But Wii sales dropped 31.5 percent from January 2010 to February 2011, according to PC Mag. Nintendo announced the Wii U four months later, at last year’s E3. At this year’s event, Nintendo design chief Shigeru Miyamoto kicked off a show full of demos, such as “New Super Mario Bros. U” and “Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition." Despite the “beautiful rich graphics” of the former and “unique Batman experience” of the latter, some are skeptical that the Wii U can one-up the original Wii. Or any other consoles.
“The Wii was so definitely something – but the Wii U just isn’t branded in the same way,” Forbes says. “Nintendo should be stealing the show as the only company with anything truly new to show off. And yet they’re almost more boring for the presence of that new hardware…it doesn’t bode well for its chances with the world at large.”
Nintendo isn’t doing its job of “keep[ing] our industry young,” especially since Sony and Microsoft have been mute on whether they’ll be releasing new consoles anytime soon, according to another Forbes article.
“Instead of fighting like a champion against the toughest of competitors, and instead of reminding consumers why console gaming is and should always be a cherished form of entertainment, Nintendo has done nothing to ensure the success of its next game machine,” Louis Bedigian writes in Forbes.