IDC Says Smash Bros Won’t Save Wii U, But Will Boost Sales

Lewis Ward, a video games analyst at research firm International Data Corporation, has told the BBC that he expects Super Smash Bros Wii U will give the Wii U a much-needed sales boost, but won’t turn around the company’s fortunes. The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros launches this summer, while the Wii U version is expected to come this winter.

“Super Smash Bros won’t turn around Nintendo’s fortunes, but it will get the Wii U up off the mat and encourage people who enjoyed previous versions of the game to buy the console,”

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ritsuka6662509d ago (Edited 2509d ago )

This guy is underestimating the fan base of this game....

The fanbase of Smash bros is BIG.

zeal0us2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

Its big but you're underestimating Nintendo financial troubles. Yes Nintendo made millions if not billions from Wii, DS(I,XL) and 3DS but far as the WiiU goes it has been costly for Nintendo. SSB will definitely boost WiiU sales no arguing about that. However it won't stop their financial troubles.

Diminishing third party support definitely is not helping them either. This generation far as the WiiU goes will be a challenge for them. With mobile gaming constantly on the rise and publisher opting for iOS and Android, the 3DS might face some hardship during the end of the run.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2508d ago

They aren't financially in trouble. Yes they are lossing few million recently but neither Wii U or 3DS is selling at a loss.

zeal0us2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

Recently Nintendo(May 2014) announced its no longer selling the WiiU at a loss. However previous years Nintendo were in fact selling at loss and even during launch they were sell at a loss. Just because they are now making money off each WiiU sold those previous losses don't magically go poof. Far as the WiiU goes they are still in the hole.

Since the WiiU launch Nintendo market shares have dropped. Financially in trouble does not necessarily refers to company going bankrupt. It can refer to stock value lowering, market-shares plummeting or even a product being costly.

Fixay2508d ago

It's big but those streams were averaging around 100 - 120k viewers.. not as big as you make out

I'm super excited for smash but I really do believe it will take a Pokemon to boost sales substantially in a short period of time

Patrick_pk442508d ago

The fan base maybe big, but it isn't big enough to save the Wii U.

Ck1x2509d ago

If Nintendo completely turns the fortunes of WiiU by the end of the year, articles like these are going to look so funny by the beginning of the new year! MK8 hasn't even shown a full week of chart sales and people are jumping to the next games. My prediction is that when the full week of sales come out this coming week, WiiU will have the #1 selling game and take the #1 spot for the week in hardware sales. Watchdogs is going to nosedive off the cliff next week...

TekoIie2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

I would say the IDC is in a sense correct. I don't think any ONE game could save the Wii U.

MK8 gave a good boost to sales and Im sure SSMB4 will have a comparable effect. But you never know those two games combined could've been what everyone was waiting for.

Sometimes I'm skeptical of the Mario Kart Wii sales figures; But SSMB: Brawl Isnt a welll known franchise among casuals and it sold phenomenally well:

Either way It'll be interesting to see if it works out for Ninty.

weekev152508d ago

Strange as this sounds it hasnt been 1 game that has turned wiiu round and I do believe its started to turn round. The Luigi death stare really has people talking about the WiiU which is bizarre. You can make amazing games like pikmin 3, dktf, mario 3d world, wonderful 101 etc and sales qre poor with noone really knowing that the WiiU exists but daw an angry face on a character and suddenly everyone takes notice. Doubly ironic this has happened post year of Luigi.

Loadedklip2508d ago

Nintendo's financial reports have reported Mario Kart Wii sales of over 34 million ... no need to be skeptical anymore.

MegaRay2509d ago (Edited 2509d ago )

He might be right since the game is not a WiiU exclusive, its coming to 3ds too. Unless Nintendo delayed the 3ds ver which I doubt
However he might be wrong tho

LAWSON722508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

I think after people are introduced to the inferior or in a less harsh term limited 3DS version they are going to think this is probably even more badass on Wii U. I really dont see the 3DS version kicking off its own community but rather make them move up to the Wii U console version for probably the overall better experience.

Fixay2508d ago

I hope you are correct, the more people owning and playing the WiiU version the better!

Can't wait for E3 and some more info/footage

Ck1x2508d ago

This is the biggest misconception, because true SmashBros players don't want to play the game on 3ds. The GC adapter alone will be the primary reason people play SmashBros on WiiU. But in all reality, Smash is about the crazy local player battles and the 3DS just can't provide the same experience really.

Loadedklip2508d ago

There are more CASUAL Smash players than Hardcore Smash players though.

Geekman2509d ago

So the titleds misleading. He didn't directly say "Save the Wii U" he said in won't end its finnancial troubles.

Rockefellow2508d ago

To Nintendo, what's the difference?

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2508d ago

except Wii U is now selling at a profit.

Sincere01212509d ago

I think for every Wii U game that comes out we'll get another article saying ...... will not save the Wii U.

Ironically the Wii U doesn't need saving, its not selling great but its the best gaming console out at the moment and things will only get better especially after e3, things have already started to get better with the release of Mario Kart 8.

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