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Consumers Go Crazy For Wii U Following Xbox One Reveal

Posted by Darren Calvert

One of Amazon UK's biggest movers and shakers

It’s no secret that the Xbox One reveal did not go as smoothly as Microsoft might have hoped. For some, the idea of buying a giant Betamax-styled brick that blocks used games and requires the Kinect camera to function was a big turn-off — even if it does make changing the TV channel a fraction of a second quicker. Even dog-based shooters failed to win the crowds over, and to top it all off there is no backwards compatibility whatsoever either.

Nintendo might well have been feeling a little nervous before the Xbox announcement, but it would seem that consumers are voting with their feet and suddenly buying the Wii U in droves if Amazon UK’s movers and shakers list is a reliable barometer.

At the time of writing we’re seeing an increase of 386% as the sales rank of the Wii U Premium Pack skyrockets on Amazon from #243 to #50. With Nintendo’s E3 Wii U Nintendo Direct only weeks away, we should see interest continue to rise as it’s upcoming games are revealed. Some armchair analysts may have written off Nintendo’s home console, but it would seem that the race is far from over.


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Shadow100 said:

How interesting that an Xbox conference would boost sales of its competition.



Ryo_Hazuki-san said:

well now the real games shall begin lol the xbox one looks like a fail right out of the gate ! its a stupid lame idea and is focusing more on talking to the damn tv to change to mtv than play a actual game lol NINTENDO FTW~



C7_ said:

Popularity of the PS4 skyrocketed as well.

They REALLY bombed.



yojo said:

People probably waited for both of the other systems to be revealed and made their choice after seeing how both are not as good (from what we have seen so far).



Dpullam said:

Wow. I wonder how well those percentages actually translate into numbers.



AugustusOxy said:

No one was going to buy it because they were waiting for the new xbox, then once they found out how horrible it was going to be, they are all crowding the Wii-u.



Tasuki said:

It makes sense. Those people probably wanted to see what Sony and MS were going to offer this gen and now that they know, they decided that the Wii U is the way for them to go.



doctor_doak said:

Wii U was never really in the picture in terms of what people want for next-gen gaming. Not saying it 'won't' have great games, cause i'm pretty sure it will..but what i've been seeing is a lot of xbox gamers say, 'stuff it, this machine isn't for me.. i'll just upgrade my PC and get a wii u' (as a 2nd system).

Nintendo has just been gifted a huge opportunity, but it won't matter unless they knock the ball out of the park at E3 by making some amazing game announcements for Q4 2013/Q1 2014..



Marioman64 said:

here's the things you need to succeed:
backwards compatability in some fashion
a controller
ability to play games without being connected to the internet

oh look we have a winner, not the xboxOne



chee006 said:

This is why I am going to buy a Wii U instead later this year, I knew Nintendo my childhood company would always only focus on games and would undoubtedly bounce back from any fringe of destruction like how they did with the 3DS. Nintendo FTW



chee006 said:

@doctor_doak yeah exactly X-Box has exclusives...for the FIRST MONTHS! Microsoft is just funny. I have my damn powerful computer to play all of the X-Box games and my 3ds to play all the Nintendo game but I am going to get my Wii U BUAHAHA



NintyMan said:

To be fair, Sony also got a boost from this, but Nintendo clearly is the biggest benefactor. Microsoft's blunders will help give the Wii U a much-needed boost in momentum, and the revealing of huge games from Nintendo at E3 will cement that momentum.



Cevan said:

Looks like us Nintendo fans finally have something to thank Microsoft for.



G3ry said:

Can someone tell me why ps4>x one in terms of games.
I think if you buy a console its for the games, forget the features (I also think they are about the same for both consoles)
I say there exclusives are equally popular (and good) and the 3rd party support is most likely to be equal for both platforms.
SO please tell me why ps4>x one



doctor_doak said:

@chee006 yeah, 15 exclusives and probably half of them are kinect games. Admittedly, the Quantum Break game sounds intriguing...but yeah, Microsoft don't exactly have a reputation for bringing a wealth of exclusive IP to their platforms for the duration of the consoles life. I don't think they can dig themselves out of the hole they've got themselves into with respect to gamers. I still think it'll sell reasonably well, particularly in the US @ the demographic their targeting, i.e dudebro's and adult american men who watch live sports and like supercars...but my god, they are a breathtakingly arrogant organization...So many things wrong, and they couldn't care less what people think.



Pierceton said:

HAHAHAHAHAHA I am a HUGE Nintendo fan but my second console is XBOX but after Tuesday if anything I will probably be getting a PS4 unless Destiny comes out on Wii U or PC then I will probably just stick with my Wii U oh and the OUYA



J-Manix98 said:

Why would they NOT make it backward compatible? I mean XBOX 360 has such a HUGE library of much loved games! it just dosn't make any sense!
That is why I am a fan of Nintendo



Jukilum said:

I have a Wii U, I love it, and I expect It to do well in the long run. Regardless, selling about 3 times as much as it was still isn't much. It only gains significance when you consider that Nintendo didn't do anything (that we know of) to boost sales. It also suggests to me that regardless of what the average Internet commenter thinks, the average consumer probably does consider the Wii U next gen.

