Wii owners are getting a funny message when they turn on their consoles nowadays. They’re getting a message from Nintendo saying that it’s “time to discover Wii U”, and that “it’s not just an upgrade-it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”
Well that’s an awfully direct way of telling people “hey, you know, you should get this shiny, new, awesome console over here!” And while it may seem a bit desperate (and may very well be desperate) for Nintendo to advertise the Wii U in this way, I can’t say I’m too surprised. After all, the console that the Wii generation is a part of is probably the first generation that really sold the whole online capability aspect of the console.
Will this gentle reminder from Nintendo be enough to help short up slumping Wii U sales? It’s too early to tell. You can bet that Microsoft and Sony will be watching with interest in the background, even if they’re snickering in public about how Nintendo has to resort to efforts like this to get people to buy their new console.