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WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?

WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?
Gamer Heroes

 
 
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Boy howdy did video games sure happen this week.  Join us as we work our way through easily one of the wildest weeks in gaming!  Google getting into gaming with some neat streaming tech?  Cuphead on Switch and an indie studio working on a Zelda game?  Sony doing their version of a Nintendo Direct?  WHAT IS HAPPENING.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?

Wii U – A Farewell

This month marks the closure of the official Wii U Facebook page. While the low-selling Nintendo home console was officially discontinued in the beginning of 2017, games are still being produced with 16 games released in 2018 and two more on the horizon by the end of 2019, at least in the North America region. In fact, over 760 Wii U games have been released to date worldwide.

So what went wrong with the Wii U? Being that it came out in 2012, there’s certainly a lot of articles that attempt to explain why the Wii U was not the hit success the Wii before it was or why the Nintendo Switch has already done better from a sales perspective. First, I do want to sum-up what people mean by the Wii U being a failure, a black sheep, or not a success. Normally, video game console success is measured by number of units sold in addition to how long the console or an iteration of it, is on the market.

We know that the Wii U sold just over 13.5 million consoles worldwide. This makes the Wii U Nintendo’s lowest selling home console, not counting the NES Classic, SNES Classic, and VirtualBOY. That’s right, the GameCube not only outsold the Wii U but actually sold over 21 million units by comparison. The Nintendo Switch has already passed the GameCube’s sales numbers (sold from 2001-2007) in less than two years on the market, with around 23 million Switch units sold.

Successful consoles like the PlayStation 2 (2000-2013) and Wii (2006-2017) have both sold over 100 million units with the PS2 selling over 150 million if you include every version released over that console’s incredible production run. The Wii U had two versions, both at launch, the white 8GB model and the Deluxe 32GB model in black. The Wii would have several versions over the years, just like the PS2. They’d release in different sizes, colors, and with different features from their original counterparts.

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Alright, so it didn’t sell well. But why didn’t people buy the Wii U after the Wii’s success? Was it the game library? Boasting over 760 games might not sound impressive when the Nintendo Switch already has over 1,200 games in 1/3 the time but the Wii U’s game library actually isn’t as small as you think. The Nintendo 64 (1996-2002), which outsold the original Xbox (2001-2009) by over 37%, had a library about half the size of the Wii U at just 388 games but sold almost 33 million units.

It must have been the launch window then. Nothing to play at launch? That’s a fair criticism. I don’t shy away from saying I’m a Nintendo fanboy, because I most certainly am. If you ever listened to my time on the Gamer Heroes podcast’s first 60 episodes, you’d get that pretty quick. But to be clear, I own a lot of Nintendo consoles leaving out the VirtualBOY and a few of the GameBoy and DS iterations. I camped out for the Wii in 2006… for 39.5 hours. But when the Wii U came along, I didn’t camp out. I didn’t pre-order. I didn’t even go to the store to pick one up. This was due to the games available at launch, for me. There wasn’t much to choose from that I cared about, personally, at least not on a Nintendo console.

Sure, New Super Mario Bros. U was there but Super Mario 3D World wouldn’t release for just over a year. There wasn’t even a Zelda game at launch. The Wind Waker HD wouldn’t come out for 11 months and it wasn’t even a new game! It was a remaster of the 2002 GameCube game. The only actually new Zelda game released on the Wii U was Breath of the Wild which was also released on the brand new Switch console. Mario Kart 8 took until May of 2014, about 18 months after release of the Wii U and 6 years since the previous Wii incarnation. Super Smash Bros. was two full years after the console came out. It never got a Metroid game. No Castlevania. And Splatoon, the game that so many people love now, didn’t release until May 2015, about 30 months AFTER the console launched.Wii U

I eventually bought a Wii U in the summer of 2013, about 9 or so months after it came out. I played New Super Mario Bros and ZombiU, along with Nintendo Land. But I mainly played my Wii which was now living as a legit, official emulator inside my Wii U thanks to their transfer process. So, I upgraded because I could use a single console and play the newer games. Of course I ended up with some great games like Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, ZombiU, and the surprisingly fun Luigi U. All-in-all, I only have 9 physical Wii U games at this point. I had a few others like Pokken Tournament, but traded them in long ago for something else. The only Nintendo console I own fewer games for is the GameCube and that’s because I didn’t actually own one until last year, aside from the built-in Wii functionality that led to a couple games like Super Smash Bros. Melee. So when it’s all said and done, the Wii U might have had a larger library than the N64 but I have countless more games for the older console that one could argue hasn’t even aged as well.

People were confused too. I still have to explain to people that the Wii and Wii U were completely different things. No, the Wii U is not a Wii with a tablet. No, the Wii U isn’t just the tablet as an add-on to the Wii. The Wii U was Nintendo’s next generation console, a mid-gen console to many in the industry due to its more Nintendo-esque limited hardware. So here’s a little explanation. The Wii U was the next step in Wii development. It had better hardware, a larger form factor, no GameCube controller or memory card support, no mini-disc support, and its primary controller was a handheld tablet with physical buttons.

