The author wonders if the upswing in Wii U sales is due more to a general "meh" attitude concerning the competition.
Or more likely the difference occurred because June 2014 saw a Nintendo game being released. While in June 2013 did not. I can't find the Wii U numbers for May but it saw a boost as well due to Mario Kart. It is still unknown if Mario Kart bump is merely a bump or legs( July and August figures will tell you that)
Agreed. I personally love my ps4 and my wiiu. Also how can he say the ps4 is disappointing it is the fastest selling console.
Because it's been hyped to be the best answer to those who buy consoles.
what good are sales if the majority of the library i can play on my ps3? its all hype right now and people bought into it and are still awaiting greatness
Ya the title is confusing. Nothing against Nintendo.
Something that's popular can be the MOST disappointing. Like GTA V was. That said i can't say whether or not the ps4 is disappointing seeing as i don't own one. I usually wait a year to buy a new console.
Not because it is fast selling does mean it is the best console to play on right now.. dont get me wrong i have a wiiU and the drought of games for PS4/XB1 right now makes me leaning towards wiiU for a while, mario kart, shovel knight makes me busy for a month now.
Just because something is popular doesn't mean its good. Look at Hiter, he is pretty popular. The best console to play on now is one that has a bunch of games like the PS3, Wii or any other console not released last last year.
seriously?? anything to make the Wii U looks good, ha? no offense against the Wii U but it finally have games and long running ones like Mario and Mario Kart at that. of course sales will rise. the real issue is, can they sustain the momentum? as you can see, even with MK8, it's still in 3rd place as far as June's NPD is concerned and that's not looking very good.
Wii U just released what will no doubt be one of their top 5 best selling games of its lifetime a month ago. The idea that increased sales is an indication of people being disappointed with the other systems is completely idiotic logic, especially in lieu of Wii U still getting outsold by both Ps4 and Xbone by quite a wide margin (if NPD is any indication). You fanboys claiming that Ps4 is only selling based on hype sound incredibly desperate to convince yourselves that Wii U is better than the Ps4. If that were the case, where's the "hype sales" for Wii u? Why isn't Wii U getting hype if it's sooooo great?
I got ps4 day one and xb1 and wii u, i play my wii more and my 360 non stop. My new systems are dust collectors atm.
The Wii was also a fast selling console. It still ended up collecting dust in most people's homes.
Because the mainstream sheep follow what the media labels as cool. All three consoles are great and bring something to the table.
Also last gen went on way too long. People wanted to upgrade so bad. Pc was making console look bad fore awhile there.
As a PS3 owner since launch and as a former PS2 owner from 2002, I am disappointed with the PS4. I currently have no plans to buy a WiiU, but if I were to have the urge in the next 6 months to buy a console, it would most certainly be the WiiU. PS4 sales are coming from former Xbox 360 owners, young people who are 14-20 years of age, some of the hardest of core Sony fans and possibly some former Wii owners. My prediction is that sales will drop off significantly after this Christmas. Most existing PS3 owners will be able to recognize that these new generation consoles have no value, with the exception being the WiiU. The main thing holding the WiiU back is the lack of 3rd party content, which is a major blow to that console. I'm hopeful that Nintendo can recover, but I'm also skeptical. The hype is mainly coming from the young fans who have no perspective and haven't been around gaming for very long, and really don't understand what gaming was like in the past. It's coming from people who can't imagine a world without Facebook, iPads, iPhones, Twitter and Instagram.
You guys are hilarious. 1) because you don't like something it is disappointing to everybody. 2) you don't see a reason to buy something there isn't a reason besides hype 3) anybody that doesn't agree with my opinion is a sheep
@ iamsuperman or!!! surged happen simply because gamer fed up with FPS open world games . looking for something NEW, fresh to play . open world games only last for so long before becoming boring . like i was after COD2 and realized every developer using same format , became clones of C.O.D i don't blame gamers switching over to wii-U .
