I've been out shopping a lot lately and have made repeat visits to many of the same stores on different days of the week. Lots of different deals on different days at different places. But you want to know one thing that's constant at ALL of them?
They all have Wii-U consoles in stock. Like, tons of them. And not just the Basic White model, but lots of Black Deluxe models too. Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R US. They all have them in stock.
Now, you might say, well, sure, but that's in YOUR area or YOUR town. But the friendly workers at my local Toys R Us inform me that they are in the top 15 stores in the country in terms of revenue and profit. Think about that for a second. That means there are only 14 other Toys R Us stores that do better business in the entire country. So it's quite a large store with a lot of customers. The store is packed all the time. Packed with customers and packed with Wii U consoles to sell to those that want them. Except nobody wants them.
They told me they didn't even run out of them on Black Friday, but they ran out of Xbox 360 consoles by the end of the weekend. What?
Every time I go to Toys R US I see the same stack of consoles. They tell me it started at around 60 of them and now it's down to around 30. In a week. A FUCKING WEEK!
I witnessed a store worker trying to sell a Wii U to a middle aged woman for her kids. She asked if the tablet was a good as an iPad. He said no. Then she asked "Is it better than the Xbox with the no controller thing" and he said yes, to which she replied "But it has a controller. How can it be better?". I wanted to kill myself at the time, but thinking back I'm not so sure she's totally in the wrong. How can they ask her to spend so much money when for just a bit more she can get an iPad and for less she can get an Xbox 360? The games look the same in terms of what the naked eye can see. The touch screen isn't as good as a real tablet.
Where exactly is the value in this product? What does it have the other consoles don't? If you want to be blunt it's really just a combo of the Wii, the DS, and an Xbox. And it has Nintendo games. But parents don't care about that. They only care about getting the hottest shit out for their kids, and sadly it seems that the Wii U isn't the hottest thing right now.
Anyway, I just felt like sharing that with you. I still bought a Wii-U for my kids and we'll be playing the shit out of it come Christmas Day and beyond, but it is a bit worrying to see the console get off to such a rough start. I really hope that word of mouth from people who own one is strong enough to get things going, because Nintendo really can't afford to have this thing flop. I don't want to see them fail. Even though I don't play their games as much as I used to, I would never want to live in a world where they don't exist or aren't important anymore.
Hopefully things improve. Sorry for the incoherent babble. Just felt like letting my thoughts out. See you around, Dtoid.
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