Nintendo World Report's Year in Review

December 2013

by Justin Berube - December 31, 2013, 3:46 pm PST

Nintendo capped off the end of 2013 with a nice Direct presentation.

Staff Thoughts

Zack Kaplan, Associate Editor -

The last month of 2013 is always the perfect time to reflect on everything good and bad about Nintendo. While the sales of the Wii U were so-so at the very best, with numbers showing that Nintendo will most likely miss their estimates, a Nintendo Direct brought a little hope.

Within the final days of December the eShop was down, due to an overwhelming number of people trying to log in after Christmas. Despite other negative news about Nintendo (VGX Cranky Kong announcement anyone?) in December, I found myself once again gravitating towards some great Wii U games titles. Whatever bad things can be said about Nintendo, for certain, it is not a lack of fun games.

Justin Baker, Reviews Editor - 

Leave it to Nintendo to wait until the very end of the year to roll out some surprises. No, there was nothing truly groundbreaking, but NES Remix, Hyrule Warriors, and Dr.Luigi were all very fun surprises. It's little things like this final Nintendo Direct that serve to remind us that Nintendo knows what's up, even if they don't always act on it.

These games also show an willingness to experiment with existing franchises and properties. We've seen some hints at this kind of experimentation before with announcements like Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, but a Zelda inspired Warriors game takes that it to an all new level.

Justin Berube, Features Editor -

The early news about the low November sales numbers for Wii U made me sad. I honestly love my Wii U and would love to see the system succeed. Nintendo's attempts to turn the situation around, from a sales perspective, haven't worked. If anything, 2014 will have to be a major year for Nintendo's console, otherwise an entirely new strategy will need to be presented.

The Nintendo Direct presentation did have some good news coming out of it. One of my favorite things was the surprise announcement and release of NES Remix. I'm a sucker for NES and the nostalgia factor shot my enjoyment of the game through the roof. It was a great way for Nintendo to cap off the year.

Features

Top 10 Wii U Games: Year One - We've had a year of Nintendo next-gen. What are our favorite games?

What to Announce When You're Announcing - Read this article for a major surprise announcement.

National StreetPass Weekend Interview with Bill Trinen - Hear about this special 3DS event from Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen.

The Future of 3D Mario -"Where are we gonna go next Luigi?"

Reviews

NES Remix (Wii U)

Wii Sports Club: Golf (Wii U)

Events

Nintendo Direct 2/14/2014

News

Mario & Luigi 3DS XL Bundle in Stores Now - So the rumors are true!

The Year of Luigi Will Continue into 2014 - Toad is still waiting on his celebration.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Out February 21, Fourth Playable Character Revealed - Who knew that this golden oldie had such deft platforming skills? (SPOILERS INSIDE)

Nintendo Announces National StreetPass Weekend - Get your 3DS ready!

3DS System Update 7.0 Released - Bring on the Miiverse!

Super Nintendo Headed to 3DS VC? - It's a secret to everybody... or a marketing snafu.

RUMOR: Wii U Sells Approximately 230,000 in November - With Mario in the driver's seat, Wii U sales reportedly improve.

Hyrule Warriors Announced for Wii U - Dynasty Warriors and Zelda series are being combined in a new game from Tecmo Koei.

Dr. Luigi Coming to the Wii U eShop - The Year of Luigi continues on with a new eShop game.

High Nintendo Network Traffic Causes Pokemon Bank Delays - Popularity proves too much for Nintendo.

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Talkback

ShyGuyDecember 19, 2013

The most complaint filled yearbook EVER. Let me sign your copy...

Yo Mario, keep it real bro!

-ShyGuy

nickmitchDecember 19, 2013

Hey, Luigi! Remember when I said it was your year?

I think I may have been a bit mistaken.

2014 is all yours though!

-nickmitch

azekeDecember 20, 2013

Will not comment on the hoopla around the console this year, because i am that weirdo who thinks console are about games so my report is ALL about games.

I skipped most of the hot stuff 3DS was getting this year:
passed on Fire Emblem
skipped Animal Crossing
shrugged at Pokemon
picked Mario over Zelda: Link Between Worlds
didn't get Luigi's Mansion 2 due to shipping shenanigans on Amazon's side (i eventually got it much, much later, but still haven't even started playing).

The biggest highlight on the 3DS for me this year was me starting to play Kid Icarus: Uprising again. Finished the story and dumped some serious hours into it. And still feel like playing it even more. Also played a few DS and GBA games. Otherwise, most of my Nintendo gaming time went on Wii U.

I haven't actually started gaming on consoles until three years ago so as you can guess i have decades old backlog worth of series that are completely unknown to me. That's why i rarely play games that actually came this year and most of it is just me catching up to general western audience who grew up with this stuff i was missing by surviving through post USSR 90s.

This is more or less what i played on Wii U this year:
New Super Mario Bros U -- alone and with friends
La Mulana on WiiWare
Majora's Mask
A few random matches in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with friends
Toki Tori 2+ -- what a great game!
DuckTales: Remastered
Wonderful 101 -- one of the best gaming experiences i ever had in my life. I was both laughing and crying during game's many finale climaxes. Easily best game across any platform. No, "we want cinematic audience" bullshit, just pure gaming in distilled form. As it should be.
Assassin's Creed III -- this was my first AC on consoles (played through entirety of Ezio trilogy this year on PC and became an addict for this kind of game).
Super Mario 3D World -- second best game i played this year after Wonderful 101. Third best game if you count Bayonetta which of course came out long time ago.
Lots of semi random Wii stuff:
Punch-Out!!
Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands
both Super Mario Galaxy games
both Pikmin games
Rayman Origins (unfortunately Legends was somewhat a disappointment in terms of content compared to Origins)
probably something else i forgot

So with my favorite top three games for this year all being on Wii U (W101, Mario, TT 2), i say it was a great year.

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Quote from: Shaymin

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Don't even regret scoring it similarly to X/Y  :cool; . Game was awesome.

pokepal148December 27, 2013

Quote from: Webmalfunction

Quote from: Shaymin

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Don't even regret scoring it similarly to X/Y  :cool; . Game was awesome.

the second one at least had a decent story going in from start to finish along with some neat imagery made using both screens. Based on the demo the third one just feels like they forgot what they did so well before.

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