Wii U sales data – not as impressive as Nintendo's press release would have you believe

Analysing Nintendo's recent Press Release from a certain perspective makes it seem that there is something funny up with the reported sales figures.

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konnerbllb1990d ago

Feels like something is off about this, information is held back.

Slapshot821990d ago

Hi konnerbllb,

If you're speaking to my article, the information I used is from Nintendo's own Press Release. There's even a link to an unedited version of the Press Release in full to ensure that it's completely clear that I've haven't changed/altered a single thing.

I can understand why you would think this (I see all the "quick hit" articles as well), but this isn't one of them. This is nothing more than a breakdown and analysis of Nintendo's recent Press Release. I have no interest in changing or playing with words to make things appear that they are something they aren't.

Thanks for your comment,


Athonline1990d ago

Not a comment to the actual article but to you Chris:
Respect for replying to N4G and identifying yourself as the author of the article.
Most authors would just "defend" their articles and POVs acting as third parties...

As for the article:
Well I know in the UK just three weeks after WiiU lunch, there was a 60 pounds off deal at ebay for Christmas and unlike most ebay deals that time, this wasn't sold out for the two weeks it was up! Demands is little bit lower than Nintendo wants us to believe.
Personally I believe it is due to casual gamers who want a console, would prefer a cheaper Wii or PS360 and more mainstream gamers like me, want to wait until all next gen consoles are out -even then I doubt I will pick WiiU.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )

I think it's bad news when 360 & ps3 can outsell a new console. But maybe they didn't have enough units? idk..

But the wiiU sometimes doesn't come up in articles in regards to "next gen". When people say next gen they tend to think ps4/720. I think nintendo really did great things last gen but that makes the perception around wiiU to be more like wii and most hardcore gamers don't think wii when it's time to play Cod or BF games.

Nintendo really have to change the perception of wiiU as a mostly casual console if they are going for the hardcore. Only those who are big time zelda/mario fans will want one.

The casual market was the back bone of wiis success and now they seem to be playing $0.99 mobile games. I think that is the real reason wiiU has a tablet to attract that market not because of innovation. They released a tablet controller in the middle of a tablet boom.

Depending on what type of gamer you are if you see wiiU in the store playing Mario next to ps3 playing The Last Of Us that is a big difference in what kind of console people will think it is.

And most nintendo games are like rayman and zelda and kirby nothing like Halo.

But then again sometimes I don't know sh!t..

MattS1990d ago

Atholine - I think you're pretty much right there. There's also the simple reality that a lot of the audience for the Wii (the people that wanted a simple entertainment device and only bought one or two games - a big part of the Wii's market) has since bought iPads and don't see the need to get another dedicated console.

The Wii U has simply launched at a different point in time to the Wii. I still think it will do well in the long term, but there is no way it will hit the numbers of the Wii.

mshope101990d ago

all i want from you guys is just admit you hate nintendo and thats why your so hard on them.

cause it's seem yinz hate on them every chance you get.but if you dont like them it makes sense.

all i know is i love my wii u.i hope it gets great sales but i knew it would not do wii's numbers.if not doing wii's numbers but beating 360 and ps3 launch numbers is some how bad then this must be the twilight zone right?

Slapshot821990d ago

@Athonline Thanks. I don't consider myself to just be another writer and I don't write things solely for the amount of "hits" they will bring in for the website that I write for. Instead, I wrote this as an informative piece that shows that there is always more than what at first meets the eye.

In this case, this release easily pleases 'core' Nintendo fans with its excitement and praise. That's great and I have no qualms with Nintendo - they are running a business for a profit - but this isn't a time for patting Nintendo on the back and overlooking the simple fact that Wii U isn't catching on with mainstream/casual gamers.I want to see Nintendo get their marketing right, let people know what Wii U actually is (it does have a broken identity, because so many people don't understand it and it's boatload of controls and controller options) and get this unique console with a ton of potential selling to everyone - not just the core Nintendo fans.

