Nintendo Predicts 5.5m Wii U's Will Be Sold by March

#1 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

I personally reckon they'll do this easily, what do you think?

The Wii U goes on sale in North America on November 18th and is due to arrive in Europe on November 30th. Japan won’t get the Wii U until December 8th.

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2012/121024e.pdf

#2 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2156 posts) -

That ssems ridiculous. Especially since I've yet to see any commercials.

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#3 Edited by RuthLoose (816 posts) -

@Manhattan_Project said:

That ssems ridiculous. Especially since I've yet to see any commercials.

#4 Posted by Vonocourt (2130 posts) -

I don't know, that's a little less than what the Wii sold in the same time. Who's to say if the demand will be as high or they amount of units shipped will be as low.

But then again, I know very little about business brah.

#5 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2156 posts) -

@RuthLoose said:

@Manhattan_Project said:

That ssems ridiculous. Especially since I've yet to see any commercials.

Thats still from just a day or two ago and in the U.K. only. I'm the U.S. and I've yet to see any ads.

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#6 Posted by casper_ (903 posts) -

naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

#7 Posted by RuthLoose (816 posts) -

@Manhattan_Project: Ah, I wasn't sure where you were located. Yeah, Nintendo hasn't really been instilling a lot of confidence in this machine less than a month from launch.

#8 Posted by Thoseposers (785 posts) -

Anyone have that Nintendo printing money gif?

#9 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

@Thoseposers said:

Anyone have that Nintendo printing money gif?

Today's not a good day for that gif, for today they reported a loss of 27.9 billion yen / £219m, thanks to the weakening yen. It's less of a loss than they reported for the same period last year.

I expect that gif will be used frequently in the ensuing months after launch though.

#10 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

They'll do it.

#11 Posted by Solh0und (1775 posts) -

5.5 million,you say?  It totally seems believable but I wonder if Nintendo will mass produce this one unlike they did for the Wii in it's first year.
 
Anyone remember how many Wii consoles were sold in the first 3 months?

#12 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

They will do it. How does that compare with the Wiis launch? God damn Nintendo putting out hardware when the current consoles are old enough to be my mother. How could it not sell at this point?

#13 Edited by handlas (2683 posts) -

We'll I tried to preorder one a few days after it came out and can't ... so that's good for them?

In retrospect I'm kind of happy I wasn't able to.

#14 Posted by Jeust (10655 posts) -

I don't see it.

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#15 Posted by Petiew (1349 posts) -

I don't know. When my sister saw the PSVita in a shop her reaction was "Isn't that just the PSP, what's so different about it?" The wii appealed to a lot of families and a more casual audience, I feel like they'll have the same reaction to the WiiU. "I already have the Wii, why do I need this?" I don't see better controls and graphics as a big selling point for them.

#16 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

I'd like to revisit this thread in March and see how their predictions panned out. I'm not willing to call it one way or the other yet.

#17 Posted by Begilerath (175 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@Thoseposers said:

Anyone have that Nintendo printing money gif?

Today's not a good day for that gif, for today they reported a loss of 27.9 billion yen / £219m, thanks to the weakening yen. It's less of a loss than they reported for the same period last year.

I expect that gif will be used frequently in the ensuing months after launch though.

I think you mean the weakening of the dollar.

#18 Posted by SomeJerk (3252 posts) -

I could buy two black box WiiU in the US for the price of one ZombiU bundled WiiU in Sweden, lemme tell you about currencies..

#19 Posted by PSNgamesun (408 posts) -

well idk people are saying consoles are dead yet they keep selling out....

#20 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1640 posts) -

Sounds to me like I should just wait until next xmas to get it, they're bound to go down in price right? riiiiiiiiiight?

#21 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2305 posts) -

No way. I don't think Nintendo will do as well as they did with the Wii, but who knows, I'll probably totally wrong and they could hit their target and then some. Will be interested to check back on this thread in March.

#22 Posted by Blimble (302 posts) -

That seems like way to much to me but I'm no business expert and nintendo always seem to pull something out the bag

#23 Edited by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I've got no clue how well it will sell, but I know a ton of people that were full-hype mode for the Wii and haven't even mentioned the Wii U.

I'm very curious as to how well this thing is going to sell. I was going to buy one, but there's nothing in the launch line-up that intrigues me enough to want to buy one at launch. I'll almost certainly end up getting one eventually, though.

#24 Posted by Zeeco (104 posts) -

I seriously doubt this. I mean, it comes out in a couple of weeks, and no one seems to give half a shit. I think the casual audience which loved the Wii so much won't be impressed by the Wii U, and even a little confused. The price is also a bit high. However, I still hope it sells and is successful.

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#25 Posted by Kerned (1170 posts) -

I'm in no way qualified to make a judgement about how many they will sell, but I will say this: I think the WiiU is going to perform much worse than Nintendo needs it to. If they are hoping to replicate the sales magic of the Wii, I think they are going to be disappointed. I hope, of course, that I am wrong. Nintendo needs this to work, and I would hate to see that company continue to be in trouble.

#26 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

Good luck to them.

#27 Posted by solarisdeschain (99 posts) -

@Kerned: That's a little dramatic, don't you think?

#28 Posted by TooWalrus (13208 posts) -

Never bet against Nintendo...

#29 Edited by Dagbiker (6976 posts) -
#30 Posted by BlindRapture (106 posts) -

I think it's quite possible. I imagine they will have a strong launch for many reasons, it's what happens after the initial burst that i'm worried about on behalf of Nintendo.

#31 Posted by Kidavenger (3559 posts) -

If they can make that many, I think they'll do it, the price is right for the Wii crowd to come back out for more.

I don't think it will do well with the gamer crowd but they probably don't even need them which has pretty much been the case since n64.

#32 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

Never bet against Nintendo...

I'm betting against Nintendo! Families with Wii's won't see a need to upgrade to the Wii U, at least not for quite awhile.

#33 Posted by TooWalrus (13208 posts) -
@Levio said:

@TooWalrus said:

Never bet against Nintendo...

I'm betting against Nintendo! Families with Wii's won't see a need to upgrade to the Wii U, at least not for quite awhile.

Only time will tell, sir! ...I wouldn't be surprised if they get 5.5 million. They'll at least come close. I'm gonna say at least 5 mil.
#34 Edited by ripelivejam (3986 posts) -

people seem to naysay ninty like i naysay apple. i remember when i first saw the ipad, scoffed at it for being a jumbo itouch and deemed it would be a colossal failure. months later i was eating crow.

i'm pretty sure this and the ipad mini will sell like hotcakes.

#35 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -
#36 Posted by freakin9 (1121 posts) -

Nintendo has one big thing going for them, people are sick of the current consoles and ready for the next generation.

It doesn't even matter how much of a leap it actually is, the fact is, this generation has lasted too long.

#37 Posted by Jay_Ray (1101 posts) -

Nintendo will do fine that first 6 months after launch. It is after that time when Sony and Microsoft show what they are planning when Nintendo will hit a shaky time.

#38 Posted by Kerned (1170 posts) -

@solarisdeschain: No, I certainly don't mean to be. Nintendo has posted losses for two consecutive quarters. That's not a good thing for any company. I think that the Wii happened at just the right time for it to become a huge mainstream hit. I don't know if the Wii U has the same mass appeal. That's admittedly just my opinion, but I don't think it qualifies as "dramatic."

Besides, like I said, I hope I'm wrong. I would love to see the Wii U be a huge success, but nothing I have seen so far has convinced me that it will. Time will tell, right?

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