Can a single game save the Wii U?

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Nintendo’s Wii U isn’t doing well, but that’s a diatribe you’re tired of hearing. Can it, however,  claw its way back to relevance? Is there anything that can revive consumer interest? Nintendo thinks so. And it thinks that thing is Mario Kart.

Speaking to MCV UK, Nintendo UK’s Mario brand manager Roger Langford has said that the company’s hedging its bets on Mario Kart.

“Mario Kart 8 really harnesses the capability of Wii U. It has HD graphics and runs at 60 frames per second constantly in single and multiplayer,” he said.

“I certainly feel that Mario Kart 8 can be the catalyst that will broaden Wii U’s horizons,” said Langford. “It’s very important for us that we have a successful launch and continue the promotion throughout the year and beyond.”

Mario Kart 8 is enjoying near universal praise right now, with many saying it’s about the best thing you’ll find on Nintendo’s beleaguered console. historically, Mario Kart titles have always done well – helping the company shift hardware and software units.

“Mario Kart is one of our killer titles. Looking back at Super Mario Kart and then moving through the ages, you can see how integral Mario Kart is to Nintendo hardware. It always brings out the best in whatever hardware it is on.”

That is undeniably true – but is Mario Kart enough to save the Wii U? though I love the heck out of Mario Kart, I’m not convinced. If Nintendo really wants people to consider the Wii U to be a “must have” item, it may have to bring out the big guns; Pokémon.

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That aside, here’s a neat video about Nintendo.

Last Updated: May 21, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • “Mario Kart 8 really harnesses the capability of Wii U”

    I guess it really does harness the capability of the Wii U…BUT oh wait…..isn’t the gamepad one of / if not the biggest selling point of the system?……Yeah, MK * really utilizes that bad boy.

    Big guns would be Pokemon and Metroid. Metroid will be perfect for gamepad, whatever version, be it 2D or 3D FPS …. MK 8 will NEVER be enough to save WiiU

    • CAE9872

      I agree MK is unlikely to significantly turn Nintendo’s fortunes around. But I don’t think Metroid is the answer either as it is very niche – Pokemon possibly.

      I think Nintendo’s biggest issue is the lack of 3rd party support, lack of knowledge by public of what the hell the WiiU even is. I think they unfortunately mistepped this one – people say Gamecube was poor seller but by this time it had something like 3 or 4 times the sales of the WiiU.

      • True, Metroid is pretty niche…Pokemon would sell like hot cakes on the WiiU. They have a lot of untapped games that can work great on the system. Fire Emblem? Firefox…I mean Star Fox?….

        But besides what you mentioned, Nintendo is lacking the understanding of modern gaming. Things are no longer what it used to be. People play online, they shop online, they expect different experiences. If you look at eShop, the games are overpriced and the clear lack of any compelling indie games is jarring. They’ve been in this bubble for far too long, and they’re not doing enough to expand their horizons….And I seriously doubt Quality of Life is gonna change anything

        • CAE9872

          Oh yes I do agree Nintendo have been in a bubble. I can only assume it came down to the success of the Wii and they “kinda” rested on their laurels and simply didn’t pay attention to wider audience, where people play, how they play, etc.

          It was almost an arrogance of “We are Nintendo, nothing can undermine us.”

  • HvR – THE Average GAmer

    Come on pony do you one trick, come on, don’t be shy.

  • Skyblue


  • RinceofFuturePast

    HAHAHAH! Oh, shit you were being serious?

    • Damn that baby is fucking cute as hell

      • RinceofFuturePast

        I love the way the hand goes up to the face as if in contemplation then BOOM!

  • Admiral Chief in Space

    this picture sums it up for me

    • CAE9872

      whahahahaha…very cool

    • Xcalibersa


  • Hammersteyn

    No, but 3rd party support sure can.

  • Mario fan’s are reaaly crazy.. Girl made mario tattos on her sexy body..

  • derp

    In short: no.

    The Wii’s biggest hit was that it was primarily casual gaming. That market has shifted onto cellphones, and to an extent, other consoles.

  • zeemonkeyman

    So many quality games on the Wii U!! it’s a shame people don’t realize what they’re missing out on!

  • Brandon Tackett

    I think that Mario kart can help a lot especially that new bundle, but i thing smash bros and zelda will help it more,they haven’t come out with any Zelda games on the Wii u (windwaker doesn’t count) and that’s a problem.

  • TyrannicalDuck

    Probably not, but people should play MK8 anyway–it’s one hell of a fun racer! 😀

  • MakeItLegal

    Hd graphics ??? Really ? Boet u missed the last generation by like 7 years …

    Have fond memories of Mario Cart on the n64 , my first consule , and that game pad with it’s tri what Eva it was , was the best

  • Distantsmoke

    I’m waiting for a new Animal Crossing and JRPGs. Neither of which seem to be on the horizon. Every few months I go to RPGamer and see what’s coming up. Lately I’ve been forgetting to check Wii U because the answer is always, “Did you buy a Wii U? Sucker!” So I haven’t bought a Wii U.

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