Nintendo has been suffering from dismal sales of their Wii U console. The retailers are also feeling the heat with systems sitting on shelves. Next week, Wal-Mart in Canada will be offering a deal on the Wii U to help move systems. They are dropping the price from $250 for the Basic Set to $199 and the Deluxe from $350 to $299. Wal-Mart has indicated that the deal will not only be offered in store locations, but also online. This comes after the reports from Nintendo’s Q1 2014 sales of only moving 160,000 units.
While this is depressing for Nintendo, it is also quite sad for the industry, as a whole. Recently, Hideki Kamiya expressed his concern about Nintendo’s lack of marketing for his team, Platinum Games’, release of Wonderful 101.
There have also been reports of a lack of support from developers that have also put Nintendo in a bind that they may not be able to recover from. It is said that the fate of the system will rely on its Christmas sales, as indicated by IHS Electronics and Media senior analyst Piers Harding-Rolls.
Unfortunately, we will have to see how the system sales pan out in the end of year fiscal results.