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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the Wii U isn't flying off of store shelves as quickly as the original Wii

The Wii U video game console was released at a particularly challenging time as mobile devices move in on the gaming sector, but Nintendo said sales were "steady" at the end of the Christmas season.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the Wii U isn't flying off of store shelves as quickly as the original Wii, citing problems like the popularity of mobile devices for gaming and the fact that this is the first time Nintendo has released two versions of a console at once.

However, Iwata mentioned that sales are not disappointing by any means. He failed to mention any exact numbers.

"At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn't as though stores in the U.S. had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom. But sales are not bad, and I feel it's selling steadily," said Iwata.

Back in October, Nintendo said it wanted to sell 5.5 million Wii U's by the end of March 2013. In the first week of launch, about 400,000 consoles were sold.

The company sold 638,339 consoles in Japan between December 8 and December 30.

While cheap game apps on mobile devices have stolen some of the spotlight from consoles like the Wii U, Nintendo plans to offer attractive games for its portable 3DS in order to compete. It's also looking to better balance its sales between both versions of the Wii U to increase sales.

"It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time ... and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this. Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn't find it," said Iwata.

The Wii U launched November 18, 2012. The Basic Set ($299.99) features 8 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller and it in comes in white. The Deluxe model ($349.99), on the other hand, offers 32 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller, power cradles for the Wii U Pad, an HDMI cable and it comes in black. 

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With a headline like that....
By karndog on 1/7/2013 11:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
...the Obama meme was a must :)

The Wii U hasn't sparked one bit of interest from myself or anyone i know. No one i know is talking about it and i'm not just talking about people my own age, but even older people and young parents at work. I don't know of anyone who bought it as a gift for their children or otherwise.

I think most people have learned from the first Wii that it is a fun gimmick at first, and it does have its moments, but after a couple of months it's not even good enough to earn a permanent place in the lounge room and ends up being packed away in a cupboard.

RE: With a headline like that....
By arazok on 1/7/2013 11:53:51 AM , Rating: 5
I couldn’t agree more. I despise my Wii, which I think I’ve played for a total of 30 hours over it’s 4 year life in my home. It’s a piece of junk with a fancy remote. My 6 year old kid is the only one who uses it, and he’s beginning to favor the Xbox. Especially now that Kinect has taken over as the cheezy Family game interface of choice.

The Wii U has generated 0 interest among anybody I know.

The only thing that amazes me is how when Nintendo has a sub-stellar launch, they get headlines like “Sales Not bad”. If Microsoft has a sub-stellar launch, it’s “Is Windows 8 the most epic failure since the invasion of Stalingrad?”. Even the Kinnect, which is the bestselling hardware device of all time, is hardly spoken of in the media. If Nintendo had created it, it’s be the only topic of conversation.

RE: With a headline like that....
By spread on 1/7/2013 9:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
The Wii U has generated 0 interest among anybody I know.

Same here. I just heard it launched... right now.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Nortel on 1/7/2013 11:55:20 AM , Rating: 4
no numbers from Nintendo = bad news bears. Considering how they boasted with released numbers on wii sales, not following suit this time around is saying something.

When I watch a wii U commercial, I often find myself laughing at how terrible this console was designed. Only ONE person gets to use the 'master controller' with all others using wii controllers. I instantly flash-backed to playing at friends' houses and getting the half broken madcatz controller.

RE: With a headline like that....
By CaedenV on 1/7/2013 12:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
It is not that the Wii or Wii U are gimmicks. They work just fine for what they are. The real question is what are you going to play on it? Yes, Nintendo itself makes a few great games for these consoles... but they have managed to scare all of the 3rd party developers away to Sony and MS because they get better support, lower entrance fees, and they do not have to make their code perfectly tight in order to run effectively on the beefier consoles.
If Nintendo would just forget that they are a Japanese console maker, and not play their cards so close to their chest, and give a bit more support to developers then maybe we would have more than 3-4 Nintendo made games that are worth playing.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Labotomizer on 1/7/2013 12:31:29 PM , Rating: 5
I bought one for my daughter and we love it. It was a Christmas present. I got ZombieU, which is actually a really good game. She has NintendoLand, Epic Mickey 2 and NSMBU. We also bought Trine 2 and we'll be getting Toki Tori 2 on the eShop when it comes out. Nintendo Land is pretty awesome, btw. Great fun, we had 5 people playing this last weekend and we had a blast.

