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Zelda: Wind Waker HD Release Triggers 685% Increase In UK Wii U Hardware Sales

Posted by Damien McFerran

...although it's not known how many units were actually shifted

Trade publication MCV has revealed that the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD has caused a 685% increase in Wii U console sales in the United Kingdom — however, it's not been revealed exactly how many units that jump entails.

The news backs up Nintendo's stance that games are vital to the success of any system, as Nintendo UK head of consumer marketing James Honeywell explains:

We have long believed that software sells hardware and it's great to see that reaffirmed this week with an uplift of Wii U hardware sales to coincide with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

Were you one of the many who went out and purchased a Wii U bundle just to play Wind Waker HD? Let us know by posting a comment.

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wasf said:

take that , haters!!
good news 2day...hope it starts a new beginning as it was for lozoot for the 3DS!



DilMan33 said:

Great news.

But I want to know if it was the 'core' gamers who bought it or was it for the 'family' audience?



DilMan33 said:

I said it lots of times before and I'll say it again: quailty always shines through!!



Mahe said:

It is well known that Wii U hardware sales in the UK have been pathetic for a long time now. If Wii U sold 1,000 consoles in the previous week, and now 7,850 consoles with a new bundle, that would still constitute a 685 % weekly growth but not the kind of turn-around that the Wii U needs.



ultimate321 said:

Sorry guys but I think this article is a misnomer and a little inaccurate. You have to remember that the release of wind waker also coincided with a 50 dollar price drop and as such the correlation cannot account for the full increase. It is that season for buying games either way. So whike there is truth to that i don't think its entirely accurate.



Shiryu said:

I am glad more people are enjoying the Wind Waker, the game certainly deserves all the love in the world.



biglee said:

Awesome news! Let's hope this trend continues as more big first party titles are released.



Peach64 said:

Nice to see a bit of perspective in the comments section. We've seen this news story happen twice already and in both cases there was no real rise. It's already been documented UK Wii U sales are a couple of hundred a week, so even if it's a genuine 600% increase the figures are still terrible, but what's far more likely is sales dropped to almost nothing the week before the bundle/price cut, as everyone was waiting for it, resulting in a huge percentage increase when it goes back to normal.



Neogaard said:

Hell yes, though would be interesting to know the numbers too. More games and more games along with more games should do it!



Marshi said:

Well im sure the september sales for wiiu was around 20,000 units (and change,though I cant remember the exact number) so if that percentage increase is correct we are looking at around 140,000 units sold over a week!Thats great news and it makes sense as 2 of my wiiu doubting friends both purchased the hardware bundle,with other friends I know planning to buy the just dance or wii party u bundle.
Also bear in mind this is befor the big big titles like mario donkey kong and(if we get a good version) watchdogs have been released. So the only way is up I say!



HipsterDashie said:

I bought the Zelda Wii U bundle, so I'm pleased to have done my part. Still, it would be nice to see some actual numbers, as opposed to vague percentages.



DilMan33 said:

For the wii U it's pretty much a long term step by step build up. After Mario Kart 8, there should be a good install base.

The first goal must be to get pass the Vita. Which is an awful and the most overrated gaming system ever produced!



Kifa said:

And even after Wii U started selling good we will still be getting dirty ports without DLC and sub-par graphics just because it's a Nintendo system. And all Nintendo systems absolutely need to be treated like garbage by third party... That's that for your daily pesimism portion...



Mahe said:

@DilMan33 The Vita isn't overrated. It's a crappy system, and most people have zero interest in it. The Vita has a few zealous fans, but judging from the sales figures, they are very few indeed.



FritzFrapp said:

It's a great start, but they need to consolidate those sales with Mario World, Kart, and Smash. Keep on pumping them out, boys!



Jeremyx7 said:

I was one of those peoples who bought me the special edition Wii U bundle with Wind Waker HD!! ^______^

I also bought Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate when capcom slashed the price tag by half (only $30.00 to purchase)!!

Plus I have over 15+ highly replayable wii titles many of which are of AAA quality that I still play very very often such as Metroid Prime Trilogy, Brawl, La Mulana, Mario Kart Wii, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (My personal fav in the series), Xenoblade Chronicles, and the list goes on.....

