We're nearly two weeks away from the Nintendo Switch, and no matter how it ultimately fares, it's already surpassed the Wii U in one key area: Marketing. And unlike the Wii U, people actually know it exists.
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Last week, Super Smash Bros. 4 legend Gonzalo Barrios ("ZeRo") declared that Bayonetta is the best character in the game right now. Since early last year, Bayonetta has gone from a despised, over-powered monster to a big question mark and, now, apparently, a balanced but elite pick.
Yesterday's Nintendo financial report revealed that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U sold 3.43 million fewer copies than the same game on the 3DS. It's a surprising discrepancy considering that Smash 4 is the franchise's first handheld incarnation and the game has traditionally been played on a home console.
Last spring, Kotaku reported Wii U production was slated to end "soon" for Japan. And as of yesterday, we can say it's officially finished.
Although Super Smash Bros Melee closed out this weekend's Genesis 4 with a bang, a cloud of controversy hangs over the tournament due to rule complications during the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U finals. The competitors most affected are looking for answers and, perhaps most surprisingly, compensation for the match errors they encountered.
By most people's reckoning — and ways a reckoning in this business can be determined — the Wii U has been a failure. Whether you look at its sales, the number of "classic" Nintendo titles it was home to or even just general brand awareness, it's been a bust. But what do we know? We're just stupid adults.