Originally Posted by lamewing
He never said the Wii was a flop. Where do you get that from? He said that Nintendo is on a downward spiral due to falling profits. I do believe, as well, that the Wii U will fail. The Wii was a quirk that I don't think Nintendo can repeat.
It appeals much more to hardcore gamers as well as casual gamers alike. I can go on but I would be repeating my other posts. Its separate screen scheme is the most family friendly concept in gaming since someone decided to plug in two controllers. With gaming consoles being half Netflix consoles the Wii U will be great for when someone wants to play a game while a movie or show is displayed on the TV as well as the other gameplay concepts that I mentioned.
You may disagree that the controller isn't great or that the Wii U will flop because it's nothing special, but the fact remains that you haven't used it, it's a completely unique product, it is more cross platform friendly, and it's compatible with cheap motion controllers so it doesn't require a $150 investment like PS Move or kinect.I did explain that you can't count the 3DS as a flop, which is why I was confused when the OP said "another flop" and I assumed he meant the Wii since it's Nintendo's most recent console that has been out for a significant period of time [EDIT: I thought you were replying to me, but someone else said the same thing that I did wondering why the one poster seemed to say that the wii was a flop. Whatever his reasons, my point is that for me or this other guy it was really easy to misunderstand which console that poster was talking about when he was talking about "another flop"]
. The only flop Nintendo has ever had was the Virtual Boy. Even the Gamecube was highly profitable. The N64 and Nintendo's formerly strict rules made Nintendo bleed developers and they have been trying to recover ever since.
Nintendo's falling profits has more to do with the Yen, and with being in a transition phase from the Wii to the Wii U, as well as other business reasons that I don't think are highly related to Apple or any other smartphone ruining the handheld market. When Nintendo designed the Wii with weak hardware and no HD capability they limited the lifespan of the product. Don't forget that it's been out for 5 full years!
The 3DS has zero to do with the profits. Nintendo still sells a boatload of DS, DSi, and 3DS units. It is a launch console and anytime you launch a console you aren't going to be as profitable and Nintendo had already planned on that.
The Wii U will be more successful based on the fact that it is finally powerful enough to play cross platform games, even if you totally ignore its unique features. The only reason the Wii didn't have a great game library was for exactly this reason - every game had to be a unique Wii game, so therefore they were mostly terrible.The Wii is NOT a quirk
because if you look back historically, every new Nintendo console besides the GameCube contained some controller innovation that has been used by all the other console makers since. The DPad, shoulder buttons, analog stick, rumble, motion control, and with the Wii U, I'm sure future Sony or MS hardware will include a tablet functionality based on the popularity of the iPad and Wii U.