Should Nintendo Really Look to New Hardware?

Let's not lie to ourselves here, the Wii U is pretty much drowning and things don't appear to be picking up pace. IGN's Keza Macdonald recently spoke to BBC News, talking about the Wii U's dismal sales and how the next six months are going to be crucial for Nintendo. Macdonald believes that if things don't look up, then Nintendo should look to new hardware, instead of "flogging a dead horse".

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iamnsuperman1842d ago (Edited 1842d ago )

No that would be immensely costly and time consuming which could also damage their reputation. What I think they should do is lower the price to such a point that people don't mind (i.e. not a financial burden) picking it up as their second console. The Wii U has the issue with third parties which is going to/and is putting people off. Dropping the price will do what the Wii ended up like. Being that console you get along with the PS3 or 360 and not instead of it.

The Wii U could easily be that console; which is a highly profitable position to be in and Nintendo can get back to doing what they want to do (making their first party games) without worrying about trying to entice the third parties (who are reluctant to develop for it anyway)

TomShoe1842d ago

No, just get the big-name titles out there sooner and bring out some more IPs.

iamnsuperman1842d ago (Edited 1842d ago )

I think that isn't enough though. They still need to convince those on the fence/those not considering it to buy it (which seems to be a lot of people judging by sales) and Nintendo first party can't change that opinion on its own. Now a price drop would as it isn't such a big ask to pay for the console that doesn't get a huge selection of third party games. They then could bring in what you said.

herbs1842d ago

To even imply this question shows that the writer possesses no grasp of the how the video game industry works.

mochachino1842d ago (Edited 1842d ago )

Only if they plan on giving it away for free to current Wii U owners.

Kidding aside, Nintendo would burn its most loyal followers (current Wii U owners - you have to be to have bought it with no AAA games out yet) if they released new hardware now or within the next 3-4 years.

I do think Wii U will definitely have the tradition 5 year console life span.

jcnba281842d ago (Edited 1842d ago )

lol no

LOL_WUT1842d ago

lol yes this is a no brainer! ;)

jcnba281842d ago (Edited 1842d ago )

Thank god people like you don't run Nintendo lol ;)

PopRocks3591842d ago

If they want to commit financial suicide, sure.

Just produce the Wii U in low amounts and let those who want one get one. If the demand increases then so can the manufacturing. Sell the thing at a profit so as to at least make some money back, similarly to how they handled the N64 and GCN.

If five years time they can think about having new hardware on the scene and hopefully they will reevaluate how to handle its launch.

Blacklash931842d ago

It would be suicide, but I'd wait another year before making such suggestions. This is about the time in the 3DS' lifespan it started turning around, and we've got a good number of promising titles on the horizon. It could be history repeating itself. We'll see.

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