I think a lot of people will be thinking along same lines as me. The Wii U is an ideal secondary console now that it has enough really good exclusives to make it worth it. Oh, and theres only so long you can go without a good dose of Zelda in your life :)
i am glad wiiu is doing better. Its an awesome console which is hated by many for not legit reason. I think a wiiu is worth the price just to play nintendo's 1st party games in HD People blame ps4/xbox one yet overlook the fact that wiiu wasn't supported at all after launch for a year also people who bought ps4/xbox one got games early and often but they expect the biggest blockbusters from day one. I guess its their first console they bought, because if you been gaming for 20 plus years, you know when you buy consoles at launch the support won't be there but both ms and sony did good job of supporting them early and i believe ps4/xbox one are the first consoles to ever get this much support within first year, here is the list of games that came out and some which are gonna come out this fall: killzone shadow fall knack ryse dead rising infamous second son titanfall watch dogs wolfenstein AC:blackflag NBA 2k14 Madden Strider Need for speed rivals super time force planet vs zombies garden warfare rayman legends Tomb Raider FF XIV Transistor Resogun Don't starve Outlast towerfall ascension Games which are yet to come out: TLOU HD Halo collection GTA HD AC:Unity Farcry 4 The crew Drive Club Forza Horizon Project cars Destiny Sunset overdrive NBA 2k Madden WWE LBP3 oddworld new'n'tasty rogue legacy diablo 3 ultimate evil edition metro redux infamous first light Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate guilty gear XRD sign Shadow Warrior alien isolation middle earth Skylanders Trap Team lego batman 3 evolve the evil within samurai warrior 4 so please do show me one console in last 20 years which got this much sup[port within first 12 months of launch. People are saying 2015 is the real start of next gen, i get where they are coming from. But to say 2014 doesn't have game is just being ignorant there are more than enough games coming and a diverse collection at that.
I just want to take your list and point out why this generation fails in every way so far: killzone Shadow Fall knack Ryse Dead Rising 3 Infamous Second Son Titanfall -----> Available on Xbox 360 Watch Dogs -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 wolfenstein -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 AC:blackflag -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 NBA 2k14 -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Madden -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Strider -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Need for Speed Rivals -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Super Time Force -----> Available on Xbox 360 Planet vs Zombies Garden Warfare -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Rayman Legends Tomb Raider ---------> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 FF XIV -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Transistor Resogun Don't Starve Outlast Towerfall Ascension Games which are yet to come out: TLOU HD -----> Available on PS3 Halo Collection -----> Available on Xbox 360 GTA HD -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 AC:Unity Farcry 4 -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 The Crew Drive Club Forza Horizon -----> Available on Xbox 360 Project Cars Destiny -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Sunset Overdrive NBA 2k -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Madden -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 WWE -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 LBP3 -----> Available on PS3 Oddworld New'n'Tasty -----> Available on PS3 Rogue Legacy -----> Available on PS3 Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Metro Redux -----> Available on PS3(Last Light Only)/Xbox 360 Infamous First Light Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Guilty Gear XRD Sign -----> Available on PS3 Shadow Warrior Alien Isolation -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Skylanders Trap Team -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Lego Batman 3 -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Evolve The Evil Within -----> Available on PS3/Xbox 360 Samurai Warrior 4 -----> Available on PS3 People hyping the next gen consoles really are trying their hardest to justify their purchases. But, when you look at the list above, it becomes pretty hard to justify, especially when you're paying a subscription to play online on PS4, while it isn't necessary on PS3. If I were to point out all of the games above that are also available on PC, it would further diminish both next generation consoles. Lets compile the proper PS4/Xbox One list now: Games That Are Out: killzone Shadow Fall knack Ryse Dead Rising 3 Infamous Second Son Rayman Legends (WiiU) Transistor Resogun Don't Starve Outlast Towerfall Ascension Games Yet To Come Out: AC:Unity The Crew Drive Club Project Cars Sunset Overdrive Infamous First Light Shadow Warrior Evolve Welp, it doesn't look too impressive when you look at things from the perspective of reality.
BattleAxe that really doesn't matter, because for gamers like me who only own next gen consoles we have games to play. Who the heck cares if those are cross gen or not my point is still right that people complain about games yet there are more games for ps4/xbox one in first year than any consoles first year history
I don't think there's disappointment among fans. I think less casuals are buying game consoles. People don't talk about it, but casuals actually did buy a lot of 360s, PS3s and especially Wiis. I think there is a little less of that this generation. And that's okay because this is a generation for core gamers IMO.
I think evidence points to more people buying consoles than even before. Both the One and PS4 have seen record numbers in short space of time which indicates more people are buying consoles than they did in 06. It depends where you draw the line if they are casual or not
Xbox One is seeing "record numbers" Gotta love that media spin!
