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Submitted by Ramon3MR 1034d ago | opinion piece

4/09/2013 Preemptive I Told You So: Wii U To Outsell PS4 And Xbox 720 This Holiday Season

GotGame: We’ve had a long line of doomed consoles from the DS (which was bound to be destroyed by Sony’s more powerful PSP), to the Wii (pre launch everyone had written it off), the PS3 (599 US Dollars), to the 3DS (my godz the iPhonez are going to keel it), the Vita, and now the Wii U. We even have the Xbox 720 getting its fair share of doom and gloom before the system has even been announced! We need something to bash for cheap hits, and our collective history of awful predictions hasn’t stopped us from hopping aboard the doom train. (PS4, Wii U, Xbox One)

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SlavisH2  +   1034d ago
lol only way this happens is if the ps4 and next xbox undership
Ramon3MR  +   1034d ago
Or if there are any delays perhaps.
Boody-Bandit  +   1034d ago
The only way this happens is if MS and Sony can't meet the demand.

The demand for the next offerings from MS and Sony will be through the roof as opposed to the Wii U. I could walk into most stores in my area and pick up a Wii U the day it released. I doubt the same will ring true with the PS4 and Next Box but I already have my camping gear ready to go.
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iGAM3R-VIII  +   1034d ago
lol or the PS4/720 do not come out in 2013.

@article loooool *sigh*
SilentNegotiator  +   1033d ago
Or if Ps4 costs $699 USD.
jcnba28  +   1034d ago | Well said
Wii U all day every day.
wenaldy  +   1034d ago
LOL no one agrees with you :D
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1034d ago
I disagreed.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1034d ago
Wii u all day every day??
Damn bro, you must be bored as hell! LOL!
sfalexl21  +   1034d ago
What game do you even play? Any console that goes 3 months without a game is bound to collect dust.
Benjaminkno  +   1034d ago
see how fearful you've made them?
Parapraxis  +   1034d ago
I had to dust my WiiU the other day....seriously.
quantae06  +   1033d ago
Let's you know how many haters are on this site. The Wii U is a good console, will be great when more big titles release. People following the haters, due to word of mouth instead of playing it, are the worse out of all of em.
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solidjun5  +   1027d ago
This is "Well Said?"
--Onilink--  +   1034d ago
well that is pretty much guaranteed to happen. Its very hard for consoles to meet demand on the 1st month or so. By then the WiiU will be releasing Mario Kart, Mario 3D and WindWaker HD, the same combo of games that gave a huge boost to the 3DS sales. So yeah, i actually dont see anything weird with that statement, not that it would actually reflect anything about how the rest of the years will be
violents  +   1034d ago
What Nintendo will shove more Mario games down the public's throat, no way!
--Onilink--  +   1034d ago

Why should i care if the title has the word Mario on it if they are quality games and completely different genres?

Its not like Sony or MS dont do the same, Nintendo simply has done it for longer (because they have been around longer,shocker...) were you even aware that Killzone SF is the 5th Killzone game in 7 years? 6th if you count the HD remake.. God of War? same thing, 5 games in 7 years. Similar thing for Halo, Gears of War, etc, etc

And you know what, not only did I purchase all those mario games, I purchased all the Killzones, GoW, Halo's, Gears, Assasins Creed, etc. I also buy a lot of new IPs.

I dont judge games based on their name, i judge them based on their quality, and they are all quality titles
violents  +   1034d ago

I haven't seen a Nintendo game in years that I thought was a "quality game"

you cant seriously sit here and say that Nintendo consoles aren't jam packed with shovelware including rehash after rehash of the same old crap, far worse than any other console maker.

Hopefully the WiiU doesn't follow down the same path but I'm not holding my breath hoping for it either.

Compare the number of Killzones or Gears of war or even Assassins creed with the number of Mario inspired games on a Nintendo. I guarantee there are more Mario games out there than any other, Some fresh new ideas is what Nintendo needs instead of trying to ride the wave of familiar franchises.

