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French Domination Predicted For Wii U

Posted by Damien McFerran

Industry experts believe Wii U will outsell rivals by massive margin

With many within the industry predicting a tough time for Nintendo and its Wii U system, leading tech company IDG has bravely stated that it thinks the console will enjoy a comfortable lead over its next-gen rivals by the time 2014 rolls around.

The predictions were made by a panel of IDG experts for a French magazine, and are as follows:

2014 consoles sales forecast:

1. Wii U: 1,020,000
2. PS4 and Xbox 3: 480,000

2014 software sales forecast:

1. Wii U: 5,900,000
2. Xbox 3: 1,890,000
3. PS4: 1,380,000

It's worth bearing in mind that by 2014 the Wii U will have been on the market for considerably longer than the (as yet still unannounced) next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. But even so, saying that Nintendo will have a larger share than both Sony and Microsoft combined is a bullish prediction, and one we hope will come true.

Do you think the truth will be different? Sound off in the comments section.


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User Comments (26)



BenAV said:

Sounds good, but it's anyone's guess what will happen.
I don't think they know better than anyone else.



Void said:

It depends on wether that sales guestemation is for total sales of each console since release, or just for 2014, if it's total sales it wouldn't be farfetched really, but it would be surprising to see the Wii U out sell the 'PS4' and the 'nExtBox' combined.



Red_Acteur_2 said:

I'm pretty sure this study was made in Marseilles (it is known they tend to exaggerate things ^^)



NintyMan said:

That's definitely a bold prediction, but I think the Wii U will at least do well.



Grodus said:

I think the Wii U will sell wonderfully, but I think by the time PS4 and Xbox 720 come out, most buyers will already have a Wii U in their living room. So, in a 2012-13 prediction, those sales look more accurate to me.



Araknie said:

Here's my stats:

Software Overall: 43.000
Hardware: 10.000
Second breakdown of gaming.

Seriously France, SERIOUSLY?



Bankai said:

IDG? As in my former employer? That is the same company that no longer even owns a dedicated gaming publication after dumping Gamepro globally, and is staffed by journalists, not market analysts. They're in no way qualified to make market predictions. Unless IDG in France is different to like, the ten other IDG business units I worked in at one point or another.

Are you absolutely sure it was not a mistranslation or something and these numbers come from IDG and not IDC? Because IDC is an analyst company and therefore more likely to be number crunching and making market predictions.



Bankai said:

So, having had a look around IDG's sole consumer publication in France, PCWorld, I see no reference to this data. Admittedly my French is a little hazy, but I know how to type "Wii U" into the search bar.

Now, assuming that this data is not published on the website, I am led to wonder what a journalism media company would do with data analytical if not publish it? The only thing I can think of is perhaps it was an off-the-cuff remark at an event.

Or perhaps it was a typo and it really was IDC that published the report. IDC has a expected trends report for the games industry through to 2016, but I can't check the numbers there as the report is some $4000 or thereabouts.

Given the source news article you've quoted there has absolutely no source attached to it, and given the way I know IDG operates, I am highly suspicious this data means anything whatsoever.

If you could please link to the actual source of the data, rather than a news story claiming it is sourced data, it would be greatly appreciated in clarifying my confusion, thanks!



OorWullie said:

@WhiteKnight Apparently it was for an article in an new issue of French magazine Media One so its unlikely you will find anything online yet without purchasing the magazine.



SpaceApe said:

Good games sells consoles but one of the main reasons I bought a Wii U is because of that gamepad. It just brings gaming to a whole new level.



Mandoble said:

Err, the rivals for WiiU during the next two years are PS3 and 360, I would not call 720/PS4 rivals.



3dbrains said:

Has anybody stopped to think that niether PS4 or 720 will be announced next E3. They dont need to to carry on competing.
It is way more likely to be revealed in 2014, meaning a 2015 release for 720 and ps4 at the earliest. WiiU will be 3 years old by then.
Nintendo have said time abd time again that Nintendo network is also for a future system... ...what if they have the funds and already are planning a "next gen nintendo" ready for simultanious release to compete with those other two systems!? The wiiU would then have the whole market to itself, easilly beating the ps3 and 360. And doesnt have to compete with the "next gen".
It COULD happen.



scrubbyscum999 said:

@3dbrains that's a theory that seems to be going around. I am going to wait and see what the Wii U does. It should have a pretty big head start however.



Henmii said:

What a nonsense! No one knows what PS4/Xbox720 will do! For all we know, those consoles could be SUPER innovative! For all we know they could be very weak graphics-wise, though I guess they will be super powerful!

To put it short: You can't predict that Wii u will outsell the others if you haven't any idea of what those "others" will be! We just have to wait and see!



TornadoX7 said:

I think so I mean u can nevr be truly positive but by the way Wii U seems to be going it will dominate just like this



dimi said:

Now you can play games in another tablet than nexus and ipad...Good thing is that it will have much better controls...The bad thing is that games will cost 60 times more.

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