There's been a lot of hubbub surrounding the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in recent months, and it seems like we've heard relatively little about Nintendo's newest release, the Wii U, since it dropped in November. Apparently, the numbers can back this observation.
Touted as the company's eighth-generation offering, the handheld/console hybrid is supposed to be a torchbearer for the video game giant but was reported to have moved just 160,000 units from from April 1 to June 30 this year. You read that right: 160,000 units in a three-month span. Worldwide! Yikes. Even more disconcerting for the company: over that same span the Nintendo Wii sold 210,000 units. Not a good sign when the console you're pushing for the future is getting outstripped by its outdated predecessor.
Detailing their turnaround strategy, Nintendo stated that:
For the 'Wii U' system, we will attempt to concentrate on proactively releasing key first-party titles from the second half of this year through next year to regain momentum for the platform. Starting with 'Pikmin 3,' which was released in Japan and Europe in July and will be released in the United States in August, we plan on releasing key titles such as 'The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD,' 'Wii Party U,' 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,' 'Super Mario 3D World,' and 'Wii Fit U.'
Moreover, Nintendo strives to improve the sales by communicating the compelling nature of our hardware and software to as many people as possible through our new network service called 'Miiverse,' which offers an environment where people can empathize with others and share their gaming experiences. We also strive to improve hardware profitability by reducing its costs.
Good luck, guys. It sounds like you'll need it.