Wii U is by far the worst selling Nintendo console of all time

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  1. Saiyan Lusitano
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    By the looks of it if things don't improve then there'll hardly be an audience for Nintendo home consoles due to being in a constant decline. It goes in the following order, NES > SNES > N64 > NGC > Wii U and I'm just not including Wii because that was a console that literally everyone bought although only to then either pawn it, store in their closet or have it as a dust collector.

    This'll make things interesting if the NX will change anything at all.
     
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    Well, that's quite redundant.
     
  3. SLiV3R

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    This is bullshit. There are 10s of other consoles that has sold worse. For example Atari 7800, Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Game Gear, WonderSwan, Neo Geo, Nintendo Virtual Boy, 3DO etc. etc.
     
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    'Cause Nintendo got lucky with one gimmick and decided that they would base their entire future on gimmick controllers. Big mistake.
    Never abandon the core of any business for a gimmick or a fad. Fads fade, the core business is what steers the course.

    If Nintendo continues to make weird controllers shaped like a boot or one that you can wear as a hat, or whatever, they are doomed. If they go back to the core business and just make a great gaming console, than they will have a future.

    That's why I get upset every time I see some retarded Nintendo gimmick controller patent, its like they didn't learn a single thing from Wii U. The same childish gimmicks will drive them out of business.

    I think he means core Nintendo console.
     
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  6. GalladeGuy

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    Here's a list of consoles that probably sold a lot less than the Wii U: Nintendo Virtual Boy, Atari 7800, Sega Nomad, Sega Saturn... And the list goes on.
     
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    Crap. I forgot to keep the "U" out. :P
    Virtual Boy isn't a home console.
    This is specifically about Nintendo home consoles only although I forgot to add that to the title.
     
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    I edited the title to avoid confusion.
     
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    Uh, technically, the Virtual Boy is a home console since it isn't portable. And how about the Nes Model-101 or the N64 DD?
     
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  10. KSP

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    Those are nit picking, that's like saying the Sega 32X or Sega CD or the Sega 32X CD are all individual console generations. Though technically true, but not really true at the same time.
     
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    Okay, fine. Then how about the Gamecube. It barely sold any better than the Wii U.
     
  12. TheKawaiiDesu

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    Wii U: 13 million units.
    GameCube: almost 22 million units
    It's almost two times more :P
     
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    Heck, if the Virtual Boy isn't considered a home console by people because it doesn't require a TV, then neither is the Wii U (for the most part).
     
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    People seem to hate the wiiu and don't seem to like it for what is worth, yes i know it has a small library but most of the games are good. I currently have a PlayStation 4 which came with the so called famous game fallout 4, and I still haven't bothered to play it much because I am more entertained with my wiiu console. sure it might not be doing well but I don't believe it deserves to be the worst console.
     
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    Bad sales or not, the console still has a lot of good games that can be enjoyed :P The console was just horrendously marketed. I think that there are a lot of people out there that hate the Wii U either because they don't think the console has good games, or that they simply hate it for the sake of hating.
     
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    Is that the same as Samsung "hardly having an audience" because it loses the number one spot to Apple? They are turning a profit- that's what companies do- being number one is an idealistic goal that is 100% unnecessary.
     
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    No, Nintendo lost there way since GameCube, they got very lucky with Wii since it was a huge fad due to its moco ability, but since Wii they've been making consoles that are incapable of running most of third party developer's AAA titles. This is what's truly wrong with Wii U.

    Since Wii, Nintendo has made consoles, significantly weaker than their competition, thus incapable of running any third party developers biggest sellers on par, so what happens is true core gamers end up getting the competition consoles, and third party devs unable to make their AAA games run properly due to hardware limitations start to abandon the Nintendo console. It becomes a vicious cycle, where more and third party devs start to drop support for Nintendo in favor of XB1 and PS4 both capable of running more of less the same caliber of games. With fewer and fewer third part devs supporting Nintendo's inferior hardware, more and more core gamers start to drop Nintendo's console and move onto MS and Sony branded hardware.

    If you look at Nintendo's heydays, they were always on par with their competition in terms of sheer hardware capability and always enjoyed descent if not stellar third party support. No console can survive without third party support, hence releasing hardware parity with your competition is vital to being able to maintain a sustainable business. Nintendo dropped the ball with Wii, they started to believe in their own myth, they actually believed that releasing hardware that was one generation behind its competition was a viable business move, and Wii U showed them that they were wrong. As a third party dev, you will not go out of your way to nerf your biggest AAA title to run on inferior hardware, you will just pass on that hardware to develop on hardware that will run your biggest titles. This what Nintendo did not fully understand until it was too late.

    But it sounds like Nintendo intends to rectify this with NX, who knows.
     
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    What they really need is another miracle like the Wii, they were probably hoping for that with the Wii U but it failed miserably. Despite its financial failure I thought the GameCube was a great console. The Wii U not so much, though it had a few great first party games it's still really lacking in games. I would be happy with another relatively unsuccessful console like the GameCube as long as it has good first party support and at least a few third party titles I will want to get.
     
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    The GameCube was actually technically very powerful for its generation capable of running all the cross platform games better than its competition. It was the last time Nintendo made a powerful console, they pretty just recycled the GC design and released again as the Wii with motion controller and got lucky. It was the beginning of the end for them, since Wii marked the beginning of Nintendo rendering themselves 1 entire generation behind its competition in terms of hardware parity and sealed the fate for the end of third party support for Nintendo consoles.
     
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    he said nintendo consoles though. and not handhelds.