Six Reasons the WiiU is Struggling

Forbes- News broke yesterday that Nintendo is revising its projections for the WiiU downward as the console isn’t living up to sales expectations. Nintendo originally forecasted 5.5M WiiU sales through March, but has now cut that number to 4M. Software sales predictions have also been trimmed back by at least a third as well.

What’s the problem here? On the surface, it would seem that Nintendo had a whole holiday season to themselves with no other new consoles on the market to compete with.

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morkendo232115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

6 reason the wii-U struggling games games games games games games worth buying outside of Mario,Zelda,Metroid.

xursz2115d ago

I'll give you one reason:

Price. 350$ isn't worth it for a slightly advanced xbox360.

Donnieboi2115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

Don't forget number 7: Iwata is still prez

user39158002115d ago

I wonder where is the kingofwiiu? Anyways the console is strugling cause people are not buying the product as expected, end of story.

1upgamer992114d ago

3 million plus units sold in 2 months, yeah I guess its not selling. It is selling more than PS3/360 did in that time frame. Look it up yourself. Also it has a 3.8 attachment rate. These doom articles should post sales from other consoles at launch. Hell PS3 sold awful until 4 years ago.

ZoidsRaven2115d ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Wii U over 3 million now?

Could be wrong. 7_7

RTheRebel2115d ago

moron journalists and annoying fanboys lol
we will see the true sales when big guns are out =)

xursz2115d ago

You're almost right. Nintendo reported 3 million shipped which isn't deceiteful on their part but it means a good chunk are sitting on store shelves at the moment.

PS3 pulled similar numbers in the same time frame but circumstances were a little different. For example the hardware was much more expensive at the time than the WiiU is now so it costed 200$ more on release. Stock also did not meet demand in PS3's case, which isn't the case with WiiU; it's quite the opposite. You can look it up and see reports of 60 pre order customers having to fight over 10 PS3s when it launched.

So 3million may seem like a large number but in terms of popularity and market share it's undeniably low.

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ZoidsRaven2114d ago (Edited 2114d ago )

I will need a link to where it says that those were shipped numbers and not numbers sold.
It's not that I'm skeptical (or that I don't believe you), but we'll need more information before that can be continued.

Couldn't one make the excuse that the PS3 was in a better economy than the Wii U is in now? Couldn't one make the excuse that the Wii U was low in stock and that a lot of people who wanted one couldn't get one (I'm sure you remember)? Using those examples, the Wii U could be in an even better position then it is now. Some have argued before that the PS3 would have outsold the XBox360 if it wasn't for all of the people who had to buy their XBox360 again because of the RROD, but how could that be the case if (as you stated) the PS3's hardware was much more expensive at the time? It's not about how it could have sold, it's about how it sold.

Ending: Why are so many people bringing the PS3 into this? It's not under attack guys.....
Fin. 7_7

AWBrawler2114d ago

I done told you about coming to N4G and making sound logical sense! They can't handle that! Do I gotta take my belt off?

TruthbeTold2115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

This crap is getting pathetic.

20 articles like this one, and one even claiming that Sony is planning their latest reveals around Nintendo's announcements, as though somehow, the perceived failures of Nintendo has Sony swooping in and snatching up all of the 'poor abused Nintendo fans who are waiting for a savior'. (Which apparently is a machine that can only cost significantly more than the Wii U if the silly rumored specs are to be believed.)

It's the choir, preaching to the choir.
Problem is, choirs don't preach well. They're just good at singing praises about what they believe in.
They should stick to that. Because this crap is Pathetic.

jacksheen00002115d ago

Six Reasons the WiiU is Struggling

No games, No games, No games, No games, No games, No games

PopRocks3592115d ago

Go watch the last Nintendo Direct.

jacksheen00002115d ago

I did get a chance to watch Nintendo Direct video and I wasn't excited.

Yoshi was OK, the remake of Zelda WW was ok, and as for the rest of the game that was shown was Ok except for Bayonetta 2,brand new game from the makers of Xenoblade, and the announcement of smash bro.

I could be wrong so I'll wait until e3 2013.

Plagasx2115d ago

I could have predicted that easily.

More Mario, More Zelda, a new Yoshi game and Smash Bros...

Nothing new. No exclusives from big third parties. They're gonna need more than that to even be considered apart of the next gen.

PopRocks3592115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

The argument was the Wii U has no games. You can't pick and choose based on franchise. If you don't like those games, fine. But the argument that the Wii U has no games coming simply doesn't fly, especially when they're established and successful franchises.


"Nothing new. No exclusives from big third parties."

What the hell are Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem and Aliens?

Nicaragua2115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

"What the hell are Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem and Aliens?"

Those are all games that are not out yet or dont even have confirmed release dates.

I own a WiiU, I want to buy games for it, but there are none - and it looks like its going to be at least 3-5 months before any decent new titles see the light of day.

deafdani2114d ago

Aliens isn't Wii U exclusive, bro.

Bayonetta 2, Rayman Legends, Lego City Undercover, Zombi U and Wonderful 101 are exclusive third party games for the Wii U.

N4g_null2114d ago

Remember games that are not out yet.... When the ps4 launches the big games will not be out yet. There are only promises... Which is the true reason why the ps3 did not sell well.

The ps3 did not get its great games till about two to 3 years into its life.

It's all about the games though. Power wise they all will be similar. Some bragging rights over 10-20% differences and the rest is just marketing.

What I'm curious about is how these third parties are going to stay afloat making mediocre games.

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Steelmanner2115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

Look up WiiU Games that are out now, and that are coming in the next 2 months, Prepare for awesome gaming.

Fierce Musashi2115d ago (Edited 2115d ago )

Ah, "no games". That sounds familiar, doesn't it? I remember not too long ago of such being said about the 3DS..... Also can not forget about this legendary saying on the Playstation 3 either. And now....... ROFLMFAO

Laughter aside. For the sake of the argument, let's say that's true. If time has taught us a damn thing about launches, it's that the games will come out for the platform down the road, whether you like them or not, some faster than others even.

*And for christ sake, it's only been 2 months. And to be honest, it's doing a lot better than some would think, if you consider the circumstances that is. I know a lot won't, cause the actually WANT it to flop.

jmc88882115d ago

Typical Forbes idiocy by saying their competitors will release consoles that blow it out of the water.

A GTX 560ti equivalent (equivalent to the rumored downclocked and partially stripped ATI 7850) doesn't blow the Wii U out of the water.

It's 1/4th or less of the power that was needed to run the Samaritan and Watch Dogs demos, ~ 1/10th the power of the 2 GTX 690's, and probably ~1/15th the power of what the GTX 7 series will put out when they arrive BEFORE the 720/PS4 come out.

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