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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. (Michael Pachter, Wii U)

NYC_Gamer  +   930d ago
Nintendo better start giving gamers a reason to buy Wii U
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Godchild1020  +   930d 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.
SilentNegotiator  +   930d ago | Well said
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.
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Dmagic  +   930d ago
no you cant its a handheld not its main system!
DemonSlayer420  +   929d 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....
yeahokchief  +   929d 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.
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SonyPS4  +   929d 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.
TechnicianTed  +   929d 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.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   929d ago
Sign up for a credit card to get a handheld? Are you bloody kidding me? I'm screenshotting this.
LOL_WUT  +   930d ago
"Please understand"
Without any games what other reasons do they have? Except for a price cut. ;)
Gr81  +   930d ago
That's actually pretty funny. And pretty spot on. Iwata needs to stop apologizing and start producing.
lilbroRx  +   930d 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.
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Highlife  +   930d ago

Price cut? So I can get a cheaper system and still have no games?
miyamoto  +   930d ago
Identity and Games are the problem.
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.
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ZombieNinjaPanda  +   929d 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.
Relientk77  +   930d ago
Yeah, I wanna see more first party games, and that includes new and original IPs
bullymangLer  +   930d ago
dang .. why is the wiiU selling anything? it has no REAL games yet. ssiiick
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Wolfbiker  +   929d ago
LEGO City Undercover and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are both awesome.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   930d 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.
exsturminator01  +   930d 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.
TekoIie  +   930d 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 :)
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deafdani  +   930d ago
@Pekolie: Watch Dogs WAS in Ubisoft's E3 conference, I don't know what you been smoking.
DOMination-  +   930d 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.
TekoIie  +   929d ago
It was?!?!? Wow my bad lol XD
Wolfbiker  +   929d ago
Its been 6 months...
AlphaCentyros  +   929d ago
The perfect moment for that would be during their press-conference at E3, but nope, instead they destroyed that opportunity.
FinalomegaS  +   929d ago
@ NYC_Gamer

why didn't you put the title as:

Pachter:Nintendo sold 55,000 WiiU units in April.
NYC_Gamer  +   929d ago
I didn't wanna change the original title of the article
dasbeer88  +   930d ago
Roper316  +   930d ago
isn't that better then it has been seeling? I though the WiiU was usually in the 20,000's-30,000's?
pimpschitz  +   930d ago
That's still sad.
Captain Qwark 9  +   930d ago
no i think its been about 50,000 the last couple months
lilbroRx  +   930d 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.
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Captain Qwark 9  +   930d 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
Roper316  +   930d 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.
kenshiro100  +   930d ago
...It's not selling very good. I like Nintendo but I don't see how the WiiU is gonna survive at this point.
Trago1337  +   930d 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.
coolmast3r  +   930d ago
Good to know.
pimpschitz  +   930d ago
Nintendo needs to scrap the WiiU and start saving for the the NEXT nextgen console.
Trago1337  +   930d ago
No, that's stupid, Beefing up the Hardware and putting out dev kits late in to the dev cycles of games coming out would be foolish.

Right now ALL of these game engines are scalable to work on PS3's and 360's, so they can damn well support Wii U.

The big problem that most developers are having with the system RIGHT NOW is the install base. If you've been keeping up with what developers have been saying about the Wii U it's that putting their games out on the Wii U would be "Risky" right now, because of the low install base.

Personally, I think if Nintendo released a Killer App for the system at launch, or launch window, the install base would have been large enough for devs to see the system as "Worth it" in their radars.
pimpschitz  +   930d ago
I disagree entirely, believe me when I say I am a nintendo junkie, but their games are geared towards smaller markets. Kids stuff. The generation I grew up in watched the coming of all the best systems at the top of their game (so to speak). Nintendo is doing what they think they need to do because I really don't think they have what it takes to fully compete with other consoles. We are going to watch the fall of Nintendo at some point, and another console creator will rival with xbox and PS. Nintendo had their time, and their portable market is through the roof, but they went smaller when they should have been thinking bigger.