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Okay, so you know what it is but was it a good thing? Well, the tablet was a neat concept. Some games leveraged it really well, like ZombiU. In that game, a zombie game, you watch the TV for what you, as a character, can see and then the tablet acted as your inventory, map, details, etc. Other games, like New Super Mario Bros., just mirrored the TV screen, which did mean you could play on the tablet while someone else used the TV for another console or something. Some games like Nintendo Land allowed one player to use the tablet to perform a task like hiding, while the other players saw everything else on the TV and tried to find the hiding player. Some took advantage of the motion controls like StarFox Zero, with the tablet being inside the cockpit and the TV being a third-person view. The final group didn’t use the tablet screen at all, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U. It was blank, basically.

At the end of the day, the Wii U was essentially a Nintendo Switch prototype. It had the tablet; you could play away from the TV. But it still required a full console box and the range of the tablet was only a few feet and certainly not through walls… I tried. Even though the Wii U was no powerhouse, it did have some cool features. It kept the Wii alive along with the Virtual Console we all miss on the Switch. It was compatible with essentially all of the Wii controllers, accessories, and such, save a few. It kept the GameCube controller alive with its USB adapter for Smash Bros., which we will see again this December. And it ended up with a substantial library of games, some of which I wish more people had tried out.

To that end, as the Facebook pages for the Wii U close on the day I’m writing this, I’d like to just say goodbye to the Wii U. For a Nintendo fanboy, the Wii U is a prime example of Nintendo’s guts, quirkiness, and style. For a general consumer, the Wii U was an odd, confusing, and seemingly unnecessary upgrade to the Wii.

If you owned a Wii U, I’d love to hear your stories. What were your favorite games? What about features? I’d love to hear about all of it because I do love the Wii U, as strange as that might be.

R.I.P.
Wii U
2012-2017
13.5 million sold

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Game on!

Wii U – A Farewell

GH44: Bungie, Overwatch, and Nintendo Switch

Bungie responds to Destiny 2 controversy, Overwatch adds a new currency for eSports, Bayonetta for Switch details, thoughts on the second Ready Player One trailer, plus a look back at 2017 in gaming! Don’t miss our final episode of the year! But don’t fret, we’ll be back in January for another year of gaming talk.

01:40 – Bungie & Destiny 2

12:55 – Bayonetta 1 and 2 Switch Details, Plus Street Fighter

17:50 – Overwatch League Skins and Season 1 Preview

27:00 – PayDay and GTFO

33:00 – Ready Player One Trailer 2

46:00 – 2017: A Look Back

 

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GH44: Bungie, Overwatch, and Nintendo Switch

GH43: Bayonetta, Street Fighter, and Game Awards

We recap some of the Game Awards including what we do and don’t like about the concept. Then we talk tons of news including a bunch of video game announcements from Street Fighter to Bayonetta, Outlast, and more! And yes, we gripe a bit about Destiny 2’s new level capping system.

01:40 – Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

06:00 – SoulCalibur VI

11:50 – Bayonetta 3, 2, 1

16:00 – Outlast on Switch

21:40 – The Game Awards

29:00 – Detective Pikachu Cast

31:30 – Destiny 2’s Content Lock

41:40 – Currently Play: Doom, Stick it to the Man, Resident Evil Revelations

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GH43: Bayonetta, Street Fighter, and Game Awards

SH S4E21: Screen Heroes Awards

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Screen Heroes Awards! We sent out 30 categories across movies, TV, and video games! Then we had you, the listener vote. Now, we’ll see who won each category and which voting viewers will take home a prize in our contest!

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SH S4E21: Screen Heroes Awards

GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

Nintendo Direct brings tons of new games to Nintendo Switch including Doom, Wolfenstein, and more! We talk the return of L.A. Noire, the controversy around South Park: The Fractured But Whole, plus tons of Nintendo 3DS and Switch news including Pokemon Ultra stuff, Skyrim details, new demos, and the rest of the 2017 lineup! We also talk about an upcoming contest for Kansas City Comic Con tickets, our special Patreon video series, and a new video game tournament. So kick back, relax, and game on!

01:25 – L.A. Noire Returns + Switch

07:10 – 3DS Nintendo Direct News: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Kirby: Battle Royale, Minecraft 3DS, Mario Party: The Top 100, Metroid: Samus Returns, and more!

17:30 – South Park: The Fractured but Whole, plus some random MMO talk

28:20 – Switch Nintendo Direct News: Arena of Valor MOBA, Skyrim Zelda content, Doom and Wolfenstein II, Breath of the Wild Amiibo, Project Octopath Traveler, Super Mario Odyssey details, and more!

44:25 – Tons of 2017 Games Still Left, plus our new video series, KCCC ticket contest, and upcoming game tournament!

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GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

GH31 – Breath of the Rabbids

Derreck tries to convince Jon to pick up Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch and talks about the Zelda: Breath of the Wild End-Game. Plus, we talk news including Atari’s weird speaker hats, Nintendo’s Star Fox 2 website, and more!

