GS:Sterne Agee industry watcher says hardware and software sales for Nintendo's latest fall short during holiday period at speciality retailer.
"Our conclusion is the Nintendo Wii U launch has been slightly disappointing," Ouch! ;) Nintendo need to lower the prices of each port they have. Why would anyone want to buy a port that offers little to nothing over the other consoles, and on top of that costs more? While their at it lower the price of the Wii U. Nintendo need to step their game up!
Even Nintendo's Iwata said "we do not expect the WiiU to sell like the Wii. But we believe that success is not simply judged by sales numbers". Take that for what you will, but it's clear that the WiiU generation is going to be yet another generation where Nintendo just coasts along.
"But we believe that success is not simply judged by sales numbers". oh that may not go well with many Nintendo fans here. that statement just burns their numero uno source of pride, their numero uno trump card to win an argument and reason for happiness in life
WiiU launch is slightly disappointing when compared to Wii. It doesn't feel ground breaking at all. Many casuals are jumping to Kinect, no to WiiU
i don't know what he's smoking but success=sales without sales a company will fail and that's the opposite of success
Agreed. Price of the WiiU is ridiculous at this point. Multiplatform games that look identical to Xbox360 versions isn't exactly selling me on the new system. Nintendo will slash the price similarly to the 3DS.
Not a chance in hell of a price cut anytime soon as the price has nothing to do with it not outpacing the Wii(its only behind by like 10% in sells and that is still almost more than the PS3/360 sold combined in the same time frame during their launch.) People didn't buy the Wii U to play old PS3/360 ports, they bought it to play stuff like Zombiu, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends. You clearly had no interest in the system even before if all you are concerned about it multiplatform port comparisons(its all you state so it is quite clear). A port will look and perform no better than it does on the console it was primarily developed on and all of the multi-plats on the Wii U were developed with the 360 as the lead system. If beating everyone except yourself it losing then what does that say for everyone else?
that's what i said back in november and everyone called me a "troll", the mods banned me for 2 weeks for saying it and all of my posts on the topic were deleted or hidden as spam. you're welcome if you listened to me and held off on a purchase. i've lost interest in the wii u entirely. just yesterday i was reading a reddit frontpage post about people complaining how skyward sword sucked. im not even gonna waste my time. ps3 ftw.
This things has been around since the time of released all over gamestop in Texas, aparantly, dont matter were I go, toys r us, walmart, or any major saler has them. Dissapointing to see so many hardware from a great company, but the truth uis, most gamers are waiting to see what a next gen is, and to be honest the wii u is current gen. My bet is 720 will come out with all gun blasting and people will eat it up. whi9le sony in USA will stay down, but catch up worldwide, Nintendos WII-u will be last cause people see it as nothing more than just overprice hardware which a 8 or 9 year old system has been doing what they can do now. Sorry, although, I love my nintendo, this is 1 fight I will go away from and either PS4 or 720 will be my resource of wasted money, lmao...
Really. That's your argument? Didn't Nintendo say they would prevent a shortage like the Wii? Well mission accomplished. Its closing in on 3 mill how is that bad sales for under 2 months?
even though their launch numbers are a million over other consoles. people are begging for this thing to fail and its not gonna happen, sorry.
I'll take this data and trump it with this newer data that states otherwise 2.2 mill worldwide sales yup! http://wiiudaily.com/2013/0...
The wii-u success would have been on much LARGER scale if NINTENDO would had brought out SNES game portfolio as kick starter. 1.MARIO 2.CONTRA 3.GRADIUS 4.R-TYPE 5.CASTLEVANIA Those first 5 would have solidfied wii-U
Nintendo has yet to offer anything that makes me wanna run out and buy Wii-U
It has the best side scrolling Mario game to date, but Mario doesn't give you an epic experience. Its been there done that no story yada yada which is the problem with most first party Nintendo games even thou they're fun. You're having fun, but you kinda feel stupid if that makes sense : / Blame Kojima and Atlus for giving me well crafted story lines.
"no story... is the problem with most first party nintendo games" LOOOOOOOOOOOOL yeah nintendo first party games lack story. BAHAHAHAHHAHA
Same here If I got one what games would I get? Zombie u maybe but what else?
