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GameStop: Wii U sales are slower than expected

GameStop Wii UIt comes as no surprise that the Wii U isn’t selling well. Nintendo recently cut the sales forecast for the fiscal year which ends this month to just 4 million units. Earlier today we reported that the Wii U sold just 66,000 units in February in the US, which is disappointing number, no matter how you slice it. Back in January, it was reported that the console sold around 125,000 units.

GameStop, the biggest game retailer in the world, isn’t too happy with Wii U sales either. GameStop President Tony Bartel said in a recent interview that they aren’t pleased with the sales, but added that there are better times ahead of us. He said:

“Following the holiday launch period, sales have been slower than we expected. Nintendo plans on launching some of their biggest IP over the next few months which we think will increase gamer interest.”

Nintendo is planning on launching Pikmin 3 in a month or two, and then later this year, we’ll be getting Zelda: Wind Waker HD. However, many — including us here at Wii U Daily — have criticized Nintendo for not doing enough to spread awareness of the new console. Since launch, there has been virtually no Wii U advertising anywhere.

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  • jjerker1

    Wait until E3. That’s when they drop the hammer and smash the competition. Think about it. Everything has been quite on all fronts from Nintendo.

    • Tobias Naustdal

      i have to disagree, nintendo have had a lot of nintendo directs.

      • Gamefreak361

        Nintendo directs isn’t on par with an E3 splash. Directs don’t really reveal much other then some upcoming games that we’re already basically aware of.

        • Fred

          Nobody was aware of the Xenoblade sequel until that Nintendo Direct

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            Actually that is not completely true, during that direct we saw actual footage of the game (making it almost certain that it would be xenoblade 2).

            But shortly after Xenoblade was released in Europe June last year (or was it August my apologies for not being certain on that as it’s my second most played game) even now with a total of well over 300 hours including new game +.

            Monolith confirmed they where working on a game for the wiiu and that they where looking for new employees on their website. I even read somewhere that the development of Monoliths WiiU game started somewhere in early 2011.

          • Gamefreak361

            I didn’t say all, now did I? I said they don’t often reveal new games. That’s what E3 is for.

          • Link Slayer

            He powdered his hand while saying that. O how I can’t wait to find out more on the Xenoblade game.

        • Tobias Naustdal

          it’s half in half, we do get new games that we did not expect, like the zelda windwaker HD

          • Gamefreak361

            Some, but Wind Waker isn’t exactly a new game. Just a remake. So I don’t really count it.

        • routerbad

          Directs are a way for Nintendo to talk directly to their fanbase, which is why most of the Directs have things that appeal primarily to Nintendo fans. e3 allows them to put their money where their mouth is, get out of the way, and let people play the games.

          • Gamefreak361

            That was exactly my point. They’re not going to reveal all their top upcoming games until e3 arrives. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be many surprises.

        • DragonSilths

          Disagree that January Nintendo Direct was better then last E3 for Nintendo.

          • Gamefreak361

            Who was talking about the last e3? I sure wasn’t. Don’t know where you got that from.

      • routerbad

        There is a lot more coming through PAX and e3. Lots more.

      • david daniel wharton camacho

        dude :/ rocking e3 is a sport now :P with all that news nintendo has to compete…

      • NkoSekirei

        but we still havent heard a peep from retro an they could be working on metroid prime 4 or star fox i want to see wat their working on so badly

        • DragonSilths

          Starfox is correct. Plus the rumor of Retro making their own Wii U Engine.

      • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

        Nintendo Direct isn’t anywhere near what an E3 show will showcase. Nintendo Direct will announce a game with a quick trailer. An E3 show will give us gameplay, demos, and an indepth discussion with the developers as to what the game is all about.

  • Gamefreak361

    Nintendo is just waiting for it’s time to strike and my guess it’s at E3. Third parties might even have some big surprises for Wii U as well. I do think Nintendo should discontinue the basic system and just sell the Deluxe at $300. Can bet it’d increase some sales. Paying for some exclusives couldn’t hurt either. I’ll at least say it’s good that they’re catering to indie developers.

    • david daniel wharton camacho

      no, if it where. they wouldnt let their economy go down so quick

      • david daniel wharton camacho

        dont get me wrong i do belive they have games for e3, but not many, i believe they’ll just announce 5 first party and 8 third party

        • Gamefreak361

          Perhaps. However, I suspect this years e3 for Nintendo will be much bigger, and it had better.

      • NkoSekirei

        dude look at the current economy were dealing with even the gaming industry is feeling the pinch right now

    • Jon Turner

      I agree; there will be games from Nintendo and third parties at E3 for WiiU.

  • Judson Carneiro

    Im waiting new firmware improve the load time. And… lower price are wellcome.

    • dylanbob121

      hope so…

    • NkoSekirei

      that be that huge update in april

  • Fred

    I think that Nintendo is learning that developing quality HD games takes a lot longer than it takes to develop Wii and 3DS games and that’s why NSMBU was initially going to be 1080p and ended up being 720 and Pikmin 3 keeps getting pushed back and they aren’t announcing anything with specific dates. Once they beef up their departments to be properly equipped to develop these games more quickly we’ll see the good ol’ Nintendo we’re used to. Just give them time.

    • dylanbob121

      Pikmin 3 actually hasnt got pushed back because of graphics,just the AI and textures.

      • Fred

        Is there that big of a difference between graphics and textures? AI? Where did you hear about this I’d love to read about it. Sounds fishy though considering how long they’ve been developing it (originally meant for the Wii). Can’t wait for Pikmin 3!

