Nintendo’s Wii U is off to a great start by selling out of its pre-order stock at GameStop and other retailers. Nintendo fans are no doubt to blame for the good news because, let’s face it, casual gamers do not preorder consoles. The Wii U will see most of its sales from the Nintendo faithful, and I don’t believe casual gamers will gravitate toward the Wii U this time around.
The casual gamer is responsible for a large percentage of the 96 million Wii consoles worldwide, and their absence will affect Wii U sales in the long run, causing the Wii U to be judged unfairly like another console we know and love (or love to hate).
The “failure” from Sony called the Playstation 3.
The PS3 has been labeled a failure by many because it hasn’t surpassed the 150 million sold standard made by its predecessor, the PS2. Current sales have the PS3 not even at the halfway mark, but believe me when I say that the Wii U will be judged under the same criteria if it doesn’t come close to the 96 million mark set by the Wii.
Even if the Wii U goes to sell 120 million units in 6 years that feat alone will make Nintendo a very happy camper, but selling half that number shouldn’t be a reason to give it a bad name. The most important question we should be asking ourselves is “Has Nintendo given me a good reason to spend my money on the Wii U?”
To answer my previous question, The Wonderful 101 and a chance to play The Last Story without buying a Wii are two reasons why I would consider having a Wii U in my household. Replacing my outdated PC is my first priority however, and playing Guild Wars 2 and Firefall has made my need for a PC even greater. Who knows, by the time I am in the market for another console Nintendo could have given me more reasons than two.
I have all the time in the world to make my decision because the Wii U isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.