Nintendo believes Wii U can succeed against Xbox One, PS4 this holiday

Senior communications director says company feels "good about where we stack up" as next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony come to market.

Nintendo is not afraid of going toe-to-toe with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this holiday season, telling GameSpot today that the Wii U can thrive because of its suite of new and exclusive software.

Asked if Nintendo believes it stands to see a difficult holiday season against the new competition, senior communications director Charlie Scibetta said, "The short answer is no."

"If you're a consumer going in and you have these options; we know what the price points are now from the competitors, we know what the games are from the competitors; and we know now what the Wii U is going to offer," Scibetta said. "We feel good about where we stack up. It's the software that's going to motivate them."

The Wii U has gotten off to a slow start, Scibetta admitted, but said just as the 3DS picked up steam when key first-party titles came to market, so can the Wii U.

"We saw with the Nintendo 3DS, it got off to a slow start, but then when software started rolling in, sales have done really well," he said.

Earlier today, Nintendo announced marquee Wii U titles launching this year, including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (December) and Super Mario 3D World (November). Mario Kart 8 will launch during spring 2014.

The Wii U has struggled thus far, selling 3.45 million units worldwide to date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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935 comments
osxgp
osxgp

I see the Wii U's biggest sales coming from the lack of PS4s and Xbox Ones in stock.

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

nintendo charecters in HD look a little creepy

AtariKidX
AtariKidX

Good luck with that........lolol

kreegan64
kreegan64

Games coming according to gamefaqs
07/11 Star Wars Pinball
07/16 Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
08/04 Pikmin 3
08/18 Disney Infinity
08/20 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
08/25 New Super Luigi U
09/03 Rayman Legends
09/15 The Wonderful 101
10/08 Just Dance 2014
10/12 Sonic Lost World
10/13 Skylanders Swap Force (Starter Pack)
10/15 Zumba Fitness World Party
10/25 Batman: Arkham Origins
10/29 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
11/19 Watch Dogs

ArcoJawa
ArcoJawa

A lot of Nintendo's fanbase aren't huge net-goers, so looking at what the people on the web say about them isn't usually a great way to judge...

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

I love Nintendo games, so fun to play! You don't need Internet to play, good job Nintendo. Keep up the good work for all of us Gamer s I'm sending one to son in Navy. Thanks

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

Nintendo believes that the Wii U can succeed against the other consoles, not succeed over them. Calm down guys.

johnaom
johnaom

Nintendo will slowly die

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Best joke I've heard all week. Keep'em comin'

sorpio64
sorpio64

I think the Wii U will do well this season.  One thing everyone on all of these comment areas is over looking is PRICE.  Right now the economy is bad and  is getting worse.  People may want a PS4 or Xbox1 but will they really get one at 400.00 and 500.00?  That's how Sony lost to Micro soft last time, they tried to sell the PS3 for 400.00 against Micro soft who was at a 299.00 price point and they lost.  They did not come close until they dropped the price.  If you look back all the way to the PS one, at the time it was going up against the Sega Saturn, Sega tried selling the Saturn at 399.00 Then came Sony with the PS One at 299.00 everyone went with Sony for 299.00 and the rest is history.  Sony will sell more units than Xbox this time out because they learned their lesson with trying to out price the PS3 last time around at 399.00.  It seems however Micro soft will have to learn that same lesson this time around.  Sony will win the war between  them and the Xbox 1 but neither will really sell well until they drop the price.  I already have the Wii U and this year I will get a PS4 and when Micro soft drops the price of the Xbox 1 that's when I'll get one.  I don't think anyone will have to fight to get either system this holiday season because unless there is an extreme shortage in the both of them, they will not sell out.  There will be units sold to the die hard fans of both units but until the price drops for both units there will be plenty out there for people who want to spend 400.00 or 500.00 for a game system and I don't care what other options these systems may have, when you get right down to it they are just game systems.

NUFF SAID

Cyberjin
Cyberjin

Wii U can succeed against Xbox One, PS4 this holiday?
If they only got first party, most gamers will a Xbox One or a PS4 for first party and 3rd party games anyway

SchumiF1
SchumiF1

Nintendo has a very loyal fan base. And their strong 1st party titles are what sell their consoles. They should and historically do well based on these facts.

