Okay back to why I chose not to purchase a WiiU at launch. I was captivated by PS3 games like the Uncharted series, God of War series, Final Fantasy series, and Infamous series. I was also big on Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls. Other third party titles like Dead Space 1 & 2, the Bioshock series, Skyrim, Dishonored, Dark Souls, and the Batman: Arkham games were interesting as well. While I wasn’t buying and playing these games when they launched I still wanted to experience them. The conversations people were having on Twitter and podcast episodes were the reasons why. I would wait for sales and price drops before making the decision to purchase these games. This hobby can be quite expensive.
I remember when my conversations on Twitter about the WiiU would always revolve around the statements I’d make about “If” I buy a WiiU. Now I find myself saying “When” I buy a WiiU on Twitter. The reason I’ve changed my tune about this subject is the Nintendo exclusives for this console, as this article title alludes to. Exclusives like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., Shovel Knight, and the titles shown below are the just a few games I will purchase when I buy a WiiU in the year 2015. The only thing that is really stopping me from purchasing a WiiU this year is the fact that I need to clear out a massive chunk of my PS3 backlog. If I don’t, the conversation at my house will be about my supposed “addiction to gaming”. The statement “I’m not addicted to games, I can set down the controller any time I want” only works so many times. Now in order to clear out my massive backlog the only thing I need to do is stop playing Destiny on PS4 100% of the time I’m able to play video games. Easier said than done my friends.
Let me finish by asking you a question. Should I reduce or eliminate my backlog by trading in most or all of the PS3 games I plan to get rid of before I complete them so that I can speed up the WiiU purchase? Or should I take on the challenge of completing 15 of those games by next summer? In the words of Princess Peach “Help Me!”