UK analyst group IHS Screen Digest is convinced that Wii U will outsell the original Wii during the first three months of the hardware going on sale. The firm then expects it will sell more than 50 million units in the next four years. IHS Screen Digest says that the innovation regularly shown by Nintendo, as well as strong first party software, won’t be enough the propel the console above sales of the Wii.
“Pent-up demand from Nintendo evangelists, many of which were introduced to the console market through the success of the Wii, is predicted to drive an explosive start for the Wii U.”
“There is no doubt the Wii U underlines Nintendo’s credentials as an innovator, introducing the first dedicated and fully integrated second-screen game experience to the market. Yet the fragmented landscape for games consumption and the proliferation of always-on, connected devices, means that product innovation alone is not enough to stay relevant to today’s mainstream consumer.”
“This time around, Wii U’s pure innovation, coupled with a limited volume of high-quality Nintendo software, will not be enough to drive the ongoing sales momentum we witnessed with the Wii console, especially at a higher price point.”
“Nintendo is still some way short of delivering a comprehensive engagement-led value proposition at the launch of the Wii U.”
– IHS senior principal analyst Piers Harding-Rolls