Pachter Says Nintendo Only Sold 80,000 Wii U Consoles In US During February

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Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes that Nintendo only managed to sell 80,000 Wii U consoles in the United States during the month of February. Pachter says that the original Wii console sold the same amount as its successor during February. Pachter points out that Wii U’s sales were around half of the 165,000 PlayStation 3 units sold last month and were miles behind the Xbox 360, which sold 225,000 units. The official NPD numbers should be coming sometime later this week.

“The Wii sold nearly double our estimate as the Wii U vastly underperformed our expectations, likely due to a relatively thin release slate and an unusual number of returns. It is difficult to envision a turnaround in Wii U hardware sales without a price cut or until more compelling software becomes available, but we think that weekly sales of 20,000 units is likely. We think that the long-term appeal of the console will be severely limited by the perception that the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be much more powerful with greater online integration and multimedia functionality.”


111 thoughts on “Pachter Says Nintendo Only Sold 80,000 Wii U Consoles In US During February”

  1. “It is difficult to envision a turnaround in Wii U hardware sales without a price cut or until more compelling software becomes available…” So a turnaround is going to happen when a turnaround happens? He just repeats himself under the guise of actually analyzing events.

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      1. Yes, he is a genius. He knows that the crappy unmanly video game company will fail at everything they do, while the semi-manly companies succeed. Everything he says is right. You Nintenbabies won’t accept it because.it forces you into the real world. Everyone over 7 hates Retardendo.

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        1. ‘Semi-manly’…

          What? So what’s the definitive ‘Manly’ company..?
          (PS. I’m 14, and I’ve never heard of Retardendo)

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        2. True. Everyone hates Nintendo unless they’re 7 years old.
          Now please explain how they still managed to stay in the video game business for 30 years and show no signs of going bankrupt.

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            1. I’ll just assume this isn’t a serious response and ignore you. If you were trying to get into yet an another argument, then I’m sorry to disappoint.

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    1. The Wii U. It is a gaming device first and formost. It doesn’t have the bells nd whistles of a gaming device that wishes it was a high end gaming PC but really isn’t such as consoles released bySony and Microsoft. It’s a true gaming device and is intended to be only a gaming device. Mcrosoft Durango is rumored not to focus on games as they are now, it is proposed that they are doing something all togther different than Xbox360. That in itself maybe interesting and maybe something altogether innovated but if rumors are true, there s going to be a yearly subscription fee. If that’s the case… no thank you I already have enough subscriptions to run my entire world Cable,Internet,Telephone. and then the Microtransactions I have subsriptions through my internet service
      suh as Netlix,Hulu, and various other forms of Media. While I am willing to play games through my internet on a regulr basis and pay a one time fee for them and the right to own the license to play it as I see ft, I should’t have to pay a subscription to play these titles. If I have’t any money should I be pnished not to play a game one day when come home from work becuse Im broke. Shouldn’t I be allowed to play a game I own even if my internet is done because my check isn’t in the mail yet. My bill slightly behind. So Microsoft won’t get my money next gen if this is the case.
      Ps4 from what I saw looks great and seems to be very pretty but it’s the Playstation all overagain. Nothing special and nothing innovated. The controller is blah, the graphics while impressive don’t meandog poo towards gameplay, and we have a good ideal that itwill play very similarly to a PS Vita. This could be bad if they dont’ fixthe connectivity between the Vita and Ps4, cause as we can see the cross play for Vita to Ps3 is not to good compared to the connectivity of the Wii U and it’s Gamepad. I look forward to Ps4 thinking it may offer something unique down the road.
      The Wii U is brillent in its simplicity. It’s connectivity between controller and device is phenominal. it’s off screen play is convienant and if Nintendo plays it’s cards right they can evolve the system and the controller through out it’s life cycle. Upgrading each edition of it system with a tweek here and there that wouldn’t aliente early adopters but pushing the Nintendo Wii U to new limits… With the use of the Wii wiimote in conectivity with the game pad and even th Wii Fitness board and built in camera’s Nintendo’s Wii U can be an affordable VR experence. Yet would they dare push the limit like they do. Nothing on the Market today can give the expereince the Wii U can offer with it paraphinelia. yet not a single developer has took the time to make the games they could. (XBox connect I admi has potiential. While the Sony move is a fail)
      Well just to say, when the True nintendo innovation is released from the power house developers and publishers there will be no doubt Nintendo will reach the Masses. Rememberwhen Wii was released it was a differnt time with better economies. WhenPs3 and XBox first released they had a slow start too… don’t doubt that,.

