This Week In The Business: 'Nintendo Has Set Up The Wii U For Failure.'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "Nintendo has set up the Wii U for failure." — Dan Hsu, editor in chief of GamesBeat, talking along with journalists and analysts about the mixed critical reception to the Nintendo's launch of the Wii U.

STAT | $US500 million — Amount that Call of Duty: Black Ops II generated in its first 24 hours of release worldwide; Activision says it's the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row.

QUOTE | "The next generation of young gamers is definitely being raised on tablets." — Greg Harper, general manager, Supercell North America, talking along with other developers about the future of tablets as a mass market gaming platform.

QUOTE | "The THQ of today possesses little of value, either in IP, brand equity, or intrinsic core competency in its business." — Jon Kimmich, CEO of Software Illuminati, along with other industry insiders talking about what THQ could possibly do to revive its business.

QUOTE | "For next-generation [console games] the buzz is much more 'game as a service, continued content'." — Joe Minton, co-founder of Digital Development Management, talking about what kind of games are coming for next-gen consoles.

STAT | 50 million — Number of Steam users so far, according to Sega VP of digital distribution John Clark; some five million users are playing concurrently

QUOTE | "You'd be hard-pressed to find many funds looking at console gaming as an investment opportunity." — Bram Sugarman, venture capitalist, talking about why mobile and free-to-play games are drawing major investments now.

QUOTE | "It was draining and upsetting — a tough time in the company." — Rockstar VP Dan Houser talking about the studio's legal trouble over the Hot Coffee sexual minigame inside Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

STAT | Five million — Number of Russians playing Crytek's free-to-play Warface FPS; the game attracted one million registered users in its first week.

QUOTE | "Perhaps the backlash starts with the perception of greed and pan-handling." — Rob Fahey, former editor of, talking about the criticism of high-profile Kickstarters from industry vets David Braben and Peter Molyneux.

STAT | 10 per cent — Percentage of Windows Phone gamers that spend more than $US25 per month (called "whales"); this is far higher than the for per cent a month common on both iOS and Android.

STAT | Six million — Number of 3DS handhelds Nintendo has sold in the US so far; Nintendo has sold over 22 million worldwide.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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    The thing has been out in the US for like... a week? My god... Please... A failure? It's SOLD OUT in the US and the UK.. and from I was told by my EB Games here, they are almost sold out and wont see any until March.

      'Set-up for failure' does not mean it's a 'failure'.

        no, but its already presumed to be.

    The wii u may be sold out, but it doesn't mean it isn't a failure... like cod. And anyway, this usually happens to next gen consoles (like when the PS3 and Xbox 360 first came out), when they sold out.

      But Call of Duty isn't a failure.

        The same shit over and over... year, it fails. its just a pitty there are so many sheepal who keep laying it cos its new.

      PS3 only should out in US because 40% of their stock was delayed. Not sure about Japan but it didn't sell out anywhere else. Not every console sells out.

    This is some ridiculous stock market rat bullshit right here. They want to believe in a tablet gaming Nirvana and they will be sorely disappointed. Me, I'm going to grab some Sony shares while they are inthe toilet. Ps4 will bee right there with xbox720 as a gaming staple. People working in media desperately want this to be true but until tablet computers have the power of a wii at least, tablets won't be a gaming heaven. Its also a problem if time: just because we have a portable game doesn't mean we want to game.

    I think the WiiU can fail while making Nintendo a boatload of money; it can fail strategically, for instance, where Nintendo intends for the machine to be popular in a particular market and it's doesn't. The Wii was only a qualified success for Nintendo, for instance: it sold truckloads, but it was supposed to attract core consumer support and never really did.

    We'll see: I'm skeptical of the WiiU but Nintendo Network impressed the hell out of me. It's a smart alternative to Xbox Live that offers something Microsoft can't, which buys Nintendo time to get missing features up and running.

    In 2 years time the Wii U will be little more than a vehicle for First party titles and Smartphone/Tablet ports (ARM based devices will be just as powerful by then).

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