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Report Card: Grading the Wii U’s first 12 months

Nintendo’s Wii U turns one year old this month; a happy coincidence considering Microsoft and Sony are both launching their respective next-gen consoles this November.

With these two consoles looming over its head all year long, how has the Wii U fared during its first 12 months? Did Nintendo use their head-start to its full advantage, or was it all just wasted potential?

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wonderfulmonkeyman957d ago

They didn't do very well.
Their advertisement sucked, they didn't have enough big-hitting first party titles, and they allowed AAA third parties to embarrass them by bringing sub-standard ports of old games to the console when what it needed from AAA third parties were new games for core gamers.

2014 is going to be key to Nintendo making the Wii U a success rather than a failure, sales wise.
It's got a 5 year cycle, but it's usually the first two or three that forecast its continuing success or failure, like any other console.

Korde11957d ago

I agree with the bad start for Nintendo. It did suck but, the one thing I do know is that it's not about how you start it's how you finish that counts. Nintendo will come through despite poor forcast.

wonderfulmonkeyman957d ago

Probably, yeah.
At the very least, we know for sure that the Wii U won't be what kills Nintendo. They've got too much money and too many ideas for this to be their last console.XD

yellowgerbil957d ago

They will PULL through, they will not COME through.
Expect 30mil consoles sold lifetime. It will be like Gamecube, a failure by all accounts but with a few pretty good games (metroid MGS-twinsnakes tales of symphonia etc)

Skip_Bayless957d ago

They get a F+ in my gradebook.

wonderfulmonkeyman957d ago

Considering the relative quality of Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101, as well as a few others like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Lego City, I'd say an F+ is a bit harsh.
More like a D. An F+ would be if they left out all of their first-party games until next year and filled the first year with nothing but shovelware from third parties.

N4g_null957d ago

The truth is this was only a headstart. If nintendo waited we would be looking at pikman, monster hunter, w101, nsmbu, zombi u, ray man, nintendo land, all the dlc and the exclusive indie.

Now if sony and ms can catch up quickly before smash, mk8, m3dworld, x, bayo 2, dkctf, sport club, wii fit u all try to push at least 5 million console each given that the casual and hardcore that like nintendo have not bought their consoles yet.

So basicly with out making any thing that would kill new console hype they hover around 4 million sold. While the pipelines are fully loaded to keep 2014 fairly hot.. Nintendo said that this launch was for the hardcore... the pikmin players, the god hand players the celda players, 2014 is the franchises players time with more niche players.

all in all we get more games that hype and promises now while sony and ms figure out how to get a 360 or ps3 gamer to pay for internet as steam os approaches. So far we got pretty pictures but no real games with next gen features that people want so far.

im sure once nintendo pulls ahead from the on sluaght of sweet games the year head start will be used on them, yet the truth is it wont matter this time... this console is hd and the next console gen will be firmly in the 2 tflop range and affordable.

I think ms has 4 years to find its next halo, sony has 4 more years to figure out how to make real games and still support their movie games. If nintendo does merge the 3dsxl with the wiiu then nintendo insures a win at the end of this gen and the gen after wards unless the vita can be redesigned to compete with such an ides... With games and not just specs.

Concertoine957d ago

not an analysis of the system, but the way nintendo handled it

imXify957d ago

So for me
A - Excellent
B - Good
C - Pass
D - Below average
F - The f*ck is that ?

I give it a D. I even wonder if I should wait for Super Smash or trade it in for a PS4 starting tomorrow.

MNGamer-N957d ago

Nintendo is known for slow starts. Way it is. PS4 lineup lacking as well. Who cares... Next gen transitions... not buttah smooth. Games will come, and Nintendo has many heavy hitters waiting to to attack. And Nintendo will get 5% of my total yearly income.

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