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      1. You know what I do when I want to watch a movie? Put on the BD player.
        You know what I do when I want to listen to music? Hook my iPod to my stereo.
        You know what I do when I want to watch digital photos? Turn on the PC.
        I don’t really care if or want my gaming console to toast bread, take me out for dinner or talk back like a parrot, specially when such useless add-ons skyrocket the price over the roof.
        If I wanted a do it all, I would have bought a gaming PC in the first place, so all this bullshit Patcher speaks falls flat under the simple premise of what the appliance was designed for.

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        1. Aaaaaahhh, reading this comments after two of “Skadoofus”‘ comments is like taking a hot bath after a stressful week of work. Thank you.

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      2. Oh, so cause Nintendo’s console has a new controller, that means it’s “totally innovative” and will succeed despite all it’s shortcomings on power, online structure compared to XBL/PSN, and lack of good third party support?

        Please. Sony doesn’t NEED a new type of controller. It has all the above elements over Nintendo plus new streaming, video sharing, social interaction, developer friendly architecture, etc. that fans and developers ASKED FOR/WANTED in PS4. All that vs an XBOX 360 (i.e. 8 year old hardware capabilities) plus a controller screen? Methinks (and knows) more gamers will buy a PS4/XBOX 720 over a Wii U, which won’t be hard judging by the piss-poor Wii U sales. That’s not going to get better once PS4/XBOX 720 come out in less than a year… it’s going to get WORSE.

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        1. Dude, reading your ignorant posts truly make me sick. You are either a person who believes that social interaction over the internet is a brand new thing, a stereotypical dumb american, a kid or you simply don’t understand fundametal aspects of game design.

          If you don’t like video game consoles, then don’t spam this site with ignorant comments. Go get some facts and insight. As I told you in my other response, Nintendo designs their consoles to play games with (hence no DVD playback, facebook apps, twitter apps, skype apps, apps apps). Microsoft/Sony design their consoles as if they were a HTPC. That’s two complete different things, and comparing the sales of the two is not relevant. Comparing sales between xbox and ps is however something that you can keep an eye on and then fuck off from this site.

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    2. That’s not what he said at all. Learn to read: he said unless Nintendo cuts price or comes out with better games, Wii U is likely to not do any better in sales. As Nintendo has said they have no price cut plans anytime soon, and current announced game lineup is not impressing anyone, it’s unlikely that Wii U will have any momentum when PS4 and the next XBOX come out.

      Now… on with the “PS4/XBOX 720 will suck cause I like Wii U better” comments!

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      1. He will always bitch about Nintendo until Bayonetta2 became available for all home consoles. Since that will never happen, he will always bitch Nintendo. Oh well, atleast his bitchiness is entertaining~

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    1. All I can see is one of the usual paid peons of Sonysoft desperate to bring down a Nintendo console.
      And someone who can’t really write worth a darn:
      “A turnaround will only happen when a turnaround happens”
      Repetition of a fact pretending to be an analysis.
      “Wii U is surely, undoubtedly gonna be beaten by the smell of a PS4 and a 720″
      Not only wildly speculative thought, but actually denial of Sonysoft’s less than desirable way of doing shit, and that hasn’t been working for years.

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  2. Well, I don’t know about other people, but there are a lot of great titles coming out at the end of march. I guess that will change tings! :D

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  3. 80k for a console that just launched a few months ago with near to no games is bad considered to two consoles that launched years ago with a huge games catalog behind? Pachter logic for the win!

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  4. So a up in sell from 45,000 to 80,000 is a show of sales going up? So if this theory can be used on the vita it means that the vita sold nothing?

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  5. Microsoft and sony will indeed have a better online functionallity and multiplayer features by far. That doesn’t change the fact that WiiU will have Zelda, Metriod, Super Smash, 3D Mario, Pikmin 3, that Yoshi game and even more Nintendo wonderfulness, probably something like Kirby and even a Mario Party game. I buy a console to enjoy games in a unique way that is equally or at least as fun as the way I do it on my PC. Nintendo’s exclusives DO play better on their innovating controllers than on a mouse + keyboard!

    My PC does the online and multiplayer functionalities at least four times better than any console, plus I can control the game 100000 times more precise with mouse + keyboard. The games are no different, only that, for instance, PC has MOBA console don’t. The xbox/ps exclusives are just money machine franchises with no good/fun or well designed game mechanics at all.

    Now, MS and Sony, tell me why I would like to purchase an overpriced machine that tries to do the same thing as my PC already does very well, however your machine requieres me to use a frustrating controller with terrible precission. Also, why would I play any game on a TV screen, when regular computer monitors are FAR superior?!

