Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 11:44 UTC
Games

Not only did the PlayStation 4 outsell the Xbox One in its first weekend by about 100000 units in the UK, it completely obliterated the Wii U.

The numbers are even bleaker for Nintendo - its year of Wii U sales have now been trounced in a weekend by both next-gen machines. More people bought a PS4 and a copy of Knack over the weekend than bought a Wii U at any point over the past year and new release Super Mario 3D World.

If not even a Mario game can save a Nintendo console, you know something's up. People, Nintendo is in deep, deep trouble.

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by SitrucKram on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 19:21 UTC
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Nintendo has deep pockets, and is doing well with mobile gaming, it doesn't mean that the company isn't in trouble. They could release a basic WiiU bundle for 150 USD, and I'd still be hard-pressed to make a decision toward buying it. I just don't see much interest for the console out there, outside of hardcore Nintendo fans that HAVE to buy every Nintendo console.

It was released too late, with too little and confusing advertisement, and nothing really made people step back and say, "Wow, I have to have this.". At least not like MS and Sony have done in the past.

Yes, proprietary disc formats haven't done much for them, but I don't think it has really hurt them, either. That's their brand of copy protection. I truly believe the thing that really hurt them was wanting to keep console gaming into the living room, when console gaming was ready to evolve and step onto the Internet. Dreamcast's online features were a huge seller for the console, and it has only gotten better over time.

Say what you will about the Dreamcast's demise, but it was a beautiful console, way ahead of it's time. Even to this day, I believe that if it were able to playback DVD movies, it would have held-up nicely against the PS2.

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