The official Nintendo UK store has a new Wii U bundle available for those who just can’t get enough of the Winter Olympics. The bundle, called Mario And Sonic Winter Olympics Bundle, includes the Wii U deluxe set with the 32 GB console, a copy of Nintendo Land, a copy of Mario & Sonic At The Winter Olympics, and a Mario-branded Wiimote Plus. The bundle retails for £299 GBP. The bundle has been available for over a week on Nintendo UK’s site, but they didn’t do a lot of promoting until these days during the height of the Winter Olympic games at Sochi. In fact, the Winter Olympics officially end tomorrow on Sunday, but the new Wii U bundle should be available for a while. There’s no word on whether we’ll get the bundle in North America. As the Winter Olympics are coming to an end, it’s unlikely Nintendo will release the bundle stateside. local_offer mario & sonic at the winter olympics Nintendo wii u wii u bundle stars Further Reading The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow 9 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario Bros. Insane Mario Maker level still unbeaten. Jamal I got a wii u yesterday for my bday XD It’s amazing :p but just typical a new bundle would pop up XD! Ohwell ;p! Josiah Parsons Happy Birthday! two questions: a) What have you been playing on your shiny new Wii U, and b) What is your Miiverse username so I can friend you? Magnus Eriksson Happy birthday. Hope you will enjoy your Wii U. Carlos Webster Yup. you’re now in positive mode. jjbredesen He just got DK:TF so he will be for the next 2 days XD Magnus Eriksson Nah, had wait. Im pushing out a paper with too short deadline now. Have to wait two more weeks 🙂 jjbredesen Aw det suger 🙁 du får laste ned noen spel på steam da er jo ubisoft salg, masse som er 75% i dag og i morra. Shota he’s a nice guy overall Magnus Eriksson No, im not 😀 Shota XD Arthur Jarret And that’s why I like you, buddy! andrewjcole He’s a nice guy when… uh… gee. Capt. Smoker Trust me, you didn’t want this bundle, far better ones out there, happy birthday kiddo Lusunup Hey atleast I had earlier satisfaction when it launched in america…. who needs you’re bundles..:/ Josiah Parsons They’re a little late for the Olympics, but oh well. Magnus Eriksson Great example of balldropping Nintendo. This one should be out before the games, and not after. Daniel Gonzalez This certainly won’t help the Wii U at all. Maybe a bundle with SM3DW or DKC:TF would suffice. val berger could be successful, that’s why they aren’t considering that at all. jjbredesen Pretty muchs sums up Nintendo: http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/250×250/38455762.jpg readypembroke A 2014 holiday bundle for the Wii U would be awesome. It should have a deluxe Wii U with download codes for Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U would hopefully be a seller. sillybajillies maybe if they ADVERTISED THE GAME DURING THE OLYMPICS…… its been out for a few months but people would play it. just make a simple “Take the Olympics home with Mario and Sonic!” commercial and a few thousand ppl might buy a wii u and this game SP-937-215 Nintendoland should be a free pack-in like Wii Sports. steveb944 I want that Wiimote NintendoFan Saying that a Wii U Premium Pack which is a 32GB Wii U with Nintendo Land is available for £189.99 right now, the Mario and Sonic game is £20 and the Mario Wiimote is £37.30, you can get everything cheaper if you by it separately. val berger Nintendo isn’t that good at maths anyway. Tropical freeze Retail game is 10 bucks cheaper on Amazon than the Digital copy on the eShop. Nintendo just doesn’t understand this western prizing logic Eric Tropical Freeze is 49.96 on amazon and 49.99 on the eShop. So that makes it 3 cents cheaper, not $10. abe the console companies have agreements with retailers to sell the digital titles at RRP but they have free reign over promotional sales. NintendoFan In the UK Donkey Kong is £35 on Amazon and £40 on the E-shop. Capt. Smoker I payed £44.99 on ebay for mine on a preorder, wish I’d known it was gonna be that cheap, I’d of held out and bought it from a store Daniel Gonzalez That’s Nintendo for you. Capt. Smoker £299? for this terrible bundle?, what’s so special about it?, this is scandalous, I bet they think that the Mario remote makes it worth it, fat chance!, just a quick way of grabbing some money by putting no effort in, I don’t know how they are capable of being this stupid and this detached from the world public, I mean, why buy this?, why did they think anybody would buy this?, ps4 is only £50 more…. people will go for that, I don’t know what your smoking Iwata but be prepared to see the Wii U grind to a full halt, at these prices, you don’t deserve to make any money. Sdudyoy The UK needs more bundles, It is selling horrible there. Capt. Smoker The Wind Waker bundle sold well, for the UK anyway, we need more bundles like that Sam Not. Fair. Good thing I already have one. BEST THING EVER!!! Superstick98 Put Super Mario 3D World bundles! That game’s amazing! 