It's not just about installs, if they had the mindset that they were going to set themselves apart from the other two leaders that's exactly what they did. But in doing so, they also alienated themselves from the leaders and disassociated themselves in that common talk, when actually they were rather cozy in my book. People rushed out and got he wii, people rushed out and got the wiiU. The recession with other platforms are much higher, because core (HARDCORE) gamers want something with bad ass graphics and a processor that doesn't look like it was built and stenciled out of legos and crayons. It's kids stuff, let them have it. You know what my nephew does with a $400 dollar wiiU console? Plays the same mario game, and watches youtube videos on it all day long. It's his smartphone, not his gaming console. Nintendo will go belly up, and it's just a matter of time before these cartridges that I am hoarding will turn to nuggets of gold.
BosSSyndrome  +   930d ago
Dude... by the time Nintendo goes out of business, or even the console business, Sony and Microsoft will already have stopped making games.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   930d ago
(you'll see later)

maybe May 30th.

We will see how good Next Gen Sales can or should be when 720 and PS4 come out. Until then we are only speculating.

The Business articles suggest (Ubisoft and Activision too) that since the current Gen is doing so well, we can expect more WiiU-like sales numbers across all Next Gen Plats.

We will see.
Thepcz  +   930d ago
no reason to buy a wiiu at the moment
and its sad becausee there doesnt seem to be much else on the horizon.

ok, xenoblade 2 and wind waker hd are worthy of getting a wiiu for, but there needs to be MORE.

there needs to be WAVES of brilliant games coming. not this drip feeding
deafdani  +   930d ago
For me, it's Xenoblade 2 (or whatever X is), Wind Waker HD, 3D Mario, Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart U and Pikmin 3, out of Nintendo's announced games so far. Maybe Yarn Yoshi as well, if the gameplay provides a bit of a challenge, because I found Kirby's Epic Yarn pretty boring due to how easy it was.

I don't know about WAVES of brilliant games, but at least I'm looking forward to those I listed. I hope they hit stores sooner rather than later, and I hope Nintendo announces a few more games at E3.
ChickeyCantor  +   929d ago
It's like people are ignoring the trend nintendo has been using with the Wii.

No announcements until they decide when. It's rather foolish to think they don't have anything else to announce.

Of course there needs to be games. Nintendo admitted that with the 3DS and clearly understands the WiiU needs the same.

But the WiiU isn't even a year old. Why are people expecting it to have 100 triple A games from the get go? No console did that ever.
deafdani  +   929d ago
Because we want it NOW! D:<
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Thepcz  +   929d ago
nintendos trend?
of doing what, drip feeding the consumer?

the last few years of the wiis life was dismal, thanks to the barren release schedule. it seems like the same story all over again, only this time with the wiiu.

lets not forget nintendo is suppose to be launching a new console.. it is suppose to be building momentum, creating hype, awareness etc. but... nothing. nothing but the sound of crickets.

no wonder the gaming press are eating the wiiu alive.

the only way nintendo can get gamers to part with their cash is by providing games. and not only that, but showing what games will be coming soon. yes, they have done that, but the problem is, there is only 4-5 games worth buying. which, for a consumer wanting a good investment, simply isnt enough.

add to that the problem of next to no third party support, and you have a very worrying situation. because now, nintedno are forced to literally support the console single handedly.

it can't (for example) like sony/micro sit back and let the third party games roll in by the dozens. nintendo cant do that because they have such a poor relationship with third parties, they dont value them. its obvious now, after generation after generation of the same situation of minimal third party support.

i have sat back and watched the wiiu get panned and thought it was unfair, but now i am starting to really think the wiiu is finished. yes, before it even started.

nintendo did have a golden opportunity with wiiu, being the first next gen console on the market for an entire year with no competition, but nintendo totally blew it.

i dont see how the wiiu can recover now
ChickeyCantor  +   929d ago
Again, why are you expecting tons of games within 6 months?

