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Submitted by insertcoin 1072d ago | opinion piece

GR Showdown: Is The Wii U's Future In Trouble?

"With Wii U software sales dropping and the inception of Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen console, is the future Nintendo's Wii U already in jeopardy?"

~ Game Revolution Staff (Wii U)

Bumpmapping  +   1072d ago
Too early to say but losing alot 3rd party support is not a good thing.Hopefully Nintendo can get the momentum back in there favor E3 and a price drop.
classic200  +   1072d ago
I think it will sell but it will not be a wii in sales, once you lose third party history shows you either become a gamecube or a N64. In this case with the wiiu will be bought by the core nintendo gamers but core gamers in general are going to be turned off by lack of third party games and many of these gamers don't care about traditional nintendo exclusives. The casuals will go microsoft or even sony if sony can put up a fight in that department but casuals are not loyal and if microsoft better come with those foteleza glasses because no casual gamer is going to run out for kinect 2.0 on another xbox.

Casuals are never loyal to anything except the next Ipad or Iphone.
blue_flowers  +   1072d ago
a price drop is unlikely, i think itll have a better outing than the gamecube but definitely not as good as the wii. itll be fine once the first party games roll in.
boldstarr  +   1072d ago
Make a mario game and you're good to go
knifefight  +   1072d ago
Once the Wii-U software gets rolling, I think things will stabilize. Maybe. Probably.
alexcosborn  +   1072d ago
PeaSFor  +   1072d ago
hopefully, as soon they get a Zelda/Metroid, it will be the time to get the console.
AKR  +   1072d ago
My goodness. The console is in it's infancy - a THREE MONTH infancy. Give it some time to mature, then worry.

It already has a goid lineup for this year. Next month brings the first three awesome titles:

Need for Speed Most Wanted U
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Give the Wii U some time. Devs are in the prime of the 360 and PS3's life , and are still trying to learn the U's hardware. Remember how 3DS did a complete 180? It CAN happen on the Wii U as well.

Only time will tell, so just sit back and wait.
MasterCornholio  +   1072d ago
The 3DS did a 180 with sales because Nintendo severely dropped the price and they had Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D land and MonsterHunter Tri G during the holidays.

I honestly dont think that Nintendo will severely drop the price before the holidays, but they could get a good line up. But like i said the problem with all this is that the PS4 and the 720 will be 2 hot new products on the market which is why Nintendo really needs an amazing line up otherwise they wont be able to sell many Wii Us.
delboy  +   1072d ago
A 300$-350$ WiiU vs 500$ ps4 or next box?
I think WiiU will do great.
dbjj12088  +   1072d ago
Well we know it'll at least stick around for another year or so. I think the Wii U is fine, even if it is underperforming.
Old McGroin  +   1072d ago
It may be under performing but that is only compared to the original Wii which was a phenomenon and one of the best selling consoles ever. At the 3 month mark the PS3 and 360 were also under performing when compared to the original Wii's sales figures and I would guess both the PS4 and Nextbox will also under perform when compared to the original Wii.

I think people need to move away from comparing sales to the Wii, it's getting old.
Theyellowflash30  +   1072d ago
Wii U software sales dropping? Wheres the data to prove that? The sales of software are pretty good, and users are purchasing games off the WIi U eShop.
lilbroRx  +   1072d ago
Another things is that there hasn't been much software related retail in the past few month.

Its a natural dropped ie. no games to buy, not a preferential drop,ie because people aren't interested.

The Wii U needs only software. Monster Hunter 3 and Lego Undercover come out this month. I guarantee that there will be a huge spike in sells at the end of the month as well.
badkolo  +   1072d ago
it will pick up a little after e3 cause of the new games but unlike last gen, once the ps4 and new xbox arrive, the wii U is completely dead and will be out of the game early this gen. expect nin to make a new console in a few years and this time it wont be years behind before it hits the shelves, either that or nin will be out of the console business in the next few years, NO one id discussing the wii u anymore, its already dead
lilbroRx  +   1072d ago
Bollocks. Complete rubbish. The reason no one is discussing it right now is because there is nothing to discuss. Only one game came out retail in the last 2 months and it was a terrible PS3/360 port that didn't even get a hard copy.

When games like Monster Hunter 3G Ultimate HD, Wonderful 101, Monoliths X, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Bayonetta 2 drop, there will be something to discuss and people will start picking up more consoles.

The rhetoric you are using is that of Nintendo haters and trolls. The thing I hear from actual normal, unbiased people is that they are waiting for "insert game" to come out before they get one.

They do want a Wii U, just not right now, and the PS4/720 aren't going to change it. When the games come, so will they.
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insomnium2  +   1072d ago
It seems that Nintendo wasn't able to get soccer moms onboard the Wii U as I feared. There was no way to strike gold 2 times in a row like that by chance.

The only way I see Wii U taking off is if Nintendo drops the price by 100 dollars and puts out a BIG marketting campaigne. Then again that might still not be able to get soccer moms on board (ie good long term sales). The price drop would have to happen like right NOW since Wii U will be seen as not the newest hot stuff out there very soon. Soccer moms are a ruthless bunch. They got lucky with Wii and now they fell flat on their faces unless they do something drastic RIGHT NOW.
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Theyellowflash30  +   1072d ago
They need to release games. Not drop the price and rely on soccer moms.
DivineAssault  +   1072d ago
Price drop & great 1st party saved the 3ds.. Same can happen here but theres one MAJOR ingredient theyll be missing.. Casuals.. Without them, its gonna be a fan owned system ONLY.. Prolly selling somewhere in-between N64 & gamecube..
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lilbroRx  +   1072d ago
Price drop alone is all that raised 3DS sells.

I know a lot of people with a 3DS but most of them have few to no first party games. I bought the 3DS but it wasn't for the first party titles either.

It was strictly for the third party which is strong on the 3DS. First thing I got was Resident Evil Revelations and Ghost Recon, then later Code of Princess and Harvest Moon. I will eventually get Fire Emblem though when it stops selling out everywhere and I can actually find a copy.

Nintendo never "targeted" a casual or any singular audience. That is just something Nintendo haters, like yourself, conjured up to dismiss their success and sales numbers. Nintendo targets "everyone" always has with the exception of the Wii U. They intentionally targeted primarily core gamers with the Wii U.

Your insistence that they are "missing" casuals is a fallacy, because they were never trying to get them.
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GABRIEL1030  +   1072d ago
Nintendo have a great number of fans, only should reduce the price of Wii U until 249 and release Zelda and Metroid, simple.
SDF Repellent  +   1072d ago
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kingPoS  +   1072d ago
You know what I've noticed about Nintendo. Every since the SNES, Nintendo
has gradually made themselves more reliant on their own first party support.

How did Nintendo's situation with 3rd parties end up this way?
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