I'm back with another Nintendo post. However, this time I'll be a little more optimistic in what I want to discuss. As I said back in my post about third party support for the Wii U, Nintendo NEEDS third party support, the console is hurting in sales. However, I have been reading a TON of doomsayer's blogs predicting this is the end of Nintendo consoles and that the Wii U will go the way of the Sega Dreamcast. I want to make this as clear as I can and comfort anyone that is worried about Nintendo going software only.
This will not be the last Nintendo console.
There it is folks. You can quote that statement to your friends. Nintendo is not going anywhere. If you are old enough you will remember that people were saying this when the Gamecube was around. "Nintendo is doomed" "The last console" "Gamecube = Dreamcast" blah blah blah. There is nothing to worry about. Will the Wii U surpass life sales expectations? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure however, we will see that little Nintendo logo on hardware in the future.
Sure, Wii U sales are poor and the Wii U is an afterthought to most shadowed by Xbox One and the PS4. However, the company is in no trouble. With strong sales from their first party titles and the very fun Nintendo 3DS handheld, they are still green. The landscape is vastly different than it was for Sega. Sega had a string of failed systems and poor management. The Sega 32X, Saturn, and Nomad were the systems released by Sega prior to the Dreamcast. Each had poor sales and contributed to the demise of Sega.
Nintendo does not have a pattern of poor sales. With the Wii and the DSi, Nintendo just came out of their best sales ever for console/mobile combined (100 million Wii sold and 150 million DS). Nintendo has plenty of money and still turn profits each quarter. They don't have to consider leaving the industry. They are making some good moves too lately with Indie support and bringing out some big titles at E3 with Smash bros, Zelda, Mario Kart, Pikmin, and Mario.
Overall, the system is selling poorly now but may pick up when the right games hit the market. We still don't know the prices of the Xbox and Playstation so that might help boost sales of the Wii U if they are pretty expensive (comparably) by Christmas. I don't see Nintendo giving up the home console and will learn from the failures of the Wii U and hopefully capitalize in the next next gen.