Side note: I consider Wii U current gen along with Xbox One and PS4 because when the Wii U was released it started the newest generation of consoles.



MeddlingIdiot said:

It's up to number 10 on the movers and shakers chart! The timing of the E3 direct is going to be perfect for Nintendo.



Pierceton said:

@Jukilum Yeah it reminds me some of my friends try to say ps3 did better than xbox because it had better hardware and I was like look at worldwide sales and then they noticed that the Wii just killed both of them with the most initiative gaming and weakest hardware. Also I agree Wii U will be fine I love mine! I tell people to buy one all the time just for LCU Mario Nintendoland Scribblenauts let alone the other games I haven't had time to play and eshop games are awesome. Nintendo is awesome and I really don't care about HD I play my 3DS more than anything!



Marakuto said:

This is why I only had the original Xbox and nothing afterwards. I don't like some of the decisions Microsoft has made in the past and even in this present day, but what they've announced sounds just too appalling for people that wanted the new Xbox. Anyways, it's great to see that the tables turned around and made things much better for Nintendo and hopefully Sony benefited from this too.



Macarony64 said:

@doctor_doak Nintendo already did have a plan to make that happen taking into account that Microsoft was goin to show something good. Right now no matter what game xbox one show they are goin to be weak for the fact that the console sucks.



scrubbyscum999 said:

This is just, the irony of this situation. It's hilarious really, that's just the gamer side of me talking not my Nintendo heart.



TheAdza said:

I really hope Microsoft tanks it with this Xbox One. This isn't some fanboy rant, I've owned both previous Xbox's and they haven't delivered anything to me at all besides a spare console for my son and his friends to play on in a different room. Pay to play online? No thanks. Shooter after shooter after shooter? no thanks. And now we have TV TV TV plus shooters plus always online plus games not being able to be played on other consoles. NO THANKS. I hope it tanks and leaves the rest of the market to the PS4 and Wii U.



AzureShadow said:

Yep I have been seeing stories all day of how the WiiU has jumped in terms of spots on Amazon UK. Good to see more people are buying a WiiU hopefully more third parties will take this as a sign to bring us more games. Perhaps Ubi will see a risein ZombiU and make a ZombiU2



dc_10 said:

@dougan636 I've always had a special place for Episode V

I am just gleaming with smug happiness that Microsoft tanked the Xbox One reveal. I know it's bad, but hey Nintendo has always been #1 in my book. Lets hope E3 goes well for them.



chee006 said:

@doctor_doak I am not sure about how Quantum Break is gonna be like but gosh darn it their teaser is damn cliche, like seriously the girl says "You really want to know?" and hold her mother earlobe lol XD

Also more important is the fact that they are not even focussing on gamers at all! I dun wan to buy a GAMING console jsut so I can play swipe the invisible fly with my hand, I want good games high quality games like Nintendo.

However I have to say I think the kinect for this one is much better and moire responsive, but sitl not enough to convince me to spend 300-400 dollars on this 90s VCR player.



th3r3ds0x said:

Ill have my Wii U and PS4 for games.... If I wanna watch TV ill turn on my XBox LOL



Best_ said:

Oh and that idiot that claims the Xbox would win this generation. I forget his name? Obviously he's of no importance to me.



nocode said:

Nintendo needs to start running better commercials for the wii u, like yesterday. Capitalize on this guys!



pntjr said:

After a horrible day, it's nice to hear some good news.

As for Microsoft:



dougan636 said:

If Nintendo comes out on top this gen, it will be amazing. it hopefully will make Game Companies understand that flashy gimmicks and Graphics do not make the games, Good, fun game play do. Sure Every company makes good games, but Nintendo just add that extra depth and care and no other company seems to have. Whats even worse is a lot of companies these days release unfinished games! can you imagine back in the 90's if you brought a $100 Snes game only to find out it was half complete?



ricklongo said:

I wouldn't write out the XBox One, honestly. They made some pretty bad decisions with it, but I think they will try to adapt if things keep going really bad. It's not really my cup of tea, but then again it would never be - I got my PC for graphics-heavy, non-Nintendo gaming.

As for the Wii U selling more, awesome news. Let's hope the trend continues.



DaveC said:

@G3ry "Can someone tell me why ps4>x one in terms of games.
I SO please tell me why ps4>x one"

Sony always has more exclusives. Plus with PS4 internet connection is not mandatory and used games aren't blocked like they are on the Xbox 1. Another advantage is that the PS4 is a bit more powerful than X1.



Aerona said:

I'm not worried about Nintendo at all anymore. Everything I've heard about the XboxOne has been terrible... including the name!



