Wii U sales are flagging, obviously, and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admits it is due to a lack of software.
Ever since its launch, the Wii U has been the subject of dismal sales, and it’s not just because of the hardware limitations. Yes, some developers are turning their noses up at Nintendo’s failing console, claiming that the limitations are just too short to make some of their killer IPs enjoyable. That’s really just a cop-out, as any game can work on any console if you just figure out how to shrink it and still make it fun. Warner Bros. Games Montreal is doing it with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for 3DS and PS Vita.
Other developers like Ubisoft are looking purely at the profitability of making the game for the console, and the Wii U isn’t looking promising enough to be worth the trouble, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.
Nintendo has taken it on themselves to make the big games for Wii U, knowing that if we can just get a new Mario and Zelda on the console, they might just make it profitable. Unfortunately it may be too little, too late, as physical retailers are beginning to take the Wii U off the shelves due to a lack of sales.
It was obviously not the price that kept the Wii U from selling, as consumers have mostly bought the bundles instead of the core system itself.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admits that the software available for the Wii U is not enough to drive sales, and third party developers are jumping ship, if they even got on the ship to begin with. He stated about the flagging Wii U sales, “The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version. So the issue is not there. I understand that the real issue is the lack of software, and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles.”
What do you think of Nintendo stating that the lack of software is the reason the Wii U is not selling?