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Criticism of Wii U is similar to Wii, says Nintendo

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Many are still not convinced that the Wii U will be a successful gaming console, but Nintendo isn’t worried. In fact, Nintendo knows that the Wii had a similar reception back in 2006. That was before people got a chance to play the console and figure out what it could do. The Wii has since gone to dominate the current generation of home gaming consoles, outselling the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined.

“For the Wii, before its launch and after its announcement, the feedback was similar to that of the Wii U”, says Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata in a Q&A session with investors in Japan. He added that the skepticism of the Wii U from the media is similar to last time, when the media questioned how the Wii would compete with the much more powerful Sony and Microsoft consoles. As we all know, the Wii won out by offering something new and unique, and it looks like the Wii U will do the same.

Iwata remembers the reception of the Wii back in day, recollecting what reporters were asking him at E3. “Almost every one of the reporters asked, ‘How in the world are you going to compete with Sony or Microsoft with a product like this?’”, Iwata said, adding that Nintendo eventually won by offering a new gaming experience.

It’s only natural for people to question when something new and unique comes around. It happened to the Wii, and it’s definitely happening to the Wii U. While Nintendo doesn’t appear to be affected by the criticism of the Wii U, it doesn’t mean the company hasn’t learned from the mistakes it made with the Wii. For one, they’re courting third party developers much more seriously this time around, and are already building trusting relationships with third party Wii U developers.

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  • Icanseeu

    The Wii hasn’t outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined! It’s not even sold as can’t units as the PSone yet!!

    • Wii Uoops!

      Maybe you should make your sentence make sense before you try to start an argument. And yes, the Wii has outsold the 360 and PS3 combined. And it has, by far, outsold the PS1.

      • Gene

        No it didn’t. Check the facts before blathering.

        • kirbymon123

          *cough cough* hypocrite *cough*

        • Static

          Indeed. From wikipedia, worldwide sales figures for current gen hardware are:

          Wii
          95.85 Million as of March 2012
          XBox 360
          67.2 Million as of April 2012
          Playstation 3
          63.9 Million as of March 2012

          So while the Wii has definitely outsold the PS3 and the 360, combined their numbers beat the Wii.

          And the PlayStation, you may be surprised to know, shipped a pretty impressive 102.49 million units, beating out even the Wii.

          The Wii may eventually outdo that (it is getting quite close,) but it’s not there yet.

          • pach

            Wii life cycle should have ended 2 years ago. And at that time, it outsold the PS3 and the 360 combined.

            Surprisingly, it is still alive. It’s only a matter of time before it outsell the ps1.

        • Really?

          uh, yeah. I have checked the facts and it has out sold it

      • bandit

        Ok hold on. He’s right. I’m a Nintendo fanboy but this is not an opinion. The PS1 has sold more units than the Wii, and the Wii has not outsold the 360 and PS3 combined. This article and anyone who disagrees is wrong. Y’all need to check your facts before attacking someone who says something “negative” about Nintendo.

    • Jeho

      yes it did look it up, turd

    • Britton

      It’s unfortunate you talk before you think.

    • Fresnokila

      Well if we go by figures…

      PSone….102.49 million
      Nintendo Wii….95.85 million
      Xbox 360….67.2 million
      PlayStation 3….63.9 million

      And if Wikipedia is correct (and updated by each financial quarter as it says) than yeah your comment is correct….but the numbers are close enough so no need to get angry…

      Nintendo still has quite the lead and I’m hoping the Wii U has the same success!

    • nintendon’t

      Remember also that less people can afford things (such as gaming consoles) these days than around the time the PS1 was released.

  • Daemonrunner

    I think their lackluster presentation at E3 could be attributed to this. Their post-E3 coverage has been more exciting!

    I am very interested in what the Wii U has to offer, but E3 lacked that certain “wow factor” that has made the media a tad stand-offish that the company doesn’t have it all together with the Wii U.

    I think once people actually experience the system and these early build games get more polish to them, then attitudes will change.

    At the moment, we have very little to go on except conflicting third party developer testimonials and support (“yes, it’s very powerful”/”no, it’s not very powerful”, “yes, we are supporting”/”no, we’re not supporting”) and trickling official announcements from Nintendo.

    In the end, I am confident that Nintendo will pull through come launch.

  • Wii Uoops!

    The thing with Nintendo is now, ever since the Wii, people just assume Nintendo has always had terrible graphics. Nintendo’s only console that was inferior to the others, graphic – wise, WAS the Wii. Nintendo mainly relies on adding something new and innovative to their new console. That’s why Nintendo usually wins the competition between Microsoft and Sony.

    Oh, and this is off-topic, but, it says, “Iwata remembers the reception of the Wii back in day.” Shouldn’t it be “back in THE day?” Not to get on your nerves or anything. :)

  • Watch_Dog

    “The Wii has since gone to dominate the current generation of home gaming consoles, outselling the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined.”

    Well I think that’s due to the new motion controls. When it came out everyone wanted to try it, it was a revolution in gaming. If it wasn’t for that, I don’t think Wii could outsell Xbox 360 and PS3 due to graphical capability.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the Wii and am a proud owner, but that’s why Wii outsold the competitors.

    • Wii Uoops!

      Exactly what I said. Nintendo is winning now because they’re always adding something new to their consoles.

