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[2]: it will save the market
by WorknMan on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE: it will save the market"
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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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