Dolphinsquared said:

I never liked Xbox (sorry Xbox fans) because the ABXY buttons on its gamepad are flipped compared to Nintendo's, messing up my button presses. But I like some of its franchises. Now, it appears that Xbox has turned into a gaming + Apple TV mash up of an entertainment system.

Even though PS4 has boosted its sales, it's one of the best consoles ever. But Wii U is the best yet, with the gaming focus and the backward compatibility intact. If I were to choose, I will have PS3 and Wii U, with PS4 on my wish list.



Dolphinsquared said:

Oh, and about the gaming + Apple TV reference for Xbox One? I think Apple TV does it WAY better than them.



Knux said:

LMAO, this is so hilariously perfect that I don't know what else to say!



Wilford111 said:

Never been more proud to be a Wii U owner :')
I think I'll be getting a PS4 a couple years after its launch; it all depends if the new Kingdom Hearts game will be on it.



JayRydah said:

I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear when I read this earlier on another site and just wanted to read all the comments and reactions from us Nintendo a early adopter of wii u and I honestly dont regret it one actually proud to be a early adopter.Go Wii U



JayRydah said:

Oh and I aint no Nintendo fan boy either.ill be getting a ps4 eventually too but after owning 2 xbox that both suffered TRROD I gave up on them.



P-Gamer-C said:

I tryed to think positive about the thing but it was terrible everyone that was cheering during the press conference were in the back with the rest of the microsoft employees smh at e3 they have to work twice as hard now



Kluya15 said:

Ohhhhh boy. This is some good news. All that hammering on Nintendo, and now the tide turns. Keep the faith, tons of good titles to be announced in a few weeks



jon45030 said:

f**k yes thats what you get microsoft for making fun of the wii u. f**k you bill gates!!!!!!!!



iphys said:

I wonder whether people were just waiting to see what the competition had to offer before taking the plunge to get a Wii U, or if people were really so horrified by the announcement that they suddenly decided to get a Wii U after having no intention of getting one before. It might explain why Wii U sales have been so poor since launch if only the diehards were willing to take the leap of faith and get a Wii U not knowing what MS and Sony would offer.



SCAR said:

Ya, like 10mb of faster RAM. If the entire RAM of PS4 consisted of GDDR5 RAM, it would cost 1000s of dollars.



P-Gamer-C said:

If soft delivers at e3 that will respark interest and soft is throwing money at devs so i doubt it will flop



Pierceton said:

I love how happy everyone is about this! This made my day! Wow I had an uneventful day.



dolabla said:

Good! I hope that trash Microsoft announced fails miserably. Already own a Wii U, and I'm getting a PS4 at launch.



TomJ said:

Now that is just ironic. Did anyone expect anything good from the Xbox Live Toilet?
@pntjr :
U Mad Micro?



Pierceton said:

@ P-Gamer-C It won't flop but it is nice to see gamers make a point about what they don't want all over the Internet! Some companies don't support Wii U whatever but Microsofts fan base doesn't support them at all right now and that's bad news. I honestly thought ps4 was gonna be in trouble so the Xbox one ( dumb name btw ) kinda caught me of guard!



jay2 said:

I'll say this, Wii U's curves are better than Xbox One's corners!



TomJ said:

One more thing I want to say to Microsoft . . .



th3r3ds0x said:

I'm still curious why Amazon is not selling Nintendo consoles in the US and they even have a box on the Wii U product page pushing the PS4. Maybe Amazon is partnering with EA.



StephenYap3 said:

A console that blocks used games and requiring a motion sensor to operate it, as well as requiring game installation and focusing on other media than what it's supposed to mainly focus on? No thanks. I got the Wii U, even though I don't have enough games for it yet...

Not to troll, but how thick could Microsoft get for omitting rental games?



DaveC said:


Prove it.

Everyone that compares the specs, including devs, say PS4 is stronger. Hardware don't lie and PS4 is more powerful.



P-Gamer-C said:

I dont know if i will buy this thing at launch i will keep an open mind all soft has to do is drop another fps and there fans will fall in line



Syntax said:

Wow... Never expected this!
This just gave me some hope that some of the majority of gamers weren't complete mindless sheep and realize whats micro$oft doing is unacceptable.
This made my day



thepitt said:

Consumers aren't that smart and all the negative PR would of course boost sales from companies whom could take advantage. I could imagine the outlash from media outlets that work closely with Nintendo did indeed help a lot.



P-Gamer-C said:

@DaveC It would make sense every xbox one will be packaged with a konnect2 so not all there r&d money went into there box y would anyone debate that lol thats what happened with wii u and the tablet looks like the soft boys are now damage controlling for xbox



kendorage said:

I survived last gen with a wii60 or 360wii combo. This generation i might try a wii u/ps4 combo. Now all we need is to hear from "steambox". Wii u for nintendo exclusives and the eshop and one of the "come at me bro" consoles is good enough for me.



