Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Jul 2013 12:28 UTC

Just 160,000 Wii U consoles were sold worldwide between April and June, along with 1.03 million software units. The figure is a 51.3 percent decrease on last quarter; the console has now sold 3.61 million units around the world despite Nintendo's initial prediction of 5.5 million systems moved by the end of March.

To put the 160000 figure in perspective - Microsoft sold 140000 Xbox 360s in just the US, in June alone, and that's after a sharp sales drop, for a console that's 8 years old. Nintendo is not doing well.

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Home consoles for Nintendo are the same thing as the Mac line for Apple, they're not the core business of the company at economic level... but they're very important for the hardcore customers. The spirit of the company.

The obvious difference is that Apple doesn't sell Macs at a loss like Nintendo does with the Wii U.

I'm not saying that a Wii U flop is the end of Nintendo but it is definitely going to drag them down until they start getting software out there. I also wouldn't underestimate the power of third parties. You may not care that the latest FIFA or Madden isn't coming for the Wii U but some people do.

FWIW, I'm in the "wait for a price drop then re-consider" which is the same place I am with the Sony PS Vita. Games like a new Mario Galaxy could change that sentiment.

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