Analyst Calls Wii U Launch “Slightly Disappointing”

Wii U opened to over 400,000 sales in its first week in North America. A few weeks later, it sold comfortably over 300,000 units in Japan, and by now, Wii U has sold over two million units worldwide. In the software department, it has two million-sellers in the form of Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. All told, it’s been a pretty good run so far.

But in terms of expectations, it’s still somewhat behind. Arvind Bhatia, analyst for Sterne Agee, says that the Wii U launch was “slightly disappointing” due to low software tie ratios and abundant hardware availability at games retailer GameStop. Wii had an average tie ratio of three games per system owner at launch, while Wii U currently sits at about 1.2 games per system. Wii U would have to achieve the same attach rate as Wii by the end of the fiscal year for Nintendo’s software sales predictions to come true.

Source: GameSpot via GoNintendo

  • Erimgard

    The Wii U could definitely afford to be selling better, but a lot of the disappointment jus stems from the fact that people expected a repeat of the Wii launch, and that’s just not going to happen. No console has ever, or likely will ever, fly off the shelves the way the Wii did at launch.

    That said, Nintendo needs to find creative ways to get the Wii U selling after the initial buzz. It may not surpass the Wii, but they should be doing everything they can to keep it close.

    • Gabriel Gomez

      I couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Terrak

      Well for starters they need games that really showcase why the gamepad is a big deal. So far only a few games really do this well, and most of the games are ports and in some cases very old ports. Considering it has still done better then the ps3 and 360 during the same time in their respective lifecycles its should hardly be termed a disappointment. But yes it hasnt out sold the Wii, i dont think anyone really expected it too (only fools), i mean the Wii had the gamechanger in the form of the Wiimotes motion controls. It hit at the right time (economically).

      So when we look at the Wii U has done well, not magnificent but strong. Its attach rate is low but that will improve once it gets more Wii U specific games. Anyway attach rate still remains a flawed metric, and the main thing we should look at is actual sales numbers, not some ratio that can easily be manipulated.