Submitted by silentjay659 283d ago | opinion piece

Wind Waker and the Failing Wii U

Thomas Ferguson of Kaboomshark writes "Oh, Nintendo, what the hell happened to you? There is no doubt that Nintendo’s handheld market is doing well with the 3DS, its Wii U console on the other hand might as well be in a coma for all the good it is doing the company. In the first eleven months of being out the Wii U had only sold 3,667,904 units. The Wii on the other hand sold 13,479,686 units in its first eleven months. Do you know why there is such a big gap between the two? Nintendo has always sold its consoles based on their iconic series of games; Zelda, Mario, Smash Brothers, Metroid. Even though the Wii U had a larger launch lineup than the Wii, thanks largely to games that were out on other systems months before, it did not have that one game that everybody wanted to play." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii U)

rjguess  +   283d ago
So sick of these "failing Wii U" articles!
4logpc  +   283d ago
I'm sick of anyone who can write a blog thinks they understand the gaming industry

a console that just had a 200% increase is far from failing.

If windwaker released and they saw no difference then sure, that's an issue, but Nintendo moved more consoles by releasing an hd remake of a game....far from failing.
Theyellowflash30  +   283d ago
How the hell did a Wii U doom article get approved when sales have been going up?
CaptainN  +   282d ago
Sony & MS fanboys !!!
Dunban67  +   283d ago
Even with a 200% increase, sales are still VERY slow and far below Nintendo s own projections of 9 million Wii u s sold for their fiscal year ending end of March 2014 (that is 9 million for the fiscal year only not total from launch)

So before you start knocking someone who can look behind a headline you may want to slow down a bit- Saying The wii U is doing well now because sales are up is like saying a guy running a race is doing great because he moved up from 20th place to 19th place in a 20 man race when the 18th placed guy just crossed the finish line- The wii U needs to sell a few million consoles this holiday - think they will do it?
4logpc  +   283d ago
If the consoles life span was to be 2 years I'd agree, but this is a 6-8 years cycle...they are far from doomed.

no need to be so aggressive.
Theyellowflash30  +   282d ago
The sales will pick this holiday. Wind Waker is just a start.

If you count Europe, America, and Japan. Heck yeah Wii u is going to sell a few million. The PS4 and Xbox One don't launch in Japan next year.

Nintendo has Japan to itself this holiday season.
BosSSyndrome  +   282d ago
Except the finish line is like 6 years away.
AKR  +   283d ago
Nintendo caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii. What sold the Wii more; Mario Galaxy or Wii Sports? Twilight Princess or Wii Fit?

The "casual crowd" was fascinated by this new "toy" (that's basically all it was to most people) - and so they bought it and played it for a while. The Wii was a fad, a fad which slowly descended after a while.

Now most of that casual crowd has migrated to their smartphones and tablets to play other fads like Angry Birds, Temple Run and Candy Crush.

Don't get me wrong ~ I love the Wii. It was my first console and it's brought me countless hours of fun across a multitude of titles - so I'm not dissing it at all. What I am saying is that most of those millions of sales are from parents who bought a system for their little kids to play "Wii Party" and "Just Dance", moms who wanted to 'get fit' with "Wii Fit", and for those who wanted a really cheap Netflix/Hulu Plus player. That's most of the Wii's owners right there.

Wii U - while still sharing the casual multiplayer fun attributes of the Wii - is still being pushed towards the more "hardcore" ~ or "true gamer" ~ kind of players. This is N's first HD console, so it took a little while to get a feel for the new tech. Now they've seemed to get a grasp, at the fact they've been releasing a major title from since JUNE - and will continue to do so until the end of this year, and flowing into next year.

Wind Waker and Pikmin 3 both perked up sales. That shows that all the systems need is the big-name IPs. Wait until Mario, DK, Smash and MK8 land on the system; those perks will turn into waves.
TripC50  +   282d ago
The doom articles are getting thrown out again only because the Sonic game got railed by many reviews. The real kicker is seeing how well Mario 3D World does in reviews. If those are down then you can expect The doom to explode everywhere. But until then, look for articles that say, "Will Mario Save the Wii U?"

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