Christine Arrington, the Senior Games Analyst at IHS Electronics & Media, says that it’s partially uninformed retailers to blame for the Wii U confusion. Benzinga said that she realized that the Wii U was in trouble when she became an unofficial secret shopper. Benzinga said that if you went into a retailer and you talked to somebody in the games department, they didn’t even understand what it was. This comes despite the news that Nintendo doesn’t think that the name of the console is a real issue.
“If you went into a retailer and you talked to somebody in the games department, they didn’t even understand what it was. ”I’m standing there, looking at them, going, ‘Wow! I think that right there was an anecdotal piece of evidence [showing] that people didn’t get it.”
“There should have been a Wii Sports-type game that let everybody get it. Those huge franchises would have gotten the loyal Nintendo person, but it was Wii Sports that got all the people outside the Nintendo world to look and say, ‘This is a really, really neat, fun thing to do. I think it would have definitely fallen below Wii. I think there was something really special about the Wii and the way that whole thing happened that they didn’t even know was going to happen.”