It’s been a long time coming but we now know that the Wii U has managed to outsell Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast console. Wii U hardware sales now stand at 10.73 million units, while the Dreamcast sold 10.6 million units. While the Wii U has outsold the Dreamcast, it has certainly taken its time to do so as the Dreamcast reached the figure within 18 months whereas it’s taken Wii U just under three years.
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The Dreamcast is what many people refer to as an iconic console and it was sadly discontinued back in 2001. However, if you’re a Nintendo 3DS owner in Japan then you can kinda relive the magic of the console as Sega is releasing a special Dreamcast theme. In keeping with the Dreamcast’s design the theme is orange and white and features a Dreamcast controller and a VMU. You can check out the theme in the video, above.
MCV writer Ben Parfitt has tweeted that the Wii U is now the same age as the Dreamcast when it was discontinued by Sega. The Wii U has actually sold half the number Dreamcast had by this point. The Sega Dreamcast completed its global roll-out by November 1999 and then was ultimately discontinued in March 2001.
“DreamCast completed it’s global roll-out by November 1999 and was discontinued in March 2001. Technically it was released a year earlier than that in Japan, but even when you remove Japanese DreamCast sales altogether (2.8m out of 10.6m) Wii U sales still lower.”
Respected online gaming publication Eurogamer has written an article declaring that the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita are our new Dreamcasts. However, the publication says this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as despite neither achieving commercial success, they both have a good back catalogue of games.
“Commercial success may evade them, but these ailing consoles are future classics.”
“It’s one of the odd phenomena seemingly exclusive to video game fandom that some people really do care. Sales figures are used as self-validation for those that have picked the most popular side, and there’s no shortage of morbid mobs prematurely ringing the death knell for struggling hardware. The strangely partisan behaviour of players who pledge blind allegiance to corporations is a matter for another day, though – what’s important is to forget about all that, and embrace some of those commercial failures while they’re still around for us to celebrate them.”
Sega has recently renewed the trademark for its highly regarded Skies of Arcadia which came out on the Dreamcast and the Gamecube. The most likely reason for this renewal is that Sega is working on an HD remaster to join the likes of NiGHTS, Jet Set Radio and Sonic Adventure 2. Sega is apparently preparing a number of digital games for Wii U.
Famed Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has told GameTrailers that the Wii U won’t be anywhere near as popular as Nintendo believe it to be. Pachter refers to the Wii U as the next ill-fated Dreamcast, though he does confess that he won’t predict the console’s demise until he knows the pricing and features.
“The reason that you’re saying that it’s premature, I think you’re really trying to suggest that it’s not going to sell well.
“I think that if in fact it’s a lot like an Xbox 360 in terms of graphics, frame rate and control scheme, then it’s probably not going to sell well unless it’s priced a lot cheaper, and I don’t think they’re launching the console at $150.
“So, yeah I think they are about to Dreamcast themselves. I don’t think Wii U is going to be as popular as probably Nintendo thinks it’s going to be. Question is, what does Nintendo do next, and I don’t know the answer yet. Let’s see howWii U sells, and I’m not going to predict this demise until I know pricing and features. When I know more about it, I’ll offer a better opinion.”
Respected Japanese newspaper the Nikkei is stating that Nintendo is planning to revive fan favourites from other developers on the Nintendo 3DS. The first game to do this will be the classic Dreamcast virtual pet sim Seaman. Which classic franchise would you like to see Nintendo revive on the Nintendo 3DS?