The Wii U got itself off to a bit of a rocky start, especially in the beginning. Even so, they've come around and have themselves an opportunity to become a juggernaut.
Push for Some Major Third Party Exclusives If Nintendo can get that must-have game from someone besides their own internal studios, they will see their sales improve dramatically. The Wii had a bunch of good games, but not a really huge Third Party title that screamed "buy the Wii!" Unlike the other two players, which have some major franchises from third party developers. Nintendo has, however, done a good job of bringing in talented studios to develop games for them to publish. Platinum Studios' "The Wonderful 101" was a solid entry early on in the console's life, and the upcoming "Hyrule Warriors" shows promise. If Nintendo can court enough external developers, they will do very, very well.
Keep Adding Games to the Virtual Console This is probably one of the biggest things Nintendo had going for it on the Wii, especially for nostalgia fans and children at heart alike. Nintendo has literally nothing to lose by updating regularly and adding more to its back catalog. Actually, if they really wanted to take a jab at Microsoft, they'd release the SNES version of Killer Instinct, if they haven't already...
|Mother 2 ad in Japan|
Update NintendoID to Fall in Line with the Competition This one is probably the biggest, and most important. Currently, both Sony and Microsoft allow their network IDs to roam. That is, a user is not confined to one and only one console. Nintendo currently operates in this fashion. The plus, however, is that Nintendo has made great strides to make it easier to recover downloaded content. This was mentioned in Out with the Old... last week. Nintendo still has a long way to go, but they're making changes. This is one instance where Nintendo does not want to be the nail that sticks up.
|Wouldn't this be great on the Virtual Console?|
The Wii U has a lot of potential, even a year and a half after its release. Nintendo can make the console as successful as its predecessor, but they will need to work at it to make this dream a reality.