Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter and fellow analyst firm EEDAR have both predicted that the Wii U will have sold around 110,000 and 125,000 during January in North America. The news comes ahead of January’s NPD figures which should tell us exactly how many Wii U consoles Nintendo shifted. Both analysts expect the console to be beaten by the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo 3DS. Here’s what Pachter had to say about Wii U sales.
“Nintendo must improve sell-through of its Wii U if it hopes to maintain significant market share in the next generation.
“The console received a tepid response from consumers, for a variety of reasons: first, we think that the console was misunderstood by many as a peripheral for the Wii; second, the price point for the Wii U is relatively high, and the launch was into a weak economy; and third, first party software support was thin, and third-party software was not sufficiently differentiated to convince many that they needed a Wii U as a replacement for their Xbox 360 or PS3.”
“If the Wii U is to thrive, we think that Nintendo must market it more effectively, must speed up the pace of first-party development, and must convince third parties that they must support the Wii U or they will lose market share.”