You already know that the Wii U isn’t selling well. With a poor spring line-up and the shadow cast by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, seeing the Wii U disappear from the public eye isn’t surprising, but it’s very disappointing to Nintendo fans.
Shigeru Miyamoto has recently spoken out on the poor sales of the Wii U. The developer blames Nintendo’s focus on internet browsing and video streaming, which the casual market has ignored. He also points at the delays of titles such as Pikmin 3. What were originally launch titles have become parts of the 2013 line-up. He also really wants you to buy a Wii U.
“Yeah, so things aren’t easy for Nintendo and the Wii U hasn’t been selling too well. (laughs). The Wii U also has features like a web browser and two screens, and it’s very useful even for simply watching Youtube, but no one really uses it that way. That’s not helping speed up the system as well.
“Originally Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U were meant to be part of the lineup that was coming out between January and March. Last year I did not mean for them to be completed around this time, but we had a lot of trouble with the shaders in HD. Now that we’re used to them, we should do better in the future.
“At the same time, hardware development was delayed. Because of that delay, the whole development environment was delayed, which also impacted the production of the games. When you produce a game, the process should not be influenced this much by the hardware, but this concurrency of problems affected the games’ progress a lot.
“Yeah. After this there is Lego City Undercover and The Wonderful 101. We also have Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8 further in the future. So definitely buy a Wii U soon! I’ve been waiting to see (sales) numbers catch up this summer.”
Keep in mind that Lego City has not launched in Japan yet. I hope that clears up the quote for you.
What do you think? Are you waiting for Wii U sales to pick up? Did Nintendo focus on other media forms too much? Sound off in the comments.