Yesterday Aussie-Gamer ran an opinion piece on why one member of the editorial team believes the Nintendo Wii U may have already won the next generation console war.
The overwhelming consensus from a majority of gamers who commented was that the Wii U has, for all intents and purposes, already failed.
This isn’t exclusive to the hordes of comments I’ve read over the past 24 hours, but more a contagious school of thought that’s becoming more and more prominent in the video game industry.
Analysts (who’s job is to remain unbiased), journalists, gamers and all of their dogs are willingly jumping onto the Wii U “hate” bandwagon pronouncing the console is already dead in the water, despite only having been on the market for six months.
In the same breath those on the aforementioned bandwagon will go to great pains to argue that anyone who believes the Wii U is in a strong market position, or will be, and therefore has a chance of future success is an idiot, all the while telling you how the console is doomed and Nintendo are failing as a company.
It’s essentially a case of being a big fat hypocrite, where you’re ready to dismiss someone else’s opinion yet push your own – perhaps bias – agenda onto them.
The fact of the matter is the Wii U has only been on the market for six months; this is not enough time to have made a lasting impression on the market. If you’ve been following video games for more than one generation then you’ll be wise to the idea that new consoles generally take twelve or so more months to hit their stride, something we’re already starting to see on the horizon with some huge titles on the Wii U’s release schedule.
Furthermore, I want to briefly touch on the financial side of the argument for a moment. While I don’t assume to understand big company economics I do know that developing, marketing and selling a new console at a small loss in order to offer consumers a low price entry (and yes, it’s considerably low in comparison to past generations) will inevitably see you burn through cash. So if Nintendo does post a loss in their next earnings call, try to keep this in mind and put it into perspective.
By no means am I wanting to discount the opinions of my fellow Aussie-Gamer‘s, and in the case of yesterday’s article some very valid points were made, but before you run around the internet making a fool of yourself and claiming the Wii U is dead just take a moment to consider what you’re actually saying.
Nintendo has proven itself as a hardware company time and time again. They moved past the low-selling days of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube to offer up the Wii – arguably the fastest selling console in history. Following a slow start they’ve managed to see the 3DS rise like the phoenix and go on to sell millions of units worldwide.
Is the Wii U dead? Not just yet.