Analyst: Wii U GameStop sales below expectations

Sterne Agee industry watcher says hardware and software sales for Nintendo's latest fall short during holiday period at speciality retailer.

Wii U hardware and software sales at GameStop during the holiday season were below expectations, according to an investor note from Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia. The industry watcher said Wii U availability at GameStop continues to be "abundant."

The Wii U made its worldwide debut November 18 in North America and sold 400,000 units during its first week. The console launched in Europe and Australia on November 30, but no specific sales figures for those regions have been announced. The Wii U's December 8 launch in Japan saw first-weekend sales come in at 308,570 units.

Bhatia also revealed that the $350 Wii U Deluxe model is selling at a greater clip than the $300 basic version at GameStop, presumably due to its "better value." The Deluxe model includes 32GB of storage space to the Basic unit's 8GB, as well as a bundled copy of Nintendo Land.

Additionally, Bhatia said the Wii U software attach rate at GameStop is "low," but did not provide a specific rate.

"Our conclusion is the Nintendo Wii U launch has been slightly disappointing," Bhatia said.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Albaficas
Albaficas

wii u is crap....third party studios dont give a f about it.....all are already waiting for the ps4 and the nextbot which ARE trully next gen consoles 

Orvell
Orvell

The system isn't worth the price.  It is a Wii if you have the controllers.  And a xbox/ps3 without the game support.  The increased prices I think will hurt Nintendo a little.  Nintendoland should have gotten lower reviews.  They made a lot of bad choices, based on cutting corners and profit.  Wii tv is something I still don't know what it is or really care to find out, and haven't programed the remote for the tv.  I have a tv guide and controller already Nintendo, but ugh thanks for not including something fun or useful.  With the other devices coming out, I wonder how good sony and ms will do this gen.  Steam Box?  Game prices on pc are a lot better when you can catch the special. 

junglist101
junglist101

It would be safe to say that few are surprised by this and that this will be a rough gen for Nintendo.     

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

When the next Super Mario games come out I think sales for the system will go up. LOL

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I was hoping to sell the Wii U Deluxe at Xmas for a profit but there really was no huge demand from anyone for it.  As for the system and how it plays I think Nintendo as usual makes an honest attempt to try and get family and friends to game together and that should be viewed as a positive thing.  I also think that the system could get a boost when the Rayman game for the Wii U comes out.  The demo at the store was awesome and I can't wait to play the game.

coalbuddy
coalbuddy

Wii u excites old drunks like me who grew up playing pole position, defender, adventurer, and mario. Now, whining 12 year olds remember the origin of games and stop with your poor belly aches. People like me have families enjoy family game time and old franchises. If you want to kill nintendo than you're just being selfish fools. Now, when daddy and mommy can't afford next gen console due to gas pricing say thank you to microsoft for pay subscriptions and dlc, and sony for coming out with a next gen console which will be overpriced and not capable of playing used games. Yes, mommy and daddy can't afford 100 dollar games and 600- 1000 console.

sam628
sam628

lol this was expected, most gamers are on a budget now. l would buy the wii u if it was $100 not $350 abit too much compared to a xbox 360 which cost below $100

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Ah jeez Edith, I swear gamespot is trolling the news articles just to piss off nintendo fanboys, can they at least bring some good news for them to raise hope.

I mean throw em bone. 

Swanogt19
Swanogt19

I looked for it at Bestbuy just to see what it looks like and I couldn't even find the console. 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Reading some of these comments, SOOOOO many people have no idea how fun the Wii U actually is. It leaves some things to be desired, but the system truly has potential. I like it loads more than ever thought I would, and I was very skeptical before I bought it. I have spoken to many people who feel the same.

megakick
megakick

This is going to fail... Best  ATM on games for $10-$20 off original price hurry and buy Nintendo failware at a discount :D

team_steve
team_steve

Nintendo, who?

