Is the Wii U for You?

Matthew Harris

Ever since Nintendo’s creation as a playing card company in 1889, the firm has been a prominent gaming brand. Now known for their developpement of gaming consoles and hand-held devices, Nintendo has been a leader in the gaming industry with their newest addition beingWii U. This new gaming system is the successor of the Wii, and Nintendo claims that this new console is the next generation. This means that the Wii U should be equivalent to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but is it truly equal?
The Wii U was released in November 2012, and in comparison to its competitiors PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which was released in November of 2013, the Wii U looks pathetic when sales are compared.
Over the course of a single day, both Microsoft and Sony sold one million units of their new consoles, while over the course of a year, the Wii U has sold 3.91 million copies (according to USA Today) in comparison to the original Wii game console which had sold 13 million.
With these disappointing statistics, many who had previously followed Nintendo are beginning to have their doubts about the ability of the company.
Those who still follow Nintendo say that with the releases coming up, such as another “Super Smash Brothers,” these new games will pull Nintendo’s Wii U to the level of a real next generation console.
The sad reality though, is that these third party groups that are bringing these console exclusive games are refusing to support Nintendo. Only two third-party exclusives are highly anticipated (“Pikmin 3” and “The Wonderful 101”).
Nintendo is also not keeping its consumers up to date with its sales, which shows that the company is fearful to reveal that there hasn’t been much progress. Any time that Nintendo revealed statistical information, it was a percent, with no previous numbers to back it up.
This is true in the case of the release of “The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD” for the Wii U in the UK. Nintendo claimed that with the release of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD”, Wii U sales went up 685 percent in the UK alone.
With the release of “Pokémon X” and Pokémon Y, and “The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds”, sales on the 3DS and the new 2DS increased dramatically, and many recognized these new products as the nice new handheld generation.
In comparison to the Wii U’s predecessor, the Wii, the Wii U had some major changes. The largest of these changes is the addition of the new gamepad.
The gamepad’s features that set it apart from its competitors are the two joysticks and the screen on the game pad. Nintendo has added this new game pad for gamers to feel more immersed in the game with two different screens.
Rather than feeling more immersed in the game though, many who have played the Wii U said that it is a chore to look from one screen to another. The addition of a second joystick also confused many, because the second joystick is above the four main buttons used to play most if not all games.
With this stated, Nintentdo is not failing. It seems as if the Wii U is just dragging the company downward.

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