    • Britton

      That is obviously due to the motion controls. So what? What Sony and Microsoft dont understand is that power is not everything. People who define “best console” as the one with the most power have issues. Nintendo did make some mistakes with the Wii but not as many mistakes as MS and Sony did with their consoles. I dont think this article was meaning to say Nintendo outsold them by sheer power and graphics… only an idiot would think that. It out sold them because Nintendo has something the other two lack… which is originality.

    • Andrew

      If Nintendo had not made the motion controller more money would have gone to making it more powerful. Meaning 3rd party games would have been supported making it the winner anyway.

  • David12bc

    The Wii has been very successful, but it has not out sold the Xbox 360 and Playstation “combined”. It has sold more than any of the current consoles, but not both sales together. The Wii has sold around 95 million, Playstation 3 around 64 million, and the Xbox 360 around 68 million, as of April 2012. The Wii has been proven to be very successful, and I certainly agree that the Wii U will outsell the next generation as well.

    • Parker

      The Wii did outsold the 360 and ps3 combined, of course not this year or in 2011 but in other years it really did!!!

  • Ty

    I’m glad that nintendo is taking third party seriously. Whenever I go to Gamestop the Wii selections are terrible. The only good games on the Wii were First Party which were hardly ever released. Rock On Nintendo
    Fav Games: Ocarina of Time, SSB Brawl, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Kid Icarus Uprising, Pokemon Black, Pikmin 2

  • The7thStep

    without people coming to sites such as this and the lackluster E3 in a lot of peoples opinions, I can see why people are skeptical. but with a little research they may change minds, but research takes some work and some people would rather bad mouth it than learn anything about it.

  • AndyC

    Maybe if Nintendo actually gave us some specs they could easily prove to us how much more capable the Wii U is. That way you could easily disprove all the negative press, keeping quiet is almost like a confession that the nay-sayers are right

  • swic11

    Well, i figured the Wii U would get a bad reception. Change is typically looked at as a bad thing, especially controllers. We get new controllers from Nintendo every generation, and they all work out great. I loved the SNES, N64, and gamecube controllers, the Wii motes was ok, but I am excited about the gamepad. They only controller i didnt like was the original NES, too square lol hurt my hands

  • rafael

    I think its safe to assume that the Wii-u will be succesful (im not sure about how to spell this word hehe – im brazilian), but i think its hard to imagine a reinvigoration of the wiimania phenomenon…

    Right, we dont know if the next generation will be as succsesful (whatever…) as the current one…
    My biggest doubt, also, is: will families ever get into other types of games besides party gaming? i dont know…its hard to imagine.

    • rafael

      correction: ”Right now…”

    • Daemonrunner

      close – successful

  • Raul

    Nintendo’s Motto: Been there, done that.
    They’ve heard the criticisms and they charged right through them to success. The same will happen witht he Wii U.

  • markw1982

    i still dont see why people are so hung on on technology and things i dont care how many polygons it can do or how gast cpu/gpu or whatever is im buying a wii u to play games and if people are bothered about specs then buy a pc simple as that

  • john

    criticism just makes Nintendo successful!

  • Britton

    I think this quote is pretty accurate when I think of Nintendo. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” I dont know why the majority of the population seems to follow these stages… but they do. Nintendo has balls. They are different. Because of that, they are ridiculed. How long was it until the population decided that motion control was self evident? Then and only then, did MS and Sony jump on the bandwagon.

    • rafael

      Im not bragging, but ive loved motion controls from the begining and im still loving it… i want it to keep getting better and better :)

  • Dude

    Lets get along and like all systems and goats

  • Joyous Killer

    All you haters out there just leave Nintendo alone! Who cares about the graphics and the power of the console! We love nintendo because of the unique gaming experiences and memories it has to offer. You will hate it with every hair on your body, but I know you’ll end up buying it. If it’s Nintendo, You WILL buy it! I mean, you are on a Nintendo Wii U news Website :I

  • Anhell

    This article is right but Back to 2009-2010 i remember o read magazine about the sells and indeed, back in that time the Wii had sold more consoles than ps3 and 360 combined. And now that the ps3 and 360 have their own motoon controls (damn copy cats lol) are getting better sales on home consoles.They are releasing the Wii U to start all over again and increase their sales.
    And I think Nintendo is not worried about all the feedback because they know what kind of innovative stuff they have for us. Starting with the gamepad and some other stuff that hasnt been revealed yet.

  • Seth A Drekin

    Reading through these comments is hilarious. The statement that Wii out sold PS3 and 360 combine may be inaccurate right now, but the simple fact of the matter is that at the peek of this console cycle the wii had sold 90 mil and PS3 and 360 were still in the 40s. That was about 2 years ago. Wii Sale stalled quite abruptly, but it has nothing to do with the console loosing popularity. The only reason Xbox and PS3 combine broke the Wii sales is because a large number of users had to buy two or three of them. Almost nobody had to buy two Wiis.

    • Amon

      Exactly!Even I`ve had three 360′s and three ps3′s, only one wii. The PS’s and doucheboxes just love breaking down, Wii still goes as good as when i bought it on day one. Sticking with Nintendo from now on.

  • jeff

    I actually think the wiiu is going to catch on like the wii did with the tab controller in a practical way like using it as a keyboard for the internet letting some watch tv while you finish a game handheld being able to play games with it makes the most sense of all video chat for perverts to use on face book since wiiu will have apps like that and it will make some games more fun for people that don’t waste hours a day playing games and from what I read wiiu will have vary close to the same graphics on ps4 so obviously if all a third party has to do is port whatever game it is over to another console they probably will in almost every case to make more money