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Nintendo are doing too well are they? Basically, hardly anyone’s bought a Wii U and everyone is dribbling over the PS4 and Xbox One now, so obviously, they’re struggling to keep the pace. The figures back this Mario malaise, with the company only shifting 3.61 million Wii U consoles.
Compare that to sales of the original Wii, whiched shifted more than 100 million, trashing the PS3 and Xbox 360.
And now, Naughty Dog co-founder and former THQ president Jason Rubin reckons that Nintendo doesn’t have a place at the table next to Microsoft and Sony in the console market. Big talk. He says: “Nintendo’s irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business.”
He added that Nintendo are indeed a “worldwide treasure” and praised designer Shigeru Miyamoto for his contribution to the gaming industry, but he is irked that big-hitters like Mario and Zelda are exclusive to Nintendo, saying: ”It is a crime that we do not play those games on the systems that we have.”
Nintendo have been slashing the price of the Wii U in a bid to reignite some interest. However, many megamarkets have stopped stocking it altogether, such is the scant demand.
Are we going to see Nintendo offering Mario and Zelda up to other platforms, like Sega did with Sonic the Hedgehog? If they don’t, we might be looking at another Deathwatch.
Asda kept dropping the price too, and now, at a loss, the supermarket has finally decided that they’ll no longer stock anything to do with the Wii U in their 550+ stores.
In a statement, Asda said: ”Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops.”
So what do Nintendo think? They replied: “Nintendo UK does not comment on specific business practices with individual retailers.”
“However, as we have seen with Nintendo 3DS, software sells hardware, and with titles such as Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World already announced for this year – as well as the recently released Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U having reached number 2 and number 6 in this week’s chart respectively – we are looking forward to the year ahead on Wii U.”
Is the Wii U the worst console in gaming history?
The Nintendo Wii U is looking like the slowest selling console in history, with no-one wanting anything to do with it. So beleaguered is Nintendo’s newest gizmo that Asda has slashed the price of it by £100 again.
The Wii U Premium/Nintendoland bundle has been reduced to £199, while the basic model is £149.99.
Asda last cut the price of the console back in May, but it doesn’t seem to be making much difference, even though Nintendo’s own figures reckon that 3.45 million Wii U consoles have been sold between November 30th and December 31st 2012. It seems, since the new year, sales have plummeted and it has been reported that Nintendo have shifted a paltry 390,000 in the first three months of 2013.
A stark contrast to the predicted 9 million in sales by Nintendo.
With EA already ditching Wii U and other third party publishers looking to do the same, this is a dreadful time for the Mario makers. With the Xbox One and Sony PS4 due to launch later this year, it could be curtains for the console.
Nintendo’s Wii U has far from set the world alight. They’ve been trying to flog them for cheap, and no-one is really taking the bait. To make this beleaguered console look even more doomed, EA have backed away, saying they won’t be developing games for it any more.
Nintendo know they’re in trouble with the Wii U as it is consistently being outsold by older consoles. One thing they’ve said, regarding the lack of success, is that there aren’t enough titles to buy for it, and EA pulling out isn’t going to help.
“Wii U was not able to maintain the initial sales momentum after the beginning of 2013 due to a delay in the development of subsequent software titles,” it said. ”Operating loss increased primarily due to the sales of ‘Nintendo 3DS’ and ‘Wii U’ being weaker than expected,”
EA, meanwhile, are still excited about other consoles. “We have never been better positioned for the launch of new technology, either mobile or console,” said EA.
With retailers telling Nintendo that their Wii U price-drops aren’t enough, and that they’re looking at ‘another GameCube’, Mario fans will be in need of some distraction.
And so, to a mall in Calgary, that has made a display from food cans that stars a huge 3D Mario
Apparently, this display was made using 11,000 tuna cans, or thereabouts and was built for the 8th Annual Canstruction Event.
All the canned grub gets shipped off to the charity, Calgary Food Bank. Surely an Italian foodstuff would’ve been more appropriate?
