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Nintendo President: production of two Wii U models was a challenge and unbalanced

In an interview earlier today with Reuters, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata commented on Wii U sales so far. Iwata said despite Wii U not matching the Wii’s initial sales numbers during its launch in 2006, sales for Wii U are steady:

“At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn’t as though stores in the U.S. had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom. But sales are not bad, and I feel it’s selling steadily.”

Nintendo managed to sell about 400,000 Wii U consoles in it’s first week on the market in North America, just 200,000 units shy of the original Wii in its debut week. The company expects to sell 5.5 million Wii u consoles by the end of march.

Iwata also admits in the interview that there were some difficulties in production of the Wii U. Offering two different home console models to consumers was a first for the company:

“It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time … and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this. Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn’t find it.”

Consumers may have an easier time finding Wii U consoles on store shelves when compared to 2006 and with Wii’s limited supply, but could this be a sign that the Wii U will never match the success of it’s predecessor? Why do you think the Wii U hasn’t yet grabbed consumers in the same way the Wii did? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • ZeldaFan83

    I don’t think there’s one specific answer to why the Wii U isn’t selling as quickly as the Wii did. Well for one The Wii was cheaper when it came out and motion controls was a huge deal as it was the first gaming console to use them and it was such a new thing to a lot of people who were used to just playing with a standard controller and just like when the N64 came out 3D graphics was new and never seen before so it excited people. Also possibly the confusion with keeping the name Wii in the new console’s title a lot of people think that it might just be a Wii with a new controller as the consoles do look sort of similar in design to the average person. Of course there is also the state of the economy which was doing much better in 2006 when the Wii was released compared to now so many can’t afford to shell out $300-$350 for a new console. Then there is mobile gaming which is so popular these days people can play while on the move and mobile graphics keep improving.

    I think that’s why Nintendo is trying really hard to appeal to the Hardcore audience and bring the hardcore back home, hence Nintendo Network which means no more friend codes (finally) and a much more improved online experience over their past explorations into online gaming and also the Wii U Pro Controller which would clearly appeal to the hardcore crowd that might not be a fan of the Wii Remote/Nunchuk. Nintendo is also trying to make their console the ultimate living room entertainment experience with Video streaming (Netflix/Amazon Instant Video/Youtube/Hulu Plus), Internet Browser, Nintendo TVii, TV Control function with the GamePad, Video Chat, Miiverse (Facebook-like online gaming community), etc. They are trying really hard to incorporate as many entertainment tools in their console as possible so that people will use their Wii U for more than just gaming and it’s a little unfortunate that they didn’t include DVD/Blu-Ray compatibility but I guess you can’t have everything.

    I love my Wii U and I think that it is the most technologically advanced home console on the planet as well as the most graphically powerful (Currently).

    Well anyway that’s just my opinion on the matter…

    • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

      True, when I worked at gamestop most parents thought it’d be crazy to buy a Wii u since they didn’t see it as an upgrade. Man, parents never understand. Seriously though, the advertising on it has been a little…low. I’m starting to think that Nintendo is just keeping it low until the Xbox and Orbis are out.

      • uPadWatcher

        Orbitz chewing gum?  I can see Sony using the anti-used game on the PlayStation 4!  F*** you, Kaz Hirai!!!!!!!  Jack Tretton doesn’t want no stinkin’ anti-used game on PS4.  Too late.

        • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

          I’m not so sure that Sony plans on using that. They don’t really have a problem with piracy, well on the ps3 anyway, we’ll skip the PSP for now.

          It was probably just so Microsoft didn’t do it. Remember when everyone thought the nextbox would have the same thing on it?

          • angel

            actually the PS3 is easier to hack and download free games

      • Destructonator 101

        All this confusion, was that really worth it? Like, there are so many people who think the wii u is an add on, but there would have been no confusion if it had a different name. Im not saying that the name is bad, it just creates confusion.

        And yes, of only seen the advertisement three times here in australia, and not a single billboard. Nintendo should have gone crazy with advertising!

        Man, Nintendo need something huge for E3 this year to not be overshadowed by microstuffed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

          Maybe they were hoping that having Wii in the name would help. It’s not like Nintendo’s perfect, they did make the virtual boy…

      • erlendrs93

        i sold a bunch of wii u’s to parents who were going to buy wii’s and hadn’t heard of  U. Explaining it as simple as possible is key.

