Nintendo Wii U Committing Game Console Suicide
It’s no secret that the Nintendo Wii U isn’t exactly the hot potato that the Japanese game console manufacturer was hoping for. Reports show that the console sold a “mere 50,000 units” at launch – abysmal compared to more popular gaming systems. Nintendo has tried to remain upbeat about the console’s sales potential repeatedly begging gamers to hang on because things ware going to get better. But will they?
Nintendo Wii U Shoots Itself in the Foot
One of the major criticisms of Nintendo’s previous in-home console, the Wii, was the lack of decent software for the system. Simplistic games aimed at children made up the bulk of the content offered by the diminutive Nintendo Wii U predecessor. That coupled with the fact that the company willingly failed to include DVD playability in the console simply because they refused to buy the rights to the software that would allow it, really ticked a lot of people off.
With other consoles becoming true multi-dimensional devices with built-in media accessories, could Nintendo really afford to lag so far behind?
Unfortunately, the Ninttendo Wii U may be falling down that same slippery slope. In an interview printed in VentureBeat, Crytek’s master-at-arms Cevat Yerli said the console was playing Cysis 3 – one of the most popular and overhyped video games of 2014 – but Nintendo dropped the ball hard.
“We did have Crysis 3 running on the Wii U. We were very close to launching it. But there was a lack of business support between Nintendo and EA on that. Since we as a company couldn’t launch on the Wii U ourselves — we don’t have a publishing license — Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die.”
Why, from a business standpoint, would you hobble your ailing game console by simply refusing to publish (or failing to jump on) one of the hottest titles of the year?
Also, big game publishers such as EA are being accused of intentionally sabotaging the Nintendo Wii U even after pledging unprecedented support at E3 because of bad business decisions made by Nintendo corporate types. You can’t tick off publishers that are your best opportunity for actually getting your hands on good software!
Even Ubisoft has said that the Wii U is good for games but plagued by lackluster reception. How much effort will a game developer put into making products for a lame duck console?
It appears to me that the Nintendo Wii U is essentially committing suicide in the most ignorant way possible. And with the Playstation 4 and new Xbox lurking in the shadows, maybe Nintendo should just give up like Cliffy B said.