Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 09:34 UTC
Games "We're told by someone with access to the NPD's data that sales for January were 'well under' 100,000 units. By our estimates, sales were somewhere between 45,000 and 59,000 units for the month, which is lower than any of the three previous-generation home consoles sold in their worst months, with the possible exception of a recent performance by the original Wii." This doesn't surprise me. I've always wondered: who's the Wii U for? Casual Wii buyers - which comprise most of the Wii owners, I'd guess - have little reason to upgrade, and hardcore Nintendo fans are waiting for the next re-releases of Mario and Zelda from the Nintendo Game-o-tron. Until then, who's going to buy this thing?
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RE: it will save the market
by cyrilleberger on Fri 15th Feb 2013 13:01 UTC in reply to "it will save the market"
cyrilleberger
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like wii, ds and 3ds Nintendo consoles are always not well received buy customers at the very first start.


Are you kidding the Wii was huge success from the very beginning, after two months and half, it had reached 4.5m sold units (worldwide), against 2.5 for the wii (source: vgchartz). It was the most successful launch for a game console. The DS was at 3.3m after two months and half in sale only in Japan, the 3DS 2.5m, with only one month between Japan and worldwide release. DS and WII were very hot success right from the beginning.

But both DS and the Wii brought something desirable for the consumers, DS was the only way to get portable gaming at the time, 3DS is now competing with smartphones, which have a strong impact on sales. Wii came with something truly brilliant, the wiimote, and the promise of a new way to play. That is the wiimote that made the Wii so successful. While the WiiU does not have anything of value, compared to the competition, it has roughly equivalent spec to the PS3 and the XBox360, for roughly the same price, with almost no game available. Oh and it has a new controller with a screen on it, but I have yet to see a good use for that, or at least, an use that would make people think they really need the WiiU.

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