CNET wrongly list Wii U among 2013’s worst holiday gifts


If you’re a company looking to recover consumer interest in a product that has been selling less than admirably, having it voted the one of the worst gifts by a prominent site doesn’t exactly help.

CNET’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide has proposed just that, with the site’s senior editor Donald Bell turning his attention to products you should “absolutely avoid,” the Wii U placing fourth in such list.

“We’ve waited a long time for this dud,” he begins. “Nintendo has already slashed the price down to $300, and I’m willing to bet that it’ll be on firesale by the time the holidays role around. But trust me, there are only two game consoles anyone wants this year. And Wii U isn’t one of them, sorry guys.”

Harsh. It’s a low blow, and one that isn’t particularly backed up by any substantial evidence, dismissing the varied and well-calculated first-party software slate that Nintendo has prepared leading into the Christmas season. And that’s without making mention of the new Wii U bundles, which are of far more value compared to the company’s next-gen competitors, and it’s an entirely different story.

[Thanks NeoGAF]

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.