Two of the supposed 5 games your claiming have been in the killzone franchise haven't even released yet so that doesn't count, one of the killzones is a psp title and killzone one was a ps2 titles so realistically they only released 4 games so far in the franchise on 3 separate platforms.

since its too many to write ill post a link to the wiki for how many Mario games there have been, I counted at least 12 just for the wii.
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--Onilink--  +   1034d ago
I dont recall saying anything about the shovelware.. yes its there, I wont say to anyone you should buy it, but to go from that to say that the games Nintendo make are not of great quality is a totally different thing.

You say rehash after rehash of the same thing? Most Nintendo games have the same or even more changes between each iteration than some of the ones mentioned in my previous comment. Differences between Uncharted 1,2 and 3. Tighter combat and better graphics, and yet each of them are great. Killzone? Gears? Resistance?

All of those games are part of a franchise with established foundations, so its normal for them to be similar while improving certain aspects.

So just as some of those franchises might have very similar games, Nintendo has that too, 2D mario games are all very similar, Mario Kart? the same thing.. but they have many other games that constantly change with each games. The Mario RPG's? all so very different, StarFox, all very different(not necesarily for the better), even Zelda that keeps such a similar structure usually has very different mechanics and tone.

those 2 killzone games are coming out this year, so yeah, its still the same... and i wasnt even counting the PSOne game. Killzone 2, 3, Liberation, Mercenaries, HD Collection, Shadowfall. All of them are the same type of game, except perhaps liberation.

My point is, why even take all Mario games as a whole when you know they are completely different games? Or are you saying that if I bought Mario Kart Wii I shouldnt get Mario Part, Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, etc because they are all the same?
Thats just being closed minded... Nintendo actually rarely releases 2 games of the same franchise (or the same genre when it comes to Mario) in a single generation
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Whymii  +   1033d ago

Nintendo doesn't shove anything down gamer's throats because they have a choice whether to buy their games or not. Interestingly enough, it seems that millions of people choose to buy Nintendo games, most likely because they recognise the inherent quality of the products.

Nintendo have refined these games to the point that they are the benchmark against which all similar games are compared. Love or hate them, they are masters of platform, kart and action adventures genres. A fact recognised by many other developers of games you probably do enjoy.
nthstew  +   1034d ago
this is the greatest April fool joke of ages
fr0sty  +   1034d ago
Or of monkeys fly out of my ass. Wii U can't even outsell Vita!
PopRocks359  +   1034d ago
It was outselling the Vita prior to the Vita's price drop.
Amsterdamsters  +   1033d ago
It outsold Vita every week prior to the Vita price drop (retailers in Japan dropped the vita price 1 week before the formal price drop
) and has out sold it for the past three weeks too. I believe that there were a total of three weeks were the Vita outsold the Wii U worldwide...out of the 20+ weeks the Wii U has been out.... Your point is null and void.

People really need to stop fulling "facts" out of their makes them look foolish.
fr0sty  +   1033d ago
Yes, it has outsold vita before, and will likely do it again. That wasn't the point. Vita's sales suck... and for a console (which is the successor to the most popular home console of this generation) to have to struggle to top them... That says something.
Nevers0ft  +   1034d ago
... Or overprice.

The world economy isn't what it was back in 2005/6.
iGAM3R-VIII  +   1034d ago
lol or the PS4/720 do not come out in 2013.

@article loooool *sigh*
Zhipp  +   1033d ago
It could happen if they're too expensive as well.
ijust2good  +   1033d ago
But princess is still in another castle somewhere
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dedicatedtogamers  +   1034d ago
Unlike the Wii when it launched, the WiiU has none of the "must have" appeal that allowed it to sell out everywhere. The WiiU - being a year old by the time this holiday hits - will also have lost its new-ness, while the PS4 and 720 (if the 720 launches) will both be the new, shiny thing for people to buy on impulse. You can bet that if both Sony's and Microsoft's console are on the market, both companies will be spending millions on advertising space to out-do one another. And Nintendo will get lost in the noise.