The multimedia features on it are AWESOME though. Amazon Prime is great, Hulu+ and Netflix are a given but stream at high res really well. But the part that was most surprising, and most pleasing, was TVii. Such an awesome feature. In the game room we no longer need a cable box. And Nintendo is adding DVR support in a couple months to it. It will stream live TV over the internet. You can either select a channel by typing it in (they match the local TV provider), just have it list shows that it gives you based on your favorite TV shows or browse a TV guide. I was really surprised by how in depth the feature is.

But overall it's been a great purchase and, with the HD TV and eventual DVR support, will pay for itself in 1.5 years if it only gets used for that. Plus the inevitable Smash Bros, Zelda and Metroid releases. And I'll be picking up Aliens when it comes out as the tablet controller will be awesome with it.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Rukkian on 1/7/2013 1:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
My wife and I were not planning on picking it up, but our sons (11, 9) saved up their money from birthdays, christmas, allowance for 1.5 years and had to the money to buy it themselves. I am actually suprised at how well some games used the tablet, and contrary to what some post, it is not just a "master controller". It truly does different things then the wiimotes do in every game we have tried.

Nintendo Land is a much better game than I expected, and ZombieU is entertaining so far - just wish you could do more than 2 players in Multiplayer. I would love to have one zombie lord against a few different survivors (maybe with additional resources?).

RE: With a headline like that....
By polishvendetta on 1/7/2013 2:20:55 PM , Rating: 1
Obigatory statement > Xbox Live has been doing video streaming for years, its not amazing or new, and from my experience the Xbox live implimentation of video services have been far superior to others.

I also highly doubt anything about DVR functionality. Seems like a nice thing but Xbox has been trying to do this for years. While technically feasable, its the cable companies that hold on to this. I dont know of any cable providers offering internet streaming unless youre on Fios or one of the "not available in all markets" type of service.

Generally speaking about the Wii U, I take any promise regarding hardware cababilities with a grain of salt. At one point Nintendo its self was saying that it would be faster then an Xbox 360, and from what I've seen that is just not true.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Murst on 1/7/2013 2:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
The DVR functionality is supposed to come through an external box. Supposedly Nintendo is working with Tivo to offer Tivo control through the Wii U controller.

The Wii U already can control Cable boxes and TVs via IR, so I think it should certainly be possible to add DVR control, since the guide already exists in TVii.

I wish I could try to use the Wii U remote in place of my Nexus 7 as a remote control, but the Wii U controller at the moment cannot control an AVR and projectors.

By Labotomizer on 1/7/2013 3:55:04 PM , Rating: 3
I never said video streaming was amazing or new. The Wii had streaming as well, albeit at 480p. However the experience is superior to the experience on the 360. I had the 360 in the living room for a couple years, and while it was good, the SmartTV functions are just as good, if not better, than the Xbox implementation. And I don't have to wave my hands around or use the controller. The TV remote works better. So now the 360 is in the game room with the Wii U and only one is being used currently.

And the Xbox has nothing like TVii. That is amazing AND new. Let me know when you can watch the NFL playoffs on the Xbox. Because you can on the Wii U.

Bad Price Point
By adrift02 on 1/7/2013 3:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
It's true, the Wii U has some serious hurdles to overcome considering Nintendo didn't innovate as much this time around and they don't really have any system moving games that prove the tech (Mario still looks fun).

But, their biggest problem is the price point. The Wii reached sellout status largely because it was at that $250 sweet spot without any complications like different versions. It fit the casual gamer/family's budget, making it an easy impulse buy. The tech was innovative and played a large part, but Nintendo wouldn't have stomped Microsoft and Sony competing at the $350 price point.

