Wii U Proving to be a Flop?

Wii uOnce Nintendo decided to discontinue the Wii console, it was clear that hopes were on the Wii U and DS consoles. However, it seems that the Wii U is proving to be a flop, after the newer Microsoft and Sony consoles have already beaten it in sales, despite a nine month head-start. It could be possible that the commercials are just failing to capture the best features of the newest Nintendo home games console.

The Nintendo Wii U has had almost a year’s head-start on the likes of Microsoft and Sony, but is doing considerably worse. It was not expected, considering how popular the Nintendo Wii was, up until its discontinuation. While the Playstation 4 release went without too many major hitches, the Xbox One has been fuelled with problems, yet more people still want it over Nintendo’s.

As a way to counteract the issue, the Japanese video game company has released some fresh ads. In true Nintendo fashion, they show families and friends playing on the console together. The commercials are corny, but Nintendo hopes that they will do the trick and get more people interested in upgrading their old console.

The issue is that these new ads do not quite focus on the great features. One of the big reasons why the Wii U should not be proving to be a flop is the off-screen game-play. There is no need to sit in the living room together, or to wait for one person to finish watching TV so another can play on the console. The controllers double-up as screens, allowing people to play while in another room, or while on the go.

The commercials also fail to show that a game can be picked up from exactly where it was stopped. There is no need to wait for the system to reboot and find a hopefully saved game. The controller has the up to date game immediately, and a user is able to switch from one to the other.

The downside for Nintendo is that it is not keeping up with the consoles that people want. It is not just Microsoft and Sony beating the company. The Japanese gaming giant is falling behind smartphones and tablets. More people want the tablet devices to do more than just play a game now and then. The tablets allow people to play on the go just like the Wii U controllers, but they can also check their emails, check social media accounts and do work from the devices.

The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are closing in on that market. Users of the Xbox One, for example, are able to watch TV and Blu-Ray DVDs, Skype, and play video games with the same device. At the same time both the new Xbox and Playstation are faster than the Wii U.

Is the Wii U proving to be a flop? Considering more Xbox One consoles were sold within 24 hours compared to Nintendo’s nine month head-start, the figures say yes. The reason is unknown, but it could have something to do with the company failing to advertise the best Wii U features.

By Alexandria Ingham

Bloomberg

Kotaku

GameSpot

5 Responses to "Wii U Proving to be a Flop?"

  1. joe cristini   December 12, 2013 at 5:13 am

    The person writing this article doesn’t know what he is talking about and should be fired Xbox has not had problems

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    • Alexandria Ingham   December 12, 2013 at 5:16 am

      Microsoft has admitted to there being problems with the Xbox One. The Disc Drive problem is just one on the list of those that have been reported.

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  2. Beth And-Tom   December 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    🙂 I own a Wii U, it’s hands down the most fun, and it has enough hardcore titles to make me happy with resident evil, zombi u, cod, etc.

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  3. Stephen   December 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Microsoft hasn’t sold more Xbox Ones in 24 hours than total Wii U’s to date. One million is not more than four million. (And the Wii U had a one year head start…not nine months.)

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  4. AL3X   December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    While sales are not as hoped, 4 Million units are not too bad considering the best is yet to come. I’ve owned the Wii U since launch here in Europe and am pleased to bits with it and my PS3 has been dust catching since then. It has a great game catalogue so far with something for everyone. ZombiU, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker etc. the list goes on, i’ve owned every console to date except a 360 and hands down the Wii U is my favourite so far. Nearly every article on Wii U is all doom and gloom but people should play first and then judge. Xbox One and PS4 are not bringing anything to the table that attracts me this Gen around yet, the launch titles are worse than the Wii U lineup in my opinion until the great games pop round the corner, which they will but there is just something about Nintendo which can’t be found on any other platform and anyone who plays Pikmin or Super Mario 3D World without smiling and noticing that “Nintendo magic” and praising the other two consoles without trying the Wii U and deciding to just put it down is either a emotionless Zombie or does not know what gaming is

    The System is fantastic and despite Nintendos marketing mishaps until now a console you should own with Exlusives you Need to play.

    Kindest regards and happy gaming, Mushroom Kingdom PD 🙂

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