With recent sales figures released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the Wii U is starting to trail behind in the console market within the UK. Sales of Super Mario 3D World – which we reviewed and gave an impressive 9/10 score – proved to struggle against the band of software available on the newly released consoles in its debut week.
Following on from former Naughty Dog boss Jason Rubin’s comments that Nintendo is “irrelevant” as a hardware manufacturer, former developer for Sony’s now-closed BigBig Studios – most known for their work on the PlayStation Portable’s Pursuit Force – Kenny Linder has added his thoughts to Nintendo’s current predicament.
“Releasing [Super Mario 3D World] the same day as PS4 in UK/EU wasn’t wise. The frustrating thing was this game was probably ready to go in October. I think retail and the market will push Nintendo in a direction whether they like it or not. They MUST be in danger of losing shelf space at this point. Retail will have four major consoles (PS3/4, 360/One) plus 3DS/2DS to push which will all move units, and it looks like Mario can’t help even poor Wii U out. If it goes from shelves, it will be finished. I am still confident in my crazy mind that Wii U will not see another Christmas after this one. But that’s just me. The future games will just get moved/axed.
“Releasing Mario on Friday was a really stupid thing to do, it could of come out weeks before that. I wonder if the same gamers who buy Nintendo home systems (150k of them in UK) are the same gamers that buy PS4/Xbox? That might explain lack of sales this week. Otherwise, nobody gives a s***. Also, I haven’t seen a single Mario 3D World advert on UK TV, whereas the other two (PS4 more so, especially last night, holy s***) are on all the time. They have failed to see what the market wants.”
Although Linder says he has not seen an advert for Super Mario 3D World, there were a fair few televised in the UK the week before the game’s release as well as its debut week, and was shown alongside the Indiana Jones-style advert for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Do you think Linder’s comments hold up in light of the Wii U’s current situation? Let us know in the comments below.