NPD: Pachter Says Wii U Software Sales Were “Abysmal”

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Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has weighed in on tonight’s NPD results. Pachter says that overall Wii U software sales were abysmal, with only New Super Mario Bros U selling a meaningful amount of units. No dedicated Wii U or Nintendo 3DS games made the top ten software charts in the US during November.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter deemed the November sales results — a record 12 months of declines — as “worse than I expected.”

The culprit, he says, was Wii U hardware sales, which came in about $50 million below expected, and sales of Nintendo handhelds, the DS and 3DS. “Wii U hardware was sold out, we checked, so it’s a supply issue,” he says. But Wii U software sales “was abysmal, only Super Mario sold any meaningful units.”

103 thoughts on “NPD: Pachter Says Wii U Software Sales Were “Abysmal””

  1. That might, and don’t quote me on this, might be because nobody bought games the first half of the month other than halo 4 and bo2 which weren’t on the wii u at that point. And then who would buy a $60 game and $350 console when games were sold so cheaply on cyber monday/black friday and sysgtems were $200? Don’t quote me but that might be the reason why…. fuck you patcher

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    1. I saw 360 consoles for $150 with skylanders. If I didn’t have a 360 already I would have bought it as well and held off on a wii u on another date

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      1. Yes, I’m talking about the Wii U version.

        Pachter and EA will now start their full assault on dismissing the market for third party games on the Wii U, ignoring that serious efforts like Zombi U (2nd best selling Wii U game in the States, not counting Nintendo Land bundles) have so far been rewarded with sales.

        Just like everyone predicted.

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    1. You can buy wii u stuff at tescos?

      I am an American, and the last time I was in a Tescos was over 4 years ago for a beer run. So forgive my ignorance.

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      1. Tesco was a failed business venture in the US. In the UK, it’s one of the big three supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda – the latter being owned by Wal Mart). I purchased my two physical Wii U games from Tesco Online because of a £10 off voucher.

        Last night I was grocery shopping with my mum and I got bored and went to buy The Dark Knight Rises on blu-ray. As I walked by the gaming section, I looked out of curiosity – no mention of the Wii U at all.

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        1. Hey joshawott. I saw ur pic on twitter. My god u shud of been aborted. Ur so fucking ugly. You are a down syndrome child and will never get laid bwhahahahahaa

          Fucking faggot

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  2. Mario probably sold “meaningful units” (whatever that means) is because it was a launch with 20+ titles including Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Batman and ZombiU. Consumers didn’t buy all of them, like me, I only bought ZombiU and Mario. Others bought Call of Duty. It’s like a “no crap” scenario we got here.

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    1. i know right? who’s going to buy a $350 consol and then buy tons of games for it right after. granted i’ve already bought 5 games for it (mario zombiu assassins creed mass effect and tekken, and i dont really count nintendoland seeing as it came with the system) but i’ve been saving money for these games. most people would just buy the system and save it for christmas

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    2. This. According to GameStop, the attach rate was 2.4. So on average, each Wii U buyer bought two games, and (roughly) every other person bought three. That’s pretty solid. The Wii U sold 425k in its first week in NA, meaning a little over one million games were sold. (1,020,000) Take Mario out (243k) and you’re left with 777k, spread out over 20-plus titles. Also subtract the digital games (Neither NPD nor GameStop [obviously] count those) from the 23 at launch, and you’re left with 18 titles. 777,000/18 = 43,167 units sold per title, on average. (Heavy-hitters like Ninja Gaiden, ZombiU, CoD, Assassin’s Creed, and Batman presumably did better than smaller titles).

      That might seem “abysmal” to Pachter, but in context, those numbers are quite good. It’s a way of spinning a stellar launch lineup as somehow detrimental. “Oh, there are TOO MANY good games, so none of them sell like gangbusters!” Basically, Pachter is an ass, as usual.

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  3. I don’t see why anyone listens to Pachter anymore, he’s always been a PS/Xbox FANBOY! He’s always been going against Nintendo, he’s one of the most “biased” game “critiques” out there! Always going against Nintendo, look at every single new Nintendo Console launched ever since he started giving “his opinion”, he’s always been against Nintendo, and Nintendo has proved him wrong most of the time.

