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Iwata: sales of Wii U "not bad"



Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Reuters that sales of the Wii U are going along steadily.

Speaking in a recent interview with the site, Iwata said,"At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn't as though stores in the U.S. had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom. But sales are not bad, and I feel it's selling steadily."

According to Iwata, the main challenge for Nintendo was selling two versions of its console, with stock levels of the premium model proving a large sticking point.

"It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time," he said, "and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this. Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn't find it."

Nintendo is hoping to shift 5 million Wii U units by the end of March 2013.

Edited On 07 Jan, 2013

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0000000000 4 years ago
5 million by the end of march.. im going to be the first 1 to say.. i dont think so.. i think the figures are quite poor for what the console is but again i think over priced and only 1 game that stands out for me being zombie U nothin else is making me go.. i need a wii u that looks amazing.. sorry nintendo im disappointed
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shiny miller 4 years ago
Do we have any idea of what it's sold so far or is it just 'not bad'?
Robichoico's avatar
2 million world wide I think.
Robichoico 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
Sounds about right.
Dead 4 years ago
PrometheusFan's avatar
Hasn't reached 2 million yet by all accounts, but nothing's certain until the US NPD numbers are released this month for December sales. Keep in mind as well that the first million or so Wii U sales will have been preorder numbers, so going forward from now sales are going to be a lot lower month on month than they were up until Christmas... and even then numbers were not so hot.
PrometheusFan 4 years ago
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Robichoico 4 years ago
Not sure that end of March is gonna happen. UK/US is getting Monster Hunter that month, And Rayman. But both are kinda niche titles it feels. Maybe end of June/July would be more realistic once Pikmin comes Japan it seems to be doing pretty well but UK is poorly. I put it down to bad pricing (was supposed to be £200 judging from amazon but Game put it up for £300 and everyone else followed suit.), no advertising (still not seen a single wii U advert) and the casuals going onto the 360 for COD or to Iphones/Ipads
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Dead 4 years ago
Not bad is a fair assessment, and like everyone else I think 5 million by the end of March is being overly optimistic, but it's not impossible, and once more games start arriving things will pick up.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
So now even Nintendo themselves are admitting that sales have been underwhelming and that they can't blame stock shortages anymore. Vindication for those of us who correctly pointed out what a disastrous launch the Wii U had and no mistake. With no games that are likely to sell anything of note on the release schedule either the Wii U is unlikely to make it to 5 million for March. In fact, I'd be willing to bet March is when Nintendo pull another 3DS move and cut the price of the Wii U if things stay as they are.
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Scott 4 years ago
I only know one person who bought a Wii U. No-one else i know has even mentioned it. I dont know whether its a case of the hardware limitations or a case of waiting for 'real' games to come out, but whatever hype there was in north of Scotland about this, it's long gone
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yoda soldier 4 years ago
I think one of the problems is nintendo don't know how to market some of there products, i know someone who has a wii and he just thinks it is something to add to his wii, Its like with the 3ds its a completely different handheld than the ds but people just thought it was a ds with 3d graphics. I also think some people just brought this as its been so long since a console lauched they wanted that new console feeling.
Dead's avatar
Their marketing isn't the best, but I think it's more a case of lack of software support, the same thing happened with the 3DS, but once the games came in everything went great, the same will happen with the Wii U. Nintendo have a solid fanbase and because of that they will never really fail, a shaky start is the worst that can happen for them, and now that's out of the way things will only get better and all the silly naysayers will have to eat their words, yet again.
Dead 4 years ago
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"Nintendo have a solid fanbase and because of that they will never really fail, a shaky start is the worst that can happen for them," I remember reading more or less the exact same thing in 1999/2000 about Sega.
