Top 10 Failures in Nintendo History
2. Wii U
2013 ended with the Wii U only reaching about 30% of Nintendo’s sales projections for the year, and that doesn’t appear that it will change soon. They have claimed they will offset the discrepancy by producing more titles using familiar intellectual properties, but it doesn’t change the facts of what has kept buyers away in the first place. Aside from Nintendo being notorious for gimmicky accessories and peripherals that cost a fortune and end up broken or collecting dust in a cupboard, the Wii U has laughably weak processing power, continues the tradition of having almost no third-party contributors, and predictably small onboard memory.
1. Creating the Playstation
Way back when in the mists of time, as far back as 1990, Sony partnered with Nintendo to work on a project in which they would develop a CD-ROM attachment for the SNES loosely dubbed the “Play Station.” Sony took a mockup of this to the Consumer Electronics expo in 1991. Nintendo, whether angry over Sony airing something they were trying to keep under wraps or angry over Sony taking the lead is unsure to this day, immediately broke contract with Sony. They went so far as to take the project idea up with Sony’s competitor, Philips, doubly unheard of considering the fact that this is one Japanese company leaving another Japanese company for an American counterpart. Sony in retaliation announced their entrance into electronic entertainment and manufactured the Playstation, which with its numeric successors has outdone Nintendo console profits ever since.