Submitted by smiller1 729d ago | opinion piece

Is The Wii U Dead?

VideoGamer: "Not yet, but Nintendo is running out of time to put things right..." (Nintendo, Wii U)

NYC_Gamer  +   729d ago
Wii U isn't dead and its not too late for Nintendo to patch up things software wise
Need4Game  +   729d ago
"running out of time" still means there's still time.
cleft5  +   729d ago
All Nintendo needs to do is bring out some key 1st party titles and they will be fine. We really need to wait until after 2014 before we even have an idea of what the WiiU will do sales wise.
darthv72  +   729d ago
running out of time....i didnt know there was a deadline for nintendo.

We are not in logan's run where one is terminated (wii-u) and one is born (ps4/xb1).
Parapraxis  +   729d ago
Nintendo would be wise to set some serious goals.
Dread  +   729d ago

logans run...

wow great movie. Way ahead of its time.

and your right, but judging by the disagrees nobody understood your point.
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Neonridr  +   729d ago
I think the fall/holiday lineup will pick things up dramatically for the Wii U. A $50 price cut wouldn't hurt things either.
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Garethvk  +   729d ago
As stated, price cut is key as they can get into homes that might not be able to afford or locate one of the new systems. They also must have the new Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country and Zelda titles sell well.
Concertoine  +   729d ago
Jesus, how about we let the upcoming rush of games come, see the christmas sales, then let mario kart and smash bros come out. THEN we'll talk. A system with no games doesnt sell, naturally. A system with as many good games as the wii u's getting within the next few years does sell.

A console from any of the big 3 doesnt die in less than a year, before the other consoles are even out. The wii u is an original, well made system that we've yet to see the best of. In fact the wii u arguably has the best line up of games through 2014, thats why im buying one over a ps4 and getting a ps4 around late 2014.
Dunban67  +   729d ago
You are willing to be patient w the wii u and its game release console because you have not purchase one yet- fair enough- but the people who have purchased a wii u already and other people-entities that are invested in the wii u have already had to be VERY patient - to say lets wait till the end of 2014 to see what the console has to offer is a long time - those of us that own one don t have much choice - either wait or sell it for next to nothing- But the retailers and developers who are part of the industry do not have to be patient and have plenty if pressure from investors to do what is best for their respective business s- So a product not selling taking up space and capital is not going to be given an open ended amount if time - clearly most developers have already taken a "wait and see" approach to wii u- Most of the good 3rd party games being released this fall on wii u were planned many months ago- going forward those same developers and publishers are going to wait going forward-
Concertoine  +   728d ago
Im not saying we have to wait til 2014 to see what it can do, W101, pikmin 3, donkey kong, wind waker HD and the new mario are all out before the year ends.

Im saying wait til 2014 after those games, mario kart and smash bros have come out before we call the wii u "dead". My point being that people calling the wii u "dead" less than a year after it comes out and a week away from a monthly AAA title string leading into 2014, are simply being foolish.
Parapraxis  +   729d ago
People thinking that this holiday season will be a boon for WiiU without a significant price cut are fooling themselves.

Having PS4 and Xbox One on store shelves is only going to make WiiU look like an even less appealing purchase.

Nintendo needs to do something major, and soon.
No_Limit  +   729d ago
The Wii U is not dead.....yet but is very close. Just like the Gamecube, Nintendo's ignorance is what is killing them. They were lucky to strike gold with the Wii due to the casual were eating it up with a new fad known as motion control and Wii Fit and the Wii sold over 100 million units. The Wii U is a totally different story as the Wiimote Fad had already faded and at $350 with little third party support, power just barely more than than current gen, no direction for online gaming, it looks more and more like a Dreamcast 2.0 at this point. A $50 price cut would not be enough, they need to get this sucker to $199 by this holiday to even have a surviving chance. But due to Nintendo's current financial position, I don't think that is an option for another year or so.
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Gamer Muzz  +   728d ago
"they need to get this sucker to $199 by this holiday to even have a surviving chance. But due to Nintendo's current financial position, I don't think that is an option for another year or so."

