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Submitted by Theyellowflash30 1086d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo Doomed? Hardly, Addressing the Wii U's Sales, Problems, and Future

Playeressence's Furious Francis discusses the Wii U's current place among the PS3 and Xbox 360, the critics, and Nintendo's strategy going forward. (Nintendo, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

chadboban  +   1087d ago
Lots of great points made in this article. Like I've said before, the Wii U will become more desirable once it's library expands and probably once a price cut happens (This will probably depend on how Sony and Microsoft price their next consoles). I know I plan on getting one by the end of the year for sure because I know the games available for it will be much improved compared to the offerings it has right now.

With a Vita price cut apparently right around the corner(if the news from Japan this morning is any indication) I know I'll pick one up as well. I'll get a PS4 too but not at launch though as I've promised myself that I would not buy any system at launch and instead wait for it's library to grow. The wait for the 20th is killing me though. Can't wait to see what Sony shows off. And thinking about whatever Nintendo might be working on(Retro Studios especially) has me very excited. 2013 is gonna be a year to remember and I'm glad to be along for the ride.
dboyc310  +   1086d ago
It will succeed but it won't reach the success the wii reached. It will sell its fare amount of units but it won't be the number one sold console this gen
Fyflin  +   1086d ago
The Wii U will be a totally different console once Mario, Mario Kart and Zelda show up. That's when I'll consider getting one anyway.
solboogie  +   1086d ago
The Wii U is like the black sheep of consoles. The adopted child thats neglected who try's harder and outdoes its siblings.

So tired of the Nintendo's doomed articles day after day! If I didn't know any better I would think the media was trying to form gamers opinion for them? Social engineering, or just repeating what you hear without checking out the facts?
wiium64  +   1086d ago
oh my god, an honest article on the wii u! how did it end up here? oh well, it's so nice to see a fact based article and not some jerry springer bull crap from mike PUKE TER, UH ,PACHTER. the wii u is not doomed, i agree that the wii u has gotten off to a slow start, and just like the article says, wait until the fall, wii u will pick up in sales, and i wonder if PUKER will doom and gloom sony and micro soft if their machines don't sell that well when they come out.. we need more honest and fair articles like this one!! the economy is bad, and there are other factors to consider, big thumbs up to this article for setting things straight!
theWB27  +   1086d ago
It's not doomed...I for one am waiting to see what they do with the likes of Zelda n such...I admittedly will get the next Xbox/PS first though. Nintendo will be ok.
a_adji  +   1086d ago
The Wii U according to actual stats is performing the same as the ps2 did when it was released and is doing better than both the ps3 and 360 in the same time frame of release.
Shadow Flare  +   1086d ago
Can I see those stats please? Not claiming you're wrong, I'd just like to see those figures since you brought them up. I'd gladly accept them if I saw them

It's just I saw figures for January sales of ps3, 360 and WiiU and the sales I saw showed WiiU doing considerably poorer then the other 2 in their respective points in their lifespan. Lest we forget one of them also cost $600 and wasn't released in Europe yet.

January 2013
WiiU - 57,000

January 2007
Xbox 360 - 294,000
PlayStation 3 - 244,000
Nintendo Wii: 436,000
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TongkatAli  +   1086d ago
The Vita sold better then the Wii U in its third month, but yeah, don't say that to these guys.
PopRocks359  +   1086d ago

Uh, no it didn't.

The Wii U sold about 57,000 while the Vita sold around the mid 30,000 area. So no, the Vita did not outsell the Wii U in January. Stop spreading false information while insulting other people who are factually correct.
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Old McGroin  +   1086d ago
@ Shadow Flare

Not exactly a fair comparison when you consider that the 360, PS3 and Wii had been on the market for at least a year by 2007 and had considerably larger selection of games by then compared to their first 3 months on the market, which is the time scale of the Wii U you are comparing them to.
Shadow Flare  +   1086d ago
@Old McGroin

Apart from Xbox 360 which I couldn't find it's 2006 January stats for, it's fair for the ps3 and wii because they released a year after 360 in 2006. So January 2007 is an exact comparison for the wii u. And PS3 cost $600 at that time.


