Nintendo's Wii U Is Getting Demolished Already

Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) recently reported absolutely dismal Wii U sales, selling just 160,000 units last quarter. This is even before Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) and Sony  (NYSE: SNE  ) turn up the heat with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively, later this year. The Japanese company is trying to make another interface play, which it did successfully with the Wii, but is falling flat.

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  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 2:41 AM, NatT96 wrote:

    I received the Wii U as a present on christmas and I must say it is missing a lot. I am a major fan of Nintendo's devices and own a black Nintendo 3DS already, however I believe as a fan and growing up with Nintendo, the company has not matured with me. When you make a console, on day one, it is supposed to have usable features and a hit bundled game like Nintendo has done with the popular title "Wii Sports". "Nintendo Land" gives you a somewhat viable experience with the tablet controller, but after playing the game after 3 hours it starts becoming less innovative every minute. I have not played the game for 6 months. Other than that, the console has some pretty overhyped features Nintendo showed off at press conference/s. One is Nintendo TVii, its used for remote connectivity to your television with some other features on the side. It became useless, the app is used to set reminders by searching shows and controlling your cable box, thats about all. MiiVerse Nintendo's social network) is slipping in maturity. Apparently if a person feels you are being inappropriate on there post they can simply report you and it seems that the mods barely check the comment (only takes 1 minute for a report to pop up saying your banned) and then the constant banning happens, were by saying "Jesus Christ" gets a person profile banned or theres even times were you can be banned for a whole 2 weeks for swearing. Thats sad for a console that was supposed to be aimed towards "core" gamers and fans. The Home Menu UI is pretty bland. You would think Nintendo would implement nifty features into the home menu to organize games into folders, theme customization and a lot more potential. Now, I am stuck waiting, might buy Pikmin 3, might not. Well 2014 is coming, but dang at least give you fans and even normal consumers something to work with on the console, waiting for something appealing, its coming, I know, for now, what now?

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 11:20 AM, sypoth wrote:

    The majority of the gaming industry and it's consumers think of the Wii U not as eighth generation but rather as seventh due to it's hardware. Despite it's one year advantage it has fewer titles on the shelf than the PS4 and Xbone will have at launch, and the list of games coming out for it is abysmal. Nintendo has lost touch with it's customers relying on gimmicks rather than quality games to sell their overpriced garbage and they have not been innovative since the original NES but rather been playing catch-up and all the nostalgic glamor of the world will not change that one simple fact. I've said it once I'll say it again, Nintendo needs to get our of the console market where competition is stiff and stick with the ONLY market it's dominated since the it's first console was released, handhelds.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 12:18 PM, electricstorm00 wrote:

    The Wii U should have come out 3 or 4 years ago, its not a "new system" its basically a wii upgrade and I think it would have done better building off the Wii hype. At this point the only way I'd buy a Wii U is for a real console pokemon game

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 12:47 PM, anrbfan wrote:

    Nintendo is dead. It failed to progress. It still appeals mainly to small children, and mostly small girls at that. There aren't that many small girls buying video game consoles these days. If a company can't be interested enough in it's own product to bring out great games for it, why should third party game makers bother to do so? Nintendo failed to realize that the whole point to playing video games is to...PLAY VIDEO GAMES...NOT to drool over the gizmo-ish joysticks, or motion detectors, or other BS. The point of a console is to sell THE GAMES. If the games aren't there, the console won't be either. Nintendo got lazy, and expected third partiers to do their work for them. The third partiers declined.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 5:12 PM, stefanog1 wrote:

    Are you all F*cking SERIOUS! No games? Gimmicks? For Girls!? WTF r u talking about? You guys buying into Mötley Fools sh*t are retards. Honestly let me tell you besides the hardware and the confusion with the Wii u r all dead WRONG! The WiiU has quite a few awesome games right now like Earthbound, Monster Hunter, Pikmin 3 and Art Academy and has wicked third party support with games like The Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Monolith Softs X and Bayonetta 2 on the way. Gimicky shouldn't be a problem to you because the PS Move is gimicky it's a rip off the Wii and using PS Vita as a controller is a rip off the of WiiU and the PS Camera is a rip off of the Xbox Kinect which was already a gimmick! The WiiU is for games but u saying that it has too many add ons and is not for games is funny because the Playstation is a Blu ray player, MP3 player and the Xbone is a DVR! Like is it for games? The eighth gens consoles aren't for games anymore so deal with it. It's for Girls, Yes and no because the WiiU is unisex. Nintendo publishes games that appeal to both genders so saying they are for girls is being plain ignorant. So should you get a WiiU? For Christmas is u want it because it will have killer games and features by then. So is Nintendo doomed? Really? It's Nintendo, gaming is their only market and they know it better than Sony or Microsoft so they will pull a miracle in 2014 because they pulled off alot of miracles in the past and they will do it again so Mötley Fool F*ck off and give Nintendo their space to make some magic.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 9:07 PM, feliciagjm wrote:

