Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 22:25 UTC
Games The Wii U isn't doing well. "We're told by someone with access to the NPD's data that sales for January were 'well under' 100,000 units. By our estimates, sales were somewhere between 45,000 and 59,000 units for the month, which is lower than any of the three previous-generation home consoles sold in their worst months, with the possible exception of a recent performance by the original Wii." All that is old will be new again.
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no software, no sales
by sergio on Mon 8th Apr 2013 23:15 UTC
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

This is normal, in fact something similar happened to the 3DS in its first year (high price + no games).

There's no games for Wii U and the price of the console is too high too... so the sales figures are poor. No mystery here.

A Zelda game and price cut will solve the issue.

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RE: no software, no sales
by WorknMan on Tue 9th Apr 2013 00:06 in reply to "no software, no sales"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

A Zelda game and price cut will solve the issue.


Yup, looks like people will need the Wii-U to play Mario and Zelda, along with the next Xbox or PS4 to play everything else. This is as it has been since the Super NES. Seems that every other day, I keep hearing about some third party game or graphics engine that won't be ported to Wii U, and the REAL next-gen systems haven't even been released yet.

Really wish Nintendo would save gamers the trouble and just start releasing titles on other consoles. They do okay in the handheld scene, but I wouldn't be surprised if Wii U was the last console they ever produce.

Edited 2013-04-09 00:08 UTC

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RE[2]: no software, no sales
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 9th Apr 2013 00:38 in reply to "RE: no software, no sales"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Eh... back in the 32/64-bit era and the next generation of Dreamcast/GameCube/PS2/Xbox, Nintendo *was* pretty much my gaming fix. Not because it's all I had (it wasn't, especially in the later generation), but their systems typically have just the kinds of stuff I want to play.

Dreamcast was awesome, but some of its greatest games hit GameCube (unfortunately not including Shenmue). PS2, meh, I wasn't a fan of it, it was only good for a handful of games. Xbox was good, but IMO still not as good as the Cube. N64 vs. PSX... hah, there's almost nothing I really cared for on the PSX, N64 was where it was at.

So no, in many cases, I would honestly take the Nintendo. Sony, for the most part, just doesn't cut it.

Really wish Nintendo would save gamers the trouble and just start releasing titles on other consoles. They do okay in the handheld scene, but I wouldn't be surprised if Wii U was the last console they ever produce.

Wow, that one's about as old as "the year of Linux on the desktop." I've been hearing the same crap spewed since around the N64 days. Nintendo ain't dead yet. But unfortunately at this point Sega might as well be.

Edited 2013-04-09 00:42 UTC

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RE[2]: no software, no sales
by jweinraub on Tue 9th Apr 2013 21:00 in reply to "RE: no software, no sales"
jweinraub Member since:
2009-06-22

You know, I keep saying that myself year after year. I grew up on the original NES so I am a fanboy at heart and I do wish it was successful. However, I do find I use the PS3 much more often than my Wii. And while the Wii is cute, the Wii U is what the Wii should had been from the beginning. I don't get why they are so afraid of embracing the new technology like their reluctance to use discs when N64 came out (my only console I never owned from them, only that I was 16 or so when it came out and thought I'd get over gaming by then... lol) But yeah reason why I never got the Wii U is because of price and no Zelda. If they have a combined package I will jump on that fast!

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RE: no software, no sales
by bassbeast on Tue 9th Apr 2013 03:47 in reply to "no software, no sales"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I think you are wrong and here is why: When the original Wii was released? A phone that would play games cost nearly $4500 and tablets weren't much cheaper. Now you can get a tablet for like $70 that comes with Angry Birds and Cut The Rope and nearly every phone being offered by a major carrier comes with casual games.

This is what happens when you focus too tightly on a niche, if the market changes you are just boned. Nintendo decided to completely give up on ALL of the hardcore crowd and focus JUST on the casual set, we have seen several devs come flat out and say that the Wii U not only won't play the next gen games it won't play the hardcore games coming out now so this thing is ONLY good for the casual crowd and that market is too busy playing with their Android tablets or iPads to really care.

Personally I figured this would happen because every person I know has the Wii...and its in the closet. It was a fad, no different than Guitar Hero, everybody wanted it but quickly got burnt on the "Wii Waggle" and it ended up gathering dust in a closet. Now those people are too busy playing the latest phone games to really care about chasing the Wii Waggle with the Wii Tab and I don't think cutting the price is gonna help, the market has just moved on.

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RE[2]: no software, no sales
by Laurence on Tue 9th Apr 2013 10:10 in reply to "RE: no software, no sales"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I almost entirely agree with you bar the poitn about teh Wii being a fad. I don't think it was as it outlasted any other fad by a long stretch and I might be wrong about this, but didn't it also outsell the PS3 and 360?

The problem with the original Wii was that most of the games didn't have much longevity and the specs were too poor to attract more of the serious developers (who knew that serious gamers would also be put off by the specs).

I think the original Wii was a gimmick that became very successful. And because of this Nintendo's next console had great potential to build upon their market share but also attract some of the jaded non-casual gamers (and I think there are quite a few of those who are starting to get sick of the unimaginative titles on Ms and Sony consoles). The Wii was also the most social of all the consoles, which that in itself can help drive consoles as families can share gaming time rather than playing in isolation over the net.

However the Wii U is -in my opinion at least- a major blunder. They've moved more into the gimmick territory, the touch screen controller is bulky and a crappier version of smart phones / tablets that everyone already has, specs are driving new business away and now Nintendo are stuck trying to sell a gimmick that everyone has already bought into (either with the Wii original or tablets).

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

In fact Skyward Sword sold very well and Wii was already in the closet back then!

Because games are what really matters.

As long as people love Link, Samus and Mario... Nintendo will sell their consoles.

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RE[2]: no software, no sales
by zima on Wed 10th Apr 2013 21:35 in reply to "RE: no software, no sales"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

When the original Wii was released? A phone that would play games cost nearly $4500

That's not really true - j2me games were and still are big on popular inexpensive mobile phone models...

http://business.opera.com/smw/2012/03/
"The top content for downloading is by far games applications"

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RE: no software, no sales
by ze_jerkface on Tue 9th Apr 2013 15:53 in reply to "no software, no sales"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

This is not normal, sales are poor compared to previous consoles.

Nintendo just like Microsoft got "tablet fever" and created a clunky touch product that no one asked for. Even worse is that the Wii U has a mediocre cpu so you can't count on it to have silky smooth frame rates.

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