This twitter clip states according to Nikkei, New Nintendo President Kishimisha was against the decision of the Wii U, he felt that it was too similar to the Wii and predicted that it would fail greatly. He is right, and now with him at the helm, he will have a good reign to start focusing on the West than Japanese gamers.
Everyone knew the Wii U would fail. Miyamoto even revealed that they had market research that was bad or mixed for the Wii U.
The problem with the Wii U’s failure isn’t that it is too much like the Wii (aside from the aesthetic and brand), it is that it is too much like the Gamecube. The Wii U completely abandoned the Wii userbase. The Wii U was designed for the HARDCORE GAMER. And look at where its sales are at?
The Super Nintendo was ‘similar’ to the NES in so many ways. How’d that work out for Nintendo?
The Gameboy Advance was ‘similar’ to the Gameboy in so many ways. How’d that work out for Nintendo?
If the reasoning of the Wii U failing was because it was ‘too similar to the Wii’, then the person is an idiot. The only console that is similar to the Wii would be the NES.
Look, I’m a HUGE Wii fan. Yet, I still don’t own a Wii U. If the Wii U was like the Wii, I would get it. But it is nothing like the Wii. The Wii U seems like some home consoleized version of the DS. The Wii U betrays many of the advantages of having a home based console.
The reasons why Gameboy competitors failed because they tried to create a home console experience on handhelds is the inverse of why the Wii U failed. People do not want to have handheld console experiences on their home console. It’s that simple.
Kishimisha is, like others in Nintendo leadership, drinking the Innovation! kool-aid. “We need MORE innovation!” What innovation was that, Nintendo?
Nintendogs was only innovative if you never touched a tomogotchi before.
NSMB was only innovative if you’ve never touched a 2d Mario before.
Mario Kart DS was only innovative if you’ve never touched Super Mario Kart before.
Wii Sports was only innovative if you’ve never touched NES sports titles before.
You see where this is going…