It's been just over a year and a half since Nintendo hit the game market with the Wii U. Fresh from the phenomenal success of the Wii, it seemed like a new console would take off like its predecessor. There was a lot of promise going into this console a few months prior at E3, with the announcement of an HD Mario game, New Super Mario Bros. U, as well as many prospective titles from third-party companies.
However, since that time, the system has sat in the doldrums, in the shadow of more popular systems like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, even though it launched months earlier. Despite its innovations, the system hasn't seen the support that Nintendo was hoping, with third parties leaving left and right and some projects, like Watch Dogs and Aliens: Colonial Marines, either being vastly delayed or cancelled altogether.
But is all hope lost? The system is picking up steam with the release of a few key titles, including the universally entertaining Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World and next week's forthcoming Mario Kart 8. Plus, more great titles are inbound from the big "N", including Super Smash Bros., Bayonetta 2 and whatever else will be announced at E3 this June.