When Will Nintendo Abandon the Wii U?

Source: nintendo.com

The Wii U is the biggest hardware misstep for Nintendo  (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  )  since the Virtual Boy. Bearing in mind that the Wii U was put forth as the successor to the hugely popular Wii and that the Virtual Boy was never intended to serve as the company's primary home-console hardware, it's possible that the Wii U represents an even greater failure. Third parties have struggled to find any traction on the platform and Nintendo's own software efforts have been commercial underperformers.

Nintendo expects to have sold only 2.8 million Wii Us by the end of its current fiscal year, a clear sign that the platform does not have the momentum needed to reverse its disastrous performance. The Wii U's otherwise-barren 2014 lineup is punctuated by releases in the "Donkey Kong," "Mario Kart," and "Smash Bros." franchises, but it's debatable whether Nintendo should continue to devote development resources to the platform. With the Sony  (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4 racing to an early victory, Mario and company have already lost this round of the console wars. Should Nintendo continue to develop games for the Wii U into 2015?

Should Link and Zelda cut and run?
When it first unveiled the Wii U, the company used a "Legend of Zelda" demo to showcase the system's graphical capabilities and endear the system to fans of the series. A large-scale "Zelda" game is expected to hit the Wii U in 2015, however games in the franchise are typically some of the most costly to come out of Nintendo. The Wii U's paltry user base makes investing in a mainline "Zelda" title a questionable endeavor. The game is rumored to be the most expensive software that Nintendo has developed in its history.

Wii U is not fit
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's typically optimistic president, has gone back on previous declarations and admitted that the Wii U is not in good shape. The system's most recent high-profile release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze debuted to disappointing sales, and there is no reason to believe that the upcoming Mario Kart 8 or Smash Bros. will be able to improve the Wii U's future prospects. That said, completely deserting the console in 2015 would run the risk of alienating those who purchased the platform and deterring them from future Nintendo purchases.

Source: nintendo.com

Hyrule console warriors
The Wii U is almost guaranteed to see an original title set in the "Zelda" universe regardless of whether the big development switches platforms. As a result of the Wii U's poor performance and the fact that third parties have spurned the device, Nintendo has been pushed into a more liberal licensing and partnership policy for its signature characters. Hyrule Warriors is the product of a partnership between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei that sees the "Zelda" property expanding into a new genre. The game could give Wii U owners a dose of "Zelda" without needing the investment of huge development resources.

Bringing the family together
If Nintendo decides that it will continue on with the development of its triple-A "Zelda" title for Wii U, it's possible that the company will also release the game on its next handheld hardware. Iwata has stated that the next systems from the company will use largely similar hardware architecture as a means of streamlining development and making ports easier. He also stated that upcoming platforms will have a good deal in common with the Wii U hardware.

Sony has cross-platform support right
The strategy of building hardware that enables games to be easily ported across multiple platforms has already been effectively put in place by Sony. The company's struggling PS Vita handheld is already largely propped up by games that are also available on the PS3 and the PS4. The Vita and the PlayStation 3 are fairly comparable in terms of hardware power, which has enabled largely similar versions of games like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal to receive simultaneous releases on the platforms. Nintendo is kicking off a similar strategy by releasing the next Smash Bros. on both the Wii U and the 3DS, however the difference in hardware between these two systems necessitates major differences across versions of the game.

Source: playstation.com

The gulf in power separating the PlayStation 4 and the Vita is substantial, however smaller games and indie titles still make ideal transitions. Meanwhile, games that the Vita isn't powerful enough to run can still be streamed to the device through the remote play feature. Nintendo's next platforms will likely offer a similar form of connectivity.

Can the Wii U survive another year?
For now, it looks as though Nintendo will continue to release games on the Wii U into 2015. The company's Retro Studios recently revealed that it has a new project in the works which is slated to hit the dying console. Still, there are only two ways in which triple-A software development on the Wii U makes sense. One of these has to do with Nintendo's desire to preserve brand loyalty; the other is that such games will land on multiple platforms.


