Nintendo recently announced an onslaught of disappointing news for their fans to hear: they’ve delayed Zelda U once again, the NX launch is about one year away, and we can safely assume that Wii U will be all but forgotten until then. This was the main subject of discussion on this week’s episode of Nintendo Week—our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, which recorded later that night—and our immediate responses were mixed. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

On the bright side, this likely means NX will have one of the most stellar software lineups Nintendo’s seen in a long time, and they’re doing everything they can to make sure it makes the waves it needs to—even if that means sacrificing Wii U in the process. On the downside, Nintendo fans have very little to look forward to this year, and now both
Zelda and the NX itself are under that much more pressure to appear worth the wait when they finally are revealed.

Nintendo may be able to farm out quick-and-easy jobs to pad out the Wii U this year, like fleshing out the Virtual Console, or outsourcing GameCube remasters to a studio like Grezzo. On the other hand, perhaps those resources are much better spent on the NX in an effort to blow everyone even further away.

I suggest that whatever their reason for doing this, they should offer someone at Nintendo of America more autonomy to speak directly with fans the way that Microsoft and PlayStation executives are able to over Twitter and other online means. Nintendo fans have had a long series of disappointments over the past year, and Nintendo needs to form a better dialogue between the company and its fans if they hope to keep people from jumping ship as the Wii U sinks. Alex disagrees that any measures are necessary, though, as the number of Wii U owners who are irreparably dissatisfied by its software lineup will be dwarfed by the number of new customers the NX excites.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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