🙂 Donaald Too little, too late: The History Of The Wii U Daniel Gonzalez Sounds about right. Magnus Eriksson I see you have talked with your mom now, and that you finally have accepted yourself as the nice boy you are. Im glad for you. A great step. Donaald I don’t feel like trolling today so you’re safe 🙂 Skelterz anyone think there just trying to get rid of existing wii motes by shoving a lick of paint on there. jjbredesen As much as i hate to say this they should release a Call of Duty Ghosts bundle, i know i know it’s cod, but it would get all the dudebro gamers to buy the console, again i know what i just said may sound stupid, but they should release a bundle with a 3rd party activision/EA type game, for the sales, not because the games are great but because it would sell! uptownsoul I get you point, BUT… I’ve always been of the mind that Nintendo’s home console isn’t worth getting for the first 2.5-3 years. Before you down vote me, think about this. The system itself will be cheaper, all the games from launch through 2014 will be cheaper, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, if there’s a drought 2.5-3 years from now I’m not affected (i’ll be playing ZombiU, W101, WW HD, 3D World, Kart, and Smash) Capt. Smoker I bought my Wii 2 years after launch, it had a great library and it was a cheap as hell, I have to agree with you on this, felt much better buying Fire emblem for £15 rather than £40 Arthur Jarret That goes for any system – not just Nintendo ones. jjbredesen I guess that makes sense, but it sort of goes for all systems. Brandon I dont think anybody would really buy this just because alot of gamers know the wii u pretty much sucks and have the option of a ps4 or xbox one, which play those games better and will have the dlc. Magnus Eriksson At least it could get EA interested to develope again… maybe Daniel Gonzalez You want more EA games on Wii U? I think the console has suffered enough. Magnus Eriksson EA support is the only thing that could have saved Wii U. I dislike them just as much as anyone else, but the lost support was all nails in the coffin at once. Capt. Smoker For Fifa and Madden maybe, despite limits… they always sold well on the Wii, really well even, as did the Need for speed games, I dislike EA for a lot of things, releasing broken games for one, openly going at great lengths to attack another company is another, I don’t blame them for abandoning ship, it’s not even that what bothers me, but to do it in the unprofessional manor that they did is inexcusable and unacceptable MetroidZero I agree. TheHaydenator Downvotes aren’t displayed anymore. jjbredesen That sucks!, i can still see them, if you look at the HTML source code of the downvote button, you can see the downvote count, as i write this comment the comment you responded to has 2 downvotes. Arthur Jarret I wish we could get a decent shooter instead, like a new Unreal Tournament. I’ve always enjoyed the online of Quake and Unreal far more than the twitch shooters that currently line the gamestore shelves. They really should make an online-enabled Geist sequel – with a survivor mode where anyone who gets killed turns into a ghost to try and kill other players (possessing grenades, recently deceased, turrets etc.) jjbredesen Yeah i agree, not played Unreal Tournement, but i am sick of all the fps’s that play almost 100% the same, my fav shooter of all time is TF2 and i still play it now, donno if you are much of a PC gamer, but for me Valve’s shooters are the best, don’t play CS games much anymore, but TF2, and L4D never get old. Arthur Jarret I’ve got over 500 PC games (officially, on disc… some on floppy, even) – but most of them are point ‘n click adventures (from Zork to Monkey Island 4), but I used to play a lot of Quake, first Unreal and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy online (esp. jedi academy due to the fun lightsaber battles, where every move could counter another if executed correctly). I used to be in clans with servers running heavy modifications – such as magic spells in the first quake (I actually helped program a petrification spell and a ‘lightning from above’ spell – we kept playing for a long time because with the OpenGL mod the first quake actually looked better than the second one), vehicle spawning in Jedi Academy (even vehicles not originally in the game… we often crashed the server when going over 20 vehicles, though) and a grapple-hook button meaning everyone would fly around the level with the push of a button. Haven’t played much lately, though – although I still enjoy TF2 on my PS3 (orange box is great) Magnus Eriksson Have an important questions to all fans. Nintendo is now about 16 months old, and havent sold very well. Many disagrees that it is dead, and that sales will pick up soon – if you just be a litlle patient. Thing is Ive heard people say this stuff from March 2013. “Just wait until may, its only been out for five months.” “Just wait until after E3, then the games will come, its