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  4. No dedicated WiiU software made the top 10?

    No durr, I could’ve told you that. The hardware just came out, you expect it’s software to outsell games on consoles with 70+ million users?

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    1. Actually, New Super Mario Bros. U did make the Top 10.

      Pachter’s point is moot, though, because the Wii U HASN’T EVEN BEEN OUT FOR A MONTH! That’s like saying you expect the next Xbox or Playstation to sell 1,000,000 copies of a $69.99 game along with a $499.99 console price tag! It. Just. Isn’t. Going. To. Happen. (Not at launch, at least.)

      Gosh, it’s like 2006 all over again.

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      1. Nintendo is looking into changing that with their Nintendo eShop sales, as stated by Satoru Iwata in a recent investors meeting.

        Come to think of it, I’ve seen a TON of people downloading games from the Nintendo eShop on Miiverse, so maybe some games sold more digitally than they did physically?

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        1. I don’t know if they sell more online, but here in Norway, games are $16 cheaper on the eShop. In stores, they cost 600 kroner whitch is almost $100!! >:[

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  5. Since the Wii U launched in the 18th and was sold out until black friday, leaving 9 days or so left to purchase Wii U. Every person must have abught at least one game. Wii U obviously could have sold more, and thats why the software sales are low, the console was sold out, and no specials to compete with others.

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  6. Well it wasn’t from my purchases. Wii u deluxe, Mario U, Zombiu, pro controller and wii controller day of. Then bought black ops2, tekken and darksiders on targets black friday sale. Not sure how hardware predictions could be $50 million below but it sold out? Duh – they were all pre ordered – bad prediction on that one there analyst boy. Software sales is no surprise – wait for xmas. plus the majority of those games are being played on other systems.

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    1. I’m done with this news now. If sickr and alba don’t stop posting these articles, I doubt I’m gonna keep coming back to this site for news. Even IGN doesn’t post news relating to Pachter anymore when it comes to Nintendo.

      They are literally doing this just as a publicity stunt to see how many hits they can get on these articles now. It’s just troll bait and has nothing to do with Nintendo’s Wii U or Nintendo 3DS in the long run.

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      1. Every time I read one of Pachters absurd statements , I pull that face where you want to punch someone , but there’s nobody to punch…. lol

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  7. “The culprit, he says, was Wii U hardware sales, which came in about $50 million below expected, and sales of Nintendo handhelds, the DS and 3DS. “Wii U hardware was sold out, we checked, so it’s a supply issue,” he says.”

    How could have Wii U hardware sales been $50 million below expected if it sold out? THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!!

    And besides, he’s going solely on NPD figures, which, first of all, don’t count bundled software (leaving out NintendoLand), and second but most of all, only count physical, retail purchases. Ergo, they don’t include any of the digital download sales from the eShop, and thus, don’t paint the whole picture.

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  8. That’s funny how its supposedly is sold out yet I have at least 3 locations that have been in stock everyday since the day after Black Friday those locations are 2 Gamestops 1 Walmart and 1 Target located in Knoxville, TN and each had at least 2 Black and 6 White on the Shelves!

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  9. we should boykot websites who posts stuff about pachter!!!!!!! we will hear this shit until the end of his live if stupid websites still post things about pachter!!! man are you all stupid idiots here??? this cant be so hard to understand, god damit!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. can you guys please stop posting this jack-asses retarded comments?
    He is only saying the shit he says for attention and we need to stop giving it to him.

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  11. Does he think im made of money. i cant buy every game. i bought blops2 and wanted mario but my mom told me i couldnt afford it. im not made of the cash and im assuming others are in the same boat

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  12. Im going to fap until my balls explode,
    Or until stingy piss causes my cock to erode,
    Pacter is a gormless motherfucking twat,
    Im gonna piss-off his family by fucking his pet cat.