      • angel

        actually thats the plan if u think about it in a business matter they would also advertise their first party games like metroid and zelda and as u know they are going to max the shit out of the system and nintentendo knows how to plus they would have by then hopefully started to make a profit( i forgot how many they need to sell) and when the new gens comes out all of those who did not know about it would know by articals and crap on the news of official gen race starts now type of crap and telling you about which one you should get

      • MujuraNoKamen

         True Wii U’s advertising is universally sub-standard (see my comment below on what was wrong with it and how it could be improved) I think you’re right about Nintendo keeping a few things under wraps until XBox 730 is announced but If I were them I’d have got a few things out (Metroid is ideal) prior to then so people wouldn’t care as much about 720 and then at E3 blow Kinect version 2 (which is what 720 will likely be about) out of the water with HD Metroid, Zelda, Pikmin 4, Starfox, Bayonetta 2 etc

    • uPadWatcher

      You should know that Nintendo doesn’t need a DVD or Blu-Ray on the Wii U and cost even more money… not to mention that they have to pay Sony for using Blu-Ray properties and royalty fees.  I know it’s your opinion, but Nintendo is a VIDEO GAME COMPANY.  And besides, you can watch movies and TV shows on the Wii U by subscribing to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus.  And you don’t have to pay a single penny for Nintendo TVii.

      • http://facebook.com/imathlin izzy1985

        Their focus definitely seems to be on streaming services, which is a good bet since more and more consumers are adapting a digital lifestyle. DVD functionality on Wii U would have been nice to have as it wouldn’t require someone having to power on another device in the living room instead of the Wii U. Certainly not a deal breaker in my opinion though.

      • sdmac200600

        sony does not own blu-ray. i see this mistake alot. They have RIGHTS to blu-ray but they don’t own it. phillips and other companies that i cant think of all have a piece of blu-ray so nintendo doesn’t have to go to sony for blu-ray

        • angel

          First Meeting of Blu-ray DiscTM Patent Holders Held
          Progress Made, Input Welcomed in Creation of Joint Patent License
          (Denver, Colorado USA – 20 July 2006) – MPEG LA announced today that the first meeting of essential
          Blu-ray DiscTM patent owners, consisting of 17 companies, was held in Los Angeles on July 6-7 for the
          purpose of creating a joint license providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to essential
          patents, as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Participating companies included:
          CyberLink Corporation
          Dell Inc.
          Hewlett-Packard Company
          Hitachi Ltd.
          Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
          LG Electronics Inc.
          Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)
          Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
          Pioneer Corporation
          Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
          Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
          Sharp Corporation
          Sony Corporation
          TDK Corporation
          Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
          Warner Home Video Inc.(its just the fact that if nintendo got blu ray they would have to pay royalty and it would become more expensive and so they would lose more money and thats why they created disc that are similar to blu-ray)

      • Desiderio Lazaro

        Outside UK no use for Tvii…Not in Portugal at least…

        • http://twitter.com/AdrianoCosta86 Adriano Costa

          Boas. E os outros serviços? Funcionam?

      • ZeldaFan83

        No, they do not need a DVD/Blu-ray player but as they are trying to create an All in one entertainment experience then that was something that they missed out on, and it doesn’t matter if they are a video game company, Nintendo originally started out as a toy company. You adapt to the times and technology and if they had included the option to play movies through their disc drive it would have added to what they were trying to accomplish and it’s not like they never had included a DVD drive before. They released a special edition Gamecube in japan that had a built in DVD Drive. Now don’t get the wrong idea I have been a huge fan of Nintendo since I was 7 and got an NES for my B-day many, many years ago. I love my Wii U and I think it’s great the way it is, but you can’t be one-sided when you are looking at a gaming console, you have to be critical and see the flaws in it and also the missed opportunities as every console out there has their own flaws…

    • http://facebook.com/imathlin izzy1985

      I would have to agree with you, the Wii definitely had the novelty factor and a $250 price point for a console in 2006 was acceptable to consumers. Although, I still question why Nintendo chose not to at least include DVD support, seeing as they want the Wii U to be  an entertainment hub of the living room.

