Ah, the Wii U, this generation’s Dreamcast. I love my Wii U, but there honestly aren’t many games that I want to play on it. Now, ex-Sony developer Kenny Linder is predicting that this is the last year we’ll see any mention of Nintendo’s next-gen console.
Linder took to NeoGAF to air his opinions, and later remove them. However, Nintendo Life managed to capture his words before they disappeared. He begins by saying that releasing Super Mario 3D World on the same day as the PS4 released in the EU was not wise – definitely a valid point. He goes on to say:
I think retail and the market will push Nintendo in a direction whether they like it or not. They MUST be in danger of losing shelf space at this point. Retail will have four major consoles (PS3/4, 360/One) plus 3DS/2DS to push which will all move units, and it looks like Mario can’t help even poor Wii U out. If it goes from shelves, it will be finished. I am still confident in my crazy mind that Wii U will not see another Christmas after this one. But that’s just me. The future games will just get moved/axed.[…] I wonder if the same gamers who buy Nintendo home systems (150k of them in UK) are the same gamers that buy PS4/Xbox? That might explain lack of sales this week. Otherwise, nobody gives a s***.
I think Nintendo has a lot of work to do to explain the value of their new console. Giving away free consoles and installing Mario in major airports over the holidays may help, but the reality is that most people simply do not see the value in the Wii U. With low demand, retail will be less inclined to give it decent (or any) shelf placement, leading to even lower awareness and demand.
I’m not sure this will be the Wii U’s last Christmas, but Nintendo has a lot of work to do in 2014 to convince consumers that the Wii U is a must-have console.