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    Ports: A dangerous concept for wii u


    During their Summer Showcase Event, EA has revealed Mass Effect 3 to be a Wii U launch title. Besides utilizing the gamepad, the port will feature the Extended Cut DLC, an interactive story chronicling the first two games and more. During the interactive story, players will make decisions that will factor into their Mass Effect 3 experience.

    While Nintendo faithful who havenít yet had the opportunity to play it (do people only own a single console anymore?) should certainly jump at the chance to finally experience the game, how will those whoíve already played it react? Certainly, with its monster sales, this will generally be the case. The most interesting aspect of Mass Effect 3 on Wii U will be to see if the market is willing to buy ports of recent games.

    Ports of already released titles to new consoles is common place, but never before has a game with such a large impact been touted as a potential must-buy for a new console. Of course, the proclaimed reason to pick it up is the Wii U functionality. So far, the Wii U controller seems to act as an interactive map. While this will certainly be a big plus in most games, itís not a revolutionary addition.

    New features can be touted as much as they want, but when it comes down to it, youíre simply buying the same game again. The main reason for those already initiated to buy Mass Effect 3 will simply to have a great (sorry, detractors) game to experience on a brand new console. If that proves enough to be a big seller, the concern is that ports could become common place for Wii U.

    Having AAA titles re-released for Wii U isnít necessarily a bad thing. The fear is that if this concept produces big numbers, it will give developers and publishers less motivation to create new titles. After all, why release a new game when you can tweak an old one and throw it on another console? Weíve already seen this happening on the Wii, with Gamecube classics been tweaked to have Wii Remote functionality. While this doesnít seem to have had an effect on first-party Nintendo titles, beginning the practice from the start could produce different results.

    Of course, weíre not trying to persuade you to avoid purchasing Mass Effect 3. Regardless of how it sells, the hope is simply that Nintendo Wii U gets a bevy of original titles. The big draw to Nintendo isnít graphical power or top-selling third party releases, but innovative hardware and titles. If the majority of games end up being ports, itíd render the console a 360/PS3 with a second screen. Nobody wants that.
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    Hmmmm, yes, I both agree and disagree. The Wii vs PS3/XBOX is really more of a casual vs hardcore gamer division. I know personally, the Wii is my only console. So porting titles over from the other consoles isn't necessarily going to turn the Wii U into an "360/ps3 with a second screen," but rather, it will allow for a more diverse selection among consoles. Adding cross-console multiplayer would also be a huge step in the right direction.

    Now I agree that Nintendo has always thrived on it's own proprietary titles, but adding some traditionally 360/PS3-only titles to the Wii U lineup could help draw customers who may find themselves torn based exclusively on titles.

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    I've always loved Nintendo and I've only missed metal gear solid from other consoles and I would buy such an expensive console for just one game.

    I know MGS won't be on Nintendo but my point is that it will solve problems like this. Nintendo's value won't break if they focus on Nintendo like they did before.

    Don't forget... In newer Zelda they are trying things that they never tried before. I hope that it means Nintendo's innovation is alive and not an entry to the annoying hardcore style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stsaerox View Post

    I know MGS won't be on Nintendo but my point is that it will solve problems like this. Nintendo's value won't break if they focus on Nintendo like they did before.
    But it already is and I believe at least one MGS title will make it to the Wii U during its life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EForslin View Post
    But it already is and I believe at least one MGS title will make it to the Wii U during its life.
    I mean a new official title like 4 on ps3. Not a remake.

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