Never rated them since the SNES. How many years ago was that?

vatorus
vatorus

Nintendo is fast becoming irrelevant.  The Wii sold because kids wanted it for X-mas.  It appealed to children as a toy.  And you think all those casual gamers, the grandparents and parents, are still playing Wii Sports?  The Wii was just a fad, the Wii U will fail miserably, Nintendo will be in last place this next gen and in the next-next gen, they will be in serious trouble.

dagofbicks
dagofbicks

This "analyst" needs to brush up on his analytical skills.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

I'm surprised Nintendo released a 2D mario platformer on a next gen console.  I say wait until the end of 2013, Nintendo will pick up speed.  They should have released Zelda with the new console, nevermind.

bluefox755
bluefox755

What a surprise, lol.  No amount of innovation is going to make more people want to play the 10 millionth mario game...I think Nintendo has turned into gimmicky mess that's trying to milk every last drop out of their current IPs.  Nintendo loyals will brag about how N pushes the envelope by trying new things...but why does this only apply to hardware and not software???  That being said, the groundswell behind the original Wii is almost non-existent this time around...Hopefully N will fight back instead of bow out, they can't survive on mario and fanboys alone.

valcrist09
valcrist09

Really getting annoying that everyone is putting Nintendo against next gen consoles, seriously by now most people should freaking know Nintendo has NEVER been about who has the most powerful system they are about bringing new ways to play games and maintain that fun social system with your friends online and within the home and Wii u does that very well for early launch. It plays all your VC games all your wii games and wii controlers,  Nintendo land is an awesome coop game and Miiverse is pretty awesome in how it litterly integrates with all your games and the login interface and you are in a community all the time.  

PS4 and 720 to me seem like just upgraded machines with better hardware that is only mid range to PC standards and pretty much just going to boost graphics to native 1080p 60fps my PC already does that so thats nothing new to me.  This industry isnt innovating anymore and nintendo is trying to be different and instead of being supportive of a such a good company people bash them and its sad honestly even if you dont like the wii there is no reason to bash nintendo they help start the gaming world and still continue to try and bring new ways to play with your friends and family in your house and on the web thats more to say then most.

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

"Slightly"...Harrada said processor a "bit" slow. I would said just a "little" failure.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

I want to get a Wii U, but i've been reading about the console getting bricked if something happens during the first update out of the box.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

I'm looking forward to investing in a Wii U since i never invested in a Wii, so being able to play Wii games is a huge dealbreaker for me.

But looking at how successful the Wii was, Wii U needs new games, Black Ops II, Colonial vs Marines... will be interesting to see how it works out.

bluepuppy82
bluepuppy82

I went to GameStop today with my old Nintendo Wii system with the hopes of trading it in for a new Wii U deluxe model. The GameStop sales guy told me the credit I was going to get for my Wii...... $39 bucks trade in value! That's it. thats with an additional %50 percent added to trade in value! That barely takes off the tax. I boxed the Wii back up and walked out with nothing. Looks like I will just have to wait for a price drop on Wii U.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

the wii u is a product without a market.  its a ridiculous product with very little appeal to consumers, as evidenced by the lack of sales.  nintento completely missed the mark on this thing....whatever that mark was.  their next gen hardware barely keeps up with 10 year old tech from the leaders.  hilaroiusly off base.  the Wii was a hail marry that hit a huge audience but this thing is a joke

Orvell
Orvell

It is still Nintendo, and I will recommend it to any Nintendo fan.  It's the only way to get my new Mario and Zelda fix.  I would love to be playing borderlands 2 using the controller as a map and inventory screen, but the good folks a 2k didn't need the money,  (still griping about that, 2k said no good use for controller???? what better use is their for it, in a game like borderlands?)

Orvell
Orvell

@valcrist09 I really like Nintendo, but think Nintendoland should at best be $20.  I can buy games all day long for a $1-2 on app store that have more content and are more fun.  I just don't see what was innovative.  Yes we can post comments to the game, but all the comments I have seen on Mario can be summed up here, this (level) sucks/hard, watch out for (obvious thing).  What really bothers me, is why in the world they don't use the game pad as a controller in a multiplayer game.  Why couldn't one use game pad and the other wii controller on Mario for example.  Really bad decision, there.  Also, the controller should have had a little greater range.  The only thing the system will be good for the next year is playing wii games on, and vc games, but I still have all the old systems, so could have just broke them out if I'm waxing nostalgic. 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

 @valcrist09 I agree with everything except where you say Nintendo never cared about having a powerful system. They absolutely used to care about that. I love your comment, though.

vatorus
vatorus

 @valcrist09 They aren't innovations, they are gimmicks.  Nintendo introduced motion control and they aren't even supporting it anymore.  The U plays old Wii motion control games but where are the new ones??  Motion control was a gimmick and just a fad.  It will die after the next gen.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @valcrist09 That's funny because Nintendo had the strongest hardware in the SNES generation, the N64 generation, and almost in the PS2 generation. So Nintendo HAS been about who has the most powerful system. 

