I don't know if you were around for the N64 but N64 owners were so game-starved that an absurdly high percentAge of the library were platinum hits. Check the top 10 software for that generation and asides from Gran Turiano it's all N64 games. Seriously, even Acclaim, THQ, and Midway were pumping out platinum-franchises that were pretty WTF. Hmmm makes you think what Ubisoft thinks about Rayman.
This was true of the 360 as well in 2006, and the GCN in 2002. Game-starved owners of hardcore consoles will generally rally around at least a handful a titles per year, boosting them into the charts. There isn't a single Wii U title that has debuted over 200k (The launch numbers for Eternal Darkness in June 2002) in 2013. It's October.
That Wii U owners have not rallied behind any particular titles suggests a few things:
- weak online community so there is minimal WoM selling any title past launch
- owned primarily as a secondary system, so owners are content with games on other consoles/PC to fill in the gaps
- Wii U owners only bought it to play Nintendo games, and will rally behind Mario and Mario alone this fall.
RE: Exclusive Marketing
Exclusive marketing doesn't matter nearly as much as you think. In general, in countries where PS3 sells more, the PS3 version of multiplats sells best. In countries where the 360 sells more, 360 multiplats sell best. The few exceptions are games like FF, Splinter Cell, Pro Evo, or Skyrim which have a lot of invested history on one side. To the vast majority of consumers, the consoles (and experiences) are pretty much interchangeable products, and consumers in 2013 simply buy what most of their friends bought in 2010.
No people who own a Wii U are not like other gamers.
They have some memory of a Nintendo that made the best games, but also attracted the best third party games. Castlevania, Final Fantasy, and Mega Man and so on. But read the statement I am quoting in a super evil voice. Pretty fucking creepy right? As in, you would not leave a loved one alone with said person....
Are you drunk?