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Wii Useless?

August 1, 2013

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The Wii U’s in sort of a slump right now. It’s a rather low slump, very dangerous really, the sort that makes it look unhappily drunk and causes one to worry about its safety. People have been talking behind its back, but they’re mostly just concerned. Here’s a mint, Wii U. Pick yourself up.

The Wii U’s launch lineup is hard to fault. Most consoles hit the street with one worthwhile title, but the Wii U launched with NintendoLand, New Super Mario Bros U, ZombiU, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, among others. That’s not bad. I’ve definitely seen a lot worse.

And first-week sales reflected that, with the Wii U selling more units than the 360 or PS3 did in the same timeframe. It didn’t match sales of the original Wii, but the Wii was a cultural phenomenon. You can aim that high if you want, but you’re likely to miss the mark a bit.

Since then though, the Wii U’s been doing generally not good at all. Sales of hardware and software are abysmal, and various internet personalities have started specul-hating about the console’s viability. Stated reasons why the Wii U is failing: NintendoLand didn’t spark people up like Wii Sports did because the gamepad isn’t as intuitive as the wiimote so consumers think the Wii U is an accessory instead of a proper console, which are currently dying a painful death anyways, and so on.

As a Wii U owner, it all feels a bit overblown.

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