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  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 2:20 PM, EvanBuck wrote:

    This article is mostly right; however, I'd wait to pass final judgment on the Wii U until after Smash Bros., Sonic Boom, a possible Legend of Zelda title, and other high-profile games come out. The upcoming games are highly antipicated and have a broad fan base, which may boost Wii U sales.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 3:22 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    Oddly enough there is another article on this very site talking about how its OK that the Xbox One has sold barely half what the PS4 has sold and that there is no reason why it has to be #1.

    Why doesn't this apply also to Nintendo?!?

    All that should matter is that they are making a profit.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 3:46 PM, Emozolik wrote:

    Another foolish doom and gloom article on Motley Fool. I had to register to retort. Listen, the console has sold about 6 million units so far, nothing to sneeze at. There looks to be 3 to 4 big game releases this year, and they're courting the indie game industry surprisingly well. Last I checked the other day, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U was sold out on Amazon in the US, and presales of said game were better than actual sales of the PS4. No, the Wii U and 3DS don't cross platform as well as the PS4 and PS Vita. But that's hardly a good point. The Vita does for the PS4 what the gamepad does for the Wii U. And yes their online gaming is not as robust as the offerings from Sony or Microsoft. Nor does Nintendo charge for said service. They also have close to $9 billion in cash and virtually no debt. At the very least, it's prudent to wait 12 months and see if their game franchises help sell hardware units. Otherwise the "reporting" here is dubious at best.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:00 PM, CaptSpaulding wrote:

    I'm personally more of a PS4 guy, but my wife likes Mario and DK so we bought a Wii U a couple months ago. I don't see what is so wrong about the Wii U. I guess if people are trying to play multiplayer online games, then the Wii U would be a bad choice, but in my mind, I associate Nintendo with games like Mario and Zelda and Donkey Kong, fun games that are good for the whole family. I would hate to see Nintendo drastically change or drop hardware altogether, as I think there is very much a place for them in the gaming industry.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:07 PM, ZephyrGumby wrote:

    JJ82

    This doesn't apply to Nintendo because they are a DISTANT third in this race. Even though the XBOX ONE isn't selling at the level of the PS4, it is selling well and has sold more in its short life than the Wii U has in over a year.

    Nintendo may have a bunch of cash but they can't run from the fact that the console hasn't sold well and the game sales are horrible. A multi-platform publisher can invest millions in a title and sell it on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox one and see a return. Nintendo can't invest millions on a title and expect a positive return when they are only selling it to the limited market of Wii U buyers. It's a difficult position. To complicate that, multi-platform publishers don't want to invest the funds to port to Wii U because the title may not sell.

    What does that leave for the Wii U? Low tech ports from the Wii and the 3DS. Can't see the U getting any traction that way.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:13 PM, Tomryan wrote:

    i just found out that i won't ever again be able to fully access many key features of several of my DS games, because nintendo is permanently killing their "legacy" wireless service. final fantasy 3, and dragon quest 6 and 9 will never be fully playable again. core gameplay features for single player games NEVER should been gated by wireless service, because it was just a dumb gimmick that added nothing to gameplay and created an unenjoyable hassle. and now the unfulfillable wireless requirement has broken those games forever.

    why is this relevant? because nintendo has lost me as a customer due to failing to support their products. if they ditch the Wii U early on, the same thing will happen with the 2.8 million people who find that their hardware is unsupported by games they had every right to expect. gamers are harsh. we don't forgive these things.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:42 PM, joe368 wrote:

    In 2020, next question.

    Seriously do the buffoons at MF have nothing better to do than write mean-spirited articles about Nintendo? What have they done to deserve so much crap?

    For the seven hundredth time, Nintendo is not going to move on to make an XBOX One 2.0 or a PS4 2.0. They got a console that is very compatible with their current handheld, & they share a lot in common. 2 screens with one being a touch screen. You get the same exp. at home on your TV as well as away from home.

