Update: NeoGAF has Nintendo’s supplementary report for their latest financials, which includes the launch schedule, however tentative, for the coming year.
If there was doubt whether or not Nintendo is having a bad time lately getting the Wii U into the hands of players, it’s been violently shoved aside. Combining several factors, such as confusion of the average consumer about what exactly delineates the Wii U from its predecessor, the Wii, along with a relatively weak library of heavy hitting titles, the console appears to not only be struggling, but fighting to survive at the moment in the marketplace.
Over the last three months, Nintendo sold roughly 160,000 units of the new console and just shy over 1 million in software sales. Even more disheartening is that the previous console was still able to eke out more sales, with the Wii nabbing 210,000 moved units and an appreciable 3.67 million in games being sold. These pugnacious circumstances taken into account, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then that certain retailers are trying to get the console out the door, even if Nintendo is dragging their feet on a price drop – though not necessarily in the states.
Now, if you live in Italy on the other hand, according to NeoGAF, you can nab a either the 8GB or 32GB Deluxe Wii U consoles for well under suggested retail prices. This may be a local trend, but could very well expand worldwide as retailers look to clear inventory. Though it still begs several musings as to the fate of Nintendo’s besieged system, which may face a knock-out punch from Sony and Microsoft when new consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One arrive this holiday season.
Despite a myriad of titles, such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, both of which were relatively respectable successes, the 3DS titles appear as merely buoys holding the waterlogged Wii U afloat – hopefully long enough for it to receive a handful of must-have titles – but those are, as of yet, a bit of ways off.
Regardless of Nintendo’s haplessly wayward attempts of catching up with the times, they still remain contentedly stubborn to do their own thing. Sticking to their guns, the company remains clingingly to a full-year estimate of selling 9 million hardware unites and 38 million games for the Wii U. But this optimism may fade should there be an absence of a price drop come the holiday season to bring the device to the forefront of consumer minds when faced with the renewed strength of Microsoft and Sony’s impending next-gen consoles, which will once again crowd the market space.