Nintendo Wii U Sales

Enough with the drama – Nintendo isn’t dead just yet

By on January 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Enough with the drama – Nintendo isn’t dead just yet

Shares of Nintendo were hammered early Monday morning on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down as much as 18% following Nintendo’s admission on Friday that the Wii U is indeed a flop. Nintendo confirmed that it will report its third consecutive annual loss and it slashed its 2014 Wii U sales forecast by a jaw-dropped 70% from from 9 million units to just 2.8 million. In other words, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 each sold more units during their first month and a half on the market than Nintendo expects the Wii U to sell all year in 2014. But by the end of Monday’s trading session in Japan, Nintendo’s stock had recovered to close at 13,745 yen, down just 6.15% on the day, as panic subsided and investors acknowledged the fact that there’s still plenty of fight left in Nintendo. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Sales Analysis

The 3DS’s blockbuster success could be Nintendo’s downfall

By on January 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM.

The 3DS’s blockbuster success could be Nintendo’s downfall

The universally expected, steep sales warning for the Wii U console finally happened. So Nintendo has basically acknowledged its latest home console is flopping. Reviving the Wii U now that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have so much momentum is probably impossible. Unfortunately, the Wii U’s dismal flop will not push Nintendo to re-examine its current strategy, because its handheld console 3DS is such a monster hit. The latest Famitsu numbers that detail sales during the industry’s post-New Year hangover give us a good view of what is preventing Nintendo from changing. More →

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Wii U Sales

The Wii U is officially a disaster: Nintendo slashes sales forecast by 70%

By on January 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM.

The Wii U is officially a disaster: Nintendo slashes sales forecast by 70%

There’s no longer any debating it: Nintendo’s Wii U is an absolute disaster. People were shocked when we talked about what a tremendous failure the Wii U would be following its launch back in 2012, but it’s now a matter of public record. While anyone who has tried the console will tell you that games on the system are just as fun and exciting as they have ever been, the Wii U lacks the flair and innovation that made the Wii such a success. And now, this simple truth is coming back to bite Nintendo yet again — the company said on Friday that terrible Wii U sales will result in its third consecutive annual loss. Nintendo also slashed its 2014 Wii U sales forecast 70 % from 9 million units to just 2.8 million, fewer than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sold in just over a month following their respective launches last year. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Game Sales 2013

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

By on January 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

It remains to be seen how well the Wii U sold in its first full year on the market, but at least one Nintendo console flourished in 2013. According to a recent press release, Nintendo sold more than 16 million physical and digital 3DS games last year, a 45% increase in year-over-year sales. The 3DS family (which includes the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS) has also surpassed more than 11.5 million sales in the U.S. There were plenty of great games for the portable console released in 2013, including the new Pokemon titles and the system seller that is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Another long-awaited sequel, Yoshi’s New Island, is set to lead the charge in 2014 as Nintendo tries to top its record once again. The full press release can be found below. More →

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Wii U GamePad PC Games

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

By on December 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. More →

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Best Wii U 3DS Games

These are the 5 best Wii U and 3DS games so far

By on December 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM.

These are the 5 best Wii U and 3DS games so far

We have chronicled the sad tale of the Wii U ever since it launched last year. Nintendo failed to get the word out, and in turn the public failed to show any interest. Some consumers didn’t even understand what the Wii U was, and it’s hard to blame them. Things still aren’t looking any better for the king of the last generation, especially now that Microsoft and Sony have both re-entered the market with hardware that blows away anything the Wii U has to offer. The one thing the Wii U does have over the PS4 and Xbox One this holiday season is a year long head start, which means a much wider — and better — selection of games to purchase. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Sales Analysis

Awful Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do the unthinkable

By on December 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM.

Awful Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do the unthinkable

Right now Nintendo is sticking to its plan of cutting the Wii U’s price and hoping that big-time games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 will propel sales of the console in 2014. But what happens if the plan falls through and sales of the Wii U are still awful in six months’ time? As The Associated Press notes, continued poor Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do what had once been unthinkable to the company: Make its popular gaming franchises available on other companies’ hardware. More →

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Super Smash Bros Mario Kart 8 Wii U Trailers

Video: These are the two games that could save Wii U

By on December 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM.

Video: These are the two games that could save Wii U

The Wii U had an undeniably disastrous 2013 in terms of sales but Nintendo thinks it has two aces up its sleeve for next year. Nintendo on Wednesday released two new videos showing off the two most important exclusive games that it will release next year — Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Both games are loaded with beloved characters from Nintendo’s Mario Bros. games and both are based on franchises that have made Nintendo a lot of money in the past. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Vs Amazon Kindle

Now Amazon is pulling ahead of Nintendo in handheld gaming in the U.S.

By on December 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Now Amazon is pulling ahead of Nintendo in handheld gaming in the U.S.

It’s no news that both iOS and Android portable devices have eclipsed Nintendo’s 3DS and DS platforms over the past couple of years. But it’s a bit of a surprise that now even Amazon’s Kindle devices are moving ahead of Nintendo’s systems when U.S. gamers are polled about their favorite portable gaming system. The new IDC-App Annie report on the gaming ecosystem represents another grim setback for Nintendo. There are now three different smartphone/tablet ecosystems that American consumers view more favorably as gaming platforms than Nintendo’s offerings. More →

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Wii U Sales PS4 Xbox One Launch

The Wii U’s day of reckoning has arrived

By on December 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

The Wii U’s day of reckoning has arrived

Nintendo’s Wii U had a one-year head start over its rival consoles and it now appears that all of that time has now been squandered. Bloomberg notes that Wii U sales are being absolutely crushed by sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in early holiday shopping as Sony and Microsoft “each sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months.” Recent sales figures have led analysts to project that Nintendo will whiff badly on its goal to sell 9 million Wii U consoles by the end of March and many think the company will instead sell only around 6 million units. More →

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Super Mario 3D World Sales

The worst news yet for Wii U

By on November 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

The worst news yet for Wii U

All year long the bad news about Wii U sales has been offset to some extent by the hope that the next big Mario title would turn around the console’s fortunes. As it happened, Nintendo crafted a fairly majestic new title in “Super Mario 3D World,” which has been garnering rave reviews in recent days. This makes it all the more disappointing that the game sold just 99,600 copies during its debut week in Japan. “Super Mario Galaxy” sold 256,000 units in its debut week, and “Super Mario Galaxy 2″ shifted 337,000 units back in the day. More →

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Nintendo Android Tablet Rumor

Nintendo seems to be toying around with making an Android tablet

By on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

Nintendo seems to be toying around with making an Android tablet

Could Nintendo finally be breaking down and branching out to other platforms? Nintendo Everything has picked out a series of tweets by a Nintendo software engineer discussing an internal Android tablet project. The tweets are fairly detailed and the engineer describes how he is “experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on Android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet.” The engineer also says that “Nintendo is testing only the “Android” but in fact she wants a system written in C/C++ in a Unix environment for the system single tablet!” More →

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