Oh, the Wii U; where to start… Here’s the thing: I WANT the Wii U to succeed, because the more successful console options that exist, the better it is for us gamers as a whole. I love Nintendo, but it’s no secret that their strategy for coming out with games for their consoles systems has drastically changed since the Gamecube era. From the Wii’s problem with shovelware to the Wii U power being barely better than the PS3 and 360 (and about to be eclipsed by the impending PS4 and Xbox One), it’s also no secret that the Wii U is struggling. It’s even more disappointing when you see to what extent of how the Wii U is struggling.
According to Nintendo, from April 1 and June 30 of 2013, the Wii U sold 160,000 units. Globally. In a three month period. That’s not good. On a monthly average (according to that thing called MATH) 53,000 Wii U consoles were sold each month since this past April. Here’s what Nintendo said in regard to this matter:
The worldwide sales of ‘Wii U’ hardware and software were 0.16 million units and 1.03 million units respectively mainly due to the release of few key first-party titles this quarter to strongly drive the hardware sales.
Nintendo also added that part of its operating loss was due to “research and development for ‘Wii U’ software.” Speaking of software,Wii U game sales were better with over 1,000,000 games sold globally, but that’s not even close to the number of games that the 3DS sold during the same three month period — if you’re wondering, the 3DS sold over 11 million games worldwide. Even the Wii sold over 210,000 consoles during that same three month period.
Nintendo mentioned that this is how they plan on turning things around:
For the ‘Wii U’ system, we will attempt to concentrate on proactively releasing key first-party titles from the second half of this year through next year to regain momentum for the platform. Starting with ‘Pikmin 3,’ which was released in Japan and Europe in July and will be released in the United States in August, we plan on releasing key titles such as ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD,’ ‘Wii Party U,’ ‘Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,’ ‘Super Mario 3D World,’ and ‘Wii Fit U.’
Moreover, Nintendo strives to improve the sales by communicating the compelling nature of our hardware and software to as many people as possible through our new network service called ‘Miiverse,’ which offers an environment where people can empathize with others and share their gaming experiences. We also strive to improve hardware profitability by reducing its costs.
For the time being, things for the Wii U, sadly, are not looking so good. I know the sales will get better once certain services become available, first-party franchise games are released, and –the matter of WHEN — a price cut for the console. The Wii U is a really nifty console, and I really want one; after I get my PlayStation 4…
- Nintendo Wii U Outsold by Nintendo Wii Console (cedailynews.com)
- The Wii U is the GameCube (but not the Virtual Boy) (gamesradar.com)
- ASDA won’t stock Wii U consoles or games in-store after UK-wide drop (vg247.com)