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.
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.
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.
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.