The Wii U is going to be behind in tech (like the Wii) and doesn't have a system moving, innovative "gimmick" (that tablet controller doesn't cut it). It's not differentiating itself from current gen systems let alone next gen. AND they want $350? Not looking good.

RE: Bad Price Point
By Rinslowe on 1/7/2013 9:36:20 PM , Rating: 3
Actually I disagree,

Firstly let me confirm that I am a multiple platform owner (Wii, PS3, 360 and Wii U), what I can say with accuracy after 3 weeks with the Wii U is that the innovation is just as present as with the Wii, just more subtle.
To explain further, the least noticeable is the fact Wii U supports all main Wii accessories and may do so for dedicated games and not just for Wii backwards compatibility. Combined with common support for things like the pro controller and the gamepad and Wii U innovates by being a true Jack of all trades.
The most obvious then after that, is the gamepad which comes with every Wii U. In fact it's easy to say right now that few if any games truly utilise the gamepads full potential and that would be a generally factual statement. But what I have noticed is how brilliantly it allows the player to seamlessly interact with other relevant aspects while being able to step outside of the action without really interrupting the experience. If any thing the gamepad expands the experience... For eg. In AC3 I came across a vista that honestly struck me as stunningly photorealistic last night, so I went into Miiverse and posted a screenshot of the scene for others online to see (using the gamepad touch screen makes everything, and I mean everything so much more intuitive), all this with the game paused in the background for me to return to immediately. After maybe 5 minutes and I get three or four others also playing single player posting replies and pics of their own... Now my subjective experience was that much richer because it felt as though I was sharing the single player experience directly with others around the world and all this without skipping a beat on the game itself. Of course this could be achieved by other systems as well, but the point is that the gamepad tablet features and it's integration into Wii U's OS made it that much more natural, rewarding and inclusive... Even being able to call a horse or chose a weapon or accessory with the gamepad adds more fluidity to the experience.
The same could be said for simple things like navigating the many forums, Nintendo Store or even surfing the Web...
Nintendo integrating the tablet, control pad and interface into one was a true innovation, because it simply works and honestly trying to go back to the others seems a tad counter-intuitive in comparison...

Anyway, that's all just opinion based on my experience with the Wii U thus far. To me I see the Wii U only getting stronger as developers further take Nintendo's cue and earnestly focus on making the whole experience more dynamic and synergistic by use of the gamepad etc..

RE: Bad Price Point
By adrift02 on 1/9/2013 1:12:46 AM , Rating: 2
I don't mean to say it's completely lacking innovation. In fact, I would have bought it for Christmas if it had: a lower price, better launch games, a system moving feature (e.g games proving the controller), more power (consoles are already way outdated by PC platforms).

The problem is it doesn't have the same "must have" appeal as the Wii yet is $100 more for the version that matters. I loved my Wii (I love Nintendo games) but here I am waiting for a price drop with little motivation to buy. I'm not the only one, and once the next gen competitors hit Nintendo is going to suffer. It's not like the system is a dud, there's just no chance it's going to experience the same massive success. Maybe the price cut wouldn't have mattered, but it sealed its fate IMO.

I'm pegging it at GameCube status.

RE: Bad Price Point
By someguy123 on 1/7/2013 10:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's not like they "want" $350. It's not making any money in the states because of conversion rates. With the wii they were making money even at launch on hardware alone.

Personally I think it's because they don't seem to care at all this time around. With the wii they were all over the place advertising. Now I see occasional commercials but otherwise there's not much interest being built up. Its probably due to the fact that they don't something like a wii sports to push so its hard for them to build hype around a console without many games to play. They probably should've taken a lesson from the 3DS launch and had something big to reveal along with the console.

Sales Figures...
By Rinslowe on 1/7/2013 9:02:07 PM , Rating: 4
What is the point in emphasizing the fact Iwata didn't mention exact sales figures, it's not like they're a secret. Anyone with access to the Internet can easily piece a rough, albeit mostly accurate picture together.

And what do the current sales figures say for the most part?

