As a kid who grew up with Nintendo and is still a huge fan today, I am proud to say that the Nintendo Wii U is making a comeback. When the Wii U console first came out, it didn’t have many console or game sales. The main reason for this is because Nintendo didn’t advertise properly as there weren’t as many effective commercials or news about the Wii U. Nintendo also failed because they didn’t advertise the Wii U as a separate console, so there was a misconception for a long time that it was just a new hardware for the already existing Wii console. Without any knowledge about the extreme improvement in graphical and hardware capabilities, the Wii U was deemed a useless failure.
It wasn’t until people were informed about the Wii U’s incredible abilities to accept it as a “next generation”console. During E3, an extremely popular gaming conference, Nintendo raised the anticipation for upcoming Wii U games by showing short segments of gameplay. With news circulating about the new Zelda, Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, and Super Smash Bros 4, the Wii U was getting more and more popular.
Other games such as Bayonetta 2 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker have also helped the Wii U’s increase in popularity, but for this article I will focus on the sales number of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros 4. Nintendo confirmed that Mario Kart 8 was initially the best-selling title on Wii U as it sold 1.2 million copies worldwide within the first three days (the game launched in the U.S., Japan, Europe, and Australia at about the same time). On the other hand, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is currently only available in the U.S. and was just recently released in Europe (the Wii U version released dates are: North America on November 21, 2014, Europe on November 28, 2014, Australia on November 29, 2014, and Japan on December 6, 2014). Over 490 000 copies of Super Smash Bros were sold in the U.S. alone within the first two days, beating Mario Kart 8’s sales and making it fastest-selling Wii U game. Although Mario Party 10 hasn’t been release yet, many predict and hope it will sell just as well.
Seeing Nintendo’s success after a period of downfall has enlightened many gamers. Although the Wii U isn’t as successful as Sony’s PS4, the hype over these titles have definitely brought joy back to Nintendo fans. With Captain Toad Treasure Tracker coming in just a few days, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse coming in February, and Mario Party 10 coming in 2015, Nintendo fans have something great to look forward to.