P-Gamer-C said:

Steam box doesent make sense to me one model for 600$ and another for 1000$ just build a pc yourself you just need an iq over 85 lol



JavierYHL said:

well ps4 will be at the top of my list follow by the wii one maybe 3 years down the road when its very cheap



P-Gamer-C said:

@Pierceton IT did sell well but it was a fad everyone who bought one played it for 2 weeks and put it in the closet hardcore nintendo fans did not make it a succes non gamers and casuals did the game cube was the hardcore fans at full capacity and it was around 20 mil all said and done they hoped the casuals would return for wii u and they didnt



SCAR said:

They use the 10mb or so of GDDR5 RAM to enhance the PS4 CPU up to Xbox One CPU power. The PS4 has a weaker CPU, so they use a little GDDR5 RAM to make up for it.
How am I suppose to prove it to you besides explaining?



MadAdam81 said:

@P-gamer-C Wii sold 20 or so million consoles more than 360 or PS3, and it also sold more software too. Kinect, PS Move & Eye Toy camera are much shorter fads.



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hYdeks said:

after finally seeing both what Sony and Microsoft are bringing to next-gen, I too now want a Wii U, so yay, I could believe this huge sales spike. Sure the next PS/Xbox systems are powerful, there not really bringing anything fascinating to the table. The Wii U has the great gamepad with the screen that can play the games on the gamepad itself, while Sony's DS4 is basicly the same as the DS3, just with improvements and a more laptop-ish touch pad Xbox showed a poopier version of the xbox 360 controller (I seen poopy 3rd party controllers that look better), boasted that there where seemingly 40 innovations or whatever into the new controller, but really it's just a basic controller with vibrating triggers, who the hell whats that weird feature?!? Ohh, and they should have left Kinect in the past, we really didn't want an update to that crap -_-



SCAR said:

The only reason why devs think PS4 is stronger, is because they can access the hardware easier. There will be a point, where Xbox One will show it can do more than PS4, even by a margin.



P-Gamer-C said:

A fad is a fad the casuals and non gamers made it a succes that's a fact now that they are on smartphones nintendo has to go back to the basics i dont expext it to even come close to original wii sales



P-Gamer-C said:

Man more damage control for the xbox one the devs who are working on it now dont know what there doing right only you do smh



SCAR said:

I think everything Xbox One hasn't shown will be worthwhile. All we saw was literally Kinect, the controller, and the console. I liked the hardware of Xbox One, but it hasn't shown anything content wise that interests me at all.



MadAdam81 said:

@chee006 It will probably end up alongside "Plumbers don't wear ties" and other similar interactive movie based games (like CoD) where all you have to do is press a button to get to the next video.



MadAdam81 said:

@P-Gamer-C Smartphones & tablets sell more $$'s worth of games than consoles. Wii U is the only thing that has console games & smartphone games.
People have said consoles are a fad, and according to figures, the fad is slowly coming to an end and the new fad of smartphone & tablet games has taken over.



P-Gamer-C said:

@MadAdam81 U cant deconstruct the fact that the wii was helped big time by casuals doesent mean the wii was a bad console but its appeal was not for real hardcore games but for raving rabbids and wii sports



aaronsullivan said:

Correlation does not imply causation.

Similarly, the mere fact that the discussion of next generation consoles is increasing due to all competitors finally showing their cards could have made more people aware that the Wii U is a thing they may want. Doesn't really mean they think the XBox One is good or bad, right?

I wonder what other factors could have effected the sales growth and what it will look like over the next couple weeks before E3.

Really, I just want to see what comes out of E3.



mikeyman64 said:

Another factor could have been kids waiting till Summer Break to buy a Wii U... Not to put a damper on things, but it does line up pretty well.



MadAdam81 said:

@P-Gamer-C As many people bought a Wii for Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, Epic Mickey, Mad World and also got the Wii versions of Lego games, sports games, FPSs etc.
A similar percentage got an Xbox with Kinect for Kinect dance, fitness and minigame collections as those who got a Wii for those same things - and Kinects went away in cupboards way before people's Wii's did (especially amongst those who got both).
PS MOve also had only terrible fitness and minigame collections, but they were so bad only about 20 people got one. Sony's hope was to have the same amount of casual gamer purchases as Wii or Kinect, but the ended up getting their consoles sold with 3DTVs and HDTVs when Blu-ray & then 3D blu-ray players were more expensive than a PS3.



Razalom said:

Coming soon - EA Statement - "Frostbite 3 now being developed for Wii U"
LOL so how long before we hear this?



aaronsullivan said:

I've always wondered about those numbers. What are your sources?

Are some of you really trying to finalize your long-term console plans with just over 2 weeks until E3? That's when the actual exclusive games will be revealed and we'll see just how some games will take advantage of each console's unique features. I don't know how you make an informed decision before that. In fact, you really can't.