What about their current financial position leads you to believe that?
Did you know that Nintendo is reporting millions in profits with the Wii U? (look it up) They've shipped 3.61 million units. They turn a profit on the console with every first game sale (At the end of January their attach rate was 3.82.) and starting next week, they have a major exclusive release for every month leading to the holiday season.
Seriously, even IF the Wii U were in real trouble, they would still have the 3DS/DS to fall back on.
In the end, they're making billions!

So, yes, the Wii failed to meet Nintendo's forecast numbers, but the Wii U isn't "dying" either. Nintendo can afford to work on their Bigger and better franchise titles until this holiday season and build the Wii U up. (Just like Sony did with the PS3)

Other notes:
Motion control is a fad?
7 years after Nintendo implemented it with the Wii, and after taking Nintendo's lead and creating Move/Kinect, it's being implemented into The PS4 and X1...and it's a fad? If the next gen lasts another 8 years, motion control will be a 15 year "Fad". LOL
Fads are defined as "temporary". This has surpassed "Fad" status by a long shot. Motion control has become a part of gaming.

"Ignorance" with the gamecube never killed them.
Sure, the gamecube sold less then the xbox/ps2, but it was still good for Nintendo as it turned them a profit. Unlike the original xbox which put MS $5 billion in the hole. This is Gaming industry 101 stuff man.

Do you understand what happened with the dreamcast? There is no parallel to draw between the dreamcast and the Wii U. Completely different stories. Wow.

I'm not sure where you get your info, but it's not entirely accurate. you can't read sales numbers for one console and think it's an accurate depiction of the industry as a whole. there are many more factors to consider.
miyamoto  +   728d ago
Dude the PS2 had Eye Toy motion gaming before the Wii and it was not a fad and continued with the PS Eye for PS3 and now with PS4.
And this has nothing to do with Nintendo nor the Wii.

Where is the Wiimote now?
Gamer Muzz  +   725d ago
Le Stick came out in 1981,
the Power Glove came out in 1989,
And the Dreamcast Fishing controller came out in 1999.
I never said who created Motion control or who used it first. That wasn't my point.

That said, Nintendo was the first company to implement into and make it the propitiatory method of control for their console.
In response, MS and Sony (After saying the would not do so back in 2006) came 4 years late to the party with motion control in an effort to cash in on the Wii's success and then implemented into their consoles for the 8th gen.
As for Sony, You can't tell me that Move (which is now built into the PS4) was not influenced by the Wii remote and Nunchuck. Some things go without saying and this is one of them. I'm not sure why you would say otherwise, but if you do, then you're delusional.
Fact: Move would never had happened this gen if not for the success of the Wii.

Where is the Wii remote now?
Well, it's still connected to the 3rd best selling home game console of all time. (if the Wii sells 2.45 million more consoles it'll become the 2nd overtaking the PS1)
It's also functional with the wii U.
Seems to be a fine controller that has been a grand success.
gaelic_laoch  +   729d ago
More like a Zombie staggering around feeding on dim witted peoples wallets then dead! Don't know which would be better!
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LXFilthyFate  +   729d ago
I honestly think the wii u has been dead for sometime, first of all Nintendo should have waited until they had better games than the ones they launched with. I purchased my wii u with the launch titles, and now it just sits there collecting all the dust in my house! I mean sure they have time to improve with updates and new and better titles! Actually NO, with the superior entertainment system Microsoft is bringing this waiting world known as the "One" Nintendo has NO chance of redeeming itself. It might as well only compete against Microsoft's INFERIOR rival Sony as the Wii U will never be able to compete against the the winner of this generation's console wars, the almighty Xbox One. I have to see all of you online fighting the best fight we will experience thought Microsoft XBox One Home ENTERTAINMENT terminal


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Parapraxis  +   729d ago
Feel the same as you, and with most titles i'm interested not coming out until 2014, i'm upset i even bought one last christmas.
Nintendo has failed to deliver games.

