We liked the Wii U, but it was a disappointing flop. Within a three to four year life cycle the Wii U managed to only sell 13.5 million units worldwide.
Not everything. Nintendo's own games were great for the most part. Everything else about the console was mostly bad, though.
Wii U had like 15 really great games...like awesome really fun games....and not much else.
The price was a huge obstacle. Hell it never had a price cut that made it go below the $300 its successor and competitors are at right now. Consumers could buy a cheaper PS3 or 360 that had far superior features and more games releasing on them. Consumers could buy a more expensive PS4 or XO that had more stable long term future Wii U being in the middle low end and high end console options while featuring inferior multimedia, online, storage, & third party support made people go elsewhere for their gaming needs.
The Wii U was more powerful than the PS3 and 360. But it didn't matter much cause they weren't getting enough 3rd party support to flex that muscle.
The reason the Wii U was close to PS3 in power was to gain the current multiplatform games like COD but it was too late to the party. Also Iwata thought he can getaway with the high pricing . He did not learn from the 3DS initial failure.
Completely agreed ,with all of this I would also argue that the Wii U clearly made some people go elsewhere for their third-party needs but I would also argue that those people are already established somewhere else it is just no longer a reachable market in regards to trying to get a significant turnover. How many people do we really know that play Far Cry Call of Duty Destiny Assassin's Creed Watch Dogs Final Fantasy Kingdom Hearts what have you that will suddenly only exclusively buy a Nintendo product because of one of those franchises might appear on that system? People need to understand they're not actually asking them to just give up you know a few games they're literally asking them to give up multiple Publishers simply because one or two AAA franchises made it on a Nintendo system. So how many of you Nintendo fans would never buy a Nintendo system just because Mario Kart can be played on the Playstation or Xbox? I don't mean the entire Library, I just mean one Mario Kart game, is that seriously enough to make you say you're never going to buy another Nintendo system? So screw the entire library of games because one game can be played somewhere else this is not even saying it won't be on the Nintendo system itself. Consider that is what some of you are so naive that you're thinking is going to happen because something like Doom or Skyrim is coming as if those individuals only play those games and then also want to play the worst version and then also want to never play the best version somewhere else or it's sequels going forward lol This is why that market is already long gone the ship has already sailed in those individuals based on the division Destiny Ghost Recon Watch Dogs and a whole slew of new intellectual properties are just getting even more comfortable with Playstation Xbox PC So I don't know how many fans of those franchises are suddenly going to only want to buy an option that only lets them play one of those franchises in the worst fashion.
The name, the gimmicks, the price, the software being too similar in design to the 3ds.. So much was wrong with it yet i loved so many games on it..
Shockingly bad marketing, the average person still doesn't even know it was a new console, most thought it was an accessory for the Wii. Shame as it had some really great games but I'm glad it led to the Switch.
The controller was just dumb in my opinion.
A whole lot went wrong. The confusing reveal that had people thinking the controller was the console, the non-existent 3rd party support, the fact that they *never* dropped the price on the console even after it was known to be struggling...
Overpriced, gimmick-based hardware, and the name. Casuals didn't know WiiU was a completely new console, and gamers did, but didn't see the value compared to its competitors. It had some great games, but it wasn't enough to convince me to invest in the system.
They just tried to get lightning to strike twice by latching onto the "Wii" name without putting any thought into the actual console...kind of like "We'll put in little effort, slap the Wii name on it and boom...sales" I would not be surprised if the next Nintendo console ends up being like the Wii U and by that I mean they'll just go with something similar like "Super Switch" or "Switch Plus"
lol Agreed If it's just the same thing and they call it switch 2 I think it's still going to be massively successful I don't really think all of the Wii U's problems are simply just the name alone I simply believe it was that the Home console Market was no longer really supporting this concept anymore and that the majority of their most hardcore fans existed on the portable Market. Because I just have a hard time believing 88 million people were just confused on the name that's a lot of dumb consumers so I find it unrealistic that the name is what made them not buy it because it makes me think that they weren't even Gamers enough to study or know exactly what the system was which tells me you're just talking about the Casual Market that wasn't even going to return any way , you could come out and call the PlayStation 5 PlayStation Orbus and people are still going to buy the damn thing heck the Xbox 360 was not called the Xbox 2 and it's still sold millions of units not because of what it was named but because of what it did physically itself. So I believe even with the Wii 100 million the vast majority of those consumers were not actually really healthy consumers, they were casuals that were only buying it because of the hype they were not individuals that were ever going to buy whatever the sequel was to this system regardless of what it was named. So I believe something called The Switch 2 is going to be successful because their majority base actually is that Portable On The Go Market in the first place. I believe they would be absolutely completely stupid to not focus on this concept going forward. PlayStation got it right the first time... They didn't need to keep scrambling every generation trying to reinvent themselves, they simply release a Home console powerful enough to support third-party games and simply give it an iterative name. Any extra ideas that they have like the eyetoy didn't suddenly become the entire damn system, the move did not become the entirety of the Damned system, Playstation VR did not become the whole damn system. They need to focus on the base and they need to let crap like labo be there optional garbage that they released as opposed to trying to pigeonholed it to the system to desperately get casual sales because that crap with the Wii U almost cost them the entire company.