        • dylanbob121

          Well…maybe I should stop reading gamespot…But yeah,im extermely exited for it too.not in my top 5,but very exited.

          • Fred

            Not in your top 5? So what does your top 5 look like? Mine goes
            1. Rayman Legends
            2. Wonderful 101
            3. Game & Wario
            4. Wind Waker HD
            5. Pikmin 3
            What else is higher on your list? I know there are things like 3D mario and new Zelda, but I don’t know enough about them to be able to justify putting them in my top 5

          • Lusunup

            What!?! no monster hunters! :P

          • Fred

            No I don’t have time to do 3 hour sessions. I tried Monster Hunter Tri on my Wii and never was able to get going (with 3 young kids I’m lucky if I can get 1 hour of uninterrupted game play and that wasn’t enough to get going with monster hunter.)

          • dylanbob121

            1.lego city undercover

            2.monster hunter 3 ultimate

            3.wonderful 101

            4.this may sound weird but…toki tori 2

            5.zelda wind waker HD

          • Fred

            Yes toki tori 2 does sound weird, but since I never played the first who am I to say anything. Lego City has me interested, but I’m not of fan of the current Lego games (Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Lord of the Rings) so it’s hard for me to get excited for it until I try it out. Plus not having off-tv play is difficult to deal with (I like to play while my wife watches biggest loser and american idol)

          • Link Slayer

            lol thats exactly why I love gamepad play. played nearly all nsmbu and ac3 on gamepad!

          • therealruben1

            1.Lego city undercover

            2.Wind waker hd

            3.Rayman legends

            4 and 5 are probably for e3

          • Link Slayer

            lol thats pretty much mine too. just a different order. if pikmin isn’t on top 5 the Wii U may not be right for U. 1.WW, 2.Pikmin , 3. Rayman, 4. Wii Fit U, 5. Wonderfull 101. good list dude.

          • http://www.facebook.com/edmonegarfield.fidel Edmone Garfield Fidel

            Bayonetta 2

          • DragonSilths

            5: Wonderful 101.

            4: Pikmin 3.

            3: 3D Mario Game

            2: Windwaker Reborn.

            1: Retro Studio’s game.

          • Sdudyoy

            Pikmin 3 is the reason I bought a Wii u! Zelda, Mario, Super smash bros, and possibly Metroid are the reason why the Wii u will be a great console.

          • Adrian

            My top 5 would be

            1. ZombiU
            2. Dragon Quest (which I will probably never get to play)
            3. X
            4. I wish they would bring FFXV to Wii U
            5. Wii U needs some MOTHER EFFING RPGS DAMNIT.

          • Jon Turner

            Final Fantasy XV DOES stand a chance of coming to WiiU. We don’t know if it will or not, but based on recent relations between Nintendo and Square-Enix (and let’s face it, Square-Enix WON’T want to keep FFXV exclusive to Sony if it iturns out to be such a huge project that they will need other platforms to sell it on to make that cash back. So that’s a possibility.

            RPGs are a given; Nintendo has better relations with Japanese developers than Western ones.

        • Kirzan

          Monster Hunter Ultimate
          Monolith’s Xeno Game

          I did buy Xenoblade on Ebay for too much. Its reputation is mind-blowing and I never owned a Wii. WE’S NEEDS MORE RPGS!!!!

      • DragonSilths

        To be more specific Miyamoto wants perfection he wanted more tweaks here and there lol.

    • david daniel wharton camacho

      dont use that as an excuse, its no excuse for them not having even 2 first party tittles on their launch ¬¬

      • DragonSilths

        You think the Xbox 720 will have 1st party games out at launch? lol. Halo 5 wont be out and Gears Of War 4 or whatever wont be. Even the PS4 will have only Killzone.

      • paddle008

        Excuse me, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land are two 1st party titles, what are you talking about?

    • NkoSekirei

      why dont these people ever listen that nintendo president iwata did say the first 2 months of 2013 that their were no new games coming out but that about to change in a few days and i rather see the developers take their time making their games well polished and avoid rushing to get them out

    • jcnba28

      Nintendo seem to be focusing so much on 3DS with so many games and it’s like they don’t even know the Wii U exists. I hope they have a good reason for doing this because sales are not looking great. Also they need to ADVERTISE it more, no one knows what it is!!

      BTW I’m not a Nintendo hater, I love them which is why I don’t want to see them fail.

      • DragonSilths

        Oh Nintendo knows the Wii U is out. They have a bottomless hat full of stuff they haven’t shown yet. Nintendo is working as fast as possible, any faster and the quality will go down. People we have waited for what? 10 years or so for Nintendo to be in HD you can wait a few more months. Nobody has patience anymore.

    • bizzy gie

      This didn’t seem to be the case with Microsoft. They just starting developing HD games in 2010 which was only 3 years ago and they didn’t have a drought of games. And they’ve been working on non-HD games since 2005 which is 5 years from 2010 (my point being that Nintendo is just as new to HD as everybody else). Nintendo is just putting quality into their games. They’re not going rush out crappy ones just to meet deadlines. I doubt working with higher resolution has caused that many delays with so many games.

  • Anukul

    nintendo should not wait for 3rd parties to come if they wish. nintendo should actually push 3rd party studios to develop for wiiu

    • Enigma

      Yeah, that’s the problem. No one wants to develop for this weak next-gen console, with its small established base of consoles sold.

      Most of the big 3rd party developers are developing for the true next-gen consoles now, the PS4 and NextBox.

      • Gamefreak361

        No one knows the true power of the Wii U as of yet. No console shows it’s true potential for a few years into its life. Move along troll. That position has already been filled. Go try IGN.