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

With PS4 coming in at $400, Nintendo needs to drop the price to the $249 sweet-spot and become the "second system" choice. Once they do that and release a few exclusives the Wii U will be just fine. They can capitalize on MS's self-immolation almost as much as Sony is going to.

OneMoarLevel
OneMoarLevel

They can do it again np but they took their time and it cost them. Probably next year.

forever_blank
forever_blank

After watching numerous conferences, interviews and whatnot, its clear that Nintendo's strategy is to attract gamers with Exclusives such as Donkey Kong, Mario with Multiplayer, X, Bayonetta 2 and Wii U Party, but with such exclusives such as Rayman and Deas Ex now moving away to other platforms due to demand, it seems hard for Nintendo to be trusted, when they can't really trust their on 3rd party developers. I believe they'll win us back next year at E3 with Metroid and Zelda

FajitaEataxx
FajitaEataxx

The Wii U isn't even out selling the 360. Sorry Nintendo, but I do not share your enthusiasm.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

3.45 million thats as much as Sonys PS3 sold in about the same time period but the PS3 had a price drop in that period.

rushiosan
rushiosan

PS4 for the win, for the first time I'm totally against Nintendo and Microsoft because of their stupid ideas.

y2guru
y2guru

considering the wii u isnt selling now, what makes them think they will stack up well against 2 true next gen systems for the holidays????? no price cut or incentive will sell wii u's

hadlee73
hadlee73

Give me an amazing-looking Zelda game (that doesn't contain an annoying repetitive water temple, lol) and I'm in. This could very well end up being be my second console if the first party exclusives are traditionally high Nintendo quality, and if they don't over-do it with Mario platformers.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Sony Bots: Wii U has no games it sucks

Nintendo: Heres some exclusive games, enjoy , now watch this video please **bow**

Sony Bots: OMG WHY NOT PS4 HURRR DURRR

feihunng
feihunng

what people forget is until last year Nintendo was in the Black, they have been making money every year since the launch of the NES, that is thanks to the handheld market. Nintendo can take a loss for the next 30 year and still be ok. true this holiday the PS4 will out sell the Wii u. it is the next kid on the block. but the Wii u will sell. the price will get cut, the system is a good system the games are good for it and fun. I think people will get the Wii u for a second gaming system, Nintendo fans will pick it up and family's with younger kids the grow up on Nintendo will buy it. This time around will all the back lash at Xbox, I think they are the one that need to worry. I think the Wii u will out sell the Xbox, or at least the Xbox will sell the same as a Wii u.   

silvergol
silvergol

PS4 For my holiday! nothing else!; 

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

"Don't worry everybody, mario will save us. It's gotta work." 

Things would be a lot different if they had mario as a launch title. As it is, he's gonna have trouble moving a year old system against all the other games coming out. He might be enough to limp along to the next generation though.

masterninja9
masterninja9

This holiday: unlikely  

Next holiday: very easily 

a687947
a687947

how are they going to accomplish this when it can't stand up to the consoles that have been out for nearly a decade?

jaoprime
jaoprime

i think nintendo is living in a world of delusion they couldn't even outsell the current gen systems this last christmas what makes them think they will outsell the new gen systems this year. I have a wii-u and i like it, but the only reason i bought was because i already had a xbox 360 and ps3. if i didn't have one of those systems i wouldn't have bought the wii-u. i love mario but the fact is nintendo hasn't made any new first party ip's since the super nintendo. all of thier recent games have included characters already introduced in the past. ms created kameo,gears,alan wake,viva pinata, and too human. even though some of their ip's were not good at least they were new ip's and wasn't on the original xbox. sony created uncharted,little big planet,resistance,motorstorm,modnation racers, folklore, heavenly sword, and infamous. even though some of the games are not first party they are owned and exclusive to ms and sony. so hearing about a new zelda or mario doesn't excite me anymore i want new ip's from nintendo.

Metronoid
Metronoid

Sorry but you are letting Wii U dying wihtout any good game for a long time. Looks like 3DS is the home console and Wii U is the portable.

javalino
javalino

Believes does not hurt.   Making 100% sure, and explaining why,  is another story. 

Wii is selling more than WiiU in US, Why  nintendo is not discontinuing Wii production ?  Because they  will die if they do. 

kb8618
kb8618

only if Xbone and PS4 are in extreme shortage.  They would be smart to have at least 4 Million each for the launch and holiday season

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

@johnaom No way they are an awesome company and will be beat down xbone this year for sure.