    My WiiU hooked up to my computer monitor is a fucking beast. On my WiiU, I play games completely differently than how I play them on my PC, and vice versa. I’m just waiting for the true beefy titles to hit the market.

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    1. not so sure about the multiplayer aspect. The ability to have two separate screens for multiplayer with the wii u is pretty epic, not sure they will be able to beat that. Online is in my opinion not the same as multiplayer as you aren’t actually in the general vacinity of anybody else.

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      1. Well, on WiiU you can’t efficiently play multiplayer at all unless you have people with you in the same room. You can’t either hook two, three or four consoles into a network and play over LAN. You can’t even hook up wired controllers anymore…

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    2. Lol… so just because you love Mario and Zelda, that means the other consoles will not do as well as the poorly-selling Wii U? You ACTUALLY think the Wii U is going to go UP in sales this holiday when PS4 and XBOX 720 are finally out?

      Delusional. Must be nice to live in a dream world where a Kirby game sways the majority of the population away from hardware with better online, more modern streaming and video features, stronger 3rd party support, AND better graphics & more power.

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      1. Wow, you COMPLETELY missed my points… I have no idea where you get your information from. I buy my WiiU because it is a unique gaming experience. I have not talked about sales, nor holidays, nor have I said that I represent the global population. It seems like you missed this obvious fact, and I can’t believe I have to stress this out for you: I AM NOT REPRESENTING THE GLOBAL POPULATION.

        My whole point is that if you own a Wii U + a PC, you have 2 different ways to enjoy games different games. If you own a mainstream console + a PC, you have 2 identical ways to enjoy the same games, however the console is far worse in every single aspect (you can’t be so extremely misinformed that you believe that any console will be the best hardware out there, lol). An xbox/ps is designed as a HTPC with SHITTY hardware, SHITTY interface design and HUGE limitations. A WiiU is a video game console. Simple as that.

        In order to make sure that you don’t miss my whole point once more, I’ll spell il out for you:
        XBOX/PS = Expenisive HTPC, WiiU = Video game console. Buying an expensive HTPC is stupid if you already have a PC. Buying a video game console is brilliant if you want to experience games in a way you can’t on a PC(/HTPC).

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  6. I think selling this amount of systems is impressing given that there are No new games for the system, I think when more games come out for it, It will be full steam ahead

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    1. Exactly. In which planet is selling 80 hundred consoles through a drought and a very shitty economy a bad thing?
      Patcher can fill his mouth with pseudo-arguments about the Wii that do not relate to the actual situation of the marked and, quite frankly, a bunch of wild, very wishful speculations; this console is not gonna die and it is not gonna be sunk by a repetition of Sonysoft’s past five years of piss poor sales (And that is not speculation, that is going by the fiasco that PS360 were).

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      1. Not so sure he meant that towards you in the slightest. You were both posting at pretty much the same time, I doubt he even saw your comment before posting. 1 min between posting.

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        1. sorry sergio , thought it was at me never notice the time it was posted. now I have exposed my self as a paranoid saddo,

          going to learn how to chill a bit more

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  7. Pachter used to heavily bash on Wii. But, surprisingly, during one of his last interviews some while ago, he praised it, saying that Wii marked a generation due to its innovation. That’s why I don’t take this guy too seriously. It is likely he’s going to think otherwise about Wii U in the future.

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    1. He only says what will get him in the lime light. Most of it is bullshit with a bunch of random crap everyone already knows thrown in there to make himself “sound” intelligent. Only virtually everyone knows he is as dumb as a rock.

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      1. Actually I wonder the reason by which he hates Nintendo so intensely. I have never, ever, saw Michael Pachter stating something negative from both Sony and Microsoft. He’s never said a word about the PS3 retail price at launch, the poor Vita sales, the 3RL of death on Xbox, and the western developers who love to rehash FPS games every single year. Of course not all of Nintendo moves are the best possible, but attacking Kyoto company so often makes me believe the only thing he’s able to do is to distill his hatred comments based on nothing but his personal, incoherent, and sick beliefs. Wii U has merely completed 4 months in the market, and any prediction about its success or lifespan at this time is nothing but precipitate.

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    2. He did pretty much what Sony and Microsoft did after years of paying reviewers to bash the Wii, hypocritically shutting up after the copycat fiasco.

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  8. The same month that the ps4 was anounced the wiiu got a boost of 30,000? Sound to me someone is trying to down play Nintendo again.

