Nintendo hasn't sold as many Wii U consoles as it hoped it would, and with both Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4) planning to launch next generation gaming systems this holiday shopping season, a price cut seemed inevitable. And so it goes, with Nintendo today announcing a $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe, bringing the cost of ownership down to $300, effective September 20, 2013.
Best of luck to anyone trying to snag a Wii U console to plop under the Christmas tree this holiday shopping season. It's "essentially sold out of retail," though less desirable avenues remain, such as paying inflated prices on eBay or Craigslist where $100 premiums are commonplace. Since launching just over a week ago, Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles, topping the original Wii, which added another 300,000 sales last week.
Nintendo on Sunday launched its Wii U console in the U.S., and though it's sold out at most places (good luck finding one without an inflated price tag), that didn't stop Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech from carving into his like a Thanksgiving turkey. He got his mitts on the 8GB Basic Set (a higher priced 32GB Deluxe Set is also available) and posted several pictures of what makes the Wii U tick.
It was a well known fact that Nintendo would use the E3 convention to showcase its upcoming Wii U console, and it did exactly that, wasting no time introducing a "massive lineup" of third-party games, including new games in the Super Mario Bros., Pikmin, Wii Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, Assassin's Creed, and Just Dance franchises. It wasn't just about the games, however.
2K Sports said it plans to ship NBA 2K13, the twelfth installment of its NBA videogame simulation franchise and the followup to NBA 2K12, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in the U.S. for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and our beloved Windows PC. Noticeably absent from that list of systems is Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console, which 2K Sports promised to support at "a later date" sometime during the system's launch window.
Barring any last minute surprises, Nintendo will be the first of the big three console makers to come out with a next generation living room game system. It's the Wii U, and it will ship with HD graphics support, a funky new tablet controller, and updated guts that, in theory, should have developers excited. It is, after all, a new toy to play with. So why are a handful of developers dissing the Wii U?
Until a couple of years back, it seemed as if Nintendo simply could not put a foot wrong. But things have changed drastically in this time and the company hasn’t been in the best of financial health lately. Just to give you an idea of Nintendo’s financial plight, the company is now expecting its first annual loss in 30 years. It’s pretty obvious that it desperately needs a spark from somewhere to fire up a financial revival. Will that much needed spark come from the Wii U and its tablet-like controller? Well nobody can say for sure at this point. However, there’s something we now know for sure: that the Wii U’s controller will pack NFC (Near Field Communication) support.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a new digital network for the 3DS handheld and upcoming Wii U consoles that will finally bring the company's online operations up to par with its competitors, or so Nintendo hopes. It's called the "Nintendo Network" service, a platform that, among other things, will let gamers grab hold of gamertags. Welcome to the Internet, Nintendo, do stay awhile, would you?
With Wii console sales declining and the slow start of the 3DS handheld console, it might have been easy to count Nintendo out of the game in 2011, but it's all about how you view the numbers. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime points out that Nintendo sold over 12 million pieces of hardware between the Wii, 3DS, and DS family in 2011.
Out of the three major consoles (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3), it's the Wii that's in most need of a hardware refresh. Appropriately enough, Nintendo is the only one of the bunch to announce a next generation console, and other than alternate color options, has mostly refrained from launching a bunch of different SKUs with features added on (like increased storage)" to extend its lifespan. The Wii U is Nintendo's next big console, but can it compete?.