Does the WiiU stand any chance of replicating the massive success of the original Nintendo Wii console?
Let's look at the two things that lead to the Wiis success. Large appeal to the casual market do to the motion control fad, and by far being the cheapest console available at the time. They may get some mileage of the tablet fad (which is what they are trying to do), but they won't have the advantage of starting it. Price wise, (If I remember right) The Wii was 300 dollars cheaper than the second cheapest console this gen. Yea I doubt the WiiU will have the same advantage. So no.
Only if all the consumers who tried out video games with the Wii return for the Wii U. Tablets and smartphone gaming seems what those casual gamers moved onto
No thanks ill be waiting for dolphin emulator 2.0 lol.
Console gaming is dying, so no i dont think any of the next gen consoles will sell that much.
Ah, the word "fad". Is that the new term like "gimmick", "kiddy", and "casual" to insult Nintendo now? I can't really keep up with your ilk any more. You guys are so bitter it is delicious. :3 You make the Nintendo fanboys look normal.
Is it bitter to point out the truth? Fact is: the Wii rode high on the casual wave. The system's accessibility and unique approach to gaming(the motion controls, which you could call a gimmick; if it fades into being just a supplement this upcoming generation, then it will have been a fad) drew in the casual crowd in a way I doubt even Nintendo imagined. It's not like anyone's denying the Wii's success. But let's not be blind to WHY it was successful. On topic, I don't think the Wii U will see the same success. I don't think any of the systems next gen will.
To post a comment that isn't making fun of an anti-Nintendo position (sorry, but the Bayonetta 2 incident made many in the anti-Wii U camp lose credibility and respect 100%): It's important to note though that motion control was not the sole reason for its success. It's an important piece, but the Wii also had the software to appeal to a lot of people. The Wii line, Mario and Nintendo's other franchises, Just Dance, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, etc. Personally I'm glad Wii remotes will still be used in various Wii U titles. I enjoyed many FPS games I wouldn't have otherwise because of the Wii remote's aiming. It was novel and felt great. I look forward to trying out Black Ops 2 with both control styles (GamePad and remote). Anyway, the Wii U will not reach the Wii's echelon of sales. It's just not happening. I think it's not because of any fad argument, but it's because the battle for consumers' gaming free time is being waged now not only by consoles but by smartphones and dedicated tablets, too. I don't think consoles like the Wii U, next Xbox, and PS4 will come close to the Wii's sales.
Nintendo will always enjoy some form of success because they still have a strong brand with many consumers. They also hold key franchises. Will it walk away from the competition like the Wii did? I doubt it. Now that all companies have gone or are going into the direction of motion gaming, touch controls and multiple screens it will be difficult for Nintendo to be unique this time. New hardware from both Sony and Microsoft is just around the corner too and i imagine many are in my position, that is to wait and see. I am not going to be buying a Wii U right away. In fact it's probably best not to buy a new next generation XBOX or a PS4 right away either. Not with all the issues of hardware reliablity and the lull of new software.
The problem with the tablet fad is consumer would rather just buy a tablet than something that is sort of a tablet but limited in tablet features. I honestly do not expect the Wii U to do as well as the Wii as the market has changed dramatically.
I dont think it will fail but i dont think it will be as successful as the wii due to the wii focusing at the massive audience of media core gamers(House wifes and little kids)Though, there's a certain percent of hardcore wii gamers, there's not as much as there are for xbox and ps3,and i dont think those gamers will buy this because it is already looking like it will be outdated by next gen.....
No, it will not be able to, and neither will any other console ever again besides some sort of genius handheld.
Hopefully no so like that there's less shovelware
Sadly all consoles get shovelware...
No doubt friend but on Wii, its overwhelming.
doubtful.. But if the online play is solid, it gets great 3rd party games, & price drops, it can sell alot.. By the time devs tap into PS4s power, wii u will be pumping out some good 1st party titles & a good selection of shovel ware.. Then when PS4 is doing whats impossible for wii u, Nintendo will be prepping for another launch.. They basically try to make sure the tech is perfected before releasing it.. Now that HD is standard & comfortable to work with, theyre putting out a console to use it.. Same will go with nx gen.. All the bugs that plague the newer systems will be less abundant by the time Nintendos nx nx gen machine is ready
I do think the Wii U will be a huge success now that their putting more focus on core gamers and what not. But as far as casuals go most of them are now on Apple iOS/Android devices playing games. Which is a good thing. Now developers can start giving back to the core gamers and not make multiplayer in their games so noob friendly anymore.
The 2 people that disagreed are clearly noobs. :D
it will be a success, but wii numbers, no, and ps4 will not sell as much as ps3 and same with xbox console use is on a steady decline
I doubt it will be as successful as Wii but its very unlikely to fail.
The Wii U is geared towards another audience this time around... So while I think it will sell really well I don't think you will see the grandma and grandpas buying it up like last time......
Leave em' in the dust Nintendo. Business as usual.
as long as they arent run by sony, i think they will do ok
Nope...the Wii success came from shock and awe...the wiiu will not have the impact. It will not have the "omg honey I just got a hole in one" value. But I'm sure will still be a pretty cool console.
"OMG honey a screen on the controller"...watch!
Question: I realize that Nintendo is going the mercenary route with their console again, but does the release of a Wii U this year suggest that Sony and Micro will need to release theirs next year? Or will they really give Nintendo a multi-year head start?
With its current price point, and games that are hardly distinguishable from their ps360 counterparts, no it will not be as successful as the wii. Also, in an effort to thwart nintendo sales, I believe both microsoft and sony will drop the current price of their systems in order to attract potential buyers away from their competitor. We may even see the 3ds effect, where the console was initially overpriced and due to a lack of sales, the price had to be dropped.
But weren't Wii graphics on par with (little better than) gamecube? Still outsold PS3 and 360 by 40 million. Next gen is about games, not power. Mark my words.
I'd say it's a bit more.. complicated than that. Closer analysis would suggest the Wii was never really competing with the PS3 and 360 anyway. It was really about market (casual, kids, family) and price point that made the Wii a success. Nobody was quibbling over which to get between either a 360, PS3, or Wii.. People who wanted what the Wii and ONLY the Wii offered bought one and the ones who wanted the good-looking hardcore games picked between the PS3 and 360. One could argue little one dollar digital, Walmart/dollar store bargain bin throw-away game devices sell more than any consoles. It's all audience and price. So in reality the Wii and 360/PS3 are simply in different sub-categories of the same market where there really isn't much crossover. The only crossover there WILL be is when those Wii kids get older. The Wii U IS actually a logical next step. Then, when they get even OLDER Nintendo should throw out a behemoth console to dwarf all others in power to cater to their, then, mature gaming fanbase.
Considering its comming out first at a pretty good price and is actually able to play the core games of today will help it out drastically. I think its gonna do pretty good. Has a strong following. If it was releasing with zelda id prolly scoop one up. I'm more of a pc/ps3 guy so that's sayin somethin.
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