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Wii U poor sales force Nintendo to cut forecasts


Wii U Cut

The Nintendo Wii U isn't selling as well as had been expected, forcing Nintendo to lower its sales forecasts for the games console.

The news of this underperformance came from Nintendo's Q3 financial report. The Kyoto-based company had expected to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by the end of the financial year, which is in March.

Now, however, Nintendo has cut those projected sales to just 4 million Wii U consoles. That's a decrease of some 27 per cent.

This relatively gloomy forecast follows sales to this point of just 3.06 million Wii U consoles. Given that the company makes a loss on every Wii U sold - something the company didn't have to contend with in the original Wii - it's not a particularly encouraging outlook.

Indeed, the loss-making nature of Wii U production has contributed to an operating loss of 5.8 billion yen - around £40.4 million - for Nintendo.

Nintendo 3DS sales have also been disappointing, leading to a cut in projected sales from 17.5 million to 15 million handheld devices.

On the positive side, software sales appear to be strong for the house of Mario. Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 sold 7.63 million copies for the aging Nintendo DS. Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS sold 2.73 million copies, and New Super Mario Bros U sold 2.01 million copies.

As the keen-eyed mathematicians among you will have worked out from that last figure, this means that two in three Nintendo Wii U owners have bought the latest Mario game with their consoles. That's quite an attach rate.

Have you been put off from buying the Nintendo Wii U for any reason? Share your views in the comments section below.

Via: The Verge

John Fisher

January 30, 2013, 9:25 pm

My main reason for not picking one up yet rests mainly on the poor performance of the Wii. It was neat and pretty fun, but didn't have the staying power for myself or most in my social circle. I want a Wii U...I want to experience it, and I want it to be good...
It's just that last part that I'm afraid of.

Anthony Comito

January 30, 2013, 10:43 pm

Software sells hardware. It'll be just like the 3DS. The Wii U doesn't have it's "must have" game yet. Also, the console isn't even 3 months old yet. Give it some time to develop for gods sake

Polly Ripley

January 30, 2013, 11:27 pm

When a truly great game appears, like Super Mario Galaxy, one of the best experiences any gamer could have on any system, suddenly the lack of horsepower of the Wii seemed irrelevant. The problem with the Wii U is that it's been hit with bad buzz from the get go; tech-obsessed hardcore gamers were sneering at the lukewarm specs, and everyone else on a limited budget due to the economic climate is waiting to see what Nintendo's competitors do before parting with their cash. It isn't priced low enough for an impulse purchase, and I suspect there isn't really any Wii U game that experienced gamers can't find a reasonable equivalent of on their existing systems. A lower price coupled with a major title, and things will start moving. I don't know why they didn't just wait to release it until all the pieces were in place.

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