Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House has said that the company is currently targeting Wii owners that didn’t purchase the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. House says that they have already managed to grab some of the former Wii consumers that never upgraded, but they still have a way to go.
“Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously,.”
“Whether it’s based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that’s what’s contributing to the really great sales we’ve had.”
“And anecdotally I’ve had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It’s certainly something I hear about.”
GameStop have produced a new incentive for those of you that have yet to upgrade from the original Wii to the Wii U. The US-based company is offering $50 credit towards a Wii U if you trade in your old Wii console. It’s not a huge amount, but if you’ve yet to make the plunge then now could be the time to do so.
In a lengthy article GamesIndustry’s Rob Fahey says that Nintendo supply constrained the original Wii. They didn’t do this to create hype around the product, but instead they decided to do it because the innovative console was losing money on each unit sold. Fahey says that by holding back units the company waited for manufacturing costs to fall so they that would make money on each unit.
“Nintendo, for example, supply-constrained the Wii in its launch window; that strategy was not in order to create sales hype, as it was often accused of, but rather because the device was losing money on each unit sold. Had Nintendo fulfilled demand completely, it would have taken a huge operating loss. By waiting, it got to hang on for manufacturing costs to fall before supplying the demand in the market.”
It looks as though it’s not just consumers that are still confused about the difference between Wii and Wii U. London newspaper The Metro has published an article today asking whether Mario Kart 8 can drive sales for the original Wii console. Obviously the game is exclusive to the Wii U and won’t be appearing on the Wii. It seems Nintendo still has a long way to go to explain the difference between the two consoles.
Yesterday we heard reports that Wii game Sadness was being resurrected for the Wii U by Hullbreach and Cthulhi. Well it turns out that claim was false as Blooper Team CEO Piotr Babieno told Eurogamer that the Sadness IP is simply not up for sale. Hullbreach’s Randy Freer said that he’s sorry to the fans for any inconvenience.
“They contacted me after publication about ‘Sadness’ resurrection,'” Babieno said of HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games’ wishful announcement yesterday. The partial IP-owner noted that he’s not been involved in any negotiations regarding selling the property.
Long forgotten Wii title Sadness is being revived by HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games. Those looking forward to the game should know that the game has a projected release date of 2016. The developers say that the game will be exclusively developed for the Wii U. The video above is from 2006 and accompanied the original announcement of Sadness for the Wii.
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Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. The service will be closing on 20th May 2014 worldwide.
The service’s retirement will affect 20 Nintendo published Wii games and Wii Ware titles, including Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi software titles will also be affected, such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The full list of titles are available on the official Nintendo of Australia website
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