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Wii U Update Improves Stability, Enhances Experience, But Is It Enough?

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 05:19 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Nintendo has released a new system update for the Wii U, which the company hopes will improve "overall system stability" and includes "other minor adjustments ... to enhance the user experience," reported GameZone.com.

The version 4.1.0E update does not address the "quick start" function promised by the company in January, stated Matt Liebel of Gamezone. Libel said the quick start button was supposed to resolve the 20-second start-up time.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in January that the wait time was "not an ideal situation for users," GameZone wrote.

Nintendo has struggled mightily finding customers for the Wii U, slashing sales projections in January after acknowledging that the console had flopped.

Reuters reported in January that the company cut its global Wii U sales forecast for the year to March 31 by almost 70 percent to 2.8 million units. Nintendo also trimmed its sales projections for its handheld 3DS to 13.5 million units from 18 million.

"There will be no major management shake-up in the short term," Iwata told reporters in January after apologizing for the losses. "We failed to reach our target for hardware sales during the year-end, when revenues are the highest."

Nintendo had pointed to a lack of titles for poor sales in the past, but even its popular family-friendly games are falling to more hard-core titles like "Grand Theft Auto," which are played on competitor machines.

"The fact that the 'Wii U strategy' has failed is disappointing and will likely trigger a selloff as soon as the market opens," Makoto Kikuchi, chief executive of Myojo Asset Management, told Reuters.

The Wii U updates is intended to ease the pain after Iwata promised to return Nintendo to its success in 2006 when it created the original Wii console. The Wii appealed to the entire family beyond the hardcore gamers.

That initial success in 2006 boosted Nintendo cash to about $14 billion, money it is using now to offset its more recent losses.

Reuters said that Nintendo shares had fallen nearly 10 percent in January since hitting a two-and-a-half year high in 2013.

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