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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has publicly admitted the Wii’s momentum has slowed and that a failure to deliver any decent games has soured the public to the console.

His statements were made after the company had to announce a 58% drop in net profits and a 43% drop in Wii sales…

Along with the nosediving sales, he frankly admitted the Wii was having difficulties:

“The Wii has lost momentum. We’ve been unable to keep introducing good software, and the favourable mood towards the console has cooled.”

In April he admitted that “the Wii’s position is perilous,” but it seems he has done nothing much in the mean time to rectify matters.

The recent Wii price cut, made in response to the PS3 Slim’s release, did have a positive effect on hardware sales, but this does not disguise the fact that the most notable Wii title of late is nothing but a remake of a 25-year-old Mario game – possibly Nintendo will have to do better than rehashed fitness games and remade “classics” if it wishes to compete with compelling line-ups from Microsoft and Sony…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Combination of;
    - Stupidly high price for last gen hardware
    - Severve lack of 'proper' games
    - The 'wow' factor of motion controls has faded, leaving people to realize they just don't work as good as traditional controller methods

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 07/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think a Wii is worth it for Nintendo's games, especially since I can't get none of Shiggy's games on my 360 or PS3. If I have to waggle to play the newest Zelda, Mario, Smash Bros., Metroid, or (hopefully someday) Donkey Kong then I will.

    Comment by Guumii
    09:55 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Iwata....
    This can all be fixed if you stop being selfish
    and let someone publish FF4 in the Us.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    09:21 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they make a snuff game where you use the Wii-mote to
    inflict and interact, then I am very sure it will top the sales of the 360 and PS3...

    It might also help if you can snuff lolis, shotas, and the occasional MILF and hot Bishounens...

    *sigh*

    But I won't be seeing that happening in my lifetime...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii is a complete shit, it only sold a lot because there are that many idiots around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if they had actually put more effort into the development of the Wii int he first place.....;_;

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    Comment by motaku96
    12:47 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone that wants a wii to play wii fit already owns one. No good games gives it a short shelf life.

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    Comment by motaku96
    12:48 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    except for muramasa of course.

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    Comment by istuffedsunny
    11:12 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This site would be so much better if you guys chose not to cover this ridiculous console war bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This.
    I find console war bullshit has little to do with schoolgirl tentacle rape.

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    07:44 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i pretty much concur on all points here. wii has a lot of potential but their game selection blows. haven't touched mine since dokapon kingdom (sic).

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YESSSSS KILL THE WII!!! LONG LIVE PS3/360!!!

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    Comment by YuriG
    08:02 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't like this generation anyways. It was shit to begin with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    People finally realised that waggling your cock is a million times more fun than waggling on a wii

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THIS IS MADNESS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It should start by stop saying no to all those good games

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just to be a meanie: WE TOLD YOU SO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii is dying, Xbox360 is dead, PS3 wins

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh really? Whose fault is that, Nintendo? That's right, yours. You didn't make enough of an effort to pull third parties over to your side or make the Wii an enticing enough platform to develop games on. It's purely a last gen console. Suck on it.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    03:05 01/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I hate to admit it (I'm a Nintendo fangirl, after all) I've got to agree. I recently went through a list of RPGs, Strategy RPGs, and other such things to make a list of games to get once I have a wii. I couldn't even find a dozen games between the five or six genres I searched that weren't remakes or ports which interested me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 01/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never once in the interview did they say the Wii has "No decent games". That's just a phrase auto-generated in video game articles that are not about the PS3. It's just the logic of Sony's company whore squad, er, I mean Sankaku Complex.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Just how would you like us to believe it is best translated then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Iwata: "Wii has lost Momoentum" is all that is needed, and factual for that matter.

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    Comment by ドラゴン
    07:49 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new system is in the works, right? I thought i remembered hearing that..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 01/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since I enjoy playing games like Muramasa while waiting for other great games like Fragment I don't care about the sales. Did you ever care about sales the sales of Dreamcast when you were playing games like Ikaruga and Shenmue? If your answer is yes, then you don't know how to really enjoy videogames.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was obviously too interested in finding out where sailors hung out in shenmue than the sales of a system. Anyways, I honestly agree that the dreamcast had so many awesome games, it's a shame that it segas marketing screwed it over.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's true SEGA just doesn't seem to care anymore about a high quality product. They know what the SEGA fanbase wants; Streets of Rage, Guardian Heroes, Alien Soldier, Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue, Shinobi, Panzer Dragoon and last but sure as hell not lease Gunstar Heroes. Some of the best shit I ever played from SEGA seemingly forgotten by the higher ups of the company because they think it won't sell. If any of those games get a modern update it'll sell even if SEGA marking department screws it over because the fans will speak the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there really anything wrong for enjoying the Wii just for the Nintendo games? They are pretty good

    You get your money's worth anyway.

    For now, Nintendo wins with their cheap consoles and substantially larger profit margins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 07/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii gets some games with high production values... No More Heroes, Tales of Graces, Monster Hunter 3, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories come to mind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I respect Nintendo for actually admitting something like this.

