Nintendo got a big jump on the competition when it released its newest video game console, the Wii U, a year ahead of comparable hardware from Microsoft and Sony. But now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are finally on shelves, how can the Wii U compete during this ultra-competitive holiday season?
Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, says that the key to the company’s success is all in the software. Last week, Nintendo released three new titles belonging to classic franchises: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It now falls to the iconic heroes Link and Mario to drive consumers to Nintendo’s hardware –that, and the console’s innovative GamePad interface, entertainment capabilities, and comparatively low price point.
Microsoft’s Xbox One was the most popular video game console on Black Friday, according to a survey of early shoppers by shopping market research firm InfoScout.
The Xbox One video game console dominated the rankings at Walmart and Target, coming in No. 1 with a 31 percent share even though it had the highest purchase price at $499. These rankings may not hold up, but they’re they earliest indicator in a console war that will go on for years to come.
The news isn’t entirely bad for Sony as sales were evidently constrained by limited availability of its new PlayStation 4, which launched on Nov. 15, one week ahead of the Xbox One.
Every year since 2007, Activision Blizzard has released a new Call of Duty video game for the major game consoles and the PC. With the franchise selling more than 130 million copies, starting with the 2007 game Modern Warfare and excluding the most recent release, Call of Duty has become one of the most successful and profitable video game franchises of all time.
But how long can it last? A common criticism of the series is that each new game follows the same basic formula as the last one, and that very little is changed from the previous title. With formidable competition from Electronic Arts’ Battlefield series, it looks like Call of Duty’s reign may soon be coming to an end.