Do you believe the Wii U will pick up?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by EzekielRage, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Yes, by years end

    41 vote(s)
  2. Yes, by next year

    35 vote(s)
  3. No it will continue to slump along

    6 vote(s)
  4. No it will completely fail

    2 vote(s)
  5. It could, but it won't

    3 vote(s)
  1. EzekielRage

    EzekielRage Hero of the Void

    Aug 21, 2012
    The Void
    Hands up, who here believes the Wii U will NEVER pick up?

    And who here belives the System will pick up by years end?

    Stand your ground, time will tell. Personally, I belive by years end the system has picked up and by next year it will stay solid and not slump around like it does now!
  2. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

    Jan 28, 2009
    United States
    Pick up to Wii levels of popularity? No.
    Pick up to a level of respectability? Yes.
  3. Shady Guy Jose

    Shady Guy Jose GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 14, 2008
    Smash Bros will give it a huge push, and when we get REAL Mario/Zelda titles (NSMBU, 3D World and Wind Waker HD are nowhere near that definition), we'll see sales skyrocket. If The Pokémon Company decides to get a proper title on it as well (I'm thinking Stadium/Battle Revolution or Colosseum style, not spinoffs like Rumble, and I highly doubt it, since Battle Revolution bombed hard enough for them to skip on a console title for the 5th generation), then we would have a huge jump, but I'm not seeing this last point happening.
  4. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    If it gets worthwile games, yes. Nothing of the sort on the horizon though.
  5. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    I think the Wii-U will sell fairly well, to hit the same type of sales as the Wii it would need a few things.... A huge price drop to Wii launch levels $250 that would jump sales a bit. Some more games never hurts.

    On a personal desire of mine is to see more VC games released and at a faster pace. 3-4 VC games a week would be awesome in my opinion, the reason I say 3-4 is that odds are I will only want 1 of them at most... That pace of 3-4 a week will probably never happen as from what I understand the VC on the Wii-U is not just a regular emulator?

    As more of a prediction of sales, I expect the Wii-U to outsell the competition by how much is too hard to tell right now. Could be a lot, could be a little and as vague as that is, that is as precise as dare venture.

    This is how vague I feel right now, lifetime sales for the Wii-U between 50 million units and 100 million... lol
  6. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    It'll probably do better than the N64 but not really do all that well.

    Like Nintendo games will help pick it up but it won't have much that'll capture the audience the Wii had. Mario Kart maybe, but I doubt a lot of people will switch over from the Wii to the Wii U. The Wii was a fun toy, it had its time, but they don't want another one.

    So it'll sell to people who like Nintendo games and it'll sell Nintendo games but it won't gain a broad audience.
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  7. TyBlood13

    TyBlood13 Weeaboo Trash

    Jul 1, 2012
    United States
    I'm gonna have to agree with Guild on this one. It's the only reason I'm going to buy one.

    We buy Nintendo to play Nintendo. We buy the mafia Sony (And Micro$oft) mostly for third parties IMO. Sure, each have some 1st party titles (Sony more so) but most of the "big" games on those consoles were made a third party.

    EDIT: Not to mention that most of Nintendo's target audience couldn't give two craps about them anymore.
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  8. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Panties

    Sep 13, 2009
    At the end of another lost highway
    All it really needs is better advertising and games, once they start doing that the system will pick up.
    If they continue what they are doing now, they are surely going to suffer a lot of loses from it.
  9. xcrimsonstormx

    xcrimsonstormx He called me a Nerd, I called him an Ambulance.

    Jun 9, 2013
    United States
    The Internet
    Do you think the ps vita will pick up? Maybe maybe not only time will tell and after the release of the ps4 and Xbox one can we then tell.
  10. EzekielRage

    EzekielRage Hero of the Void

    Aug 21, 2012
    The Void
    Wii U thread - keep it Wii U please!
  11. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    The Wii sold like hotcakes because of the motion control gimmick. Motion controls were a concept that absolutely anyone, from littlest tykes to the grumpiest old men, could easily understand. With a cheap price tag, it also meant that just about anyone could hop on board.

