Nintendo revises Wii U sales expectations downwards

Nintendo expects to sell 4 million Wii U consoles by the end of its fiscal year on March 31st. While that's an impressive figure, it's down from an initial projection of 5.5 million due to "lower-than-expected sales."

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Nintendo expects to sell 4 million Wii U consoles by the end of its fiscal year on March 31st. While that's an impressive figure, it's down from an initial projection of 5.5 million due to "lower-than-expected sales."

According to new data [PDF] released by the company, 3.06 million units of Nintendo's new home console have been shipped worldwide so far. The most popular games are unsurprisingly New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land, both which have sold more than two million units each. (In fact, with 11.69 million units of Wii U software sold so far, these two first-party titles represent a whopping 37 percent of total software sales so far!)

Part of the sluggish momentum for Wii U could be blamed on lackluster post-launch software support. Nintendo has publicly apologized for the sparse amount of recent releases, but promises that new Mario and Zelda games are on the way.

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    January 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Nintendo revises Wii U sales expectations downwards.

    Nintendo expects to sell 4 million Wii U consoles by the end of its fiscal year on March 31st. While that's an impressive figure, it's down from an initial projection of 5.5 million due to "lower-than-expected sales."

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      January 30, 2013 2:21 PM

      Tired of the same thing over and over. I played Twilight Princess on Wii but quit half way through because of motion controls but the same old water and lava levels didn't help either.

      I would like a new 2D Zelda game like Minish Cap. Can I get an Amen?

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        January 30, 2013 2:45 PM

        Amen!

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        January 30, 2013 2:54 PM

        This is something we all want but instead we get a remake of.....WW. Great game don't get me wrong I finished it after many late nights but it's nowhere near as awesome as ALttP. Rose colored glasses? No, it really is an amazing game.

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        January 30, 2013 2:55 PM

        Play it on Gamecube, I thoroughly enjoyed that version. I can't imagine myself liking the tacked on motion controls.

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          January 30, 2013 3:09 PM

          That's what I should do really. My old Wii still plays GC games.

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          January 30, 2013 7:53 PM

          Except that it'll use the tablet?

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            January 30, 2013 8:56 PM

            Maybe for the inventory and Tingle Tuner.

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      January 30, 2013 2:41 PM

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      January 30, 2013 3:01 PM

      Nintendo really needs to expand it's base by the end of the year if they want to remain relevant while the next Playstation and Xbox are on the scene. I can see them becoming a distant third in sales, unless TVii and similar features really manage to grab the casual crowd, their first party games won't be enough.

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        January 30, 2013 3:05 PM

        which message board from the wii launch did you copy/paste this from

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        January 30, 2013 3:13 PM

        They should get out of the hardware business and make games for Sony/ ms right?

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      January 30, 2013 3:18 PM

      haven't seen ruskisnipah in a while..wonder how he's doing

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      January 30, 2013 3:21 PM

      Not until they have some reason to buy the system will I pick one up. NSMB alone isn't compelling enough, when almost every other title worth having is on the PS3 or 360, and probably 6 months beforehand.

      On the horizon, there's things I want the WiiU for, but I'm going to wait until those games show up, given Nintendo's penchant for hardware revisions.

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        January 30, 2013 3:48 PM

        Wind Waker HD will be well worth the price of admission. I just hope that can bring Metroid back to its SNES glory days.

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        January 31, 2013 5:03 AM

        Nintendo's penchant for hardware revision isn't that much prevalent for home consoles though. Or at least, never in a manner that is obvious (Wii had several iterations, but only the latest had LESS opportunities with the GC features disappearing)

        That said, you may benefit at least from a price drop and a bigger (and more interesting) library on the horizon.

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      January 31, 2013 5:22 AM

      Release a game already...

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