Wii U holiday hardware and software sales at GameStop “below expectations” – analyst

Thursday, 3rd January 2013 17:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia has said in his latest investor note that sales of Wii U hardware and software at GameStop were below expectations over the holiday period.

According to Bhatia, the console and its subsequent software remained “abundant,” in quantity despite suggestions from various sectors citing a possible shortage.

Bhatia also noted the $350 Wii U Deluxe model is moving off GameStop shelves faster than the basic $300 model, due to being a “better value.”

“Our conclusion is the Nintendo Wii U launch has been slightly disappointing,” he said.

The analyst also claimed the attach rate for Wii U software at GameStop was “low,” without revealing any actual figures.

Via Gamespot.



  1. Erthazus

    Of course it’s below expectations:

    1) Kitchen sink without multitouch screen
    2) Bad launch lineup
    3) Xbox 360 specs (or even below that)

    I won’t buy it for 100$. I have no reason to have another semi-PC box under my HDTV. My PS3 does the job and I want Next Gen.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. daytripper

    Apart from the brilliant MiiVerse I’m really disappointed in the Wii U and Nintendo in general.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. HauntaVirus

    I’m going to refrain from being negative… Looking forward to Zelda in 2014!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Picture will be clearer this year.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I know for sure that once Monster Hunter for WiiU with Dragon Quest comes out everything will be fine in Japan. That’s for sure.

    Still, WiiU is a horrrible POS that humanity can create.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SlayerGT

    @4 agreed. Wait for them youngsters who got WiiUs for xmas to show their friends. What happens then..I’ll be curious to see.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    MH wont do anything for wiiu, its a handheld seller, not home console. Also MH was available from day one in japan. DQ on wiiu is an MMO, so expect sub 400k sales for that.
    Console sellers in japan are Metal Gear, Yakuza, Tales etc., all exclusive to ps brand in japan.

    #7 2 years ago

    Wii U is finished if it can’t even meet expectations on it’s first holiday period just after launch.

    Just wait until E3, and people see the real next gen consoles.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    This is a bit worrying, specially considering that the system a 2D Mario game to go with it (While some consider the 3D ones like Galaxy to be the main Mario games, it’s actually the 2D ones that sell the most).

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ljink

    I’m not worried with the Wii U one bit. The PS4 and Xbox won’t do any better! We’re just now stumbling out of a recession dunderheads!

    New Super Mario Bros U isn’t that great and that’s all Nintendo could make up real quick not to mention its near 100% attatch rate. Wait until Nintendo delivers the real stuff in upcoming years. I will buy a Wii U just for Super Smash Bros U, seriously. It kills that crap of a game “Playstation All Stars Battle Royale” It even sounds dumb and you really cant abbreviate it. PSASBR v.s. SSBB

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    who buys a console at gamestop? i’m not worried. wiiu sold ok at launch and will pick up steam when the pikmins zelda and starfoxes launch. there are also great and unique games in the pipeline like rayman and 101…the wiiu will be fine, it really is too early to judge. erth, sorry man but i think you don’t get the wiiu because you just “don’t get” the wiiu. it’s not for tech purists, it’s a machine for game purists. if it really wont sell well then it’s a sad time for gaming culture, that’s for sure.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    Well I imagine a few people are a bit wary of buying into nintys new gimmick, must be plenty of unused Wii’s lying in the back of cupboards all over the world…

    Plus theirs a recession… And the Mayan apocalypse probably put peeps off too…

    Give it w few more months though, let the word of mouth spread & hopefully it’ll be able to survive the inevitable bombshell of MS’s next gen E3 reveal.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    I was all set to get a Wii-u this year but the launch line up left me unimpressed. I was hoping for a Mario 64 sequel or similar title and didn’t get it, and the other games just didn’t thrill me.
    I had a chance to play one recently and it’s not bad, but not cool enough for me to justify spending that money yet..

    I don’t understand Nintendo, Mario 64 sold so many consoles, and that kind of title would have sold systems this time. They released Gamecube with a less than stellar lineup and it did just ok in the long run. They released the Wii-u with Wii sports and they flew off shelves, and fior the Wii-u they give us Nintendoland which might be fun, but isn’t a system seller. I’m sure the Wii-u will do fine in the long run, especially if they have awesome titles to counter next gen system launches. If MS and Sony release next year without a killer app, then Nintendo could really be in a good place.