only been out for seven months.” “Just wait until this holiday season, then games will come and sales pick up, its not been out for a whole year yet.” “Just wait until January, then DKCF will come out, and sales will pick up. Its only a year old.” And of course the Mario Kart edition “Just wait until May 30th 2014, then MK8 will come out and change everythin, its only been out for a year and eight months by then” …also there are those who talks about waiting until E3 this summer, or Smash Bros this autumn. But really? Do people really believe this, or is it just wishful thinking? What would it take for YOU to admit that Wii U have flopped, and could aswell be discontinued? Will you keep saying “Just wait until 2015/2016/2017 and so on”? Or will you say, “ok, if sales doesnt pick up now with DKCF I admit that Wii U is flopped”? Personally I was sure it would flop already in March 2013. Because by then it was obvious for me that N. really didnt have a plan with it. Capt. Smoker The system is dead and can’t recover, sick of hearing about how the 3DS recovered, The Wii U won’t be discontinued though, not as long as people are still buying it on a weekly basis, nobody is interested in the Wii U and it doesn’t matter what they bring out, because it’s just Nintendo games and nothing else, sorry to be a wet head but that’s the truth of things, I think we’ll see a new console 3-4 years from now, not that it matters, because it’ll be the same result, severely lacking Daniel Gonzalez Not sure if I’ll agree that the next console will be the same result, but I do agree that Wii U will be mostly Nintendo games and nothing else. For Nintendo diehards, that probably suits them fine. As for those who want a Wii U for both first and third party software, they’ll pass on it and purchase a Xbox One or PS4 instead. Capt. Smoker If Iwata still stands at the feet of the company, innovating anything useful is probably impossible, and I can’t see them ever being up to par again, that’s without mentioning that third party relationships between Nintendo and gaming companies right now is shot to pieces, The Wii U is a swell system for Nintendo fans and kids under age 10, for everybody else it’s a piece of crap, I hope by some miracle they find some success, but it’ll be some miracle. jjbredesen Sir, if i could upvote your post i would!!! So take my upvote in comment form: But yeah, i agree with you, but i have always said wait for MK8, nothing else, i have never said it will save Wii U, but it will make the system sell more, and then when Smash hits it will go a bit more up, if sales stay as they are after MK8 is out i believe Wii U is a floop, because MK has always been a game that has sold systems, and is Nintendo’s strongest game in term of sales, if we look at history, so if that can’t save the system, i think nothing can, and if there is still no change when Smash is out, i call it a big floop, it’s sold 6M+ and if its can’t sell more than 10M by the end of this year i will also call it a floop, reason i have said it will be ok, is because i think MK8 is what will make Wii U sell, again it will start a slow increase that will go up very slowly over the years, do i make any sense? I just like to wait untill the heavy hitters have been released before i call a console a flop. Wii U is underperforming and will not sell as much as PS4, or Xbone, but i think it will do better than Gamecube, if MK8 does what i think it will do, if not then it is a flop no question about it. Donno if that made any sense, but i tried XD Daniel Gonzalez Consider my upvote yours. jjbredesen Could not find a good thank you meme XD, but thanks lol, also take my upvote 😛 Daniel Gonzalez Appreciate the kindness. 🙂 uptownsoul My man, you missed a trio of “wait until” lines. What about: “Wait until Pikmin 3”, “Wait until Wonderful 101”, “Wait until Wind Waker HD” Rinslowe No matter how relevant you believe your point to be. Just work out if you think it adds to the question itself or misses the point altogether… It’s not an excuse to exercise the “anti”… Daniel Gonzalez It’s just wishful thinking mixed with optimism. Rather than being realists, most prefer to live in a bubble. I have no problem with anyone enjoying their Wii U and hope they have genuine fun with it. However, when it comes to Nintendo’s struggles right now, should we really sit here and think that Nintendo is gonna pull a Wii? I think it’s time for most fans to wake up and realize that it isn’t going to happen that way. If Mario Kart Double Dash couldn’t sell several million Gamecubes back in the 6th gen, what makes you think it’s going to happen here? Food for thought. Bottom line is, be happy with your console of choice and accept that Nintendo isn’t going to be the talk of the town this generation, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of Nintendo. Happy gaming. jrob23 As I look out the window and see a pig flying by…I am going to have to agree with you 100% Gabe Hoffman Nobody was saying Wii U would be another