According to one of UK’s biggest names at games retail, which talked under the condition of anonymity with MCV, a drastic action is needed to save the Wii U.
The retailer said that Mario Kart 8 could help alleviate the short-term issues surrounding Nintendo’s console, but it also added that it could be its “last chance”…
Nintendo issued a profit warning after sales of its console fell significantly short of target. 2.8m Wii Us were sold worldwide last year, missing its quota by 6.2m.
“A sub-£200 machine will help, and Mario Kart is desperately needed to reach the fans,” said the games boss of one of the UK’s biggest retailers. “We also need something revolutionary that makes use of the second screen and has mainstream appeal, which is easier said than done.”
The top buyer at one online games store added: “There is only one real last chance for Wii U and it is Mario Kart 8. It could still be the game that sparks interest in Wii U, but it would need to be combined with a more mass market retail price.”
A games exec at a mass market outlet added: “£199 and Mario Kart 8. Simple.”
Despite the poor numbers, UK trade figures believe Nintendo has a plan.
Xbite boss Steve Thomas said: “Nintendo will have something up its sleeves that again will add a new dimension to gaming.”