Poll: How Will the Wii U Fare This Holiday Season?

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.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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    Neeneko says:

    That would probably be a good idea, but I really hope it does not come to that.

    One thing I respect about Nintendo in its current incarnation is they are willing to take risks.  Actually, over the years, they have always been a bit more willing then Sony or Microsoft to do so.

    They are producing a console that is not really part of the 'more power!' race, and are trying out new functionality.  They are also producing a device that operates at a lower price point but still returns a pretty good value in terms of capability, which is also something I think the industry as a whole benifits from.

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    PHX Corp says:

    I'm still planning to support the Wii U through SSB4 and MK8 and possibly beyond if there's good games that intrest me

    in addition I'm taking the same stance on the PS4 and XBox One(with 3 games(knack, Madden 25 and warframe) to look foward on PS4 and 1(Kinect Sports Rivals) on the Xbox one

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    MechaCrash says:

    I wonder how much of this poor performance can be traced to the terribly chosen name. The common refrain I heard was "wait, it's not just a Wii accessory?"

    The lack of good advertising and, yes, lack of killer apps has also not helped any. They shoved it out the door before there was enough to do with it, and that started the circular clusterfuck of "no games because devs don't support it because people don't buy it because no games."

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    Infophile says:

    Nintendo hasn't been able to sell consoles on volume of games since the SNES, so all they have going for them are their first-party killer apps. And they, for some reason, decided to put the Wii U out a year before its first potential killer app (Super Mario 3D World). If it had launched with SM3DW, I wager it would have done a ton better, but after going this long without it, Nintendo's in trouble. However, Nintendo does have the benefit that it still has three more potential killer apps coming out next year: Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and the next console Zelda. If it were releasing this year, that would be an awesome lineup to drive sales. But having released last year, it's lost a lot of momentum, and the games may not be able to drive sales as well, especially now that people are seeing the lack of momentum and third-party support.

    So, this season? SM3DW will help a bit, but the release of two other consoles will hurt a lot. I don't see things faring well for the Wii U, but there's a chance it will pick up momentum over the next year.

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