We all know that the Wii U is currently struggling in retail, and most of us figure that comes down to two factors: price and games. To those factors, it seems that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata agrees with us – at least on the second point.
In an interview with CVG, Iwata noted that the premium bundle has outsold the cheaper SKU of the console, and therefore notes that price isn’t the issue. “The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version,” he said. Perhaps what he has failed to recognize is that gamers favor value over a cheaper initial outlay. That’s why the original Arcade version of the Xbox 360 didn’t sell too well – gamers knew that paying extra was worth it in the long run. However, that isn’t to say that many more people would jump on board if the price for both models of the Wii U were slightly lower.
Iwata does speak sense when talking about the severe lack of quality titles on the system though, telling CVG; “I understand that the real issue is the lack of software, and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles.” Over the next few months the Wii U will be home to titles like Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, and Super Mario 3D World, which will hopefully go some way to improving its fortunes, before the double whammy of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros next year.