It’s no secret the Wii U is, from a business perspective, failing miserably. Not a day goes by without some form of news article foretelling the former console giants demise, and it seems that Nintendo may finally admit to feeling the heat — and may already be in development of a brand new console.
“Since the revision to our full-year financial forecast, there have been various reports and comments about us. However, we do not hold a pessimistic view of the future of dedicated video game platforms. We therefore believe that dedicated video game platforms which integrate hardware and software will remain our core business. Naturally, we are moving ahead with research and development efforts for future hardware as we have done before and we are not planning to give up our own hardware systems and shift our axis toward other platforms.“
So what, exactly, can we take from this? That Nintendo is always doing a little behind-the-scenes R&D, or that they’re admitting to being in the process of creating a new console to compete with the Xbox One and Playstation 4?
Nintendo has always been one to do their own thing, and they’re practically swimming in money from their stranglehold on the handheld market, but with both Iwata and Miyamoto taking pay cuts over the agonizingly poor sales of the Wii U, could we see Nintendo abandoning ship sooner than later?
Personally, I’ve had my Wii U for a while and I know there are a handful of good games for it, but aside from Nintendo themselves, larger developers don’t seem to want to support the console. I think that anyone who is a diehard Nintendo fan already owns the console, so the sales won’t exactly skyrocket any time soon. Iwata has already stated that Nintendo has no plans to develop as a third party, so understanding that the Wii U is both underpowered and less desirable to the mass market (even with the support of the Nintendo faithful), maybe a new console is what Nintendo needs?
Let’s keep in mind, however, that we still have some positive reinforcement from Nintendo coming down the line with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Smash Bros Wii U and the possibility of a new Metroid on the console at some point. We also have X & Bayonetta 2 from the third party corner, so not all is bleak, but are these all system sellers to anyone who hasn’t already invested in the Wii U?
How do you all feel about it? Do you think that Nintendo should abandon the Wii U and start working on something a bit more powerful to lure in the third parties? Should they just focus on handhelds? What about the rumored console/handheld hybrid, Nintendo Fusion? Or should Nintendo stick to their guns and pump out more first party content?
I’d love to hear your suggestions on this, especially those of you who already own the Wii U. Would you feel betrayed if Nintendo brought out a new console within the next 12 months, or do you still feel that your time with the Wii U was worth the money you paid?