A new forecast for Wii U sales is being released on December 3rd, lowering the lifetime sales of the console to 25 million. This puts the console on par with the GameCube, which sold 22 million units during its life time. That’s a far cry from the 100 million units saw by the Wii and when asked why the forecast for the Wii U was lowered, analyst David Cole stated he believes Nintendo is carving a new niche, away from what the Wii offered.
“I think Nintendo is carving out a different audience. I think that being said it is the right strategy. The audience they are going after is not the ones that Sony and Microsoft are going after. Right now they need to go after Nintendo fans first. They should have done that last year but better late than never. So in answer to your question it is the right approach but really Nintendo now is just trying to do as well as the GameCube so they have a base to sell first party software.”
It’s nice to see someone talking with some sense when it comes to analyzing the Wii U, even if the news of lowered sales is considered negative. It’s true Nintendo is going after Nintendo fans first and foremost, as this is Nintendo’s first true HD console while both Microsoft and Sony had the previous generation to perfect HD gaming.
What do you think of this new analysis?