The Wii U is struggling. Big time. To the point where Satoru Iwata is openly admitting that work needs to be done. But surprisingly, despite the lack of Wii Us in the wild, the games themselves seem to be shifting at a decent rate.
Super Mario 3D World — 1.94 million New Super Mario Bros. U — 3.89 million New Super Luigi U — 1.51 million Wii Party U — 1.24 million The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD — 1.15 million
Super Mario 3D World has only been out for a couple of months. Those are some pretty big numbers. And Wind Waker? Did anyone really expect a HD remake of a decade old game released on a console that's basically bombing to shift over a million? Those are some insane numbers.
It all but confirms that the vast majority of Wii U owners are early adopting Nintendo fans, as opposed to the broader market Nintendo roped in with the original Wii. But it also suggests that (relatively) cheaply produced HD remakes might be a good way to go in the future for the Wii U. Wind Waker in HD is, for my money, the best looking game I've ever played. I'd kill for a Metroid Prime remake. I'd kill for a Mario Sunshine remake. If the Wii U is going to be the GameCube of this generation, might as well go the full hog.