Oh, Nintendo, what the hell happened to you? There is no doubt that Nintendo’s handheld market is doing well with the 3DS, its Wii U console on the other hand might as well be in a coma for all the good it is doing the company. In the first eleven months of being out the Wii U had only sold 3,667,904 units. The Wii on the other hand sold 13,479,686 units in its first eleven months. Do you know why there is such a big gap between the two? Nintendo has always sold its consoles based on their iconic series of games; Zelda, Mario, Smash Brothers, Metroid. Even though the Wii U had a larger launch lineup than the Wii, thanks largely to games that were out on other systems months before, it did not have that one game that everybody wanted to play.
The Wii U had New Super Mario Brothers U, but I do not think it helped sell the console like Twilight Princess did with the Wii. The reason was that the motion controls were enticing enough at first that the idea of swinging the Master Sword in Twilight Princess with the Wii mote was enough to make me want to get a Wii. The enticement wore off as soon as I found out how much the motion controls sucked, but it was still a great game if you played with a GameCube controller. Any of their so called innovations. such as the motion controls of the Wii and the Wii U’s tablet controller, come off as a desperate plea to get you to pay attention to them. Here is the other problem with the Wii U, most people still have their Wii systems to fulfill their casual gaming needs, and the Wii U does not offer anything new to them nor does it offer anything to people who already have a PS3 and Xbox 360 who most likely are saving their money for the PS4 or Xbox One.
There was nothing about the Wii U, not its launch library, not its graphics capabilities or its tablet controller that made me want to get one. Perhaps Nintendo could have been better off if it had waited to release the Wii U until it had a more solid library of games ready to launch with the system. Look at The Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD; it is currently number 7 on sales charts in the United States. A game like that has the potential to sell consoles; Nintendo knows this as they have released a Zelda Windwaker Wii U bundle. I think that they would have been much better off if they had waited until Windwaker HD was done so they could have released the console with New Super Mario Brothers U, Pikmin 3 and Windwaker, holy trifecta Batman! That way at least the early adopters would have something to hold them over until the next big game comes along. As it stands now, the only reason I would get a Wii U would be Super Smash Brothers. However, I already have a 3DS, which is also getting a version of the game, so I might not even bother getting a Wii U until the next Zelda game comes out by which point I will probably be able to get a used console for less than one hundred dollars. What do you guys think, will the Wii U be another failed console or do you think that it could rise from the ashes and compete with the next gen offerings of Sony and Microsoft?