PrometheusFan 4 years ago
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Considering Sega didn't have the sucess of the Wii and DS behind them. Nor the 3DS it's an entirely different matter. Nintendo can afford for it to have a shaky start. We all know Nintendo only need to pump out a new Pokemon game this year on the 3DS to make tons more money. I'd be far more worried about Sony than Nintendo myself.
Robichoico 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
Yep, as long as there is a video game market Nintendo will survive, the day Nintendo fail is the day the bottom falls out of the video game market.
Dead 4 years ago
PrometheusFan's avatar
That's just the thing Robichoico, the success of the Wii and DS are very much behind them now, and neither the 3DS or (Especially) the Wii U have thus far proven even half as successful as their predecessors. In the space of the past couple of years Nintendo have gone from having handhelds and home consoles that were mega-phenomenons on a global scale to being all but irrelevances outside of Japan today, and even there they aren't as successful as they used to be on the whole. Assuming past glories will see them safe forever is the kind of shortsighted arrogance that nearly finished Sony about 5 years ago. Now though? Sony actually have a consistently successfully performing home console and the full support of the wider third party publisher community. Claims Nintendo can no longer make.
PrometheusFan 4 years ago
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Garrick 4 years ago
I can see a price cut in the next few months myself. I don't have a Wii U nor am I going to get one until some more games I find interesting are out, but I'm not so sure about the 5 million sales figure by March part.
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
I wasnt fussed for the WiiU but when i went into Gamestation the other day the graphics on it were brilliant. Mario looked amazing in HD, I don't care much for all the figures, all i know is that the WiiU seems like a pretty decent piece of kit and that Nintendo are gunna be around for a very very long time.
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sc00bi 4 years ago
imho ppl, the wii u is simply not worth the money atm.... I bought it from here around 2 weeks back and i have zombieu and super mario u, dont get me wrong - i love these 2 games, they are great. Looking back , i only bought the console cos i had a xmas bonus from work- which i didnt expect, i am very surprised my 6 yr old son has not shown the slightest interest in it either- as he is a massive gamer on xbox360(which i bought him when he was 3)... If you cant decide wether to buy it or not- at this moment in time, i'd say wait....
Dead's avatar
It is a bit expensive and there aren't many good exclusive games yet, but that's always the way with new consoles. Just look at the 360 and PS3, a couple of good games each, and a load of ports, and a price tag around the same as the Wii U. As early adopters that is the price we pay, it's always the same, but give it six months or so and you get a price cut and the games start flowing and everything is good.
Dead 4 years ago
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sc00bi 4 years ago
imho ppl, the wii u is simply not worth the money atm.... I bought it from here around 2 weeks back and i have zombieu and super mario u, dont get me wrong - i love these 2 games, they are great. Looking back , i only bought the console cos i had a xmas bonus from work- which i didnt expect, i am very surprised my 6 yr old son has not shown the slightest interest in it either- as he is a massive gamer on xbox360(which i bought him when he was 3)... If you cant decide wether to buy it or not- at this moment in time, i'd say wait....
sc00bi's avatar
sc00bi 4 years ago
imho ppl, the wii u is simply not worth the money atm.... I bought it from here around 2 weeks back and i have zombieu and super mario u, dont get me wrong - i love these 2 games, they are great. Looking back , i only bought the console cos i had a xmas bonus from work- which i didnt expect, i am very surprised my 6 yr old son has not shown the slightest interest in it either- as he is a massive gamer on xbox360(which i bought him when he was 3)... If you cant decide wether to buy it or not- at this moment in time, i'd say wait....
sc00bi's avatar
sc00bi 4 years ago
imho ppl, the wii u is simply not worth the money atm.... I bought it from here around 2 weeks back and i have zombieu and super mario u, dont get me wrong - i love these 2 games, they are great. Looking back , i only bought the console cos i had a xmas bonus from work- which i didnt expect, i am very surprised my 6 yr old son has not shown the slightest interest in it either- as he is a massive gamer on xbox360(which i bought him when he was 3)... If you cant decide wether to buy it or not- at this moment in time, i'd say wait....

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