I'm sorry, but after the first year, it's an uphill battle. All of the easy, early adopters have already purchased the system.
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jcnba28  +   1034d ago
Nintendo will win next gen again easily.
geassdanny  +   1034d ago
Best joke I heard all day.......oh you're actually serious! That makes it even more funnier.
oldassgamer  +   1034d ago
Are you calling the Wii U "next gen"?
kupomogli  +   1033d ago
But didn't Nintendo fanboys say Wii U is a next gen system? So we're already in the current next gen.

Ooooh. You mean the "NEXT(ninth") gen? Maybe Nintendo will win that gen, who knows.
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Narutone66  +   1033d ago
What he meant is the next console after Wii U. At least that's what I thought.
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mcstorm  +   1034d ago
So is this the same thing for the PSV then or the 3DS before it or even the PS3 before that?

Just because the WiiU sales have not been as big as the Wii dose not mean it can not keep up or even out sell the PS4.

No one knows the specs of the next xbox and we don't know the price of the Next Xbox or PS4. We don't even know that much about them.

All the people bashing xbox live price what happens if sony decide to charge £40 to play online and access the Share parts of PSN? What happens if the next Xbox and PS4 are over £400?
We don't even know what games will be released on the PS4 and next xbox.

Also what happens if the next xbox will not play 360 games and we know the PS4 is not BC and COD MW4 and BF4 are not on the next xbox and PS4?

No one knows what will happen when the next gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft so you cant say that they will walk all over the WiiU.

If you look back to last year everyone on here was saying the PSV was going to walk all over the 3DS yet it is not. The same was said about the PS3 walking all over the 360 yet it did not.

The only thing we do know is that no one knows what will happen when the next xbox and PS4 are out and we don't know if the WiiU sales will go through the roof or tank in the next 12 months.
Sucitta  +   1034d ago
When was it confirmed that BF4 would not be on next gen systems?

They will announce next gen versions of all the big games once the consoles have launched. This should not interfere with sales for current gen versions if they keep a lid on it until after the next gen has launched.

From what Ive gathered, because of the size of the instal base for both 360/ps3, most AAA next gen games will receive a watered down last gen version.
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mcstorm  +   1034d ago
I never said they were not on the next gen console I said what if they are not on the next gen console.

And that is also my point if the PS4 and Next xbox get watered down versions then why would anyone go out and buy a new console that could cost £400 or more for the same game they can play on there current console.

Every one is expecting the PS4 and next xbox to walk all over the WiiU in there 1st 12 months but if they are getting watered down versions then why will people bother to buy a new console in its 1st 12 months on the market?
majiebeast  +   1034d ago
Unless Nintendo can get out Smash and a new Mario kart they stand no chance.


3D mario games never sell that much just look at SMG1,2. A remake of an old Zelda game is great, but i wouldnt say its a huge system seller.
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secretcode  +   1034d ago
I agree, but there's other shit coming too. We've been promised a new Mario title, as well as the confirmed Wind Waker HD remake hitting this fall.
--Onilink--  +   1034d ago
they did said that Mario 3D and Mario Kart would be out this year and shown playable at E3
deafdani  +   1034d ago
No, they only said they would show them playable at E3, they never stated they would be out this year.

Still I hope at least one of them releases before this year's end. :3
grassyknoll  +   1034d ago
Mario Galaxy sold over 11 million copies. That's a success if ever there was one.
--Onilink--  +   1034d ago
well they dont sell that much compared to the monster sales of mario kart or 2D marios, but they usually sell a lot. Mario Galaxy has sold like 10mill and Galaxy 2 like 7mill
truechainz  +   1034d ago
If nintendo cuts the price this fall, releases probably 2 first party titles (any two will do but most likely 3D mario and mario kart), gets that monolith soft title out, possible 3rd party suprises (Nintendo still hasn't done their 3rd party direct they promised) and on top of that Sony and Microsoft don't do a tremendously better job stocking their systems than last time, then the Wii U will outsell.
Shok  +   1033d ago
"3D mario games never sell that much just look at SMG1,2"

Galaxy 1 almost sold 12 MILLION and Galaxy 2 sold 7 million
strigoi814  +   1034d ago
Funny article..i thought april fools is long done
Myst-Vearn  +   1034d ago
It just not gonna happen.
Benjaminkno  +   1034d ago
yeah, just like the 100 million selling Wii
sway_z  +   1034d ago
No shiiiiiSherlock!

