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Will Wii U outsell GameCube?

yes 580 63.25%
no 261 28.46%
same 75 8.18%

The Wii U seems like GameCube. It has great games but bad sales. I just don't know if Wii U will pass up GameCube. GCN by this point had sold quite a bit more than Wii U. What do you think?

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Wii U is already well on its way to having a better library than Gamecube.

It all depends on whether games like Zelda U expand the user base by going Twilight Princess or simply sell to the established fanbase by going toon.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say yes, but it won't be by much. 26-27 million maybe, assuming they get their act together from now on and ride Mario Kart for all its worth.

With waning third party support starting next year they will endure some ugly droughts though, it's just inevitable. Nintendo can only make so many games and half of them are bound to see delays. 

it will be close. atm 25m seems plausible. but you never know.

The thing that hurt GameCube sales was PS2 and it's domination. It's too early to say if sony or ms will dominate, but just going on the basis that there's more gamers than before the Nintendo Wii U GamePad will beat GC sales imo.

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What curl said. If the WII U continues on with the gamecube esque path then there really is no hope for the WII U to ever pass the gamecube.

I'll find a way to deconstruct everybody's psychology ...

In japan, yeah. In the rest of the world, i doubt. Maybe in france.

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I expect similar sales but it depends on a couple of things

a:) bundling - which seems to have worked well in Japan

b:) price - it will need to become an impulse buy . I picked up the $219 skylanders bundle that was TOTALLY undermarketed by newegg/Toys r us. The casuals will then cause the Wii Fit/Party/Sports Us of the world to sell.

c:) marketing

The only 3rd party stuff that will matter is where 3rd parties are given a piece of nintendo licensing to work with - Hyrule wars is a good start.


I think so. I think that franchises like Mario Kart and Smash have grown, and there is no way they won't push it past the cube. Nintendo is going to have to really work hard, but I think they can turn this around to a degree.

Alot of people are forgetting that the Gamecube in the first year had Smash Bros,Luigis Mansion,Animal Crossing,Metroid Prime,Pikmin,Monkey Ball,Mario Party, Super Mario Sunshine,Waverace,Eternal Darkness, Wind Waker, and a bunch of solid 3rd party games and it never really took off. The Wii U's launch was really great, but anyone who didnt have one had zero reason to buy one until August when Pikmin came out, and thats one of the most Niche things Nintendo has. All Nintendo has released is 2 bundles, Wind Waker, and SM3DW and the sales are really close to the Gamecubes already. Mario Kart Wii sold 33 million copies and it would buck every historical trend ever if a direct sequel to a game that popular didnt atleast sell half as many copies. The Wii U is going to be the hot console for atleast 9 months next year.