The best official data I could find for xbox 360 2006 was February

February 2006 - 160,000

Found this for January 2006

Xbox 360 - 250,000

So the point still stands that in comparison, the wii u is doing pretty awful.
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Elem187  +   1086d ago
That is what I don't get... The media is really coming down hard on Nintendo, yet the Wii U is still performing better then the PS3/360 launch. There was alot of negativity surrounding the PS3, it was a flop its first 3-4 years of life, but never were the articles like this today towards Nintendo.

The only way one can call the Wii U a flop is in comparison to the original Wii, and that might be a bit unfair as the Wii was a freak of nature in the sales department.

The Wii U will probabaly follow the N64/Gamecube in trajectory. It won't be the number 1 console this gen, but its going to be successful nonetheless, and we will see signs of that as the big titles start arriving this year.
RogueStatus28  +   1086d ago
Just like the 3DS, it will pick up momentum once it hits the fall lineup, Zelda Wind Waker, 3D Mario, and Mario Kart 8. Maybe even Retro Studio's Metroid will make it for fall.
ziggurcat  +   1086d ago
i guess nintendo is the new sony when it comes to doom articles these days...
jacksheen0000  +   1086d ago
I think the problem is most of us gamers have become immune to HD visuals.

So when we play a game on the wii U game our eyes barely even stay glued to the screen unless the GamePlay is incredible.

Now I m not saying this is the case with every Nintendo wii U game,But games like Mario Galaxy will mostly get good ratings /scores if the gameplay is fresh and unique.

Truth is, Mario Galaxy did not produce the HD visual that we all would hoped for, but it did bring something interesting and new gameplay wise.

Part of the reason might be that New play mechanic/engines are not made on a regular basis. So Dev are forced to take in game graphic up a notch to compensate for the lack gameplay ideas.
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Elem187  +   1086d ago
Nintendo has always been centered around pushing gameplay forward, and they will do it with the Wii U.

Nintendo seems more focused on local multiplayer then the other consoles, which is why I always end up with a Nintendo in my home every generation.
jacksheen0000  +   1086d ago
I agree, Nintendo has always been centered around pushing gameplay forward which is great.

But,the problem is they don't have the manpower do it fast enough.

That said, Coming up with new game play idea/control scheme/engines isn't easy.

While pounding ton of graphics on screen is.
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DA_SHREDDER  +   1086d ago
im on my wiiU now and its awesome surfing the net, on youtube, fb, and n4g while playin games. I wouldnt be surprised if i got another one for the kids and bedroom
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delboy  +   1086d ago
Just wait for some great N games to jump in.
Mario Kart sold over 35 millions.
You can argue about N hardware, but not software, nobody comes even close to BIG N when it comes to games.
dirthurts  +   1086d ago
You know, I really like the Wii U.
If it had come out just after the 360 and PS3, I would have been ALL OVER that stuff.
But, I want my consoles to be powerful. Knowing the next consoles are just around the corner, I couldn't invest.
MadMen  +   1086d ago
Nintendo is not doomed, the WiiU is.
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Realplaya  +   1086d ago
Its nice to read the comments and everyone is upbeat. I fee like nintendo is in a good position to do good damage. Mark my words the next new 3d mario game will make people say dang nintendo did this and forget about the first 3 months.
MNGamer-N  +   1086d ago
All I know is that everyone who comes to my house and actually PLAYS the Wii U loves it. When they leave, they tell me "Now, I want to buy a Wii U". I don't have any reason to make this up. This is truth. It is a great system, but needs more great games. The games are coming.
Adolph Fitler  +   1086d ago
There a good system, unlike the overly casual friendly Wii, the Wii-U actually has merit with the controller. I was a hater, but as a gamer 1st & foremost, I gave Wi-U a shot & bought myself & my kids 1 (in other words I bought 2), & Nintendoland is a very fun set of minigames, that show a lot of promise with what can be done with the controller.
The problem is that developers aren't exploiting these great features, but instead are exploiting us consumers by claiming that ports are going to be better, & have these amazing new features afforded due to this unique controller, yet, all they do is throw maps & inventory screens on the damn thing. I mean, if Ninja Gaiden 3 fails to straight up rip off the ninja game from Nintendoland, then I will be gobsmacked, as it would be an awesome addition to break up the gameplay with that Shinobi style FPS/Lightgun/Angry Bird touchscreen thingy that the Nintendoland Ninja game has going on.

