The Wii U has a one or two games that could propel it through the rest of the year, and at least one analyst thinks Nintendo should achieve its guidance for the system’s sales.
Smash Bros. is going to make someone a lot of money! Hyrule Warriors: not so much.
Its actually a very popular series in Japan. They also don't cost much to make so at the very least that game will be a worthwhile investment. Tecmo is a smart developer to work with as they have very fast and cheap development cycles.
sell 3.6M Wii U systems not happening. 3.6m copies is one thing,but 3.6m consoles is just stupid. even if ssb sells 10mn its not getting 35%of it on new console sales thats way too much. hold on a sec though,did wii u even cross 10mn in sales? its sad coz i totally see this game selling a lot. EDIT. 6.5 million wii u's sold to date.and they expect half of those from 2 games. not unless it comes with a free ticket to the moon or a free island or something
Hyrule Warriors isn't going to shift many copies in Japan either.
@vishmarx I never said it would. This article was stupid to suggest only these titles would do it. These titles in conjunction with others coming and already out will do that. If the system can sell 2.8 with like one key title, it can sell 3.6 with like 5+. @Butt I'll happily challenge that. It's one of the most popular series in Japan combined with one of the most popular ones worldwide... it'll shift a few.
OK, how many retail sales do you think it will get in the first 4 weeks on release in Japan?
Smash Bros is incredibly popular and Zelda is an extremely strong IP, plus the whole dynasty warriors thing does very well in Japan. Make no mistake, both of these games will do amazingly in the short term and long term.
i dont think anyone has ever bought a console for a warriors game,
Hmm big doubts Mario Kart is a bigger seller than smash bros.
Smash Bros Wii sold something like 8 or 9 million copies. Mario Kart Wii sold more than 30 million. Still doubtful?
I think he forgot a semicolon after doubts.
It's crazy how much Nintendo has to rely on just a small handful of games to get by.
That depends how you look at it as each console only has a hand full of games that sell millions each year and they tend to be yoy games like FIFA, cod, bf and ac. Nintendo's IPs are a wider range of gores and don't tend to be yoy too. For me this moment in time the Wiiu has the best line up if all 3 next gen consoles and I own more games on my Wiiu than my Xbox one too,
hyrule warriors is just stupid
Last year they sold 2.8 million and this year they have a much more complete release schedule, and are already outpacing their last year exponentially. They will have literally no problem hitting 3.6, maybe even 4 million.
If only we could get a release date for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. Seriously, I don't think Nintendo has ever been this quiet about a game. This game can seriously help move consoles, considering Fire Emblems newfound fame. Everyday I wake up hoping for some kind of information, but I get nothing. /rant over Smash Brothers will probably move consoles, but I am unsure about Hyrule Warriors. Being a Zelda spinoff, it might get a following but I don't expect it to do much.
Bayonetta 2 is also coming out soon, and it's gotten quite a bit of press and marketing push, so that on top of Hyrule Warriors and two versions of Smash. I'm pretty sure that Nintendo is going to reach that goal.
For me it's obvious. Last year they did 2.7M I think, and the console did horrible during the first semester of 2013, today is different and I have the feeling that it will have a good winter, just enough to make those 3.6 million units.
I can see them making that target by year end with the price and some good games.
Not really, First of all they don't need to sell 3.6 million consoles right at this point. They need to sell 3.1 million consoles. to reach 3.6 by FY 2014 Second, last year they sold 2.8 million with Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD as their biggest titles. With Mario Kart 8 already helping sales. And games like Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Fatal Frame (in Japan)Sonic Boom, and Hyrule Warriors on the way, Nintendo will easily outdue last years performance. Let's just look at the pace right now: 2013 April - June: 160,000 Wii U's sold 2014 April - June: 510,000 Wii U's sold If this writer did basic research, and looked at the games lineup outside of two games. He would see Nintendo will hit their sales target considering Mario Kart 8, DKC, Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Sonic Boom, Captain Toad, and Hyrule Warriors are all out in 2014 (captain toad delayed in Europe but still coming to NA and Japan)
This is what I'm saying, thanks dude. They will make those 3.6 easily.
It's just flamebait really. I run my own website, so I know these things. But they know the same things I do, but still publish these articles for quick, cheap hits.
What about ytd for each of those years? You picked a time frame where this year looks really good, but how does it look total thus far, and how does that stack up?
I didn't pick a time frame where the year looked good dude. I picked the time frame in accordance to the article. - Bottom line, Wii U in 2014, is outselling Wii U in 2013. Pay attention
Mario Kart 8 is probably still pushing units. These two games are not alone to do the job.
Pretty simple. 3.6 is goal. 0.5 is current number. Avg sales per week have been around 60K in July. To be conservative lets say Wii U sells 50K world wide every week from July till end of November (20 weeks). That's another 1 mill sold. Last year Wii U sold roughly 1.2 mill from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Again being conservative we will stick with that number. We are at 2.7 mill with 13 weeks to go. Another 50 K per week gets us to about 3.4 mill. Can Nintendo's marketing find another 0.2 in sales? Personally I think they will hit it before 2014 is over. Selling 2 Million over the holiday period is a reasonable amount to expect.
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