    • I Can’t Think of a Name

      *scrolling down*
      “I don’t think there’s one specific answer to why the Wii U isn’t selling as quickly as the Wii did.”
      oooh yay a comment
      *scrolls down a bit more*
      that’s a pretty long paragraph…
      that one too…
      and that one…
      WHOA THIS IS LIKE A MINI-ARTICLE
      tl;dr.

    • MujuraNoKamen

       Wii U is being out performed by Wii due to, as you said, the higher price tag, state of the economy, and a less-revolutionary control method but IMO, mainly due to more limited advertising. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen a Wii U advert on TV and the ones I have seen, though decent, are a little poor. Rather than continuously stressing it’s a new console not an add-on, they show a tacky family set up with more of the actors than gameplay or features. They haven’t shown of the beautiful visuals of the tech demos or Trine 2, not a glimpse of the sandbox style glory and excellent humour of Lego City, no word on the pro-controller or even the useful features of the gamepad (no TV remote demo, only a little emphasis on off screen play) nor have they shown the quantity and variety of what games are available. Nintendo needs to ramp up its game if wants to be noticed. Even then, it’s not all bad news, wasn’t their an article here not a long time ago showing that Wii U has outperformed XBox 360 and PS3′s sales figure in the same period of time on the market. I’m sure sales will improve as long as 3rd party games like AC, ME and CoD are released day 1 instead of being late ports and as log as exclusives are showcased well. Also you raise a good point about DVD/Blu-Ray support, it would have helped with the goal of being the all-in-one entertainment device but in a way I’m glad they didn’t. After all, it would have increased the cost and also, since I have a DVD player, a PS2 and a 360 I don’t want a Wii U DVD player as I’ve already got 3. The same can be said for Blu-Ray discs too, the next gen consoles will both support it (probably) so I don’t want to pay for it many times over.

    • Zelly Jeffers

      The Wii brought about a LOT of party games when it was released. And those games appealed to a much wider audience. I had two friends go out and buy Wiis after playing Rayman Ravin’ Rabbids with me. The Wii was also a lot different than anything anyone had ever seen, and an equally different name. The buzz was huge leading up to its release. I think it was much bigger than with the Wii U. Good or bad, everyone was talking about it before it was even launched. The system also had a single release unlike the Wii U which gives you an option of a basic or deluxe system. Because the Wii was so different, the buzz continued for quite some time after its release. Countless articles about fitness and seniors starting Wii bowling teams. Not to mention the crazy stories about busted up TV screens from hurled Wii remotes. I got my Wii on launch day and I’m glad I did and that I had pre-ordered because it really was hard to get one for months after. I lived in NYC at the time and I had a friend who planned a weekend trip in Boston around getting one.

      The Wii U doesn’t ‘sound’ new to most people who haven’t kept up with gaming. It isn’t the Wii2. I had to explain it to my mom, but she knew about the Wii soon after its launch.I don’t see Nintendo as trying to appeal more now to so-called ‘hardcore’ gamers. It’s just that the tech is there. The system has a few big name third-party titles that are also available on Xbox 360 and PS3. And the Wii U versions aren’t watered down as they would have been on the Wii. I don’t think Nintendo’s focus has really changed. They pride themselves on being different, and most of their exclusives will probably be geared toward kids and those who aren’t afraid of ashamed of being big kids.

      Pikmin 3 is a game I’ll enjoy thoroughly. LEGO City is another, but they’re also games I know my mom would enjoy. Assassin’s Creed III or Zombi U, not so much. Nintendo doesn’t want gaming to be exclusive. They want it to be quite the opposite. They want everyone to dig in and enjoy. It’s really up to third-party developers to accept their invitation to bring their games to the system. Hopefully more and more will.

  • Kuzon

    Wii was $250 for a small console with cheaper games and lesser visuals with gimmicky new motion controls.
    First catch at the ultra casual market and everyone else was pretty excited for motion gameplay.

    Wii U is $300/$350, while more expensive, it’s very reasonably priced, but still more expensive, you’re in the Xbox 360 launch price range now.
    It’s 2/3s core gaming and 1/3 casual gaming focused now since the controller is back to 2 joysticks being a normal gamepad.
    Wii U is also named horribly, usually being mistaken as a Wii tablet accessory.
    Wii U has a gimmicky tablet controller that puts off many who are used to traditional gamepads.
    Wii U has no advertising at all. I haven’t seen a TV ad, billboards, nothing. It’s all been word of mouth, which is the best advertising but not widespread.
    Wii U, although containing the largest launch game library in history of any platform, most of the games are multiplatform ports and the unique and original ones are not console sellers. Though every launch suffers this I guess.

