I'm gonna take a brief break from celebrating Satoru Iwata's life. To be honest, I'm getting a little upset by the questionably timed articles proclaiming that the Wii U wasn't so bad after all, followed immediately by a flood of comments insisting that the Wii U WAS that bad, along with the usual tired fanboy spew about how the Xbox One and Playstation 4 are what gamers really want (definitive editions of games they already own...?) and that they pwn u 4ever noob.
Look, the media's sudden reversal on the Wii U strikes me as oddly convenient, too. I'm sure Satoru Iwata would have better appreciated a second, less critical look at the system if he had been alive to see it. However, the backlash against these articles is in immensely poor taste and demonstrates a level of hypocrisy only the most blindly loyal system advocates could ignore.
What was a common complaint about Nintendo? They release the same games over and over, right? Well, who's actually guilty of that in this console cycle? Nintendo has been trying new things with its properties (Yoshi's Woolly World) and creating entirely new ones (Splatoon). Meanwhile, Sony and Microsoft have been churning out definitive editions of games that were released just a couple of years ago and were already perfectly serviceable on last generation systems. Tomb Raider. Sleeping Dogs. The Last of Us. God of War. Prototype. Uncharted. Darksiders II. And the list goes on and on and on, because the gaming media hasn't given Sony and Microsoft the proper scrutiny for reheating their leftovers. We've heard a lot of slag about how these systems are more powerful than anything that has come before them. Well, where's the proof?!
We're seeing a lot of buyer's remorse from guilty game journalists in the wake of Satoru Iwata's demise. However, all that backpedaling wouldn't even have been necessary if they'd shown some objectivity in this console cycle. Maybe instead of hungrily licking your lips at every Nintendo failure while pumping constant undeserved hype into Microsoft and Sony's respective systems, you could... do your jobs? Just a thought.