I agree MNGamer, you have to play the thing to know, but, you also have to play the right games, & at the moment, there aren't many that are innovating, hell there aren't really any noteworthy games on the system full stop, apart from Zombi-U for me, as I love everything zombie.
And, shonky Sega & Gearbox, claiming that Aliens:CM Wii-U is the definitive versions.....BS Sega & Gearbox, it is the same game, only the dut dut tracker thingy will be on the controller.....big deal, it will still be the same average game, with another map thingy on the controller like ALL the other 6 games Wii-U has that aren't Mario related &/or made by Nintendo.

Nintendo need to get a few more exclusives happening, and a 3D Mario to rival Mario64, as these 2D things aren't cutting it (they may be good for 3DS, but not a console).
The only buy I see for myself on Wii-U's upcoming games is Bayonetta 2, but when is it coming, & will I care anymore if PS4 and/or 720 have arrived, along with GTA5, The Last Of Us, Watch Dogs, etc, etc.
Elem187  +   1086d ago
I think the 2D mario's purpose was to put their mascot on at least 1 game for its launch.... If they would have held back all mario until a 3D mario launches we won't see him until the end of this year.

I don't know why people think video games just fall out of the sky completed. Mario Galaxy didn't release until the Wii's second Christmas, and I think we will see a repeat of that strategy (they did this with the 3DS as well)
wiiulee  +   1086d ago
lol just haters...nintendo just have alot of nongaming haters that only like shooters....but all wiiu needs are the games and nintendo need to get those out quick....and wiiu will have the lead for good to stay...and better advertisement....wiiu is not the psvita or the ps3 or xbox360...wiiu is unique and has alot of possibilities nintendo just need to show disappointed in the way they advertise the wiiu. its not that hard to advertise it right.
Adolph Fitler  +   1086d ago
Hey, Wiiulee, your being a Ninty fanboy, when you sit here & knock the Vita, as the Vita is far more innovative, powerful & a FAR better handheld than anything Nintendo has even dreamed of, & anyone else that has tried there hand in the handheld market. Your just being the exact same hating fanboy, that the Wii-U haters are. You've obviously never even given the Vita a proper go, or chance (if you've even played it at all), so please don't comment, if your gonna act like an ass. The 3DS is a complete joke compared with the Vita, I mean, Vita blows 3DS out of the water for having the 2nd analogue stick for starters, then factor in all the other little added awesomenesses, like the rear touchpad, touchscreen & the damn specs, & you have a system that p!$$es all over Nintendo's attempt to copy Sony's lead with the foray into 3D....I mean, they offer a useless glasses free 3D handheld on there little 2inch screen, yet I hear nothing about the Wii-U being 3D compatable, or offering any future downloadable app to allow it to do so, as I find that important, as both a Wii-U & 3D tv owner. Even the 8yr old 360 offers the feature.
So, please stop talking down Sony & MS for not being innovative, as both have probably been far more innovative than Nintendo have been, ever since there N64 & GC failed to set the world alight in sales.

Nintendo used to be innovative with systems like NES & SNES, as they offered some of the best tech, highest spec, most powerful consoles available for there time, & when they continued that trend with N64, but made stupid decisions in sticking with cartridges, going from making the best controllers to the worst, & in general p!$$ing all over nearly every 3rd party developer & publisher possible. The only thing more ignorant than Nintendo, is it's fanboys that believe without Nintendo, there would be no innovation, & that ALL other console manufacturers copy Nintendo (especially Sony).
Benjaminkno  +   1084d ago
That's because they are copies of Nintendo. They have extremely high tech hardware, but you're missing the point. Sony doesn't really make games so they have to overcompensate on the hardware. Even after the SNES, Sony still implements the same controller, only with analogue sticks. That's the real irony here.

You should be afraid. Sony is going under.

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