Wii. Whats wrong with being an optimist anyway? To me optimism and hope beats out negativity any day Rinslowe “To me optimism and hope beats out negativity any day” Well, it’s certainly more constructive… Capt. Smoker Nothing wrong with being optimistic in life, it’s a great thing, but business is business, and it’s not kind or pretty, it’ll take Iwata to step down and a remarkable business man who knows the global market off the back of his hand to save the system, Iwata is stubborn and won’t reach out to make things happen again. Rinslowe I think putting all the blame on to one man, is unrealistic. Certainly for an enterprise of Nintendo’s size… Absolutely, Iwata is the man that will be judged accountable at the end of the day. That comes with the territory. But there are other players within Nintendo that have been there for many years in various positions and with various connections of their own, who are likely making an easy transition to positive change a difficult task. I think it would be a genuinely difficult thing to bring about change in Nintendo at this point, for any talented MD/ CEO… Capt. Smoker Seeing Nintendo’s name dragged so often through the mud like this is the mark of a man doing a disgraceful job, ruining a great name that isn’t up to standards right now, there’s so much he could do with the system and he’s not doing anything, no communication with anybody, I understand what your saying and I agree with you, but it really is his job to get these things right, I don’twanna see my favourite company go down this dark path anymore. Rinslowe Roger that. Daniel Gonzalez Wasn’t implying that optimism was such a horrible thing. Though to be honest, too much of it, isn’t really healthy either and does tend to make one get caught up in wishful thinking. It’s why I put them in the same sentence, because they basically go hand in hand. Basically, everyone has a different way of approaching things, and I prefer to tread softly in it. Magnus Eriksson Nintendo said so. They even said it would do better than the Wii. And I have a memory of an elephant, I remember being on this very page saying that Wii U would sell about the same as GCN. This was early 2013, and man the hate I got then. People said that I should commit suicide, that I was a fag who lived in my grandmas basement, was raped by my parents and deserved to die. So yeah, people have said that, and went crazy atm the Wii U was criticized for reasonable things. Capt. Smoker Nintendo need criticizing, so much to the point they actually address something and fix it, ignore the fanboy army, there not helping anybody, except maybe Nintendo to avoid being made accountable for this mess. Rinslowe I don’t think many people believe it to be a genuine flop “yet” or that it will be discontinued… Actually I use the Wii U for lite web browsing almost every night. I’ve got a decent amount of titles for it and am completely sold on the gamepad for what it does. However, between now and end of May to see only one real system seller release is not Nintendo turning around a certain lack of titles for 2014 “so far”. Definitely, it is more than possible that the titles confirmed for this year already – begin releasing after a big reveal during or around E3 and I think we’ll see Smash before then. But, that is a lot of pressure to perform from a defensive position yet again, despite promises to address 2014 releases in a timely and consistent fashion. “THE” no’ one issue Nintendo faces as of right now is a lack of clear communication to it’s fans, the media and everyone else with an interest in their console – analysts, investors or shareholders etc… I think keeping us all in the dark on their road-map for this year is not projecting strength or confidence in any way. And it is actively damaging their bottom line in the process. Nintendo needs to start leading it’s supporters, fans and platform owners with a clear and concise flow of information. Lay out exact dates for their directs and leverage the potential from controlling their own hype. Include at least the basics of what will feature in those directs and granted it would be acceptable to include a few surprises – everyone loves those. And finish up by providing expected launch windows for titles already confirmed up to the month of intended release, including those titles coming from first/ second party studios like; Monolith Soft/ Retro Studios. As well as close partners like Platinum Games (for Bayo 2) and of course Shin’en Mulitmedia etc… Basically, whatever information they have the most control over, they need to start utilising a little common sense in Marketing 101. Cause we’re not seeing that happen yet… Bayo 2 is perhaps their strongest third party title this year and funded by themselves as a system exclusive. Giving a relative release date for one region early, while being more than a little vague on “everywhere” else seems mindbogglingly dense to me. So yeah, genuine question gets a genuine reply. I think expecting Wii U to improve after