UK trade publication MCV has written a provocative article suggesting that Wii U is simply a stopgap system while the company tries to revive its fortunes. The publication claims that Nintendo will inevitably turn around and say the Wii U was never meant to be a next generation system, if sales for the console fail to match the company’s expectations.
The Wii U hasn’t been given a new moniker, but rather a tacked on brand extension of a title. This gives Nintendo an easy out if the Wii U doesn’t work.
“It was never intended as a next generation console”, they’ll say as they distance themselves from it three years down the track and come out with a ‘real’ successor which can match the grunt of the next Sony and Microsoft offerings. “It was part of the Wii family, but this is what we’re actually doing for the future of gaming.”
Nintendo are quite happy for everyone else to sing about the Wii U being the next big thing for now. It only helps them satisfy investors. Just remember when the next Nintendo console comes out and the Wii U appears to be a little less next gen than you were expecting, it wasn’t Nintendo who made the claim – it was hungry and desperate gamers tired of the current generation, eager to herald the new era without properly waiting for the flag to drop