Expectations were high. The wait was long. But since Nintendo released the WiiU back in November of last year (December in Japan), it’s not been doing as well you’d think.
First of all, the WiiU is being marketed on a gimmick—the gamepad touchscreen. But just because the first Wii sold well on a gimmick (Wii remote/motion controls), didn’t mean it would work again. And it’s not. The original Wii mainly sold to kids who find amusement in shaking a stick. But the same thing can’t be done with the WiiU’s gamepad because parents don’t want to buy their kids something that fragile and expensive.
But I think the main reason the WiiU is not selling is because of the games. The cross-platform games are ugly and glitchy. And no one is playing the WiiU online, since other consoles (X-Box, PS3) run the games so much better. When you look at the selection, you can’t help but think that the developers don’t know how to make games on it. This isn’t entirely their fault. We haven’t had a new console for about 6 years so nobody other than Nintendo knows how to adjust to a new system.
Another problem is that the WiiU’s good exclusive games are few and far between. So far we only have Nintendo Land, ZombiU, and New Super Mario Bros. U. In fact, developers are starting to lose faith in the WiiU, and games that were originally slated to be WiiU exclusive are now abandoning ship and jumping to other consoles. (See Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge and Rayman Legends.)
And speaking of Rayman Legends…
It was originally going to be a WiiU launch title, but it got pushed to end of February. Just three weeks before it came out, though, Ubisoft pushed it back even farther—7 MONTHS!—to September. Now they’re making it multi-console (they say due to fan demand), but I think the real reason is because they don’t believe it’ll sell well on the WiiU alone. It all comes down to the all-mighty dollar.
Now this is good for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, but it’s a HUGE kick in the face to WiiU owners. What’s worse is that now Rayman Legends is coming out the same month as Grand Theft Auto 5 (probably one of the biggest games of the year) which means Rayman is going to get over looked by most people. Another shooter-killer game annihilates a unique plat-former.
People are angry, including the some of the employees at Ubisoft.
“For us, this means we’ve spent 6 months barely seeing our wives, kids, and friends for nothing,” says one enraged employee. And who can blame him? (You can still help to get the game released on its initial release date by signing this petition.)
So my question is this: Is the WiiU doomed? Or could it make a comeback?