bluefox755
bluefox755

 @valcrist09 You are what that red haired chick calls an "apologist", loyal to a fault

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

 @Meta_Dragon The only way it will brick is if you unplug the system before the update is complete. It's a terribly long and unfortunate update, though. With the system update and the two games I had to update, it took me two hours. Not fun when you are starving to play your brand new gaming system.

valcrist09
valcrist09

 @Meta_Dragon If i recall the Wii had a possible brick Patch day 1 of its launch i remember people having to request a disk with the update on it just to play there console.  and Xbox and Ps3 both have had there consoles bricked from random firmware updates so its a risk no matter what, its the worst thing about firmware updates really.  But yeah i would expect it would be pre loaded here soon.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Meta_Dragon 

Nintendo will replace it, but yeah, if you're that worried about it wait until Nintendo announces that all Wii U's will come with the update already implemented because they announced that soon every new Wii U will already have the update installed. 

vatorus
vatorus

 @WoodenStick "investing"?  Buying an asset that goes down in value is not actually investing....

Orvell
Orvell

@bluepuppy82 Blue I don't think they will have any games that are must play (new Mario galaxy, Zelda, etc.) till late in the year or early next year.  You are probably better off waiting anyway.  I am using the wii u mostly as a wii system now.  I don't know what to do with the old wii box.  You will want to keep at least 2 wii controllers when you get a wii u, if you want to play 2 player.  The games I have played (Mario, and Nintendo land) don't allow you to use the wii u controller with the wii controller, have to use two wii controllers.  I never read anything about that before buying system. 

team_steve
team_steve

 @bluepuppy82

 You should take the offer while you can. It's more than I would have offered. If you don't like it try ebay. You might get $40.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

@bluepuppy82 Wait you thought you'd get an even trade? You can get a new wii for like 149 how much did you expect? They are in business to make money bro

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @bluepuppy82 

That's actually rather generous considering how cheap the Wii is nowadays but if you have save files on the Wii that you want to transfer over, you need to have it on hand when you get a Wii U.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

 @philMcCrevis It definitely has a market. It may be much smaller than Nintendo wants it to be right now, but there are a lot of people who love their Wii U's. If people would honestly give the system a chance they would see that the system is a lot of fun. I was super skeptical before the system came out, but I think it's awesome, and it has a ton of potential.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @philMcCrevis 

Is that why is sold over 1m units in less than a month? I don't see how that's "lack of sales" the 360/PS3 did far worse when they first launched. 

Metronoid
Metronoid

 @philMcCrevis Im very happy with Wii U, has a new way to play, hey that was the motive behind Wii won this gen. I have my computer i7 3930k  geforce 680 and 560 (physis) I ready on graphics that arent the most important item for me in entertainment. Without counting the large exclusives just at the lauch, much more games, good games than Wii original.

Orvell
Orvell

@vatorus @valcrist09 vat, Nintendo will have the wii controllers and will probably add something down the line, the xbox will have Kinect, and then all the tablets with touch controls/motion controls.  Nah, motion controls will be bigger this next gen, and probably carry into the future, it only makes since.  I'm old school, but think that's the way it's going to be.

snake3rules
snake3rules

@vatorus @WoodenStick actually investing just means with the expectation of any positive gain, so his enjoyment could be the value gained.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

 @vatorus  @WoodenStick Unless you are investing in fun, vatorus. There are plenty of fun games to play on Wii, and plenty more to come for the new system.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

@FLEEBS @philMcCrevis That's a very fair response and I appreciate your opinion with personally flaming me. Which is apparently a dying art out here.

Metronoid
Metronoid

 @dutch215  @philMcCrevis just like the ps3? third place in this gen tsc tsc, and cant even do a good motion controller like MS did. I have all consoles.

valcrist09
valcrist09

 @Metronoid  @philMcCrevis  I agree here I love my Wii u as well it brings changes to console games while PS and xbox are pretty much locked down Computer.  I already own an awesome PC so consoles are pointless to me but the Wii u offers different gameplay and of course its Nintendo so the thought of there awesome franchises coming to HD and the new system setup just sounds awesome to me.