4 Weeks Wii U USA Sales, launch date Nov. 18:
- WiiU: 849,068
- Wii: 864,647
- PS3: 378,603
- X360: 477,303

So, the WiiU did 98% of the Wii, 224% of the PS3 and 178% of the X360. Looks excellent.

3 Weeks Wii U Europe Sales, launch date Nov. 30:
- WiiU: 340,310
- Wii: 618,450
- PS3: 691,843
- X360: 403,037

So the WiiU in Europe did 55% of the Wii, 49% PS3 and 84% X360. Bad here.

2 Weeks Wii U Japan Sales, launch date Dec 8th:
- Wii U: 437,390
- Wii: 460,235
- PS3: 130,335
- X360: 65,430

In japan we have 95% Wii, 335% PS3 and 668% X360.

4 Weeks Worldwide Comparison:
Keep in mind, the consoles didn't launch worldwide at the same time, so this is skewed. The comparison works against the Wii though, it was also launched in different regions in sequential weeks.

- WiiU: 1,817,166
- Wii: 2,071,242
- PS3: 524,687
- X360: 948,162

That's 88% Wii, 346% PS3, 192% X360. Pretty decent.
And this information you can find here:

If you find that hard to believe then a more in-depth search on region by region shows pretty much the same thing...

I'd say that Nintendo's Wii U is off to a decent start, wouldn't U?

One word ....
By InsGadget on 1/8/2013 2:41:00 AM , Rating: 2

RE: One word ....
By EasyC on 1/8/2013 8:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
... Is now a campy kids game that I don't enjoy playing in the least.

It's for kids
By zlandar on 1/7/2013 2:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I bought one. For my kids. Problem is the lack of Nintendo games besides New Super Mario.

They really need to release some new multiplayer games like Mario Kart and Smash Brothers where multiple kids can play. Right now the old Wii is getting more playing time (mainly Smash Bros) after my kids beat New Super Mario. I don't see another game worth buying until Pikmin is released in the spring.

By mitchebk on 1/8/2013 12:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
Casual gaming on mobile devices is now killing casual gaming on consoles like casual gaming on consoles led to the slow death of hardcore-gaming on consoles.

Nice going, Mario!

Too bad it's not a Wii
By paulpod on 1/7/2013 10:54:10 PM , Rating: 1
Never had a Wii but the Wii games looked like fun. Even played a dance game at a Wii U mall demo are where you held a thing in the hand and the game rated your moves.

So when my housemate was owed a gift he asked for a Wii U cause we thought it would be fun to play these "Wii" type games. And there also seemed to be HD and a cool handheld screen added to this generation.

Total FAIL!!!!

Opened the box and the gigantic,handheld display was the ONLY CONTROLLER in there! OK, so to play the FIFA soccer game we (angrily) went back to Fry's and bought a second controller.


During training you are directed to use the small screen but ONLY ONE PLAYER has that. There had to be a way to completely disable the small screen feature but could not find it!!!

And there was a bundled game (a set of classic Wii games). Oh but these need the motion controller that is in every ad and marketing picture of people playing Wii. BUT NOT IN THE BOX!!.

Total FAIL AGAIN!!! $50 blown on a second controller and the unit was still useless.

OK, There are a lot of "online apps". But you need to have an account to even try them.

Total FAIL for the last time!!!

We packed the console and its billion useless parts back up, packed up the useless extra controller, and were willing to pay a restocking fee to get it out of our sight forever.

Luckily Fry's took the hardware back with no restocking fee and Best Buy bought the used (for 10 minutes) FIFA game for a good price.

Turns out we would have had to buy SIX extra controllers to play games and there was no guarantee the stupid device was ever going to allow multi-player gaming WITHOUT the mini-screen.

Hope they got flooded with returns from Xmas gift openers with the same experience. The Wii U should have just been an HD version of the Wii with a lot more GFX processing power instead of that insanely useless single-user controller.

There, I said it: The Emperor has no clothes.

Simple Assessment
By EricMartello on 1/8/13, Rating: 0
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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