P-Gamer-C said:

The wii lost its relivence to most people who bought it [aside from hardcore fans]in 2010 konnect was like early 2012 because it was different than the wand type controllers i dont know how that thing sold at all it still doesent have any good games for konnect



P-Gamer-C said:

I feel bad for the devs who worked so hard on wii tv only to have it oblitorated by the cable box's controller free konnect



AyatollaofRock said:

The reaction to the Xbox One reveal has been incredibly over the top. It was a 1 hour reveal of the feature set of the console weeks out from E3. Proclaiming it a fail already is incredibly short sighted.

The WiiU still needs to prove itself and its going up against Sony and Microsoft this Christmas.



drumsandperc92 said:

i am among those gamers who have been waiting for the PS4 and X1 reveals to decide which system to buy. For me, it's a matter of when, not if, as far as buying a Wii U. I needed to know if either PS4 or X1 deserved my money before Wii U did. And the lack of a must have title for me so far as delayed my early adoption of Wii U.
After the PS4 reveal i was impressed and am looking forward to that system. The X1 has a lot left to be desired and Microsofts focuses actually drove me AWAY from the system...
All that being said I am ZERO percent surprised at this jump in Wii U sales, if I had the financial means right now I would be among those numbers!
I will be buying Wii U first this gen. Eventually, a PS4 will likely find it's way to my home.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for the Wii U Nintendo Direct that we will finally see some gameplay from Wind Waker, and the reveal of at least one other must have title for this year. 3d Mario, Mario Kart, anything thats a must have (for me).
Then I will pick one up this holiday season.

Also, Sony shares jumped 8% on Tuesday, ON tuesday. Immediately following X1.



aaronsullivan said:

With all the attention on the new gaming goodness this E3 only one console will actually be available to buy and you'll even be able to play pre-release games on it at Best Buy.

There could be a nice bump in sales for Nintendo no matter how good PS4 and Xbox One look.

In light of this, I expect NO mention of price for either unreleased console.

Additionally, Nintendo would be wise to give a real cash value incentive to go buy a Wii U during E3 week. $60 towards a game or something.



Williaint said:

People aren't going to be buying PS3s or Xboxs after the E3 news gets out people will be saying "Oh, I'm waiting for the PS4. I'm waiting for the Xbox one. Maybe even I'm waiting for a Wii U price drop."
A subtle defeat.
What, EA worry?
Great Gene Wilder reference



P-Gamer-C said:

EA jumps were the money is at wii u needs a price drop and fast coming out of these nintendo directs i hope a new metroid game is revealed



aaronsullivan said:

In general, anyone who hasn't bought a PS3 or 360 yet most likely doesn't know or care about the next generation. If it happens anything like the last couple generations, people will be buying those consoles LONG after the successors have been released. Wii sales are stronger than Wii U sales at the moment.

If people have some knowledge of these things and are waiting, it's because they see no compelling reason to pay what is being asked. Usually that boils down to no game they want badly enough.



gavn64 said:

Launch the gif's and buy Wiiu games let us pounce on the weakness shown by our multimedia-mad opponent. I have been saying it all along NINTENDO have the games that the other boxes dont and in the end "its about the games stupid"



DarkNinja9 said:

@KodyWB-98 lmao xDD

but eh this is good on a way it would be nice to see some advertisement now dammit -_- take this chance and show that its a new gen console too!



Williaint said:

I know about it, which is why I never bought a PS3, or Xbox 360, for myself...
ALSO, I would like to say I'm not the general audience.
Isn't Amazon UK the same place that "a £45 Earthbound" materialized??



aaronsullivan said:

Fair enough. So, you didn't buy the PS3 or 360 for 7 to 8 years because you knew about the the new one's coming at the end of 2013? Or was it because there is nothing you want to play on them that is worth the money you'd have to pay?



Buduski said:

@Razalom Thats going to be anounced right after E3, suddenly the wii u Isn't going to be "underpowered" after they see what it can really do and after that xbox one reveal im feeling good about Nintendo



Silverbullet89 said:

It's about like how Sony's stock went up after the reveal and Microsoft's stock went down! lol, I mean, come on Xbox. I mean, Xbox One is the spiritual successor to the 360 in every way, but why try to sell me my tv during your conference?



Meaty-cheeky said:

Their is hope in the video game community after all

I was a Nintendo / Xbox gamer for the most part, but after the Xbone conference, I will be sticking with my PC & Wii U for a long while, and maybe consider a PS4 when the price drops.

I can't believe how money hungry Microsoft has become, With No used games, DLC, in game transactions, and XBOX Live Fees, the Xbone wants to suck you're wallet dry.



RancidVomit86 said:

And reading this makes me realize why I normally avoid main page and just go to forums. Sorry but the article comes off as unprofessional and straddles the line of fanboy rant more than it does news.



