I have a Wii U. And although I find its motion implementation quite fun at times, and the addition of a second screen a good idea, I haven’t played it at all in the last couple of weeks.
I decided to conduct an informal poll with other people I know who also own a Wii U. I asked them if they’ve been playing with the console much since its launch. Nearly every person said that they played it somewhat heavily in the first week after launch, but little after that.
When the Wii launched, it was hard to come by for months. And during the holiday season, especially, it was impossible to even find it on store shelves. Each weekend, folks would stand in line for hours just to get their hands on a handful of consoles that were available. It was shocking.
But the Wii U appears to be different. After just a month of availability, the console can still be purchased quite easily.
Conventional console systems are on the wane as many gamers move to phones and tablets. There are so many great games available for iOS and Android devices, and most of those games are much cheaper than console games. Plus a gamer has his or her mobile device with them most of the time. This makes it much easier and cheaper to play games than sitting in front of a TV.
I’ve wondered how long it will be before Nintendo actually releases some of their popular game titles on iOS and Android devices. They have a huge range of classic games that would sell very well on phones and tablets. Right now they are being left behind by not doing so as newer developers offer fun games at lower prices on mobile devices.
Times have changed, and consoles are very much dinosaurs. They might survive for a long time, but as more of a niche than anything else.