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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Wii U's Winding Days

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The Wii U has turned barren and infertile, but...

The First Quarter for Nintendo's 2016 (their years begin in March, not January) has just ended. So... now we have a little bit more information, updated from the annual report/fourth quarter ending report from three months ago.

What's new? Nothing much, actually. It's just things look more dismal:

Launch Schedule of Primary Nintendo Products by Region extracts July 2016 Wii U 3DS Paper Mario Color Splash The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Paper Mario: Color Splash and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Source.)

The Wii U side is really small. At the very least, the next page has third parties, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice is on the 3DS side! (...Sorry Wii U.) That game is selling “largely as planned” in Japan, according to CAPCOM. When it comes out in America this September, let's make it sell YUUUUGER than planned!

Speaking of sales, this is interesting:

Nintendo 3DS Wii U sales by region table
Look at their ACTUAL column, nicely boxed for you. (Source.)

See that? Look at what's selling for the Nintendo 3DS family: 150,000 Nintendo 2DSs in The America, and 200,000 New Nintendo 3DS XLs in The Americas. With 0 of the other 3DS versions. The 2DS? The system that everyone besides me wrote off as a useless mistake?

It's contributing to a big part of the 3DS family's sales!

Anyway, the Wii U is on its way to meeting Nintendo's really low forecasts for it, and hopefully it can actually blow past them. I guess it depends when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes out.

Otherwise, between now and March, it's just Paper Mario: Color Splash. Which I think has a lot of potential, but, y'know. Today, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack came out on the Wii U Virtual Console, so that's still a way to pad things.

...MOTHER 3 as the Wii U's Christmas release, then?

Ludwig still uses his Wii U mostly for Miiverse. He still has a lot of games he needs to play for it, so he's not craving for more releases. Follow him at NNID PrinceOfKoopas so you don't miss what he spends most of his game time on! Oh, and don't think that he isn't looking forward to Pokémon Moon, because he is.

We have an official day for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice.
The official day has come, and Spirit of Justice is now released!
The official day has come, and Color Splash is now released!
The official day has come, and Sun and Moon are now released!
Even though the Wii U has nothing left, there's still Virtual Console games.


  1. The Wii U may be winding down, but the 3ds has a bright future. Mario Party: Star Rush and Metroid Prime: Federation Force are just two examples of what greatness lies ahead.

    1. I laughed when I read that Nintendo told investors that Star Rush (along with the legitimate Pokémon Sun/Moon) would be the game to (re-re-)revitalise the 3DS.

  2. I think we're actually going to see a lot of NX/Wii U cross releases. It would explain why we haven't heard about anything new in a while.

    I'm not starving for games either... I haven't even started Explorers of Sky yet.

    1. I mean, they could be cross releases...
      ...Or they could just be NX-only.

      Explorers of Sky is huge. And hugely important to play. Definitely a significant time investment there, for a great price now.

  3. I have stockpiled on so many games thanks to sales that I have games to play for a while. And my plan is to go through the majority of them with general playthroughs (not necessarily do 100% playthroughs) before my due date.

    1. Since I don't play games at my workplace *glare* I don't have time to go through things.

      So I don't feel bad about not really playing Splatoon in a post-Splatfest world. It'd take time away from other things crying for my attention.

    2. Who says I am playing mainly at work? I am playing the majority of them on my Wii U. As for 3DS games I am going to tons of doctors appointments because my pregnancy is high risk which means tons of waiting.

      I won't say any more about playing during my break at work anymore if it gets you upset.

    3. You can bring your Wii U to work and do off-screen play if you're really disrespectful. :o

      Do you bring headphones with you? For the 3DS?

    4. Wii U is only at home. No headphones. Usually play muted when not in a private setting.

      I pretty much only played the 3DS once at work at offtime because I felt I was feeling way too down and they would fire me for being too depressing and I was ready to take the risk to uplift myself somewhat. The rest of the time I brought the 3DS there because I would be going to doctors' appointments at the same day but had not played it at work.

    5. I always brought my 3DS to work last year since I was takin' public transportation, and I was hoping to get some Streetpasses. And I did get some.

      And since I was going to/from work I always had headphones on me.

  4. My backlog (which includes several Wii U games) will keep me busy for a very long time, so it doesn't personally disappoint me that the Wii U only has a handful of upcoming releases. But it's still sad to see it dwindling like this.

    At least there are still some third-party games on the way, too, like Yooka-Laylee.

    1. It's the weird time in a Nintendo console's lifespan where 3rd parties offer more than 1st party, eh?


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