@Theyellowflash30 Currently the One is selling only slightly less than the 360 (in the same time frame) but the point still stands. The 360 was up against nothing and had the advantage of first HD console to grace the market (which, if I remember correctly, brought a huge amount of excitement and buzz). The One is up against stiff competition and only slightly fell short of that number
The Xbox 360 and PS3 had large amounts of casuals and kids buy the system. More so the Xbox 360 due to Kinect. The Xbox One doesn't have that base anymore. No more Kinect....more expensive than the Xbox 360. On top of that, many people bought new Xbox 360 because of the RROD. Those Xbox 360 numbers are super inflated. Microsoft will be lucky to sell 50-60 million by the end of generation, and they sure aren't selling over 80 million like the Xbox 360 did.
In regards to the Xbox One, the whole record pace/selling faster than the Xbox 360 is a misnomer. The Xbox 360 was severely supply constrained at launch, and didn't have nearly the immediate sales as the Xbox One (Xbox brand was still being established). Plus, if you look at the last six months I think every month the Xbox One has sold less than the Xbox 360 did in it's initial months. So basically the Xbox One had a lot of pre-orders and then really poor to mediocre sales since then. So I think it is really misleading to say it's selling better than the 360 did.
"casuals actually did buy a lot of 360s, PS3s and especially Wiis" Not sure about the 360. I know many casuals bought the wii, and a lot of people bought the PS3 due to it being the cheapest blu ray player on the market for a while. As for the new systems, all things get fine tuned over time. Many of the features the PS360 had in the end, were not what they originally shipped with. Though with the PS4, if it's sales numbers a week are because of disappointment, I'd hate to see how they do when some of the big games (that aren't on the Wii U - Dark Knight, AC Unity, Mordor, Far Cry 4, Destiny, LBP3, Bloodborne, Order, etc) coming in the next 6 months release...
Kinect 1 was a monumental success, so I assume 360 had to have some decent casual support. I think people are getting the idea that I think last generation was a casual generation, but all I'm saying is more casuals were buying gaming consoles at the time. There is a little less of that right now and it's because casuals moved on to tablets and the publishers have been mainly focusing on the core market.
If Kinect were a monumental success can you please tell me why on earth there are at least 23.98 million in the window of any local CEX, GAME and Gamestop's. If Kinect were a monumental success then it would have paved the way for Kinect V2...but you and I both know that.... infact, isn't the case whatsoever. Since the original were released... most people in the know can testify that the top tier exclusives dried up faster than the Queens vagina.
I know a lot of people who bought a 360 for Rockband / Guitar hero, sing star type games......last generation sales were definitely helped by casual gamers. I'd be shocked if we reach 260 million consoles sold.....150 million total is probably closer to what we will see come 2018
These "articles", and I use the term lightly, are getting out of hand. MK8 is the sole reason Wii U numbers increased, and the PS4 and XBO have nothing to do with that. Mario Kart is a system seller and has been for several generations. It was the first major game that Nintendo fans needed to buy the console in masses, and it worked for Nintendo. Super Smash Bros. will be the next game, with a real 3D Mario, Zelda U, and hopefully a real Pokemon being the next.
I think the surge is with Mario Kart 8...
I would understand the title if the wii u outsold the ps4 but that's clearly not the case. It's basically the boost that Mario Kart gave it.
NPD even had Xbone at 57K units more than Wii U.
I think everyone except the author of this article knows that.
or he knows it and is basically click baiting people for hits.
Let's see what the Wii U does next month.. if it sells the same or more, then great.. if it sells less or a lot less.. guess Nintendo will have to wait for SSB. Either way, the Wii U isn't out selling the XBOne, let alone the PS4.
I cant read the article... Theory is ridiculous.. MK8 is the reason... move on
Clickbait going to clickbait.
yep surprised the source is not dualshockers
Now this is definitely a case of grasping at straws! Exactly what is the WII U offering now that it wasn't offering almost 2 years ago? If anything it's actually offering less! Less 3rd party support than it initially started out with, the only exceptions being that enough time has passed that some of it 1st party titles are finally beginning to release. But it's online infrastructure is inferior to this gens consoles, specs are inferior to this gens consoles and, overall gaming support is inferior! Sure there are 2 or 3 games here or there appearing on the WII U that aren't coming to other consoles by 3rd party developers, but turn that around and the amount of 3rd party developers games coming to this gens consoles but not the WII U easily triples. The WII U is a nice console to have I'm sure, but not as a stand-a-lone.
