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Pachter: Wii U “negativity” won’t affect sales

Thursday, 22nd November 2012 22:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Wii U will sell like hotcakes despite negative comments from press and industry, industry analyst Michael Pachter believes.

“Negativity overall will never go away so I expect the negativity to continue through the holidays,” the Wedbush Morgan analyst said, as reported by NowGamer.

“I don’t think this has much impact on the launch and continue to expect launch quantities to be sold out, and reorders to remain sold out through March.”

That means Nintendo will shift 5.5 million units by the end of the first quarter of 2013, Pachter predicted, bang on the company’s own targets.

“The company probably will ship 3 million by Christmas, and all will be sold out,” Pachter added.

The Wii U’s US launch reception on November 18 was somewhat mixed, thanks to a hefty day-one firmware update, missing video services, and rumbles of consoles bricked by aborted updates – but plenty of consumers and critics alike seem pretty delighted by it, and stock is thin on the ground.

The Wii U arrives in Europe and Australia on November 30.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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  1. Goffee

    Umm, wasn’t Pachter the source of some of that negativity? Has he just vaporised in a stream of two-facedness?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. cw5th

    @1:

    Nope he hasn’t.

    He predicted this whole thing some months/weeks ago. The WiiU will sell through till April 2013. Then, when the Nintendofans are dealt with, the sales will lower if Nintendo can’t pull a new WiiFit or WiiSports out of its hat.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    I agree with this assessment, initial stocks will likely be sold out, as it happens with many home consoles, nothing major. What matters is if it can maintain the steam 5-6 months down the line. I completely expect a price drop next year like 3ds one to compete with next-gen hardware announcements.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    I agree with this assessment, but I think that Nintendo is well aware of it and, indeed, are banking on it, holding their A game back until that initial 3-6 months of honeymoon starts to wane.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. HauntaVirus

    He kept saying the price would effect sales.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Milk the price with early, then drop the price and announce dual pad support when the next consoles are announced…

    Or something like that.

    #6 2 years ago