DFC Intelligence lowers Wii U lifetime sales forecast to 25m or less
Bad news for Nintendo - according to GamesIndustry International, DFC intelligence intends to significantly lower the sales forecast for the Wii U in its upcoming December 3 release. Analyst Dave Cole explained that the Wii U is now expected to reach only a quarter of the Nintendo Wii's sales, with only 25 million units (or less) sold at the end of its lifespan.
"We are once again lowering our outlook for the Wii U. Right now, it is looking to do about what the GameCube did during its lifespan, which is mainly be another system for Nintendo first party product."
That said, Nintendo's got some pretty heavy hitting titles launching tomorrow, alongside the Xbox One's official release. On the Wii U, we've got Super Mario 3D World. On the 3DS, meanwhile, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour hit the stores.
"I think Nintendo is carving out a different audience," noted Cole. "I think that being said, it is the right strategy. The audience they're going after is not the ones that Sony and Microsoft are going after. Right now, they need to go after Nintendo fans first. They should have done that last year, but better late than never."
Personally, I think making such a grim prediction at this point is a little premature. I know I myself - and several others I'm aware of - plan to pick up a Wii U the second the new Smash Bros game launches. We'll just have to wait and see how things change then, aye?
Source: GamesIndustry International
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