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Nintendo stock falls to lowest in five years following Wii U announcement

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:23 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

After Nintendo announced Wii U at E3 yesterday, share prices for the firm were the lowest in five years, according to Bloomberg.

Nintendo stock fell 5.7 percent to 16,930 yen at the close of trading in and over 2.2 million shares changed hands, compared with the  six-month daily average of about 720,000 shares moved.

“There were high expectations from the new version of the Wii and this fell far short,” said analyst Yusuke Tsunoda. “People had expected to see something more at a big event like the E3, but there wasn’t really anything more than what’s already reported.”

Yesterday, Iwata said Wii U will likely cost around $250 in Japan next year, said Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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22 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Wii Eww.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    @1, YES! I will now call it “Wii Eww”

    and controller will be: Kitchen sink

    :D Thanks blerk, my Rant ability is on the new level.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. ReeceHeywood

    Haha omg. xD

    #3 4 years ago
  4. pukem0n

    well, the press conference was disappointing, to say the least.
    all 3 big conferences didnt live up to expectations.

    Halo 4 is one of the biggest things of the newly announced stuff, which shows how poor the rest was ^^

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    Ouch.

    Can’t say it’s surprising though, they’re stuck in some weird limbo between showing their stuff and not showing their stuff, and a lot of insecurity about what they actually want it to achieve.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M. K.

    Hm why? I mean sure, the PC wasn’t that great, but Wii U is on a good way to unite hardcore and casuals. We just need to wait for important informations like:

    price, hardware specs, line up and of course (maybe the most important) wii u’s online abilities.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    It’s still early in the game, and people are judging it based on the fact that it’s the “uncool console”, but a bad presentation is still a bad presentation. They totally failed to make it clear what they were offering, and worse yet, they didn’t present any gameplan on how they were gonna win the market the second time around.

    Everything may change, but there’s a definite disconnect between the Wiis role today and what Nintendo are saying they want to do tomorrow.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    Im not suprised. Jump on the bandwagon for Wii, Jump off for WiiU
    I thought there WiiU announcement was terrible. Not actually showing us anything from real from it?

    The console obviously got leaked months before its announcement time.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Let’s face it, Nintendo turn up 6 years late with an expensive looking Etch a Sketch.

    No wonder the markets are nervous…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    So what the specs of that ugly thang??? i saw it has a CD-port, USB port what else?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    Nintendo clearly feel they have to “innovate” and are just simply trying too hard now.

    This looks like trash. Sorry, it does.

    The Kinect is crap because of poor response times and needing a large living room to play 2p.

    The Move is crap because of poor response times.

    The Wii is crap because of poor response times.

    Bring out something similar to the move/wiimote but which actually has <10ms lag, plus HD graphics, and I'm sold. Right now, the tech is no good for serious gamers wanting their headshots on moving targets.

    And this tablet thing? Just a gimmik. Waste of time.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Lightmanone

    @11: The WiiU has a responds time of about 2ms, and has 1080p (confirmed by reggie himself, he said in an interview with G4.) It’s amazingly accurate according to handson by VG247, gamespot and Kotaku.

    I might be a nintendo fanboy, and I think they have some stuff they can get better at, but all the points you said, actually are very much well done better.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    @12 Some people are going to hate because they are worried that the new Nintendo system do the samething as the last Nintendo system: beat the pants off of everything else.

    Alot of people really see Nintendo as the anti game company. People here, hate casual games. They don’t want their moms, their sisters, their grandmas or even their wife sharing center stage with them when it comes to games.

    And casual games are everywhere. So these people aim their hate at Nintendo because Nintendo understands that a lot of different kinds of gamers want to play a lot of different kinds of games. In the end these people paint targets on Nintendo for it.

    But three things:

    First up it works(the diversifying markets aproach) – Wii won last/current gen.

    Second up is it worked so well, that both MS and Sony jumped head first into attempts to capture the very same market Nintendo embraced. Move or Kinect anyone?

    And last, just because your kid sister/daughter/wife/or mom enjoys a game or two on said system, doesn’t mean that you can’t also find and enjoy games for it too. That is the leason Nintendo learned from last gen/Wii. If you want the core, you have to offer them more then Mario, and I get the feeling Nintendo is aiming to do the upandcoming gen right.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    As far as the stock falling, keep in mind preWii launch no one gave Nintendo a snowballs chance in hell either. It was a laughing stock among gamers and game sites alike. Then it exploded off of shelves.

