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I dont think so as most have pointed out that Sega was already in a bad situation already with their Saturn sales and Game Gear flopping so when they had the 3rd console flop then that was the final nail in their coffin but Nintendo has just come off their biggest gen yet with both their consoles taking 100 million+ (eventually). I figure if the Wii U starts to take off with the big name games coming out this year and 3rd parties get involved because of it, i could see the Wii U doing as well as 50 million+ and with the 3DS as hot as it is im sure they would be more then happy with that.



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snowdog said:
Nothing like the Dreamcast, it's probably going to sell around 40-50m during its 5 year lifespan.


I don't really see it. I think at this rate, Nintendo is going to be forutnate to put up N64 numbers in a 5 year span.

No offence to Nintendo themselves, but I don't think anyone is paying a lot of money for a console that's primarily backed by one company that can deliver maybe 4-6 major games a year (and that's in a good year, the Wii's later years are examples of not-so-good years).

Sony/MS/EA/Capcom etc. would all be in trouble trying to sell more than 30 million consoles with the type of third party support Nintendo is getting.

I think the console business is in for a retraction too, I think it's going to shrink back down the PS2/GCN/XBox era levels.



More like this generations Gamecube.



I think the Wii U will make its comeback after Mario Kart 8 and SSB are released



There's no question that like the Dreamcast the WiiU is underperforming. And based on N64, GC sales there's no reason to expect Nintendo's franchises to lift WiiU sales over 20-30m and at this point even 30m seems increasingly unlikely.

Aside from that there is no comparison. Nintendo is no Sega. WiiU can completely bomb and they'll release another system. I think most everyone agrees the 8th generation won't be as big as the 7th. It's now a declining market. We are also seeing something that we haven't witnessed since the 1st generation, which is everyone and their uncle Tom making 'home consoles'. You can poo-poo the Android home consoles/handhelds and Steam and whatnot all you want but they and mobile gaming in general will continue to pull consumers away from traditional home consoles. Just watch, after the initial spurt of great sales for PS4,XB1 (like WiiU's initial great spurt) their sales will also be underwhelming. They are not offer enough of a difference from the current gen from most people to pay $400-500 to upgrade. So while WiiU sales are pathetic, there won't be any PS2, or Wii in the 8th gen. Someone will win, but winning in a shrinking market won't be all that glorious. Also selling 20m in a shrinking market won't be all that horrible as Dreamcast's 10m in a then booming market was.



 

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This generations totally looks like a second 6th generation... Nintendo, while I believe they will "comeback" somehow, like the guy above me said, Wii U sales won't surpase 30 million because of how unqualified it is to compete against its rivals.

on the other hand, xbox one sales won't be as high as expected neither, just because they are basically doing what Sony did wrong on the seventh generation, its price is inaccessible for many consumers, and the software and hardware capabilities are weaker than its main competitor, the PS4.



TheLastStarFighter said:
Wii U is this generation's PS2, not Dreamcast.

Oh this put a smile on my face, nice.




BloodyRain said:
TheLastStarFighter said:
Wii U is this generation's PS2, not Dreamcast.

Oh this put a smile on my face, nice.



forget about the topic, I love the song of your siggy. lol



lxhizy said:
BloodyRain said:
TheLastStarFighter said:
Wii U is this generation's PS2, not Dreamcast.

Oh this put a smile on my face, nice.



forget about the topic, I love the song of your siggy. lol

Ya, just started listening to it a couple days ago. It has been on constant replay xD



Wii U hasnt failed, its been out only 7 months. Nintendo have launched early, tested the market,but have given themselves time to turn things around and learn from any mistakes. Also they have built up a 3.5 million install base within this time, which all things considered (lack of games) isnt too bad.