And now with all the many indie games coming onto the Wii U scene more than ever the past 3 months along with Wonderful 101, Rayman Origins, Wind Waker HD, and other Wii U titles it will only get better! Looking forward to 2014 very much, I have a feeling that will be a HUGE year for the Wii U. Hopefully my feelings are right.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Good work Nintendo, now all you need to do is release at least one game of WWHD's calibre every month for the next 2 years and you're back in business.



Tysamu said:

2014 should be a good year. Come the end of October, U and 3DS units should be shifted in great numbers.



Nintend0ro said:

I have to admit, I've bought mine mainly because of wind waker HD. But now I'm looking forward to much more on it. Donkey kong, Mario 3d world, batman arkham origins, deus ex, monolith's X project thing... All looking good innit?



cookiex said:


Oh really now? A couple of hundred a week? Here I see that in the last week of September it sold 1.2k:
685% of that number is approximately 8,2k. If the number turns out to be 8.2k, then it will be the highest weekly sales number of the system in the UK since December.

That is more than four times the estimated Wii U sales when Pikmin 3 came out...

...and almost double the amount of when MH3 came out.

Sure, one could argue that it's just an initial rush, and it's not that much in the grand scheme of things, so it remains to be seen if there's any momentum to keep.



Captain_Toad said:

685% of what? 200? lol.
But seriously, Numbers would help how much it affected though instead of percentage.
Good to know that the sales did increase due to that wind waker bundle.

How much though?.. We wish there was was an accurate estimate.



AlternateButtons said:

Certainly a nice jump but they still have a long way to go. I expect much bigger numbers when Super Mario 3D World releases.



Emblem said:

Any increase is a good thing, don't know why people are making this seem like bad news.

The article didn't take into account the discount or Lego city bundle which no doubt contributed to the increase. It also didn't say anything about the Wii U being saved or taking over so some of the comments are jumping the gun.



Spoony_Tech said:

@cookiex Don't try to argue that point. Either way 1.2k is really only hundreds when you think about it. Still really pathetic if you ask me. It needs to be at least 5 to 10 times that to even think its turned around! They need to sell millions not thousands!



Datasun_7 said:

I added to that also while it is an improvement which is good news, I don't see how it couldn't be ideally more sales are needed to establish the console before its true competition show themselves



zool said:

It's not price, its games that sell the WIi u, Nintendo say.
Wii u is selling for £249.00 at Amazon.
A week later the same Wii u is selling for £249.00 but includes Zelda Wind Waker.
That is a price cut.
If it is a £249.00 console with a free game, then where is my free copy, and all those who bought a Wii U at full price without a free game, there free copy.

Nintendo are selling the Wind Waker HD game separately at a high price to make the bundle attractive.



elbcen said:

If a remake is selling the Wii U, then imagine what'll happen when we get the Mario, Mario Kart and the new Zelda games.
I am not saying its going to be a Wii-like seller, but ... Not bad.



Weird said:

i bought a zelda bundle too but not to play wind waker hd... i bought it to get a special wii u zelda design (stupid collectors desire >,<)
same für the wind waker hd limited edition.. i just wanted ganondorf <3
i still hate nintendo for just putting a stupid download code in this bundle! xO
i wanna kick those responsible for this bullpoopiedoodledingdongdoggiepoopsiedoos in the face >o<
Watch the profanity please — TBD



Peach64 said:

@cookiex Whenever I quote VGChartz on here everyone tells me it's worthless. The only actual figures we've seen had the Wii U doing 10,000 units in 3 months for Europe and Australia combined. That's 3,300 a month, or about 800 a week. That's 800 a week for all of Europe and Australia, and Nintendo have already said the UK is performing worse than other European countries.

I've been saying for weeks at some point this quarter Wii U sales will go up by ten times or more and people will go nuts and start using the it prints money gif, when the number could still be awful. Even if it has sold 8k this week, that's nowhere near being a road to recovery. This is their 2nd biggest game of the holiday. Fortunately I think Mario will be a genuine turning point.