Hardly a prediction. Even someone with the most basic idea of economics could work it out.

Wii U will have a far bigger inventory than either Sony or MS come holiday season. You know it is virtually impossible for either MS/Sony to meet the demand at launch.

Wii U should have released more titles by the time the PS4/720 launch happens and will outsell the PS4/720 launch consoles by default.

But then Wii U will get trounced in sales when more PS4/720 stock arrives at retail.

...So what was the point of the article again??
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Muerte2494  +   1034d ago
I admit i don't know ....
how this will iron it's way holiday season. Wii U will definitely have some games coming this summer and into fall. I think the PS4 price point is what will be the deciding factor. Although unlike Nintendo, Sony is planning on doing a worldwide launch of PS4.

Regardless, I will be getting a Ps4 Day one. I already own a Wii U.
Sanquine90  +   1034d ago
Uuhm Sony has ( First party) 12 studio's working on Ps4 titles. I think they will do really fine;) Wii U for me only has MH now ( I love Mh thats why i have a wii U ^^)
JustinWeinblatt  +   1034d ago
Take a look at the other comments here. Maybe you agree with me, and if so that's cool, but that's not the prevailing attitude.

As for once stock comes in, the Wii U will still be fine. The Wii U can appeal to markets outside the 16-34 male demos. The PS4 will struggle here. The Wii U has a larger potential market. We'll see if they can take advantage of that.
Amsterdamsters  +   1033d ago
Just like how the PS360 was going to trounce the Wii, the PSP was going to trounce the DS and Vita was going to trounce the 3DS....don't you guys ever get tired of being wrong?

His point was simple. He believes that the Wii U will outsell the PS720 this holiday season.... It might, it might not. What's the point to your reply?
hennessey86  +   1034d ago
I highly doubt that
The PS4 will be in high demand and untill we no what microsofts plan is, who the hell knows how that will sell.
GABRIEL1030  +   1034d ago
It's still possible if nintendo cuts off the price and releases greats AAA games like Zelda and Metroid. For me, I'll buy a Ps4 :)
Dlacy13g  +   1034d ago
I predict the PS3 and 360 will both outsell the WiiU and Wii. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it...I told you so.
Amsterdamsters  +   1033d ago
I "believe" that the individual sales of either the PS3 or 360 will outsell the total sales of the Wii U or the PS4 or the 720. Individual sales of the six though, and Wii wins.
prettyboy12  +   1034d ago
believe it when i see it
KillrateOmega  +   1034d ago
Preemptive I Told You So:
You're wrong. It won't.
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avengers1978  +   1034d ago
The ps4 is already in high demand and Xbox has a loyal fan base, if e3 comes around and Sony shows off a killer line up for the ps4 and Xbox debunks some of the rumors and shows good exclusives then the next box will also be in high demand... Wii u is already getting left out by some multi- platform games like battlefield 4, it seems highly unlikely that wii u will outsell ps4 or Xbox 720... Considering when it first came out the wii u didn't even outsell the ps3 and 360
taiwanesebrothaz  +   1034d ago
you guys do realize... wii sold a lot last gen because it was first of all the cheapest console, second of all it sold an idea of "fun" that pretty much vanished after you play 30 mins of it and never touched it for two years, then it spread like wildfire because people were having parties or family dinners and the wii shined bright in these situations where people get to play 10 mins and have quick bursts of fun

now...for wii u to succeed it would have to win back old customers, and sadly most people don't fall for it the second time.