    The Wii U, though, doesn't have that. It's not something that people seem to readily understand or care for. It doesn't excite people the way the Wiimote did, if they're even aware what it is at all (I still talk to people who are utterly convinced that the Wii U is just a controller add on for the original Wii). Beyond that, a lot of the casual audience that Nintendo drew to the Wii don't really care about consoles anymore; many have moved on to mobile gaming. I don't think that dropping the price tag will do much for the system, either; that's still not going to change the core issues here.

    The "hardcore" crowd aren't going to flock to the system, either. Most people in that crowd aren't going to care about the touchpad controller (if anything, some will see it as a detriment). Sony and Microsoft's systems are much more powerful and more designed like PC's, which means that the current triple entente of multiplats (PC/Xbox/PS) will be even more solidified. Porting a title over to the Wii U is going to require a lot more effort, time, and money from developers, which means that most developers will likely opt not to, which means that Nintendo's dearth of third party support is going to persist. That's going to keep a whole lot of people away.

    Nintendo will produce Nintendo games, of course, so Nintendo fans will likely have all they need. Once they see the title they've been holding out for (A new Mario Kart or Zelda or what-have-you), they'll hop on board. That'll keep the system afloat, sure, but it won't carry the system to victory.

    Personally, I think we're looking at another Gamecube here - it'll manage a marginal profit in the long run and subsist on the dedicated fandom already in place while their handheld division picks up the slack.
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  12. xcrimsonstormx

    xcrimsonstormx He called me a Nerd, I called him an Ambulance.

    Jun 9, 2013
    United States
    The Internet
    Sorry it was supposed to be a rhetorical question not one anybody was supposed to answer.
  13. wolf-snake

    wolf-snake GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 5, 2009
    well pikmin 3 single handed revived the wii u in japan so lets see what happen on august 4th
  14. xcrimsonstormx

    xcrimsonstormx He called me a Nerd, I called him an Ambulance.

    Jun 9, 2013
    United States
    The Internet
    What happens on August 4th?
  15. JoostinOnline

    JoostinOnline Certified Crash Test Dummy

    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    The Twilight Zone
    I said "by years end" because that's when I think it will begin to noticeably improve. Quite a few games are coming out by the end of the year, and the same for early 2014.

    As everybody everywhere has pointed out, the big problem with the Wii U is the limited game library (although that joke has been made about like every console ever made). More games = more sales = more third party support = even more games.
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  16. Madridi

    Madridi Card Collector

    May 9, 2008

    Anyway I agree with most of the replies above. Price tag is an issue compared to the Wii. Nit enough support of even first party titles as of now. Not a jump in gaming concept as the Wii did coming from the gamecube era.

    I voted by the end of the year since its holiday seasons and all, but given that most upcoming games are scheduled for 2014, it might pick up next year.
  17. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    I voted "end of next year". The lack of games isn't really the's those other two new consoles. Even with all the controversy (on xbone, mostly), that is what draws all the attention. Once all that hype is settled down, they'll start to see that their consoles don't have that many more games either (even less if you take note of backward compatibility). And that games aren't that much more pretty than "last gen". And similar similarities.
    From the hardcore gamers, the turning point will most likely be when smash bros and bayonetta 2 are released (both next year). For the casual gamer...that'll be a hard one (how do you compete with a immense-ass library of cheap or F2P games?).

    Release day of pikmin 3 (in'll be in Europe the 25th of July). But...I'm skeptic. Yes, it'll boost sales a bit, but I doubt it will make much impact in Europe or the US.
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  18. Yepi69

    Yepi69 Jill-sandwiched

    Nov 29, 2010
    Behind you
    The Wii kicked ass, so will the Wii U, the good games come out next year, lets see what happens till then, but so far the Wii U is the only next gen console released, while Sony and Microsoft are still bitching of who decides to launch it first, Nintendo's already making money.
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  19. Walker D

    Walker D I have a hat

    Nov 15, 2009
    My home
    The Pikmin effect on Japan was interesting ...hope that with all the first-party announced to be launching in the end of the year, that it sells even faster by then
  20. Mantis41

    Mantis41 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jun 3, 2009
    United States
    List of coming games

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