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WiiU's second week in Japan was a healthy 130k (compared to PS3's 44K)

However WiiU barely outsold it's older sibling in NA and was vastly outsold by the Wii in PAL regions.

I recall in 2006/2007 it was not uncommon for PS3 to be outsold by PS2, but PS2 was a beast of a seller, had a fantastic library that was still going and was almost $500 less.  PS3's launch line-up also left something to be desired.

While Wii was also a beast of a seller, it was no PS2.  It's been in sales freefall since 2011 and has almost no new games being released.  And while WiiU is more expensive, it's not the huge difference that existed between PS2 and PS3.  WiiU also has perhaps the strongest launch line-up ever.

Is this an anomoly caused by casual holiday spenders? Is Nintendo going to need to make a 3DS type price cut to boost sales? Or is WiiU simply too little, too late?



 

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Well, as you point out it's not unheard of and the same thing will probably happen with MS and Sony's next consoles. But it's true that Wii sales fell more than usual, which makes it a bit worse. It's all due to European sales, really.

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The wii sales will soon drop off give it time. We will never see the WiiU dominating the hardware sales like the wii did though.

The Wii Mini comes to mind.

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WiiU's second week in Japan was a healthy 130k (compared to PS3's 44K)

However WiiU barely outsold it's older sibling in NA and was vastly outsold by the Wii in PAL regions.

I recall in 2006/2007 it was not uncommon for PS3 to be outsold by PS2, but PS2 was a beast of a seller, had a fantastic library that was still going and was almost $500 less.  PS3's launch line-up also left something to be desired.

While Wii was also a beast of a seller, it was no PS2.  It's been in sales freefall since 2011 and has almost no new games being released.  And while WiiU is more expensive, it's not the huge difference that existed between PS2 and PS3.  WiiU also has perhaps the strongest launch line-up ever.

Is this an anomoly caused by casual holiday spenders? Is Nintendo going to need to make a 3DS type price cut to boost sales? Or is WiiU simply too little, too late?

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It's probably a Christmas anomaly. The Wii is likely an attractive option for parents with smaller kids and a limited budget, especially with the Skylander stuff. A lot of parents aren't going to buy something really expensive for younger children. They aren't worried about it playing Call of Duty or how it looks compared to the rest, either.

Of course, some of those kids might be pissed off on Christmas morning, as we will almost certainly have "asked for a Wii U but got a Wii from parents who didn't know the difference" scenarios. There are probably a lot of adults who have no idea that the Wii is effectively dead, as well.

How are returns tracked, anyway? Not at all?

Panama said:
The Wii Mini comes to mind.


I live in Canada, and I assure you, it's not flying off shelves.  

Besides the big factor was Europe where Wii Mini's aren't even sold.



 

meh, early in the gen and i've never like the "minus a region" cherry picking of data.

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pokoko said:
It's probably a Christmas anomaly. The Wii is likely an attractive option for parents with smaller kids and a limited budget, especially with the Skylander stuff. A lot of parents aren't going to buy something really expensive for younger children. They aren't worried about it playing Call of Duty or how it looks compared to the rest, either.

Of course, some of those kids might be pissed off on Christmas morning, as we will almost certainly have "asked for a Wii U but got a Wii from parents who didn't know the difference" scenarios. There are probably a lot of adults who have no idea that the Wii is effectively dead, as well.

How are returns tracked, anyway? Not at all?


You could be right.  I was surprised even my own daughter (18) who is an avid gamer (Zelda, Gears, Mortal, Halo) didn't know WiiU was actually another system.  She thought it was just a perpherial for the Wii.   (She doesn't live with me)