The Wii U sold 55,000 units (give or take) this January. I want an Ambassador Program and a price cut, mostly because I want free games. How about you?
After the announcement that Wii U sold but 55K units this past January, I found myself legitimately worried about the future of the console for the first time ever. I don’t mean “Oh no Nintendo is going to die and everything will be ruined!” worried, I just mean “Man, they are going to be in for another Gamecube if they don’t get their act together with this.”
Not that I would mind another Gamecube. After all, the console spawned some of the greatest games of all time despite selling a paltry 21 million units, and none of us look back on that era and go “Man, Nintendo sure was close to being gone for good with that lunchbox console!”. Still, they were clearly in third place behind Sony and Microsoft, and as childish as it seems I like seeing Nintendo being on top. There’s something really satisfying about seeing the guy you like best winning, especially when the guy you like best is putting forth such a positive and unique image when juxtaposed with a lot of what else is out there.
So what’s up with Wii U? The three month totals on the system aren’t awful by any means (it’s ahead of where both the PS3 and 360 were at the same point in their lives), but a less-than-100K January sounds troublesome for a brand new system. Pile onto that the news of Rayman Legends, EA saying it’s not next gen, Activision saying they’re disappointed in it, SEGA postponing the release of Aliens indefinitely… it certainly doesn’t spell success! I mean, 3DS had all of us on the edge of our seats for a minute there, but it bounced back over the last year or two and has really become a handheld powerhouse, even by Nintendo’s high standards.
So what should Nintendo do? Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a $50 price cut and another Ambassador Program. More than anything I feel like I’d be getting the better half of the bargain considering all of the games they gave us on 3DS, and the imaginary offer of 20 free NES/SNES/GBA/N64/etc titles on Wii U– fully playable on Gamepad with any luck– is more than enough to make me go “Okay, you guys can all save $50 on the console. I’m gonna get me a bunch of free games.”
That’s just me though. How would you guys feel about Nintendo going the 3DS route with Wii U? They certainly have the Holiday line-up to pull it off…