    The point of the whole Smash Bros. Wii-U/3DS plan is to NOT be cross-platform. They want to get you to buy BOTH versions. Many cross platform games Sony is making is actually the same exact game in which you would only need to buy one of. So if you have a Vita, then you wouldn't have to buy a whole PS4 for the same exact experience. The Smash Bros on Wii-U & 3DS will offer various different features which will feel like different games. But Wii-U players will fight Wii-U players & 3DS players will fight 3DS players. Cross-platform play is not even a necessity. Hell online play isn't even a necessity. Games are meant to be fun & full of quality.

    As I said before, the 3rd parties need to grow some pairs because they aren't contributing to Wii-U like they are with XBOX & PS4 & they're actually what is making them sell. I actually don't see any interest in hardly any of the 1st party titles from either company; Infamous on PS4 & KI on XB1 but that's pretty much it. Not even Titanfall.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Bonampak wrote:

    Nintendo's consoles have NEVER, EVER depended on 3rd party games for its consoles to make it big or stay relevant. Anyone who says and thinks otherwise (like the writer of this paid article) is just being ignorant.

    The Wii hit it big thanks to Nintendo's games. Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros Brawl, etc.

    Thanks to 1st and 2nd party games, Nintendo was able to not just survive the N64 and Gamecube eras, but they ended in the black. Actually making a profit during those years (something even Sony had a hard time doing in the same period of time - check the numbers).

    Finally, Nintendo has over 18 billion dollars in the bank. According to the most pessimistic of estimates, thanks to having all that money (mostly made during the Wii years and the 3DS - which was the best selling device in the US, Japan and the UK in 2013), Nintendo can actually afford MANY more Wii U debacles for the next 15 years!

    That's right. For the next 15 years Nintendo can afford to have many more Wii U 'failures' before they go bankrupt.

    And the most optimistic appraisals says that Nintendo can endure for 40 years with more Wii U type failures.

    So anyone who claims that Nintendo is doomed and going 3rd party any time soon, better grab a chair and get ready to grow roots on that thing. Because you're going to wait for many, many years before you see anything like that going down.

    @ZephyrGumby - Actually, try and check the hardware sales charts sometime. The Wii U is at second place. The Xbox One is at a distant 3rd place. I understand that you were talking about the speed in which the system sold in a particular period of time. But overall, the Wii U is still ahead of the X1. And the X1 is quickly losing speed.

    @Tomryan - I'm sorry but you're being ridiculous with the whole wireless issue. Please try and get informed before you spew such nonsense on the web. Nintendo was FORCED to pull down the wireless service from key Wii titles. Why? Because of this: "Nintendo Wi Fi Connection was actually done by Gamespy. Gamespy's online matchmaking/server business was bought out recently (in internet years), and the new company started shutting down tons of games that Gamespy had provided the online service for after AGES".

    Nintendo Actually kept the servers up well AFTER they didn't have a license anymore (since 2012). This to allow people to play those wireless Wii and DS games up to this year (2014). But it wasn't possible to do that anymore because the new company would not renew a license for the servers to stay up and running.

    So as you can see, Nintendo actually was doing everything possible to keep wireless going for a couple of years beyond the agreed time period. So much for them "failing to support their products".

    And please, compare what Nintendo does compared to what other companies do.

    Capcom will usually shut down their servers after 3.5 years. They did that with Monster Hunter on PSP, Resident Evil Outbreak on PS2.

    While Nintendo kept many of their games with online capabilities for more time than that.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 5:17 PM, Emozolik wrote:

    Zephyr, way to be wrong on multiple accounts. Recent estimates put the Wii U at 6 million sold vs Xbox One at 4 million. Overall hardware sales in February showed Nintendo actually AHEAD of Microsoft (disclaimer: this was Wii U and 3DS platforms vs Xbox One and 360 worldwide):

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/03/05/nintendo-is-...

    Wii U has also officially sold better than the Xbox 360 in Japan. My prediction is that with an increase in 1st and 2nd party games, console sales will grow modestly. I see another 2-3 years life cycle for the Wii U. It may perform better than the Xbox One if Microsoft doesn't make any significant changes

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 7:19 PM, NBSN wrote:

    Well, I love it when articles like this continue to neglect the facts that are valid counter-points to the drivel the "author" posts.

