Well the current Famitsu/Media Create numbers from Japan for last week are in, at 122,000 Wii U's sold.
That's a seriously troubling sign. Historically even for Japan, that's the biggest sales week of the year. For example, the Wii went up 40% in sales that same week in 2006.
Globally last week should be the biggest week yet for Wii U, and it should be the biggest week until next holiday season. If it fails to do this, the Wii U is in real trouble. It's a reliable gauge of the future.
If those 5.5 ratios are correct, which they seem to have a good chance to be - then the 4 million number seems about right.
There is ZERO catalyst in the market place right now for people to buy a Wii U. The marketing sucks. The name Wii U sucks. The Wii U kiosks in stores suck. The launch games aren't enough. There's bad publicity everywhere. No big gaming sites or tech groups are telling the public to go buy the machine. The Fiscal Cliff's about to hit, and consumer disposable cash is tight as it is, and Nintendo's not making any big announcements.
It's a perfect storm of poor sales, and it makes me think something is rotten in Denmark.
But... but the Wii U had 126k sales in Japan last week, and so a drop of 4k is bad? I'm not sure what we're getting at here.