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Nintendo Wii U: Why the Console Isn't Selling

IBTimes UK - "Again, it's a case of big numbers on paper actually meaning low sales in reality. When you consider that 20 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store in 2012, more than one billion people now have Facebook accounts, and in March 2012, Apple was able to sell 3 million iPads in 3 days, it's easy to believe that an exploitable market exists for apps, social networking and tablet-based gaming. But the point that Nintendo seems to be missing with its reheated Wii U is that large figures like these don't necessarily mean people want these things - they mean people already have these things."

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iamnsuperman1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

I say (from a mass market perspective):

1. Name and marketing. Wii U sounds and has been advertised as if it is an add on for the Wii. Bad idea

2. The controller. It is in direct competition with tablets now (from a mass market perspective) and these consumers would rather have a fully fledged tablet than an extremely limiting one. I personally do not see this controller as a killer app which is how it has been advertised.

3. Games. The big sellers are coming but not out yet. Interesting to know when as no release dates have been given

4.The port problem. A lot of third parties are just straight ports from last gen consoles (that is right I called the PS3 and 360 last gen as we should be now with the PS4 and next xbox on the horizon) which a huge amount of people already own. You could link that with the poor third party sales on the Wii U as they just bought the 360 or PS3 version

5. The port problem brings nicely into the next generation problem. A lot of consumers are waiting and seeing what the other two are doing before jumping into one of the camps especially when these consumers have achievements and account specific content already tying them down. EA, recently, hasn't exactly said anything nice to help Nintendo.

dedicatedtogamers1272d ago

I think the name backfired on Nintendo. They likely thought "hey, we can cram Wii into the name and all our previous Wii owners will buy it". But as we saw at the WiiU's E3 reveal, a lot of people were confused if it was actually a new system or just a new tablet controller.

The other problem is Nintendo's focus. With the Wii, Nintendo was so amped up to change gaming, to revolutionize the livingroom, to include everyone in gaming, to make gaming fun again. With the WiiU, there is none of that passion. They're just like "here is a console, with a tablet! Cool, huh? Buy it, please".

lilbroRx1271d ago

Huh? But the console is selling. it sold 3 million in less than 2 months. How many other consoles did that?

If that is not selling, then what is?

I do not understand this news.

G-cis1272d ago

i think because its very similar to wii
from the looks,the name,and many other things bar the controller

thats make people think it;s just an overpriced wii with a tablet controllet

KrisButtar1272d ago

Those are some solid reasons(bubble up) I would like to add the price as I have some friends waiting for the price drop to happen like it did with the 3DS before they buy.

MasterCornholio1272d ago

They could have just called it a Wii 2 and everyone would be able to tell just by the name that its a new console.

ElectricKaibutsu1272d ago

Wii 2 sounds like a good name to me. As long as they don't use Roman numerals.

Gothdom1272d ago

lol, Wii II, or the "weehee"

metroid321271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

This is rubbish talk everyone i know nows its a new console and plan to get one.

WiiU is genius.
Wii2 is boring and un original.

Old McGroin1271d ago

The guys commenting in the article itself are saying that the Wii U is selling better than the PS3 and 360 did when they first launched, is this true? If so, why are people saying the Wii U isn't doing well?

Fierce Musashi1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Well, that's because there are people out there who actually want it to fail, whether they'll admit it or not. So much even, that facts such as that will only skip their ass. (^-^ )

Hicken1271d ago

It IS doing better than the PS3 and 360 did at the same time. Or was.

I don't know whether Nintendo's like Sony, where they have a range, and the Wii U is selling at the lower end of the range, but it seems that, according to Nintendo, the system isn't selling as they'd hoped.

And then there's the comparison to the Wii. I don't think it's doing as well compared to its predecessor, which isn't all that fair.

danny8181271d ago

Nintendo is stupid. At e3 people were confused about it being an add on. And ten they had te bright idea of calling it WiiU.

