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Play.com owner Rakuten deems Wii U and iPad 2013′s most-discussed Christmas presents for kids

Friday, 6th December 2013 10:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U has seen a 75% sales spike since October and currently sits alongside the iPad as Twitter’s most-discussed Christmas present for kids.

MCV reports that the retailer feels that thinning PS4 and Xbox One stock will result in Wii U seeing a sales boost over the Christmas period.

Based on its own Twitter analysis, Rakuten said that Wii U and iPad are “the most talked about presents for children this Christmas”.

It added, “The marketplace’s social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad. This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten’s Play.com during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones.”

It follows analyst Michael Pachter saying, “I don’t know why Iwata is still employed,” while commenting on the Nintendo President’s handling of the Wii U brand.

What do you make of the above.

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  1. monkeygourmet

    I don’t personally know anyone who has bought a PS4 or Xbone yet, one of my friends has purchased a Wii U (for Wind Waker & Mario 3D World) though.

    Reasons being: Price, can use old Wii peripherals & B/C, amount of games.

    Ipads / tablets are crazy popular with kids though, it’s mental. And minecraft. Nintendo REALLY needed to get Minecraft (definative console version) for the Wii U this Christmas, that would have really helped as it would be great with the Wii U tablet.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DGOJG

    Sounds very doubtful to be honest. Working in retail this Christmas has made it very clear to me how many people are aware WiiU is a new console. Some parents came back claiming their kids can’t play the latest Mario title they just bought for their Wii…it’s because it’s a WiiU title.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    Positive news? Nintendo? Pinch me I’m dreaming.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    @2

    Im suprised they even found any titles. I have to go to an independant game store to make sure I can get copies of Wii U games.

    It has zero shelf space in most stores.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. dreamcastnews

    @3 I know, right?! My thoughts exactly :p

    My girlfriend works for Game and she said that the Wii U has picked up since the Mario/Luigi bundle came out. Makes me wonder what could have happened if the console launched for £179.99 like the Wii did, I think today would be a different story, Nintendo have lost sight of ‘penetration pricing’ you can’t charge premium prices for something that doesn’t feel premium but priced at a manageable price and people are more likely to give it a go, this is shown with the PS4; there isn’t a great deal of decent stuff out there (although I’m one of few who LOVES Knack) but at £349 for a next gen machine it’s a comparative bargain and is worth the wait for future software. Xbox One is far too expensive for less (play and charge kit? Nintendo got with the times Microsoft!)

    I’d really like to see Ninty now working with 3rd parties and possibly picking up publishing of titles that maybe Ubisoft/Sega/Acti/EA wouldn’t consider for Wii U, it can be done, Nintendo just have to get their shit together in 2014, – oh, and release a controller with analogue triggers ffs.

    Why Nintendo haven’t got some of their code monkeys within the big companies working on porting games to Wii U, I do not know. It makes so much sense to have a team from Ninty or their payroll taking the costs away from developing the U version of the game, much like Raven who exclusively working on COD : Ghosts for Wii U and as a result, created a respectable version of the game.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. The_Red

    Seriously? After so much negative news, this could be really great for Nintendo if true. Of course it is just an optimistic assumption (Thinning PS4/XB1 stock will boost Wii U’s sales) but being talked about on Twitter is rather nice.

    I believe that Wii U has almost became irrelevant so if this is true, it means the console can return from the brink.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @5

    I fear the analogue trigger problem may be similar to people complaining about the lack of second stick on the 3DS, i.e. they aren’t going to change it. :)

    Pricing-wise, I would like to see how much Nintendo is now losing on the Wii U. I know they have said they are taking a small loss (now maybe bigger after the price drop), but if Sony can put out the PS4 with 8Gb ram, pad with a touchscreen etc… for £349, it suprises me how much the Wii U pad is bumping up the manufacturing price.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. KineticCalvaria

    Yeah twitter is full of people saying the WiiU is shit and the iPad is overrated. :-)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. dreamcastnews

    @7 that always surprised me too, that screen can’t cost that much to make. I honestly think the triggers were a major flaw, the 3DS one analogue stick some could argue the greatest game systems of all time only had one stick ;)

    Sony have certainly got another PS2 on their hands I think. The PS3 was never that good I thought and I believe the 360 outclassed it in pretty much every respect but boy, do I think the roles have reversed now!