Struggling Nintendo have finally acknowledged that the Wii U is floundering and have vowed to implement a new strategy in a bid to generate some interest in their newest device.
One of the big problems of the Wii U is a lack of games available to play on it, with virtually no titles available from last Christmas to now. 3 months in gaming is a lifetime, especially when there are so many other distractions online and there’s games to be played on tablets and smartphones.
Nintendo is working to launch a raft of new games this week and retailers have been trying to flog the next-gen console at discount prices to get things moving. However, things aren’t progressing quickly enough and retailers have reportedly been reducing their Wii U orders, which is why the company is planning to win back some hearts and minds.
Speaking to games retail industry site MCV, Nintendo said: “We’ll be speaking to our retailers directly over the next few weeks to take them through our plans for building Wii U momentum over the course of 2013.”
“We have a strong and broad line-up of software launching this year and we look forward to updating – and exciting – our partners over the coming weeks.”
However, the problem is that customers aren’t ready for a next-gen gaming. The leap in quality from each console thus far, has been huge. Looking at the PS3, Xbox and Wii, there’s still life left in those devices and the new crop don’t seem to offer much more, like in previous years.
Nintendo will inevitably have to offer Mario and Zelda to other platforms to stay in business, but are we looking at the death of the console as we know it?
At the moment, no-one wants to buy a Nintendo product. The Wii U has only sold 64,000 in February, and the Wii Mini got unveiled much to everyone’s thorough indifference.
Considering that the Wii U is a newly launched console, this is worrying for Nintendo who haven’t been able to keep up with the video game market for some time now.
To put this into perspective, the Xbox 360 sold more than over 300,000 units last month in the US, despite the fact it is nearly ten years old. The PS3 is still outselling the Wii U, even though Sony have announced the next-gen PS4.
Handheld gaming is one of the few success stories for Nintendo, but it is only a matter of time before they die out as smartphones and tablets continue to grow in popularity?
So could Nintendo go the same way as Sega?
The only discernible reason one would buy a Nintendo product is to play the games that aren’t available on other systems, like Mario, Zelda and the like. Could we see Mario Kart being released on all consoles in the not-too-distant future?
Nintendo haven’t released a decent console since the N64, and even that didn’t capture the imagination like the SNES. And so, in a bid to stay in the market after everyone collectively shrugged at the Wii and Wii U, they’ve decided to go budget.
For £80, you will be able to get your hands on a Wii Mini from March 22nd. For your buck, you’ll get a scaled-down console with a Wii Remote Plus and nunchuck.
What is a Wii Mini though and is it worth £80? Well, for starters, the exact same device costs around £60 overseas, so it seems a bit of a swizz from the off. Is it worth a punt if you’re a gaming n00b? This new console doesn’t connect to the internet (so no iPlayer or downloadable content from the Wii Store) and there’s no games bundle.
For another £40, you’ll be able to buy a proper Wii, which allows you connect to the internet and comes with a load of games. With the amount of packages you can buy you can have a fully functioning Wii and a bundle of other stuff, thereby making the Wii Mini look pretty useless.
There’s usually something of a commotion when a new console is released, but Nintendo have found that the Wii U has failed to capture the imagination of gamers, cutting their forecast for earnings and looking down the barrel of a second year of annual losses.
Nintendo forecast an annual loss of $220 million in the year to March, which is a kick in the pips considering they initially projected that they’d make that much profit on their new console.
“It was a somewhat negative surprise,” said Yasuo Sakuma, portfolio manager at Bayview Asset Management.
There’s been a shift in gaming habits to deal with, with more people wanting to play games on tablets and, of course, there’s the small matter that the Wii U isn’t significantly different enough from the regular Wii. Could this mean that Nintendo will have to start selling Mario to other console makers?
Either way, Nintendo’s shares have fallen 2.1% today, which is marginally better than the ten-year low achieved at the start of the year. If Nintendo’s new tablet-style joypad isn’t going to generate interest, then Sony needs to think hard for the release of anything similar in time for Christmas 2013 for the PS4.
