Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo in North America, was on stage at E3 2012 to showcase the Wii U and now he announces that its sales for the first week of marketing.
It is far from the record sales of the PS2 on the first day of its release but sales of the Wii U however very good start in the United States. Are 400,000 of these consoles were sold in the space of a week. During this same week, Nintendo has sold more than 1.1 million consoles if we add the 3DS (250 000), DS (275,000) and the Wii (200,000).
Unclear how the console will be hosted in Europe and if sales continue at the same pace in North America. In its favor, Nintendo has the perfect timing with the holiday season, however if stocks are not depleted. Wii U also benefits from the lack of new consoles competing. Future Xbox could happen as early as 2013 (announced at E3 and available at year-end) as well as the PS4.
But if sales seem to go overseas, returns are mixed. As usual, Nintendo has not seen fit to equip the console with a powerful hardware (and even "horrible programming" and posting a developer on the processor). The first ports of existing games on PS3 and Xbox 360 revealed identical except worse ( Mass Effect 3 , for example) on both consoles output in 2005 (Xbox 360) and 2006 (PS3). Straw!
There is also the issue of storage: 8 GB on a console € 300, knowing that a portion is available for the user. In the same period of time, Nintendo states that games can be installed on an SD card and it is not recommended to install on USB storage devices! Remains the version with 32 GB which costs € 350!
Finally, the selling point is the GamePad, this tablet which is not one but acts as secondary display (streaming). Only the game ZombiU seems to operate correctly.
The use of GamePad seems disrupt the gaming experience that bringing the desired immersion. In addition, with a resolution of 854 by 480 feeble pixels (those far from our shelves and our smartphones) and an obligation to stay relatively close to the console, it failed to convince overseas.
It remains doubtful to face a console that was yet so much hope in it. Wii U tries to address gamers without providing more and leverages its franchises without renewal. Communication calamitous Japanese society since the announcement of the Wii U was so in tune with the limited interest of the console.
At the end of year (in early 2013), the surprises coming games on Xbox 360. It is believed the sublime Halo 4 for Xbox 343 for 360 Industries, the excellent Need For Speed: Most Wanted in Hitman Absolution , the highly anticipated Far Cry 3 and MGS Rising (early 2013). It is often in the old pots (PS3 and Xbox 360 here) that makes the best soup.
On Xbox 360, the application SmartGlass can replace (with different functions but must evolve) GamePad for the nominal sum of € 0 (the app is free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 ).