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Wii U shortage will boost Xbox 360, PS3 sales in the short term – analysts

Wednesday, 28th November 2012 22:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Wii U sold 400,000 units during launch week “essentially selling out” at retail, but launch week was also Black Friday weekend, and sales of Xbox 360 blew past the new console offering by selling 750,000 units moved over the weekend. Does a console late in its lifecycle outselling a new offering spell doom and gloom for Wii U? Not just yet according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich who said it’s “probably a dead heat” as to whether the Wii U or Xbox 360 picked up more users. Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter agrees, stating 360′s strong performance only denotes consumers remaining “price sensitive,” to the recent cuts and bundles on offer. “Once Wii U supply increases, I expect the console to sell better,” he said, but all analysts seem to agree it may not happen until next year. More over on GI International.

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9 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    I don’t think that the WiiU will sell well past E3 2013.

    I think, that once people see what a next gen console can offer, all current gen sales, which includes WiiU, will see a decline.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SlayerGT

    Shortage? I can walk next door to K Mart they 3 have that have just been sitting? My cousin in law said she had no problem acquiring one either.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Nikana

    Got to Agree with SlayerGT.

    There is no shortage of Wii U’s like at all. Sure some places don’t have any but you can drive a mile and find a Walmart that has 10 of each in stock.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    There’s three stores in the NYC area I know of that have signs saying they have available Wii U’s in stock, for the last couple days.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I think the WiiU is in limited supply, but not completly sold out. And that could be a good thing, just means more consoles sold for Nintendo. I have seen several stores with empty WiiU shelves and I see most onlione stores taking backorders too. I have yet to walk into a store and actualy see a stack of them on the shelf tbh. Not saying they aren’t out there, but I think they are limited at this point.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    Next year will be interesting.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    next year will be interesting, when nextgen arrive… it will be the death of nintendo.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. polygem

    @7: really? i personally do worry about sony the most, by far. nintendo will be fine and ms will dominate…and i really mean “worry” i don´t want them to die…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @7
    Agree with Poly. I like Sony and what they bring to the table – it fits with what I want from a console in a lot of ways, but if I had to put money on which system will struggle most next time round I’d say Sony.

    Nintendo have a more solid base they can rely on to sustain them without having to compete directly with the other two. If the two screen thing works for them and it takes off then great, if not then it won’t kill them. I don’t expect the WiiU to be the run away success the Wii was, but for me that’s actually a good thing. It’ll be my go to console for some interesting and different gameplay what ever happens.

    Sony have to compete with MS next time – and probably another player (Apple?). I don’t see them having the OS and services to compete fully unfortunately. I hope they do, but they don’t have the resources and skills in house to back this up.

    #9 2 years ago

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