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Similarities between the launches of the Wii and Wii U

When the Wii launched there were a lot of questions about the long term prospects of the console, due to the fact that it had an unusual controller and was essentially a generation behind the competition in terms of processing power. Nintendo made a mini-game compilation meant to demonstrate what the system was about, and a few third-party developers delivered some very big titles to help boost sales.

When the Wii U launched, we saw a similar pattern. From consumer attitudes to launch games, there are a lot of parallels.

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MasterCornholio1688d ago

But the main difference is that the Wii sold a lot faster after launch then the Wii U.

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lilbroRx1688d ago (Edited 1688d ago )

That is false. The Wii sold only slightly above what the Wii U did in its first months. It was the only console to have a better launch than the Wii U.

The sales of the Wii U didn't fall until the game shortage started and the game releases came to a complete stop. This is the only reason its not selling "as well" as Nintendo wanted.

The Wii U with games sales combined is still making Nintendo a profit, however which is more than I can say for the other consoles in their launch period as well.

PopRocks3591688d ago

If I'm not mistaken, the difference in sales between the Wii and Wii U after their initial holiday bursts was only of a few hundred thousand units, maybe three to five.

To say that the Wii U did not at least have a nice head start is foolery. Unfortunately, with no big games to entice anyone and no notoriety on the market, the sales of dropped pretty significantly. Nintendo needs to make people who are both aware and unaware of this thing to want it.