The Wii U console was “disappointing to everybody,” including Nintendo, according to GameStop CEO Paul Raines. However, he hopes Nintendo will come up “with something exciting and innovative” for the NX.
“Wii U was disappointing to everybody, including them [Nintendo],” Raines said in an interview with [a]list. “They made some bold bets, and maybe some of them didn’t work out. But they have a lot of creativity there. They’re a very innovative group of people, so we never count out Nintendo. Even now it’s incredible how strong some of their IP is—Pokémon, for example. We could have a Pokémon weekend this weekend at GameStop and we would break sales records just because every time they put out a new game they have a very loyal fan base. Super Mario, Zelda, all those IPs have a huge, loyal fan base.”
“There is some excitement around NX,” he added. “Lately here, we’ve been hearing a lot more buzz than we have in the past. Nintendo is interesting in that they really are able to keep things as quiet as they can for a while. And then they just lost their leader, so they’ve gone through a mourning period and so forth.
“NX sounds exciting. We’re looking forward to it. They’re very innovative in everything that they do. I hope that they come out with something exciting and innovative. I think we’ll be dominant distributor of that platform.”
The Nintendo Wii has become one of the best selling consoles of all time since it was released back in 2006. However, the Wii U never gained such momentum and has taken a long time to gain any real traction in the gaming market. No doubt Nintendo is hoping the NX will be more like the Wii than Wii U.