such and such title releases is one way to look at it. But ultimately I believe that all it requires by Nintendo to start bringing confidence back is in being more in control with their information. And ready & willing to share that information in a way that everyone can relate to, not just their loyal fan-base (which includes me btw). Wii U is close to or greater than 6m strong as of today. That’s a bonafide community. No-one in that community or otherwise deserves to be in the dark at this point. Capt. Smoker It took me 2 smokes to get through reading this, and I gotta say, I agree with it all pal. they need a guy like you at the helm, that’s the kind of fresh thinking that could have prevented such dismal sales and a poor outlook for not just the Wii U but Nintendo as a company as well. Rinslowe My apologies for the novel. I certainly don’t deserve the sentiment either. Being at the helm of a company like Nintendo would be too great a burden for my current level… 🙂 Thanks though. Capt. Smoker No need to apologize, just take the compliment, reading all that, it shows great passion from you for the games company you love, most comments I read are simplistic crap, yours however, top notch and well thought out. Rinslowe It’s very true, that the last thing I would want to accept is Nintendo giving up on themselves through apathy. I hope they find their voice again soon… Capt. Smoker That’s always been a worry for me, they seem content to be last place, rather than aim for the stars to be the best, and with all the third party everybody gets, they could be Rinslowe Yeah it really is a conundrum. Cause there are very few titles directly from the house of Nintendo that don’t belong among the stars, so to speak. SM3DW is just magic. WWHD such a wonderful vision reborn, IMO… But their ground game is terrible and right now Sony’s looking at grappling them in a ground and pound free for all – in Japan no less. Well, it’s time for a BBQ and a beer… 🙂 Capt. Smoker I had such a magical time last year with my Nintendo games, Fire emblem for 3DS, Pikmin 3, W101, 3D World, WWHD etc on the Wii U, if they had all the same 3rd party support, they’d destroy any console in it’s path, surely such a simple remedy shouldn’t be this hard for them to apply Magnus Eriksson “I think keeping us all in the dark on their road-map for this year is not projecting strength or confidence in any way. And it is actively damaging their bottom line in the process.” This is probably their greatest problem. Its a very important point. I think they should invite us to see what they are doing – if they are doing anything. What makes me scared is that it seems like they actually are not doing anything at all. They are not doing things that could gain confidence at all. They have kept on trickling out Virtual Console games at an extremely slow pace, at the same time they are not able to support the console with a steady flow of games. If they had done something like “we are sorry that its a bit dry at the moment, therefore we want to give you the opportunity to play some diamonds and pearls from the back catalogue while you wait.”, that would make us fans a bit less impatient. Instead its like they dont care. That makes me wonder if they just sees the Wii U as a burden, and rather want us not to play it than actually do. Many of the games on 3DS I suspect was originally intended for Wii U, but got moved over for the handheld instead (Luigis Mansion for example). But digression… They should tease us more instead of less, either with marketing or teasers from games they are developing. Good response from you as always btw 🙂 Rinslowe I think ultimately for Iwata and his team, leading the company through to today as far as Wii U is concerned – has been an extremely complicated environment. They have been stuck in a very complicated juggling act on where and how to utilise their resources and have been far too reluctant to face this truth. Trying to passively please everybody… Even if they let us know the facts, the titles, the development schedules and so on, it would go a long way to placating much of the current negative speculation. Of course, just fronting up with the situation as it is, is not a catalyst in and of itself for positive change. They would still need to create multiple focus groups on each step – relaying information back and forth between many departments in ensuring that before they communicate their method of change, they are as a collective ready with the right internal mechanisms to regulate, collate, interpret and distribute that information with oversight to guarantee that change happens. Unfortunately that takes real motivation at the top, effort, support and experienced teams working together among all the projects and what not already in motion. I just don’t know how they’re gonna get to that better place, but I’m not about to put my faith in “next time, next week or next month” etc.. As much as I’m not about to throw the towel in on Nintendo or Wii U either. Perhaps