Is Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 release date hype chipping away at the Nintendo Wii U?
Nintendo has made the unfortunate announcement that the new Wii U games console is one of many devices for which sales forecasts have been dramatically reduced. Having initially expected to sell at least 5.5 million units of the Wii U, Nintendo has reduced its projection to just 4 million – something that has surprised analysts and observers the world over.
Having originally launched in 2006, the Nintendo Wii offered a dramatically different approach to console gaming and revolutionized Nintendo’s image and reputation. However, the November 2012 launch of the Wii U didn’t quite manage to garner the same attention and never really caught on to the extent the company had hoped for.
By the close of the year, a promising 3 million units of the Nintendo Wii U had been shipped worldwide, though the first quarter of 2013 is now expected to bring in no more than 1 million additional sales.
According to some, the problem may not be entirely in relation to the capabilities of the Wii U in its own right, but rather the way in which much of the gaming world has already been swept away by Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 release date hype.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 have barely spent a day out of the news recently, with talk of new-generation specs and features which quite frankly wipe the floor with the Nintendo Wii U.
Both the PS4 and the Xbox 720 are expected to launch later this fall in time for the Christmas buying seasons, meaning that if the two market-leaders are indeed to blame for the Wii U’s shortcomings, things are only going to get much worse for Nintendo before showing any signs of improvement.