Wii U sales slower than “expected” since Christmas, says GameStop president

Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

GameStop president Tony Bartel has told Forbes that sales of Wii U have been “slower than expected” now that the Christmas boom has passed; however, the executive feels titles in the current pipeline will help renew interest.

“Following the holiday launch period, sales have been slower than we expected,” he said. “Nintendo plans on launching some of their biggest IP over the next few months which we think will increase gamer interest.”

Bartel feels to compete with the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will need to have a strong software line-up.

“Software will play a big role in each console’s success over the holidays,” he said. “We’re already seeing great developer and publisher support for PS4, so Wii U will need some great titles, especially first-party titles, to compete. There’s also a need to increase consumer awareness of the new features available on the Wii U and its tethered tablet features.”

Nintendo has said on numerous occasions it has quite a few titles coming to Wii U this summer, both announced and unannounced.

Thanks, CVG.

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