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Nintendo looks to first-party sales to help slumping sales

To say that the Wii U has been a disappointment for Nintendo would be an understatement. The Wii U has been a sales dud for quite some time, and developers have shied away from devoting resources to produce games for the platform.
In May, a spokesman for EA said that the company wasn't actively developing games for the Wii U. A few days later, an EA Sports developer tweeted:
The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet.  Nintendo are walking dead at this point…Instead, they make this awful console.  It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter.
And Ubisoft recently stated that there wouldn't be a sequel to ZombiU because the game hasn't come close to being profitable.
Well, the bad news just keeps rolling in for Nintendo. The company today announced that it only sold 160,000 Wii U consoles worldwide for the second quarter (April – June 2013). That number is far below the 390,000 units it sold during the first quarter.

For comparison, Microsoft sold 140,000 Xbox 360 consoles in the United States alone during the month of June.
“For the ‘Wii U’ system, we will attempt to concentrate on proactively releasing key first-party titles from the second half of this year through next year to regain momentum for the platform,” said Nintendo in its earnings release.
“Nintendo strives to improve the sales by communicating the compelling nature of our hardware and software to as many people as possible through our new network service called “Miiverse,” which offers an environment where people can empathize with others and share their gaming experiences. We also strive to improve hardware profitability by reducing its costs.”
If Nintendo thinks that it's having a hard time right now with Wii U sales, the impending release of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 isn’t going to make selling the console to gamers any easier.

Sources: Nintendo [1], [2]

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RE: Old Economy
By Moishe on 8/1/2013 5:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
The credit card idea is just nuts. I pay mine off every month (maybe I'm not the norm). I have a Wii, a gaming PC, and a PS3... the PC gets the most use, but the Wii is a close second.

I have to give Nintendo much credit for innovating. In the end, they are risking and innovating and that's important. Hopefully it'll pay off for them.

The Wii was unique, fun, and cheap. That's why it sold so well. XBox360 and PS3 were run of the mill consoles, essentially a rehash, more of the same with better graphics. Since then, of course, MS has done a great job with Kinect, which has brought the XB360 into the same "fun and unique" realm as the Wii. Sony hasn't really had that, but the blu-ray and solid set of titles has been a big help. Each of the last gen consoles had a niche.

So next gen has blu-ray, some upgraded motion sensing, better graphics... ohh but wait. The Wii-U has better motion sensing, but no Blu-ray, and still lacking graphics. That and the Wii-U control scheme, while unique, borders on "too" unique. It's weird. I just don't think they hit all the right marks.

Wii-U graphics are better than Wii. That's nice, but still not even comparable to the competitors. The control scheme is weird. They didn't add any kind of movie player in... which is minor, but the only reason why some people keep their consoles after their fad has worn off is because it is a good movie player. That's the only reason I still have a PS3.

Too bad for Nintendo, but they need to try again. I hope they succeed.

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