Wii U needs big releases to regain profits

By Alan Ng - Oct 26, 2012

It’s fair to say that Nintendo has a lot riding on their Wii U console, as they look to change the perception of gamers with many believing that Nintendo’s next generation console doesn’t have what it takes to compete with the likes of the PS4 and Xbox 720 when they finally arrive.

While some may not be interested in Nintendo’s new touchscreen GamePad control scheme for the system, Nintendo really needs consumers to start getting tuned into their vision soon, with the company recently admitting that each Wii U console is actually going to sell at a loss for the company.

This means that their fortunes are going to rest in the hands of software, as Nintendo are going to have to come up with games that consumers simply can’t afford not to buy, as massive software sales would help Nintendo recoup a portion of the losses that they will be making on each console.

We haven’t heard anything regarding the elusive Wii U Zelda game yet, but obviously it is a game that is probably going to define the system when it is out. Mario will be another one and we imagine the Wii U Super Smash Bros game will be right up there as well, as the three games that are really going to help Nintendo out financially.

Nintendo’s explanation on why their console will sell at a loss, actually resides in the fact that they wanted to make the console price as reasonable as possible for consumers, rather than sell the Wii U in line with manufacturing costs. We think the $300 asking price for the basic version is definitely in the reasonable bracket, so should we all be showing our return appreciation to Nintendo by picking up as many games as possible after hearing this snippet of information?

If you are planning to pick up the Wii U, or have previously attacked Nintendo over their new console, let us know your opinions on the company openly admitting that they will be selling hardware at a loss. Do you feel sorry for them?

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  • Im getting the deluxe with ZombiU, NSMBU, Batman Armored, Scribblenauts, Assassin’s Creed 3, Sonic ASRT and Warriors Orochi 3hyper at launch. There is a difference in the games Redesigned, more features and complete season passes of DLC on disc. People who bash Nintendo are moronic drones who need a LIFE Plus you don’t even know what the Wii U or ps4 are capable of so that’s stupid. Of course the gamepad only get 5 hrs look at all the stuff it does! As for the 4k tvs don’t you realise they cost $25,000 get real who the hells gonna really have those in this economy. Its the rediculous crap like this that puts Nintendo in a bad place with gamers I’ll bet you haven’t even played a Wii U yet!

  • ashley

    yes i did previously attacked Nintendo over their new console becoues the tablet controler only gices you 3-5 hours of play so you have to go to a cable to get the full 10 hours out of it but the whole thing to do with going more to the future is going wireless there games are to bad the mario u game looks like a coppy of the wii game just in hd for the wii u and people dont want to play the same game just becouse its on the wii u and know one knows wants to pay $60 for a game that is on the ps3 or xbox 360 and they say there wii u is as powerful as the ps4 thats not true becoues the ps4 is able to play 4k tvs and 2k ress games the wii u plays 1080p games theps4 has a stronger cpu than the wii u the xbox720 has a stronger cpu and will play 2k ress games so nintendo will have to fire there ceo for the wii 3ds and wii u and for bad console ideas and game ideas and for nose diving the nintendo companie

    • Mighty Shouter

      Yes, the controller gives you that amount of playtime because it has to run so many more tasks than a “traditional” controller. Plus, the Pro Controller lasts for up to 80 hours. As for the “bad” games, people complained when the 3DS didn’t launch with a Mario game. And it’s not a copy of the Wii version. You’re the kind of person who’ll buy COD or FIFA or Madden every year, aren’t you? And people will pay that amount for a Wii U game already on the PS3 and 360 if they want a different way to play those games, not to mention there’ll be various improvements and already-included DLC. And yes, the Wii U may not be as powerful as the PS4 and 720, but who is actually gonna buy a 4k TV for $25,000? And the gap in power between the Wii U and those consoles won’t be as great as the previous gen, if you ask me. Nintendo taking a nosedive? 97 million Wiis sold, the fastest selling system ever with the 3DS. Yep, Nintendo has definitely seen better days…