people who bought wii back then will look at wii u like this "we bought the wii... it was fun... but we hardly touched it after that"

the only way WII U could hang with this gen was their hardware specs were in line with ps4 and xbox720


they sell it very cheap, ex. sub below 300 or below 250

because the wii u is literally a psp2 packaged with a last gen console..... its appealing but not as appealing as how wii was portrayed back then
1upgamer99  +   1034d ago
Personally, I am looking forward to Bayonetta 2, Eternal Darkness (Nintendo Renewed the IP), Fatal Frame (Nintendo CO owns it now), Xenoblade 2. All of these games are not your typical Nintendo IP's. You can add all of the typical ones to the list of games I am looking forward to, Like Zelda.

Some of these games will help sell the system, but only IF they come out sooner than later.
imsocool1234  +   1034d ago
The Wii U is an absolute failure. The console has been out how long and has no games.

Nintendo isn't supporting it because they don't have the creative capacity to think outside the box and create something new.

No outside parties of Nintendo want to support them either.
Ck1x  +   1034d ago
So Nintendo doesn't have the creativity to think outside the box... Lol
What about the PS4 is thinking outside the box? What games that were shown on PS4 = thinking outside of the box? Dude that is purely a psychotic statement at best!
imsocool1234  +   1034d ago
How is it a psychotic statement?

It's even doing worse than the PS Vita has. Not even the PS3 had such a horrid launch.

It's no secret that the Wii U is struggling. All the evidence is in front of you based off reports.
Whymii  +   1033d ago

Maybe they should sack Miyamoto and hire you to think outside the box for them. Whether you like them or not motion controls and tablet controllers are thinking outside the box. Sony practically copied the wiimote and MS made us suffer with 'better with Kinect'. If the gamepad takes off, how long before we see copies of them. MS is already crowing about Surface and Sony has the Vita link, but both suffer the same mistake as last time. They were not built as part of the system, rather as add-ons. Neither MS or Sony can be accused of thinking out of the box.

Nintendo has been innovating for probably longer than you've been alive. They have either pioneered or made standard shoulder buttons, start and select, d-pad, four action buttons in a diamond layout, analogue thumb sticks, rumble, situation sensitive action buttons, stereoscopic, dual screens, etc..

Apart from dual analogue thumb sticks, what has Sony done that is thinking outside of the box? How has MS innovated gameplay beyond charging for a good online service? I own all consoles, including Vita and 3DS, and see merrit for each. What's the sales ratio of 3DS to Vita at the moment?

Time will tell for The wii u. I personally hope it goes well, just as I hope the PS4 and Nextbox does well too. But then I'm not a fanboy and can appreciate good games and platforms regardless of who makes them. Hell, I'd buy one made by Black & Decker if the games were as good as Nintendo's, Naughty Dog or Bungie.
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Roper316  +   1034d ago
the only way that happens is if Sony & MS can't keep up with stock demands for the holiday. That is why I always felt the best time to release a console would be during the late summer / early fall that way by time the holiday rolls around there should be plenty of stock available.

Joe casual who just wants to get something for his kids for X-mas is going to buy whats on the shelf & available even if it's not exactly what he or she wanted.

Once Joe casual has bought his system more than likely that is the only system they will be buying and that is a sale that Sony or MS lost and will never get back just because of a stupid release window & lack of stock for the time of the year they choose to release.

To me that is just dumb business and loses sales in the long run imho.