    "Third parties have struggled to find any traction on the platform and Nintendo's own software efforts have been commercial underperformers." A quote from that is fairly true for the most part. Except the author should have mentioned that majority of those third party games are multi-platform releases and not are only are they typically released on other consoles before being released on the Wii U, they also fail to offer the same DLC on the Wii U that other consoles get. So, yes that will of course affect the sales of that game on the Wii U. Of course, some people would just rather play the game on another system for whatever reason they have. They might prefer the Xbox 360 online aspect, the PS3 controller, the sequels to that game are all on another of their systems so that want to play it on the same platform. But honestly, if you want to offer me a poorly ported copy of a game that is several months late and I will never be able to play the DLC with...I will pass. And as most people should know by now, Nintendo consoles have always been primarily popular for first party software.

    When the author brings up the Wii U sales numbers. Compare that to the Xbox One sales numbers. Here is a article that I made for that a while back:

    Wii U vs Xbox One Sales Numbers: Is The Wii U Really A Failure?

    There is a whole lot of talk of how horrible the sales numbers have been for the Wii U, and a lot of talk about the Nintendo being doomed. I won't be going into how doomed or not doomed Nintendo is. But I will quickly touch on the hardware sales for consoles between Nintendo and Microsoft for there newest systems to offer a comparison of figures. The Wii U was released in November of 2012, with the actual release dates across the globe spanning the 18th of November to the 8th of December. While the Xbox One had a release in November of 2013, pretty much across the globe on the 22nd of November, while planning to hit a few countries later on in 2014. Regardless of the structure that either company decided to use in the release countries and dates for their respective consoles, it all comes down to the numbers for many people. Both companies of course released their systems in the demographics that would represent the best sales, so the argument that Microsoft did not release the Xbox One in Japan yet, if it happens at all, does not matter, they know they would not have the huge initial sales they wanted in that country, so it was skipped for the time being and is not an argument for this comparison.

    The funniest aspect regarding the critics behind the Wii U's supposed failure to sell, is that they assume that the competition has been selling so much better. Without going into all of the offerings by any of the video game giants, going into political or financial discussions, hardware performance, or anything else...strictly looking at the hardware sales we see they are very similar. The Wii U had a release date in November 2012 and sold 3.06 million units by the end of that year. The Xbox One had a release date in November 2013 and sold 3 million units by the end of that year. The actual specific number is unknown and is probably just over the 3 million mark, probably between the 3 million to 3.06 million of the Wii U. Okay, so the first adopters picked up their consoles and the Christmas gifts are accounted for. So technically the Wii U had been outselling the Xbox One in the similar period. How about since then?

    Well, unfortunately the actual numbers for January 2014 Xbox One sales are not known since Microsoft has decided not to divulge that information. And in all honesty, they were definitely better than the Wii U the January after its launch which only sold between 45,000 - 59,000 consoles in January 2013. Looking through the data, it appears that the Xbox One more than likely sold around 300,000 consoles in January 2014, give or take 20,000 units. Which, like I said, is quite a bit more than the Wii U's comparison for the same time in its life cycle. Of course now I am looking at the hardware sales for this past week for a comparison. According to VGChartz.com, from February 1st to the 8th, the Xbox One had global sales of 53,670 which I will round up to 54,000 for this argument. While the Wii U had global sales of 36,033 which I will round down to 36,000. The fact of the matter is that the Xbox One outsold the Wii U by a large margin during this time period. It does not matter why, only that it did. So how well are the systems going to really sell in comparison to each other?

