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Editorial: No, the Wii U Did Not Have a Bad Launch

GP writer Jordan Haygood discusses why the Wii U's launch actually isn't as bad as some think when comparing analytic data, especially when compared to the first few months sales of last generation consoles.

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1upgamer991347d ago

Wii U is doing great, Now some people who did not want one are now picking them up too, and seeing what it is all about and they are loving it. :) I have a couple of friends who played mine (BOPS2) and then I showed them what it can do on the net. They really like it.

Zodiac1347d ago

It wasn't a fantastic launch like the Wii was, but it wasn't bad either.

Nintendo should have really not made the basic bundle. That is probably a big factor in the sales. The premium is sold out, so why settle for the basic instead of waiting a bit?

Either they should not have made the basic or they should not have made the premium such a better deal for only 50 bucks more.

PopRocks3591347d ago

I wouldn't exactly call the Wii launch "fantastic." The thing was very scarce and the only game on it that was really worth playing was Twilight Princess IMO.

I agree. There isn't much point to the basic bundle when the deluxe comes with quite a lot of goodies (and a free game) for $50 extra.

animegamingnerd1347d ago

yeah they should of included like nintendo land in the basic bundle and honestly the premium bundle is under price in my opinion

ElectricKaibutsu1347d ago

It's weird, in Japan the Premium set doesn't come with Nintendo Land like everywhere else. I wonder which set is selling better there.

MegaLagann1347d ago

It's hard to beat the launch of the Wii, at least in terms of hardware sold. But yes the Wii U's launch wasn't terrible like the 3DS, Vita or PS3.

And yeah I've said it before but Nintendo really needs to discontinue the basic set. Every time I see stacks of Wii U's at Target or Best Buy it's always the basic bundle. For 50 dollars more the deluxe is the better deal.

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EddieNX 1347d ago

@this article - Applause. Someone who was indeed clever enough to say the wiiu has had a GOOD launch compared to last gen consoles , the launch was much better than the average 7th gen console launch.

Basically people keep writing ''why the wiiu had a bad launch'' articles to get hits off of defensive Nintendo fans and Hatefull Sony/MS fans.

It's funny because people keep saying the 360 was selling faster than wiiu.

A - the 360 is competing with the wii which has hit 100M
B- The 360 is about half the price of the wiiu
C- The ps2 outsold the 360 for about a year after it launched.

D- The wiiu sold more than the ps3 and 360 did at their respective launches.

animegamingnerd1347d ago

i honestly i don't understand why people say the wii u failed at launch sure there were problems like the day 1 update and the slow load times but there will is always a problem with new hardware at launch that gets fix later down the line but it sold better then the PS3 and 360 at launch

wishingW3L1347d ago (Edited 1347d ago )

both PS3 (at $600) and Xbox sold better and much more faster at launch. The system is even failing on Japan with the PS3 outselling it every single week and on America is losing to the Xbox. And remember that the Wii U is a new console which only make things worse.

animegamingnerd1347d ago

but keep in mind the economy was much better 7 years ago

PopRocks3591347d ago

@wishingW3L

What? No, your numbers are off. The NPD already reported that the Wii U launch numbers were better than the 360 and PS3 and somewhat beneath the Wii.

"And remember that the Wii U is a new console which only make things worse."

The PS2 was initially outselling the 360 and PS3. Was it worse for those platforms?

SonyNGP1347d ago

"The system is even failing on Japan with the PS3 outselling it every single week"

http://www.neogaf.com/forum...
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Check your facts straight. The PS3 only just outsold the Wii U in Week 2 (Jan 7th - Jan 13th)

BanBrother1347d ago

For people who already owned a PS3 or 360, it was very average. On pen and paper it had one of the best launches for a console ever. Just waiting patiently for Killer Metroid game and Zelda. Monster Hunter as well.

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