rather selfishly, if at the end of the day I only get those first party titles then I’ll be satisfied. Lets face it, they’re likely to be great great experiences. But it’s not a lot of fun as a fan seeing Nintendo recoil into themselves like a gentle introverted giant. When they should be out there confident and strong, strengthening their legacy… NyallJodhan I’m not sure releasing a development schedule would help the console. That would appease the current owners, for sure. But then those sitting on the fence would just say, oh, let’s wait some more. This what they are doing is showing the sales power their various brands have. I simply think that marketing, or lack of it, is the issue. btw…typing on the gamepad ain’t half as bad as I thought it would be! Rinslowe I agree, showing just a production schedule is not enough in any case. Andinfinitely very small part of the effort required in controlling or leveraging their own flow of information. Nintendo directs are their greatest tool to use right now. And the closest thing they have to a readily available mechanism to provide that information. But it’s so much more than just a production schedule… They need to sit down and get surgical with their entire production. To know exactly how and when to release what information to gain the best advantage in terms of exposure. And be open to follow on discussion based on what they lead with in their directs with the media. Because becoming closed to the media was a terrible idea. Only if you’re not properly prepared will that aspect feel out of control. And Nintendo in that sense is exactly that. They need to utilise their directs not just to relay schedules to the fans, but to really influence every aspect of their operation and titles and then follow on by engaging the media along their predefined topics. And that would require genuine effort across the board, if you can catch what I’m getting at. Then of course there’s traditional styles of marketing which they can use infinitely more wisely, which they’re not… But my point was more so potentially aimed at what they have available to them now, something that is also cost effective and addresses the needs of both fans/ consumers and investors/ shareholders etc… 504HotBoy Well said man! I agree 100% jrob23 I have defended the Wii U for too long. I officially deemed it D.O.A. after this last Nintendo Direct. To me, if they don’t ‘get it’ by now, they never will. I love the Wii U. I think it has the best games of any system not named 3DS these last 16 months and I enjoyed my time with it. But when the didn’t announce any new IPs, show a Zelda trailer, or at least announce Metroid or F-Zero were in the works, it proved to me that I can just as easily wait until xmas 2015 and get it again on the cheap, with hopefully the games I want. I took this opportunity to sell at almost cost. So I played it basically for free. I now am playing my library of Wii games and will probably pick up a PS4 later this year. Nintendo is kinda clueless re the Wii U. It should have launched with SM3W, it should have announced Mario Kart at last year’s E3 with Holiday 2013 release bundle. It shouldn’t have delayed DKTF. Smash should have been coming out this May instead of Kart. And we should already have release dates for X, announcements for Zelda and Metroid. This has been a major failure. I really don’t think the Wii U will sell 20-25 million consoles before they are forced to move on. It’s all their fault too. The name, lack of marketing, slow software support. Such a shame because the Wii U rocks. Capt. Smoker As big of a N fan as I am, I would have thrown my Wii U under a bus if I could, but the little one loves it too much, for kids, there games are replayable on a daily basis, no other console ever really had/has that on offer, just Nintendo consoles, you’ve got a long wait for those games you mentioned, I’d of sold my Wii U just to spare me the disappointment from having to wait so long for these games, I give them until the end of the year to turn it round, if they can’t take this year to do that, forget about it, the Wii U will be a lost cause jrob23 I think the problem is that we as fans, keep saying that the turnaround is right around the corner. Like many have said..wait till E3…wait till Holidays..wait till the next Direct. As each come and pass we are left disappointed. I’d love to be wrong, and watch E3 and have them announce Zelda for Holiday 2014. Metroid for Spring 2015…new IP coming summer 2015. But my guess, is they will show Zelda with a Spring (lol..most likely May) 2015 release. They will show short teaser of a new IP and/or Metroid but no footage and ‘coming 2015’…and mostly they will show X, Bayonetta 2, and Yarn Yoshi. Everyone will be pissed and nothing will have changed. Come late 2015 is when I will most likely buy the Wii U again. By then it’ll be even cheaper. At least it gives me a year and a half to get through my wii and 3ds games. Capt. Smoker Funny, I’ve been playing on Wii mode a lot more