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Submitted by Godchild1020 1122d ago | news

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." (Wii U)

derkasan  +   1122d 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.
PopRocks359  +   1122d 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.
derkasan  +   1122d ago
Agreed. I'm personally waiting for a triple-A title myself before buying one of my own.
insomnium2  +   1122d 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.
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Blastoise  +   1122d 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
GusBricker  +   1122d ago
It doesn't help that it takes at least 45 minutes...
...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.
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CommonSense  +   1122d 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.
GusBricker  +   1122d ago
The PS3 still does the mandatory install?

I haven't played a PS3 game since...shit, Uncharted 3?
PopRocks359  +   1122d 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.
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GusBricker  +   1122d ago
I was talking about when you first open the box, connect the system to the television and start it up, etc.
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Nevers0ft  +   1122d 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.
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miyamoto  +   1122d ago
I really should hurry up on my Zelda & Metroid HD...
then we will kick some butt!

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josephayal  +   1122d ago
Dam what a horrible day for nintendo
lilbroRx  +   1122d 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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oldskoolgamer702  +   1122d ago
I have always bought new consoles on day one and i thought about getting a WiiU but there just no games i want to play.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1122d ago
Cause most people own the thrid party games on either 360/PS3. From what Ive heard zombiU is average and mario still plays like mario fun platforming.
DivineAssault  +   1122d ago
rayman legends on wii u should sell decently.. I honestly believe that wii u launched pre maturely just to get out there in time for black friday.. Bad move imo cuz they shouldve had a solid line up of 1st party games to make people want to buy it for new software & not ports n recycled ones.. Nintendo land is all the tech demos shown for the past 2 yrs slapped together w a $60 price tag & mario bros is well mario bros.. The rest, ports n shovel ware.. N64 launched with mario 64 & pilot wings.. Those two games alone were better choices than all of wii u launch titles..
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Deku-Johnny  +   1122d ago
The games sales are far behind the launch of Wii and Gamecube but then again so were the PS3 and 360's sales.
3-4-5  +   1122d ago
Wii U will sell when there are actual games I / we want to play on it.

* Super Smash Brothers

* Legend of Zelda

* Kirby

* Mario 3D

* 30-40 other random games that end up being good.

Nintendo went from always launching with a system seller to slowly releasing system sellers down the road.

it's like they want 2 launches or pushes before the other next gen's get in.

That way they can get their initial money, and then work on how to distribute the Wii U at a cheaper price to compete against the New xbox & PS4.
wiiulee  +   1121d ago
lol....are you kidding me hater...the wiiu just came out and was it suppose to have sold more games then systems out for years? point is wiiu games are selling and will sell more as userbase grows

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