        • HotInEER

          Everyone that it disappointed with the Wii U is not a troll. I own every system including the Wii U and i’m on the verge of regretting my purchase. It doesn’t make someone a troll.

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            You May not be a troll indeed but Demonroach, Ultranist and Enigma are trolls, they always talk bad about Nintendo and WiiU with statements which make no sense at all, and being controversial more then once.

            Even Donaald a.k.a. Knowledgeisall is less troll then the 3 above, as knowledgeisall makes statements which sometimes are backed up prettymuch correct occasionaly, atleast as of recently he occasionally HAS a point, something the above 3 haven’t been able to do even once at all. (reffering to Ultranist, Demonroach and Enigma with the words “above three”)

          • HotInEER

            LOL. They might be. I just found this site a few months ago so I don’t know everyone who are real trolls yet.

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            No problem at all, I’m just giving you a heads up on the real trolls here ;) I’ve been around since September last year or so. So pretty familair with the real trolls.

          • Enigma

            How much you people view me as a troll directly relates to how much of a Nintendo fanboy you are, really.

            What are you?

            Well, of course none of you will ever actually admit to being a fanboy, but some of you, deep down, I know that you know.

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            I have no problem whatsoever to admit I’m a fanboy, but also man enough to admit WiiU is not doing good. Especially in Europe it really fails. Albeit that Europeans are more pc gamers or Sony/Xbox fanboys. Fact is WiiU is not doing well.

            Unless Nintendo really steps up I will not obtain a WiiU so far as said before only 4 games have my interest and only one being available now. Can’t say that PS4 looks promising either though with the confirmed launch games. Maybe Microsoft will obtain my heart this round. Honestly I don’t know.
            I’m very dissapointed so far in WiiU even as a fanboy.

            There you have it now you decide what I am, I know what I am myself.

          • NkoSekirei

            i think u need to stop being an @$$ troll and u dont see us bashing other consoles

          • Enigma

            “u dont see us bashing other consoles”

            WHAT. Could you lie any harder??

          • Gamefreak361

            Apparently you don’t come to this site often. I didn’t say everyone now did I? I was directing that at Enigma, cause he is a troll on this site. Don’t assume.

          • Enigma

            I don’t pay loyalty to any game company, not even close. I will always go to whatever console that is superior, no matter who made it. Personally, I don’t like Nintendo, I don’t like Sony, and I don’t like Microsoft, and I don’t dislike any of them either. I actually prefer the PC, and it’s open and small developer friendly ecosystem. So I am no fanboy.

            The people on this site are 80% fanboys. They bash other non-Nintendo anything so feverishly, that it makes me kinda sick. I am no troll.

          • Nintendude

            Honestly, what else do you expect from a Nintendo fan site? Same most likely goes for XBox and PlayStation fan sites as well, say something negative and receive something negative.

          • Enigma

            The truth is not always sunshine and flowers, dude.

          • Gamefreak361

            That may be, dude. However, this is a Nintendo fansite and you’re wasting your time trying here. If PC is your thing, then why bother to comment at all if you know you’re just gonna get criticized? Comment all you want I guess, but nothing will come of it anyways. Same shit, different day in this case.

          • NkoSekirei

            yep but u know trolls dont ever listen and love to start flame wars over nothing

          • Gamefreak361

            I don’t pay loyalty to any company either, but I don’t come to websites spewing out obvious troll hate. That’s the difference between you and the average Joe.

            As for people being 80% fanboys here, what did you expect? It’s a Nintendo based site. Derp. Maybe it’s the way you run your mouth through your words that you’re not well liked here? Sure, you have your opinion and that’s all good, but there’s a fine line too. Not everyone on here is a fanboy who will defend Nintendo to the end.

          • NkoSekirei

            then go play ur pc troll and becarful with ur insults man before everyone jumps u

          • Enigma

            Oooh, someone’s feisty today.

          • kevin

            Yeah, to that!! I’m the same way, I’ve only ever own Nintendo and regretting the WIIU purchase.

            Just to be back at the bottom of the game pile, and seeing most games not making it to Nintendo once again, is getting old.

            Nintendo is not doing enough to change anything.

          • Fred

            Wait, I guess I don’t understand. I’m seeing people saying thing like this, but I don’t get it. I bought my Wii U on launch day and I’m absolutely loving it. What is it that you’re not liking about it?

          • kevin

            I love the machine. But I wish Nintendo would step up and go after hardcore gamers. I would like to see more games like that. They don’t have to be the for runner but they need to be in the competitive pile. WII was far from being competitive. I wish they would turn it around on WIIU.

            But there are no advertisement and they have a battle with the and WII vs. WIIU. To many people think it is another WII.

          • NkoSekirei

            every new system goes through a game drought u should know that

          • Enigma

            This guy….

            this guy gets it.

        • Enigma

          Do I need to get into the technicalities of game development? Can I not?

          360 and the PS3 were the beginning of a new age of games, the age of multi-core & High Definition consoles. That new age changed everything, and game devs had to learn a whole new myriad of techniques, and create different, stronger software development packages. All that knowledge will translate directly to the Wii U. The Wii U’s hardware isn’t all that hard to understand, it’s just another computer. What your seeing now is not going to get much more impressive.

          • Gamefreak361

            Like I said dude, you and I don’t know what the system is capable of doing at this early in it’s existence. You’re just guessing like the rest of us. Like I always tell people, don’t speculate on something you don’t develop on. Only Nintendo knows the system’s true potential with maybe a few good developers that may know it’s secrets.

            All in all really, just wait and see. Time is really the only real answer here.

