DEATHWATCH: Asda no longer stocking Nintendo Wii U

30 July 2013

deathwatch Nintendo were losing money on the launch of the Wii U, then the new console sold pitiful amounts and insult was added to injury when EA washed their hands of the beleaguered console.

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?

TOPICS:   Games   High Street News


  • cicobuff
    Wouldn't say worst console in gaming history, there has been a long like of failures. From the ridiculous failings of the C64GS and Philips CD-i, the Amiga CD32 the Atari Jaguar the Panasonic 3DO, the Sega Saturn and even the Gamecube struggled with retailers like DSG at the time pulling out of selling it. Could we for the first time in Nintendo's history be seeing the likes of Mario Kart on other consoles? It is still in development and if Wii U sales are already going pear shaped it could either be abandonment or development costs are going to have to go somewhere. Nintendo could end up like Sega did after the Dreamcast.
  • Justin A.
    Nintendo have been treading water as far as games go for a long time. Minute improvements to graphics and gameplay, if any, while their only innovations have been in the controllers. They could only sell the same old rope for so long before people get tired of paying again for Mario Kart but getting inferior versions of something that PS and Xbox owners get like COD, or no version of at all like with Battlefield.
  • So T.
    Good. Shows that casual gaming (on consoles at least) simply doesn't work. Now, can we get back to proper games on proper consoles without shitty fucking add-ons like motion control, or trying to be media centres? It would drive you to drinking Tennant's, it really would.
  • Shigeru M.
  • Billybobjimbob
    Nintendo sponsored the bumpers in every ad break on ITV4 during the Tour de France. The ads were samey, dull, showed no gameplay, and only had the handset-thing as an incidental detail. At no point was I even tempted to find out more.
  • Whisky
    @Billybobjimbob the only thing that set of adverts achieved was to inflate my hatred of chubby middle aged middle classed women with big teeth.
  • zeddy
    Well it's you that's fucked Mr Miaggi.
  • shiftynifty
    Who gives a shit...there is a real world out there pasty face fuckwits
  • Sideysid
    I've said it many times before and I'll say it again. This console was doomed even before it left the production line. Reason? Because it has no target market like the Wii before. I fully expect the dive of sales/price to continue, developers will get itchy feet (no profit - no incentive) and concentrate on other avenues. I predict that this will be Nintendo's last stab at the console market (and maybe handheld) and they will go on to be a solely a games manufactuer just like Sega before them.
  • Matt
    Hardly a deathwatch. Nintendo are making more than enough money on the 3DS and made shit loads out of the Wii. The failure of the WiiU will do nothing bad to them long term.
  • Justin A.
    So it's fair to say that Nin will concentrate on handhelds or have to reinvent their console offer. Xbox One and PS4 are going to make it hard for them otherwise.
  • Phuck Y.
    You mean to tell me the Wii U is not already on the Death Watch list? Fucks sake! I could have told you that ages ago! Fucking twats!
  • Gabriella
    Not many admin's at the moment. Would have thought you would have something in detail about Modelzone closures so the boy's with their rather lack of big toy's could start to comment.

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