Wii U : From Bad To Worse?
Things certainly seem to be getting worse for Nintendo’s plucky Wii U.
The console has only been out for just over six months and yet its hardware sales are only just on-par with its six-year-old predecessor’s. After throwing together a few statistics taken from VGCharts.com, the information that I collated turned out to be rather interesting to say the least:
Global Hardware sales by Platform (Week ending 4th May 2013)
Now lets compare these figures with sales of the original Wii console at around the same time-frame after launch:
Global Hardware sales by Platform (Week ending 5th May 2007)
Has the magic gone?
The results are somewhat alarming as the Wii sold nearly 9 times more consoles than the Wii U has in the same time-frame. The total sales figures for the consoles are also interesting.
The kings of mainstream games, EA, have even just announced in an article with Kotaku that they are currently not developing any more games for the failing console. Even though 90% of their games are rehashed sequels, EA do develop high-selling games. This therefore deals a huge blow to the Wii U, which is seemingly on its last legs within its first year.
Unless Nintendo announce a monster exclusive or bring out a game-changing peripheral for the Wii U at next month’s E3 expo, it could be curtains for the console.
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Started gaming at the age of 4. I still hear the screams of our old Sinclair Spectrum's loading screen.