January sales show continued rough tides for the Wii U
Frank Cifaldi for Gamasutra:
We’re told by someone with access to the NPD’s data that sales for January were “well under” 100,000 units. By our estimates, sales were somewhere between 45,000 and 59,000 units for the month, which is lower than any of the three previous-generation home consoles sold in their worst months, with the possible exception of a recent performance by the original Wii.
Ouch. And that’s with an extra “leap” week in January to bolster sales. This is continuing to look like a total disaster for Nintendo.
Nintendo is digging their financial hole deeper & deeper. The good that I see coming from this is Nintendo making money by possibly licensing official iOS games by this holiday season. This isn’t a rumor that I’ve heard anywhere, but it makes sense to me.
I, for one, would punch my mom to play Pokémon on my iPhone. Mario & Zelda would make Angry Birds money look like chump change.