    Let's sit back and watch how they plan to get back on track..

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii has good games, non-gamer HD fans just ignore them and Wii owners pirate them.

    The Wii needs to die so the industry can crumble, worst fucking generation ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need to reinstate the Nintendo Seal of Quality. They need draconian monitoring of game quality. If your game fucking sucks, you don't get to publish it.

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    Comment by RannXXV
    23:03 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, clearly even greater restrictions on who could publish is the key, when they have hardly anyone wanting to publish on them already.

    You were the sort of kid that thought that when no one wanted to pay a quarter for your watered-down lime koolaid that you should up the price to a dollar, weren't you?

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    Comment by Artefact

    Except that they are the ones publishing all the key games...

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    Comment by Myballz
    14:16 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with Nintendo is they tend focus on to much on there own stuff not on Third Party.They had some good titles the problem is Nintendo needs to aleast develope some game that people would buy its sad enough Nintendo doesn't grab the right titles that can be played on there system.

    Nintendo Introduce Final Fantasy to Us Gamers on NES why doesn't Squareenix put Final Fantasy XIII​ on Nintendo Wii?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    because the snes 'was' the superior system at the time. in my books its still the best for its time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, the vitality sensor will save them :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what they get for focusing on casuals and telling hardcore gamers to fuck off because they're not "beautiful people". Seriously, every commercial for a new wii game just gives me more disappointment for buying a wii instead of a ps3 or 360.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hm I thought the arrival of Monster Hunter Tri- would help... guess it didn't, huh..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I'm looking forward to No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. But I gotta admit... the Wii has nothing going for it right now. They really have to broaden their selection a bit to lure in new customers. Pay Square Enix to make a damn good exclusive or something. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ps3 is a piece of Shit. 360 and Wii will be the only games systems alive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 where to start RROD, paying to play online, microsoft points, shitty headsets, no worthwhile exclusives, avatars, no built in wifi, uses dvds instead of blu-ray, scratches discs, no browser, every 10 year old has one, can't install OS, AA battery controllers without plug in cable, noisy, made by microsoft, douche fanboys, Final Fantasy XIII on 4-Discs, expensive small space hard drives, shitty disc tray, cheap soldering, all of it's 3rd party "exclusive" games having upgraded re-releases on PS3, lack of any innovation, boosted sales numbers from repurchases because of RRODed 360's, dead in japan, lack of SD and memory stick readers, lack of blu-ray player, HD-DVD add-on failure, having to buy exclusives, 1-800-4MYXBOX=FAIL, Halo fags, do I need to go on? By the way typed this on my PS3, I can play games, read SC, watch anime and JAV on the internet, download mp3s, download hentai, porn, anime images. All without even having move or change a disc.

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    Comment by Sylar
    02:24 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Despite all that the console is still selling more than others. But Nintento probably ain't making much money out of it because people don't have much games to buy or they are casual gamers and don't buy many games because they don't play that much.

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    Comment by Duolis
    02:22 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, when you sold that many consoles already, you should expected that your sale number will drop after a while =/

    I think now only the dogs in Japan don't have the Wii yet.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    02:28 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh it's just the Japanese way to doom and gloom. I recall the top exec of Sony (games division) said they should just sell out to nintendo.

    Anyway Nintendo knew what the system was and what it would do. It has done it. Nintendo has made a gajillion dollars, game companies are taking them more seriously now and they have a HD version of the Wii coming out in 2011.

    Ya they are fine.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    04:10 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Don't know why they're complaining.

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    Comment by Kyon Theorist
    02:26 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had plenty of fun with Muramasa and have high hopes for Metroid Other M but really the system hasn't had much going for it for a while now. I think they would have been better served by not intentionally making Brawl less competition friendly. It really gave the system a feel of something that is exclusively for non competitive gamers from the viewpoint of third party devs.

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    Comment by Tateha
    10:32 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    muramasa is a pretty good game for the wii but you know that in their minds vanillaware is saying "man...maybe we should have just made it for the ps2...". the game didn't use any of the wii motion controls and would probably would have sold better on the ps2 aswell. hope vanillaware make some games for the ps3 tho.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Odin Sphere was slow and laggy though. Could the PS2 have handled the fast pace of Muramasa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope but the 360 and the PS3 could :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii games for the JRPG player?

    Gimme the following soon:

    Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
    Arc Rise Fantasia
    Tales of Graces

    Their localizations won't come until next year. I hope to receive a Wii as a Christmas present since I don't want to pay any more than 99 bucks for it, although I'll most likely receive 3 ipods instead (Lol how come everyone gives ipods as presents nowadays)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    who the fuck wants to play a jrpg on a waggle wii mote with shitty dated SD graphics

    put that shit on the ps3/360 ffs

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I used to complain about getting clothings as gifts but alas you get ipodS. How the world changes..

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    Comment by RannXXV
    04:41 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Get iPods for Christmas
    2. Take iPods to resale store
    3. Exchange iPods for Wii
    4. Play Wii for two weeks, let it sit for a year, then trade it in towards the cost of a real console
    5. ????
    6. Anti-profit!







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