Analyst: Nintendo sold 55,000 Wii U units in April

Cnet:According to Pachter, who estimates console sales in the U.S. based on retail checks, Nintendo sold just 55,000 Wii U units in April, down 19 percent compared to March. The company's Wii, which has been on store shelves for years, sold 75,000 units in April.

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NYC_Gamer2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

Nintendo better start giving gamers a reason to buy Wii U

Godchild10202012d ago

You could say the same thing about Sony and the Vita in the US.

At least we know there are games coming out for both platforms, it's just a matter of time.

SilentNegotiator2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

Boy, some people sure like to bring up the VITA any time Wii U's poor performance is mentioned.

Yes, they're both stinkers, but for different reasons.

Wii U: It's stuck too far in the middle, greatly pleasing neither end of the spectrum.
Vita: Too expensive, Sony hasn't supervised/help meet expenses for the games coming in well enough. COD, Resistance, Silent Hill, etc - All great IPs, all got absolutely subpar or crap installments on VITA. Monster Hunter, their best seller on PSP? They let it get contracted to Nintendo.

Sadly not surprising from either company. Both of them have been making massive mistakes on that side of hardware (Sony - handheld, Nintendo - console) for years, Nintendo getting lucky with Wii idea and now back to subpar sales with a new system.

Dmagic2012d ago

no you cant its a handheld not its main system!

DemonSlayer4202012d ago

Exactly, as soon as the newest versions of Mario Kart, Mario tennis, Zelda, and Cooking Mama come out Nintendo will definitely start moving some units....

yeahokchief2012d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

Vita isn't expensive at all. If you're smart you'll pay $200 for it by signing up for the Sony Credit Card.

There's so many ways to get free PSN credit between sonyrewards, credit card signup bonuses, referral programs etc

The device practically pays for itself if you were goign to buy anything on PSN or wanted a PS plus subscription.

I can't even keep up with all the games they give away. So worth it.

SonyPS42011d ago

Most people are not going to sign up for credit cards just for a handheld. You are delusional if you'd think that, or you must work for Sony PR.

TechnicianTed2011d ago

'If you're smart you'll pay $200 for it by signing up for the Sony Credit Card. '

That's not going to happen though on my side of the pond.

ZombieNinjaPanda2011d ago

Sign up for a credit card to get a handheld? Are you bloody kidding me? I'm screenshotting this.

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LOL_WUT2012d ago

Without any games what other reasons do they have? Except for a price cut. ;)

Gr812012d ago

That's actually pretty funny. And pretty spot on. Iwata needs to stop apologizing and start producing.

lilbroRx2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

@Arius Dion.

First, this is a "Patcher estimate". Its not a fact. Second of all, they intentionally saying "Analyst" instead of Patcher again to cloak the misinformation.

Nintendo is and has been producing. Producing is why its taking so long. Rome wasn't built in a day and I would rather wait for a complete game than get some rushed, incomplete garbage like Alien's Colonial Mars and the Darksiders 2 Wii U version.

Highlife2012d ago


Price cut? So I can get a cheaper system and still have no games?

miyamoto2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

Nintendo is trying to get two birds (casual and hardcore gamer's markets) with one stone (Wii U) and hit neither because that stone lacks speed, power and accuracy.

Nintendo should have aimed at one target like it did with the Wii, DS, and 3DS and kept its family friendly image and cheap price points.

I am 100% sure that Zombi U bundle packaging surely turned off alot of parents, kids and hardcore gamers. Its too horrifying to parents and too kiddie for the core gamer. It does not appeal to both.

and the sad thing is...

Nintendo can't go hardcore only like Sony continually does with PlayStation because of their clean kiddie casual identity.

Nintendo have brought this upon themselves. Only they can fix this problem.

They should refresh, rebrand and relaunch the Wii U with one target in mind and price cut comes second like Sony did in 2009 with PS3 rebrand, refresh, price cut and one killer app Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, saw the people open their wallets and gave 360 a run for its money.

ZombieNinjaPanda2011d ago


Some of your post is accurate, other of it is not. Sony is hardcore only? Did you forget the move? What about LBP racing or anything like that? Don't say something that's completely false. That's not cool.

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Relientk772012d ago

Yeah, I wanna see more first party games, and that includes new and original IPs

BullyMangler2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

dang .. why is the wiiU selling anything? it has no REAL games yet. ssiiick

Wolfbiker2011d ago

LEGO City Undercover and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are both awesome.

AngelicIceDiamond2012d ago

I'm starting go think the Wii U's "funeral" is starting to make sense in that vid.

Its not over yet, Nintendo still has a chance at E3 to redeem itself.

I pray for Nintendo.

exsturminator012012d ago

Nintendo cancelled their E3 keynote though. There'll be a Nintendo Direct around that time probably, but they're not taking the stage at E3.

TekoIie2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )


They may not have a conference but that doesnt mean they aren't at E3. Last E3's highlight for many was Watch Dogs and that wasnt in Ubi's conference.

Point being that more attention will be drawn to what they have on the show floor. Of course we all hope they have something new to show which will give the Wii U a reason to be bought :)

deafdani2012d ago

@Pekolie: Watch Dogs WAS in Ubisoft's E3 conference, I don't know what you been smoking.

DOMination-2012d ago

Yes watchdogs was at Ubisofts conference. Nintendo will probably have a video announcing some big games but i and many others will probably not watch it due to not knowing about or because those direct shows are shoddily produced. Nothing beats the occasion of a big e3 conference even if its cheesy.

TekoIie2011d ago

It was?!?!? Wow my bad lol XD

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AlphaCentyros2011d ago

The perfect moment for that would be during their press-conference at E3, but nope, instead they destroyed that opportunity.

FinalomegaS2011d ago

@ NYC_Gamer

why didn't you put the title as:

Pachter:Nintendo sold 55,000 WiiU units in April.

NYC_Gamer2011d ago

I didn't wanna change the original title of the article

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Roper3162012d ago

isn't that better then it has been seeling? I though the WiiU was usually in the 20,000's-30,000's?

Captain Qwark 92012d ago

no i think its been about 50,000 the last couple months

lilbroRx2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

This is a Patcher estimate. This isn't real data.

The charts have recorded no less than 30k "a week" since march.

I don't know what I'm wasting my time to say this for, though. No one cares about the facts. All they care about is that they can use this as more fodder for bashing Nintendo.

I'll be sure to behave the same way when the PS3/360 are outselling the PS4/Xbox3 this time next year. I want to see these same articles pop up for them.

Captain Qwark 92012d ago

ehhh i dont think that will be the case dude. im pretty sure most gamers are ready to see what the nextbox and ps4 are doing.

the wii u on the other hand is still inferior to the current gen consoles in almost every way, thats why its not selling. graphics are barely better, online is inferior, not as many games, not as much media capabilities. other than its controller which i think is sweet, it has nothing going for it

Roper3162012d ago

not looking to bash Ninety for anything. While I may not support them since the SNES I don't wish for them to not sell their console or be successful with it.

I must have been thinking of Japans #'s.

kenshiro1002012d ago

...It's not selling very good. I like Nintendo but I don't see how the WiiU is gonna survive at this point.

Trago13372012d ago

See what Lack of a killer app does for you?

E3's less than a month away, and we already know that the 3D Mario and Mario Kart will likely be released this year.

Personally I really want to see Retro Studio's game showed off.

GAMES is what I'm getting at. Wii U needs 'em.

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