Why I Said Goodbye To My Nintendo Consoles

I’ll be the first one to say that I love Nintendo’s IPs. Mario, Bowser, Link, and all of the other great characters have brought me countless hours of fun over my gaming life. With that said though, something has felt off this generation of consoles and it has led me to sell both my Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Let’s jump and take a look as to why I came to that conclusion.


Like I said before, I really enjoy Nintendo and am thankful to the folks there for the games they have created for us. The big games this generation, at least for the Wii U, were obviously Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. They were the only two titles that I kept for the console because they were the only ones that really sunk their teeth into me.

The problem with these games for me was that when I was away from them, I never got the urge to go and play them. When titles like Bloodborne, The Last of Us Remastered, and NBA 2K15 were screaming for me to jump back in and experience them some more, MK8 and SSB were just sitting there waiting for me to pick them back up.

I found myself only going back to my Wii U once a month and ,at the very worst, only once every two months. For me, although I enjoyed my time with Mario Kart and Smash Bros, nothing about them called me back into the universe or had my mind racing about when I could go back and play them again.

Now I know there are people who absolutely adore these games and will call me a Nintendo hater, but I don’t want this to come off as me hating the Big N. I really do enjoy their titles, but I couldn’t justify a console sitting around, only to be played once a month at the most.

I wanted to move it to a home where it would be used more frequently and gotten the right amount of love, something it didn’t get with me.

The same went for my 3DS XL. I just never got the urge to play it and the games that were coming out for it just didn’t rustle my feathers enough for me to keep it. On the other hand, my PS4 and my PS Vita were dragging me in with new games (on the PS4 at least) and 2-4 a month through the PlayStation Plus program.

Like I said earlier, I don’t hate Nintendo, but I just couldn’t justify keeping these consoles around without playing them.


16 thoughts on “Why I Said Goodbye To My Nintendo Consoles”

  1. The problem involving Wii U and 3DS is not the console its self, but you being a PlayStation fan/fanboy so you have a preference for those two console and want to get Wii U and 3DS out of your life as you ignore games that are on Wii U and 3DS and that are coming to Wii U and 3DS.

    You play Bloodborne and The The Last Of Us? Okay, mature games then buy Bayonetta 2 and buy Fatal Frame 5 and Devil’s Third.

    1. That’s a good try, but if I was a Sony fan boy, I wouldn’t have spent the $500+ on the Nintendo consoles, paid even more for games, bought the entire first wave of Amiibo, and written pieces glorifying games in the Wii U’s catalog. Nice try though! 🙂

      1. So then you are fickle. You say you wrote glorifying Nintendo titles to only keep two that only drew you to then once a month or at worst 2 months. I don’t understand that. Our interest ebbs and flows. Eventually a game will get put aside, but there could come a time when you pop it in and whoosh…all that amazement returns. In a way you are a shallow gamer that never truly embraced the games you claimed to glorify. Unless it is just Nintendo.
        I really think this piece is just that, a piece. I still don’t see the point. Why do you trumpet your purging of Nintendo products? Are you wanting to rub the noses of the Nintendo faithful in it? It breaks my heart a bit that another person has abandoned the last standing patriarch of the video game business. You can’t deny being a Sony fanboy all you want, but you set yourself up for it. Why tells us what does float your boat after telling us how Nintendo just wasn’t good enough. You certainly can dislike, or should I say meloncholically and painfully severed ties with your Wii U and 3DS to find complete bliss in the arms of the PS4 and Vita. It was unnecessary and tacky. Flame this all you want and try to discredit it, but it was you who showed no class. You tried to paint a picture of how it was simply just how it came to be and that you are not a Nintendo hater. Perhaps not, but this served no purpose but to kick the teeth in of a system already underperforming sales wise in spite having the most robust 1st party lineup and exclusives. Nintendo and its diehard fans deserves better.

  2. Maybe you are like me that grew tired playing nintendo games. They are good games but maybe your preferences in gaming have change. I grew up with nintendo but since the GC, I could care less about their games and the Wii U price doesnt help.

    1. This is honestly a really good point. I appreciate you bringing this up. I honestly think this is probably the case.

      Thank you for being level headed and I hope to see you around here in the future! 🙂

      1. Thanks. Don’t be discouraged by the comments of some Nintendo fans. Apparently it’s hard for them to understand that some people don’t feel that “magic or fun factor” anymore in Nintendo games. Sometimes I feel like I’m betraying Nintendo but what can I do? I can’t feel it. I really don’t know how old are you but I’m 30. I have played every nintendo system except Wii U and greatly enjoyed them back in the day. During the Wii hype, I was one of the few that didn’t fall for the hype, later got one at the end of the gen at $50 and I’m really glad I never fell for it. I’m a sony fan right now but I’m also tired of playing some sony franchise as well, the difference is that sony invest more in new IPs so their is a greatest chance of finding something I like compare to Nintendo. Last gen, Demon Souls was that surprised gem along with Uncharted and the TLOU. This gen so far is bloodborne. Anyway, there is a reason why nintendo consoles has been declining with every system except Wii but that was an anomaly as that console manage to attract customer that weren’t there before. As you can see with the Wii U, that customer base is no longer with them and the declining will continue. people got/are getting tired of Nintendo games.