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  13. And just earlier he said there was a shortage of systems…. In order to beat out a new AAA title game for both XBOX and PS3, a Wii U game would have to sell more than the amount of consoles sold…. Mmkay…. Duhr. It’s a new system, give people some time to afford the damn thing.

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  14. “If you just look at this fiscal year, I do not expect Wii U to make a big contribution to our profits since the software sales will be rather limited due to a rather limited installed base of the hardware and, even as a whole, we cannot be optimistic about their combined profit contribution either when we take into consideration the fact that we need to invest a lot into our advertising activities at first. However, in the next fiscal year, we will have a larger installed base. We will have a richer array of software and manufacturing costs will also decrease. ” – Mr. Iwata, speaking to investors at the latest Nintendo Financial Results Briefing

    http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/121025qa/index.html

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  15. The other games are ports!! Every true gamer already bought them on ps3 or Xbox, only the fanboys heldout, what do you expect? They ported them cause it would bring in extra cash! It’s not a true new release. Mario u sold best, that makes sense!

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    1. he gets payed like a super amount of money to spout this

      imagine that go online have interviews say blatant lies about one company keep telling those lies no matter how stupid you look and get payed to do it that’s some seriously sad shit right there

      theres people starving to death in this world and this clown shoe gets payed to lie about a single company by usa white old guys with money invested in usa compute industry ITS SO SAD

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  16. There was no reason to expect Wii U supply would be radically different now than with Wii in 2006, yet Pachter expected hardware sales to be 100K higher than in 2006? Based on real sales, the $ amount he said it failed to match expectations, and an even Deluxe/Basic split.

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  17. PACHTER TALKING CRAP FROM A SCRIPT WONT STOP WIIU FROM WINNING THE PEOPLE BEHIND WHAT PACHTER SAYS MUST BE SO IN FEAR OF WIIU THEY WRITE ENDLESS THINGS FOR HIM TO SAY THEN PANIC AND TEAR IT UP WRITE ANOTHER GET ALL SWEATY TEAR THAT ONE UP WRITE ANOTHER WHILST SOMEONE ELSE HOLDS THERE HEADS IN THERE HANDS AS THERE TO BUST=Y WRITING TO HOLD THERE OWN HEADS

    THE WAY NINTENDO IS VIEWED BY THESE CLOWNS IS RATHER VERY VERY VERY OD AND EVEN DERANGED IT REMINDS ME OF NEW WORLD ORDER RULERS TELLING OBAMA WHAT TO SAY ITS LIKE THE GAMES INDUSTRY RULERS IN THERE BIG MANSIONS UP LONG WINDING CREEPY DARK DRIVE WAYS AND LATE NIGHT EYES WIDE SHUT LIKE SEX PARTYS ARE IN TOTAL FEAR

    JESUS ITS 1980S ALOVER AGIAN THE USA HAS GONE ANTI NINTENDO MENTAL ITS A FREAK SHOW GET THE POP CORN

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  18. He thinks everyone has the same amount of money he has and can buy 10 games and a new console right away.
    Idiots.
    Typical capitalists…

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  19. the logic of this man.. why would anyone who doesn’t own a wii-u buy wii-u software.. a system that sells little more than 400000 units can’t lead the software charts
    ugh why do i even bother

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  21. Sounds like a self-loathing critic to me. I’ve not cared enough about him to look up a photo, but I can’t imagine he’s a very fit, happy person.

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  22. Us Nintendrones: “oh happy days! singing mario themes and clapping and dancing like hippies”

    Sorny Trolls: “Yay! another hollywood like game with americans owning anything with just a little gun! and Nintendo rip offs we call originals! yay!!!”

    Microshit Slaves: “We are so depressed and lonely, we gotta buy another fps games to kill shit to feel happy oh yeah! Then we gotta go outside in the real world and do the same!”

    Apple Twats: “We have to buy Ipad 106 that came out 2 months after Ipad 105! Omg such a long wait! Now I can play cheap games while shitting!”

    And so on…

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  23. I am sick of reading comments from this guy…who really cares what he thinks? Just by posting his comments on here you are making him famous and fueling his fire!! Soon more people will know his name than Iwata’s!

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