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Only 390,000 Nintendo Wii U consoles shipped in Q1 2013

by John Callaham

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Nintendo is having a hard time getting people to buy its new Wii U game console. Today, the company admitted that it only shipped 390,000 units of its next generation game hardware worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. So far the company has shipped 3.45 million units of the console, well below its projection of four million units.

Joystiq reports that Nintendo blamed the lack of the success of the Wii U to delays of many major games but claims that it sees Wii U sales going up to nine million additional units in its next fiscal year thanks to the launch of "key Nintendo titles."

Nintendo also reported that profits for its just completed fiscal year came in at just over ¥7 billion, well below its previous projections of ¥14 billion. Even though it missed its profit forecast, Nintendo's financial situation is still better than it was last year, when it recorded a loss of ¥43 billion.

Nintendo will have its work cut out for itself in its next fiscal year as the Wii U will have to deal with the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 console by the end of 2013. Microsoft is also expected to launch the successor to the Xbox 360 by the end of the year.

Source: Joystiq

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That sucks.. Maybe when they drop the new mario kart sales will go up!

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Samething happened with the 3ds. But once some games come out for it that's worth playing other then the virtual console stuff, it'll takeoff pretty good.

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Samething happened with the 3ds. But once some games come out for it that's worth playing other then the virtual console stuff, it'll takeoff pretty good.

I am hoping so.. I need they need to market it better. Most people don't know what it is or think it is an addon for the Wii

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Samething happened with the 3ds. But once some games come out for it that's worth playing other then the virtual console stuff, it'll takeoff pretty good.

Nintendo had to slash the price of the 3DS for it to gain any momement. It may choose to go that route with the Wii U but it is already selling the console at a loss, so it's a risky strategy. The biggest concern is the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, both of which will be dramatically more powerful than the Wii U and heavily subsidised.

Nintendo's problem is that it released a current-gen console at an inflated price with terrible third-party support. Most of the exclusive games are rehashes of Wii titles or aren't due out until the end of the year. It was relying on the tablet-controller to be as popular as the Wiimote amongst the casual crowd and that simply hasn't happened, while the core crowd is better served by existing consoles. For people that have got money to spare the Wii U is a decent secondary console but few will choose it as their primary console.

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It needs a good Pokemon game, and probably a lot of other first party titles like Zelda, (more) Mario, etc.

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if anyone has learned anything about nintendo is that it knows what its doing . it has proven itself over and over again it always starts out slow then becomes rock solid and sells millions , o wait its already selling millions just not at the speed people think it should sell.

nintendo has never let the world down never.

cant say that for the RROD lol

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if anyone has learned anything about nintendo is that it knows what its doing . it has proven itself over and over again it always starts out slow then becomes rock solid and sells millions , o wait its already selling millions just not at the speed people think it should sell.

nintendo has never let the world down never.

cant say that for the RROD lol

Only been proven over and over for the past 100+ years it's been in business. :)

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Nintendo's problem is that it released a current-gen console at an inflated price with terrible third-party support.

How exactly is it current gen? It's the first new (major) console in years, and features things not seen on any "current gen" console - touch screen controller, video/audio streamed to the controller, etc.

New console sales are always slow to start with. Look at the PS3, for example.

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Confusing name and no advertisements? I'm surprised they even sold that many.

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Absolutely due to lack of good titles. There are two games I'm interested in now... Super Mario Bros. Wii U and Madden 2013. It would cost me an initial fee of almost 450 to play two games. Expand the Virtual Console capabilities, get a Zelda and a Mario Kart out there... drop the console price a bit - and you have a buyer!

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Its quite bad when you also see articles like the below being posted;

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-sells-261000-xbox-360-units-in-us-during-march-2013

In a single month Microsoft managed to sell over half on old gen console - I haven't seen any PS3 statistics to relate this to but I imagine they are not far behind Nintendo either.

Since its release I have not really see anything that would draw me into thinking about getting one - especially when you walk into a store and it has maybe 20 games on the shelves in total for this console.

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How exactly is it current gen? It's the first new (major) console in years, and features things not seen on any "current gen" console - touch screen controller, video/audio streamed to the controller, etc.