      2. I grew up with a PS1, got a GC when I was about 12/13 and switched to Xbox360 when I was about 15. Time went on and my biggest regret was that I sold my GC back then, and I was begging to play any of its game again (which I somehow did with Zelda TWW on an emulator that wasn’t worth the console version). That’s why I got my Wii U when my 360 died 1,5 years ago (the famous red circle of death) – which by the way never happened to my PS1, and neither to the GC I sold as far as I know from the guy that owns it now. And the way it was selling didn’t count at all in my decision.

        Anyway, before that I spent a few years not giving a damn about Nintendo games (except Zeldas to be fair). Then came a time were I realized I grew up, and all of these AAA games were just boring to my eyes and I wanted all of these nice Nintendo games I couldn’t play for years. So here’s my prediction : in 2018 or so, you’ll wake up one day and say, “uh, I wish I could play to that Zelda/Mario/whatever game, I’m missing it”. And from that point all you’ll be able to think about is how much you’d wish to play this game, and how boring all of these other games seem comparing to that old game you didn’t play since 3 or 4 years.

        Of course gaming is a matter of taste, which changes through time. The wrong judgement you made though, was : “Right now and since (one year maybe?) I don’t care anymore for Nintendo games, I’ll sell this console out”, without taking into account that you might change again your mind. The hope for you is that until then a new Nintendo console will be out, with good chances to be backward compatible.

        Ending point is, I don’t see why this personal decision should be shared on internet, since you’re talking simple game tastes rather that decision based on Nintendo policy or gaming philosophy for exemple. At least I hope it’s not part of Sony’s aggressive communication directive (and my past as PS1 gamer pledges I’m not especially a Sony hater or a Nintendo fanboy whatsoever)

  3. It’s why I play Sony, there’s just a bigger list of different types of games to play & PSN Plus makes it even easier to access games u may not have played or thought of playing. Also, whoever this Fool is calling u a Sony Fanboy is just an idiot.

  4. I have the PS4, PS3, PS2, 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS and Vita in my house. I wont sell a console that I don’t use much, because I do go back and play stuff on them from time to time. Plus, with how the industry is releasing less games now than before, the droughts for systems are real, and you are either forced to buy a game you never would normally would buy, just in order to have something new to play. As a gamer, I can’t live like that. I love games, and I can give a crap less what system they are on.

    As far as the Wii U goes, it is a shame you sold it before you could experience the new Xenoblade. I can’t wait for that game, the first one was great.

  5. Seems you have a preference for games not on the Wii U and 3DS, which is understandable. I see no reason to take issue with your preferences, heh.

    I occupy my own space, too, though it involves both Wii U/3DS and PS3/4; game collection for both are of nearly equal size. But at the same time Xbox never appealed to me, though I do not hold anything against Microsoft and its console.

  6. By the way, I assume a reason the Wii U is able to appeal to me more is that I missed out on the Wii, so I am playing a lot of its games on the Wii U, especially the platformers (e.g., Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Return to Dreamland, Wario Land: Shake It!, Super Paper Mario, etc.), which was a more prominent genre in the previous generation of consoles (at least by major developers).

  7. Am I the only one surprised at the abruptness of this article? I mean, where’s the point? I was getting ready to hear somebody’s reasoning as to why Nintendo isn’t making worthwhile games anymore, why Smash and Mario Kart are no longer the powerhouse of couch multiplayer fun, where Nintendo took a wrong step in creating the best-selling portable console of this generation. Instead the article says some vague thing about NBA2K15 and the Vita? Seriously dude? I can’t believe you ever refer to yourself as a gamer? A basketball sim(not even a sim) is your definition of robust gameplay, an immersive world, and intense competition? Honestly couldn’t you at least say something or two about what’s changed about Nintendo and their philosophy in the creation of games that’s got you all cuddled up with Sony? As it stands your article is a bunch of whining of how you like Sony better now because it’s shiny and you’ve walked away from Nintendo because they’re not so shiny, and DONE.

    1. Yeah, struck me as just a long-winded way of saying, “Nintendo platforms do not strike my fancy anymore, so I moved onto Sony platform.” My response is, “I see.”

      Nintendo blog are just reposting this because it is a sure-fire way to drop up heated discussion by Nintendo fans who tend to have knee-jerk reactions, and non-Nintendo fans who tend to feed on that knee-jerk reaction.

  8. I don´t hate Nintendo but I would not buy a Nintendo System anymore…

    I loved them when I was a kid but, I grew up and my preferences in games changed. I could not play Mario anymore. I wanted something new, not the same game over and over and over and over…. (I looking at you Pokemon, and Mario)… and over again. So I play on another platform and I am very happy with my choice.

    I know there are people on their 50’s playing Mario and Donkey Kong but I can’t do that (and I’m a lot younger than that). If they are happy, I’m happy for them!

    I know it’s not Nintendo. It’s me.

    I changed. They don’t. That’s all.

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