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  9. Seriously, who ever is posting writing and posting news on this site: why do you keep on posting news related to this guy? Should be clear to everyone that he’s a moron and a Wii U hater. I am sick of reading “Wii U hate news” from otherwise a good site. So could you please stop it and focus on more relevant news as this guy and his sayings are not even news. They are just opinions from a random hater. You could make news out of anyones opinions if that is what you want to do. Actually he sounds more of a troll than just a hater.

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    1. yepyepyup, you have a point and its like pachter is saying that the dragonball universe was a complete failure that the ratings are in the negatives, in other words dragonball=nintendo and JB=sony and twilight=microsoft though i dont hate the other 2 companies, just their method of “me too and just like nintendo and anything nintendo does we do better”

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  10. Next week : Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Lego City Undercover, Need for Speed Most Wanted come out. Then soon Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101. Probably this year Bayonetta 2. Also Wind Waker HD, new Zelda, new 3D Mario, new Mario Kart, Super Smash, etc. And these are only the games we know so far. When all these games are out, we’ll talk about Wii U sales compared to next Xbox’s and PS4′s.

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  11. Who cares if the other systems can do everything much better?

    The Wii U is from Nintendo so it’s automatically better than its competition no matter if it’s powered by last gen hardware or if it has no games.

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  12. Ugh why can’t this fool just die already… He would be doing the world a favor. And why the hell are there posts about this idiot? I’m pretty sure everyone agrees that his moronic opinions are definitely not news… Look up asshat in the dictionary and you will see the definition “see Michael Pacter”

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  13. He always feels the need to comment if the Wii U has ‘bad’ sales, but he doesn’t feel the need to comment on the Vita’s bad sales and the tons of 3DS’s being sold.

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  14. All he has are guesses. He says in his test “I think” for every number he announces. Well, I think opinions without proper proof are of no use for the actual market!

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  15. It’s still good though, sales are better than nothing. It gets more people to get their hands on it and experience it.

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  16. Basically stated the obvious throughout the first half and at the end made his own prediction based on his own personal preferences towards videogames. Anyone with brains knows that when software picks up on the Wii U it will ultimately be a success. Happened with the 3DS, it will happen with Wii U.

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  17. I honestly don’t understand what Nintendo or Mr. Satoru Iwata ever did to him to make him hate Nintendo so much. It’s like he is cheering for Nintendo to fail. Heck he might throw a party if the company ever announces bankruptcy. I seriously can’t stand this guy.

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  18. The stupidity of this creature is starting to fascinate me…

    The Wii U sold about 30.000-35.000 units more than last time, it then compares the 3 month old console to 7 years old consoles and on top of that mentions the exact same arguments as the lowest Sony and Microsoft inhabitants…

    But what do you expect from a brainwashed Xbot creature that only bases its opinions by pure fanboyism and Microsoft logics…

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    1. You are wise, I was typing my comment as yours posted. In month that Ubisoft dissed us and GEAR box robbed poor sega of money on Aliens colonial marines, the Wii U sold 35 000 more than January. Someone at pach AT&T is smoking purple haze lol.

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      1. Or maybe they aren’t smoking enough?…

        I’ve seen marijuana smoking weedbots having more logical thinking than this Pachter lifeform…

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  19. That is beautiful. It rose from the 54, 000 it sold in January. Oh! Pachter you have now shown the world that nintendo consoles sell even with no real game releases in the driest broke most months after Christmas splurging. Now games cometh :). The Wii U riseth.

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  20. I predict the sales will increase even more this month.
    I just hope the Monster Hunter sells good so Capcom can keep making exclusive monster hunter games for nintendo.

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  21. Better news than any console sales was the fact that nintendo stock rose and rose again.

    Then this : The Wii sold 80 000 units. Not the Wii U but the original Wii sold well indeed also. Nintendo swimming in that Mula. Monster hunter 3 Ultimate on that beautiful horizon. This week gamers marks the last week you should really invest in PS3 and xbox360 games. Anyone with no system and requires one should buy but a Wii U as their first system. Next week Tuesday, and before that Monday Lego city most wanted releases, also the PC version and then some, all DLC plus Wii U mechanics releases. Buy those and laugh joyfully. Start also saving for nintendo first parties, plus either the PS4 or xbox720 as a complementary system to the Wii U.

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    1. I get my online gaming hunger completely satisfied by my PC though so I see no reason to buy a PS4, and I don’t even consider anything related to Xboxes…

      But if I had to choose, I go PS4, never Xbox and never Microsoft…

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      1. I always tell people Wii U and PC are the current and future, but add Sony because they helped gaming in the late 90s. Microsoft though is irrelevant, they and their 2 console exclusives plus the payments on xboxlive gold smh.

