"The Real Issue Is The Lack Of Software"
Nintendo has once again squashed hope of a Wii U price drop, placing the blame for sluggish sales squarely at the feet of the trickle of software.
Well, he's got a point.
Ninty President Satoru Iwata explained his reasoning to CVG, rubbishing price as a factor since more users buy the more expensive premium edition as opposed to the basic set. “If the price is actually an issue [with Wii U], then there is some contradiction between the current sales balance between the Basic and Premium versions of the Wii U. The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version. So the issue is not there.”
“I understand that the real issue is the lack of software,” he added, “and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles.”
The Wii U has some cracking games, such as Pikmin 3 (which I'm finally reviewing since Nintendo just sent us a loan copy), but they're in cripplingly short supply. Third-party publishers tend to dismiss the console out of hand, meaning that almost every multi-platform release has skipped the Wii U since its November launch.
It's hardly surprising, since Nintendo really hasn't been selling many Wii U's lately. I'd drop some figures, but apparently I keep banging on about it. Sulk.
So, dear reader, here's a question for you. Once Nintendo's big hitters like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros release next year, would you be tempted to buy a Wii U... or would you get involved now if the price was lowered? Or will it have to be both?