Wii U’s Suffering

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The Wii U has not had the easiest of times.

A lot has been said of Nintendo’s Wii U console and now it’s my turn to put in my Two Pence. The Wii U is the follow-up to the highly successful Nintendo Wii console.  The Wii was the highest-selling console of the last generation but the Wii U has been anything but a success thus far.

Sales have not met Nintendo’s expectations to the point where executives have had to take major pay cuts, seemingly every week a major third-party developer voices its reluctance to support the console and, perhaps most importantly, the Wii U is on the verge of being overtaken by both the PS4 and Xbox One. Put simply the Wii U is not in good shape.

Despite being a significantly less powerful console, the Wii’s Wiimote gave it a strong unique selling point. However the Wii U retains the Wii’s flaws but loses its strongest feature.

The Wii has lost its novelty

Similarly to its predecessor, the Wii U is a much less powerful console than its competitors. The original Wii was built around a stand-out novelty feature, the motion-sensing “Wiimote”, which provided something new and unique at the time. This struck gold with a previously non-existent market and Nintendo had big hits with Wii Sports, Wii Fit and etc but the problem with novelty is that it wears off.

Even though more people bought the Wii; gamers spent more time with their Xboxs and Playstations. Once the novelty wore off the Wii just looked like a less capable console with an awkward controller and lesser versions of the most popular games.

Nintendo launched their next-gen console first but they’ve have fallen into the same trap. Wii U ‘s hardware is significantly weaker than the PS4 and Xbox One and again their trump card revolves around a novelty feature. The Wii U’s main gimmick it’s gamepad which is actually doubles up as a touchscreen tablet but it doesn’t offer much difference the way the Wii Remote did.

Without a strong gimmick the Wii U is simply outshone by the technological superiority of the Xbox One and PS4. It’s The Wii U has lost the novelty appeal but maintained all the Wii’s flaws and while the Wii was a hit with the casual market, the Wii U falls short with both the casual and hardcore gamer.

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Wii U has been available for all of 2013 while the PS4 and XB1 was only available in the last couple of months.

The Wii U is a stillborn

The console first came to stores during the Winter 2012, getting a years head-start over its competitors but both the PS4 and Xbox One will overtake in total sales. Even Sega’s failed consoles sold better than this. Some call for Nintendo to “do a Sega” and fall out of the console hardware business all together. Many gamers Nintendo’s sought-after  titles will finally appear on other consoles but this is a nothing much a pipe dream. T

here is no way in Nintendo will become third-party anytime soon. Nintendo are a far bigger company than Sega ever were and they still have a highly successful piece of hardware known as the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo have been making hardware for over 30 years; they’re not just genna stop that all of a sudden.

I can’t see the Wii U being a success but Nintendo won’t being going third-party any time soon. The 3DS still print money.

I can’t see the Wii U being a success but Nintendo won’t being going third-party any time soon. The 3DS still prints money.

No chance in Hell

Saying this, I can’t see the Wii U putting up much of a fight in this generation of consoles. Yes, it’s early days and big games are coming but if Super Mario 3D World failed to make much of an impact I’m not sure if Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros will do much better. Having lost the distinctive edge the Wii had Nintendo needs more third-party support but again they’ve shot themselves in the foot with this one.

A game developed for the Xbox One can easily be ported to the PlayStation 4 because the hardware between those two console are similar. On the other hand, porting a game to the Wii U that was originally made for the Xbox One won’t be as simple because of the Wii U’s much inferior hardware which essentially means having to build another version of the game. This costs developers time and money and when looking at Wii U’s poor sales; developers would start to question whether it’s viable games console to develop games for. It looks like the Wii U may become’s Nintendo biggest console failure ever.

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6 thoughts on “Wii U’s Suffering

  1. I imagine things will pick up for the Wii U in time, but it will probably be a slower and more uphill battle than Nintendo ever intended. Part of this situation is perhaps caused by the fact the company has had two systems to deal with, and they had to focus more on the 3DS to make it the success it is now. (Remember, that system had a difficult time gaining traction for a while as well–at least up until that drastic price cut was made.)
    Mario Kart and Smash will likely be the biggest-hitters for the Wii U; it’s the same games released on every Nintendo system, but they’re what everybody clamors for. The system will end up doing okay, probably similar to Gamecube. Now, whether or not Nintendo will make another home console after this one… Well, who knows what they’ll try. IMO when that time comes, they ought to just make their next handheld and have some basic setup to connect to TVs and throw in some extra wireless controllers. But that’s still a ways away.

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    • I hear you but the difference between the Wii U and the 3DS is competition. The 3DS barely has a competing handheld and the Wii U on the other hand…. I can see the Wii U nearing Gamecube-like sales but its genna get trounced by Sony and MS

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  4. It’s looking pretty rough for Nintendo right now, that’s for certain, 3DS excepted. I definitely agree with you that Nintendo aren’t in a Sega-type situation, they’ve got far more money in the bank than Sega probably ever had. Still, there’s little doubt that they are going to have to make some drastic moves in the next several years. I suspect they’ll hobble through this generation living off the 3DS, but next time round (if they decide to continue in the home console arena) they’ve got some tough lessons to learn and the usual stiff competition.

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