lfclee1271d ago

You will not notice the difference according too leaked spec's here !
Name Wii U neXtBox PS4 or "Omni"
Project Cafe Durango Orbis
CPU
PowerPC Type 750
3 cores @ 1.25GHz
For reference:
Wii - 1 core @ 729MHz 750CL
GC - 1 core @ 485MHz 750CXe
So WiiU = same architecture, but faster with three times the cores.
AMD APU Fusion "Jaguar CPU"
8 cores @ 1.6GHz
x64 base
This is technically a "cluster" of two 4-core CPUs. Each quad-core cluster will contain:
32x32 L1 cache
2MB L2 cache
AMD APU Fusion "Jaguar CPU"
8 cores @ 1.6GHz
x64 base
This is technically a "cluster" of two 4-core CPUs. Each quad-core cluster will contain:
32x32 L1 cache
2MB L2 cache
GPU
550MHz AMD HD series
~RV770 OR HD6770 OR E6760
800MHz AMD HD series
4 x "Move Engines" (rumored to assist with moving data)
"Southern Island" tech in APU
~HD7XXXM processor
800MHz AMD HD series
"Southern Island" tech in APU
~HD7XXXM processor
Memory
2GB RAM(DDR3 - 17GB/s)
(1GB for OS)
32MB eDRAM (on GPU)
8GB RAM (DDR3 - 68GB/s)
(1GB to 3GB for OS/Kinect)
32MB eSRAM (on GPU)
4GB RAM (GDDR5 - ~192GB/s)
(512MB to 1GB for OS)
Storage
Int. 8GB / 32GB Flash
Ext. USB2 HDD (<2TB)
SD Card (just for BC)
XXXGB HDD (SATA2.0)
500GB HDD
OS Custom Nintendo UI
App integration
MiiVerse
Nintendo Network 
Nintendo TVii
Video/Voice/text chat w/ gamepad Windows 8 core
App integration
Live
Video/Voice/text chat w/ Kinect2/phone/tablets/kb Custo m Sony UI
App integration
PSN
Video/Voice/text chat w/ eye/phone/tablets/kb
Media
Proprietary 25GB Disc
Wii Discs
Bluray
Bluray
Display (games)
up to 1080p
Various connectors up to 1080p
Various connectors up to 1080p
Various connectors
Controllers 2 Gamepad controllers
4 Pro controllers
4 Wiimotes and all Wii accessories Variant of 360 controller
Kinect 2.0
SmartGlass Variants of Dual Shock and Move
Integration with tablets/phones?
Other 4 USB 2.0
Fully b/c with Wii
Wi-Fi (802.11n)
USB
B/C with 360
Wi-Fi (802.11n)
USB
B/C with PS3
Wi-Fi (802.11n)
Launch NA: Nov 18th, 2012
EU/AU: Nov 30th, 2012
JP: Dec 8, 2012 Q4 2013?

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LOGICWINS1272d ago

"...Apple was able to sell 3 million iPads in 3 days, it's easy to believe that an exploitable market exists for apps, social networking and tablet-based gaming. But the point that Nintendo seems to be missing with its reheated Wii U is that large figures like these don't necessarily mean people want these things - they mean people already have these things."

Well said! Nintendo wants the Apple crowd, not realizing that they never had a ghost of a chance to get them.

StrongMan1272d ago

Because lightning don't strike twice. The gimmick didn't catch on this time.

G-cis1272d ago

actually ,it strike thrice

DS,wii,3DS lmao

360ICE1272d ago

PS1, PS2 at least.
Both outsold their competition.

Also, every Nintendo handheld ever, except Game Boy Micro.

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RAMHAMMERSPAMMER1272d ago

omg!!!!!! ive never seen so many negative article more than wii u? wtf!? N4G is not a good place for people to mouth off about things like this. what about having fun and not bashing 90% of the times omg!! its getting real stupid now.u give people a voice and this what they do...make a hundread million post about things they dont like who cares really? grab ur pacifiers and go cry to ur mommy about it for christ sake,dont come on here expecting people to support ur crying.

Ck1x1272d ago

Not to mention that what the article states in the headline wasn't exactly said on twitter by the EA representative. This has happened way to many times now here on n4g,, so this is no surprise actually!

Thatguy-3101272d ago

Thought I don't like Nintendo I would have to agree lol these past few days it has all been doom and gloom for the wii u. But not surprised though. Most new consoles go through this.

Karpetburnz1272d ago

The same thing happened to the PS3, Infact It may have been worse, Now look at it, Its doing really well. I think the Wii U will see an Increase in sales when the price lowers and better games are released (which their are better games on the way)

perfectCarbonara1272d ago

The problem with that is by then actual next gen consoles will have come out in the form of 720 and PS4. Fully supported by the likes of EA and Ubisoft.

Then who's gonna look at a Wii U ? not Mii, how bout U ?

mcstorm1272d ago

@RAMHAMMERSPAMMER its like anything that come out. We had it with Android when it 1st came out and now its around about Windows Phone. It was the same with Android tablets and its now being said about Windows 8.

People just like to jump over anything and don't look at the bigger picture. What people do see is the products that are selling the most are the ones who are picked up by the masses and not from a technical point of view. Look at HD TV's or Bluray. They had a slow start and are now becoming the norm. It was the same with MP3 players I had an MP3 player back in 1999 I think it was and it was a Diamond Multimedia Rio PMP300 and everyone told me it would never take off then a few years later everyone wanted an MP3 player in the IPod.

The WiiU has sold 3 million consoles in 3ish months and I don't think that is a bad number as it the 1st of the next gen and everyone is still enjoying there Wii, PS3 and 360 and waiting to see what the other two do before moving to there next console as there are still big name games Like COD, NFS ect still being made for the other consoles.

I have said since the beginning that I think next gen will not have a run away console as I see them all being more or less the same in terms of what they offer and they will be around about the same price to. It will be bought on who has what games that people want to play.

Also Nintendo has not had any of its big hitting names on the WiiU yet and the PS3 was the same when it came out once the Big names land sales will get higher to.

clyde san1272d ago

"Also Nintendo has not had any of its big hitting names on the WiiU yet"

That's not true. There biggest hitting name Mario is on there. And it's a dam good Mario game too. And 2d Mario's sell a lot more than 3d ones. Whatever new super Mario bros u sells dont expect the 3d mario to sell more.

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