    The casual audience isn’t the type to buy new brand new consoles. They see their Wii as perfectly fine, why do I need something new.

    They are still selling the Wii. I don’t understand why it’s taking so long for them to phase them out, but Nintendo is currently supporting and selling Wii, DS, Wii U, and 3DS systems and games. That’s 4 different platforms. I can understand for the DS since DS is massive and play on 3DS, and I can see the Wii too since it is still selling strong even now, but that money could be spent by those people on a Wii U instead and Nintendo could better place the Wii U as something people will buy software for. It would’t be hard for someone to move over to Wii U from Wii since it also plays their Wii games too. But right now 300,000+ people each week are buying Wii’s instead of Wii U’s and that’s a big problem.

    But despite all those issues, the system still manages to sell over 2.2 million units in a month and a half. Fucking amazing cause it shouldn’t of happened. I can tell you what, my sister and my father are enjoying it since she can play her black ops II game and he can watch football in the living room at the same time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bilbo.bagens.79 Bilbo Bagens

      I’ve seen the commercials several times on US TV. They never mention that the Wii U is a new console upgrade to the original Wii. The commercials are all about the new controller. I know what the Wii U is. Even I am confused by the commercials.

  • AlienFanatic

    What is with Mr. Iwata’s almost never-ending string of mea culpas?  Does he not recognize that instead of reassuring his audience, it actually undermines him?  At this point, all we should be hearing is how focused he and his team are in producing great games and that the upcoming E3 will be a showcase for why the Wii-U should be in consumers’ homes.

    With NVidia announcing its own take on home consoles, even though I don’t think of it as a huge threat, there will be increasing pressure on Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft to convince consumers to go with their next-generation models.  Heck, E3 is coming and with it the inevitable announcements of the PS4 and the Nextbox, so Nintendo had better take away Mr. Iwata’s hankies and give him a bullhorn.

    EDIT: And with no major software releases before March, I strongly doubt Nintendo will hit its 5.5 million sales mark. I am betting it’ll be closer to 4 million and, no doubt, more apologies will be issued.

    • Chris C

      Agreed.  I think Iwata’s time is up.  He oversaw a great period for Nintendo. The DS and the Wii.  But the 3DS and Wii U are not the products Nintendo needs for sustained growth.  

      Despite a YoY increase in 3DS sales globally, including monster sales in Japan, the 3DS has declined significantly YoY in both the U.S., and in Europe.  Japan has been the lone reason the YoY 3DS numbers are up.  But, the weekly average sales for the 3DS globally are DOWN.  How is this possible? Because the 3DS launched in Feb & March 2011, while it had 12 full months on sale for 2012.

      Secondly every single projection Nintendo has made – including 17.5 million 3DS’s sold for FY2012, 5.5 million Wii U’s shipped, and 24 million Wii U games sold, are DRASTICALLY WRONG.  I mean they are way off.  And all in the wrong direction.  

      The 3DS is on pace to sell closer to 14 – 15 million, the Wii U is looking between 4.5 – 5 million, and the Wii U games RIGHT NOW AT RETAIL stands at 5million…20 million shy of goal with 3 months left (granted 5 million doesn’t include digital download E-Shop games, but that’s less than half of the retail figure).

      Satoru Iwata’s time is up.  He has failed.  Nintendo share prices continue to hit new 52 week lows because of the YoY decline in 3DS sales for the U.S. and Europe, as well as the huge failure of Nintendo to meet their own goals.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Do you do anything but complain and whine around here? Iwata helped get Nintendo out of the dark ages and I can respect him for that. As for 3DS sales in America just wait until Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter are out.

        • Ray01x

          Don’t forget Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. :P

      • Th3PANO

        oh, it’s Chris C. Iwata is the reason why Nintendo speaks with the public njowadays. it isn’t the fault of one single man.

