Ed Barton, a video games industry analyst at Ovum consultancy, has told the BBC that he doesn’t hold any hope of the Wii U catching up with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of sales. Barton acknowledges that the company has some great games in the pipeline but is unconvinced that they will make consumers invest in Wii U.
“They have a relatively good games pipeline, but the big question is about its hardware.”
“The Wii U is so far behind now, and the perception of the audience that it’s a relatively under-powered console compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is now pretty firmly cemented.”
“Given how inaccurate some of Nintendo’s forecasts have been going into their results in terms of hardware and software sales in the past, I’m not optimistic.”
Mighty Ape, a retailer in New Zealand, has stated on Facebook that the recently released Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle is currently outselling the Xbox One. We don’t get hardware sales figures from New Zealand so it’s impossible to tell how the console is selling over there against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Still, it’s positive news from one retailer regarding the Wii U.
“Another massive Wii U console shipment just in. These babies are currently out-selling the Xbox One.”
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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was asked by the Seattle Times whether he thinks the Wii U could ever outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. With regards to the UK the PlayStation 4 outsold the Wii U in 48 hours and the Xbox One outsold the Wii U in one month. The PlayStation 4 outsold Wii U worldwide in 4 months. Still, Reggie thinks Nintendo has a good chance at outselling its competitors with the Wii U.
Q: Will the Wii U ever outsell the Xbox One or PlayStation 4?
A: The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between Sony and Nintendo they’d be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with Xbox coming in third place. I think it’s going to be a three-horse race for the balance of this cycle.
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.
Shopping market research firm InfoScout has confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox One console proved to be the most sought after games console during Black Friday. However, the Wii U failed to drum enough interest with consumers, as the console was placed fifth behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Xbox One dominated Walmart and Target. The console came in at number one with an impressive 31 percent share even though it was the most expensive console at $499.
Apparently, there are multiple reports of Microsoft employees advertising their products at Wii U events taking place in select Best Buy stores this week. One report says a Microsoft employee tried to convince people who were waiting in line to demo a Wii U game to pre-order the Xbox One. According to another report, someone wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Microsoft logo lingered around the Wii U event and talked to people around a demo station. The next Wii U event at Best Buy this week takes place on Saturday, June 15th.
‘historic’ franchise from Microsoft’s Rare is none other than Killer Instinct. Originally released for the SNES and N64, the updated Killer Instinct will be exclusive to Xbox One and developed by Double Helix. Check out the trailer above – shown during the E3 reveal – where Jago and Sabrewulf are shown as included in the new instalment. What do you think about Killer Instinct as an exclusive Xbox One reveal? Let us know in the comments below.
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I was sent the above image yesterday and automatically assumed it was fake, however you will notice that Halo Spartan Assault is listed which was confirmed today by Microsoft as being in development for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Microsoft has previously said that Rare is working on a historic franchise for Xbox One, so Banjo Kazooie makes a lot of sense. Consider this a rumour for now, but we should know more on June 10th.
IGN has gathered together a bunch of developers to talk about Microsoft’s upcoming video game console, Xbox One. Interestingly Denis Dyack, COO of Precursor Games was interviewed by the publication to give his opinions on the recently unveiled console. Dyack says that he is excited about the potential of Xbox One and appears to be considering releasing Wii U and PC exclusive Shadow of the Eternals on the platform. Here’s what Dyack had to say when questioned about Xbox One.
“We are excited about the potential of X1 and look forward to speaking with Microsoft on how Shadow of the Eternals will be made available on their platform.”
It appears as though consumers in the U.K. weren’t pleased with Microsoft’s Xbox One press conference on Tuesday. Before the company revealed its next-generation console, the Wii U console’s sales rank was at #390 on Amazon UK. Shortly after the Xbox One conference, the Wii U console’s sales rank apparently jumped by a whopping 875 percent, elevating its rank to #40 on the online retailer.