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
Member since:
2006-02-01

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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andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

While the WiiU does not have anything of value, compared to the competition, it has roughly equivalent spec to the PS3 and the XBox360.


Umm, what? Half a gig of ram vs 8 gis. A six year old R520 based graphics processor compared to a heavily modified R700. What are you talking about?

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RE[3]: it will save the market
by alko on Fri 15th Feb 2013 16:27 in reply to "RE[2]: it will save the market"
alko Member since:
2010-01-31

while wiiu is quite on par with ps3 on specs it doesn't mean that it's the same generation of ps3.

generation is not only about raw power of cpu or gpu...

wiiU will never be as powerful as ps4 of course...but as wii and ds showed this could be an advantage and not a problem.

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RE[3]: it will save the market
by 0brad0 on Mon 18th Feb 2013 01:16 in reply to "RE[2]: it will save the market"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05


Umm, what? Half a gig of ram vs 8 gis. A six year old R520 based graphics processor compared to a heavily modified R700. What are you talking about?


What? Wii U has 2GB of RAM with 1GB usable by apps. What are you talking about?

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RE[2]: it will save the market
by alko on Fri 15th Feb 2013 16:15 in reply to "RE: it will save the market"
alko Member since:
2010-01-31

history repeats,
you are like those that in the past hate the ds preferring the psp or the wii preferring the ps3...

wiiU has introduced a new way of gaming that is asymettric gameplay.

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RE[2]: it will save the market
by WorknMan on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:04 in reply to "RE: it will save the market"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

3DS is now competing with smartphones, which have a strong impact on sales.


Really? Last I checked, the 3DS was outselling the DS thus far in its life cycle. Phones don't even come close to scratching the same itch that the 3DS does. Not saying that one is better than the other, but there's definitely room for both. When I'm in the mood for something a little 'meatier' than Temple Run or Super Hexagon, that's what my 3DS is for.

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.


Are you married? I'm not, but I have a few friends that are, and they LOVE the Wii U screen, because they can now game in the living room without monopolizing the TV. Some of them, who are hardcore Nintendo fanboys, are convinced that this is what is going to make the Wii U rule this gen... millions of fathers and husbands in the same position they are. I have my doubts, but I give them the benefit of the doubt, because for all the times people have been predicting doom and gloom for Nintendo, they always seem to find ways to print money. They are a lot like Apple that way ;)

Edited 2013-02-15 21:05 UTC

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