Will Xbox One and PS4 Put The Wii U To Shame?

As of late, the Wii U has been under heavy fire due to its lack of games…so much so that Nintendo even issued a $50 price cut a few weeks a go (not to mention basically giving Wind Waker away for free with a limited edition game pad).  Still, I’m not so sure it’s deserving of this treatment.  What’s not to say that the initial launch of the Xbox One and PS4 won’t heed similar results to the Wii U’s scarce library of games?  Although we’ve been issued a fairly large list of launch titles for the next-gen behemoths, the games themselves aren’t all that breathtaking.  This could be a matter of opinion, but if you take a deeper look you might just find that there are a few key similarities between the Wii U’s launch and the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and PS4.

Xbox-One-gamesWhat concerns me about the upcoming launch of both Microsoft and Sony’s next consoles are the launch titles themselves.  We’ve become so caught up with the power of the consoles, the extra capabilities, and future titles like Titanfall and Destiny that we’ve neglected to take a closer look at what we’ll actually be getting at launch.  I bring this up because the Wii U wasn’t all that different.  Granted, the Wii U did not in fact have as many launch titles, but they did bring a few big name games to the console right off the bat, similar to what Sony and Microsoft will be doing in November.  Still, if you take a look at the launch title lists for all three consoles there are some similarities.

To demonstrate, I’ve compiled lists of notable launch titles on all three systems.  By notable I mean “big name titles” that would make you want to buy the console.  Take a look…

WII U Launch Titles
1. Assassin’s Creed III
2. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
4. Darksiders II
5. Mass Effect 3
6. New Super Mario Bros.U
7. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
8. Nintendo Land
9. ZombiU (Even though got bad reviews it was hyped very well)
10. Sports Games (NBA 2K13, FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13)

Xbox One Launch Titles
1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
2. Battlefield 4
3. Call of Duty: Ghosts
4. Dead Rising 3
5. Forza Motorsport 5
6. Need For Speed: Rivals
7. Ryse: Son of Rome
8. Watch Dogs
9. Sports Games (NBA LIVE 14, NBA 2K14, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14)

PS4 Launch Titles
1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
2. Battlefield 4
3. Call of Duty: Ghosts
4. DriveClub
5. Killzone Shadow Fall
6. Need For Speed: Rivals
7. Watch Dogs
8. Knack
9. Sports Games (NBA LIVE 14, NBA 2K14, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14)

Note: It should also be noted that many of the launch titles on both the Xbox One and PS4 will also be released on the Wii U as well with the exception of Battlefield 4 and other exclusives of course.

When you really look at the lists you’ll probably notice that all three consoles have above average games at launch.  The only reason the Wii U has come under fire is because the caliber of games substantially dropped after the launch of the console itself.  Nintendo should have waited another year to release the Wii U to close the gap between the releases of Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart 8.  Because of the lack of games over the past year, Nintendo had no choice but to drop the price of its console.  This is unfortunate, but the timing between launch and a series of Nintendo exclusives wasn’t well thought out at all.

So, you’re probably wondering how this applies to the Xbox One and PS4.  Well, it is my belief that both the Xbox One and the PS4 will do substantially better than the Wii U did or will ever do and here’s why:

1. Xbox One will be getting Titanfall by March of 2014 (only 4 months after launch)

2. Destiny should be coming to both Xbox One and PS4 within a year or so after launch (hopefully)

3. Halo 5 will also be coming to Xbox One within a year or so of launch (hopefully)

4. Multiple big name titles will be released within the first year of the both consoles’ life

Along with other big name titles, both next-gen consoles will only get better titles in the months after launch.  The Wii U, on the other hand, failed to release big name titles within the first year of the consoles life and now, almost two years after the release of the Wii U, are fans finally starting to see signs of life in Nintendo’s library with Pikmin 3 and the games I mentioned earlier.  It’s obvious that the Wii U is a different console that caters to a wide variety of gamers, but that doesn’t mean that the console is a failure at all.  It simply demonstrates the inability on Nintendo’s part to pump out exclusive content for its system.  Hopefully this next year brings about a revival for the Wii U.

It is my hope that Microsoft and Sony don’t follow in the footsteps of Nintendo by failing to release good games over the first year of the both companies’ new consoles, but only time will tell.  Either way, it is still noteworthy that the launch line-ups for all three systems are very equal in terms of game quality.  Unless Nintendo’s upcoming exclusives generate a major revival in sales, it will be that first year that pushes the Xbox One and the PS4 ahead of the Wii U.

What do you think?  Post your thoughts in the comment section below or take the poll I’ve created!

-Ocarina of Time Nerd

About Joel

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2 Responses to Will Xbox One and PS4 Put The Wii U To Shame?

  1. Fallyn says:

    I strongly doubt Microsoft and Sony will follow in the footsteps of Nintendo, largely because of the third party support…actually when you really look at it, it feels more like SEGA all over again. One of the reasons, one of many, that SEGA went under in the console wars was the lack of third party support and we’re starting to see it now with Nintendo, with big name development houses pulling planned games or otherwise holding off. The Wii-U isn’t a terrible system but it’s far, far from what it could have been, the phrase “day late and a dollar short” comes to mind especially when you look at the hardware itself, releasing a console with relatively the same specs as what’s already out at the time to me shows a lack of foresight. Yes Nintendo is trying desperately to change things but even I have my doubts about the company as a whole.

  2. Joel says:

    You know…Nintendo really is starting to feel like SEGA. The only difference is that, up until recently, Nintendo’s handheld market has been extremely dominant. I’d have to agree with everything you’ve laid out though. Nintendo is almost 6 years behind where they should have been with the Wii U. There’s not denying that! Thanks for your insight.

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