If you need to release right at the holidays then they should really plan ahead with manufacturing so there is about 10 million units ready to ship not the 1-2 million they will actually have which doesn't meet the demand.
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skyrimer  +   1034d ago
Not gonna happen. Casual gamers don't care anymore and hardcore gamers are waiting for PS4/Nextbox. Only Nintendo fans will stick with the console, the rest will wait for it to be under $200 and buy it when it have 20-30 real must-haves.
chadboban  +   1034d ago
Hahahahaha! Oh god n4g, you guys will never learn to read beyond the headlines won't you? This guy doesn't say anything about the ps4 and the xbox 720 failing (as a matter of fact he clearly states that he thinks their launches are going to go even better than the xbox 360 and ps3). You would swear the guy just blatantly said that wii u would destroy ps4 and 720 the way you guys are reacting. The guys states his reasons why he thinks the wii u will outsell ps4 and 720 (not even by much might I add) and for the most part he states them quite well. Funny thing is most folks will completely ignore his points and just go straight to telling him he's wrong without really stateing why. Let me say again that he in no way said that the ps4 and 720 are not going to sell well, and in fact stated that they would launch even better than the 360, ps3 and wii u. Of course you guys ain't gonna read none of that because you're too focused on the big and blue words at the top of the page.
Ck1x  +   1034d ago
You are right, the guy is basically using numbers and past console holiday stats to make his point... Not to mention as he stated, the PS3 had the benefit of riding high off the PS2 dominance train. But the difference is that PS2 was really showing its age and PS3 looks like it might have another 1-2yrs in it, before its fanbase decides to upgrade to something new. Of course early adopters will get the consoles and the hysteria amongst them will be to epic proportions. But there's just no way of being able to predict the flow of market interest each year, let alone at the start of a new console generation. The one factor people fail to acknowledge, that it's been 7yrs since the last group of systems came out and a new generation of gamers come with those 7yrs that went by...
JustinWeinblatt  +   1034d ago
I've learned long ago not to count on all the commenters on N4G having actually read the article. Basically people go "hey it says Wii U in the article, so I'll just post what I think about the Wii U in the comments". It's just the way it is.

On the bright side though, for every 10 or so people who don't read the article, or read skim the article, there will be one person who actually read it, which is alot better than what I'd be doing without N4G. Alot of people, like yourself, actually gave thoughtful well reasoned comments. As for the rest of them, I can't worry too much. If you're going to write on the internet and you're not ready for heavy and often ill informed criticism.... then uhhhh well you shouldn't write on the internet.

For the record, I exaggerated a bit on what I think the 720 and PS4 will do. I think they will outperform their predecessors. With things like youtube and the general growth of the internet, and the culture created by video games companies and even guys like Apple, companies are MUCH better at building hype. But, the overall economy, a more competitive electronics, and the continuing strength of the 360 and PS3 will hurt them. I'd predict about 3 to 3.2 million for the PS3. The X-Box is still a bit of a wild card but I really don't like the moves M$ has been making for the last several years, so I have less hope for the 720. Probably along the lines of 2.8 million.

If Sony and Microsoft are smart, they'll empty their piggy banks and collectively try to make sure the next COD is only on next gen consoles. If Call of Duty is only on next gen, we'll see a much quicker adoption rate for those consoles.

Thanks to you, and everyone else who actually read the article, for reading and commenting. I've no more bubbles to reply, so I'll just say to keep an eye on (I'll try to post it here too but whether or not it goes up is beyond my control). Like I said, I'll update when December NPDs go up.
chadboban  +   1033d ago
Hey no problem man, I appreciate that you appreciate me actually reading your article :)

It's not hard to be rational when brand loyalty isn't exactly your thing. Unfortunately that's a problem the majority of N4G has. I'm someone that appreciates all that gaming has to offer and it would be pretty stupid of me to not play or irrationally hate a game just because it's on a particular console.

Don't get me wrong here, I have no problem with a fanboy that stays loyal to his brand. If you have a preference and that company serves your needs well then by all means stick with that company. But the second you decide to hate and be rude to the rest of the gaming community just because they don't have that same preference or because they like something else, that's when I have a problem. That's the type of fanboy that I absolutely despise. They're the ones that keeps flame wars raging and the gaming community segregated.
Hicken  +   1033d ago
Just because you complained about it- and honestly, given how much hit-seeking makes it way into the site, how can you blame people for not getting past an article's title?- I decided I'd read your article.

