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Nintendo Blames 2011 Tohoku Earthquake For Sluggish 3DS And Wii U Sales

wiiufirmware delayWhile Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console is certainly doing pretty well for itself now, it did not get off to a good start and saw its price reduced to help boost its sales, and the Wii U isn’t exactly a hot seller at the moment either, but what could be the cause of Nintendo’s troubles? Could it be bad hardware? Lack of games? Lack of appeal to the more hardcore gamer? Well according to Nintendo, it’s none of that. Instead it seems that Nintendo’s executives are blaming the Tohoku earthquake which occurred in 2011 for slowing the momentum of the 3DS.

According to Yahoo Japan News, this sluggish start for the 3DS had a carry-over effect on the Wii U console, which affected the sales of the console. Granted the earthquake had repercussions on not just the daily lives of the people in the area, but also on businesses, but do you think Nintendo is right in blaming the earthquake for the slow start of the 3DS and the sluggish sales of the Wii U? Assuming they are right, does that mean we expect to see Wii U sales pick up in the future?

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