Nintendo have been hit with a body blow after it emerged that retail giant Asda (owned by Walmart) will no longer sell any Wii U consoles, games and accessories.
ASDA pull all Wii U products
ASDA is the U.K.’s second largest grocer store and the news that it has decided to suspend the sale of all Wii U products may be worrying sign for Nintendo as it tries desperately to get the Wii U consolidated as a viable platform for gamers and publishers alike.
The Walmart owned store is also not stocking any 3DS systems in-store or online. This is despite the fact it is still reselling the ageing Xbox 360 and PS3 which the 3DS is currently outselling.
Nintendo have declined to comment on the move, instead releasing a positive statement looking to the future.
“Nintendo UK does not comment on specific business practices with individual retailers. However, as we have seen with Nintendo 3DS, software sells hardware, and with titles such as Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World already announced for this year as well as the recently released Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U having reached number 2 and number 6 in this week’s chart respectively, we are looking forward to the year ahead on Wii U.”
Nintendo chief accepts blame for poor sales
With the console struggling to gain a foothold in the market and becoming a viable platform for game publishers to develop and release titles on, Nintendo’s chief executive has accepted some of the blame for the console’s woes.
“Because we’re always trying to be unique, it takes some energies on our side to [make] people understand the real attractions about whatever we are doing,” Iwata explained in June.
“We have been unsuccessful in coming up with one single software with which people can understand, ‘OK, this is really different,” he continued.
The recent release of Pikmin 3 has once again strengthened the sales of the console and Nintendo will hope that after more strong first party titles are released the Wii U can once again gain some sort of momentum.
Third-party developers wary with the future may be bright for the Wii U
Thus far, third-party publishers have been restrained regarding their approach to the console. Activision blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has expressed his concern at the Wii U’s sale figures but this has not stopped them announcing six new titles including the upcoming Call of Duty Ghosts for the Nintendo console.
Ubisoft have also expressed their support for the console despite the unprofitable Zombie U with EA have no game is currently in development for the Wii U.
Nintendo are set to spearhead a resurgence for their lagging console with a flurry of first party blockbuster titles including a new 3D Mario for the end of the year.
So what do you guys think? Is there any games that you are excited about for Nintendo’s console or is it all bad news for the Wii U?