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Soundwave said: With no Fit/Sports crazes the system is just another GameCube. Mario Kart will provide a boost but not the one Nintendo fans think. Nintendo doesn't have anything on the table that appeals to non-Mario fans in a mass market fashion. They bet the farm on the casual gamer coming back to them (at least 50-60% of them), they weren't counting on that market completely...
Soundwave said:I think Nintendo was hoping the combo of NSMBU + Wii Party U hardware bundles + Wii Sports Club + Wii Fit U trial + Mario 3D World + Taiko Drum Master would cause a large boost and act as kind of a "relaunch" for the system in Japan. They were wrong. Basically they were banking on the "Wii casual" + Mario fan audience carrying them this holiday. Casuals have betrayed...
Well it was never going to sell much better on an install base that tiny. Pretty sure even Nintendo is not surprised. It will just have to keep selling. Their only chance for a significant Wii U improvement would have been Mario Kart 8. Bet they'd have loved to release it this holiday, but in the end it's wise to hold it back until spring. Otherwise Wii U would just die next year. Next...