Does the Wii U Need to Sell Well in Order to be a Success?

"This time around, Nintendo isn’t appealing to the hardcore. But lately, I’ve been thinking that they don’t have to. As long as the software continues to be successful, and the Nintendo hardcore base doesn’t shrink, the Wii U can be successful and profitable in its own way, and Nintendo will survive." -- GameDwellers

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IanVanCheese1961d ago

pretty sure you need to sell your product to make money off it.

fr0sty1961d ago

Nintendo has usually done pretty well at always turning a profit with their consoles. That is why they don't put bleeding edge tech into them, they rarely ever sell at a loss and even when they do it isn't much of one, so they profit from their consoles very quickly.

They don't have to sell 80 million to turn a profit, but at the same time they need a large install base to attract developers. Good games make a good console, so that support is needed.

xX-StolenSoul-Xx1961d ago (Edited 1961d ago )

I think Nintendo Skipping E3 was bad idea. Could have really given people hope in the console and jumped to it. Mario Galaxy 3 anyone? They need more developers on board. We also have to remember Wii U is not doing anything game changing really, what sold the original Wii was the massive amount of casual players who jumped aboard the nintendo ship to play the casual games. Xbox and Playstation now offer their own alternatives to these "casual" games with the Kinect and Move. Some exclusives like Mario Galaxy also helped.

Does it need to sell well to be successful? Yes.

ABizzel11961d ago

For Nintendo yes, gamers not really although better sales means more developer support.

_QQ_1961d ago

Pretty sure the gamepad is the most game changing thing about all 3 new consoles.Plus Nintendo isn't skiping E3, they just aren't Having a live Conference, They are having an hour long Direct then Reggie and Miyamoto will have a software presentation a few hours later. As far as the question goes, Even if they only get to 25million, i think that would be enough for them to make a proffit, Nintendo relies on Their own games to make them money, and we all know Nintendo's games sell the best, if only 25M own a Wiiu, and of those 25M, all 25M pick up Mariokart,14M pick up smash bros,12M pick up 3D mario, that is better than a console that sells say 60 Million units but 3 of their top games only sells combined of 20 Million copies.Mariokart Wii alone Sold more than every halo game released last gen Combined.More than all 3 Uncharted games combined. Consoles are usually sold for only small profit if not a loss, they are just means to sell games.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1961d ago (Edited 1961d ago )

"Does the Wii U Need to Sell Well in Order to be a Success?"

I would pay iwata $100 to say that at a share holders meeting!

Might lose his job and investors but that would be the funniest $100 he ever made!!!

Dj7FairyTail1961d ago

not really. As long as it not below your expectation you still make profit off it even if it sells less than 30m.

GC and N64 were profitable both hardware and software.

stuna11961d ago

This is by far one of the stupidest question anyone can ask! You have to make some type of sell to make a profit.

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Kingthrash3601961d ago

lol dumb question of the week.

gamer421961d ago

It doesn't need to sell the best, but it has to make a profit to be considered a 'success'

yugovega1961d ago

every system sold makes a profit. considering noone buys a system without buying at least one game for it. so in theory if it didn't sell 1 more system it made a profit.

LOL_WUT1961d ago

Yep, and to get dev support ;)

fr0sty1961d ago (Edited 1961d ago )

Yeah, games are kinda important too. No dev support = no games.

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