Nintendo NX Expected to Cover For Poor Wii U Sales In 2017
(Last Updated On: May 6, 2016)

Nintendo isn’t expecting the Wii U to sell much by 2017. In fact, they’re barely expecting 800,000 units to sell throughout the fiscal year. However, the Big ‘N’ is expecting to compensate for the poor Wii U sales with mobile and Nintendo NX sales.

According to Gaming Conviction, the new head of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, commented in a Q&A about the poor sales of the Wii U and the expected deliverance that the Nintendo NX will bring, stating…

“We are predicting about 800,000 Wii U hardware sales in the fiscal year ending March 2017, which is a decrease of about 2.4 million units compared to the previous year. NX and smart device business will be essential to cover this gap, but we also expect download content business to play a role. However, we are planning with the expectation that NX sales will compensate for much of the impact on sales from reduced Wii U hardware sales.”

That’s crazy terrible news for the Wii U.

In fact, only 800,000 SKUs being sold by the end of fiscal 2016 leading into 2017. That means they don’t expect much for the tail-end of Star Fox Zero, and they really are expecting to put all their eggs in the basket of The Legend of Zelda next year.

In a way, it feels like after Iwata passed the company is in a bit of a tailspin as far as direction and cohesion is concerned. They haven’t really laid out any plans for the future that seem concrete, and the software that they’ve released all seem supplemental for something bigger. I just hope that something “bigger” isn’t just The Legend of Zelda because the Nintendo NX will need to define its generation based a collection of high quality titles, not a single AAA cross-gen release.

We’ll see what Nintendo has in store as they lead up toward the Nintendo NX’s release in March of 2017.

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  • C G Saturation

    I think it’s not so much the console but the lack of decent games. Well, but the same could be said for any of the current generation consoles. The good stuff is still yet to come. Back in the old days, it felt like launch lineups were amazing. Nowadays it’s mostly “HD REMASTER OF HD GAME”.

  • Dgnfly

    Don’t worry the next nintendo console will fail also, there is a lot more wrong with nintendo then hardware issues considering htey are catering towards casuals not hardcore and we all know which side buys the most games.

  • scemar

    In theory I’d say ditching the WiiU, it never had much of a chance really.
    Odd timing release window, a lack of initial momentum, lack of mainstream hype, lack of core appeal, unusual hardware design on the inside, a gimmick that didn’t resonate with ANYONE and only made the system less attractive overall and a lack of many true killer titles.

    I’d say ditching the WiiU for the NX would be good idea, if the NX had a better chance. Then they’d make a smart replacement, which should have happened quicker than now.

    The problem is that in the very likely case the NX is not that good, they won’t just fail a second time but they’ll also burn some of their loyal customers even more than they already have.

  • Reaper of Salt

    Seems that NintenDon’t were misguided by the thought that little kids liked touching their Wii-Wii’s. Guess they thought wrong huh?

  • Mr.Towel

    800.000 is more than enough!… To surpass the PS Vita, barely.

  • Sevuz

    Come on Nintendo! Make me give a shit about your games once again

    • It would help if Nintendo’s Western faction stopped censoring their games.

      • Sevuz

        censoring is one problem they have, that is true. But the bigger problem have been games that people gives a damn about. The DS and 3DS has been doing well because they had a lot of games people want’s to play. Most for kids, shitty movie and toy tie-in games. But hey it sells.

        New 3DS was dumb and the WiiU had a terrible launch because Nintendo is so damn incompetent + no games worth getting a WiiU for, unless buying the same Mario games is what makes you bed rock.