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  22. I predict that Pachter is complete waste of time for us the gamers. I also predict that he still trying to win the lottery with his own predictions.

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  23. The Wii U. It is a gaming device first and formost. It doesn’t have the bells nd whistles of a gaming device that wishes it was a high end gaming PC but really isn’t such as consoles released bySony and Microsoft. It’s a true gaming device and is intended to be only a gaming device. Mcrosoft Durango is rumored not to focus on games as they are now, it is proposed that they are doing something all togther different than Xbox360. That in itself maybe interesting and maybe something altogether innovated but if rumors are true, there s going to be a yearly subscription fee. If that’s the case… no thank you I already have enough subscriptions to run my entire world Cable,Internet,Telephone. and then the Microtransactions I have subsriptions through my internet service
    suh as Netlix,Hulu, and various other forms of Media. While I am willing to play games through my internet on a regulr basis and pay a one time fee for them and the right to own the license to play it as I see ft, I should’t have to pay a subscription to play these titles. If I have’t any money should I be pnished not to play a game one day when come home from work becuse Im broke. Shouldn’t I be allowed to play a game I own even if my internet is done because my check isn’t in the mail yet. My bill slightly behind. So Microsoft won’t get my money next gen if this is the case.
    Ps4 from what I saw looks great and seems to be very pretty but it’s the Playstation all overagain. Nothing special and nothing innovated. The controller is blah, the graphics while impressive don’t meandog poo towards gameplay, and we have a good ideal that itwill play very similarly to a PS Vita. This could be bad if they dont’ fixthe connectivity between the Vita and Ps4, cause as we can see the cross play for Vita to Ps3 is not to good compared to the connectivity of the Wii U and it’s Gamepad. I look forward to Ps4 thinking it may offer something unique down the road.
    The Wii U is brillent in its simplicity. It’s connectivity between controller and device is phenominal. it’s off screen play is convienant and if Nintendo plays it’s cards right they can evolve the system and the controller through out it’s life cycle. Upgrading each edition of it system with a tweek here and there that wouldn’t aliente early adopters but pushing the Nintendo Wii U to new limits… With the use of the Wii wiimote in conectivity with the game pad and even th Wii Fitness board and built in camera’s Nintendo’s Wii U can be an affordable VR experence. Yet would they dare push the limit like they do. Nothing on the Market today can give the expereince the Wii U can offer with it paraphinelia. yet not a single developer has took the time to make the games they could. (XBox connect I admi has potiential. While the Sony move is a fail)
    Well just to say, when the True nintendo innovation is released from the power house developers and publishers there will beno doubt Nintendo will reach the Masses. Rememberwhen Wii ws released it was a differnt time with better economies, but i can ad will se as well as SOnys and Microsofts curent sytems do.

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  24. I can completely and conclusively say, having analysed every possible deliverable outcome based on a number of artificially created scenarios simultaneously…

    Michael Pachter needs to shut the fuck up.

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  25. Pachter said that in january wii u sold 125,000 when it only sold 57,000. I wonder if it sold amazingly now that pachter is guessing a low number.

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  26. So, the Wii U sold more in February than it did in January, and there weren’t any major releases to increase the sales. It’s still not stellar sales figures, but it is an increase none the less. I would expect March numbers will be significantly better. This isn’t Sega Dreamcast all over again, more along the lines of what the 3DS did actually.

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  27. I’m not sure if that number is even correct. Last I check it was around 36,000 US and like 150,000 world wide. But even if it was 80,000 that is UP from the 55,000 last month so his whole statement is a contradiction.

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  28. Sometimes, when I read news like this, it makes me upset because I know Nintendo can do better. But sometimes I put a lot of faith on Nintendo, but then they just…I don’t know what to do. I hope after a real NDP news they’ll do good. But Nintendo gets me upset sometimes.

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  29. Come on guys, reading this comments is geting annoying now. Can’t we all just at least at like we can “respect” all 3 big gaming companies?? Just cuz you don’t like nintendo (for some odd reason I’m sure doesn’t make sence) doesn’t mean you should talk bad about than, exspecially while your on a nintendo new site.. don’t you have something better to do?

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  30. I don’t like Sony that much but Microsoft is everything that is wrong with the industry today along with the Electricon Army…

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  31. This is about 30k MORE than were sold in January, right? How is growth a bad thing?

    Sure it’s still not great, but actually selling more consoles than January with 0 new releases ain’t too shabby. Sales will probably go up every month from here on as well.

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