Sit down and buckle in, friends, as I deliver the Understatement of the Week. Are you ready? Okay, here goes…
The Wii U ain't doin' so hot.
Nintendo's newest video game console launched just under a year ago, selling through its entire allotment in its first week on the shelf. By the end of the year, it had sold just over three million units. Not record breaking, not a sell-out like the Wii before it but respectable nonetheless.
Then sales of the console plummeted through the floor, penetrated the Earth's crust, passed through its molten core and shot out the other side of the planet, ending up floating around the Alpha Centauri system somewhere. By the end of March, it had sold under 400,000 units worldwide. The following three months, Nintendo sold only 160,000.
Nintendo lopped $50 off the console's price and several anticipated games finally released such as Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. Sales picked up and from July – September Nintendo sold an additional 300,000. An improvement, yes, but honestly, still pretty pathetic.
A year into its life and the Wii U has sold less than four million consoles worldwide. In the next two weeks, Sony and Microsoft will release their new consoles leaving Nintendo, once again, a full technical generation behind its contemporaries.
But, the Wii U is cheaper, backwards compatible with the Wii, already has a good number of great games and will soon see the release of Super Mario 3D World and other historically big sellers like Wii Fit U, Wii Party U and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Will this be enough for the Wii U to hold its own against the competition? Will it start picking up steam and become a sales success? Is Nintendo DOOMED?!?
Vote in the poll and let us know how you think Nintendo's Wii U will fare this holiday season. Fill the comments and our email (SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com) with your thoughts and look forward to the next podcast where EZK and I will reveal the poll results along with our favorite carrot cake recipes.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen