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Failures of the Wii U - Educational

 

 

Cordova, TN; November 12, in the year of our Lord 2014--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is taking a good look at the failures of the Wii U. Family Friendly Gaming is planning multiple articles in this series. The second failure of the Wii U we are looking at is Educational Games. If you thought the sports games did bad on the Wii U, then you will be dismayed to hear how the educational games are doing. At least some sports games showed up, suited up, and tried. Educational games on the Wii U have been nearly non-existent. Where are the Sesame Street games? Where are the Elmo games? Barney anyone? Go Diego Go? Dora the Explorer? Characters and franchises that were on previous systems like the Wii have not made a comeback on the Wii U.

I went around to a variety of retailers and could not find one educational game on the Wii U. So I then went to the Nintendo website and checked out the games they define as Edutainment. Which was the closest thing to Educational I could find. Here are the games they list: SDK Paint, Pixel Paint, Red Riding Hood, Donkey Jr. Math, Ava and Avior Save the Earth, and Art Academy Sketchpad. There is also a working title Art Academy game in development. So we have art games, a math port from an old system, a story book, and a recycling propaganda game. None of those games interest my kids. Let alone kids who use video games to learn. Can’t someone figure out how to let kids write the alphabet on the Wii U Gamepad?

I checked the sales of a variety of educational games on the Wii. They did decent sales over their lifespans. So there is no intellectual reason for the games to stop being published on the main Nintendo home console. Sure Sesame Street games were being released on the Xbox 360. Is Nintendo really that petty? They expect to have exclusives with everyone? Those Sesame Street Kinect games were really good. Maybe Nintendo will read this article and realize someone dropped the ball these last two years. Maybe they will turn the Wii U ship around. I personally hope they do. Because the lack of educational games means families with young kids are passing on purchasing the Wii U. The lack of educational games on the Wii U is another reason Nintendo has moved from first place to their eventual projected last place in this console generation.


God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

 

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