Nintendo offered an incredible deal on Wii U this past Black Friday, which helped send their console to the top of Target’s best-selling list on their hottest Black Friday in history. While this is great news in the short term, don’t take it to mean anything terribly positive for Wii U in the long term.

This was one of our talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on the chances for the in-depth look at why this is most likely just a blip of good fortune, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

When you look at this jump contextually, it only looks good as a very short-term scenario. Wii U actually lost steam overall this Black Friday, while
both its competitors gained popularity, according to one market study. Meanwhile Sony is giving Nintendo a big run for their money on savings: PlayStation 4 was a $400 console not long ago, and from now through the entire Holidays, Sony’s offering it for bundles of just $300, including either Star Wars Battlefront or the entire Uncharted collection thanks to their current-gen remasters. It makes sense, then, that Sony is convincing so many new customers to buy a PlayStation 4, while Nintendo appears largely to be breaking the camel’s back for fans who were waiting on a good Wii U deal.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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