Wii U game sales 'far behind launch levels for Gamecube and Wii'

Reacting to last night's release of NPD sales data for the US market in December, Cowen said in a research note: "Software sales for the Wii U remained well behind launch levels for the original Wii and GameCube in December.

"Totals for the November-December period were -43% lower than software sales for the Wii and -50% lower than those for the GameCube."

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derkasan2008d ago

It's probably the launch price, as well as the confusion caused over those who still don't know the difference between the Wii and the Wii U (read: casual gamers). Hopefully the system will pull a 3DS, and sales will pick up.

PopRocks3592008d ago

The launch numbers are more decent than that of the 3DS from what I'm understanding. But if the 3DS is anything to go by, a big AAA Nintendo title or two, and its consumer base will increase much more quickly. The same probably applies to the Wii U.

derkasan2008d ago

Agreed. I'm personally waiting for a triple-A title myself before buying one of my own.

insomnium22008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

Well the Wii U does have a Super Mario game so to me it's surprizing if Wii U and it's software doesn't sell.

Blastoise2008d ago

I think Nintendo kind of overestimated New Super Mario Bro's U to be honest. They should have made a 3D Mario or something a bit more interesting.

I'm sure sales will pick up when a Zelda, Metroid ect gets announced. I'm considering picking one up for Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate

GusBricker2008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

...sometimes much longer to play a game after you plug it in, because of updates, etc.

Then there's one good game and playing with the gamepad isn't much fun if you're using it for multiplayer or as my wife said, "So, my job to put things in the world so other people can have fun? That's a job. I don't want a job, I want to fucking play, too!" lol


Also, it's hard to sell a lot of games if you've just passed a million consoles sold. That's what the games on Invisible Walls said anything.

CommonSense2008d ago

PS3 owners don't seem to mind waiting for the system and the games to update.

Aside from the initial setup, i haven't had to spend a lot of time updating. then again, i don't play my U very often. probably cuz it has no games.

GusBricker2008d ago

The PS3 still does the mandatory install?

I haven't played a PS3 game since...shit, Uncharted 3?

PopRocks3592008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

That's a bit of an exaggeration. I recently downloaded Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed. The download took all of ten minutes and the install was an additional five. Granted that's a fifteen minute wait time, but still, it's no worse than anything I've endured on my PS3 and still a lot less than your 45 minute wait time. Which game was it for?

I assume you were playing NSMBU? Nintendo Land's multiplayer is better and more engaging for the gamepad player. You can also do ZombiU. It's more like an RTS, but the 1 on 1 multiplayer kicks major ass IMO. I guess the last one would be Black Ops 2's split screen mode? Those are the best recommendations I can think of off the top of my head.

GusBricker2008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

I was talking about when you first open the box, connect the system to the television and start it up, etc.

Nevers0ft2008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

You realise you can play the game while the update downloads in the background yeah? Then all you have is the couple of minutes it takes to install.

(I totally agree about the ZombiU multiplayer though. The person with the Wiimote has a great time but the gamepad player is left with a gimped RTS - without the "S")

EDIT - I notice you clarified by saying it was the System Update that took ages. Yet again, that could be skipped and installed it in your own time, you just wouldn't have had the online features but you could have played your games. Not ideal but at least the update wasn't mandatory.

miyamoto2008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

I really should hurry up on my Zelda & Metroid HD...
then we will kick some butt!


josephayal2008d ago

Dam what a horrible day for nintendo

lilbroRx2008d ago (Edited 2008d ago )

This is entirely Nintendos fault for pushing its own games back in order to make bad ports look more appealing.

Can't say whether is unfortunate or not, but do to their bad marketing, only harcore gamers know about the console and thus are the only ones who have bought it. They can recognize the bad games fromn the good so those games are not going to sell.

All they need to to do is start releasing more games that people actually want to play. There is no problem with the console itself and people really don't care about the price because its the PS3 and 360 were above that for a long time and they still sold.

This is all a matter of whether or not the games people want are on the console.

Making those bad ports the exact same price as brand new PS3/360 games certainly didn't help either.

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