    Stock didn’t drop because of the WiiU. It droped because of the core audiances reaction to it at E3. But in truth the core audiance is a decreasing portion of the game buying public. Thing is the stocks people don’t understand any of that stuff. They don’t get that bigger gaming demographics are out there beyond the core focused crowds at E3 or the core focused gamers they report back to.

    WiiU will be fine.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    The way I see it, Nintendo failed on many fronts with this launch.

    First, they needed to distance themselves from the Wii. Bu naming the new console Wii U, they epic failed. It’s a hideous name and they need to change it.

    Second, they needed to show of it’s graphical prowess by presenting some serious titles that graphically competed if not succeeded PS3 and 360. They also screwed up here.

    The controller presentation was well done but they needed to present more details upfront and they didn’t.

    Then there is the proprietary disk rather than use Blu-ray. Nintendo just can’t help being Nintendo and that’s hurting them more than helping.

    Overall, its a major screwup but they can come back if they try.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TVs Everywhere

    @12:

    The WiiU has a responds time of about 2ms, and has 1080p (confirmed by reggie himself, he said in an interview with G4)

    Which I’m taking with a grain of salt until I hear him EXPLICITLY saying that it’s NATIVE 1080p and not upscaled.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @13 Always a bastion of rationale in a cesspool of self-obsessed tripe.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @Og, completely disagree with your statement. first of all I as a hardcore gamer don’t care if someone will use my system for casual gamimg.

    I like to play PC games more then on my consoles, but the reality is that PC is the biggest casual platform. It’s a fact. There are so many stupid casual games like Farmville and etc. Facebook games… Pop Cap games, Ravenloft…

    I care? Not.

    also, last generation is not over.

    Also, Wii succeed because of something new on the market when at that time not much of a new was. Now in 2011 in the world of iPads, iPhones, Kinects and Moves it’s hard to sell something new.
    Casual market was before the Wii.

    New controller aka Kitchen sink sucks huge balls. Because:

    1) It’s ugly and childish
    2) Single-touch screen (no multitouch) which is beyond a disaster.
    3) No processing power in it (just built-in Wi-fi)

    Basically what DSB said now is absolutely correct. Just read his statement. Absolutely true.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Thanks Michael, I try :)

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Gurdil

    @OlderGamer I agree with you on a lot of points here, especially on the core gamers’ hate against the casual ones (I don’t know and don’t care if I’m a core gamer but I do know I enjoy some casual games and have absolutely nothing against casual gamers). But I really don’t think the stocks people are that wrong. I mean sure they know next to nothing about gaming and people buying games, but the fact is that Nintendo failed to set its target right. Sure you can say that both demographics (not sure it’s the right word to use but you get my point) can use the same console and you’ll be correct, technically. Thing is marketing doesn’t work that way. Core gamers are gonna hate that casual players can use Wii U so they won’t buy it. Casual players will think that Nintendo’s right in saying that it’s a console for the core (which it isn’t, at least not solely) and will be afraid to buy it. I’m exaggerating sure but it’s to make my point.
    Nintendo tried too hard, IMO, to get back the core gamers in their communication. That’s what’s frightening to the stock people. They fear they’ll lose the casual gamers. And contrary to what you think, they DO know casual gamers are the ones that bring more money on the table.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    Tis posible Gurdil.

    Imo, Stocks people tend to be poorly imformed as the depth and complexities of many of the things they trade it. They most often know what so called experts are telling them. “Experts” like Patcher, for example.

    And stocks people are very Knee jerkish about almost everything.

    I am sure a story like this one fuels the flames of distest some folks have towards Nintendos new system. But I think in the long run the WiiU will do just fine. It might not be as hard to find of shelves initialy as Wii was, but I put that down to Nintendo understanding they lost sales by having lower stock with Wii, and the Core will be slow to adopt. Plus there is the unknown factor of will the mass market be willing to replace their already purchased Wiis with a new system? Will they see it a needless upgrade?

    Lots of unknowns. I just don’t see how a bunch on unconected suits that don’t know jack crap about video games can be a sign of anything to come.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    Traders are jittery, nobody wants to lose a dollar if they can avoid it, but they usually aren’t poorly informed. They don’t have the first person experience we do, but they don’t need it, because it ultimately means less than the factual information.

    They look at things like supply chains, production and general reaction.

    And then there’s the very absurd fact that some traders are in fact computers. I don’t know if you guys caught the news, but it turns out that Anne Hathaway getting wide exposure in the media will actually trick the super computers handling the automatic trade, to up the shareprice of Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway stock.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/does-anne-hathaway-news-drive-berkshire-hathaways-stock/72661/

    #22 4 years ago

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    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]