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Wii U Still Pee-Yew

July 31st, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Ouch:

The Japanese videogame company reported that it sold just 160,000 units of the eight-month-old device worldwide in its April to June quarter, marking about 3.61 million sold to date. By comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which was released in 2005, sold 140,000 units in just the U.S. during the month of June alone.

The poor showing was even eclipsed by the company’s original Wii–which first went on sale in 2006 yet sold 210,000 units in the latest quarter.

Will Nintendo DS sales be enough to sustain the company as a hardware concern, or will we soon be playing Mario Brother on our iPhones and Androids?

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They still have 5 billion in the bank. Nintendo has only posted a loss once, last year no less but still only once. Sony and Microsoft have operated at losses at different times and they seem fine. I don't see them dropping out any time soon.
37 weeks ago
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There's almost nothing sweeter than money in the bank -- except for a hot product launch that puts more money in the bank.

But Wii U is a bust even before PS4 and XB1 drop later this year. And iOS and Android have already eaten into the casual and portable gaming markets, and will likely continue to do so.

Nintendo needs a big hit now, and it will pretty much have to be the follow-on to the DS. Because consoles take years to develop, and the U, clearly a flop, has no successor in the wings.

A consumer electronics company can burn through five billion pretty quickly under those conditions.
37 weeks ago
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Oh and as far as the DS competing with the iOS and Androids that definitely will be interesting to watch but 11.4 million 3DS games were sold in three months which is very impressive.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
That's very true however Nintendo doesn't see themselves in the next-gen battle - for better or for worse - that Microsoft and Sony are waging. They look at themselves as outsiders just doing their own thing which to a large extent is what Nintendo has been doing for years and it's been very profitable for them. From reading things on IGN most people who are going to buy a XB1 or PS4 plan on getting a Wii U in the future for some of the exclusives coming out.

The Wii U's biggest issue IMO is that they didn't have a killer system seller such as a Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, Metroid. They are banking on the end of this year and the next with a lot of releases coming out for them. That and a new Zelda announcement. We'll see, I'm not ready to write them off yet, if anything Nintendo somehow defies the odds.
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