Only time will tell just how successful Nintendo's new home console will be
The Nintendo Wii U has finally been released in North America last Sunday, November 18, and almost a week has passed since then.During these last few days, we witnessed a rather successful launch, some pretty big issues, and a generally positive verdict given to the Wii U by customers.
Now, it’s time to talk about what the Wii U needs most in the following months – time.
The Wii U has just appeared in North America and will soon be deployed in Europe and Japan in the following weeks. After these two stress periods for Nintendo’s manufacturing efforts, only time will tell just how successful the home console will be.
During this time, Nintendo will have to release a steady stream of games for the console, unless it wants to repeat the same mistakes it did with the 3DS, which was launched early, at a high price, and without any major games set to appear for it.
While the Japanese company will no doubt try to get games made by itself onto the Wii U as soon as possible, it also needs to continue convincing third-party developers to bring their games on the home console.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime already highlighted this goal earlier this week, saying that he hopes the Wii U will be able to accommodate big games like Grand Theft Auto V.
Besides great games, the Wii U will also need great software features and apps.
Many entertainment providers have already released their own free apps for the home console, ranging from YouTube to Netflix or Hulu, and Nintendo itself will soon deploy the special TVii service, so things are getting better.
New features are also a must, as Wii U owners want to use the console for all sorts of things besides actually playing games. Hopefully, Nintendo will be able to satisfy them with steady firmware updates that will add new capabilities and not cause any other issues.
In the end, Nintendo’s Wii U needs time to receive games, features, and apps. Its main competitors have already been out there for many years, so the Japanese company has an uphill battle for the minds, hearts, and wallets of the consumers.
Has the Wii U won you over or are you still waiting to see just how successful the console will be?