Adam said:

This is some of the funniest and best video game news I've read in a long time. I hope third parties see this.



Peach64 said:

Don't people learn after the reports of Wii U sales increasing 125% for the last price drop? Sales were awful. Even tripling the numbers still makes them awful (and sales everywhere else won't be boosted by this amount, this is just due to Amazon dropping the price on the premium unit).

Go ahead and book mark this comment so you can laugh at me if we see May's NPDs showing the Wii U is now selling 150k a month, but it's not. This won't effect monthly sales figures at all. The numbers are far too small to begin with.



Meaty-cheeky said:

Here to add more hope for the Wii U, the Xbone won't be able to maximize its 8GB of RAM, because over 3GB will be needed to run the Windows Kernel and Kinect in the background. So this means the Wii U will be more capable in competing with these new generation of consoles.



Kage_88 said:

Well what a surprise - the Wii U is making a comeback!

I'm guessing Pachter is stuffing his face full of pizza out of sheer sadness - brought to you by the Pizza Hut Xbox App!

@Peach64 - I don't think it's so much as 'sales' that this story is emphasising; but rather the surge of interest in the Wii U right after the awful Xbox One reveal. It could be an indication that those who waited for Microsoft's reveal have made-up their minds, and are now flocking to the Wii U and/or PS4 - which can only be good for Nintendo and Sony. But you're right about the sales; only time will tell if the Wii U can sustain such momentum. Post-E3 will be a particularly pivotal time for Nintendo.



MadAdam81 said:

@Peach64 but that is 386% in ONE DAY. It's gone up another 168%, and if it keeps steadily building then the 140k becomes 200k, then maybe 300k for a month, and if it keeps that going it could have a really big head start when the X-One & PS4 come out. If it doesn't keep that growth going and falls back to previous sales, then that increase is just one or two days, not a whole months and then even 140k is pure fantasy.



Peach64 said:

@MacAdam81 Sorry, but it is pure fantasy. Wii U is selling around 5000 units a month in the UK. That's a little over 150 machines sold every day, and Amazon maybe sell half of those? So it goes from them shifting to about 75 units a day, to jumping up to 300 units in one day because they knocked £70 off the price. We had this exact same situation 2 months ago when Monster Hunter came out and ASDA dropped the price to £200. People were whooping and hollering over an increase of 125%, but when the figures came out at the end of the month, they were worse than before. I think a turn around in sales is coming, but this is not it. Just look at the items currently selling better than it on Amazon. It's had a big increase in percentage, but it's still very low down in the best selling items list. It's ranked right next to Vita memory cards.



Oscarsome said:

However, the American charts for Amazon don't show the same thing. If it were caused by the Microsoft reveal, then surely the American audience would also display the same behavior?

If that's because of a price knock down, as @Peach64 says, then that would explain it.



Yosh said:

well since I bought the wii u, since launch, I'm pretty happy nintendo is getting sales, and microsoft gets that nintendo isn't kidding around



Peach64 said:

I'm not trying to troll or hate on the Wii U. I think once the E3 announcements come, you're going to see a very good bump for Wii U numbers, with monthly figures doubling at the least, maybe even going higher. And with Pikimin 3 and Wonderful 101 coming in the following months, they'll keep looking good. Maybe not amazing, but good, building up nicely to the final quarter I think Wii U will outsell the other two that are launching, providing they get things right. A Mario Kart bundle and a small price drop would do the job, and releasing 3D Mario would almost guarantee they'd outsell the other two (the other two will probably sell all their stock up to Christmas, but 3D Mario should still sell enough Wii Us to outpace that).



gojiguy said:

Hmm... I guess this was all Nintendo needed to boost sales after all.
I really hope that Nintendo cuts the Wii U price, though.



BetweenTheTrees said:

can you hear that? it may be the winds of change, maybe mixed with third party publishers slapping their foreheads



dadajo said:

The xbox one's target market is the American sport fanatics it seems, but all the people I know here in America really don't care for the xbox one(sports fans or not). There will be those who will be suckered in, but those few won't translate to the sales they will need. Either way Sony and Nintendo both have to stay careful since E3 is just around the corner and that will be where Microsoft will realve the big games. This should be a big E3 for all the new consoles so it should be interesting how things turn out. I think though Nintendo can really turn around the wiiu in the next few monthes before the new consoles come out and have a nice advantage if they do everyting right. (And Nintendo is a smart company so I think they could figure out something).



Tysamu said:

I'm starting to agree with the notion that ppl simply didn't buy the U at first as they were waiting for the other two consoles. Seeing as how both the PS4 and the U getting a huge bump in popularity, this further proves the notion



Luffy said:

I think its just a coincidence...

This gen i'm going Wii U and PS4 after PS4 gets a price drop or 2.




