me and my friend both bought wii u consoles recently, and i notice looking on Facebook a lot of friends have as well
Nintendo need to fire their marketing dept and go with someone else.....the wii u has been terribly marketed, it's a good console, just a shame no many people know it!
I agree, and I think the other problem is the they don't fully explain all the benefits of the Gamepad because, to be honest, it just looked like a silly useless gimmick before I actually bought a Wii U and played around with it...and now I love it.
And then you have all the other promotions like Digital Deluxe (which gives you "cash back" everytime you buy a game, usually $5), and Club Nintendo. I found out about the latter through the Mario Kart 8 promotion, and the former once I filled out the survey on Club Nintendo.
Nintendo needs to be more aggressive with their marketing, right now all they seem to do is apologize. Sure apologies are great when they're needed but it doesn't make people buy your consoles.
The other thing they need to do is start aggressively developing their IPs. Things like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros should have been released last year or as launch day exclusives instead of things like Nintendo Land. I mean look at what 1 game did to Wii U sales, and with Super Smash Bros coming out later this year the sales will keep going up. Then you have the new Zelda, Hyrule Warriors etc. If this was done in 2012 and 2013 they would have had excellent yearly results. That said, though, I don't want them to rush things because their game quality has, for the most part, been truly fantastic and I don't want them to lose that.
There is a rumor, though, that Nintendo has been in talks with Rare to buy their IPs (Banjo Kazooie, Diddy Kong etc)...and if that happens and goes through Wii U sales will go even higher.