Nintendo has released their quarterly business results which show that in the three months that ended in late June they only sold 160,000 pieces of their game console Wii U.
Like Nintendo's struggle was not enough, now Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot said in an interview with Kotaku that Nintendo has to work on the sale of their new console if they want Ubisoft to continue issuing Wii U exclusives.
Nintendo's Wii U, the successor to famous Wii issued last year, was very interesting for some customers at the first sight while others were not so much impressed, but on one thing they all agreed, console's performances were not as expected. Aware of this, Nintendo recently decided to push out the first major software upgrade for their new console and dealt with that aspect.
Despite the fairly high price of around 40 dollars, Angry Birds on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS has sold more than a million copies, giving Rovio reason to be optimistic about the upcoming Wii and Wii U versions. Obviously Angry Birds madness is nowhere near ending, and there is certainly no reason for it to. Angry Birds has even extended into the streaming media player market where we have found it pre-installed on some devices like the Roku.
After last week one of the main developers for 4A Games Oles Shishkovtsov "shocked" the public by saying that the Wii U has a "desperate, slow processor", the media filled many columns with his reckless words. Obviously Nintendo did not like that, appears to have sent a letter of protest to THQ or threatened them in some way because the spokesman of the mentioned publishing house, and also of 4A Games Huw Beynon immediately responded in a much more passive tone.
Wal-Mart and Target have revealed that interest in the Nintendo Wii U is surely big. The new console is already sold out in the United States. Some of the most famous and definitely the largest supermarket chains in the United States have stated that the Nintendo Wii U is already sold out. Specifically, Wal-Mart and Target are unanimous that the Nintendo Wii is sold out and that they were more than pleasantly surprised by the interest for the new console.
After Foxconn had troubles with some of their workers allegedly striking in the iPhone manufacturing factory; they have even bigger problems with the Wii U line. This time problems are not workers striking, having workers under the age of 16. This is against Chinese labor laws and of course against common sense. They said “Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks.”
Nintendo has disproved speculation that games for their new console, Nintendo Wii U, will cost $100. Right now the price should be $59.99 which is a $10 increase from games that were made for the first generation Wii console. Nintedno director of product marketing Bill Trinen said that they will have prices on par with games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The $100 prices could be found on Amazon and GameStop for various Wii U games, such as Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Just Dance 4 and Lego City Undercover. But Nintendo said that those are mere speculation.
Apparently gaming accessory maker PDP has a slip of tongue, at the GameStop manager's conference in Texas. During one of the presentations a representative for PDP said that they will release their peripherals just before Wii U launch on November 18. This news come from an attendee that decided to remain anonymous so we can’t be certain about this date, but if we consider that the holiday season is fast approaching it seems rather believable. Both the release date and the console price are officially a secret for now. Both are expected to be announced at a major event that will take place in New York on September 13.
Even industrial giants like nintendo cannot escape the side effects of the global financial crisis. After having a rough time in last few quarters, including facing profit loss, Nintendo has decided to push the release of the Wii U game console back to December (2012). Beside the monetary issues many feel that Nintendo is to blame for their older hardware and lack of innovation in video games. At one time Nintendo had some of the most popular games in gaming history such as; Legend of Zelda (the Main character is not Zelda but Link), the Super Mario series and Donkey Kong. You just cannot consider yourself a gamer if you havent played any of these, but they are a prime example that you can’t live forever on old fame.