Nintendo: Wii U Has Failed as a Worthy Successor to Wii

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted in a briefing for investors and analysts this week that the Wii U has – so far – failed as a worthy successor to the Wii. The Wii is currently outselling the Wii U, which has only managed to sell 3.9 million units to-date worldwide. Speaking during a briefing about its second quarter financial results, Iwata noted that the Wii U has only done one thing right – backwards compatibility with the Wii.

"Except for its backward compatibility with existing Wii software and accessories, we have so far failed to make propositions worthy of Wii U's position as a successor to the Wii system," Iwata said.

Iwata also said that Wii Sports Club for Wii U and Wii Fit U are now available in Japan, which should help spur sales of the console in Japan and abroad, but cautioned that "success won't come overnight."

"I remarked a while ago that it is difficult to change our prospects with just one title. Our objective for Wii U for the upcoming year-end sales season will be to dramatically change the environment surrounding Wii U with multiple key titles that can appeal to a wide range of consumers," he said.

Finally, Iwata said that key Wii U titles for the holiday this season are Super Mario 3D World (releasing November 22) Wii Party U, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Nintendo will also release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in February. High profile titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. arrive in 2014.

Source: GameSpot

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "And seriously, Smash Bros. has always been a launch title, and there is no reasonable excuse for it not being the same for this time around."

    No it hasn't.  Melee is the only one that came out near launch.


    Andrew Eisen

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    dagnabulous says:

    Backwards compatibility + Zelda Gamepad + WinkwakerHD in the LTD. Ed. Bundle sold me…..though I was pretty skeptical for a while, and considering that I never bought a Wii. The gamepad definitely adds some awesome and unexpected features to multiplayer games, and it is more comfortable in your hands than it looks like should be possible. As bad as sales are, I think for me personally Nintendo nailed the console. The big disappointment is….I'm just using it to play Wii games that I couldn't till now. The Nintendo display at stores might as well be a window looking into a desolate wasteland. And seriously, Smash Bros. has always been a launch title, and there is no reasonable excuse for it not being the same for this time around. Then again every new character they announce (aside from Megaman) has been lame, and trying to tie it in a bit too much to the 3DS is NOT going to help it any. So I'm off to beat SM Brawl, then Windwaker HD and backwards through the Zelda Franchise. At least there are Wii games aplenty to choose from. Wii2 fits more than WiiU.


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    hellfire7885 says:

    Part of why Nintendo is still around. When something doesn't work out, they don't blame the users ,they own up to it.

    Despite users, many of which haven't owned a Nintendo product in, I dunno how long, saying they should just quit

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