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concity06 said:
Soundwave said:
concity06 said:
It's funny that people are automatically putting doom threads so early in Wii U's life cycle. Come E3 when Nintendo announces all of these great games, boom a surge in sales. Their won't be a price drop until Winter 2014,


I think this is one of the biggest falsehoods in gaming sales logic, I've never seen a company get a real sales bounce from having a good E3. 

I'm sure Nintendo will have the usual suspects at E3, new 3D Mario, Mario Kart, maybe a Smash Bros. teaser. 

New Super Mario Bros. is pretty high on the Nintendo franchise ladder, I'd say maybe only Mario Kart is the bigger franchise that Nintendo has.

How about Fatal Frame, Metroid HD, Xenoblade, Monolith's IP, rumors of another big exclusive being grabbed by Nintendo, Bayonetta 2.  Don't sleep on Nintendo!

Fatal Frame sales on Wii were dreadful, Metroid Prime 3 never reached 1.75 million worldwide, Metroid Other M never reached 1.25 million worldwide, Xenoblade is not a million seller, Bayonetta never reached 2 million across two systems with stronger 3rd party sales than Wii (PS3 and Xbox 360) and I predict Bayonetta 2 will sell worse than the first one because it's a Wii U exclusive and is releasing very early in the lifetime of the console. On the other hand NSMB Wii has sold over 26 million (more than all the previously mentioned games 5 times over).

Can't speak about the rumored exclusive. 



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Ckmlb1 said:
Vinniegambini said:

Nicely put Pezus, I think you bring forth a good question. Nintendo simply cannot afford a price for the Wii U. It's already not selling the hardware at profit and what will that show to it's early adopters and Nintendo fans? I fear it would only hurt its reputation. Especially twice in a row. Furthermore, the sales are not bad per se and the numbers below prove that:

Xbox 360 US Launch (Nov+Dec): 607k
PS3 US Launch (Nov+Dec): 687k
Wii U US Launch (Nov+Dec): 890k

They could be better true. I'm expecting a Nintendo direct soon.


Is this taking into consideration that the PS3 did not launch in Europe till March (I think) of 2007?

The NPD only track US sales. So this is US sales only :)



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Ckmlb1 said:
concity06 said:
Soundwave said:
concity06 said:
It's funny that people are automatically putting doom threads so early in Wii U's life cycle. Come E3 when Nintendo announces all of these great games, boom a surge in sales. Their won't be a price drop until Winter 2014,


I think this is one of the biggest falsehoods in gaming sales logic, I've never seen a company get a real sales bounce from having a good E3. 

I'm sure Nintendo will have the usual suspects at E3, new 3D Mario, Mario Kart, maybe a Smash Bros. teaser. 

New Super Mario Bros. is pretty high on the Nintendo franchise ladder, I'd say maybe only Mario Kart is the bigger franchise that Nintendo has.

How about Fatal Frame, Metroid HD, Xenoblade, Monolith's IP, rumors of another big exclusive being grabbed by Nintendo, Bayonetta 2.  Don't sleep on Nintendo!

Fatal Frame sales on Wii were dreadful, Metroid Prime 3 never reached 1.75 million worldwide, Metroid Other M never reached 1.25 million worldwide, Xenoblade is not a million seller, Bayonetta never reached 2 million across two systems with stronger 3rd party sales than Wii (PS3 and Xbox 360) and I predict Bayonetta 2 will sell worse than the first one because it's a Wii U exclusive and is releasing very early in the lifetime of the console. On the other hand NSMB Wii has sold over 26 million (more than all the previously mentioned games 5 times over).

Can't speak about the rumored exclusive. 


The Wii & Wii U are two different systems.  Things change every generation so don't assume the same results.  Plus, Xenoblade came out pretty much after the Wii was dead.  Fatal Frame on the Wii wasn't even released in the USA.  I can't wait to buy the next one that comes to the USA.



Price isn't the problem with the WiiU currently. It's the lack of games.



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Galaki said:
Price isn't the problem with the WiiU currently. It's the lack of games.


There's an OK amount to play here though, there is a new Mario, and COD and Assassin's Creed are new installments of the two of the three biggest third party franchises at the moment. Not everyone plays every PS3/360 game either, so there probably are quite a few people who never got to play Ninja Gaiden 3 or Darksiders 2 or Tekken Tag Tourney 2 or maybe even Arkham City. 

Zombi U is a much better game than Red Steel. Nintendo Land is deeper than Wii Sports. 

The bigger problem is fundamentally at its core, I don't think this is a system that casual players want (it totally takes gaming away from the motion based simplicity of the Wii, back to the couch) and its not one that hardcore gamers want either. They have been waiting 6-7 years for a large leap beyond what they already have in the PS3/360 and this ain't it. 

It's a system without a target audience fully of wishy-washy design decision (well we sorta want core gamers, but we want casuals too). 

And that Q1-Q2 release lineup is problematic too. 



I bet they cut it in 2014 without apology. Hard to predict how it will be selling a year from now without knowing anything about its Holiday releases or competition this year though.



You guys are REALLLLLLY taking this too far. Wii U sales in the US are not "horrible" or "bad." They are "okay." The December sales of the PS3 vs the Wii U is extremely unfair when the economy was WAY better back then, the PS3 didn't have the same kind of competition going on as the Wii U (Wii U is going against two consoles with already established user bases + its name recognition is a bit low). The price is NOT the reason for this. The Wii U could do better, but stop saying it's bad when everything was down this year (except 3DS and PSVita, which doesn't really count having only one month last year).

So I would say the earliest we will see a price cut for the Wii U is at the end of the year. It kind of depends on what happens with the other next gen consoles.



Personnaly, I think Wii U Price Cut could be official in September of this year, before the new Xbox will be avalaible.
This Price Cut with one or two big games (Zelda, Mario, ssmb, I don't know) and new Packs will produce the same effect what 3DS Price Cut (with Mario Land and MK).
Just my opinion, but depend of the success of the Wii U for the next months...



 

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