How the consoles did at launch: This is valid, but, honestly, I don't think you explored it far enough. Yes, the Wii U was, by year's end, in line with at LEAST the PS3's sales. But the PS3 also suffered supply issues like the 360 did. Furthermore, the sales of Nintendo's system have been rather front loaded: after the first month or so, the sales have gone off a cliff, including the Wii U seeing (literally) record low sales for at least one month this year. Sure, that's after the holidays, but it's important to consider when you're thinking about the interest that'll be there for it this upcoming holiday.

720 Prediction: Reasonable. The problem with trying to predict the 720 is that there's virtually nothing known about it. If all the rumors turn out to be true, I don't think the 720 will sell well at all at launch. It can do better if only some of them are- and some of them WILL be, I'm certain of that- but I see most core gamers(who make up the brunt of early adopter sales) waiting for a while, especially if the games aren't there.

PS4 Prediction: I don't think the PS2 was winding down at all. In fact, didn't the PS2 outsell everything but the Wii for something like two years after its predecessor released? Regardless, your prediction also leaves out the ability to drop the price of the PS3 before the PS4 launches, which allows for the PS4 to release at a lower price point. I don't see, at least at the start, the system going for much of a wider market than the PS3, either.

Wii U Prediction: For the Wii U to outdo the others, Nintendo is going to have to get it out to the public that it's more than just an add-on for the Wii. And yes, people DO believe that. It's going to need quite a few of its big-ticket games to launch(which will be somewhat worrying for future years), and it will need to look like a larger jump over current gen consoles than it does right now. And with the comparatively cheap PS3/360 on the market, and the new and more technically flashy and impressive PS4/720 being the new things released, it'll be in a sort of no man's land... which is where it already seems to be finding itself with many third parties. Hopefully, that'll change, but losing the likes of GTA, Battlfield, and CoD(which you mentioned here but not in the article) could make the system look less desirable. First party games will drive sales, but many of those who would be interested already grabbed a Wii U, so it's unclear whether those titles will provide a boost in holiday sales.

The truth is: the casuals HAVE left Nintendo. They won't see a need to ditch their Wii for a Wii U. The core, on the other hand, seem to be waiting for the Wii U to prove itself. If there's difficulty capturing the attention of these crowds, the Wii U may not see an improvement in sales period, let alone at the holidays.
LOL_WUT  +   1034d ago
Wishful thinking ;)
MehmetAlperTR  +   1034d ago
In his / her dream...
Npugz7  +   1034d ago
Bahahaha ya right!!!! What is it April fools again!!
gedden7  +   1034d ago
It should only because I do believe Nintendo is pulling out some BIG guns for E3 and this holiday season. Mario 3d, Wind Waker, Smash Bros, Mario Kart and 3rd party games all to be released for the holiday season. Nintendo should do very well this holiday season compared to the high priced xbox and ps4, xbox always online uncertainty, lack of games ect.. Seriously graphics can't cure these elements..
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andrewsqual  +   1034d ago
Lol if a Dragon Quest game isn't aking off in Japan on it, it is DOOMED. For people saying when they start releasing 1st party games it will do well, they LAUNCHED it with a 2D Mario. I don't know how much more they could have catered to the casual and hardcore fans and it still failed. It is DOOMED.
jay2  +   1034d ago
Unless we see them in 14............ NO
4lc4pon3  +   1034d ago
the wii/wiiU is a childs toy. No real gamer is going to buy it the only reason it sells is because its cheap and thats what parents will buy for there younger kids.

Mr_Writer85  +   1034d ago
It all depends on the next xbox really. Lets face it the PS4 and the Xbox are what hardcore and the people who play COD and FIFA want.

Now the 360 and PS3 have split the market share. 77/78 million (I think) each. Which combined is around 140 million. Those 140million are the market share they are both aiming for.

So lets say example one, the WiiU come December has been out for a year, maybe a price cut and to date (going off how it's sold in the 5 months so far) you are looking at over 5million units. Shipping 500k units a month, again this is all rough.

