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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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As people should, but we live in a world made impatient by technology.
I think the main problem is that Nintendo released the console a little bit to early. I think if they waited until these other games got finished then used them as launched titles (rayman, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3 etc.) I think they would have hit their target numbers. The Wii U is a great console,I have one and I can agree that given more time, it will be a good console.
maybe nintendo shoulda given it more time. then i wouldnt hafta wait so long for a good game to play.
"When you make a steady wealth of worthwhile games...you have my permission to make sales..."
Seriously though, wtf has happened to Nintendo past two consoles? They've always been pioneers for gaming and have put out some memorable titles AND consoles. Yet, they're so caught up with reaching out to everyone possible that seems that they've barely captured anyone's attention. The focus on so many new "features" is pointless when you don't have a game library to keep sales and the console afloat.
I remember being so ecstatic about the Wii, the possibility of new ways to game and interact within games really sold me. Bought a Wii and feel in love with Wii Sports and a handful of games.....after all this time my Wii library of games isn't even half of what I have for Ps3, nor the game's I've bought for PC this generation. It's really sad as the games I own I love a lot, but the Wii became nothing more then licensed, generic party games filled with gimicky ways to incorporate the Wii motions. I see the WiiU being the same if not worse, I mean what has significantly been released for the WiiU to really get people to buy AND stick with the console? I know some coworkers who bought one and talked nonstop at how awesome it is....now they never mention it.
Come on Nintendo, we know you're better then this :/
I knew I'd have to wait a while for some real games to come out for it. That next Zelda had better be heug.
Ahhh don't worry Miyamoto san,when the next Playstation and Xbox hit.The Wii U will be long forgotten.LMFAO.
'Tis a shame about all of the awesome 3rd party gamest that aren't going to be on Wii U, but everyone already knows that it's always been Nintendo games that's made Nintendo consoles interesting anyway. It's a huge letdown not to have Pikmin 3 out yet, but I'm sure I'll love it whenever it's polished and ready-to-go. Fingers crossed that E3 will give us some awesome 3D Mario and maybe, just MAYBE a Metroid game. Either of those would be more than a fine apology.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. As soon as you announce a new Metroid, I'm sold.
I just want my new Super Smash Bros. is all
Nintendo's biggest problem is the same problem it's had ever since the N64 -- poor management. They need to be aggressive and relentless about scoring console-exclusive titles, and they need to be working on their own rival-IP's. I still think it was a huge mistake for them not to have purchased Volition and the Saint's Row IP, but regardless, they need to focused on getting a must-have library that cannot be gotten elsewhere.
Also, they seriously need to up their game in the digital marketplace. There is absolutely no excuse for their abysmal Virtual Console offerings on the Wii U. They should be offering several new games every single week, not one game per month. They also need to be reaching-out to developers and getting more digital-only games ported to their platform. I mean, how in the HELL is Castle Crashers not already on the Wii U?