The reason the Wii U is current gen is because it produces the same level of visual fidelity as current consoles - the CPU is more limited than that of the X360 and PS3 while the GPU is slightly more powerful but the end result is the same. Yes it has additional functionality with the controller but so does the X360 with the Kinect and the PS3 with the Move. At the end of the day gamers are expected to pay more for a system that does the same. For some the tablet controller will be a selling point but for many others it won't be, as it has a short battery-life, is more awkward to hold and many consider it gimmicky. The true next-gen consoles

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Wii U outputs at 1080p. The controller is surprisingly light and easy to hold. The controller has the potential to offload GUI elements, removing the need to pause the game to cycle weapons, offering a more seamless experience. Plus the Wii U is the only console to play new Nintendo games (whenever those come out).

I'll get a Xbox 720 for 3rd party games. Hopefully the cost isn't as much as the rumors say and it'd be nice if Xbox Live wasn't required to play games.

These numbers are troubling for Nintendo, but when there aren't many games I wouldn't say it's unexpected.

P.S. Miiverse rocks

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Its quite bad when you also see articles like the below being posted;

http://www.neowin.ne...ring-march-2013

In a single month Microsoft managed to sell over half on old gen console - I haven't seen any PS3 statistics to relate this to but I imagine they are not far behind Nintendo either.

Since its release I have not really see anything that would draw me into thinking about getting one - especially when you walk into a store and it has maybe 20 games on the shelves in total for this console.

I just have to ask, are you sure about that comment about the PS3 not being not far behind the WiiU?

The speculated numbers for March, which is the article you reference above, is 211,000 for the PS3. Not been confirmed yet, but that is the rumored number. WiiU, is 67,000.

Again, those numbers are not confirmed yet, but they are usually a pretty close estimate. So actually, the PS3 is not to far behind the 360.

I just do not get how XBox supporters still can sit there and make comments that the PS3 sells poorly, when global sales say the exact opposite. I know, I know, global sales do not count since the 360 is always dead last in Japan.

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Wii U outputs at 1080p.

So does the PS3 and X360 but they only render at 720p for most games.

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Yeah, my wife loves Nintendo.. We play our 3DSs all the time.. A few more 1st party titles need to come out before I go out and buy one.. but it appears there are fun things you can download from the Wii Store.. Not sure what but people are raving about it.. maybe I should look more into it :D

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I just do not get how XBox supporters still can sit there and make comments that the PS3 sells poorly, when global sales say the exact opposite. I know, I know, global sales do not count since the 360 is always dead last in Japan.

sony can sell their ps3 in specialized markets and make some software for those markets which inflates their "console sales" numbers, but when you look at the big picture,and look at software sales and console spending, i think you will see that the xbox absolutely destroys the ps3. the xbox360 has sold more consoles than ps3 worldwide btw,just in case youre hinting that it hasnt. If you look at in the US for example, in february, 5 of the top 10 software title sales of any console were xbox copies.

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sony can sell their ps3 in specialized markets and make some software for those markets which inflates their "console sales" numbers, but when you look at the big picture,and look at software sales and console spending, i think you will see that the xbox absolutely destroys the ps3. the xbox360 has sold more consoles than ps3 worldwide btw,just in case youre hinting that it hasnt. If you look at in the US for example, in february, 5 of the top 10 software title sales of any console were xbox copies.

Never said they sold more, just said they do not sell poorly as people, ironically just like yourself, claim they do.

Seriously, talk about a limited and UScentric view of things, and what just comes off as a whole bunch of excuses and just not accepting the truth of the matter.

So Europe and Japan are specialized markets? Holy ****, that is seriously the most limited world view I have ever read.

And make "specialized software" to inflate their console sales? A sold console is a sold console is it not?

So according to your claim, if it was so easy to do, why does MS not do the same thing??? Could they not make "specialized software" as well. Which that is a rhetorical question by the way, What do you think Halo is?? MS obviously has a focus on the US, they are a US company. So Halo is no doubt also "specialized software." But clearly you are way to blinded by the fact America is the only place that matters to realize otherwise.

So yes, Sony's main focus is on Japan, their home territory. But they also do not do a bad job at all making games for the rest of the world.

This is a bad thing again why???

And rough numbers indicate MS has sold 75 million consoles. Sony has sold 74. That is just a rough estimate.

MS had a year lead.

