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

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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Worried WiiU owner...
by xfce_fanboy on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 20:01 UTC
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When WiiU was first announced, it came around the time when mainstream gamers had lost their remaining enthusiasm for motion-control in their games. Then Nintendo promised us that touch-screens would open up new and exciting gaming experiences. It seems like they wanted to go put the DS experience on the big-screen TV, without realizing that mobile games have important differences from console games.

The WiiU launch was weak, and none of the new games seemed like a big step up from what we had on Wii. Things are a little better now with Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World, but it's doubtful that two games can turn around a console's fortunes.

I have both a PS3 and a WiiU; when a game comes out for both platforms I usually pick the PS3 version. With the graphics being roughly equal, the PS3 versions tend to get released first and go on sale faster than the WiiU versions. While WiiU can handle ports of PS3 and XBOX360 games, it's doubtful that PS4 or XBone games will get ported because WiiU lags so far behind in performance.

The only glimmer of hope for WiiU right now is that Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros WiiU will get people to flock towards WiiU after a console price cut. It definitely seemed like Mario Kart Wii sold a lot of consoles back in 2008. But the lack of third-party developers will ensure that WiiU will be for Nintendo fans only. A two-screen console is an unsalable gimmick, and it's hard to see Nintendo producing another console after WiiU.

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RE: Worried WiiU owner...
by bnolsen on Wed 4th Dec 2013 03:15 in reply to "Worried WiiU owner..."
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how often will people continue to buy nintendo hardware only to play only a handful of exclusives? I wouldn't be surprised if people looked at their gathering-dust-Wii and decided not to buy another meh nintendo platform.

Edited 2013-12-04 03:17 UTC

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