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

@FajitaEataxx  Comparing a brand new console that is at this point less than a year old to a console that has been on the market for 8+ years.... yeah I really see the logic there (*Sarcasm*)

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

@FajitaEataxx may not be the champ system but is better than xboxone they will come in second right behind Sony for next gen consoles.

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

@rushiosan  Which ideas of Nintendo's do you find stupid? Is it the fact you can do whatever you want with your used games? Or maybe you don't like that you don't have to pay for online? Or maybe you don't like the fact that WiiU has no form of DRM whatsoever like the Xbox One was going to have until Microsoft choked on their own words at the mercy of countless gamers who were too smart to submit themselves to infringements on their consumer rights?

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

@y2guru Funny, people said the 3DS would get trashed by the Vita and look what happened there. And if by next gen you refer to the DRM policies and anti used game measures Microsoft tried to shove down people's throats then no thanks. I am happy with my WiiU that lets me trade in my used games, that lets me play online without a subscription and that doesn't require me to be connected to the internet once every 24 hours to validate. Microsoft may have reversed its policies but only because of how much hell they were given by gamers. Once first party titles are on the system I think it will do just fine much like the 3DS.

jholden3249
jholden3249

@a687947

You're so missing the obvious. It couldn't stand up to ANYTHING without the games. Incoming Pikmin 3 August, New Super Luigi U August, Wonderful 101 September, Zelda Windwaker October, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze November, Super Mario 3D World December, Mario Kart 8 early 2014, followed by Bayonetta 2, X, and Smash Bros... If you aint ever witnessed the selling power of AAA Nintendo titles, stay tuned, cause you're about to witness something amazing

jaoprime
jaoprime

@a687947 easy they have been around longer than sony and microsoft. the problem is they have become complacent and dependent on thier first party titles thats why they will never disappear, but as long as they have that mindset they will never reign like they did before and will always be the third choice in the end. The wii sold like hotcakes for the first year after that it fell hard now you can't even give wii's away if you wanted to.

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

@jaoprime Actually they did outsell the current gen systems. And they did so with the Wii. Worldwide Nintendo has sold over 99 million systems. Microsoft and Sony doesn't even come close to that. And correct me if I am wrong but 3DS outsold PS Vita by a significant margin.

People like to say the WiiU isn't even outselling the PS3 or 360. Well no shit. the PS3 and 360 have been on the market for 8+ years. The WiiU has been on the market for less than a year now. A console's legacy is not built in its first year on the market. Look at the respective launches for the PS3 and 360 given the same amount of time the WiiU has been on the market. Most games on the PS3 and 360 during their launches look nothing like what is on the system today. Also those systems struggled after their launches too until they got games and a price cut. Microsoft is trying to sell their next system at 500 dollars and Sony tried that with the PS3 and they ate the cost for quite some time.


BlackStar9000
BlackStar9000

@jaoprime yea wolherz, Pikman, Metroid Prime, Luigis Mansion, I guess he never heard of those....Also, using the same people in a new type of game is techincally a new IP if the gameplay is totally different, What they need are new characters as they have changed up their exhisting IPs a multitude of times.

wolfherz
wolfherz

@jaoprime Nintendo created Pinkmin in the gamecube era and also it was supposed to be at Wii U launch. But it was delayed like most of their 1st title will be. We will lucky if the Smash is released on 2014 and the new Zelda on 2015.

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

@kb8618 there will be no shortage of Xboxes this year

FajitaEataxx
FajitaEataxx

@goldensunfan @FajitaEataxx  You misunderstand me. The Xbox 360 is outselling the Wii U on a monthly bases. That is pretty sad considering that the Xbox is 8 years old like you pointed out.

jaoprime
jaoprime

@wolfherz @jaoprime you're right i forgot all about that but that still is just one game compared to all the new ip's from sony and ms this generation. i am excited about smash bros though it looks awesome.

kb8618
kb8618

@GS2GZ @kb8618 i thought that was obvious, i was clearly implying what it would take for Nintendo to come out on top

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

@kb8618 @GS2GZ Even with the about face xbone has given it's console a bad reputation people won't trust them, Nintendo then only has Sony to contend with. That's a hard nut to crack. They just need to do what they do best and if the others start having RROD problems as you and I know they will Nintendo should be able to move ahead of them. Without quality issues, Sony sales will kill everything in sight.