Nintendo is set to use Tesco in a bid to improve the fortunes of the faltering Wii U console, while it has also been announced that it will be possible to play original Wii titles on the Wii U controller.
Nintendo has suffered abject failure with the release and poor sales of the Wii U device. Following on the from the success of the original Wii it would be fair to say that the world was expecting massive sales from the console that uses a touch screen controller. However, the sales simply haven’t materialised and a number of retailers have stopped stocking the latest generation of Wii.
The problem, at least according to Nintendo, is that consumers are unaware that the Wii U is a brand new console rather than an upgrade to the previous version and this is something that they intend to remedy with the help of supermarket giant Tesco.
The company has booked time in Tesco stores to get the point across and will be sending a five page leaflet to the 300,000 Tesco customers that bought a Wii but have yet to purchase the Wii U. They will even be offering money off vouchers so that buyers can save cash on new games.
A system update for the device means that it is now possible to play original Wii titles on the Wii U controller. It does require an original Wii controller, though, which means that you will have to use a Wii controller to play Wii games on the Wii U controller. Automatic software downloads and USB keyboard input are among the other changes that the system update brought with it.
Nintendo clearly doesn’t want to give up on the Wii U yet and it’s hardly surprising given the amount they must have invested in developing the system and manufacturing it. The question remains, though, whether the casual gamer that purchased the original Wii are really all that interested in buying another console, especially one with a touch screen controller.