Platypus101 said:

@DilMan33 do we really care? Wii took off with "casuals"... Let us hope for better times for the Wii U (cause its been rough sailing from the start, at least for me) from here on out!



Platypus101 said:

@AlexSora89 I thought the same thing, but he might be hating Nintendo on another site, as I have seen more than a couple of pro-nintendo news bits and not a word from him... That or he may be one of those folk that hate because its popular to hate (think anti-Apple fanatics).



odd69 said:

This is only one game. WiiU needs to have a little more to keep ME happy.



Sir_JBizzle said:

I'm not saying a %685 increase over a small number is a reversal of fortune, but it's still %685 more that didn't have a Wii U previously. I personally think the Wii U will hit some sort of stride during and a bit after the holidays when people find the PS4/Xbox One are in short supply.



TheAdrock said:

Cool story bro. Then why is it taking N another 2 years to make an original Zelda title for the U... ?



nik1470 said:

Yes link, get in there my son(or some other overly British phrase from another region)! Good increase this close to Christmas and new console launches. Now lets see what my man Mario can do for sales at Christmas!



XCWarrior said:

I am happy there has been an increase, Zelda and Mario will do that. But when it comes to Europe, I feel like the number of sales for the month for Wii U when from like 200 to 1370. So still not good. Hope I'm wrong.

Also hope the sales will cause people to go back and buy other good titles that came out before they got this bundle. Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Raymen Legends, Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate, etc etc.



Dark_Link said:

Hey everyone this is good news anyway you slice it. We all know the Wii U has been selling like crap in Europe and the UK, but as they say you have to start somewhere and this might be the starting point to the Wii U's recovery. Pikmin although a great game does not have the Clout of a Zelda game even a 10 year old Zelda game. Zelda will generate a new interest in the Wii U, also Nintendo has the Mario Bundle coming up which will sell consoles as well. All of this will lead up to Super Mario 3D World with some good third party games such Sonic and Watch Dogs. Any improvement is good at this point.



MAB said:

Hang in there small fry... Don't let go now mate, you're doing good



Squashy said:

This is great news, perhaps the advertising has been helping too, I've seen the TV advert for Wind Waker HD and the Wii U bundle more times than any other Wii U advert combined I reckon. It's a great advert too, I rush into the lounge everytime I hear it come on! (Although I do that whenever a Nintendo advert comes on because I'm an anorak!)

To everybody who's saying that a 685% is probably still a small number, that may be the case but whether the sales numbers are big or small a 685% increase is just as meaningful in terms of improvement either way.

@theadrock13 What's wrong with Nintendo taking more than 2 years to make the new Zelda? To make a game as huge as Zelda takes a long time!

@LUIGITORNADO Ha ha well spotted! @MadAussieBloke Quick you need to change the picture before you sink the Wii U hehe

@LunaticPandora Have a look at MadAussieBloke's comment and you'll see LUIGITORNADO's point.



Neram said:

Just goes to show that Nintendo games are timeless. They can convert an 11 year old game to HD and re-release it on a platform with little to no install base and have it cause a surge in hardware sales. I don't think there's any other console manufacturer out there that could achieve that. This shows that A. Nintendo games stand the test of time, and B. There is a special relationship between Nintendo software and hardware that is unique. Like bread and butta.



Nintend0ro said:

Wii u should sell very good in Japan then. They won't be getting ps4 or xb1 until 2014. Soon mario 3d world will be out and wii u will be way ahead of where it is now



Nintend0ro said:

Most new gamers like me never played any zelda game before. I'm new to Nintendo and new to it's classic franchises



ikki5 said:

while I would say this is great though this did happen with a price drop as well and seeing how people would have waited an extra week or more to pay less, the sales of the week before probably would have dropped and then when the price cut hit, they picked up again. I hope it is more than what it was and I hope it will continue to increase but only time will tell.



onyxbox said:

Great news but without any figures it's hard to tell just how good this news is.



IxnayontheCK said:

Good to hear! Its a great game and worth having a Wii U for- I traded black ops 2 and NSMB U for it!