MS also had a decent amount of repeat customers because their first couple of hardware designs sucked. Myself included.

So that is clearly not destroying. However if the US is all that matters, then sure, it destroys as you claim. However I have enough of a world view to know money is money, and the global numbers clearly tell me no one is being destroyed. But seriously if it makes you sleep better at night that one company is destroying another company in your limited world, more power to you.

It just drives me crazy that people are so limited in how they view things, and it actually is the quintessential american view on everything, not just video games. USA #1 right? :rolleyes:

No wonder the rest of the world hates the arrogance that comes out of the US.

And just look at software sales for major games. Obviously the First Person Shooter sells better on the 360, as that is the games that cater towards the 360 crowd.

But then look at other types of games, like Third Person Games.

Tomb Raider - .9m on 360 - 1.01 on PS3

Dead Space 3 - 1.3m on 360 | 1.86m on PS3

Resident Evil 6 - 1.55m on 360 | 2.41 on PS3

But yeah, the 360 clearly destroys in all video game genres.

Seriously, you can hate the PS3 all you want. Just do not twist what is the truth of the situation...

First person Shooters are not the only video game genre. And the US is not the only sales that matter.

And I own all of the consoles. 360, Wii, PS3, PS Vita, WiiU, and even pre-ordered the OUYA. I am not a PS3 Fanboy.

What I am however is a truth teller. And to say the 360 is the best console out there is not a fact. It is an opinion. And when people state it as fact and twist numbers to back their claim, that is what drives my crazy. Again, prefer the 360 all you want, but to use terms like specialized software, and to dismiss other regions in the world just because they are not the US, that is just, well, plain silly to me.

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WOw the thing is almost a collectors item.

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The reason the Wii U is current gen is because it produces the same level of visual fidelity as current consoles - the CPU is more limited than that of the X360 and PS3 while the GPU is slightly more powerful but the end result is the same. Yes it has additional functionality with the controller but so does the X360 with the Kinect and the PS3 with the Move. At the end of the day gamers are expected to pay more for a system that does the same. For some the tablet controller will be a selling point but for many others it won't be, as it has a short battery-life, is more awkward to hold and many consider it gimmicky. The true next-gen consoles

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How exactly is it current gen? It's the first new (major) console in years, and features things not seen on any "current gen" console - touch screen controller, video/audio streamed to the controller, etc.

New console sales are always slow to start with. Look at the PS3, for example.

Rightly or wrongly, when the vast majority of people talk about the "gen" of a console, it is mostly in relation to the console's graphics capabilities. Gimmicky new control methods don't enter into the equation. In that respect, Wii U is most definitely "current" Gen, not "next" Gen. The brand new Nintendo Wii U console barely rivals the several-years-old Xbox 360.

The Wii U should be "Current Gen", but the 360/PS3 should be "previous gen".

Why? The Xbox 360 and PS3 are most definitely the current generation of consoles when talking about horsepower and graphical capabilities (what most sane people rate consoles with). Again, wether rating a console most on it's power is good or bad, is open for debate. But that's just the reality. By that token, the Wii U only brings Nintendo up to par with the 360 and PS3, it did not surpass them. The Wii on the other hand wasn't even capable of 720p HD, and is most decided last gen, ala Xbox and PS2.

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I played a demo of the new Mario @ Target and thought it was awesome, but its not $350 awesome. I'll get one eventually, if nothing else to transfer all my current Virtual Console games to.

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Rightly or wrongly, when the vast majority of people talk about the "gen" of a console, it is mostly in relation to the console's graphics capabilities. Gimmicky new control methods don't enter into the equation. In that respect, Wii U is most definitely "current" Gen, not "next" Gen. The brand new Nintendo Wii U console barely rivals the several-years-old Xbox 360.

Why? The Xbox 360 and PS3 are most definitely the current generation of consoles when talking about horsepower and graphical capabilities (what most sane people rate consoles with). Again, wether rating a console most on it's power is good or bad, is open for debate. But that's just the reality.

It is next gen vs the wii. that's all that matters in regards to Nintendo consoles.

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It is next gen vs the wii. that's all that matters in regards to Nintendo consoles.

I concur, Nintendo are not even running in the same race as Microsoft and Sony. It's not really fair to compare them at all.

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