Bloomberg has spoken to a number of analysts after it emerged that both Microsoft and Sony sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months. The majority of analysts questioned whether Nintendo would be able to sell 9 million Wii U consoles. In reality, Nintendo is expected by analysts to sell 6.5 million Wii U machines this fiscal year.
“They steadfastly refuse to consider that the product is not interesting to consumers,” Michael Pachter, a Los Angeles-based analyst with Wedbush Securities Inc., said in an e-mail. “They will fail to hit 9 million, and they will likely miss their profit goals.”
“Wii U has become a game console only for Nintendo fans,” Eiji Maeda, an analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. in Tokyo, said by phone. “Wii U needs groundbreaking software to draw casual and hardcore gamers. The company will sell 6.5 million Wii U machines this fiscal year.”
“Nintendo’s home-console sales are stagnating even as U.S. demand for video games is increasing. U.S. sales of both physical and digitally delivered games grew 17 percent in the three months ended in September, Port Washington, New York-based researcher NPD Group Inc”
“The PS4 and Xbox One are more likely to collect software because third parties create them for core gamers,” Yusuke Tsunoda, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. in Tokyo, said by phone. “It’s meaningless for third parties to take risks by developing games for the Wii U.”
“It’s going to be difficult for Nintendo to sell 9 million Wii U consoles this fiscal year,” Maeda said. “Iwata needs to plan what to do next year if the performance this year isn’t good.”
Ubisoft has posted an accolade trailer for their latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The game came out on October 29th in North America and on November 22nd in Europe for the Wii U. Previously we posted a video comparing the graphical prowess of the Wii U version compared to all the other versions of the game, including the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions. Is this a game you would be willing to pick up for the holiday season on the Wii U? Let us know!
Popular online retailer Amazon Italy may have just leaked the fourth playable character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The box-art for the Wii U exclusive now features the long-standing Cranky Kong. Hopefully we will see some new footage of the game at this year’s VGX awards, which Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime should be attending.
UK numbers company Chart Track has confirmed that the Xbox One which was released on November 22nd has outstripped the Wii U’s overall lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The news comes after the company announced that the PlayStation 4 had already outsold Wii U’s life to date figures when it was released on Friday, November 29th. Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark and Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.
Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has posted on his official blog that owners of Mutant Mudds for Nintendo 3DS should be on the lookout for a free update sometime in 2014. Watsham also stated that progress on Treasurenauts is going very well and they’re aiming for a Q1 2014 release. There should be more Cult Country for Nintendo 3DS survival horror news coming in 2014. Watsham says that development of Treasurenauts has put Mutant Mudds 2 on hold for a bit. However, he said that they have two new games in the works. One of them is a 3DS title that will be announced in January 2014, and released early-mid 2014. The other game will be announced a little later down the road.
Cyber Monday has well and truly kicked off and UK retailer GAME has some great offers online. Unfortunately, the Wii U bundle deals have finished, but from 3 until 4pm the store has various Just Dance 2014 deals, so if you’re ready to pick up the groove and want to burn off those extra seasonal calories, now’s your chance. You can pick up the Wii U version for £17.99 and the Wii version for £14.99.
GAME is also offering some tantalising deals on Nintendo 3DS XL hardware bundles. The deal goes live at 7pm, so we’ll keep you updated for exactly what bundles you can get your hands on. Remember that all GAME’s deals are flash sales and are only available for one hour – so be sure to be quick!
Elsewhere for Cyber Monday, Amazon UK are selling Nintendo 3DS’ in white, black and pink for £169.99 with three games. Included games are Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (black), Starfox 64 3D (white) and Street Fighter IV (white). If you spot any other UK or European deals be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Sony’s recently released PlayStation 4 console is already the fastest selling console in the United Kingdom, ever. The console launched on Friday, November 29th and has already outsold Wii U life to date figures, which will be embarrassing for Nintendo as the console has already been out a year. The PlayStation 4 sold 250,000 units in 24 hours in the United Kingdom. Another interesting thing to note is Knack sold more units than the highly regarded Super Mario 3D World.
This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. Super Mario 3D World for Wii U holds its own amongst the tidal wave of PlayStation 4 software, and charts in at number 14 in the all-formats as the highest published game by Nintendo. Nevertheless, it is a disappointing debut for Mario & Co. Last week, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds debuted at number 9, but this week slips to 17. However, Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014 boogies its way back into the top 10, mainly due to sales from the Wii version.
As the Christmas season gets into full swing, 3DS titles continue to sell well, with Animal Crossing New: Leaf, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Pokemon X and Y, and Mario Kart 7 holding their ground within the all-formats top 40. You can check out the top 10 all-formats chart below, or in full here, as well as the individual charts, here.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- FIFA 14
- Battlefield 4
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Need For Speed: Rivals
- Just Dance 2014
- Batman: Arkham Origins
President Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo of America has said he believes that consumers now understand the difference between Wii and Wii U. Primarily due to Wii U-exclusives that utilize the Wii U GamePad – such as The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 – customers are able to tell both consoles apart, according to Fils-Aime. A few months ago, the executive claimed that the challenges Nintendo’s facing with Wii U are not issues regarding the system’s name.
When the Wii U launched last year, a lot of people didn’t understand it was a whole new console. Are you still dealing with that mistaken perception?
Fils-Aime: That issue has been largely addressed, I think, as we’ve told consumers all the great things you could do with the GamePad as we’ve showed fantastic software like Pikmin 3, and Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker in HD. The consumer I believe now understands this is a brand new system with brand new capabilities. It has all of the benefits of backward compatibility. And we’re the only next gen system with backward compatibility, so the consumer has this great library of games from Wii, can use them with the Wii U. But now they understand all of the new capabilities that they can have.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes that third party developers haven’t given up on the Wii U, despite dwindling support from big name publishers. With a number of key titles missing from the Wii U lineup, it’s certainly interesting to hear Reggie’s perspective on things, especially with regards to Call of Duty Ghosts which sold poorly on the platform.
“With a healthy and vibrant installed base, those key publishers are gonna create content that are going to be wonderful for the system. Case in point: Activision. One of the number one rated games [recently] on the Wii U is Skylander SWAP Force. They’ve done a stellar job creating that content. And absolutely we look forward to Call of Duty coming on the platform. A true Call of Duty experience, leveraging unique play with the GamePad. You look at someone like Ubisoft. They do tremendous business with Just Dance on our platform. And we look forward to Assassin’s Creed, we look forward to Watchdogs next year coming on the platform. Warner Brothers… I could go through the list in terms of key software publishers that are making great content for the platform. And what they tell me every day is, “Reggie, how can I help you drive your installed base?”