Here’s a thing. If you’ve bought a Nintendo Wii U and live somewhere in Europe, then you may or may not have discovered that your new console has a watershed.
European Wii U consoles now restrict access to PEGI 18-rated games until after 11pm.
Basically, the Wii U online store won’t let you buy adult games unless you’re awake between 11pm and 3am. If you work nights, tough. Of course, this watershed won’t stop you playing games whenever you feel like it, because that would be commercial suicide for Nintendo.
An email from Nintendo says: “Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.”
Other console developers have not said they’ll be joining in with this and, to be honest, it seems incredibly unlikely that they will want to.
If you have a Nintendo Wii and a LoveFilm account, you’ll now be able to access a free app from the Amazon-owned streaming service. And, if you’ve already got a Wii U, then you’ll soon be able to get your eyes round a HD version soon.
Wii’s have already got Netflix, which has run on the console for a while now, but this new exclusive deal should put an end to that.
What’s good about streaming on Wii U is that you can watch HD content on your television, but also, you can view films on the wireless handheld controller.
Of course, the LoveFilm app is free, but you’ll need to be spending at least £5 per month for a subscription to the service.
The Nintendo Wii U is coming, but that doesn’t mean that the original Wii is ready for the knackers yard yet – that’s because Nintendo are bringing out a mini version of it, costing less than the bigger, bulkier original.
But the bad news is that it seems to be a Canada-only release, at least before Christmas anyway. Over there, it’ll cost C$99.99, which translates as about £62. Unlike the ‘proper’ Wii, it’ll be a gaming-only machine, with no online capabilities.
Given that you can get a pre-owned Wii for about £40 these days, and that the market will be flooded with used Wii consoles in a few weeks once the new Wii-U has hit the streets, it’s hard to see what the point of a £60 mini Wii actually is?
Here’s the first UK ad for the upcoming Nintendo Wii U, outlining some of its crazy new features and that.
Voiceover comes from TV mirth-merchant Adam Buxton, which unfortunately has you wondering whether its actually a genuine ad or some kind of elaborate spoof for about the first 45 seconds.
What do you reckon, Bitterwalleteers – is the Wii U the one for U? Mu-huh….
If you were hoping to treat yourselves or the kids to the new Nintendo Wii U for Christmas, you might have to think again – the Japanese launch of the console won’t be until 8 December, with no international launch dates available as yet.
There’ll be two versions of the Wii U – a basic edition (with 8GB of storage) will cost 26,250 yen (£210) and a premium (32GB) version 31,500 yen (£251). Somewhat jaw-droppingly, if you want to buy an additional GamePad controller (pictured), that’ll set you back 13,000 yen (£104). Yowzers!
Games-wise, the Wii U will be launched alongside New Super Mario Bros U, which should at least help the consoles to fly off the shelves, and regardless of when the U comes to Britain, it’ll still be ahead of the next generation of consoles from rivals Microsoft and Sony, who aren’t expected to come up with anything new until late 2013.
ANOTHER EDIT: The Wii U will come with Nintendo Land, a bundle of 12 mini-games. Other new titles will include Rayman Legends, ZombiU, FIFA 13, Mass Effect 3, Trine 2, Lego City Undercover and Bayonetta 2.
Wow. Here’s a freshly-leaked pic of the controller from Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console – and it’s incredible, although not in a particularly good way.
This is the newest version of the controller, and was leaked by a developer working for UK-based company Traveller’s Tales. He’s probably been sacked or tarred and feathered or something as a result.
So, as well as the screen in the middle that we’ve seen before, it’s now got two new analogue joysticks in the top corners. There’s loads of other stuff going on in it as well but we reckon it could do with one or two extra features. Maybe a built-in mini-Soda Stream machine, some wheels for transporting it around the floor and a language translator/currency converter, perhaps in the form of an abacus.
Great stuff Nintendo – we’re sure you’ll soon turn those recent financial losses around with this one…