      • routerbad

        4 Million is by no means small. It isn’t Wii good, but it’s still good. Publishers are just being wary because there are two other systems with 6 year implantation and huge consumer bases that make them more appealing right now because of the cost of game development. We will still see great exclusives on the Wii U, starting with 3 days from now. “True next gen” is a red herring. It doesn’t exist. It is either a generation 8 console or it isn’t. It is. It also isn’t weak, any amount of research would tell you that but since you are more intent on parroting Sony’s hype marketing instead of thinking for yourself you wouldn’t have done any. Remember “blast processing” and how all the cool kids were on Sega even though that marketing term meant absolutely nothing?

        Also, pretty much all of the games announced to be in development for PS4 (save exclusives) have been announced for Wii U as well. Further showing your comment to be dripping in ignorant fanboyism.

        • kevin

          WIIU will not make 4mil. that number will be changed. The last quarter will be a big hit for Nintendo with the launch of PS4.

          • routerbad

            Did you read the article you are commenting on? Their sales goal for the fiscal year is 4 mil, they are on track to reach that

          • routerbad

            Plus, you do realize they are almost at 4mil already right? And the end of the fiscal year for Nintendo is this month? Their sales won’t be bothered by PS4, Sony won’t sell 3mil consoles in two months either unless they price it very competitively, like $350.

      • Gearchin

        wii u is next gen, deal with it, ya’ll trolls are a trip. I guess hating on Nintendo, is all people do now a days.

        • kevin

          I agree it is next gen, but Nintendo is not doing the marketing to make sure people know this. All they now there is another WII with a ‘U’ at the end.

          I’m sorry nothing in marketing says better HD graphics, great gamepad (awesome).

          • Gearchin

            I blame NOA for that crappy side of marketing, disappointed they dont show more in their commercials. off -tv play( disclaimer in this commercial though), awesome gamepad.

          • Enigma

            Yeah barely anyone is really utilizing the gamepad to a degree that would make it even moderately enticing. Not so awesome bro.

          • NkoSekirei

            i agree with the marketing issue but with 3 great games coming out in 3 days i think the sales will start improving wen we get our hands on lego city undercover,monster hunter ultimate, and need for speed most wanted.

        • Enigma

          I never said it wasn’t.

      • http://twitter.com/RickysRevenge Ricky Guzman

        Its not about the system being weak. Nintendo didnt have a good enough launch. The wii u is not profitable. Thats why ubisoft delayed rayman because they knew they woudnt make their money back on the wii u alone.

        • sithWiiU

          So many Nintendrones were saying Wii U was going to have the best launch ever in the history of launches, now, all of a sudden, its launch was weak? Make up your mind!

      • Gearchin

        once Ps4 and xbox drop they will be current gen( like wii u is currently categorized). so many fanboys :*(

        • Enigma

          ……

          what.

          • Gearchin

            ……..

            what

          • Enigma

            Well, aren’t you clever.

      • NkoSekirei

        many developers alrdy confirme wii u is far more powerful then current gen consoles and makes it a true next gen consoles and they havent begone to tapped the full potential of the system yet and might see that this year in coming games

        • Enigma

          Yeah, um, no. Many developers have complained about the Wii U’s power, especially the thing’s weak CPU. Then other ones just simply ignore it completely.

          • NkoSekirei

            no many of them confirmed wii u is more powerful get ur facts straight troll

          • Enigma

            Yeah, the CPU was confirmed, and the GPU is known.

            And again.

            “How much you people view me as a troll directly relates to how much of a Nintendo fanboy you are, really.

            What are you?

            Well, of course none of you will ever actually admit to being a fanboy, but some of you, deep down, I know that you know.”

          • http://twitter.com/jcags Abaddon

            Confirmed by who? We’ve seen screens from the new NFS that show that Wii U is more than the ps3 and x360.

          • NkoSekirei

            ur asking wat make u a troll then reread ur comments and wonder why u get downvoted alot even though trolls on the site like to downvote everyone cause they got nothing to do to just annoy the heck out of everyone and also post false and invalid comments about the wii u and yes its going through a game drought and having some sale issues too but that will start improving in coming days and coming months

          • Enigma

            Actually, my up votes are higher than most people’s anyways, so.

            The down votes are fine.

          • sithWiiU

            I’ve read SLIGHLTY more powerful. That’s a lot different from simply more powerful.

          • NkoSekirei

            its really more powerful then current gen consoles man its alrdy been confirmed by many major third party developers that supporting the wii u and with some nice games like watch dogs,bayonetta 2,xenoblade 2,pikmin 3,wind waker,and many others will be pushing the system power to the max cause some of them wont be coming out to fall or even next year giving them more time to polish the games and fix any issue from beta versions so they will turn out awsome

      • DragonSilths

        Cant call it the Nextbox cause thats a DVR from Rogers lol. But quit trolling.

        • Enigma

          Rogers…

          umm, ok.

    • Fred

      Why push 3rd party, just do more 2nd party like what they’re doing with Wonderful 101 that looks like a really fun game

      • Kyle Berger

        what is second party

        • Gearchin

          is this a legit question?, if it is, 2nd party should be, where you fund and make a game exclusive to your system, with an outside studio i.e platinum games

          • http://twitter.com/RickysRevenge Ricky Guzman

            Kinda like rare in the snes days?

          • Gearchin

            well rare was partially owned by NIntendo so they would be considered 1st party, 2nd is paying for publishing rights and paying for developing of said game(outside of 3rd party publisher).

          • Fred

            Wait, if Rare was partially owned by Nintendo what happened? Why are they only doing Xbox now? Did Nintendo sell? If so do we know why?