    I agree with stefanoq1. Nintendo knows their fan base. They're never off touch with it, and cater to what they're crowd is. Plus... nintendo is more into the handheld market, when pokemon comes out this october. 3DS sales will go up drastically. I don't have a 3DS yet, but I'll definitely be buying one. And I know my husband will be buying one as well (he likes Fire Emblem AND pokemon.) I'm an avid pokemon fan, and collect the games.

    Plus, with their new releases coming up. Especially Zelda, Mario, and Super Smash Bro (megaman, ftw!). The Wii U sales will go up. Because hardcore nintendo fans will buy the system just for those. The moment they come out with a console pokemon RPG that's better then Gale of Darkness (like... loads better.) I'll die a happy gamer. Otherwise, I tend to just stick with Steam ;) I prefer my PC.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 9:19 PM, thewoodenboy wrote:

    The problem is, that Nintendo did so completely well with the Wii that the Wii U doesn't seem to be a leap forward but rather a soft skip sideways. Not that it still can't entertain and surprise with some enjoyable titles...it needs some time to get momentum.

    However, what I thought should have been done long before the Wii U was ever promoted, was that purchasing an upgrade kit installment into the Wii itself with many of the features that Wii U is presenting would have been more in touch with the consumer market. After this, down the road a few years, Nintendo would once again release a new system that is radically innovative.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 10:27 PM, rylog wrote:

    How can wiiu get 3rd party companies when sony and microsoft are buying these companies like a monopoly game. If 3rd party companies weren't lazy to creating originality to wiiu options to playing games. The wiiu would be fine. Just like nes days. But bad mouthing also doesn't help wiiu. That is why sony and microsoft must be paying you to bad mouth wiiu. That is why you guys suck righting games.

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2013, at 8:29 AM, motleyfoolkilla wrote:

    Evan U have no buisness writing gaming articles no nothing about Nintendo and are probably paid to bash Nintendo for some other company I hope u get raped by a petafile gang A55hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2013, at 3:34 PM, stefanog1 wrote:

    Whoa dude. Come ur mouth, I love Nontendo too and Mötley Fool does suck but there's no need too be violent.

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2013, at 4:36 PM, realcritic1 wrote:

    NINTENDO ISNT FAILING; 1 PROVE!!!!

    THIS IS THE 5TH ARTICLE IN ONE WEAK BY MOTLEY FOOL ABOUT NINTENDO FAILING.

    NOW LETS CONSIDER THIS; MOTLY ISNT SPECIALISED IN GAIMING...

    SO WHY 5 ARTICES IN 1 WEAK.

    EITHER MOTLY SHORTS NINTENDO, OR THEY WANT A GOOD PRICE TO BUY THE STOCK THEMSELVES.

  • Report this Comment On August 17, 2013, at 10:05 AM, AllCreation wrote:

    Lets just be clear... Nintendo is still a far more profitable company in terms of gaming then both MS and Sony... The Wii U is lacking first party games right now but sales will pick up in the coming months... In the mean time the the Wii is still selling, the 3DS is the number one selling console in the world right now and the original DS is only a few million units shy of breaking the PS2's (The machine that introduced the concept of gimmicks to the gaming world with its built in DVD player) record of being the number one selling console of all time.

    Nintendo's game share market is also more than twice that of Sony and MS... MS and Sony have less than 25 games on the list of the top 200 best selling games of all time where as Nintendo has a mind blowing 80 games on that list. This week alone Nintendo has 4 games on the top 10 list where as MS and Sony have 1 each...

    And just to give you an idea of how much people love Nintendo games just 1 of Nintendo's spin off franchises (The Mario Kart Series) has sold almost as much as Every Game in the God of War Franchise, Every Game in the Halo Franchise, Every Game in the Uncharted Franchise, and Every Game in the Gears of War Franchise... COMBINED thats about 22 games altogether...

    So for anybody worried about the fate of Nintendo rest assured that they are currently crushing the compition in both Hardware AND Software sales... The Big N will be just fine.

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