Gaming publication Games Industry International took to the internet to see just how big the buzz was on social media and technology blogs for both the iPhone 5 and Wii U. Judging from the results which were posted on the website it would appear that the Wii U conference was vastly overshadowed by the iPhone 5 conference on the 12th September.
“Retail sales are down considerably (at least as seen through NPD). The consoles are long in the tooth. And there hasn’t been a surprise breakaway blockbuster for some time. Call of Duty is still a huge seller, but those numbers are never a surprise now. Those are the sorts of things that ping the radar of many mainstream outlets.”
“If the Wii U proves to be as groundbreaking as the Wii, we’ll likely see another surge of coverage. But so far, the general reaction from investors and the general public to the system has been a collective shoulder shrug. Many people see it simply as a Wii HD (which underscores the marketing problem Nintendo faces). Also, Nintendo has done virtually nothing to market it, withholding key details until just recently. So there hasn’t been anything to write about.”
– Freelance journalist Chris Morris (who has covered games for CNN, Forbes, Variety, and more)