          • Tobias Naustdal

            and n64, don’t forget the NIINNTEEEENDOOO SIXXXXXTTTTYYYY FOOOOURRRR!

          • Gamefreak361

            Rare was owned by Nintendo, so that makes them first party at the time.

          • Fred

            Yes and right now I’m wishing Nintendo had more of these in the works right now (unless I’m wrong and they do I guess we’ll find out from E3 coverage)

        • Fred

          That’s where Nintendo pays another company to develop a game for them. The example I gave is Nintendo went to Platinum and paid them to develop Wonderful 101.

          • NkoSekirei

            and bayonetta 2

          • Gamefreak361

            Nintendo didn’t ask them, they stepped in a were willing to help bring the project to light. Bit of a difference. Yes, it is a second party game nonetheless.

          • Kyle Berger

            ok thank you.

  • Nintedward

    The Wiiu is a funny/awkward position. The main reason is that there has not been any games released in January to now. So the people who wanted a wiiu bought one at launch , they weren’t gunna wait till february for no apparent reason.

    All the Wiiu needs now is some good games (lego , MH and NFS is an awesome start) and the PS3 and 360 to DIE. PS3 and 360 will be all but retired by holiday season this year. What I mean by that is all the focus will shift away from them and on to PS4 , 720 and Wiiu as games like Mario kart start to launch.

    Like when 3DS launched , DS and PSP were still hot. When 360 launched the PS2 was still hot and so forth.

    • kevin

      I disagree, the focus will be on PS4 and 720. There has been nothing to make a PS3 or 360 person buy a WIIU instead of upgrading…

      I don’t see the percentage changing as it stands now.

      • Nintedward

        I disagree. The Wiiu will be the cheapest and most family friendly console and it will have it’s popular exclusives.

        Right now , there is no real incentive for a ps360 owner to buy a wiiu , that incentive will only come when the big wiiu games come out.

      • david daniel wharton camacho

        well, so far sony hasnt showed any playable graphics, so i dont see why it wont make them change either. im sure that 1080p is pretty much the best we’ll get until 2015 when they get new technology that changes everything, and yet it wont affect gaming

  • Tobias Naustdal

    there is just too few must have games for the wii u, a lot people have not seen a single game they want. so i think that when the installed base gets bigger, we will see an increase in wii u sales. (keep in mind the ps3, how well did that thing sell the first few months?)

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    Most outlets reported 57k consoles sold in January, not the 125k analysts predicted. Even factoring in scalpers and returned consoles for January, there was nothing that screamed must have last month, so it’s surprising that there were more consoles sold in February than January.

    • routerbad

      The reports are based on net sales rather than gross. 57k was after 60k were returned by resellers, I’m assuming there is a similar situation here. I’m not sure why the author listed the gross number for January, but the reported net number for february.

      • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

        Even then, the net sales were around the 100k ballpark as opposed to 125k. Eh, whatever the case, good to see Wii U sales are going up, even if only slightly.

  • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

    I’m kinda getting tired of hearing the same news story over and over again now. All we are hearing is that some other game is being delayed/ not made for Wii U and that the Wii U isn’t reaching the expected sales. Nintendo obviously knows why this is, and I know that they aren’t stupid enough to just let this all happen. If we can wait it out until E3, then I know for sure Nintendo will drop the bomb with all sorts of game announcements, gameplay footage, and even playable demos. Hell, they plan on giving us Smash Brothers footage, a playable 3D Mario demo, and a playable Mario Kart demo. I feel that Nintendo will have a lot more going for them at E3 than PS and MS will. Think about it, MS will give an indepth unveil of their system: specs and a few announced games. Kinda lack luster after you take in that initial info, and nothing to get crazy excited about. PS will show of a few of their already announced games and announce a couple more: much more exciting than MS but still not much to think about and get excited for. Then Wii U comes with its huge array of games to talk about, think about, and even play. And these will be HUGE games, like Zelda, Mario, and so on. All in all, I’m tired of people focusing on all the negativity that the Wii U is getting and I think the should look foreward to what I believe will be the best E3 in a long time.

    • jcnba28

      I hope you’re right.

    • sithWiiU

      I remember when Nintendrones were saying how last years E3 was going to be the best because of Nintendo announcing the Wii U. That awesome games would be show cased, & blow MS & Sony away….then E3 came, & Nintendo ended up giving a very very lackluster show. That’s going to happen this year too. Even if they release demos, I doubt people will flock to their local stores for a demo. Lol.

      • skullkid1337

        to say it was lackluster is a joke. Your obviously a huge troll, look at all the youtube videos that came out E3 last year and how many of them were about the Wii U and the gorgeous zelda game

      • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

        Well there’s a difference between people who have a skeptical criticism and people who are just here to let everyone know that they want Nintendo to go down into dust, which I don’t know why people would want this, because it would be a sad day in gaming history. Nonetheless, it all depends through who’s eyes you look at E3.

        Nintendo didn’t have one beast of a show, but then again, I never said they did. All I said was that Nintendo will have a beast of a show this year, which most of us think they will. Last year, Nintendo showed us the Wii U and the monster of a launch. If you think MS piss poor excuse of a show was better than anything Nintendo had, then that’s your opinion, but it sucks.

