Last week’s poll asked basically how gamers felt the Wii U was doing. It is no secret that the Wii U isn’t doing as well as Nintendo had hoped. After selling extremely well in their first couple of months, sales fell to a trickle. This is almost entirely Nintendo’s fault as they simply didn’t have the games lined up in order to provide continuous content over the year. As the internet seems to be full of people who think that Nintendo should leave the console market (terrible idea by the way), I figured it would be interesting to see what this blog’s audience thought of Nintendo’s fortunes.
72.73% of you voted that the Wii U will bounce back. 18.18% voted that the Wii U is doing fine. And 9.09% voted that the Wii U is in trouble. The good news is that all of you are right, in my opinion, though for different reasons.
The Wii U is in trouble. Now the other two next-gen consoles have launched and the Wii U is going to be facing its real competition for the first time without the same kind of sales that the Xbox 360 had when it launched a year early.
The Wii U is in good shape for those who own the system. There are great games on the system, and plenty more coming. With Super Mario 3D World out-reviewing every other next-gen game this holiday season, it’s not a stretch to say that many Wii U users are happy.
Finally, those of you who think the Wii U will bounce back are right. This option acknowledges that the Wii U is in trouble, but steps have been taken to remedy this issue. In 2014, Wii U users are getting Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and Super Smash Bros for sure. Bayonetta 2 is also very likely. If Nintendo announces that Monolith Soft’s X is coming in 2014 then Nintendo will have won that year as far as I’m concerned. The fact is that all of the Nintendo Direct announcements have only started paying off. While games such as Wind Waker HD, Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros., or Zombie U may not be enough to drive people to buy the system, exclusives are piling up. It is possible that in 2014 that we’ll hit a tipping point and there will be too many good games on the system to deny it.
Next week’s poll will ask how you feel about the process of upscaling/adding minor content to PS3/360 games and selling them at full price (also known as the Tomb Raider controversy).
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