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Why did the Wii U failed?

Poor Marketing 15 23.44%
Outdated Hardware 7 10.94%
Lack of First Party Killer Apps 6 9.38%
Lack of 3rd Party support 0 0%
The tablet controller 6 9.38%
The Price 0 0%
All of the above 27 42.19%
None of the above 0 0%
The Wii killed the Wii U! 1 1.56%
WTH! The Wii U was a success! 2 3.13%

I actually liked the WiiU as a system. The gaming community ruined it. The system could have been a lot more if gamers weren't just worried about visuals at the time.

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I had an n64 when I was a child and then the game cube. I never owned a wii because I had no interest in the motik control aspect and I never owned a wii I because I thought the gamepad was stupid. I did however get a Switch. It looked cool, being able to switch between portable and docked mode was amazing and it launched with BOTW which I consider to be one of the best games of all time.

The fact it only had one real controller and focused primarily on single-player experiences. That broke the Wii U.

There was not really any way for it to have a killer app because the hardware prevented it.

Mario Kart 8 is a giant mess on Wii U for multiplayer. Meanwhile, it's a tremendous experience on Switch, largely thanks to the fact that you can take it out with you and play large local multiplayer games, and hook up online to fill the empty slots with other players.

As has been said before, the Wii U was more of a sequel to the Gamecube than the Wii. Similarly, the Switch is more of a proper sequel to the Wii.

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sethnintendo said:
Let's start with the name. If they named it Super Wii it would have doubled in sales.

I say if they d called it WiiUWiiUWiiU they could ve trippled sales. Maybe even be on par with Xbone sales.

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The price, power, marketing, and lack of killer apps a all extensions of the real problem: controller. The controller is where all the extra cost went. All in all, it simply wasn't a compelling offer. You can't have a killer app on a console that is simply not appealing. Mario Kart 8 would have been a killer app.

You also can't say it didn't have third party support either. The games were there. The problem is no one wanted to play those games on the Wii U. The Wii U was so terrible that Nintendo would have been more successful supporting the Wii until the Switch's release.

One thing the poll gets wrong though: the controller ISN'T a tablet. This is what a tablet looks like:

Last edited by Jumpin - on 27 September 2019

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It's neither portable, nor the Wii, that's where the problems started.

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I would also like to (further) note just how bad the Gamepad was. Not only was it expensive and offered little to no gameplay improvements, the range was garage as well. I couldn't take it more than 50 feet from my console. Just a stupid, stupid controller. Worst ever crafted by a mainstream console.

If it was called "Wii 2" it would've sold double the units :P

I cannot quote on my iPad, but jumpin and rolstoppable covered most of the points. From the day of the revel you could see that Nintendo had rejected the exact premise of simplifying the controller and gaming in general that made the Wii a hit. How can you blame da casuals when the system wasn’t even made for them?

One thing I would like to add is, Nintendo made a terrible misstep relying on third parties to launch the system. There were actually about thirty nine games between launch and Christmas, of which just two were from Nintendo. Then in the next six months or so all Nintendo had to show for itself was Luigi remake of nsmbu, a Wario mini game compilation, and eventually a very late pikmin 3. You cannot get away with a first year that looks like that.

Marketing and the name. Most people I've talked to even to this day, still have no idea the Wii U was a brand new console and are always surprised when I tell them.

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