        That’s right MS, everyone wants to see how we will be able to speak to my XBOX in fuckin’ latin and it’ll play the track I bought from Zune for a hundred dollars, because that’s what everyone wants. That’s right MS, everyone wants more and more of this piece of crap, unresponsive tech that you call the kinect. Seriously, I don’t mind if you shove it down my throught, because that’s what everyone wants. And look, now I can watch my favourite TV show on the TV, while connected to my mobile device, which is being controlled by my tablet device, which is hooked into my oven, all while sitting in the refridgerator. Microsoft had ZERO games at their E3 last year. Case in point, Nintendo might not have had the biggest E3 show that they have ever shown, but MS by far was the worst.

        And I already said in my previous comment why Nintendo will most likely have a great show this year, especially when compared to MS and PS.

        And I can assure you that if they had a playable demo of a new 3D Mario, people will be all over that in a heartbeat.

        I can assure you that the footage of the new Smash Brothers alone is enough for people to flock to Nintendo and not MS or PS.

  • dylanbob121

    I’m glad that gamestop is supporting wii u.finally…

  • HotInEER

    Let’s just be honest, the Wii U is over priced for what they are offering. I don’t regret buying it yet, but, I am on the verge. Everything loads way too slow, and I know they claim there will be an update to fix this soon, but, until I receive it, talk means nothing. It should have never been released with it being so slow. This tells me Nintendo rushed to be first to the market knowing they could not compete with the upcoming PS4 and Xbox 720.

    The other thing is I really enjoy the tablet, however not all games take advantage of this, and I don’t like being forced to use it on every game. Sometimes I do not like using it, and would rather just use a regular controller or Wii controller. It made no sense to release a system with so low of memory, yeah I know you can buy a hard drive and people will say they did it because memory is so cheap now, but it should just have come with at least 250GB hard drive.

    Also, throw in the fact there are hardly any games worth playing and you have poor sales to show for it.

    • kevin

      I would say the games are over priced. $60 per game is alot to get a redo game. Its hard to put out $60 for something that has already been out for a year or two.

      If the games where 30 – 40$ I would buy more but 60$, I’m waiting for USED.

      • Gearchin

        40$ tops for the NG;RE, ME3, and batman.

      • skullkid1337

        Look at amazon both of you. If your complaining about price of games now wait till nextbox and ps4 games are $70. The Wii U isn’t all that over priced. 23GB of memory after the initial download is plenty to work with. I don’t think I’ve used more than 4GBs after buying 6 games.

      • NkoSekirei

        dude $60 dollars for really awsome games are reasonable and $49.99 and below are for family type games

        • kevin

          I’m sorry but $60 a pop is alot of money in todays economy, but for all you teenagers that never earn a buck in their life. You don’t care….

          I’m sorry $50 for Wheel of Fortune would be stupid…

          Come on $60 for a new Mario that had nothing new is over priced, the graphics was all in HD, Most of the background was not in HD, just scaled up.

          But that doesn’t matter, as a company would you rather sale a game for $60 and get 100k of game sales or sale it for 45$ and get 180k.

          60 = 6,000 total sales . figure double sales for store retail would be 3000 for the game company
          45 =8100 total sales. half would be 4050. This would equate out to a 26% increase in revenue for the game company.

          There are multiple ways to earn the same about of revenue for a company.

  • http://twitter.com/RickysRevenge Ricky Guzman

    I have the wii u with only 2 games. I am still waiting for all those great 1st party titles. I could care less about 3rd party.

  • InterTreble

    Totally agree with the article and in particular the end conclusions. Nintendo failed only in marketing, since nobody who has the console really complains or feels to have an “old gen” one as haters tend to make people believe. The real difference between Nintendo and the rest of the next gen will be its games and its controller, which are a stronger point than any giga of ram… Go Nintendo! The E3 is coming, and there is still time to make the “Nintendo mania” really explode! Once again! ;)

  • SYates

    Didn’t we already hear this article a dozen times? Okay, so it isn’t selling as expected, but that doesn’t necessarily its selling THAT badly. They need to step up advertisement if you ask me. I live in the UK and I haven’t seen an advert (of any kind) since Christmas… Not good, Nintendo.

  • Gearchin

    I wonder why?, gamestop. Hmm could it be the terrible 3rd party support at the beginning of a brand new system, gasp what a shocker. Honestly, this launch showed, Nintendo needs its 1st party. 3rd parties are crying babies, when it comes to Nintendo support. Games and actual 3rd parties going out on a launch window limb, to say, ” here are our games for the launch window”. What happened to taking chances?, it’s all about the terrible bottom $ to suits.

    • sithWiiU

      Of course it’s about money. They’re business. So is Nintendo. It makes me laugh when fools like you think their preferred company “cares” for its consumers. Lol, Nintendo doesn’t care about you, only your wallet. Same as every other business.

      • Gearchin

        no shit sherlock, cool you think im a fool, i must be a fool to play awesome games. No company cares about anyone, WE are just wallets to them. It doesnt mean you treat certain gamers/people like trash.

  • Kirzan

    “Since launch, there has been virtually no Wii U advertising anywhere.”

    What do you expect to advertise it with? ZombiU from Ubisoft? New SMB U, a Wii port? If Nintendo’s smart about one thing is to not waste money advertising until a really good first party comes out. But, then again, they did release Wii Mini…

    I think Wii U sales actually might pick up next week. March 19th is the first day that has really promising games coming out. Sure, 2 of them are basically ports, but still. I already have a friend who bought his Wii U last week for MHU. Lego City actually looks nice. And hey, a racing game that’s not about fucking Sonic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/philipminjarez Philip Minjarez

    Other than the Nintendo Directs we know nothing other than retailer opinions, “analyist” opinions, and shit from other blogs and websites which are usually biased against Nintendo.
    I’m not stupid, I see the Wii U isn’t doing that hot in 2013 so far. But I’m holding out for E3 and the end of this year/beginning of 2014. I think Nintendo is using strategy to release these big IP’s in the midst of the PS4 launch and the NextBox launch. Because…why not? Wouldn’t you wait? Why allow other companies to shine when you hold the biggest and LONGEST RUNNING titles in the world? I say hold back on them, make them perfect. Blow Sony and Microsoft away when they attempt a new console. The Wii U is out already, slowly gaining what it can. When the new consoles launch with the same small number of games as per usual Nintendo will unleash all their heavy hitters at that time.