lately, and my 2DS has seen a lot of action too, outside of DK, I’ve had nothing to play on the Wii U, except Dr Luigi, I play that every morning with my coffee, and of course, my first smoke of the day, I have to agree with you on everything you’ve said, I feel all upcoming directs will direct us to nothing more than new footage of games they had shown before launch and last year, there’s only 3 games I’m looking forward to really, Zelda, Metroid, and hopefully a non cross over Fire emblem, not saying the Shin megami part will be bad but I don’t see how it’s going to cross over without some fucked up bizarre story that ruins the Fire emblem setting, as much as I look forward to the rest, such as X and Bayonetta 2, I’ve waited too long for it and Nintendo have beat there games to death by constantly showing tiny bit after tiny bit of footage, I’m sure I’ll enjoy them but I’m not excited for them anymore, I bet Nintendo will skip E3 again this year, probably too ashamed to face the public and explain all this bullshit. 504HotBoy I totally agree. Another thing that bothers me, is that they released rehashes of games that were available on Wii & 3DS. I was disappointed with the releases of New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World, DKC: Tropical Freeze, etc. Their all great games, but I would have preferred an all new Mario title with new gameplay elements. Mario 64, to Sunshine, to Galaxy, they all played and introduced something new. I know a lot of people who were turned off by those rehashes on Wii U. I totally agree with Rinslowe as well, how Nintendo leaves it’s fans in the blind. They have titles they can show, but choose not too. Not realizing that’s hurting them. People want to know games are coming, people want to be up to date on what’s going on. They focus way too much on 3DS and Wii U needs more of their attention. In all honesty it doesn’t bother me as much as it does others, because I have multiple consoles and when there is a drought on one I play the other and switch back and forth. Either way, they need to get a clue, cause they’re totally clueless on what they’re doing over there. Lord Carlisle I’ll come to the conclusion that it has flopped if Mario Kart and Smash Bros. haven’t done anything for it. Rinslowe The name Lord Carlisle with a picture of Willy Wonker is pure genius IMO. 🙂 Lord Carlisle Why’s that? I don’t understand what you mean. Rinslowe There was a title given out only three times named “Lord of Carlisle” or “Earl of Carlisle”. And passed on by chosen succession. I guess interpretation is up for anyone’s guess on the recipients of that title. But the image of Willy Wonker and the story just seemed genius in comparison to that history… Mithiragi Yeah if nothing changes after those 2 titles are released, I don’t see any other game being able to help the Wii U’s sales, not even Zelda. MK and SSB are bigger and produce more sales than Zelda, especially MK. Brandon Olson If Mario Kart and Smash Bros. can’t fix anything, I’ll have lost faith in gaming humanity. As a future owner of a PS4 and Xbox One (when the games get released), it saddens me that Nintendo is looked at as a “wtf no” console to the “hardcore” crowd. What the hell happened? And no, underpowered hardware isn’t the reason. Advertising has been abysmal, I’ve come to find and admit to. But otherwise? This console is fantastic. Saddens me that there’s a chance that the Wii U will wind up ultimately flopping just because it’s not a brobox for the shooter/realistic crowd. val berger what the hell happened? as if it was any different during the past few gens of Nintendo consoles. Sure, the gap between Nintendo and SonySoft has never been that big, but it has always been there. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That gap made it possible for the Wii to grow that successful. The WiiU is just running so bad, because Nintendo really thinks they still got any chances with their former fans who already got converted to apostles of the SonySoft-Church, which just won’t be happening. Nintendo is good at delivering their Nintendo-stuff and Sony & Microsoft are good at delivering their stuff. Nintendo doing a Sony is just as ridiculous as Sony trying to go for family-casualgames. Rick van der Linde It did flop, but not for me. I only buy a Nintendo console for the Nintendo IP’s and I’m still not 100% done with SM3DW, but yeah, it did flop. Fierce-Deity Link hmm.. well, so long as the wii u is profitable then it doesn’t need to sell amazingly like the wii did.. it’d be nice but it doesn’t have to.. it could pull a gc and most fans would be content.. as far as it being discontinued.. it would be asinine for nintendo to do that cause it would piss off its fanbase… if mk and ssb dont do much for it then it will be gc number 2 which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.. Magnus Eriksson If the console is profitable now we have been cheated somewhere. jjbredesen Can asure you, Wii U is not a profit for Nintendo, they are loosing