Senario said:

@LUIGITORNADO Actually they lurk underwater waiting to strike and suddenly sink ships. They also resurface. Just saying a submarine isnt too bad of a comparison depending how you look at it, sinking would imply it is unusable thanks to water.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Although it's obvious that 685% is not going to be a huge number of units, I think the fact that it managed to do anything in shadow of GTAV is a small miracle. I've not seen an advert for WWHD but nearly every show I watch has PS3-GTA bundles advertised (cheaper than a WWHD Bundle) and all we keep hearing is that GTA's breaking every record ever. Mario and Wii Sports Club will do more for the Wii U than WWHD.

@LUIGITORNADO @MadAussieBloke @Senario - Submarine's are watertight [like Nintendo's Wii U strategy ]



Blue_Yoshi said:

Great news, now this means that the Wii U is finally kicking off. Its just like how sales of the 3DS rose when Ocarina of Time came out remade on a system that was supposedly dying off.



Kirk said:

Well it's good news but...

I'm sure that's slightly misleading marketing hype since it probably only sold a few thousands extra Wii U units regardless.

If it actually did make a huge difference in sales (at least you'd hope it pushed it past the ageing Xbox 360 and PS3 sales this month, right) then I stand corrected when I said it would't be a system seller.

Don't think that stat will last very long at all however and it means Nintendo's basically going to have to have a new "system seller" like this ready to go each month if it even hopes to keep up any momentum going toe to toe in the next-gen when the two other consoles release this Christmas.



Neogaard said:

Regardless what the true number of sold units is, they'll land on their feet yet again in the long rung. Pretty cool that out of the 13 bestselling systems of all time, Nintendo count for 8 of them

Edit: maybe someone posted this already but nm "That would put last weeks sale at 8,685 units." Not really close to good but heading the right way at least



uneek said:

what's up with the negativy. its still an increase. and its huge. that's the good news. keep it up wii u. spread the word on how great you are.



capitalism said:

Daaaaamn, the power of Zelda. Looks like the haters are going to be eating their words here pretty soon.



sneekolas said:

My Wind Waker Bundle was delivered today. Literally can't wait to go home this afternoon. Sorry 3DS, but you'll be parked for the weekend!



Jack_Package said:

Actually, that's not possible C-Olimar. A 685% increase on nothing, would still be nothing.

Get your maths right if your gonna be funny



Jazzer94 said:

The percentage increase is sort of meaningless seeing as in the UK the Wii U sells barely any units in the first place, I would be pleasantly surprised if the Wii U sold over 10000 units.



ShadowFox254 said:

Nintendo has to keep the momentum going. 3D World has to be Nintendo's ace in the holiday's season.



Gold_Ranger said:

I bought a WiiU just so I could play Wind Waker... though I bought it back in June... At full price...



hylianhalcyon said:

Yeah, this isn't any sort of turnaround from the sound of how few units WiiU was selling previously in the UK. When actual numbers come out it'll be more telling, but I doubt this game is going to be the turning point onto the road to recovery for the WiiU.



Raylax said:

Percentage rises are always rather dubious without context.


But I guess it's good news nonetheless



Guovssohas said:

Well it is a start and i'm happy for that, sales should steadily climb when more good games arrive.



Ren said:

yeah, like the rest have said I like how a percentage is used to show the 'glass half full' approach. It's a Nintendo fan site after all but pretty funny. I would almost buy a WiiU just for Windwaker too, though, maybe a couple more good exclusives and I'll consider it (plus a lot of money laying around)



unrandomsam said:

@Guovssohas At this rate it will be about 4 years before I get one. (10 games I want where it is exclusive or there is some feature I want that I can only get on the Wii U and it is indistinguishable from the best version). I will get the games all at once.



hcfwesker said:

I'm glad for the little bump in success, but as I've stated before this kinda sends the wrong message to the general audience. As in the fact a 10 year old game from 2 generations ago is what is selling the system. Not new games, not 3rd party games

Don't misread into what I'm saying as "hater post" lol. I'm enjoying WW HD and glad it's gotten the response it has. But when debating with friends on other systems it's kinda hard to use this in an argument, whereas PS3/360 HD ports are just there for being there ... but seems WiiU is banking on the success of their HD port to boost sales of hardware and awareness leading up to the holiday season's release of games.



