Former Sony Developer Feels The Wii U "Won't See Another Christmas"
Posted by Damien McFerran
Former BigBig Studios staffer Kenny Linder voices his opinion
Nintendo launched Super Mario 3D World in the UK last week, on the same day as Sony released its PS4 console in the country. It was a bold move — no doubt intended to prove that while Sony has the new tech, the Wii U has the best games this Christmas — but it didn't quite go according to plan.
Mario's latest outing — which we gave 10/10 in our review — was beaten in the UK charts by a host of other games, including Sony's own platformer, Knack. The irony is that Knack has received some pretty lukewarm reviews.
Kenny Linder — a former developer at the now-defunct Sony-owned BigBig Studios — has taken to NeoGAF to share his view on the situation, and it's not pretty reading for Nintendo fans:
Releasing [SM3DW] the same day as PS4 in UK/EU wasn’t wise. The frustrating thing was this game was probably ready to go in October. I think retail and the market will push Nintendo in a direction whether they like it or not. They MUST be in danger of losing shelf space at this point. Retail will have four major consoles (PS3/4, 360/One) plus 3DS/2DS to push which will all move units, and it looks like Mario can’t help even poor Wii U out. If it goes from shelves, it will be finished. I am still confident in my crazy mind that Wii U will not see another Christmas after this one. But that’s just me. The future games will just get moved/axed.
Releasing Mario on Friday was a really stupid thing to do, it could of come out weeks before that. I wonder if the same gamers who buy Nintendo home systems (150k of them in UK) are the same gamers that buy PS4/Xbox? That might explain lack of sales this week. Otherwise, nobody gives a s***. Also, I haven’t seen a single Mario 3D World advert on UK TV, whereas the other two (PS4 more so, especially last night, holy s***) are on all the time. They have failed to see what the market wants.
Linder is actually wrong about the TV ads — Nintendo was running them on UK TV the whole week of release, and continues to do so this week — but do you think he has a point regarding Nintendo's release strategy? Would it have been wiser to release Super Mario 3D World in a week when it wasn't likely to get lost amid the PS4 rush? We're pretty sure the Wii U will be around for while yet, but what are your thoughts on Linder's dire prediction that the system won't see another Christmas after this one? Post a comment below to let us know.