The news on Wii U numbers is actually great news for Nintendo fans and Nintendo as a whole, as it's possible that this may be the wake up call that they needed to drastically reevaluate their approach to this industry.
I experimented with my Wii U the past week. I never once used the Gamepad. Simply used the Pro controller for everything (obviously I couldnt use the eshop since that requires the pad). It was wonderful. With some firmware tweaking, Nintendo could easily remove the gamepad from the equation and lower the price of the console a good deal. Not saying they will, but just saying that the console experience without the gamepad was really good. The Pro controller in many ways is better than either new next gen controller. But they're Nintendo, which means they'll ride the gamepad into the grave.
Killing the WiiU to start over would be billions in sunk cost on the WiiU and billions more on a new system while killing any brand loyalty you have (even if it is low) to release a new console that may or may not do well.
That's a horrible way to go.
Pretty much. What people forgot was that the Wii was the outlier in the Nintendo family of home consoles.
Every single Nintendo home console since the NES has seen significant decline in sales compared to its predecessor.
The Wii was the single exception to that. The Wii U is the return to form. Nintendo has become irrelevant in the home console business. They need to pull out, and now because they are embarrassing themselves and running their business into the ground.
The thing is, though, is that Nintendo could withstand another major console failure AFTER this one. All it would take is another Wii situation to bring them back again. I worry that they'll try pulling the same thing next gen, too.
Sony releasing the PS4 games weeks before the actual console launch is just pure genius marketing strategy. I mean literally the beginning of the month and they already have PS4 games out there just to increase awareness of the inevitable PS4 console release. Sony stepped their game up for sure this gen that's for damn sure.
Well, second november for the Gamecube didn't compete with 2 millions HW sales competitors. The Wii U sales have been bad since the beginning of 2013, the perception among gamers and masses is negative, so there really no point for GAF to expect NPD after NPD some miracle that will never come. Even IF things turns good in the long run, the momentum will come slowly.
The Nintendo brand is finally over. Maybe next decade!
It's over, period. Nintendo lost the casuals, and that's the end of their Wii U hopes and dreams.
It's not hyperbole, it's not fanboy drivel. It is LITERALLY it for Wii U. Nintendo has nothing left, nothing they have can fix the hole now created. There is no reason left for anyone, hardcore or casual, to substantially invest in a Wii U. Except if they want to play Bayonetta 2. Which will also come to PS4 at some point.
Microsoft and Sony took the last reason away that anyone would NEED to own a WiiU over a PS4 or Xbox one(except Miiverse LOL GAMING), and the cavalcade of tiny titles that will be nice but won't stir up any sales is not going to salvage the underpowered non-entity that was Wii U.
There may be some hardcore gamers that stick around. Some did it for PS3 too. But the last bell tolled. Maybe next decade.
I've been reading this sentiment a lot lately on GAF, and no.
8 months of bad press do not even begin to wipe away the 8 years of utter dominance in the US console market that Microsoft has enjoyed over Sony. Painting the Xbone as any kind of underdog in the US is downright ludicrous.
Microsoft failed to sell a million units in the first week, a figure the PS4 reached in a single day. They cannot afford to consider this launch as a 'win'.