Is the Wii U sales slump somewhat overstated?

#1AgitoXIIIPosted 1/22/2013 3:26:07 AM
Are people just quick to jump on Nintendo's bash bandwagon?

I mean what if Sony or MS first launched their consoles a year b4 their competition? Would they be in a similar "slump"? Do gamers/people really trust those brands more then Nintendo?

Or could it be because Nintendo has a "lack of games" for their consoles now and on the horizon?

Or could their just be an overall slowdown in consumer buying in games/electroics because of the economy or other reasons?
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#2Sailor GoonPosted 1/22/2013 3:29:04 AM
Nintendo rushed the system to market, in order to beat the announcements of PS4 and 720. It's caused many hardware problems and a severe lack of games. Sales have drastically slumped across the globe. Media sites have talked about it, magazines have, game sites have.
It's not overstated at all, the system is having actual real problems and Nintendo really needs to focus on fixing them.
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#3lightningbugxPosted 1/22/2013 3:31:00 AM
It is overstated. The slump comes from

1) Post-Christmas season
2) No new games, yet
3) Several people waiting on a price drop like the 3DS got


So for the time being, the Wii U market will react as if it is a saturated market. Once the announced games are release and upcoming games announced, sales will pick back up.
#4Hustler NinePosted 1/22/2013 3:31:41 AM
Sailor Goon posted...
Nintendo rushed the system to market, in order to beat the announcements of PS4 and 720. It's caused many hardware problems and a severe lack of games. Sales have drastically slumped across the globe. Media sites have talked about it, magazines have, game sites have.
It's not overstated at all, the system is having actual real problems and Nintendo really needs to focus on fixing them.


Well explained. Nice post.
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#5STN79Posted 1/22/2013 3:33:09 AM(edited)
All it would take is some major first party titles and it'll be back on it's feet. Somebody could be buying one right now. Give it time and i think the Wii U will be fine. The N64 started off real slow too.
#6RainsweptPosted 1/22/2013 3:41:50 AM
It's not just the hardware either. Even the (few) people that bought the hardware arent buying any software. Third party games are selling abysmally.

Even casual stuff, like SING, SING sold 125 copies in the UK last week.

Not 125k.

125.

In a week.

In the entire UK.
#7Helmsly2008Posted 1/22/2013 3:59:21 AM(edited)
Rainswept posted...
It's not just the hardware either. Even the (few) people that bought the hardware arent buying any software. Third party games are selling abysmally.

Even casual stuff, like SING, SING sold 125 copies in the UK last week.

Not 125k.

125.

In a week.

In the entire UK.


wow. I saw that CoD sold just 326 copies and thought that was bad.

Edit - Just found the Wii U specific chartfor last week in the UK:

1 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
2 NINTENDO LAND NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
3 ZOMBI U UBISOFT (FRANCE) UBISOFT UBISOFT
4 SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED SUMO DIGITAL SEGA SEGA
5 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II TREYARCH ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
6 ASSASSIN'S CREED III UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
7 NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE TEAM NINJA TECMO TECMO KOEI EUROPE
8 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY - ARMOURED EDITION WB GAMES MONTREAL WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
9 SPORTS CONNECTION UBISOFT (BARCELONA) UBISOFT UBISOFT
10 TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 NAMCO NAMCO BANDAI GAMES NAMCO BANDAI GAMES


So bare in mind the the 5th best selling game on the Wii U last week, Call of Duty, sold less then 330 copies.
#8kdognumba1Posted 1/22/2013 3:59:49 AM
Is the Wii U sales slump somewhat overstated?
Yes and no. The Wii U could be doing a lot better then it currently is but like all things Nintendo related, this is way blown out of proportion.

Are people just quick to jump on Nintendo's bash bandwagon?
For the most part yes. Vita for instance didn't receive the overwhelming amount of hate and bias the Wii U received before it launched and even now, with barely passing the 4 million mark a year later has seen relatively little negative feedback when compared to what the 3DS received and what the Wii U is currently receiving.

I mean what if Sony or MS first launched their consoles a year b4 their competition? Would they be in a similar "slump"? Do gamers/people really trust those brands more then Nintendo?
Microsoft did with 360, no they were not in a similar slump. It's not really about the brands, its about the line ups and unfortunately, while the Wii U actually had a great line up, the line up was mostly ports. Though they were still ports of great games with some being slightly worse then then other versions and some being drastically better, the fact of the matter is ports are ports and people don't like buying what they already own. 360 had a lot of ports but they were ports of PC games that no other console had access to, which is an unfortunate problem for Wii U.

Or could it be because Nintendo has a "lack of games" for their consoles now and on the horizon?
It's not so much a lack of games, it's a lack of exclusives and this is indeed a big problem. With that said, there's some very big ones on the way that are completely exclusive to the system that as a gamer, I would get regardless of what platform they're on.

Or could their just be an overall slowdown in consumer buying in games/electroics because of the economy or other reasons?
Yes and no. It's not that consumers have slowed down or stopped buying, it's that during the holidays there was much better deals on other devices, systems and games, where as Wii U launched at full price and had all full priced games. If the economy doesn't shape up, this could also be a major problem for all the next generation systems, not just the Wii U. Also after the holidays, sales of everything slowdown greatly and don't pick up again till February/March.
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#9AgitoXIII(Topic Creator)Posted 1/22/2013 4:16:32 AM
thx for the great responce kdognumba1!

I think I agree on all the points.
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#10RainsweptPosted 1/22/2013 4:20:05 AM
Helmsly2008 posted...
Rainswept posted...
It's not just the hardware either. Even the (few) people that bought the hardware arent buying any software. Third party games are selling abysmally.

Even casual stuff, like SING, SING sold 125 copies in the UK last week.

Not 125k.

125.

In a week.

In the entire UK.


wow. I saw that CoD sold just 326 copies and thought that was bad.

Edit - Just found the Wii U specific chartfor last week in the UK:

1 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
2 NINTENDO LAND NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
3 ZOMBI U UBISOFT (FRANCE) UBISOFT UBISOFT
4 SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED SUMO DIGITAL SEGA SEGA
5 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II TREYARCH ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
6 ASSASSIN'S CREED III UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
7 NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE TEAM NINJA TECMO TECMO KOEI EUROPE
8 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY - ARMOURED EDITION WB GAMES MONTREAL WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
9 SPORTS CONNECTION UBISOFT (BARCELONA) UBISOFT UBISOFT
10 TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 NAMCO NAMCO BANDAI GAMES NAMCO BANDAI GAMES


So bare in mind the the 5th best selling game on the Wii U last week, Call of Duty, sold less then 330 copies.


It's going to have no third party support. Less than the Wii. Why would they continue to make games for it? Why would Activision support it when their biggest title sells 300 some copies and gets outsold by Sonic?