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Nintendo we have a Wii U problem

I might have mentioned about Nintendo's success with the Nintendo Wii a few weeks ago based on my blog- End of the 7th Generation of Gaming- Part 4 There's been news and information that the Nintendo Wii U is falling behind on sales, I already knew that Danny has already covered the topic on it on the show The Point- and of course Johnny listening to everyone else's feedback from that show in the latest video on Feedbackula-

But Danny does have a point about the failure of the Wii U and its sales; the Nintendo Wii was a success because it was family-friendly and bringing friends and family together when it comes to gaming in the living room or spending that odd Christmas or Birthday with everyone. But during the 4th Generation of Gaming (1987-2003) Nintendo was up against SEGA during the 16-bit era this was a battle of the gaming consoles, SEGA had Sonic and Nintendo had Super Mario; but as we are now on the 8th Generation of Gaming Nintendo is seem to be struggling on its sales for the console market and trying to keep up with Sony and Microsoft. The Nintendo 3DS had a bit of a slow start to the beginning of launch and soon after a few more good games got released for the 3DS sales were through the roof with games like Pokémon X and Y, Professor Layton, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing and of course Monster Hunter selling millions over in Japan.

It's already been a year since the Nintendo Wii U was released, I've played it myself at a few Nintendo events and in stores too it is a good console if you’re a hard-core gamer like myself but it still not the perfect console for everyone. Nintendo has recently released Super Mario 3D World worldwide and getting perfect scores from various magazines and websites slowly but surely the sales for both the console and Super Mario 3D World are helping Nintendo get back on their feet but they've still got a long way to go if they want to beat both Sony and Microsoft on sales. The worldwide sales are saying that Super Mario 3D World is at number 7 in the sales charts according to

I'm pretty sure that the sales for system will sell even more once Super Smash Brothers is released for both 3DS and Wii U, but apart from that Nintendo does need to do something I know that they've been showing off more gameplay and information on their next title Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze including a new playable character which is Cranky Kong during the VGX Video Games Awards 2013 they showed of some gameplay of Cranky Kong and looking a little similar to Scrooge McDuck (DuckTales) when it comes to pogo-sticking over dangerous surfaces. Plus with Super Smash Brothers along the way there's already been online petitions to getting Reggie Fils-Aime as a playable character, this might be a silly idea from the fans but if this helps the sales for Nintendo I can see why not most gamers and E3 lovers would find this funny to see.

And there have been rumours on Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask could be getting released either on the 3DS or Wii U after the mask appearing in Animal Crossing: New Leaf from the fortune cookies and the mask hanging on a wall in Link Between Worlds. Plus Skull Kid being announced as an assist trophy in Super Smash Brothers, this is yet another idea that Nintendo should think on if they want to make Zelda fans happy and gamers why not release a 3D version of Majora's Mask? This would really help the sales for the Wii U maybe or unless a Mario Galaxy 3 has been announced by the time we get to E3 2014.

I can't really see Nintendo going out of business or even becoming third-party manufacturers for other consoles it just wouldn't be right or wouldn't be the same without Nintendo. I can still see the 3DS still selling well in the future but I don't like the odds of the Wii U where it's going but hopefully after thinking through some ideas and listening to the fans Nintendo will make the right moves to be back on top.



Nintendo feels as though it's stuck in its ways. It's always done its own thing, and this time it doesn't seem to be paying off. While the competition has gone for better graphics and more online interactivity, Nintendo has done what its always done. It'll be interesting to see how things play out in the future.


It's sad to see Nintendo's Wii U failing.  Whether you are a Nintendo fan/console owner or not, the console industry needs Nintendo.  I wonder if Nintendo should just pack up the Wii U and try something else from scratch (console-wise).  Or maybe they just need the heavy Zelda and Mario games to get people to buy the system.


Even if the Wii U isn't doing so hot, Nintendo still DOMINATES the handheld market. Ironically, the Vita is in a Wii U position when it comes to sales compared to the 3DS. 

I do think the Wii U has a bright future, we just have to get to 2014. Wii Fit U, Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, and Smash Bros. 4 all pose huge jumps in sales, not to mention a potential Zelda HD, among other things. It's also nice to have a company that actually listens to its customers (*cough* Microsoft *cough* Sony *cough*) I'm not concerned in the slightest.