GameStop: Wii U needs blockbuster to spark sales

GS:The Wii U has failed to match the sales pace of its original Wii predecessor for a "variety" of reasons, GameStop CFO Rob Lloyd said today, noting that a lack of major first-party titles is just one of the factors.

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MegaLagann1352d ago

Hmm, maybe a 3D Mario or Mario Kart. Hmm- oh! Maybe Zelda or Smash Brothers! Those could really boast Wii U sales! But damnit, those games are never going to come. Guess Nintendo is doomed....oh wait

Bigkurz851352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

Except that by the time these games come, consumers and 3rd party studios will probably have given up already.

Also, I love that now it's all about a "3D" mario game. Everyone used to just say "Mario game," but since that hasn't saved the Wii U now its "No no, we meant a 3D mario!"

Look, I'm a Nintendo fan. I've had almost all their systems (No Gamecube) and love their first party games. But I just can't get myself to buy a Wii U, and it seems like most gamers agree.

The Wii U is in trouble. Only the most blind don't see it.


The Wii U crowd is starting to sound like the Vita crowd (BTW, i have a Vita and love it). But the argument is the same:

"Just wait for X game, that'll be a blockbuster and the system will start selling like crazy."

Well guess what? Wii U has a Mario game. Wii U has Nintendoland (don't tell me that's irrelevant.. Wii sports single-handedly sold a ton of Wiis). Wii U has major titles like Mass Effect 3 and Arkham City and Black Ops 2. As each new major game comes out, maybe people will see the truth.

The Vita crowd still says "Wait for a BIG game!" Except that Vita has had releases for Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Call of Duty (albeit a poor game), Resistance, Wipeout, Madden, MLB The Show, etc. It's not like the Vita has no games. People just dont want them.

Jobesy1352d ago

Dude! Just wait till Killzone comes out! Lol, just kidding, I have a Vita too and agree.

Trago13371352d ago

it's interesting that you say that, considering Mario Kart sells A LOT.

The Wii U in my opinion is looking a lot like the 3ds when it first started out.

-Lukewarm Launch line up

-Third party games being cancelled for it

-Doom and gloom articles by the dozens

Sound Familiar? And the Wii U's getting a Zelda remake, Mario Kart, 3D Mario game, and a ton of other exclusives, Just like the 3ds did lol.

Once those games come out, the Wii U will do just fine.

Bigkurz851352d ago

Except that none of the marquee games are even remotely close to coming) out and Nintendo has said no wii u price drop

rainslacker1351d ago

I don't think one major game will "save" the system. Systems tend to do better when they offer a wide variety of software. I don't think the Wii U is doomed by any means, but I will admit that it's 3rd party support has me worried about it's long term viability. I like the system itself, but publishers aren't taking much notice. It's not much different than the gamecube days when 3rd party support trailed off, it's just happening sooner with the Wii U.

As far as Vita, mostly what I see is people not saying "wait till X comes out", but rather that "Games are already there", at least of late. Vita is in much the same boat, but has a tougher battle, mostly because of it's mobile market focus. I wouldn't be surprised if the Vita becomes a niche machine, much like the PSP did. There is already a lot of interest in it from JRPG makers. The current catalog is pretty good though, and has a lot to offer. Why people don't want one is subjective, but I think that comes down more to Sony marketing than the actual merits of the system.

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3-4-51352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

exactly...The million + selling Games will be available late 2013 and into 2014.

3D Super Mario U = Easily 2+ million sold

Mario Kart U = 1 Million + sold

Legend of Zelda U - 3-5 Million + sold

LoZ WW HD - 1,000,000 + sold

Super Smash Brothers = 5 Million + sold
- Also will be responsible for over 1 million console sales as well. By itself.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1352d ago

Those games have come 1000 times over.

bullymangLer1352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

and the blockbusterisitie is almost here. this years E3 is gonna be what last years E3 was supposed to for Nintendo . ... .

deafdani1352d ago

What does blockbusterisitie mean? 0_o

bullymangLer1352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

Blockbusterisitie = the past tense of blockbuster. and or the pertaining of blockbusters :/

ElectricKaibutsu1352d ago

Breaking news from Gamespot! People buy consoles to play games!

CouldHaveYelledUiiW1352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

IT'S UNNATURAL! People fiddling with their dual analogues... UNNATURAL!

Video game consoles are meant for Netflix.

"Funny" @ Electric & Deaf

wiiulee1352d ago

lol..what was wiiu suppose to sell 100 million in the first two months..thats maybe gamestop should stop selling ps3's and psvita's then...since thats what haters are saying with this silly article...

HalfNerdHalfAmazing1352d ago

Once pikmin 3 comes out the Wii U gonna start doing better numbers

TheEnigma3131352d ago

I wouldn't really call that a system seller.

Bigkurz851352d ago


Because if a highly rated / "Perhaps the best 2d mario since Super Mario World!" Mario game doesn't sell systems, Pikmin 3 will do the trick!

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