What console did that?

"but... nothing. nothing but the sound of crickets. "
E3 is around the corner and you expect Nintendo to lay all their cards on the table? Look I want more games too, in fact I only have one. yes ONE. And it came with the damn machine(luckily it was a gift ). But looking at how they kept everything down with the Wii, I'm pretty sure they will announce better and more games at E3.

"nintendo did have a golden opportunity with wiiu, being the first next gen console on the market for an entire year with no competition, but nintendo totally blew it.

i dont see how the wiiu can recover now"

Well that's more you than Nintendo.
You demand something now. And because you don't see anything it's all doom and gloom.

There is probably a marketing reason why they are so secretive. If Nintendo was in a panick attack they probably tried to built momentum already.

I don't like the wait and silence either. But ffs it hasn't even been a full year. Best thing to do is wait for their pre-e3 n-direct.
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gedden7  +   930d ago
I wonder what happens when Nintendo releases New Mario Zelda Metroid Pikmin 3 Bay 2 Wonderful 101 more 3rd party support and more eShop games.

Yup the sale will change big time!
Fatty  +   930d ago
I like my Wii U, but since buying it in January, I've only purchased 2 retail games for it (and got Nintendo Land for free), and then a few of the 30-cent classics. It's not a bad system, but there isn't a lot of must-play stuff for it. Nintendo needs to get the hits rolling out quickly for this thing, or they're going to get completely destroyed this fall when the PS4 (and to a lesser degree, the new Xbox) hit.
jagstatboy  +   930d ago
They need to hurry up and put out Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.
Clarence  +   930d ago
I remember when a few people on here said Nintendo has nothing to worry about.
NYC_Gamer  +   930d ago
Its because they thought WiiU would follow in the same footsteps of Wii..Nintendo is learning that tablet controller isn't enough to move hardware and quality software is needed.
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kenshiro100  +   930d ago
...The WiiU is screwed if they can't get moving with games.
SDF Repellent  +   930d ago
I think Nintendo should just give up on the Wii U and walk next door to MS and form a partnership with them. It is a win win proposition for both party.

First, MS need a huge brand to help them gain some needed sale in Japan. Endorse Nintendo to sell the Next Xbox under the Nintendo brand in Japan and with the support of Nintendo's hugely popular IPs, they can killed 2 birds in one by also getting much needed second party support from Nintendo.

For Nintendo, they finally can concentrate on making their games on real next gen hardware without the headache of loosing money on the Wii U.

Probably won't happen but it would greatly help Nintendo in the long run with $$$ backing from MS.
Campy da Camper  +   930d ago
I'll be getting once once A) price drop to justify buying it for current released games or B) new games are released that are not shovelware.
josephayal  +   930d ago
Holy Crap
DivineAssault  +   930d ago
it needs software BAD!
FinalomegaS  +   929d ago
not sure what to say, we have ppl on this site saying it needs software(not sure if they own the system or just saying what they think)...

They claim they are waiting for the software so the hardware doesn't get bought.

The 3rd parties say they aren't making software for the system due to limited amount of consumers that own it.

round and round we go.

which magical game is going to send this unit off the selves?

Don't think the masses of the core gamers out there is waiting for pikmin3...I don't see which software besides Xeno_n/a__ is going to change this.

just to correct the person saying shovelware, you might be thinking of the original wii. the new wii is limited in software in general, you need to have great software first and then the consumers buy the system. Then comes the shovelware to capitalize on those consumers to accidentally buy their crap.This is my job and it's like this in the consumer section ( brand name popular selling item then come the generic cheap to steal sales).
Th3 Chr0nic  +   929d ago
Wii U? No thanks I wont.
SonyPS4  +   929d ago
If Nintendo isn't doing their part of supporting this system, and no significant number of people are buying it, why should I? It needs:

-More games
-Price drop
-An actual direction on marketing

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