This is my last comment that I'm allowed on this topic here at N4G, but I'll gladly respond to more on the site - hope to see you all there. :)

Athonline1990d ago

@Matts , @Slapshot82

Thanks! :-) I try to be neutral and nonsubjective to my comments. I always try to speak as a software developer and someone who used to want to work in the game industry. Unfortunately some people disagree/ bubble me and other people down without any reasons...

I agree with both you. Wii U could be a sold out by now if it was lunch at a different period. I believe in the long run, it will be a win for Nintendo. People who bough just a Wii and may want to upgrade in the future may go after WiiU. Until then, these core people will just wait. Plus all these "doom articles" and developers saying that WiiU doesn't have enough power, the lack of memory, may scared people.

PS3 was more expensive and two same-gen consoles were already out. For 360 the world was hesitate original -in my opinion- as they were waiting for more PS3 related announcements.
I do not want Wii to fail. In fact I hope Nintendo will succeed and sell. The more major players, the better for the end-consumer things will be. Look at the industry as a whole at the moment. Many big publishers are no longer out there, studios are closing, game prices are going up... only an idiot would want another publisher/ console maker to fail. The article from a quick read, from what I understood, mine and Matts comments are all related to the launch of WiiU not its long run survival.

t0mmyb0y1989d ago

Well Said Chris. I would point fingers at whoever was in charge of advertising. Even a month after the WiiU was out, gamers didn't even know what it was. Comments were "This looks pretty good for the Wii." I showed it to family for Christmas and they had a blast. Nintendo needs to show what it does.

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Godchild10201990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )

I think the reason is, most people don't expect Nintendo consoles to be expensive or to exceed a certain amount. I can only assume that the next time Nintendo releases a new generation handheld and home console, consumers will expect a high(er) price because they expect Nintendo to be pushing HD or whatever the new tech is.

It only looks Gloom(Not Doomed) because it didn't sell as well as the Wii, but I think the price came as a shock for for consumers. That could also be the case with the Vita, because of the lower price of the 3DS. Sorry to being the Vita into this, but I think it's true. It would have sold better if the price was lower or Nintendo didn't drop the price of the 3DS so soon.

The Wii U will sell better once Nintendo drops the Wii and more games launch on the Wii U.

Slapshot821990d ago

Hi Godchild1020,

Thanks for your comment. I actually think just as you do on this topic. I do think it's the price point that's holding the Vita back (even if it's completely worthy of its asking price). I almost dropped a comparison with Vita into this piece, but I wanted to solely focus on Nintendo's Press Release here - there's always another day for more articles to expand on. :)


Thepcz1990d ago

yeah yeah, its all doom and gloom, the wiiu is failing,3ds is failing, nintendo stocks down, mario not selling, its the end of days for nintendo, they are becoming software only, this will be there last gen in the console market etc etc

meanwhile, sony and microsoft are stuck in the last gen while nintendo grab a massive market share for the current (next gen) with wiiu.

wiiu is flying off the shelves, dont listen to this trash

MattS1990d ago

Don't listen to the sales numbers because a random N4G user knows better.

Beastforlifenoob1989d ago

It's absolutely true! The share market price of Nintendo has gone done 81.53% (A RIDICULOUSLY HUGE DROP) and has lost 22% of it in the last three months (release of WiiU)

Neko_Mega1990d ago

The only draw back I think the Wii U has, is alot of the games for it are ports or remakes. Plus the lack of space for those who brought the 8GB (Yeah you can use a USB flash drive and all, but the problem is. Not everyone understands how to do that).

I got the 32GB model, but I'm sitting at 16GBs left and I can easy add more memory. But what I'm kind of worry about is, if the system gets knock over or mess with. It can damage the usb slot or whatever device plug into it.

So it would be nice if the WIi U had more memory build in.

BattleAxe1990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )

This is going to go down as I have predicted since Nintendo announced the WiiU. This console will not last more than 2 years from its release, and the obvious reasons are the timing of the release of the PS4 and the Xbox 720, the low hardware specs of the WiiU and proliferation of PC gaming into the console market thanks to Steam and their partners such as nVidia. There are alot of exciting things coming to the gaming industry in the next year or so, and the WiiU (Dreamcast 2)isn't one of them.

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