Wii U sales collapse continues as Nintendo reports third consecutive annual loss

By Justin Kahn · 28 replies
May 7, 2014
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  1. Despite fairly steady handheld sales, Nintendo's Wii U has struggled to gain a foothold in the market and is in part responsible for the company reporting annual operating losses for three consecutive years.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Cant forget Xbox one selling one console since december.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    I haven't owned a console since the N64. Not interested in the PlayStation's or XBox's because I have a high-end gaming PC and do my serious gaming on that. But I did miss sitting on the sofa with a controller playing games so invested in the Wii U when I saw one on sale for $250. I felt that the lack of Wii U specific games could be compensated by the original Wii library which the Wii U will run.

    Having buyer's remorse now. I hate the large controller, the battery life on it is ridiculously low (less than 2 hours), many of the games make you switch looking at the controller screen then back to your TV which is annoying as hell, the games (in general)) are really childish and even with the "upgraded" graphics, they absolutely pale in comparison to even an average low-budget game on my PC. I'll try a couple of new games I've ordered. But if they aren't compelling, then this thing is going on Craig's List for sale.

    Unless they get a flush of top-notch games to drive some sales, I don't know how much longer Nintendo can continue losing this level of money.
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  4. From UK's Nintendo Gamer magazine: "Buried in reams of financial data is the revelation that Nintendo have 812.8 billion Yen (£6.7/$10.5 billion) in the bank - enough for it to take a 20 billion Yen loss (£163/$257 million) every year until 2052. Then there's almost 469 billion Yen (£3.8/$6.0 billion) held in premises, equipment and investments. When that runs out - we're in the year 2075 by this point - they've got some of the most valuable intellectual property in gaming to sell off before the company goes out of business."
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  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Well Nintendo has literally a couple billion dollars they can just choose to blow laying around so they could hold onto it for awhile. Its starting to sound to me like they may go ahead and move to a new platform in the next few years since they stated Wii U is an official failure.
    5million in 13 countries vs 7million in 72. mhmmm
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    What I hear at certain stores, that the Nintendo Reps admit that they are not really focusing on the Wii U but more on the DS.

    I am primarily a PC game, since I feel that consoles are toned downed PCs. I've tried to continue to give Nintendo a chance because of games like Zelda, Metroid, and etc.. but I keep feeling screwed over.
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    72 countries sounds sexy but you have to realize that not every country has intelligent rich families that earn $100k a year, and no PS4 sold 7mill+ and Xbox one only sold one... bill gates bought it...
  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Guess 15 of my friends and I are Bill Gates then... Along with the other millions of people.
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  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah I would expect all of those complaints. Nintendo just cant compete with the Wii U's current game lineup.
  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    What can you say I have a Bill and some gates Guessing I'm .... BILL GATES!
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Release a wii U with the pro controller or whatever, without a tablet, for $99 and watch them fly off the bloody shelves.
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  12. Nintendo called, they said you are hired.
  13. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    you have no crash bandicoot games? wtf
  14. Nintendo needs to quit hardware and become a software only developer. Develop same titles for Sony and XBOX.
  15. I used to love Nintendo but it has been too many years of dumb mistake after dumb mistake
    they deserve to die

    I wouldnt buy thw wii U at any price, I simple dont trust the company anymore, I know there will be like 4-5 games worth playing and for that I will just borrow/rent a console, not buy
  16. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    With Sony's weak lineup, and Xbox's weak reputation, Nintendo could really shine if they release a new system next year. Graphics tech would be more than 2x the PS4 and could probably compete on price. Something on the level with an R9 290/GTX 780 with a real CPU Core i7 mobile or something to keep power down. Reuse the gamecube controller with an added bumper and pressable joysticks. This way you don't get sued for using someone else's controller style (Apparently this happens anytime a new controller comes out now.) Then wham, you're back in the game, have the best graphics, and you know Sony & MS won't ditch their systems for at least 3 more years. Dominate the hardcore market with actual 1080P graphics at a $399 price tag. They obviously have the money to do this. Even if they lost $100 per system, they'd gain market share. Sure WiiU adopters will be screwed, but it's obvious that there aren't enough of them to really matter anyway. The platform being X86/X64 means all 3rd party games can easily port to the platform. Keep the online gaming Free, with superior hardware, all 3rd party support, and the iconic 1st party games, MS & Sony wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
  17. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I initially thought that the Wii-U was just a minor HD upgrade from the Wii. I didn't know that it was a console in the same league as an Xbox 360 or PS3. But, the lack in first party titles really never compelled me to look at the game console. Stores in my area don't have Wii-U isles, it's more like a row of shelves with a few game titles. I watched some first party titles go straight to 3D-DS and skipped Wii-U. I think that took a lot of interest from console sales. I'd love to have played the latest Zelda or Luigi Mansion on a console with a friend. There's a half-dozen more games that should have been made for Wii-U which were never announced. Almost as if Nintendo themselves lost interest in the console system too.
  18. Nope, just you 17 people.
  19. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I stopped reading here. PS4 is $400. R9 290 is $400+, i7's start at $200. Be realistic, then try again.
  20. ...and of course continue focus on mobile/portable where they are still strong. Its becoming less and less about hardware and more about software.
  21. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    I am not surprised at this. We had the Wii. After like having it for a year it started crapping out on us. The controls stopped being so accurate. We even had them on chargers and they still weren't as sensitive as they used to be.
  22. Why don't they cut the price of the Wii-U to 200 and sell everything they have? They deserve what they are getting for messing on all of their fans with super-expensive, and crappy consoles.
  23. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    Make the Wii-U $99 bucks! More will go out and buy it, like me!
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    They have made improvement on the controllers for the black models on Wii. New controllers are not cheap you can get them cheap if you order through ebay from a China or Twain Vendor. Then hope he or she doesn't send you wrong controller for your Wii. That's the only drawback going that way.

    Wii white and black models had a lot of issues. They have dropped the Weather and news features from them. So that feature is dead. I hardly use my Wii Black and did think about getting the Wii-U as upgrade but the price is outrageous for them.
  25. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    hmm I just don't think I want to invest anymore into this. My dad's Wii crapped out after like having it for 6 months, Now its only used for Netflix lol.

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