money on it, it costs more to manufatur it than it costs to buy it, so a consumer must buy 4 games for them to make a profit. Arthur Jarret It’s not a virtual boy, at least. I actually quite enjoy Nintendo’s flops. Their policies ensure they will keep supporting their system anyway. With all third party support leaving they will have to support the system with games themselves. Last time they had to do that, we got the gamecube’s library. Magnus Eriksson Not yet. But with a few more games it MIGHT reach up to be as good as the Virtual Boy. Arthur Jarret Just wait until May 30th 2014, then MK8 will come out and change everything, its only been out for a year and eight months by then. C4 After its release we can complain about a 4 month drought again… jjbredesen You currently have 4 downvotes, so there are still blind fanboys, can’t find out who has downvotes, but i can still see how many downvotes a comment has in the source code of Disqus. C4 I can only say that I bought more games for Wii U then for other consoles during the last 12 months and I already own more then Wii games (I have all which I consider as must haves, maybe except one or two) Why doesn’t it sell? Why does the PS4 sell without almost any good exclusive games (don’t get me wrong I like the PS4 as well) ? There’s not an easy explanation for these things. For me personally I spend almost 50% of my play time with RPG and racing so obviously not on Wii U for those games, but I know that was to expect. If you ask me (I know it sounds stupid, as it’s so easy to say it retropective 😛 ) the moment they dropped the GameCube they were into huge trouble. Somehow the Wii and DS however picked up huge mainstream and casual success for a short period of time. But the issues remain, Nintendo alone must support the console and not many people buy consoles for platformers, Mario or some of the other IPs. While looking at the PS4 it is at least a very solid package for the foreseeable future wether you prefer games from Sony, EA, Activision, SE or Capcom. It’s pretty much a given even before its launch that it gets support by most 3rd parties wether japanese or western. In Wii Us case the worst case sceario is a hand full of excellent Nintendo exclusives but that obviously isn’t enough to drive sales. For me it sounds not so bad though. GC, N64 are worth owning for 1st Parties alone, Wii and 3DS I almost exclusively own only 1st Party games. Long story short, I do believe too that in theory Nintendo would be able solve most apparent problems, regular releases, and 3rd party support if they moneyhat some of their projects. If that drives sales, well, that’s another topic nobody can say what will sell for sure 🙂 Magnus Eriksson I think you are right. People might get their eyes open for Wii U after its discontinued, because it have some 10-20 very good titles. The same was with N64 in a way. I had it back then, but I only realized haw good it was a long time later. rp17 Remember ReVen? Their kickstarter ends today (they have a Paypal for after it ends). They added a new gameplay video to show things like mining and stuff (Sorta like Terraria). https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/variagames/reven Gabe Hoffman Why did I not figure that this comments section would become filled with doom posts Daniel Gonzalez Cause we love to irritate you and predicted one person would bring it up.(sarcasm) Nathan C. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft: Always releasing good bundles AFTER you buy the system. Cold Heat They should have started selling this a couple of months ago – everywhere! Mario Um… Aren’t they a little late? SP-937-215 Oh yeah, I saw when they unveiled this on Youtube. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLu7l_ZUJY Jeremy Jones You people are too negative lol Daniel Gonzalez You say it like it’s a bad thing. 🙂 Screamin Mime Should had that bundle BEFORE the Olympics started! C4 That, and have it available in countries which are into winter sports. Gustaf Molin Mario & Sonic the the Olympic Games is a really, really BAD game. So this not a good move from Nintendo. starwars360 Nintendo will bringing Mario Kart 8 bundle around time for MK 8 release. I am sure. WiiUPS4 Now this really awesome http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPY2ZzPkeN8 Rinslowe Am I wrong for liking that? Seriously? ZZ Top in a baseball cap with the voice of an 8 bit angelic? Lol…. Um. PatcherStation A disaster at £299. It doesn’t matter what the Wii U is packed with, most will not part with £299. It proves that Nintendo can’t move away from price points ranging from £249 to £299. And we all know that the Gamepad is the main reason why the Wii U is too expensive. Somehow, Nintendo needs a £199 pack with a game, but Nintendo Land turned out to be quite poor. I would’ve settled for the Wii U with a standard controller (Gamepad sold separate) and no game, if the packaged game was Nintendo Land. I suppose Nintendo will always have to pack the Wii U with a Gamepad.