Things have not been going so great with the Wii U lately. First Ubisoft decided to pull the rug out from underneath Nintendo and make Rayman Legends multi-platform and then Tecmo Koei follows suit with Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge. Satoru Iwata's, president of Nintendo of Japan, claims that sales of the 3DS will help rectify any losses created by selling the Wii U at such a high price have yet to come to fruition.
The truth is that the Wii U sales numbers collapsed in January and Nintendo is facing stiff competition once again as Sony plans to unveil their PS4 this Wednesday February 20, 2013. First reports showed hardware sales of the Wii U at only 57,000 units which is much lower than the X-Box 360's total 281,000 units.
A representative from the NPD Group stated that the Wii U sales figures were 38 percent lower than those of the Wii when it hit this stage in sales. On Valentine's Day Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct session introducing new games coming for the 3DS and Wii U. Mario's brother Luigi stole the limelight as Iwata donned a green Luigi cap and toted that this was, "The Year of Luigi" highlighting Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS, a new Luigi solo adventure download pack for the New Super Mario Bros. U called New Super Luigi U, and a new game for the 3DS titled Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. Some other games were also mentioned but the biggest surprise that many had been expecting was the Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS release date which is June 9, 2013.
Whether or not these announcements will help stir up fans to want to spend more money on Nintendo games and consoles is hard to tell at this point. Nintendo had planned to sell 5.5 million systems through March but sadly puts the number down to 4 million.