In Other News – 13 August 2014

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Is this Nintendo’s last Christmas?

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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.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!
  • oVg

    Yes it is. If they had listened to me 2 years ago they would not have been playing with their wii and doing stupid shit like releasing their only system seller on the same day as the PS4.

    They can drown this dolphin like they did the last for all I care.

    I am still buying a Wii U because Nintendo are the only company that build there shit to last for decades and decades. No fully compat gaming required unlick the other chynobal machines.

    Last XMAS before they shift all of there Wii U funds over to dominate the Japanese handheld market.

    At least it outlived the kick ass console, the Gamecube.

    • RyseandRepeat

      It is a damn shame. I still put it down to them getting too cocky because of the Wii success.

      • oVg

        The hardcore left them after the Gamecube was booted out the back door in favor of Wii Sports and Soccer moms.

        • RyseandRepeat

          let them rot!

  • RyseandRepeat

    Agreed. Though it looks like an amazing game, releasing it on the same day as the PS 4 is just poor marketing. Hell, at least they are being consistent in that…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    What is a Wii U?

  • justlikemo

    Wii whu?

    • oVg

      The 100th peripheral for the Wii. You know? That extra screen.

      • justlikemo

        oh thats whU.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Throw pokemon on to the Wii-U. Problem solved.

    • Admiral Chief of Souls

      Ellyn, the Pokezor slut :P

      But yeah, good point. That might be their saving grace

      • Wayne

        They can attach a ball remote that you throw at the TV to catch them all

  • oVg

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      That kid is going places.

      • oVg

        Nintendo marketing department.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • iAmWeasel

    I’ve noticed there’s like an elite group of 5 to 10 hardcore Lazygamer commenters, who instantly post on every article that goes up.. do you guys not have jobs?? No disrespect intended.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Well I don’t know about the rest but I have a job. I work in IT though so 99% of my time is behind a PC and so I always have my browser open to lagz along with all my other work and I kinda bounce between windows

      • RyseandRepeat

        What you said. I’m a Comms officer so my job.

    • Admiral Chief of Souls

      Elite? Hmmm. Ok then.

      I blame this on always having to do something. While I comment currently, I’m having KFC, moving a VM between datastores, reading up on steam specials, doing SAP support for our UK branch, fixing SAP authorizations in Wellington branch, responding to emails and also scratching my balls.

      When I sit still and do nothing, MY BRAIN hurts.

      Oh, and also playing tiny death star on my phone

      • iAmWeasel

        Hahaha respect.

        • Admiral Chief of Souls

          Its quite bad if I am stuck in traffic and or in a queue.

          I HAVE TO KEEP BUSY!

          So jamming tiny death star while driving or seriously taxing the cpu on my s4 in a queue.

          I blame myself for doing this to myself.

          BUT, come next week, GLORIOUS LEEEEAAAAAVE, then hopefully my brain can relax for a few weeks

          • iAmWeasel

            I’m much the same actually.. generally doing a few things at once. Find it impossible to watch TV because of it.

          • Admiral Chief of Souls

            Watch TV? You mean watching TV gaming and scratching balls at same time?

            Got it!

            :)

      • RyseandRepeat

        HAHAHAHAH!

        • Admiral Chief of Souls

          ;)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It’s the joy of having lots & lots of little jobs. It actually helps me maintain focus to alt-tab here to talk crap every now & again.

      • Admiral Chief of Souls

        Who said you were elite?

        JK, YOU ARE MOS ELITE COZ PC MOS!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well I know I’m hardcore because I don’t play COD!

          • Admiral Chief of Souls

            Amen brudda, amen!

      • RyseandRepeat

        “Now & then?”

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well sometimes non-stupid comments slip out accidentally. I hate it when that happens because I know it makes you feel bad. ;P

          • RyseandRepeat

            It does. I like to think I know you well BOOM!

          • Admiral Chief of Souls

            You ladies want a room or something?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No thanks, I have no interest in getting to know him in the biblical sense. O_o

          • Admiral Chief of Souls

            They say denial is the final admittance of being in loooove

          • RyseandRepeat

            A room is far too civil for ol @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus why do you think he isn’t allowed 1km to any school yard?

          • Admiral Chief of Souls

            see my post to trev…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I like to think it’s because people want to encourage children to excel, but once they see me they know there’s no hope of even matching the sheer brilliance that is me, thus dooming the children to meaningless, unfulfilled lives.

          • RyseandRepeat
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I stopped reading after “throne.”

          • RyseandRepeat

            That’s what happens when you are banned from school #failededucation

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I know matric was the best 3 years of your life, but passing isn’t the same as being banned. ;)

          • RyseandRepeat

            WERE* BOOM!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            See what I mean, even if your correction was right you still wouldn’t capitalise it.

          • RyseandRepeat

            I WOULD IF I WAS LAUGHING THE WAY I AM NOW!

    • RyseandRepeat

      We do, we just don’t like them very much…

      • ToshZA

        Spot on master Rince.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That too lol

    • RyseandRepeat

      PS. Come join us! Come to the dark side!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That would make the job the light side wouldn’t it?

        • RyseandRepeat

          What pays the bills, indeed…

      • TiMsTeR1033

        VIVA I AM ELITE!!

    • Kromas

      You forget that they also love to alter the nicks a bit every few weeks. :P

    • oVg

      Multitasking. One day, when the loading bar, CD burning, Printing… Usual desktop jobs will all be done in a nano second.

      Until then, thank fuck for allowing the internet at work or I will be outside smoking every 5 minutes.

    • MosselWasAlone

      I’m designing your roads in Cape Town while commenting on Lazygamer. God help you all.

  • Martin du preez

    “Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the very next day you gave it away”

    All I could think of when I read the title

  • ToshZA

    If Nintendo’s Wii U was more like this one, everyone would want one.
    http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/images/PierceMfgFireTruck.jpg

    #JustSaying

    • oVg

      lol

  • Macethy

    The problem is that Nintendo went after the family and casual market with the Wii, while more traditional gamers went elsewhere. Now the casual gamers don’t need another console because they already own a Wii while the gamers have moved onto PS4/XBONE.

  • Vampyric Squirrel of the Sith

    Scrap the Wii U and re-release Super Mario 3D World on Xbox 360, One, PS3, and PS4… and Nintendo is saved from utter annihilation.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I honestly just think that Nintendo needs to start looking at their launch dates.

    You need to release a Nintendo console with Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Mario and well mainly a shit load of Nintendo games.

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