Is This Nintendo's Last Chance to Save the Wii U?

Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) is looking for a second chance to make a first impression. The video game company's Wii U console is off to a dreadful start since its launch, having sold just 160,000 units globally over the last quarter. Still, it thinks it can recover from that stumble by giving gamers what they should have had from the beginning: a strong slate of first-party games.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos says he agrees with Nintendo's management that the Wii U's problem isn't on the hardware side and that upcoming releases in powerhouse franchises like the Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario should help the console's sales recover. Still, the Wii U looks destined to be playing catch-up for this holiday season and into next year, he says.

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  • Report this Comment On August 28, 2013, at 12:05 AM, sypoth wrote:

    Nope, it's too late to save them. Hardware is the same as in the PS3 and 360 making it a seventh gen console and not an eighth like they try to claim, nobody likes the controller, and it's going to have the same reputation as the Wii, all the good games were at launch and nothing worth playing was made afterwards. Nintendo needs to go back to the ONLY market they have dominated since the third generation and the ONLY source of profit for them for the fifth and sixth generation and the last half of the seventh generation. Handhelds.

  • Report this Comment On August 28, 2013, at 12:42 AM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    Nintendo abandoned it's older generation of gamers that liked using the arcade/joystick features. Not all older people want a wireless contraption to swing around in the room to play a game with.

    Until Nintendo makes all their systems compatible with arcade sticks and joysticks for the Wii games (all Wii games), I will never buy another one of their products ever again.

    Remember Nintendo, us older gamers dropped you since you felt the need to tell mus what we needed by going wireless with the Wii remotes which are a pain in the azz to use.

    Until you make all your Wii systems compatible with arcade sticks and joystick controllers, we won't be buying your products again.

    It's time for you dumbazzes at Nintendo to start listening to the older generation of Nintendo gamers.


  • Report this Comment On August 28, 2013, at 1:08 AM, matthewluke wrote:


    "... it's going to have the same reputation as the Wii, all the good games were at launch and nothing worth playing was made afterwards."

    There were no good Wii games at launch of the system. With the exception of Zelda (which was really a GameCube game), all of the good Wii games came months and years after the launch. As someone who bought a Nintendo Wii day-one in college (and got bored with my purchase very quickly with nothing enjoyable to play), I can attest to that fact.

  • Report this Comment On August 28, 2013, at 2:04 AM, Andion79 wrote:

    @ sypoth

    "Hardware is the same as in the PS3 and 360 making it a seventh gen console and not an eighth like they try to claim"

    A generation is a unit of time, not power. In any case, if what you say is true, then the Wii was a 6th gen console which sold more than PS360, which was 7th gen.

    "all the good games were at launch and nothing worth playing was made afterwards"

    It's actually the opposite, the launch titles were weak. That's the reason it didn't sell well, there were no must have games warranting a system purchase.


    Not sure who you claim you're representing, but this older gamer does not want joysticks.

    As for Nintendo, their mistakes with the Wii U were:

    1. Not enough quality 1st party launch titles

    2. Barely any marketing

    3. Naming the system "Wii U" - it sounds like a Wii addon, especially when you see pictures of the gamepad and the system in the background resembling the original Wii

    The Wii U will eventually sell and make them a profit because of its IPs; most people who have a PS360 or PC will end up buying one for its core IPs (SSB, new original Zelda, MK8, possible Metroid, possible future Mario game in the spirit of Mario 64 not 3D Land). It is not in direct competition with the other systems, and as 3DS sales show, it's is not competing directly with smartphones or tablets either.

    I believe the only way it will sell more, besides trying to be a more powerful PS360 clone (next console) is to try to get as many exclusives as possible, which is what they seem to be trying to do (Sega Sonic games, Monster Hunter series). Ports of 3rd party games will never sell well because they are available on other systems in superior formats, excluding end of 2012 and 2013 since the Wii U is equivalent to the PS360.

  • Report this Comment On August 28, 2013, at 11:40 AM, Alshain wrote:


    Do you know anything at all about the Wii U? The Wii U gamepad is basically a 360 gamepad with a screen in the middle. If that still isn't good enough for you, they have the Pro Controller which might as well be a 360 controller.

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