The name killed it. It confused people.
People didn't have money for it.
Price, bad multiplats, the name, complete lack of games for the first year, Nintendo’s very lackluster online functionality, the fact it was touted as being very powerful even though tge games looked horrible compared to major PS3 and 360 exclusives, etc. There were A LOT of things wrong with that console. The only things I can remember that was decent about it was the fact that you could use the Gamepad as a cable TV remote, and the ability to play some games with only the gamepad. That’s about it.
It was the dumb tablet that stopped me from buying it.
I can tell you why I never bought a Wii U. I hate gimmicky controllers. I hated the motion controls on the Wii and when I saw the Wii U was going to have a touchscreen it was an instant dealbreaker. Motion controls suck, but touchscreens are even worse. When the Switch showed us normal controllers again, and had a classic controller? I plan on getting one. It's going to be awesome. I wish I had the $300 to spend right now, but I don't. It's on my list though.
The switch is definitely a few steps up from the wii and wii u.
Besides the dock and play on your TV what's the main difference between the Switch and the Wii U
3rd party support and portability.
the same that is still wrong with the company: too arrogant and hostile to acknowledge market standards. the wii u was a logical result of this mindset. the switch is wii u 2.0 but somehow this thing sold more than the wii u. but people never cease to amaze me. if people want subpar stuff, well they got the N-house.
There was only one tablet controller, yet Nintendo tried to pretend this wasn't the case, and marketed the thing as fun for all the family. Yeah, right!
Nintendo being Nintendo... I mean it's not some mysterious happening.
Unable to use a second pad on the same console, not being able to even purchase another Wii u pad in stores was a dumb decision. Short range that the pad had to be from the console sucked. My son loved it, but with having the ps3 and ps4 hooked to the same tv, it was just never an option to play it. Just a shame! Could have been something even better then it could have been.
It wasn't a portable next
I would say one of the biggest things that went wrong with Wii U with simply just the existence of the 3 DS, my biggest problem I had was you cannot show off a concept of using two screens with the wii u and then try to casually pretend as if something like that 3DS does not exist, you cannot have it both ways this company literally milked their market and fragmented them to the point where they force the consumer to make the choice to pick one over the other. So the way I see it was there was literally no reason that Nintendo could have not just ported everything that came out on the 3 DS over to the Wii U just have the bottom screen clearly be the bottom screen from the 3DS in the television simply be the top screen in fact if anything they could have a toggle that lets both screens exist on the way use bad considering how big it was. so as much as I liked buying Nintendo Home consoles I just could not justify buying a Wii U after the poor quality of Wii games that released that just went full-blown casual so it was easier for me to buy a 3 DS because I knew there were lots of series that were trusted like the Mario Luigi Superstar Saga or Animal Crossing or the top down Zelda games so there are a lot of Concepts that Nintendo just did better when it came to the portable Market that made me more confident buying a 3D3 than ever a home Nintendo console. So their biggest problem with the Wii U I would argue is simply greed ... They just couldn't stand the idea of actually giving consumers all the content that they're working on across two platforms especially considering they wanted you to own both of them they very much 100% knew that those games could work on the Wii U as the Wii U is more powerful to a degree they're still doing it with the 3DS in Nintendo switch there literally completely ignoring that the switch is more powerful cuz they're still trying to sell you two pieces of hardware. smh. This company's greed knows no bounds but once again we still talking about the same company that's trying to charge you almost $100 for a hunka plastic that's simply just an HDMI out that China is going to manufacture for like 3 bucks.
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