Now this is where the Xbox comes in. At the moment there is a lot of negative press. However for arguments shake lets say that the worse things where BS. There are many who maybe where going to jump ship but decide to stay, there will be those who maybe stick due brand loyalty. Bits lets say they start selling 400k a month.

Then in comes the PS4, now they may do the same, or maybe a bit better due to many people liking the way they are going. So lets say they ship 450k units a month.

In this case the WiiU would of 'won'.

But then lets say that the xbox does have the always on, blocked second hand game, and is more focused on apps and kinect rather then games. Then those gamers are going to go to the PS4. Now you may say 'well why not the WiiU?'. A very valid argument, and I will factor that in.

So the Xbox loses 150k units a month to the WiiU and PS4. Now I think it's fair to say many gamers are holding off for a Xbox/PS4 so 125k should go to Sony whilst the remaking 25k goes to Nintendo.

Meaning 525k units a month for the WiiU and 575k units a month for the PS4.

Now all these figures mean nothing. The same as the article, its just someone wanting to try and be different.

What you have to remember is that before the Wii came the N64 and the Gamecube. Now they did 33million and 21million. Why didn't they do as well as the Wii? Both had Mario games, both had Mario Kart games, both had Super Smash games, both has Zelda, Metroid etc.

Yet even combined they only JUST add up to half of the Wii sales. I know why, but I want someone who disagree with me to tell me why.
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JustinWeinblatt  +   1034d ago
I didn't make all this just to be different for the sake of being different. I truly believe it.

There is a BIG difference between the situation Nintendo was in now and with the Cube.

First off, you' mentioned they both had Mario, Smash, Zelda, etc. You fail to mention Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Party, and so on. You may not think these are a big deal, but they are.

Furthermore, Nintendo's franchises have had a lot more exposure. 33 million or so people played Mario Kart on the Wii due to the hype of the Wii. More people exposed to the franchises mean more potential sales for the Wii U. Exposure is important.

At any rate, thanks for reading and commenting!
Mr_Writer85  +   1034d ago
Wii fit was aimed at casuals, same as the console. Mario Kart came out when the Wii hype was still high.

All the best selling games came between 2006-2009. The hight of Wii fever, games released after 2009 weren't as strong.

Mario Galaxy 1 - 2007 - 10million units

Mario Galaxy 2 - 2010 - 7million

Already you see a decline. A Mario game only doing 7million on a console with a user base of 99million?

In its first 2 months the Wii sold 2million consoles. Then went onto to sell 1million or more until a year later where at Christmas time they sold almost 5million in one month. So why isn't the WiiU doing the same?

And you still didn't answer the question, why wasn't the GameCube and the N64 as popular as the Wii?
WeAreLegion  +   1034d ago
The PS3 and PS4 will outsell the Wii U this holiday season. The 720 will, as well.
Peanuts110  +   1034d ago
The Nintendo will succeed. Wii U is a more Kid friendly system. MS & Sony cater more to Hard Core gamers. Which is great. How ever they both lack attention to that under 10 audience. Most parents won't buy a PS4/Xbox720 for their young kids. Their games are too violent and they hardly have any game line up for kids. They might come up with one or two games, but not enough to justify the cost of the system. Wii U is next generation. "Next generation Nintendo!" That's all Nintendo needs. And they were able to make it backwards compatible.
I doubt MS/Sony will do the same thing. It's inevitable that millions of console owners will be left in the dark once the new systems come out and support for the old systems are discontinued. The hardest part for Sony/MS will be the transition to the new consoles and software sales as well. Reality is they are going to start from scratch to build their base again. The record software sales they have now, will take them few years to regain.
Shnazzyone  +   1034d ago
Decent article. his reasoning does make sense. Eager to see how this article gets updated at the end of the year.
CPTN MITCHELL  +   1034d ago
Don't do drugs this is what happen when u do...wake up stop dreaming
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