TheAdrock said:

@Squashy , Its been 2 years since Skyward, and they are talking about it taking ANOTHER 2 years before Zelda U arrives. You think 4 years is just about right, when you've got a new console without any new games that you're trying to push? Two years should be plenty.
@wombatkidd, Who said a weekend? I said that 4 years is too long when your new console is desperate for new hot product.
What would be getting more attention for the U this Christmas: a remake of a Gamecube Zelda or a some brand new title designed specifically for their new console? As I say, 2 years should be plenty.



BlackStar9000 said:

@Blue_Yoshi ok im a day one 3ds owner and i have to stop this false news, OOT 3d didnt NOT turn the 3ds around, it was just a temporary jump, however, the $70 price drop and Mario Land 3d / Mario Kart 7 began the real tunaround point as Nintendo kept pumping out hits every month or every other month, just some phenomenal games, ALL of them better than what i expected. The Wii U needs this same love and it seems that is what Nintendo is doing, price drop, major mario release, then steady stream of first party games (which is the real reason DKCR 2 was pushed to february) on another note..why isnt nintendo putting GBA games on the 3ds but on the Wii U instead? major confusion and a miss on me buying them. GLAD i got those ambassador games.



MAB said:

The 3DS is still a crappy system with lame games and no 3rd party support so I'm sure the WiiU will sell alot more in the future as it has better games



URAmk2 said:

not providing actual numbers is a tell tale sign that they are still horrible. 685% of crap is still crap.



DilMan33 said:


I think you are right. Nintendo is just going to keep developing top titles for it. The only place where you can get Nintendo games in HD is on the Wii U. That's for sure.

There won't be another console from Sony/Microsoft for another 7 years at least, if never after the PS4/XB1. And I don't think these consoles are as powerful as they say they are. They are likely to get more support but at the same time they are both pushing indie titles; which is strange for such 'powerful' systems!



MAB said:

@DilMan33 Too bloody right mate... That's if the PSONE doesn't kill the companies that will waste large amounts of cash for very little gain



Mr_Nose said:

Bought mine two days ago.

The Wii U is already my favorite system of all time. I can't see how anyone could own one, and hate on it. The features, and fun passitmes, Googling on the pad while watching a youtube video on the TV, the communities, it's sublime. And yes, there are tons of great games for it, just look.

Gaming on the pad is everything, and more, I had hoped it would be.



ToxieDogg said:

@Kirk Not a chance it's going to outsell the PS3. What people are forgetting is that whilst the Xbox 360 may have been on a bit of a 'go slow' for most of this year, the PS3 has been getting games like Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, The Last Of Us, The Puppeteer, Beyond Two Souls and soon a new Gran Turismo.

And that's not even mentioning the likes of Saints Row 4 and the behemoth that is Grand Theft Auto 5 on both Xbox 360 and PS3.

This is the true reality of what the Wii U's currently up against even before the Xbox One and PS4 are launched.

Nintendo didn't bring it's A-game when it launched Wii U, the titles it needed to have ready or ready soon after launch for the crucial first year simply haven't been there. No-one to blame but themselves.



MAB said:

@SirGreatNose Because most of the haters don't even own a WiiU even though they say they do. Also the people that complain about lack of games don't really play games anyway... They would rather waste time on the net whining about the games that they aren't very good at playing



Gerbwmu said:

@ToxieDogg - to be honest I don't think PS4 or XB 1 will out sell PS3 after the initial launch.....I have yet to find a reason to upgrade. As you said great games are still coming out for it....there is no incentive for me to upgrade. The graphics are pretty but compared to what is just isn't the huge leap we've seen in the least not to my eyes. As long as great games are coming to PS3 I'll skip out on paying for 4.



JaxonH said:

I own both a Wii U and a Vita, and let me say first that I absolutely love my Wii U. Best console I've every owned- it's just fantastic!

Now as for the Vita, I don't agree that it's a horrible system. I actually think it's a really great system- it has a whole slew of amazing features like Party Chat (chat online while playing any game together), a gorgeous OLED screen, snappy and responsive multitasking, powerful specs, etc. The system itself is really impressive and definitely isn't the problem. The problem is the games and the memory.