        • Ray01x

          Don’t forget Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. :P

      • MujuraNoKamen

         Iwata isn’t solely responsible, I think he’s doing a great job – He’s turned over a new leaf for Nintendo, they now speak with customers via Nintendo Direct and fully embrace new ideas (like the social networking aspect of Miiverse) and have caught up well to the competition in terms of online. Since Iwata took over hiccups like the N64 using cartridges instead of discs and GC having mini-discs instead of DVDs are now a thing of the past.
        Maybe there is a little more he could do but I think these not bad yet not great sales figures are due to Nintendo’s bad advertising, Iwata needs to say to everyone at Nintendo and its divisions all over the world: DO BETTER!
        How many Wii U ads have been shown? Not many. How good are they? Not very. I’ll say it again and hopefully someone at Ninty will listen, show more ads, stress the fact that it’s a new console not an add on, show the tech demos and Trine 2 to show how powerful it is, lets see more of off TV play and how it deals with split screen games as well asymmetric games and the variety of titles available. Ditch the gimmicky family ads where we see more of bad actors than gameplay and show real trailers to show off the hilarity of Lego City, the action of Mass Effect & Aliens: Colonial Marines and the graphics of Trine. This is what’s holding you back, as a fan, I’m disappointed but you’re only letting yourselves down Nintendo, FIX IT!

    • Gabe Hoffman

      You forgot Rayman Legends, Lego City, and Game and Wario

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HYN2HPTWW3FVPGN7FYOAFP2GTA James

    gh

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DSS43LMQZ53KPZLBOFAQRLPUOE Chris W

    tons of people don’t have a clue what the heck it is, or that it even exists

  • Billy_Perry

    The Wii was nothing short of a revolution on gaming, surely no one is surprised that the Wii U is not doing as well as the Wii did? It is to be expected, don’t worry guys.

  • angel

    blu-ray and dvd are barely used, most people just download them from a torrent or stream online. You don’t see people rush to their stores to buy the new movie, it has become all about the internet. Their is this article were it says that blu-ray is not as popular as the dvd and so basically sony fail in bringing blu-ray to every day movie watching. If i see the future in movie watching, i see it on SD cards. It could become much cheaper and they hold up to 64gigs and growing. I also see them being used on video games.

    • RonaldRayguns

      Your hilarious angel. People love to watch movies and some people even like to collect them I myself even have a collection of 110 or so blu rays and growing. Blu ray and dvd’s are a huge market they bring in so much money each year. The future of “movie watching” is not on SD cards, who wants to collect SD cards. If you dont collect them you’d probably just rent them. And these SD card movies wouldn’t be that much cheaper if you look on Amazon Instant it’s really not that much cheaper to buy digital than buying the blu ray or dvd and you dont have the physical thing. A SD card movie would probably be 2-3 dollars cheaper than a dvd. and would fail like laserdisk. although people still collect those. The wii u doesn’t need a blu ray player though.

      • angel

        i am not talking about now about the sd cards i am talking about the future like 40 to 50 year the sd cards would become cheaper like usb drives. making a sd card then a blu ray is cheaper well my point is eventually blu-ray would disappear just like vhs and as technology grows so would the graphics in a video game and the memory used to store(forgot how to spell it) it would probably only be used to transfer information like dlc or those who do not have internet access 

  • angel

    the only think they should have added was video playback 

  • http://twitter.com/Klenko88 Daniel araujo

    wiiu is a great console, but some people get confuse

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000025739131 Jesus David Cantu Rodriguez

    good

  • Mickey Mouse

    I played my wii U at Christmas with my brother, Dad, Cousin and his girlfriend and my cousin’s girlfrined said, “Yeah, I like to play some Wii”. She didn’t have a clue that it was the next console after the Wii and that it had just been released.

  • JJ JJ

    i think they should have given it a new name entirely, i mean wii u. who can blame people for thinking its a wii add on, i love my wii u, in fact, im using it right now, but i think the wii era should be ended.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    Wii U is over-priced…it should have retailed at $250 for deluxe/$199 basic…..i bought one because I buy all Nintendo consoles, but its probably the last one i ever buy unless they make some major announcements in the next year

    • DanUnreal

      Overpriced? ……get a job..

      • RyuNoHadouken

        #lame

        • angel

          dude i work to get my wii u and how old are u?