Exactly what is the WII U offering now that it wasn't offering almost 2 years ago? Mario Kart 8 dude....have you not seen the sales of that game?
cant offer anything if it wasn't out two years ago. Nov. 18, 2014 is it 2nd birthday
2 years to offer a AAA title on Wii U and people cry about PS4 current library? Lol, GTFO.
@ stuna1 the online infastructure isn't as bad as you paint it to be. If you play Mario Kart 8 there are no issues with online. Specs don't mean much 1st party developed games are pushing the other consoles with inferior specs. There are a lot more than 2 to 3 games the indie crowd is holding it down and on top of that indies are making money. 3rd party games are barely doing good on the otther two systems sure there are exceptions but look at the recent studio closures. The Wii U needs to have great quality games instead of quantity. Try not to recite everything you hear online and have your own opinions.
Actually, all specs about the Wii U are rumoured or speculated. The only specs that people really know is how much RAM the Wii U has.
Its all due to MK8. Great game but the WiiU is a typical Nintendo console great first party games no way you choose to buy a multi-platform game for it though. I support Nintendo consoles I enjoy their first party games but I never even consider buying third party games for them.
Nah. I think its the hype and excitement behind Mario 8
lmao at the premise. No surge is because Nintendo delivering some compelling games. It's still being outsold by XB1 and PS4, and not selling great overall
lolno. Obvious idiot is obvious.
Sony has convinced a lot of the Wii audience over to PS4. That's why Nintendo is losing some consumers.
And your proof....? Or do you just believe anything Sony says?
@Theyellowflash30 http://nintendoeverything.c... Just to be clear. Make sure you read the whole thing before you comment.
@ Emanno I owned a Wii and have no reason to buy a PS4 for me the hype doesn't convince me. Tell sony to convince people that own the system to support the indie movement.
And I repeat....where is your proof that "Sony has convinced a lot of the Wii audience over to the PS4" That link you provided is not definitive proof of that. It's just Sony talking. You know what else Sony said? http://www.vg247.com/2014/0... But then the NPD came out for June and Sony sold 15,000 Vita's in North America. 4,000 units less than the original Wii. Sony lies dude. Don't believe everything they say without having ACTUAL PROOF of it happening.
@Yellowflash Holy crap, i has no idea the vita was selling that bad in NA. That's abysmal...
@Theyellowflash30 Explain why the PS4 is selling 10 times more than the Wii U.
@emanno It's selling off of E3 2013 hype, which was generated by their catering to the console war soldiers by bashing Microsoft's dumb decisions with the xbone. The launch lineup certainly wasn't the reason, and it is most definitely not because they stole the wii crowd.(The launch lineup statement is true for most consoles, though, so that can't really be held against Sony, in hindsight)
convince Wii audience? I am Wii audience and still to this day sony fails to impress me. I have put a lot of time in PS console since PS2. Currently playing Vita but that just The Legend of Dragoon and Wild Arms. And PS4 has nothing I am interested in. They are no longer thinking about care about their past.
If anything wiis casual gamer audience is now playing angry birds, etc on android and ios devices, sony isn't the world.
It's selling well because it's library is finally strong and is getting that recognition Mario kart helped tons.
Not for me. Just bought myself a fresh new used PS4 at GameStop returned by some dude that claims he has no time to play it because of all the time he spends on Xbox One. My gain. I will be getting a Xbox One and Wii U eventually.
I believe it was more due to Mario Kart 8 than anything else. But thats just my opinion.
Mario Kart came out.....The End All of these articles that talk about some type of doom for any console is just stupid. Video game console sales have NEVER been stronger. Xbone and PS4 have been a HUGE success both companies are on pace better than any generation before. Market Share is key and Sony is dominating it, but at the same time when the Market itself is getting larger it benefits EVERYONE. Everyone should be rooting for every company because if either Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo go away it will hurt the entire industry.....get over it people and be gamers not fanboys
I love connecting dots that aren't there me and this writer should be Facebook friends /s
I usually ignore Wii articles like most gamers ignore the console but the title of this article made me lol, literally. 10/10 that's good stuff
Mario Kart 8 and great announcements on E3, these are the reasons.
It was due to MK8.