Now some people will have you believe there are "No Gamez" on the Vita. There's actually quite a few games on Vita now- there just aren't many great, must-have games. Its star exclusive, Gravity Rush, isn't even a great game. It's a good game and I like it, but it's far from epic. Its also got Persona 4, a port of a top-notch game, and Uncharted Golden Abyss, a subpar iteration of the franchise. It's good, but not great. It also has Killzone Mercenaries, Sony's beloved take on next-generation Duck Hunt. They propagate Killzone as something more than it is. It's mindless fun, but it's nothing special.

The games that shine most on Vita are actually it's multiplats, like Sonic Racing Transformed, Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. These three games are worth their weight in gold on Vita- there's no denying that. Playing any one of these games feels like playing the game on the Wii U gamepad- the graphics and screen resolution could fool anyone, and I love the Vita for that.

Unfortunately, that's about ALL it has. Keep in mind Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Declassified and Resistance Burning Skies were both utter garbage. Activision and Sony forced 6-month rush developments on these games and ruined them, when they could have been great. Little Big Planet Vita is as dull a game as they come, and The Walking Dead is what it is- a cheap buy meant to cater to fans of the series. Unit 13 is actually decent, but I found it a bit lacking.

That right there is every game of the Vita Library worth mentioning. And let's take a look at the Vita's incoming lineup- um, there's Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate, Tearaway and maybe 5 or 6 dime-a-dozen JRPGs. Final Fantasy X/X-2 STILL doesn't have a western release date, hell they only just released the Japanese release date yesterday! It'll be mid-2014 before those 2 games make it to store shelves. There's a port of Injustice coming, and a port of Borderlands 2. THAT'S IT.

Not enough WORTHY games, much less exclusives. Matter of fact, I can't think of ONE must-have exclusive on Vita. It's got a must-have PORT (Persona 4), and a few "pretty good" exclusives (Gravity Rush, Uncharted Golden Abyss), but not one game that stands out and says "You need to own a Vita so you can play me". Throw in hundred dollar memory cards and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster.

It's a shame, because I really love the Vita and see so much potential- the games it DOES get look and play great (Sonic Racing Transformed, Rayman Origins and Legends). But the release schedule is bone dry and barren. 3rd parties have vacated the premises, and Sony is a hardware manufacturer DEPENDENT on 3rd parties to survive. Unlike Nintendo, they can't sell a system with their 1st party software (Nintendo is unique in that way).

I'll continue to buy what games do come to Vita, even if they are all late ports and remakes (if ports and remakes are this good on Vita, I can only imagine how amazing a heavy hitting exclusive title done right like a Bioshock Vita or Final Fantasy Vita would be, or even a port of Watch Dogs or Splinter Cell Blacklist). Unfortunately I think Sony's screwed the pooch on this one. Time will tell I suppose...



Turbo857 said:


Glad to see I'm not the only one who's favorite FE is Radiant Dawn. Awakening is by far the best portable FE but Radiant Dawn gets best game in the series!



wombatkidd said:

@theadrock13 Rumour has it as a holiday 2014 release, which works out to a 2.5 year development time, which is right in line with development times for modern AAA games, which comes back to you can't crap out a AAA title in a weekend.

They COULD have released a new Zelda game for Christmas. And it would have been half finished and crap. That would surly do good things for the Wii U.

It's not the 1980's any more. Games take time to make.



Jeremyx7 said:

@Turbo857 Awakening is flawless imo but 'Radiant Dawn' is flawless with allot more content! Radiant Dawn has soo much more items, weapons, battle statistics, calculations, in depth management, strategy, AMAZING LEVEL DESIGN, larger battles, species strengths/weaknesses, ect...

But back on topic, Wind Waker HD really helped Wii U sell more..... <3



LoveSugoi said:

@JQuest Glad to see a couple of others here that aren't afraid of anything that remotely looks positive. A 685% increase of 1,000 units sales is still an increase and much better than seeing none at all.



SofaKing said:

This truly proves Nintendo NEEDS great titles to bring in sales. This isn't even an original games, its a remake, and look at what its done. People want a Wii U, but they needs great titles to get them to buy. Nintendo, get with the program buddy! This is honestly getting pathetic. I really want Nintendo to do great!