    • Silent

      Nintendo know what they are doing. they want to make sure people know the wii u is an all new console by PS4’s launch. People think the wii u is a wii accessory. Imagine if that happened while competing with the PS4.

    • sithWiiU

      All the people who want those rehases already own a Wii U. I highly doubt Nintendo has anything planned to combat the launch of PS4/Nextbox. Not only that, but SSB, Zelda, & 3D Mario wont be coming out this year. There goes your argument, right out the window.

    • NkoSekirei

      dude it just came out a few months ago wat do u expect just give it time and even ps4 and 720 will go through the same thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Estupido-Ysensual-Flanders/1300637173 Estupido Ysensual Flanders

    if there are no interesting exclusive games for wii U why should if buy it? most of the better games coming out are multi platform ported from xbox360, also the third party support is a bit lacking lately and on top of that there haven’t been any good first party games anounced for this year from nintendo except for pikmin 3 but that is no a system seller.

    Taking that into consideration this year nintendo sales will be very low unless they anounce something good soon or start a better marketing process.

    After all everything is about games, without that a console is just an expensive paperweight.

  • Johny

    true… i too agree that nintendo did FAR TOO LITTLE to spread awareness and put up ads…and stuff…..people dont know it exists, many think its just an extra screen acessorry for wii,….. geeze nintendo.. if you stick with a controversal name, atleast SPREAD the word and inform gamers and people properly, rather than just not try to :/
    The other thing is that.. well the wii u has quite some REALLY GOOD games (ZombiU, some decent ports, mario u,…)but thats not enough for sales to said nicely… but that will obviously be quickly fixed with ALL THE AMAZING games the wii u is getting soon, and in the near future (i just wont bother listing them here all xP).. thats good nintendo. now all you need aside from awesome lineup of great games is proper ADVERTISEMENT ! … seriously…

    • dgallo911

      Im guessing u have been living under a rock as Advertising a new system without the software to back it up would have been a complete waste of time as both the xbox and ps3 have had some incredible games releasing essentially every month. Nintendo simply fucked up by not having any software available. Imsick of hearing stupid excuses from brainwashed fans about the sales etc so far when the truth is nintendo have released a console and forgotten u actually need games to go with it

      • Johny

        didnt you see the “but thats not enough for sales to go nicely” ?? i was saying JUST that that wii u doesnt have enough games so it would be worth buying the system for alot of people…. -.- there was NO excuses… i was saying it doesnt have enough good games to properly sell the system… and nintendo knows that and maybe doesnt advertise it because of that. but i DID say that alot of AWESOME games are coming soon, or in near future for the system, AND that with those games, the sales will go up… there was NOTHING “brainwashed” i’ve said….just GTFO off the wii u community site dude… why the heck would you be on the site if you hate nintendo?? its just pathetic of you wii u /nintendo haters doing what you’re doing

        • NkoSekirei

          do u think we want to see rushed games to come out and just bomb on the reviews like aliens colonial marines no we dont let the developers take their time to make their games good

        • dgallo911

          I don’t hate Nintendo (in fact u can find my mini emo on miiverse) but they fucked up in a big way and you must be brainwashed/delusional (along with 90% of nintendo fanboys) if you think they are doing a good job.
          You keep referring to the “near future” and do you know what i see?? The PS4 and the bloody NextBox!! If you think Nintendo have time on their side then they have really done a number on you because not only will the Wii U be competing with the Next Gen Consoles but it will be also be competing with current gens (how many gamers do you think ONLY own a xbox or PS3 and will pick the other 1 up at the right price??)simply because they will be cheaper, the calibre of games that are/will be available will piss all over nintendo’s if Wind Waker HD is leading the charge and the Only one at fault is Nintendo.

          • Johny

            nope dude…sorry … you dont really know what you’re talking about. and you’re showing it too. Mindlessly bashing the system without knowing ALITTLE how stuff works in the industry is not helping either. Therefore i really have no interest to “dabate” with the likes of you any furher, as your close-minded mind has already been set for a long time (apparently)

  • ShawnB

    I think I may understand what Nintendo is doing as far as advertising. I know to many it is cliche that software sells the systems. I believe Nintendo may be taking that quite literally. People will hopefully fall in love with the coming games advertised and then go to purchase them and find they are only playable on the Wii U. Hopefully that desire drives them to purchase the console.

    I also can see that many may be holding their breath on the PS4 price point and what Microsoft is actually putting forth, when, and for how much. I believe Nintendo will be the least expensive of the alternatives and that also will sell hardware, especially going into the ’13 holiday season. With a solid installment base built upon core 1st party IP’s and affordability, developers will reconsider that much of the next-gen game engines are scalable and the cross-platform titles will make their way over to the Wii U. This does not even take into account that Nintendo poured the resources of development into the streaming ability of the console to the gamepad and while others are trying to imitate (PS4/Vita), it is not going to be the same experience. I think people are smart enough they will feel cheated and Nintendo may sell consoles that way as well.

