One of the biggest things Nintendo could do is utilize a price cut in the near future. Even without a huge software library, a price cut to $250 might make those of us on the fence like myself cave and pick one up. There are a few Wii U games I want to play now. But I would probably use Goozex to pad my Wii library and get a hold of some games I want to play.
Another idea that would turn things around for the Wii U is that Nintendo needs to push their games! Give us dates of at least one AAA title, and some sort of discount or bundle deal for that must-have game. Nintendo Direct’s video series within the last week showed fans they will be getting a new Sonic game, a release date for the Wonderful 101, and a remastering of New Super Mario Bros U with Luigi. This is not what I was hoping to see but it is better than nothing. Speaking of games, Nintendo really needs to do something with the thirrd party support. There are a handful of good third party games right now, including Monster Hunter, ZombieU, and a few others. Nintendo needs developers and publishers on board with the Wii U. They don’t need other companies like EA refusing to develop for the system. This reminded me of Square jumping ship in the 90s from the N64 to the PSX. Gamers need new games, we want the new Mario/Zelda/Metroid. Announce these games and we will buy the system and be supportive. Please stop giving us remakes of games that most of us have played on other systems.
Having more games goes hand in hand with marketing, which is another option Nintendo could use to turn the Wii U’s momentum around. The general public needs to see more commercials showing the potential of the Wii U. People need to understand the system is different than the Wii and has a lot to offer both as an entertainment/media system and a game console. It sounds like from the Nintendo Direct video that there is going to be some sort of partnership with Best Buy. Frankly, if Nintendo could get the Wii U on a few daytime talk or news shows like it did with the Wii then sales might pick up. The question is how would they market the console to the casual audience?
Nintendo could also present the Wii U as an entertainment system. Based on what I mentioned above most people know it can play games. By making sure Wii U owners have access to other entertainment applications such as Crackle, HBOGo, and Vudu, they could make the system more appealing. What about using Plex? Plex has streaming options for movies/music from PCs. There are a lot of options here for the Wii U to become the center of homes’ entertainment.
There are a lot of options for Nintendo to turn around things for the Wii U. Like many gamers I am hoping for the best. We will have to see what the rest of the year brings for the Wii U.