The next generation of console gaming is among us, but Wii U has been having a rough time getting steady footing. Nintendo’s newest addition was released last November, an entire year before the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but many consumers who originally bought a Wii are unaware of the Wii U’s existence. Combined with little support from third-party developers and lower than expected sales, it has been an underwhelming first year for Nintendo’s newest console.
It isn’t unusual for a new system to have a slow start. Nintendo's handheld 3DS system had smaller than anticipated sales in the beginning, however it now boasts over 32 million units sold worldwide since its release in 2011. This success is thanks to the price drop six months after its release, a remake of ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D’, and a now impressive game library that is available for the handheld, are some of the reasons the 3DS continues to out-sell it’s newer Wii U counterpart.
The Wii U will be seeing a price drop in early October, alongside the release of ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD’; a game originally on the Nintendo GameCube. Despite being a 10-year-old remake, ‘Wind Waker’ has been the most anticipated game for the Wii U so far. This brings to light an interesting formula Nintendo seems to be using to boost sales of a system: price drop + a ‘Legend of Zelda’ remake = console success. If it works as well as it did for the 3DS, the Wii U will finally be seeing the sales Nintendo has been hoping for.