Also, I think PS4 is a much larger threat to the WiiU.
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LXFilthyFate  +   729d ago
I agree ps4 is a much larger threat to the wii u but with Microsoft's very much anticipated Xbox One Home ENTERTAINMENT terminal being released, both Sony and Nintendo will only have the satisfaction of competing within themselves for the fact the Xbox One Home Entertainment Terminal will blow both of those inferior consoles out of the water starting on launch day. The smart ones purchasing the Xbox One on Launch day will have the joyous proviledge and selecting such excellent launch choices as Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, LocoCycle, Ryse: Son of Rome, and the MOST WANTED most should agree with, Killer Instinct.


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Zichu  +   729d ago
If people are willing to buy one if they drop the price, then they should do it and make money from software.

I don't play my Wii U much, but I hope sales do pick up. I'm also looking forward to some of the future titles.
Parapraxis  +   729d ago
The thing is, retailers have been slashing prices on WiiU in the UK and it's barely made any difference.
Along with brand confusion and a poor line up Nintendo need to advertise the crap out of the fact that the WiiU is NOT an add-on, and also take a hit and do a price cut, and sell it as the "budget friendly" console.
wynams  +   729d ago
It was DOA
GordonKnight  +   729d ago
The Wii U is far from dead. Nitendo's tide hasn't even started rolled yet. We really need to wait until 6 moths after Mario Kart U out to tell. Why do people think that Nintendo isn't for hardcore gamers? I believe to be a true Hardcore gamer you have like Nintendo. The real battle is between PS4 & XBONE. A true gamer will buy a system for just 1 game. Can anyone say The last of us?
chrispseuphoria  +   729d ago
The Wii U is not dead, but it's getting very close to being that way. If Super Smash Bros fails to ignite interest, the console is doomed.
LXFilthyFate  +   729d ago
The Wii U has a big opportunity to make a comeback with Smash bros but I believe it should have been released long time ago. It is simply too late. Especially since the highly anticipated Microsoft Xbox One Home Entertainment Terminal thankfully hitting stores only in a few months Wii U will just drift away and only remembered as a overly hyped console. I have high hopes for Smash Bros but unless there a millions and millions of fanboys one high profiled game will not cut it.
Also might I add the almighty Killer Instict is coming out and will bury all fighting games once it is released! As far as the Wii U being dead or not, if it isn't it surely will be soon, when the next gen consoles coming out! I don't know about Sony but FOR A FACT
Microsoft will deliver!


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mysteryraz11  +   729d ago
wii u sucks its a joke of a console
Kydawg  +   729d ago
How many of these same stories have been published?
solidworm  +   729d ago
Dead! No
Dying! Yes.
Dunban67  +   729d ago
Open question:

What market did Nintendo target with the Wii U?

I bought one for my 7 year old Son but due to the huge delays in games that would appeal to kids and adults (like Lego City, Wonderful 101, Pikmin and Rayman) and the fact that he was already getting tired of Mario platformers (due to having played many on his 3DS and Wii recently), The Wii U was not in good position to attract kids or parents wanting to purchase a console for their kids

I do not see the Wii U targeting the hardcore gamer either for many reasons including few games and limited 3rd party support- even the future releases schedule is not as exciting to many hardcore gamers as it could have been w no Metroid, no Galaxy type game and a new Zelda game being as much as 2 years into the future-

I am sure most of the games on the releases schedule will be good and they will sell some Wii U's but it is not nearly as an exciting release schedule as it could have been-

The only group of people I see the Wii U targeting is someone like me who only has an Wii U and Or Wii- so the ports of games like Batman and Darksiders are new to me- but I am a "by product gamer" - that is I play as a by product of my sons interest in games- so that narrows the market down further

I think even most serious Nintendo fans that have no question of their intent to purchase a Wii u have not purchased one yet- they are waiting for games and or a price cut-

so my question is: who did Nintendo target w the Wii U? please back up your answer to some extent w a basis behind it (ex. Nitendo was targeting the ------ market segment and they id so in the following ways)

PS: I can honestly do not know who the were targeting w the Wii U-
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exfatal  +   728d ago
Another day another WIi U doom article, even the titles are starting to overlap each other lol

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