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    Default Nintendo cuts Wii U sales projections

    While the Wii U won't be an instant flop like the Virtual Boy, sales projections released by Nintendo today show it probably won't match the runaway sales success of the original Wii, either.

    Nintendo sold 3.06 million Wii U units worldwide from its November launch through the end of 2012. That's nearly as much as the 3.19 million units of the original Wii Nintendo sold back in the 2006 holiday season.

    But Nintendo doesn't think it can keep that momentum up. Back in October, the company said it expected to sell 5.5 million Wii U units through the end of March. That number has now been cut down to 4 million, meaning Nintendo expects to sell fewer than a million systems worldwide in the first three months of 2013.

    It's natural to expect some sales drop-off as a new system transitions away from a holiday launch. Still, that's quite a dip in expectations, especially considering the original Wii kept up its brisk launch sales pace all the way through 2007. That system hit 5.84 million sales by March of 2007 and an astonishing 20.13 million by the end of the year. Nintendo seems to be conceding that it won't be able to match that record-setting pace again with its new system.

    The launch of the Wii U has had a "negative impact on Nintendo's profits," the company said, and Nintendo now expects to end the fiscal year with its second straight loss in operating income, though changes in the exchange rate for the Japanese yen might help the company squeak by with an overall profit.

    The Wii U's Software sales are looking a little better. Despite a disappointing launch line up, Nintendo sold 11 million Wii U games through December, including over 2 million sales each for New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand. The roughly 3.8 games sold per system so far lines up nicely with the expectations Nintendo set in October, but the scaled back hardware sales projections means Nintendo has also lowered its total Wii U software sales goals through March, from 24 million down to 16 million total.

    On the bright side, the Nintendo 3DS continues its recovery from the post-launch doldrums that led to its drastic price cut in 2011. The system has now sold just short of 30 million units worldwide, thanks to the success of titles like New Super Mario Bros. 2 (5.96 million in sales) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2.73 million).

    Source:http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/0...s-projections/

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    I think it's got to do with the game delays (Rayman/Pikmin) but old news is old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balitar View Post
    I think it's got to do with the game delays (Rayman/Pikmin) but old news is old
    They running out of money so who knows if their will be any more games or wii u

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noobingandtuben View Post
    They running out of money so who knows if their will be any more games or wii u
    Are you stupid?

    They've only been in debt once in their 120 years of existence. They still a billion or so in the bank, after their amazing success with Wii and DS.

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