The Wii U isn’t the success that Nintendo were hoping for since the console launched last winter. Approximately 3.61 million units have sold worldwide in that time frame, and only 160,000 sold between April and June this year.
Now a representative for Nintendo has spoken to GamesIndustry and confirmed that the Wii U is still selling at a loss.
Originally this was the case in but software sales were supposed to offset that. However with publisher support being scarce on Nintendo’s console that probably isn’t the case. SEGA ‘s Jurgen Post has also said in an interview with MCV that the Wii U sales are a concern, and SEGA are releasing three exclusive Sonic games on the console.
You have to wonder what Nintendo’s long term strategy is for the Wii U. There are some exclusives out soon including The Wonderful 101, which Peter previewed, but without something like a new Mario Kart coming out soon then the Wii U looks like it will struggle.
Even when franchises such as Mario Kart and Legend Of Zelda arrive it may not guarantee success, especially with the launches of both Microsoft’s and Sony’s new consoles.