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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bassbeast
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2007-11-11

Yeah but how many games do the average wii owner buy? last time i looked at the figures the number was TWO, that's it, just two.

My youngest was a console maniac before I finally managed to get him onto a PC (which turned out to be MUCH MUCH cheaper in the long run, just FYI) and how many games did he have for his wii? just five, that's all, and two of those were gifts.

Mario and Samus and Link simply aren't enough to keep a system alive and with the new consoles coming out the devs are all focused on those at the third parties and with the Wii u being so underpowered a Wii U port is just out of the question.

I really think they focused too much on the casuals and while i'm sure a few hardcore mario fans will buy anything he is on I really don't see this even getting second place, if MSFT burns the X720 with online only and no used games they MIGHT get third behind Sony and Valve, MAYBE.

But the days of being able to sell with just a gimmick controller are over friend, the numbers don't lie.

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I think there's a myth about Wii game sales, they were not bad at all (in fact it was 1st in # of games sold too, 800 millon games!)

Wii had a tie ratio similar to Xbox 360 and even higher than PS3 during the first years. Yeah, it declined very deeply in the last years but that's because Nintendo abandoned Wii to concentrate efforts on 3DS.

As I said before, I think people buy Nintendo consoles mainly to play Nintendo games and the luck of their consoles depends totally on Zelda, Mario and company.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But for that to be a viable strategy they would have to have a LOT more content coming out than they do, a single company just can't keep enough product in the line to make a console viable, just ask Sega.

I really do think that its gonna come down to the loss of the casual players, I really do, as I know a LOT of people that bought the Wii not because they gave a crap about Samus and Mario but because they heard it was great for party games. I really think that like Rock band it was a fad and the new controller just isn't gonna be able to cause another fad because 1.- You only get one which takes out the "party games" aspect, and 2.- The casuals really have moved on to tablets and phones.

So if you are a fan and hope it does well? I wish you luck, I really do. I just don't see any kind of groundswell happening for the Wii U like we did the Wii. Again just look at the numbers, they aren't just bad they are shockingly bad, the thing just isn't selling.

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