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It's been a rough road for the Wii U since its launch in November 2012. Starting with the reveal of their latest living room hardware, Nintendo's communication strategy has bred confusion. The company has failed to penetrate the casual market, which was a segment that contributed much to the success of the Wii. Sales of the new console have been tragically low, and the company's financial position has deteriorated to the point where CEO Satoru Iwata has hinted at stepping down should the company not reach the ambitious goal of a 100 billion yen operating profit in the next fiscal year.
In an interview with CNN, famed creator of iconic characters Mario, Zelda, and more, Shigeru Miyamoto, spoke about the challenges facing the Wii U. Specifically, he identified making the platform more stable and convenient. He did not, however, talk about the most pressing issue facing the Wii U: games.
Recently, Game Informer reported that Battlefield 4 will not be making an appearance on the Wii U. This follows the significant loss of Rayman Legends as a timed exclusive. Ubisoft decided to delay the game until the fall to maximize reach with a simultaneous multi platform release. We also know that Deep Silver's upcoming Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light will be skipping the Wii U. Even the titles that Nintendo does have coming, like their own Pikmin 3 and two exclusives from Platinum Games (Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2), are still without release dates.
Miyamoto is hopeful that consumers will warm up to the Wii U. In particular, he identified the change in perception of the DS, which met much skepticism early on. Unlike the DS, which had a steady flow of unique experiences only possible on that device, Nintendo has failed to cultivate and maintain third-party support for their home consoles. Additionally, he put much weight in the Wii U's non-gaming functions (like Netflix, which is on nearly every other living room device) and the vibrant Miiverse communities. Whether these features will be enough to convert the multitude of non-traditional consumers that purchased the Wii into long-term Nintendo customers remains to be seen.
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They should make another GameCube. I loved the GameCube, I remember it almost as fondly as my PS2/PS1/SNES/NES.
The point people are missing here is we shouldn't have to wait. This is one of the biggest problems in the industry right now. Nintendo is one of the worst at it. Publishing an "unfinished" product. I understand there is always a grace period of about a year before developers get used to a new system and games start getting good. But when all the AAA games you promise at launch don't come out for years?? Couple that with horrible 3rd party support and the same old dances of Mario, Zelda, Metroid.. I think Nintendo is in its death throes.. which really is a shame... So... no Shigiru.. I will not give the Wii U more time. Nintendo has stolen enough of my money.
Give us a 3ds player for the wii U and the software drought will be bearable.
Same song and dance from Nintendo as the 3DS. I already bought a Wii-U so being patient with the Wii-U is already something I'm doing. What is extremely frustrating is that they keep delaying games. They refuse to set Q2 release dates for Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, and Game and Wario, all of which was supposed to be in Q1. This is extremely annoying.
I'm sure it'll turn around eventually. The 3DS had a rocky start and now it's killing it at retail.
dont mind waiting at all i understand whats going on and im very happy with my WiiU but i do wanna buy your mario kart that would be the ***
Oh no no no Miyamoto I gotta put my money on a winner
It all comes down to titles worth having, if you got em, you got sales, if you don't you sink.
This is good news for me the consumer. The longer it goes on like this the more likely a sweet price drop is gonna happen sooner rather than later. I've only seen previews of one game I would want so far for the u from those xenoblade guys, and god only knows when that's gonna come out.
I see the Wii U as Nintendo's penultimate first party platform, but with the revelations of tech for the PS4 and what is likely coming with the new Xbox, the announcements of new engines not supporting the system and third parties not even porting current-gen games over I suspect (though hope I am wrong) that the Wii U will not gain much in the way of traction and of course sales.
I sincerely hope I am wrong but given the current trajectory of the system, it could be a massive bust for the company in the long run.
If you want people to play it, make good games for it. Period.