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Nintendo Wii U Will Sell Out, Sell Faster Than Wii


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Nintendo had a smash hit on its hands when it released the Wii game console back in 2006. Now it’s getting ready to release a long-awaited followup, and analysts say the new hardware will sell even faster.

A research report published Monday by IHS Screen Digest predicts that the new Nintendo Wii U console will sell 3.5 million units worldwide between its November 18th release and the end of December 2012. That’s 12% more than the 3.1 million Wii consoles Nintendo moved during a similar sales period in 2006.

“Pent-up demand from Nintendo evangelists, many of which were introduced to the console market through the success of the Wii, is predicted to drive this explosive start,” according to the report.

IHS says Wii U’s will fly off the shelves so quickly that there will be supply shortages over the holiday shopping season, and many consumers will have to wait until after the new year until they can find the console in stores.

Nintendo investors shouldn’t get too excited, though: IHS forecasts that after the stellar start, Wii U sales will slow, and the new console will only reach around 70% of the Wii’s sales volume in the first four years after release. The Wii moved 75.9 million units during that period, while IHS forecasts Wii U sales around 53.2 million units.

“This time around, Wii U’s pure innovation, coupled with a limited volume of high-quality Nintendo software, will not be enough to drive the ongoing sales momentum we witnessed with the Wii console, especially at a higher price point,” said Piers Harding-Rolls, senior principal analyst and head of games at IHS, in a statement. “Long-term success depends on ongoing consumer engagement delivered through the constant release of high-quality content from both first and third parties, a competitive non-games entertainment proposition and a sound digital and online strategy to go along with such innovation. Nintendo is still some way short of delivering a comprehensive engagement-led value proposition at the launch of the Wii U.”

The Wii U will be released in two configurations: A $299.99 basic set; which contains the console (with 8 GB of memory), cables, and the touch-screen Wii U gamepad, all in white; or a $349.99 deluxe set, all in black, which also comes with a stand for the console, a charging cradle for the game pad, and a copy of the new game NintendoLand.

The family-friendly, motion-sensitive Wii is far and away the leader of the current console generation, with nearly 100 million units sold worldwide –about thirty million more than either of its competitors, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3.

Microsoft and Sony are expected to announce their new video game consoles sometime in 2013. When those devices hit the market, they are likely to take a huge bite out of Wii U sales as well.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2012/11/12/nintendo-wii-u-will-sell-out-sell-faster-than-wii/



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I would like to know what those researchers believed about the wii before it launced.jumping to conclusions that even a child can make is special only for those making bad headlines.as the wii showed us the only thing you must take for granted is that you cannot foresee the future by looking at the past.



If I were to take a guess I would say it would reach at least 60m after the first four years.



well, a LTD of 60-70m units isn't too bad :P

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Yeah, unless Wii U proves to be a disruptor, it just can't compete with the wii.

It was a freaking worldwide fad. I remember attending to Video Games Live Concert in september 2006 not even knowing what was a Wii. I got there and there was a colossal line to shake that wiimote in tennis. Seriously, you got to play literally 30 seconds and there was a giant line. A lot of people missed some songs in the concert just to feel the thing



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sethnintendo said:

Nintendo Wii U Will Sell Out, Sell Faster Than Wii


“This time around, Wii U’s pure innovation, coupled with a limited volume of high-quality Nintendo software, will not be enough to drive the ongoing sales momentum we witnessed with the Wii console, especially at a higher price point,” said Piers Harding-Rolls, senior principal analyst and head of games at IHS, in a statement. “Long-term success depends on ongoing consumer engagement delivered through the constant release of high-quality content from both first and third parties, a competitive non-games entertainment proposition and a sound digital and online strategy to go along with such innovation. Nintendo is still some way short of delivering a comprehensive engagement-led value proposition at the launch of the Wii U.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2012/11/12/nintendo-wii-u-will-sell-out-sell-faster-than-wii/


Okay, I think the guy that's quoted really missed the part where the U hasone of the best 3rd party support in a console launch. I will post my analysis on this in the launch analysis thread.



i dont think its going to do as well as this analyst thinks.
we will see

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Video game sales are now more holiday oriented than before so wouldn't be surprised. But it won't match the Wii's first year demand I predict. It will sell good though with the release of MArio, Nintendo Land, Wii Fit U and Pikmin the first few months

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kopstudent89 said:
Video game sales are now more holiday oriented than before so wouldn't be surprised. But it won't match the Wii's first year demand I predict. It will sell good though with the release of MArio, Nintendo Land, Wii Fit U and Pikmin the first few months


I didn't know they had the Fit ready for launch.  That should help but they should have brought Sports at launch also.



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i though it sold out, a day after the pre orders were started

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PS4 eventually.