    The Wii U on the other hand is still getting the most play time since me and my other half can play Lego Marvel & Batman and the Mario games together which is what Nintendo is all about.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    @9

    I agree with you about the PS4. Im dubious about next gen titles in general rather than Sony’s console.

    Im watching closely to see how the landscape changes this generation. The features are there to provide quality online experiences with huge worlds and player sharing (Destiny looks to be a good example.)

    These kind of systems can easily be abused though, MT’s, subscriptions, adverts etc…

    It will be good to see who gets the balance right (MS are looking pretty poor at the moment.)

    #10 1 year ago
  11. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    The Ipad Air is the perfect present to buy our kids for Christmas.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Tormenter

    Buy them a bat and ball and send them out to play.

    We’re rearing a society of shutins.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Digital Bamboo

    Spoiled little bastards.

    I was happy to get even a single game for Christmas as a kid.

    Only system I ever got was a Philips CD-i, and that was 3 weeks late.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Francis O

    LOL, VG247 is a funny site. THEY JUST wrote a article how the Wii U isn’t selling, and what Nintendo can do to “save” the Wii U.

    And now reports are coming out that the Wii U is actually selling pretty good, VGChartz actually has the Wii U selling more than the PS4 in North America for the past couple weeks, and over 600K in the month of November.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    @14
    Oh so VGchartz is now reliable? I was told previously it was not and those were just estimates. Oh but its okay to use them now? Because Nintendo is dominating with Wii U in one region and it fits in with your delusional POV. Oh yes because NA sales equal World.

    It is their job to report on Nintendo news, deal with it.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @14 I think you’ll find that was an opinion blog from one writer on the site, not our blanket stance. It was clearly labelled as an opinion piece too.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Dragon

    @Dave,
    Again, you are wasting time on a hardcore Ninty fanboy. He runs his own ninty fanboy site playeressence.com and likes to badmouth VG247 there.

    Thank me later, ok? ;)

    #17 1 year ago
  18. h0stilegmg

    Old news :) I predicted that back in July (together with the price drop that took place a month later). The demand for next-gen is huge, so anticipating the hype would lead anyone to the same conclusion. Next-gen is sold out and Wii U is the only one on the shelf.

    http://gamaganda.net/can-wii-u-sales-pick-up-the-pace/

    “Nintendo could be in the very fortunate position of being the only console supplier with a NEW hardware product on the shelf THIS HOLIDAY.”

    #18 1 year ago
  19. dreamcastnews

    I hope it does start selling well to be honest. I think we’ve got to the point where there is enough slices of the pie for everyone to be happy and make money.

    I’m holding off the Xbox One currently because of a lack of titles (Dead Rising is the only thing I want but in two player, thus an extra pad must be accounted for) and also that £80 more is just too high, Sony really got the price right with their machine and Nintendo can get there even if £249 isn’t it yet. Why Nintendo haven’t sent the original Wii out to developing gaming countries I don’t know, these are the gamers that the big three need to capture like Sony did with the PS2.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Francis O

    @14

    - VGchartz is not 100% reliable, but its not far off. But its clear the Wii U has been selling a lot better if you’ve been following “select” outlets this month, I never said the Wii U is dominating any regions.

    @16

    - Dave, lets be honest, you guys’ opinion pieces are never really positive on Nintendo… from multiple writers.

    @17

    - And….I can critique Vg247, just like you critique my site. I also link a ton of articles to VG247 and help them get hits. So have a seat idiot.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Djoenz

    A present for kids LMAO. I wish my mom would give me such an expensive gift for christmas.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. dreamcastnews

    @20. Let us avoid another 100+ Nintendo post? Dave is right, the staff are welcome to express their views like anyone is, they cover negative Nintendo posts because it’s mostly been negative this week. Things will get better but Nintendo are at their most creative when things are bad, remember that.

    Let’s all play nice. You know Legendary Boss and Dragon can’t resist when you start playing up.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. fearmonkey

    @1 – I know 5 people that bought a Wii, not a single one of those bought a Wii-u, which I find odd. If the Wii interested you enough to buy it, why not get the Wii-u?

    I know 3 people that bought PS4′s personally, a few others are friends of friends. I don’t know a single person who bought an Xbone.

    I hope Nintendo sells more Wii-U’s, I want to see the console last awhile yet.

    #23 1 year ago

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