Nintendo's on the brink of releasing a new game console.
Dave Hunt/FlickrThe Japanese gaming giant is currently working on the "Nintendo NX" (the codename for its next game console). We're supposed to hear more about the NX this year, Nintendo says.
And that's good, because Nintendo desperately needs a new game console. It's not that we don't like the Wii U — two Wii U games were on our top 10 list of 2015! — it's because consumers simply aren't buying the Wii U.
Don't believe us? We've got evidence, straight from Nintendo:
What you see above is a breakdown of Nintendo's hardware sales, published in September 2015, from the original Nintendo Entertainment System through the Wii.
We're talking about this guy, from the mid 1980s:
Through this guy, released in 2012:
The chart reveals one tremendously worrying number: Wii U sales.
There are roughly 10 million Wii U consoles in the world. That's quite literally one-tenth of the lifetime sales of the previous Nintendo console, the Wii.
It's half of the lifetime sales of Nintendo's second-worst selling console, the Nintendo GameCube.
For some context, the GameCube was on sale for six years. It went up against Microsoft's first ever Xbox and Sony's goliath of a game console, the PlayStation 2. It's a great console full of great games, but it tanked against more impressive consoles from Microsoft and Sony.