    The Wii U was released November 2012 and as of 8 February 2014 it has sold 5.7 million units according to VGChartz. Without breaking up the days and nickel and dimming the time period we will keep it very simple. From November 2012 to February 2014 the Wii U sold 5.7 million units. So in order to do the same, the Xbox One has to sell 5.7 million units from November 2013 to February 2015. Currently the Xbox One is sitting at 3.4 million units, so they must sell 2.3 million units within one year. Which is quite possible and likely to happen. Breaking the 2.3 million units down, Microsoft will only need to sell approximately 191,670 each month. If they continue selling at the same pace as this past week with around 50,000 sold, then they would be a bit over that number. But how would that actually look?

    If the Wii U is a "failure" and supposedly not worth developing games for, then why is the Xbox One not included in that category? Of course Nintendo does not pay millions upon millions of dollars to developers to make games for its hardware, and they insist on much higher quality control and better service for its consumers too. Yes Microsoft has a more powerful console in a technical perspective and since it is structured more toward pc architecture and the PS4, that helps developers also to a degree. Without pointing fingers at one console or the other regardless of my own personal opinions on each of them, the facts speak for themselves. If the Wii U is a "failure" then so is the Xbox One. Using the excuse that the install base is not large enough for a reason to not develop games for the Wii U is not good enough and a downright lie if being used as the sole reason. How about developers give the actual reasons why...just be honest. You don't want to because of a number of other reasons: The game will not sell the same on the Wii U, the cost of development compared to just porting to another console is higher, or whatever the reason is. But those of you that have put down the Wii U for its sale numbers need to think again. If you compare the Wii U to the Xbox One sales numbers, then you will understand they are more alike than different.

    The author mentions some Wii U games in a seemingly annoyed manner. Hinting at whether Nintendo should quit development on them, or bring them to the other consoles. Yes, it makes totally since to spend buckets of cash making a game and then just scrap it for no reason. That is sarcasm. Or better yet, keep trying to sell your console with promises of those upcoming games, and then make them third party. What sort of stupidity is that? I guess since Xbox One is not selling good enough, Microsoft should just give Titanfall to Sony? And the author mentions PS3 and PS Vita crossplay...with the paltry number of Vitas sold...especially compared to the 3DS/2DS. Yet calling Nintendo a failure? Yeah, um...NO!

    Sony is closing studios and laying off employees left and right. And they are posting huge losses. Nintendo had losses, but compared to the competition, not bad at all. Microsoft's Xbox division has never turned a profit and the only reason they continue to make games and consoles is advertisement to push their other products.

    My blood pressure is a bit high so I will quit for now...but try and do some research before churning out drivel such as this.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 7:44 PM, Sarentack wrote:

    NBSN hit it.

    Quite frankly I am tired of all the BS Motley writes, If I had to wager money, I bet Microsoft is funding these articles much like they fund the ones at Forbes and BGM who cannot write an article with facts to save their lives.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 8:09 PM, woody2363 wrote:

    With the logic of this article, Pepsi should have closed up shop years ago when Coca-Cola was #1. Forget the fact that they were making money. Similarly, Burger King should have shut down all their stores and forsaken any profits just because they couldn't top Micky D's. 2.8 million is a fail? Why does Nintendo have to be #1 in sales to do business? I (and I would assume more than a few of the 2.8 million who bought the console) LOVE my Wii U...The tablet controller is great and I love all the traditional Nintendo character games that play on it and nowhere else - Zelda, DK, Super Mario, etc. I play it all the time, watch my Netflix on it, YouTube. Maybe the solution is not to close up shop or pimp out its characters, as some suggest, but to be a niche console for folk like me who love the Nintendo magic we grew up with.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 8:16 PM, targeyone wrote:

    It's obvious Motley Fool is actively trying to give Nintendo a bad name.

    Far too many contributors are all churning out similar articles like this, and by similar I mean: backed up with very little facts, spun information, and large gaps in reasoning. I won't go into detail, because there are posts here far more intelligent than the actual article that already explain.

    But wild assumptions like:

    "If Nintendo decides that it will continue on with the development of its triple-A "Zelda" title for Wii U, it's possible that the company will also release the game on its next handheld hardware."

