Its no secret that Nintendo’s Wii U sales have been less than stellar since its release in late 2012. The reason? Not having enough games in the initial release that would keep both die hard nintendo fans or the general audience interested. I have stated in an earlier article that it is a shame that it is a shame that a product of this caliber got such as poor start, not to mention disheartened with the fact it took Nintendo so long to realize their mistake. However, with games such as the new Super Smash Bros set to release this year, the question becomes this. Is Super Smash Bros the game that could save the Wii U? (On a side note, it’s good to see Mario Kart 8 selling well and also moving consoles).
The general consensus seems to be relatively negative on that question and I can understand why. Making the case that Nintendo has waited far too long to get back into the game to even stand a chance at reaching the same numbers that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 have reached. And in all honesty, I have to agree. Nintendo messed up big time and unless Smash Bros is a gargantuan success, as well as the other big Wii U exclusive releases, there will be no way for the Wii U to make up for lost time.
That isn’t to say that I don’t think that the next installment of Super Smash Bros is going to be good. Far from it actually. I’ve been very impressed with how Nintendo is promoting this game in both public events and trailers. I think this game is going to be the title that Nintendo is hoping for to change public opinion on the Wii U and maybe even sell more systems. However, like I said before, it would be childish to pin an entire console sales on one game, especial one that has been out for this long.
Whether Nintendo decides to wait and try to improve what they have or begin putting their resources into the next big thing still remains to be seen. But as a Nintendo fan, I would hope for the latter. Though the Wii U is still an innovative system, it is a a failure when you look at it from a business point of view. And time spent making minuscule improvements could be better spent on getting a head start on the next generation. Creating something that could blow both Sony and Microsoft out of the water.