01:15 – Ataribox Speakerhats

07:08 – Star Fox 2 Website

12:00 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild End-Game

21:50 – Looking Forward to Games

23:55 – Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

34:20 – Closing Thoughts and Contest Details

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GH31 – Breath of the Rabbids

GH24: Castlevania & the Overwatch League

Derreck finishes the fourth divine beast in Breath of the Wild, Jon tries out a new Resident Evil style game on Switch, the Overwatch League nabs its first seven teams, and then it’s all about Castlevania Season 1 on Netflix!

01:15 –  Breath of the Wild and the Fourth Divine Beast

05:55 – Vaccine and Resident Evil

15:30 – White PS4 Pro Destiny 2 Bundle

20:30 – Overwatch League’s First Seven Teams

40:30 – Castlevania on Netflix Season 1

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GH24: Castlevania & the Overwatch League

GH23: Doomfist Arrives

Doomfist has landed! Overwatch has officially announced and made playable their most anticipated new character, Doomfist. He is now available in the PTR, so we talk about his abilities, role, fit with the Overwatch world, plus a bit about the voice not being Terry Crews. We also talk about Halo 5’s Xbox One X 4K features, four other Halo games coming to Xbox One, Splatoon 2 news, and Mario Odyssey skipping the game over screen. Finally, I talk about my thoughts on the Gears of War franchise after completing the latest title, along with the third Divine Beast in Breath of the Wild!

We’re sorry for the echos in the audio. We had to try a new setup temporarily and it seems to have caused inconsistent echos. It won’t happen next time, promise!

02:20 – Gears of War 4

9:30 – Link’s Third Divine Beast

12:30 – Mario Odyssey Removes the Game Over

20:15 – Splatoon 2 Deatails

24:30 – Halo 4K and Backwards Compatibility

32:30 – Doomfist Arrives on Overwatch

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GH23: Doomfist Arrives

GH22: Classic Consoles for Days

Classic consoles are everywhere with announcements of the SNES Classic, Atari’s return and more! Plus, we talk Steam’s Summer Sale, Superhot, and Zelda DLC. First, we discuss some of the games we’ve purchased on the Steam Summer Sale, plus a bit about Best Buy’s latest pre-order deals. Then, it’s off to Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack which is officially live. Once we cover the latest, it’s on to our main topic: Retro Gaming and Classic Consoles. We dive head first into Nintendo’s SNES Classic, discuss how the NES Classic was handled, and talk about the significance of Star Fox 2’s long awaited release. Then it’s on to Sega Forever hitting mobile, Atari’s surprise console announcement, and finally, a little about Superhot.

0:30 – Steam Summer Sale & Best Buy Pre-Orders

05:30 – Crash Bandicoot Trilogy

7:40 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Drops

9:50 – Impostor Retro Gaming with the SNES Classic

28:00 – Impostor Retro Gaming with SEGA Forever

37:20 – Atari Returns to the Console Wars

47:50 – Currently Playing

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GH22: Classic Consoles for Days

GH18: Super Ultra Injustice

It’s all fighting games this week as we return to talk Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Injustice 2, and Super Smash Bros. Switch rumors!

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2:25 – Injustice 2 Live Tournament Details (cont’d at 13 min)

3:00 – Injustice 2 Discussion

14:30 – Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challenger Discussion

20:00 – Virtual Console Dreams for Switch

23:00 – Unreal Engine on Switch Possibilities

27:00 – Super Smash Bros. for Switch Rumors plus Splatoon Chat

34:00 – Closing and contest info

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

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GH18: Super Ultra Injustice

GH15: COD WWII, Gears of War, and Bomberman

We return with a whole new format! We talk about our plans for video game streaming which includes retro games like Super Nintendo and Sega! You can catch some Aladdin game play on YouTube right now. Then, Jon lets us know what’s going on this weekend at Planet Comicon with Buster Props. Plus, I talk a bit about what I’ll be doing for the HPN during the convention. After that, we talk news and what we’re currently playing which includes Gears of War 4, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Bomberman R!

In case you missed it, we talk about the winner of our Video Game March Madness Showdown! Only one remains. Let us know what you think of the winner. We’ll give you a hint…. it’s not Mario.

Then we dive into the latest news (7:45) including the release of the official Call of Duty: WWII trailer and details.

Don’t miss the details for our two upcoming video game tournaments (13:00), one for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and one for Injustice 2.

Then we get some details about Halo 6 (16:00) and will Jon ever get another Xbox or Microsoft console?

This goes into a bit about the Gears of War franchise (20:00), including a little talk about Gears of War 4 (21:10).

And how could we do an episode without talking a bit about Zelda and the Switch (23:00)?

We continue the Switch talk with some discussion about the Super Bomberman R story mode (25:05) and whether or not it lives up to the $49.99 USD price tag, especially when put up against FAST RMX and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Don’t miss the closing ceremonies (29:25) as we talk about plans for video game streams.

And our iTunes contest is still going on (30:15)!

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Gamer Heroes Podcast Credits

Hosts
Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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