    There's absolutely no ground to stand on with that wild claim. First of all, in what world would Nintendo choose NOT to continue developing its most critically acclaimed series for its own home console? Mr. Aonuma has already stated that the next Zelda is heavily built around the gamepad. The entire remake of Windwaker was so his team could acclimate to it in preparation for the next Zelda, on the Wii U. Why are you irresponsibly ignoring this statement from the series' head director, and then wildly coming up with some random theory?

    Iwata has said that their home consoles and handhelds will start using a more common architecture, and that is all. To take that and say Nintendo might be thinking of porting it's next console Zelda to their next handheld...That's not even a logical conclusion in any sense of the word.

    Do Motley Fool writers truly believe anything they write? Because if so, I don't see how they expect anyone to take such an ill-informed opinion seriously, and if they don't believe what they write, why are they spreading such information?

    Nintendo has it's work cut out for it, but it seems all Motley Fool wants to do is try to kick a company when they're down. So much so, that they forgo any research before they attempt to.

    The real question is: When Will Motley Fool Realize How Bad They're Making Themselves Look?

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 8:17 PM, Manaphy2007 wrote:

    motley fool must be smoking something to think nintendo should drop wii u support, first of all that would be a giant slap in the face to ones who bought the console, do you retards think nintendo will pull a sega? everybody hates navi and everybody will agree with me that nintendo will NEVER drop wii u support as they know that they are not stupid enough to even think about it. second nintendo will NEVER go 3rd party and put their franchises to sony and microsoft consoles, they would rather drop from the gaming industry before that happens. stop dreaming that mario will one day be on x-bone and zelda and ps vita because that will only happen when the usa governs the whole world along side with God and Lucifer.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 9:51 PM, tweety1958 wrote:

    I think it has to do with the price tag too. But also people and kids are getting away from just sitting on their butts playing video games

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 1:18 AM, Sarentack wrote:

    Xbox fan boys wont like this, but bulk of the sells from that system is created from 2 things.

    Fan boys who buy due to the microsoft brand.

    and big corporations in this industry who are buying hundreds or thousands of Xbox ones as part of an agreement that ends up being tallied in the sales report.

    No real gamer has much interest in the Xbox one unless they got too much money to spend.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 3:53 AM, sypoth wrote:

    Actually, Nintendo has had 50/50 success with their consoles. The NES, SNES and Wii(first three years) were all quite successful, the N64, Game Cube, Wii (second half of it's life) and the Wii U have all been failures, honestly if Nintendo could afford to leave it ont he market for as long as the N64 was out the Wii U would most likely be a bigger success than the N64 was, that isn't saying much because the N64 didn't sell very well at all. But for them abandoning it, it will be sometime this year, if they don't then by next year Nintendo will not be around at all, of course their plan on re-releasing it with a few mods to the system won't bring sales back to the console, they should just give up home consoles and go with handhelds TBH, but they will not listen to reason or logic and they will no longer be around in a few years because of it.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 7:06 AM, NINWiiUPS4 wrote:

    Okay, i find this funny that even though the game sales are better on Nintendo systems people still think it's a failure it's stupid. I also find it freakin hilarious when people say there are more and quote "better games" on Xbox One and PS4. Do your Damn research. I miss the days when it was just PS and Nintendo. There was no stupid articles or wars in that case. I also hate it when people compare graphics. "Who gives a crap yeah there a nice touch but, i care about gameplay and the story." I'm also going to hate when they come out with Virtual Realty headsets for gaming can't it just be fun. JEEZ!!!

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 12:17 PM, DisplayName wrote:

    I love how every article turns into a Sony love fest, it's actually quite entertaining, makes you wonder who pays the bills.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 3:01 PM, thejmurphy wrote:

    motley fool should right an article "WHY WE HATE NINTENDO MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD".. do youself a favor and stop reading the motley fool

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 7:18 PM, kingaliencracker wrote:

    It's no question the Wii U has been a disappointment for Nintendo - they themselves have admitted this. So to try and argue otherwise is asinine, in my opinion.

