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Cordova, TN; November 26, 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 has run multiple articles in this series. The fourth failure of the Wii U we are looking at is Role Playing Games. The Wii U has been on the market for two years now. That is easily enough time for some family friendly role playing video games to be released. Yet Nintendo has not done so. Nor have they gone out of their way to bring them in from third party developers. The role playing market on the Wii U is piddly at best.

Of the fifteen video games Nintendo defines as being in the role playing genre on their own website we have one game that is being sold at retail. It is the macabre, morbid, deviant, and highly offensive Mass Effect 3 Special Edition - which is also on other systems. It was ported over. Xenoblade Chronicles X is another game that should release at retail in the future. It will also probably be a morbid, macabre video game that offends families. The rest of the games Nintendo lists are A.N.N.E., Citizens of Earth, Pier Solar and the Great Architects, Costume Quest 2, Megaman Battle Network, Squids Odyssey, Child of Light, Golden Sun, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Breath of Fire II, Harvest Moon, Alphadia Genesis and Earthbound.

Seven of the fifteen video games have been released on retro video game systems. They are Pier Solar and the Great Architects, Megaman Battle Network, Golden Sun, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Breath of Fire II, Harvest Moon, and Earthbound. Another one (Squids Odyssey) was released on the iOS platform. A.N.N.E., Citizens of Earth, Costume Quest 2, Child of Light, Alphadia Genesis (Android) and Mass Effect 3 are all on other systems. Which means families that have those systems have no need for a Wii U. Xenoblade Chronicles X is the only game that might be a Wii U exclusive. That game is slotted for release in 2015. As the Wii U marches towards its three year anniversary.

I am one of those people who sees no reason to buy the same video game twice. I have copies of the retro video games in physical format. Why would I buy a downloadable version of it? It is not that difficult to pull out a retro machine and play it. Besides it offends me to pay for the same game twice. I am not counting a special edition of an existing game as being exclusive. If you are looking for a game for a role playing gamer in your family, then you will be passing on the Wii U. Look at what Nintendo has done thus far in two years. Why would anyone expect them to clean it up now? Why invest in a gaming machine that is not providing for your tastes?

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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