Satoru Iwata has commented on the struggling hardware sales of the Wii U. According to a report from VG247 on May 15, the president and chief executive officer from Nintendo, the company behind "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y," compared the high-definition console to the Game Boy. He stated that the portable system was also not selling very well during the first few years of its lifespan.
However, business began to pick up with the release of "Pokemon Blue" and "Pokemon Red" in 1998. Due to the arrival of the two games, the Game Boy was able to achieved its stronger sales period over its lifespan. Satoru Iwata thinks that a similar situation may occur when it comes to the Wii U, which has shipped just 6.17 million units since launching in late 2012. In comparison, Sony Computer Entertainment recently announced that the PS4 reached 7 million units in sales despite launching a year later. You can find the comments from the executive below:
The fate of a video game system is often influenced greatly by the introduction of a single title. As many of you probably remember, before the release of the Pokémon game, Game Boy had been showing slow growth, and many people wondered whether it was the end of Game Boy. But the Pokémon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system, which then started to show the strongest sales in the lifecycle of the system.
Nintendo is projecting that 3.6 million units of the Wii U will be sold by the end of the company's next fiscal year that will be concluding on March 31, 2015. Nintendo does have several big-named titles plan for the console starting with "Mario Kart 8," which is coming out on May 8. You can find a screen featuring the racing game from Nintendo's Twitter page with the image attached to the top portion of this article. "Hyrule Warriors," "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and other titles are also coming later in the year.
Despite the popularity of the "Pokemon" franchise, Nintendo previously revealed that the company has no plans in bringing the mainline role-playing games to the Wii U. The aforesaid "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" sold 12 million copies sold far, approximately doubling the install base of the next-generation system. The publisher also announced "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby," two remakes coming out later in 2014 that are using the same 3D graphics engine as the prior games.