Nintendo admits the Wii U is struggling to gain traction
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It's more likely, however, that there's a bigger-picture shift going on here. In a smart piece at Time Magazine, Matt Peckham speculates that the so-called "casual gaming" market may be fragmenting, with some consumers gravitating toward tablets and smart phones instead of dedicated consoles.
"Casual gamers, if you’ll pardon that label, are by definition uncommitted gamers," Peckham writes. "And with buyers already spending considerably more for something like the iPad (and considerably less on that platform for games), would it be such a surprise to find a much pickier audience for a system like the Wii U in 2013 than existed in 2006?"