    If MS or Sony releases with a killer app, then Nintendo could really struggle.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. loveaya

    Don’t worry about Nothingtodo, they will cut the price and then “bang”! WIIU gonna sell 1,000,000 per week.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Francis O

    The Wii U outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 at the same point in their time frame. The Wii U is near 2 million units sold. And this is without Metroid, Zelda, Mario Kart or Smash Bros.

    If your worried about the Nintendo and the Wii U, you should also worry about how hasty your being to judge something.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @5 – The thing about Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter for Wii U, though, is that they’re ports. If they were original Wii-U exclusives, I agree, Nintendo would have Japan locked up for now, but being these are just enhanced versions of games you can already get elsewhere, I see them as having strong sales relative to what’s being released at the same time, but no higher than a few hundred thousand, before quickly dropping down the list.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    As for the sales, they’re not surprising. There was no question the Nintendo faithful would all buy this as soon as it came out, but the rest of the gaming world is looking at the system with trepidation after how the Wii turned out. I was just thinking about my friend whose brother gets every system at launch and the only two he hasn’t had enough interest in to pick up were the Wii U and Vita, with no intention of picking up either any time soon. He is excited about the PS4 and 720, though, so take that as you will.

    We’re seeing third parties moving away from Wii U content and when the system’s not even a year old. Everyone knows the first party titles on the Wii U will sell amazingly, but third party ones? Other than ZombiU, which there have been hints is still set to go multiplatform (although I would assume they’d get rid of the “U” in the title), third parties are not fairing very well on there.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    the wiiu sold well at launch overall. people forget that it’s always like that, with every console at launch. look at the 360 and ps3 launches. there is tons of third party support for wiiu, all the ports like sonic, batman, cod, asscreed, tekken, darksiders….third party exclusives: rayman, bayonetta! there’s trine and so on. indies like chasing aurora, little inferno…scribblenauts…lots of games and a good variety of different games. then they launched with a mario game and a killer social app, miiverse, that changes a lot for social online gaming and in a good way, a unique and very cool touchpad (no multitouch? how dare they! they’re doooomed), a great ”h a r d c o r e pro” controller and people are still complaining complainig complaining. i for one really see a bright future for the wiiu. the nextbox and ps4 will be more powerful, sure but not as much as people believe they will be. porting to wiiu will still be easy, especially in the first 2 or 3 years of the next consoles. again, i think nintendo timed the wiiu perfectly.
    all i can say, i have one, i love it. most fun console i have atm…bring on ps4nextbox. i’ll judge those then. wiiu doomed? not at all, that’s just short sighted crap from the net.
    and clupula: the system isn’t ”not even a year old”. it’s a month old…give it some time man.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    “the wiiu sold well at launch overall”

    Depends where you’re talking about. It’s clear that it’s sold horribly in Europe, especially in the UK.

    It had a reasonable opening in the US (mostly because for once it was a decently stocked launch), but I wouldn’t put money on the second month being particularly impressive.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    did well in japan and us. uk is strange indeed. sold ok in germany though. don´t know about the rest of europe.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ps3fanboy

    @13 fearmonkey

    “if they have awesome titles to counter next gen system launches”

    HAHAHA!! the joke of the day this is… you know that the wii-u have specs that are below the ps/x360, don’t you??… and its a well known fact the wii-u is as slow as hell when it comes to menus and loading times…

    the ps3/x360 of today are really struggling with some of the new games today. you can see this with screen tearing, frame dropping, distant blurriness, texture popping etc… what the heck do you think is gonna happen when the ps4/x720 comes????

    the wii-u is gonna crash and burn when the nextgen arrive, there is no wii-mote to help them this time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ps3fanboy

    another thing that is gonna break nintendos back is this….

    “Second-hand Wii U buyers can re-download past purchases, without paying.”

    “The only way to transfer previously-purchased licenses from one Wii U console to another is to send the console to Nintendo itself.”

    #22 2 years ago

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