After the massive success of the Nintendo Wii could anyone have predicted the follow-up to go through such a rough time?
Nintendo Wii U Fails To Live Up To Predecessor
The original Nintendo Wii broke sales records left,right and centre while ushering in a new era for videogames by making them viable to the masses. It seemed like Nintendo had cracked an entirely new market for home consoles.
While many hard-core gamers neglected the Wii due to the amount of shovelware and party game titles released for the console,most would also acknowledge that stellar first party support was one shining light.
While the Wii broke records everywhere it’s successor, the Wii U has not taken off as yet and it appears it’s time for the company to start worrying if the latest sales forecasts are anything to go by.
Wii U Sales Forecast Dramatically Cut
The Nintendo Wii U launched back in late 2012, with sales have yet to take off. One of the main reasons behind this is the lack of top quality games out for the system with many of Nintendo’s first party franchises yet to get a Wii U release.
It is often stated that software sells drive hardware sales and in this case it seems to be clearly evident on the consoles showing so far. Projected sale figures have now been cut from 9 million units to nearly 3 million units for the end of year sales.
This is definitely not good news for Nintendo and it will make finding third-party support even more difficult , which only reaffirms the aforementioned software-hardware dynamic.
Nintendo 3DS Fares Bettet But Still Underperforms
The Nintendo 3DS has fared better body and that has fallen well below the sales figures that were expected for the company’s handheld unit. The flagship handheld sold over 13 million units, where it was expected to be nearly around 18 million.
These figures are absolutely must make pretty reading for the heads at Nintendo have combined they have liked to a tree hundred and $26 million loss for the company. It has left the Nintendo President Satoru Iwata fighting for his position and he has recently apologise to shareholders.
“Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.”
“We failed to reach our target for hardware sales during the year-end, when revenues are the highest.”