Wii U Price Cut “Without Compelling Software Will Produce Nothing” – Nintendo France

A price cut is no substitute for good games according to Philippe Lavoué.

Posted By | On 30th, Mar. 2013 Under News

Despite the recent increase in sales, the Wii U hasn’t exactly been setting the market on fire like its predecessor. Many developers and analysts suggested a price cut to improve the odds but Nintendo isn’t having anything of it.

Speaking to Gamekult, Nintendo France’s Philippe Lavoué stated that it was more about the games. “Our belief is that sales react to the games lineup. Lowering the price, without any compelling software will produce nothing. Our responsibility is to provide a solid games catalogue.”

He gave the 3DS as an example. “When we lowered the 3DS model price, it didn’t have the effect we wished for. We only had a good improvement during half a month and then sales went back to the levels they were at before.

“What helped the 3DS at the end of its first year was titles like Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Tennis Open and Super Mario 3D Land. New Super Mario Bros. 2 sales have been phenomenal.

“Price isn’t the only lever that we can use to drive sales.”

Let’s hope titles like the next Mario, Super Smash Bros and Zelda are, then.

Source: NeoGAF

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      +10, man.
      And the worst thing is, Wii u buyers should be moaning and shouting out loud, for showing they’re not happy with the situation: high price, expensive touch controler ,only one gamer can enjoy playing with the nice controller, the others won’t have the same experience, barely no 3rd party support, shitty lineup, very few games announced, first games not that great, ports well below the originals, Nintendo hits only coming at the end of the year, rushed console, weak hardware that will totally be blown away when the ps4 and x720, with killzone shadow fall-destiny-deep down like games will be released, no bluray video support, no nintendo-super Nintendo support, no external USB drive video playback support, mkvs, etc etc etc, instead of saying ‘ hey, dear Nintendo, were not happy with the situation’, instead, they keep saying the Wii u is the most powerful console ever made, the lineup is-was excellent, the ports are superior, zombiu looks much better than the upcoming the last of us, on the ps3, the Wii u hardware is amazing and will make better games than the ps4, are OK to waiting one year for the next Mario, and they claim they don’t need third party support or games, Mario,kart,Zelda,monster hunter,xenoblade and Luigi being all they need, until the next Wii u2 is released, in 2015. Sure, acting like this won’t force Nintendo to do more than they are doing/did so far.

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      With a huge lineup, even the huge Japanese market that skipped the ps3, will be getting a ps4 day one.

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  • William Cole

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