Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 22:25 UTC
Games The Wii U isn't doing well. "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." All that is old will be new again.
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RE: no software, no sales
by bassbeast on Tue 9th Apr 2013 03:47 UTC in reply to "no software, no sales"
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I think you are wrong and here is why: When the original Wii was released? A phone that would play games cost nearly $4500 and tablets weren't much cheaper. Now you can get a tablet for like $70 that comes with Angry Birds and Cut The Rope and nearly every phone being offered by a major carrier comes with casual games.

This is what happens when you focus too tightly on a niche, if the market changes you are just boned. Nintendo decided to completely give up on ALL of the hardcore crowd and focus JUST on the casual set, we have seen several devs come flat out and say that the Wii U not only won't play the next gen games it won't play the hardcore games coming out now so this thing is ONLY good for the casual crowd and that market is too busy playing with their Android tablets or iPads to really care.

Personally I figured this would happen because every person I know has the Wii...and its in the closet. It was a fad, no different than Guitar Hero, everybody wanted it but quickly got burnt on the "Wii Waggle" and it ended up gathering dust in a closet. Now those people are too busy playing the latest phone games to really care about chasing the Wii Waggle with the Wii Tab and I don't think cutting the price is gonna help, the market has just moved on.

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