  • Nathaniel Lopez

    Another article where yet another person announces how disappointed they are with Wii U sales, what a surprise…

  • SilverDrake20

    This isn’t really a surprise, it is February and its a new system that lacks some software. It will see better sales as we see more software come out and closer to the Holiday season.

  • dgallo911

    Nintendo ave no one to blame but themselves as they knew there would be a massive drought of games and that the competition were going to releasing high calibre titles as its nearing the end of the current cycle and they always go out with a bang. Nintendo could have easily avoiding this by either having gamecube games available on their e shop at launch or sold wii’s greatest hit bundles ( mario galaxy 1+2 + super mario wii) or platforming ( donkey kong/ metroid) or any other bundle at an ffordable price.

  • NintendoNoob

    Give Nintendo time, once they release all their 1P the Wii u’s will be selling faster than the Wii’s back in launch

  • Superstick98

    It seems like Nintendo are the only ones actually putting effort and releasing great games for Wii U. I don’t understand. What the hell are third parties doing? If they want the Wii U to sell well, they need to support it. They think that just because their game is on Nintendo It’s not gonna sell well all of a sudden? They need to give shit a chance for change. Who says we won’t enjoy saints row 4 or gta V? This stuff is seriously getting out of control. Like EA. They won’t support Wii U, I won’t support them either. Damn fuckbags. Screw it. I’m sticking with Nintendo. If everyone else wants to not fuckin develop for Wii U I don’t give a shit. Just give me my mario and my wind waker HD and I’ll be happy.

  • Petri

    Mario and old ports can take system only so far.
    It will get better when more games starts landing.

  • zhenyaivan

    Nintendo gave third parties a chance… now look what happend

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisskates Kwis Wose

    I am absolutely shocked by this!! To me it seems like Nintendo caters to everyone. Their broad appeal and library of games seems like it would appeal to everyone, How this amazingly inovative system with such incredible advertisement hasn’t sold is beyond me. I mean… It was released at such a great period between console generations and has all the power of 7 year old consoles. Come on People, Dont you realize that Zelda and Mario will be releaesed within the next year or two??? hang in guys! the new consoles are totally going to suffer the same pitfalls as the Wii U, You may as well stick with the wii U because…. uh….. Pikmin. What? are you going to tell me that new systems are going to be able to compete with the likes of Pikmin or Wonderful 101? I dont think so Dudes! Who needs grand theft auto if you have Lego city! No siree bob! This system has mass appeal and even though the sales are less then 1/4 of older systems the longevity will be far superior than what the current consoles are.

    Tell me… who is actually going to buy a PS4 when it comes out? NOBODY. I think Nintendo has it right this generation, they know that nobody cares about graphics. They know that people like touch controls! WINNERS!

    • dgallo911

      wow, nintendo have brainwashed u real good…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXL5QQWMITYFIGEWS4NEOMXB4U 10 footer for par

    Maybe GameStop should consider displaying a functioning Wii U unit. Hard to woe prospective buyers when the demo doesn’t function properly. They are partially to blame for the poor sales.

  • JuleyJules

    It’s not really a shock considering the big games are starting next week. Besides sales did go UP over January perhaps in anticipation of the bigger games. Plus it’s after Christmas when retail sales are down for most things. Console sales were down 25% at this time and software even more. While that happened the Wii U sales increased. Sadly that is not mentioned. I do think people are in for a shock when the other next-gen systems are released and are expensive. The Wii U will look like the bargain. Sony and MS have a tough road ahead of them convincing all these people that continue to buy PS360’s even now to turn around and buy something new in only a few months. Plus so many games are still being released for PS360 that it’ll be even less incentive to fork out for new systems. We’ll see next year what these sales forecast articles are for and I doubt it’ll be the Wii U. Big games are coming later with Mario Kart, Zelda WW and HD, Smash Brothers and others we haven’t even heard of. 2014 could be a big eye opener for some people.

  • Laud (Check upvotes 2039+)

    Cause it sucks donkey ballz!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brent.mccardell Brent McCardell

    Advertise. Tell us what’s coming and when. Release games regularly. Less shovelware. Lots (and lots) of good indie games from small hungry studios. Small price drop…I love my Wii u and if it just ends up being another Dreamcast I’ll be disappointed.. although I also LOVED my Dreamcast…

  • Andy Cavazos

    yeah thats because many peple is waiting for the good games to release such as the legend of zelda, mario karts even a smash. come on they are classics there is no nintendo without zelda nor mario.

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  • http://twitter.com/Crabman520 TurboFish

    Gamestop is a HORRID company they are not releasing LEGO CITY undercover for the wiiU until march 19th a day late .

    lego city comes out on march 18th and gamestop says NO its the 19th lol i never shop there EVER

  • Zorbo85

    LOL!!!
    It is obvious why the wii u is such a failure…..utter abysmal games, no marketing and no nintendo AAA games till october this year and 350 bucks!!!
    The wii was rushed just to get a head start on sony and microsoft and it has failed epicly!!
    Nintendo should have waited till after E3 to release the wii u, they should have seen what price the new xbox and ps were gonna be then counter both with a 250 bucks launch price.
    Wii u is the 3ds all over again plus no one cares for motion controls no more,the move and kinect have not sold what sony and microsoft expected.
    Nintendo are silly one of the main reasons why the wii was so popular was that it was 250 bucks cheaper than the ps3 and came with a free game wii sports.
    For nintendo to not have a new wii sports game bundled in with the wii u is hillarious on their part!!
    When the ps4 and new xbox come along no one will care for the wii u just like for the last 2 years no one has cared for the wii.
    Nintendo should just stick to handhelds and make games for other platforms like sega now does.

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