Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Wii U to the Rescue?

Nintendo have recently announced massive losses of over $9,000,000. It seems that whilst they managed to rescue the 3DS after its terrible launch it still wasn't enough to stop the year from costing them a vast sum of money. Officially Nintendo don't seem to be particularly panicked, and why should they? They feel, like many predict, that with the launch of the Wii U their problems will be solved. But is this necessarily true?

Whilst the Wii U certainly holds a lot of promise and the controller does have the potential to revolutionise the way that we use consoles and play console based games it may not necessarily be enough. Part of Nintendo's ambition with the Wii U is to win over the hardcore audience that they seemed to have lost, at least partly, with the Wii. Whilst so far they have me convinced that I want a Wii U there are still many hardcore gamers who are less certain and who would rather stick with the consoles that they know can provide great hardcore games.

This however isn't their only worry. As a company Nintendo are notorious for being unable to effectively handle the transition from one console to another and so far it seems that this time around will be no exception. The tail end of last year brought us Skyward Sword and this year has The Last Story but beyond that what is there? It seems unlikely that the Wii U will be out before the holiday season and there is plenty of time between now and then for Nintendo to keep selling the Wii or to lose money by leaving it out to rot as they have so often done in the past.

Ultimately though Nintendo might find that none of this matters, there is a very good chance that the controller will be such a great, new idea and that the rush of new Nintendo games, complete with HD graphics, will be enough to attract old Nintendo fans, bring back fans like me who weren't too enamoured by the Wii's focus on casual games and motion control and maybe even win over some new fans. If this happens then perhaps the losses they have sustained recently will seem irrelevant.

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