In March of 2011, Nintendo released the 3DS handheld system. The price was 249.99 USD. That price point, which certainly was astronomical, did not last more than six months before Nintendo took nearly 80 dollars off the price. Was that needed? No. What they did not attempt to do was put out meaningful games that people wanted to buy the handheld for. There was the less than stellar launch line up, and not much else when they announced the price drop. Even when the system was reduced for sale the public was not that happy about it either. Many had just bought the system no more than six months ago for a considerable amount more.
So Nintendo tried to put a band-aid on the situation yet again. They gave these early adopter something called Ambassador games. Nothing more than a bunch of old retro games. Mario and all the other Nintendo favorites included from console and handheld past. Still that was not really enough to change the little 3DS systems stars. It would be another three months before the 3DS would finally get some heavy hitting games besides a couple of ancient re-makes. Fast forward to today and the 3DS has hardly slowed down since. Sure the sales are still sort of low in the West, but Japan loves the 3DS. Maybe more than they loved the PSP? All it took was a few great games to get people interested.
That is what the Wii U needs. Not another price cut PR disaster. Nintendo should have known that the launch ports of year old games would not hold many gamers interests for long. Most have already played classics such as Mass Effect 3 and Darksiders 2. Before the Wii U launched Nintendo had flooded the market with Mario, so that was never going to help much. Sure, over the years NSMB U will go on to sell many million, but I think that gamers have played so much Mario over this past year that it was not really a must buy game. They did not and do not feel the need to go out and get a Wii U right off the bat just to buy this game.
Beyond that we have Nintendoland, which is nothing more than a bunch of mini games that include many of Nintendo’s beloved characters. Then there is the Wii U itself. It is a wonderful system that has a lot of promise. But what is a console without any games to play on it? Watching TV, using the game pad as a remote and checking on friends can only go so far before you wonder why you have it. We already have most of this. We have a remote for our television. Most humans on this planet have a cell phone to check on friends and family.
In the end it all boils down to this. Stop screaming and yelling for a price cut. That will only help in the short term, and Nintendo is not a short term company. They are in it for the long haul, and a price cut will only keep people buying for the short term. You still need to give people games. Picture buying a Console that had not games. What if it was 50 dollars? If it did not have any games would that price be worth it? What would be the point? That is why the price point of the Wii U being reduced is just an absurd idea. It did not work with the 3DS like Nintendo wanted it to, and it will not work for the Wii U either. Games and more games is the only thing that will turn the fledgling Wii U’s prospects around.