Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime has defended the Wii U by saying that the console can still bounce back after a weak start. He believes that the console is just 1.5 million behind where the Wii was at the same stage in their respective lifecycles and in the long run it doesn’t really matter since the difference isn’t a lot.
He has also said that Nintendo should not be counted out of the race and people shouldn’t think it’s Sony vs Microsoft all over again just like they did back in 2006. Last gen Nintendo surprised people with the Wii and the console went on to sell approx. 100 million units.
Reggie did say that the Wii had a good game in Wii Sports which helped consumers understand what the Wii Mote can do and they need something similar to show people what the Wii U gamepad is capable of.
“If you look at it from a U.S. perspective, this point in time vs. where we were with the Wii life stage, there’s a difference of about 1 to 1.5 million units. Over a potential lifespan over 40 million-plus units, that’s not a lot,” he told Kotaku.
“I would say the big difference in the Wii launch vs. the Wii U launch is that, at the [Wii] launch we had a fantastic game in Wii Sports that really helped people understand the magic of the Wii Remote, and we had Zelda.”
He also said that there are more titles planned for the system this holiday season and they are going to be in a good position.
“You know, I think by the end of this holiday, after we’ve launched Wind Waker, after we’ve launched Donkey Kong Country, after we’ve launched Mario 3D World, I think we’re going to be in a very good position.”
The odds are against Nintendo because the third-parties have placed their bets on Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. The only thing that can get them to support the Wii U is if the console starts selling really well.
The PS4 and Xbox One will be released this holiday season and there are chances that the Wii U may be overshadowed.