Analysis – Nintendo's Tough Hardware Choices May Test Consumer Confidence


Bluntly, the Wii U has almost no chance of recapturing third party support. The company hasn't crossed the 10 million unit threshold in over two years. At the same point in its life cycle, the Wii had trucked past 40 million units. This leaves the platform as a strong secondary device that has one selling point (albeit a strong one) – it’s the only way to play Nintendo’s newest games on your big television in HD.

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DragoonsScaleLegends1411d ago

Even if the Wii U sells like trash it's still a way better console than the Wii.

superchiller1411d ago

No one can disagree with that, the Wii was absolute garbage. It was nothing more than a Gamecube 1.5 with crippling waggle controls that ruined all its games.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1411d ago

it wasn't garbage it just wasn't taking seriously. When it was it produced great games.

3-4-51411d ago

Either way, their next is always the best it's ever been for Nintendo in terms of hardware.

Graphics on Wii U for me are fine....I love the art styles, but I don't worry about it.

The PS5 will have better graphics than PS4.

Next Xbox will have better graphics than XB1.

Next Nintendo console will have better graphics than Wii U.

As a fan of all of them, knowing they will all improve is a good thing.

I don't care by how much, because even if it's 10%'s still better than it ever has been, up to that point.

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Whitey2k1411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

problem with nintendo is they always make a console a generation behind i mean look at wii u great idea the internal is no better then the 360 in terms of specs and performance if they revised there hardware to the terms of maybe ps4 and xbone then they wouldnt be the position they are in now and wii u be a console to own aswell as the ps4 and xbone

shloobmm31411d ago

I have a feeling that after 2 consoles that were essentially a generation behind from a hardware aspect that Nintendo will make sure this does not happen again.

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wonderfulmonkeyman1411d ago

The Wii U is more powerful than both last-gen consoles.-_-;;

superchiller1411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

In many respects, it isn't at all:

- Non internal HDD or even a bay for one (both previous consoles had internal HDDs at launch, both were upgradeable).
- Weak CPU, probably weaker than both the PS3 and 360 CPUs (thus the problems with Wii U's inability to handle multiplats coming from both of those consoles)
- No Ethernet port (how cheap can you get?)
- No analog triggers (a necesssity for racing games, all other consoles had analog triggers, what was Nintendo thinking by leaving them out?)

Overall, the Wii U console's base specs are really mediocre, considering that it released in 2012, SEVEN YEARS after the PS3/360. Clearly Nintendo cut corners everywhere they could on the base console, to accommodate the gimmicky (and very expensive) gamepad; really a shame.

wonderfulmonkeyman1411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

The internal HDD is irrelevant; you're going to get one either way, so an external HDD is just as effective, and is a lot less complicated since you don't need to do any opening the system up just to switch it out.

The GPGPU was designed SPECIFICALLY to take up more of the work load from the CPU, so that too is irrelevant.

The ethernet port? For real?
Get an Ethernet Adapter for the Wii. Problem solved.

Analog triggers aren't "a necessity for racers".
Mario Kart runs just fine without them.
So does Need for Speed.

Overall, you're just stretching for bullshit reasons to hate on the console.

Get back under your bridge.

OldDude1411d ago


Its obvious to me that you know nothing about the power or specifications of consoles. The WiiU is considerable more powerful than the PS3 or 360.

deafdani1410d ago

"They always make a console a generation behind" - False. This has only happened with Wii and Wii U.

Nes, Snes, N64 and Gamecube were all on par with the other consoles of their time, and then some. There's no reason to think Nintendo couldn't do this again in the future.

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Warj1411d ago

I suppose my only argument with this article is the complaint about how frequently refreshing the 3ds hardware with only minor updates is a bad business decision. I've seen it in several articles/analysis.

Now, I agree from a personal perspective, nothing is more frustrating than having to buy a slightly upgraded unit that is mostly the same as an older system, just to get a few exclusives.

However, considering how much money Apple makes doing the same thing with their products, and how everyone salivates for said upgrades. And with a quick price check, the game systems aren't really any more expensive. It's kind of hypocritical.

namEuser1411d ago

To some extent I agree...but you have to remember it is a gameing console, not a cell phone. That type of actions in a videogame industry just doesn't boed well, especially when they should of released the 3ds in the state the "new one" is now 3-4 years ago. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trolling I love Nintendo's brand, but why not take the redifined "correct working 3d" now and put it on a new handheld all together. I enjoy my 3ds but I'm tired of some articles already saying that Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter 4 are still retaining the "jaggies"... Why, cause its still the same hardware graphically and that's not going to change. I'm just saying I would like to have a better handheld that can hold up better visually now a days and not have to upgrade my 3ds for the same hardware and some new features that a new handheld could of took advantage of...we all know there is a new one comeing, they should of just waited....imo

Warj1411d ago

I agree they should have waited though and give an entire new system. Trust me, I hate the upgrade game (which is why my dinosaur of a phone has buttons) and don't encourage it.

superchiller1411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

Nintendo only has themselves to blame for the failure of the Wii U; they followed the same formula as the Wii (underpowered, generation-behind console with a gimmick thrown in to reel people in), but unlike the Wii, it failed this time. The Age of Gimmicks may be finally coming to an end, let's hope Nintendo goes back to its roots and designs a genuinely solid gaming system next time.

I still have my original NES, SNES, N64, and GBA SP, and hundreds of games for those, but I stopped buying Nintendo products starting with the GC, and haven't missed anything.

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