          • RyuNoHadouken

            what does working have to do with anything ive said? youth of the world…smh…but anyways, im 34

          • angel

            u sound like a kid that cant afford it but now that i know u r 34 u have responsibilities 

          • RyuNoHadouken

            did you not read where I said that I OWN a Wii U…got my Deluxe day one…geez…i never said I couldnt afford it, but I do feel its overpriced due to the outdated tech its using….I’d rather have had a pro controller and 3 more times the processing power than a Gamepad

          • DanUnreal

            Ok see, now I agree. Before when u said it was overpriced, it really isn’t. Nintendo is taking a loss on every console sold. So no it’s not overpriced but yeah I would have loved for Nintendo to omit the Gamepad and just thrown in a Pro controller. The money saved by not making the Gamepad could have been used to provide a more powerful processor. Like I said, shoulda, woulda, coulda..

      • Ray01x

        LOL XD

        • RyuNoHadouken

          you must be 12 too

  • DanUnreal

    Here’s my take. The Wii U isn’t selling as well as the Wii did because of 2 factors. 1. The economy is really not as great as it was back in 06 (not that it was superb either lol). 2. The Wii U isn’t bringing such innovative technology as the Wii did with the Wiimote and motion controls. Most people nowadays have some form of tablet or portable screen that can do so much more when compared to the Gamepad. So because of this, many people don’t find the second screen experience as appealing. In fact, as many here have stated, it simply adds to the already apparent confusion in the consumer’s head. “Is it an add on for the Wii? Can I take it with me? Just what exactly can it do?” These are just some questions I find many people asking. Maybe it’s the name? Or maybe it’s the LACK of advertisement! I personally believe that Nintendo should have picked a different name. Super Wii sounds good. What about naming it simply, the Nintendo U? Or maybe something different altogether. As far as advertising goes, I have never seen a company do such a bad job. It’s almost as if Nintendo isn’t even trying to get it out to people’s eyes and ears. I keep asking myself, ” why Nintendo, why???”

    On a side note, I think the deluxe version should have been priced at $399. Now hold on guys, I know it’s a significant amount but just hear me out. For the extra $50, Nintendo could have included DVD playback capability and doubled the memory from 32 gb to 64 gb. Then, it would have truly been a Deluxe! I would have gladly dished out $400 for the deluxe plus those added perks!

    Of course, these are all coulda, woulda, shoulda..can’t go back now. All we can do as Nintendo fans is hope for the best!

  • Anthony K Aurelia

    I would say the economy was decent then and they hardly advertise the WiiU…I tell people about it all of the time because they have no idea what it is….sales will pick up with new games and a lot more advertising.

  • TheLast

    The Wii U isn’t selling because Nintendo refused to show what was beyond the launch window, as they are saving their good cards for when Sony or Microsoft reveals their stuff. There were articles from last year telling that Nintendo had a plan to show what Retro was working on if their competition unveiled a console (which is their benefit from always having the last conference at E3), but since that didn’t happen they didn’t show it, under the excuse that Retro needs more time to work on it.

  • Marcell Wade

    Not surprising, this is Nintendos first attempt at selling two different SUK’s on the market at once, but they will learn from it for the future, and that is what’s important.

  • wiiucompl

    In Poland for example, it is not easy to buy all product of Nintendo. There is no promotions, no advertisement. The same with new Wii U.
    It’s hard to buy the console in stock. When I bought my own (Premium 32GB)  online – 1 minute later he was no longer available. But in any store with electronics Xbox360 or Playstation3 is available with many accesories and games.

    I persuaded a friend to buy the Wii U, but it is unusual that Nintendo does not promote his latest console in a country where 38 million people live in the center of Europe. Where other consoles sell without a problem.

  • fireheartis1

    The simple answer to this question about the Wii U has not grab consumers is advertising.  Nintendo Advertised the Wii in such a way that people were like this is amazing and I can play games while moving around.  Nintendo started Advertising the Wii U right before it’s release, and I remember seeing Wii commercials atleast 7 months before it’s release.  Nintendo didn’t do that with the Wii U and that’s why only the gamers who use the Internet to find out about new consoles knew about the Wii U.  Nintendo needs to advertise the heck out of the Wii U in 2013 in order to sell the 5.5 million it wants to sell.  Wii U is an amazing console and people wont buy it unless Nintendo does some amazing advertising like they did with the Wii.

  • Srpg2ishere

    It’s because there are still people who don’t know about it. My friend came to my house and saw my wii u and asked “What is that?” “It’s a Wii U,” I responded. “I’ve never seen or heard of that in my life.”