Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Why the WiiU isn't selling.

Anyone who follows the world of gaming (even if it's just a little bit) knows that the Nintendo WiiU isn't selling well.

The WiiU is seen by the "core" gamers as a "kid console", which means kids also see it as a kid console.

They want to be like the "cool" older kids so instead of begging their parents for a WiiU with a copy of Mario Kart 8, they beg their parents for a PS4 or Xbone with a copy of the latest Battle of Duty, or Call of Halo.

It also doesn't help that when people talk about the "console wars" of this gen, it's usually a duel between Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's Playstation 4.

The WiiU is usually absent from the debates.
Why?
Because the WiiU isn't as powerful as its competition.

Remember, The Wii wasn't as power as its last gen counterparts, yet it sold more that both systems.

And if you think about it, Nintendo has never made the most powerful systems.

The Gameboy wasn't nearly as powerful as the Gamegear... which one do people continue to talk about, and still play.

I have a friend. He's a college freshmen who got an Xbox One he never plays, but he's dying to play my WiiU.
Why is that?
Why did he get the Xbone over the console he actually wants to play?
Because that what he's told is cool. He doesn't realize it yet, but I know the majority of his friends got the Xbox One.
He got it to fit in. Because it's what seemed "cool"

It doesn't help the WiiU's case that it lacks third party support.
Third Party Developers don't want to support it.

They don't support it because it doesn't sell well, it doesn't sell well because it lacks Third Party Support.
It's a viscous cycle.

Luckily Nintendo has AMAZING First Party games which can hold it afloat.

Now we wait for Smash Bros. 4.


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