I'm going stright to twitter to look every single person who is involed with microsoft and I'm gonna act like their doing the BEST job in the world!! GOD FORBID they come to their sences because the heat is FINALLY off Nintendo for what seems like the first time in YEARS!! If you happen to be on Twitter just tell Microsoft "I love the Xbox One, I'm gonna get it day ONE and your doing a great job don't change a thing!!"



The-Chosen-one said:

Now they HAVE to go all out this E3.
and show the best they got.

but its really funny that because of the ps4 and Xone event the sales boosted up lol.



erv said:

Nintendo's twitter confirmed that they will be talking about (hopefully showing) smash bros wii U, new 3d mario, mario kart.

So if they only hit the right notes, the wiiU will play a great tune I think.



Gunnerholic said:

Yup, after seeing the last console of the next gen revealed, I was really disappointed with both Sony and MS consoles, we are moving further away from what it's supposed to be about...the games! I'm fed up with online multiplayer, Kinect and The Playstation pad which should have gone out with square wheels. I decided straight after the MS conference to go online and get the ZombiU premium pack from GAME



valcoholic said:

It's great but WiiU will need much, much more than that to finally reach a state of success. I'd love to see that coming, so don't get me wrong. I just wouldn't cheer too loud because of this anomaly. let's just lean back and see how everything develops and especially what the E3 Direct is holding up for us.



-KwB- said:

I'll never understand gamers, xbox one seemed just fine, they have said that they were going to announce games at E3 -_- Patience is truly an issue here ..
But whatever Wii U gets sales so yeh !



Zhenya said:

this gen im going with Wii U and PS3, now that the Ps3 has good games I want I can finally get it!



MegaWatts said:

As some have said, I don't think this has anything to do with the Xbox One reveal, rather, the Premium system has had a pretty impressive price cut and people are seeing it as a good deal.



The-Chosen-one said:

Lol, yeah, they really HAVE to show something for smashbros, its been a while now, and namco-bandai is also working on it, so they have a big team, i really hope it will be awesome, i loved brawls, i loved the long adventure mode, and the cutscenes where the characters really came to life. even without the voice acting, would be cool to have that in this one (voice)
i would love to see the guy from Xenoblade, cause Nintendo now owns that company.



Xilef said:

Acording to neogaf MHU, Zombi U and NSMBU got a pretty big raise aswell.



Ristar42 said:

I've not had the inclination to rush out and buy a Wii U, but some aspects appeal to me at least, not so with the new Xbox. I only just caught up with HD consoles with the PS3 though, which I've found has loads of great games available, so I'm not joining the 'next gen' for a while yet...



Hunter-D said:

Lets wait for those sales figures. If there is an increase, then it's thanks to the price cut of Premium Wii U. Still a funny read though.



Hunter-D said:

Trust me, if there's ever a time to buy the Wii U it'll most likely be the months post-E3.

Christmas hot cakes here we come!



Vriess said:

Yeah that's right Microsoft! Go stick that oversized TV decoder somewhere where the sun don't shine.



Mattstewto said:

@G3ry actually Microsofts first party games out sell Sonys. In the top 100 Xbox games 21 were first party and they sold over 100 mil copy's. the ps3 had 21 first party games out of the top 100 best selling ps3 games. They sold less than 66 mil that's not even 1 per a consol.



Ducutzu said:

Some people wanted a Wii U, but were waiting to see if the next consoles were going to offer the same experience. And now it is more clear that you can safely own both a Wii U & one of the other two consoles. They will not overlap, in terms of the experience they provide.

The Xbox reveal was quite cool, in my opinion (and I'm not an Xbox owner or fan). The console offers a nice upgrade for its own target audience. More non-gaming features, which is something that the Xbox audience has come to expect and enjoy. Ofcourse, it will have graphics that the Wii U will be unable to match.

But the box is big, and it will most likely cost a lot of money in the first years.



mjc0961 said:

"Some armchair analysts may have written off Nintendo’s home console"

Also some "professional" analysts who don't act like professionals and who also think real time strategy games have turn based combat.



Monkeyofthefunk said:



Wii U may even win this generation. It looks as though people don't want Kinect or another Xbox with better graphics! Having the best games may have just swung it for Nintendo. Let's hope that Ninty don't blow it now and have a lot to show on Direct from E3!



Kirk said:

I personally think we should wait and see if this is anything more than a temporary sales spike before we all jump on board the hype train...

It would be nice to imagine the Wii U is suddenly going to start selling in droves and third party developers are suddenly going to start supporting it properly but I think imagining is all we'd be doing.

Let's not get all carried away and let our fanboys show.



Monkeyofthefunk said:

Xbox One and PS4 will probably cost at least £299 each at launch, the Premium Wii U will be £199 - £249 with a great catalogue of games, free online, pre-owned games and looks good under a TV. TVii in Europe will be up and running by Christmas, it's looking like a great time for Ninty to get a lead on the others.
I will get a PS4 or Xbox One in the long run, but after falling foul of the last gens faulty release units (gone through 3 x 360's and 2 x PS3's), I won't be buying until at least a year in. That's unless something comes out and grabs me by the short and curlies.



