Wii U sales worrying UK retailers

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  1. heartgold
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    Wii U sales have been absolutely beyond disappointing in the UK. One could say lack of software is to bame for the negative outcome or has Nintendo by staving the Wii in the latter part of its cycle cause the core gamers move to competitive consoles. To counter this quite a few retailers Amazon, Asda, ShopTo and GameStop slash £50 off its price. But even that has failed to stimulate sales. To put into perceptive, PS Vita a handheld which is somewhat short of healthy sales, has outsold Wii U in both January and February.

    Online retailer Shopto has tried price cuts on the basic Wii U to test the market of what impact it would cause, yet little to no success. Meanwhile, some chains have told MCV that it will be ‘looking at’ the amount of shelf space it gives to Nintendo platforms.

    However Nintendo UK has pledged to meet with all retailers worried about the performance of its Wii U games console. Nintendo has told MCV that it has a plan to stimulate Wii U’s performance in the UK. And that it will meet all its retail partners in the coming weeks to reveal its strategy.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/nint...u-fears-as-unofficial-price-cuts-fail/0112855
     
  2. AceWarhead

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    Wii U master race cancelled.
     
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    Weren't they saying similar about the 3DS at some point?
     
  4. Carnivean

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    Unless they cut its price by about £60 I doubt anything is going to change. They hardly have any system shifting titles yet.
     
  5. Wizerzak

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    The problem is lack of advertising. I think I've maybe seen 5 adverts since it was launched in 'public' advertising spaces (ie, not gaming mags). The 3DS was the same over here at first, then they picked up with the advertising and it began to sell.
     
  6. xist

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    It's definitely bad news when Lovefilm adverts are pushing the Wii U harder than Nintendo themselves.
     
  7. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    Hah yeah exactly. The confusion between Wii, Wii uDraw and Wii U also doesn't help.
     
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    Let's be honest as to why the Wii U is not selling? Why did the 3ds at first not sell very well? Anyone. Anyone ..... Oh yes no damn games!!!!!!!!!
    The 3ds is doing better now because there are games people want to play. The Wii U will sell better once Nintendo puts some games people want to play on it. There is no reason why Pikmin 3 should have been delayed after Wii U launch. I would have purchased if Pikmin 3 was out back then. I purchased a Gamecube at launch for Super Smash Brothers Melee and I bought the original Wii at launch for Zelda Twilight Princess, not for wii sports.
     
  9. Arras

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    Except that, you know, maybe it wasn't quite finished yet.
     
  10. soulx

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    Well no shit, when no one knows your console exists, it won't sell. They need to advertise it more.

    And more games won't hurt.
     
  11. Veho

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    I still think the Wii U is an add-on for the original Wii.
    $300 for a tablet that can't be used independent of the Wii? Pass. :glare:
     
  12. ComeTurismO

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    To be honest, I actually knew this was going to happen. This is such a broccoli.
     
  13. raulpica

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    I saw it really well advertised here (better than the Wii, probably), the WiiU doesn't sell because it doesn't have a killer app (yet). I mean, I bought the Wii because of Zelda TP and Trauma Center (I was a huge fan of it back then!). It also had great games like Super Paper Mario and others incoming. The future was bright for Wii owners - became kinda dark for core gamers after 1 year, but that's another matter entirely.

    What has the WiiU got? ZombiU? NSMB-U? Well, that's it, pretty much. Oh yeah, also needs a little price cut.
     
  14. AngryGeek416

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    No games yet. That's all it is.
     
  15. mkdms14

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    Doesn't matter it "Should have". I know it wasn't but it should have which is poor planing on their part.
    Not only that but, according to Nintendo, the game was originally planned for a release on the wii but due to technical limitations it was moved to the Wii U. Which is fine.
     
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    Wait, what? Your parents forced you to eat vegetables when you were a kid, didn't they? :P
     
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  17. ComeTurismO

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    Naw, they forced me to eat fruit. :)
     
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  18. demonicstrife

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    Somewhere in the middle
    More like the lack of original, AAA games. Around 70 to 80% of the titles on the system are enhanced ports; the only recent title people have really watched for was Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Once it gets the proper games, sales will spike, just like the 3DS a year ago.
     
  19. Guild McCommunist

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    And MH3U will only be relevant in Japan.

    To be fair I don't think it will gain the same audience as the Wii, which was cheaper at its time of launch and its "gimmick" was a bit more interesting than a tablet for a controller.
     
  20. Bladexdsl

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    Just wait until the wiiu mode is hacked and then watch sales skyrocket :creep: