The Wii U is proving to be a disaster for Nintendo. The company shipped just 390,000 units in the last quarter, and estimates suggest the original Wii has outsold the Wii U.
A part of the reason is price, of course. The Wii is much less expensive. My problem with the Wii U is, what is the gamepad for? When my son and I were at PAX East last March, we demo’d a few Wii U games and he barely used it (you can see it sitting idle on the table above). Perhaps we didn’t play games that take advantage of it, but it seems like this big bulky thing with no purpose.
The gamepad was helpful for typing in Scribblenauts, but he can already do that just as easily on the iPad.
The Louvre museum in Paris is preparing to let visitors use the Nintendo 3Ds as an electronic guide to its vast collection. The devices will be loaded up with audio tours and specially designed itineraries. Nintendo also says that it’s developed additional special content for the museum, though details were unavailable at the time of this writing.
I think it’s a great idea. When I visited the Louvre three years ago, I had Musée du Louvre on my iPhone. While it provided a map and details on most of the major works, it really didn’t offer anything that wasn’t included on the free brochure. I’d like to see the special content developed just for the 3Ds, and hope it goes beyond maps, photos and simple descriptions.