Buy a wiiU!! It will stream next sony ps4 reveal at next e3 while ur in bed..
I was going to say inb4 troll comments, but it seems I'm too late.
i'm surprised it took this long for post-launch wii U doom articles...
I know making that huge Gamepad couldn't have been cheap, but seriously couldn't they have done just something to the hardware, like the CPU, to improve it over the other consoles, so it would at least impress gamers? It sticks out as a sore thumb to people who know little about gaming hardware that the Wii U simply performs worse than XBOX or PS3 in most ports, and it doesn't make it very attractive.
The PS3 has a more powerful CPU and it still gets bad ports, so I'm not understanding what you are getting at here. Games created from the ground up to run on the WiiU will look amazing once they start taking advantage of the hardware. But a port is just that, a port!
"The PS3 has a more powerful CPU and it still gets bad ports, so I'm not understanding what you are getting at here. Games created from the ground up to run on the WiiU will look amazing once they start taking advantage of the hardware. But a port is just that, a port!" Agree on most everything, a port is never "just a port" that phrase get's used quite a bit but it's the perception that many people have of the meaning of "Port " that is not accurate in many cases. Many seem to think its just taking a game from one platform and making it run on another. Many times that is not only wrong, its down right bias to imply that it is the very same game just ran on another platform. because Many times its not the same game. there is changes to the game that changes it's very core game mechanic's or even outcome and Art work, sound UI etc. What many still do not seem to stop and think about is the challenges of the design of the hardware will have a impact on the tool's that you may be using for your current system that may not be upto par with what the new hardware may have in it. Thus you may have to spend more resources to upgrade your API's and tool chain's, which many times you may not have the resources and man power to take advantage of time with the new hardware, This is a learning process and Resource and man power part of the industry. its not a quick fix effort. many make that mistake it seems.
The Wii U is outselling the post launch numbers of the 360/PS3 had five weeks after it's launch. It's doing just fine. But because it's Nintendo and some people who hate Nintendo, they will always try to damage it's integrity, I'm not shocked by this article. I expect more and more lame articles like this one. While these articles are releasing I will be enjoying my Wii U, while other people complain over and over about something they don't like.
Well of course it is with Black Friday and Christmas. It would be worrying if it didn't. Looking at that period isn't good enough to judge on the Wii U success because those periods sales always go up (no matter what platform). It is the rest of the year that will be interesting
He was talking about the respective post launch weeks of the other consoles, which also would have been during the same 'Holiday shopping season' timeline. I agree with you that this is a small sample size and we don't know yet if it's a success or not. But we do know that it's ahead of the trend of the same time period 6 years ago. Personally, I would attribute that to the PSWii60 generation adding so many console gamers to the fold. There will be success for all in this new gen if the features, games, marketing and prices are right.
and the 360 and ps3 were released in the same time period
The Wii U may be lower in sales than Wii, but it is still selling better than N64, Gamecube, Xbox, Xbox360, or PS3 did during the same time frame. I personally wish "gamers" that did not pick a Wii up would pick Wii U up. They missed allot of great games on Wii and The Wii U has some great games out and coming up. Also virtual console has TONS of 9 and 10 4/5 rated games. With Gamecube Titles coming to Virtual console that is going to add a ton more. I love my PS3 but Nintendo has an awful lot of great AAA games.
In the New Super Mario Bros games, Mario doesn't move as quickly and responsively as the SNES and NES games. The silly looking new suits make me not wanna play it also. I want quick multicolored Yoshi's stomping and flying. At this point 3D Mario is much more satisfying to control. Not because it can't be done but because Nintendo are relying too much on unnecessary gimicks.
Don't pay attention to units sold guys. SOFTWARE sales is the real bread and butter and that is where its doing bad. Wii U is being sold at a loss. Will it bounce back ? Ofc, but as of now its not setting the charts on fire. Game stop would rather sell more games then sell more hardware.
And it's selling bad in both departments, at least in GS estimates. Like iamnsuperman noted above, it better be selling -decently- (i use this term very loosely) during the Black friday / Christmas launch period, otherwise it'd be considered a complete flop. I'll say it again, if Nintendo has any hopes to remain competitive even to current generation consoles they need one of two things and that is a Price Drop. I can't say how soon but i know its coming.