Six months in, is the Wii U dead in the water?

After the surprising mainstream success of the Wii, Nintendo has faltered a bit. Now that it’s been nearly six months since the Wii U launched, let’s take a moment to see how the console has been doing. Nintendo launched the 3DS at a high price in February 2011, and then slashed the price by $80 only six months later. Will its other console suffer the same fate?

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Jadedz1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

Is the water, boiling (joking)?

It's obvious that the Wii U isn't selling at the respected level that Nintendo deems is decent, though they have other gaming platforms earning them profits to alleviate the Wii U's short comings.

Bailing the Wii out during of its software drought (around 2007/08), is amazingly reminiscent of what's currently going on with their successor console. Problem is; Nintendoland isn't the catalyst type of software that Wii Sports was for the original Wii. They (Nintendo) talk about how ''they've embraced online gaming and networking'' this generation, though to the trained eye (metaphorically writing - core gamers), they've completely missed the point.

Why doesn't Nintendoland feature online play?

Why don't announce new theme attractions, via DLC?

They've haven't done everything wrong though, that's why I'm a huge fan of Miiverse (complaint/suggestion box 1.0.1 - lol).

Persistantthug1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

I don't know what Nintendo can do to change its prospects now.

We'll have to see.....But time is ticking.

darthv721962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

some say too quiet but it is their thing to continue to work on the back end of projects while the front end is being satisfied with what is available.

Problem is...there needs to be more front end satisfaction. That is coming soon but to isnt soon enough. I have no doubts there will be a plethora of quality nintendo stables for the wii-u.

That much is a given, it just seems they havent made the move to discontinue the wii while promoting the wii-u as the rightful successor. They dont need to pull all wii material off the shelves. just the core hardware.

All existing games and accessories work with the wii-u. They need to work on eliminating the confusion of the wii and wii-u but at the same time, convince those who are either getting a wii or just recently got one to trade up.

The 3ds was used more for ds games when it first came out but during that time there was back end development of 3ds games. Once those started rolling to stores on a more consistant basis...people who had a 3ds started buying games. those who were in the market for a ds, saw the 3ds as the better choice.

The same thing will happen for wii-u but nintendo has to want to make that happen, it wont just happen on its own.

miyamoto1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

Wii U is the complete "U-turn" of the Wii.

wii u is no ps3 that's fer sure

we you?
wii u is the most dumbest and corny name for a console ever

Kratoscar20081962d ago

People need a flashback to what happened to the PS3 in its firt months and then see it now. WIIU can do the same.

Cam9771962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

But the PS3 wasn't considered "late" by some people. By that they mean compared to the competition, the U is "late" as the hardware is slightly superior to consoles released over 6 years ago.

In this case, gamers want change; thus, the U is more of the same (due to the specs) which probably puts many people off the console, regardless of how great some people may see it to be.

Yes, the controller is unique - but that's all. Popular publishers are dropping support and it's in its infancy - that is a bad sign. Compared to the next Xbox and Ps4 the U pales in comparison graphically-speaking. This is what will put many people off the U.

Moreover, the U's exclusives appeal to the complete opposite audience when compared to the 360 and Ps3's demographic.

That is why it's doing "poorly" right now. There aren't varied exclusives (they're mainly "casual" games) and it arguably arrived too late.

A said before this console is in its infancy; therefore, one cannot make such wild speculation theories this early. I think that we should give it a year or two then analyse whether or not it's "dead in the water" as the title suggests. Despite this, the early signs of success are faint.

Captain Qwark 91962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

um not the same. wii u numbers are abysmal. ps3 werent as good as its competitors but still not horrible

ps3 also was 500-600, had the best hardware of its current competition, and offered a blu ray drive which was jsut beginning to become the dominant form of next gen disc media.

the wii u is slightly more powerful than last gens tech, will be far behind the next ps3/720 and keeps losing 3rd party support every month.

majiebeast1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

Can we really stop trying to compare the PS3/3DS situation to the one that is going on with the WiiU right now.

-For one the PS3 launched at 600$
-It had plenty of third party support
-It launched in 2 regions for the first4-6months
-When the pricecut came in summer of 2007 it sold very well in Europe. Amazon Germany/Asda UK have the basic model at 200 Euro and it still isnt passing the 360/ps3 on their sites. Nintendo shipped 370.000 consoles worldwide in Q1 2013(January-March 31).
-The PS3 showed things that couldnt be done on the PS2. The wiiU doesnt have a game out right now, that even comes close to Uncharted 2 or Godofwar 3.
-PS3 came in last on the market. Nintendo has a whole year headstart and so far, it seems like they wasted it.
-PS3 had bluray and it was cheaper, then any consumer bluray player on the market.

As it looks right now the WiiU situation is alot more grim then 3DS or PS3 ever was.

NYC_Gamer1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

PS3 launched at 600 dollars with limited software and sold more units monthly over the cheaper WiiU..Its time that Nintendo fans stop making excuses by trying to compare WiiU launch to the more expensive 360/PS3 launches 7-8 years ago.

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LOL_WUT1962d ago

Pretty much. 3rd party support is lacking and 1st party games are are still not available. ;)

NYC_Gamer1962d ago (Edited 1962d ago )

Wii U is in a tough spot because its lacking software

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