ToxieDogg said:

Just imagine if the Wii U had launched this Xmas instead of last Xmas, and it had a launch line up of games consisting of New Super Mario Bros U, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Sonic: Lost World, Mario Kart 8 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate could easily have stolen thunder and (potentially) wiped the floor with the other consoles in terms of quality of software alone. Nobody would've cared that it was the least powerful of the big 3 consoles.

Unfortunately now, it's built up a hugely negative reputation as a slightly overpriced machine that doesn't get many third party games and other releases are few and far inbetween. Nintendo really should've waited until the big hitters were ready to make an impact, and they would've it's going to really struggle once the PS4 and Xbox One come out.

Nintendo really need to push and showcase the high quality exclusives it has, emphasise that the only console you can play games like those are on Wii U,, and advertise, advertise, advertise. Really can't stress that enough.



MAB said:

Dude doesn't know what he's talkin' about... Sail on small fry, just sail on



ToxieDogg said:

@JaxonH I disagree with you to an extent. Gravity Rush I thought was excellent and it was my favourite game of 2012....I Platinum trophied it, and gold medalled all of the DLC missions as well. Awesome game, and for me, it was a system seller. You also haven't mentioned Mortal Kombat which is a superb port of the console versions containing all the DLC and a completely exclusive mode that adds touch screen and tilt minigames, WipeOut 2048 which is one of the best handheld racers I've ever played (Ridge Racer 3D on the 3DS still steals it for me though), Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz which is so much better than Super Monkey Ball on the 3DS and has a level editor to boot, and a couple of the download exclusives like Escape Plan which is a lot of fun and quite cleverly designed.

The advertising for Vita has been poor and the memory cards are grossly overpriced, but the machine itself is great with a pretty good selection of games now.

Just the same as the Wii U, now it's been out a while, the quality games are there, it's just that it's finding it hard to shake off it's negative reputation.



KolbStomp said:

Now imagine if people stopped complaining about bloom and comparing a retail copy of the game to an illegal emulated version and just buy it too!



Squashy said:

@theadrock13 Although you're absolutely right that having a brand new Zelda this Christmas would be great for the Wii U, 2 years simply isn't long enough to create a game as huge as Zelda but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.



GamerJunkie said:

So instead of 40 people buying it that day like 300 bought one, hurray!!!

In other news humblebundle sold over 200,000 copies of its game bundle in like 2 days so far.

And BTW the games in that one bundle alone beat the whole wii U catalog of games in a year that ive had the Wii U...........

Its sad how far they have to reach to pretend Nintendo made actual news with anything. Yes the zelda game is nice, but its an old game, a remake.... why is a "next-gen" console wasting its head start making remakes and releasing NES games as "BIG NEWS!!!" ???

This company is so out of whack. They had all this time to get ahead of Sony and Microsoft and they did nothing with it. Now once those real next-gen consoles are out, look on ebay and amazon, and 30-40% ofthe Wii Us will be put on there within 1 year of those machines being out as people realize how much better those companies are at satisfying their consumers.



Rafie said:

@ToxieDogg I agree whole heartedly! The Vita does have must have games. Persona 4 Golden alone is a must have. Still I digress. We'll see what happens with this Vita TV in the east. I hope it hits the west though. This can possibly push some Vita hardware.

Anyway, Whether it's 1 or 1,000% increase. That's still good news for the Wii U. Right now it's still doing no better than the Vita and this is suppose to be Nintendo's big console. Those numbers will change next month and with MK8. Question is, how much of a change will happen?



xiera said:

Was on the sidelines until the Zelda bundle came out... picked up 2 in the USA (realize this is for UK,, but all sales help)



MAB said:

The only difference is this old game poops all over your crappy new dudebro movie games



Captain_Toad said:

@GamerJunkie You're comparing a charity based game sale on a pay as you want service on a PC that has an accurate estimate of game sales to games that costs around 49-59 on a console that has a percentage, not an accurate estimate to how units is sold...Apples and oranges much?



Gubey said:

All you guys griping about the download code, anyone not want theirs?🎁

I'm in the market 4 one.

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