    As far as the article...it's simply too soon for Nintendo to give up on the console right now. They essentially have to ride the course as they did with the GameCube. My guess is we'll see the Wii U as the main console through 2015.

    This is nothing new for Nintendo. Since the SNES they've been playing 2nd fiddle to Sony and then Microsoft. They caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii, ONLY because of it's gimmicky nature with the motion sensor bar, that was quickly copied by Microsoft and Sony (and as a result, the Wii lost most of its luster by the time the Wii U launched).

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 2:12 AM, Ylem122 wrote:

    Cant wait for Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and any and all Zeldas that come out.

    Donkey Kong, not so much.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 3:29 AM, Gamingsince75 wrote:

    I always thought the fool part was just part of the name but judging by the articles coming from here, their huge amount of spin, and lack of all the facts I can see they really are fools. Couple of posts are also a little clueless.

    1. Except Wii U every console for Nintendo has made them money. They don't need to be the best selling to make money.

    2. Nintendos online works just fine for me any time I play on it. never had any issues with it. Anyone claiming otherwise isn't an actual owner.

    3. X1 is at 4 million within launch window. Wii U is 6 million outside launch Window. MS isn't in 2nd kids and launch sales are never maintained by any console save Wii but that is because Nintendo could not meet demand.

    4. Giving people poor business advise is the best way to show that nobody should take you seriously. Sure sit around and have your little circle jerk because you and the other author are Sony fanboys with an agenda but it will only ruin the rep of this site in the end and do nothing to hurt Nintendo or MS.

    5. I expect you to follow your own advise and close this site down as its not #1 on the internet and according to you, if you are not #1 you need to find something else to do.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 11:34 AM, nico07 wrote:

    Biggest misstep since the Virtual Boy? I thought that title was reserved for the Nintendo 3DS that coincidentally is the best selling handheld gaming system right now. This article is so biased against Nintendo, I had a hard time reading the entire article.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 11:42 AM, nico07 wrote:

    Wanting better more factual articles about Nintendo? Try Nintendolife.com. Despite them being a pro Nintendo site they report on articles for and against Nintendo in a light that is more based in fact than opinion. Articles from the Fool are more slander than anything else.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 1:55 PM, Facer5 wrote:

    Nintendo fanboys will never admit the console (not the company, at least not yet) is in trouble.

    They'll scream things like "3DS sells more than Vita loL"

    Or

    "Sony's broke, LoL"

    Or,

    "Ms can't sell in Japan, LoL"

    Or

    "This article is wrong and part of a Nintendoomed conspiracy by the media, it is not true!"

    Or,

    "Next game in ____ franchise will sell gazillions"

    Or,

    "Just wait for..."

    To distract people from the point that is being discussed, which is the abysmal sales of the Wii U.

    I find it amusing they do this, as if talking about the misfortunes of competitors changes Nintendo's current console's situation in any way (it doesn't). Well, it at least makes for some fun posts, as denial can be funny sometimes.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 2:47 PM, Andaimaru wrote:

    "When Will Nintendo Abandon the Wii U?"

    Probably when their next home console is released.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 3:22 PM, sm5574 wrote:

    Nintendo's problem is that their demo is the casual gamer, and many casual gamers have abandoned consoles and moved to mobile apps. It's easier to justify the next $50+ dollar game for a console you already own than to justify spending $300+ on the console and then another $50+ on the game.

    Cross-platform is absolutely the way they need to go: For example, create an iPhone DK game that functions as a minigame for Wii U DK game with power-ups and such that carry over to the console. That might actually pique people's interest and get sales going.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 8:41 PM, keithnoonan wrote:

    Great comment, sm5574. The movement of the casual audience to mobile platforms is one of the biggest problems facing Nintendo. The company's comments do suggest that it will seek to promote its bigger titles through small mobile releases.

    I'm sure Iwata and co. would prefer to keep its characters off of cellphones and tablets entirely, but some manner of presence is quickly becoming a necessity. Releasing games on the Wii U will not allow the Nintendo to reach a big enough audience and young gamers are growing up without the Mario crew.

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