Monkeyofthefunk said:

From another source....
The Nintendo Wii U failed to attract an audience when it was released late last year. It seems as if UK gamers were waiting for all three consoles to be revealed before making their purchase.

"A report from Player Essence says that sales of the Wii U console jumped a whopping 875% immediately following the Xbox One reveal. Before the reveal, the Wii U console was placed at #390 on the sales chart. This week however, the console placed as high as #40.

This is good news for Nintendo if this type of trend happens around the world and at other retail stores too. This isn’t good news for Microsoft considering the cold reception the Xbox One has been receiving…"



Haywired said:

Well this is nice to see. Though reading through the comments, I'm assuming I've woken up in 2018 and the Wii U has won the generation.

You realize you're being just as bad towards the Xbox One as the "premature Wii U doom-merchants" that you supposedly hate so much...



MrGawain said:

Does it feel slightly weird to anyone else that the Wii U isn't the target of all the negative press for once?

And even weirder than that, it isn't something that Nintendo has done that's caused this!



Haywired said:

Oh nothing. But you must admit a lot of people are going a bit over the top with this. It's like we've scored the first basket and we're celebrating like we've won the game. The competition must be looking rather puzzled.



SyntheticPerson said:

Funny. The reason I am on this website is to get feelers on the Wii U. I went from Gamecube to 360, and will go back to Nintendo at the end of the year I reckon when some more games are out and I have bashed out my back catalog on the 360



Shiryu said:

Can't say I blame people, if had not purchased the Wii U day -1 over here, after watching the Xbox One presentation, I would have walked out of home, go to the nearest local retailer and come back home with a Wii U and 21 games (my current collection).

This is even more so because I don't live in America and that presentation was definitely for the American audience... but quite sadly not gamers in America.



Einherjar said:

Thats the kind of competition i like Maybe people waited on what the other two consoles had to offer and then just wanted a pure gaming console or...they simply sucked SO hard
Either way, awesome news. Maybe some devs woke up too and are shifting their work forces away from microsodt projects to the WiiU.
Puzzled competition isnt that bad Spread confusion and score a sneaky win. Strategeme 101
Ill wait for the next Nintendo Direct before i really start celebrating a victory. If the conference is as good as it sounds, it could win a LOT of poeple over in the current situation.



PokeTune said:

Pretty sure this has more to do with the fact that the Wii U had an unofficial price cut in the UK than the poor Xbone presentation



Monkeyofthefunk said:

Haywired, it's just a bit of fun. We all know that Wii U will be a very close third in the next couple of years. Personally I think the PS4 and Xbox One will not take off until Xmas 2014 or even 2015. People have huge collections of 360 or PS3 games and without backwards compatibility, they won't be happy to lose them all.
Come launch day the PS3 and 360 games and consoles will be worth nothing on eBay, so this will hold people back. Plus there are a lot of games still planned for 2014 for both current gen consoles.

Developers and publishers will not fully support the next gen until they have a wide user base. It's not just the Wii U that will be affected.

I love how M$ said the Xbox One will be the only box under your TV and then removed backwards compatibility, so you need an Xbox 360 to play your old games.

Wii U should have a good Xmas this year but will struggle in 2014 unless Ninty are going to release games all year long.

The Wii U price cut is good for business and if people are holding off buying a Next Gen until a price drop, why wouldn't this happen to Xbox One and PS4?

I've got a 360 and have a lot of friends with one. We had a chat and none of us is going to buy one at launch of even within the first 18 months.



MeWario said:

Great to hear It may lack games right now, but Wii U is a great console and I'm having a blast with it!



Yoshi3DS said:

really hope my friends don't buy an xbox one so then i won't because i've been dreaming about getting a wii u all year for 3 main reasons
1: mariokart(and all mario games in general)
3: the mysterious 'X' game which looks like one of the best games i've ever seen



MeWario said:

@Monkeyofthefunk who says Wii U will be a close third? I think it will more likely be second but could possibly even finish first. Certainly not a definite third.



citizenerased said:

Kinda weird that people don't wait for E3 to see if Microsoft actually has games up its sleeve, but okay. Thanks, I guess?



Monkeyofthefunk said:


Don't get me wrong, I love my Wii U and all Nintendo games & consoles but without the "Big" franchises like Battlefied 4, COD etc (I didn't say they were good, just big sellers), it won't pull the punters like PS4 and Xbox One.
I know the Wii sold like hot cakes but the Wii U doesn't have the "Give your gran" ago appeal that the Wii did with the Wii-Mote.



Gnoll said:

"We call it XboxOne because it's just like our first Xbox, but with Kinect tacked on!!!! Out selling point is that your hands double up as a TV remote, freeing you from the burden of holding the remote itself!!! And you won't have to endure the hardship of choosing among a lot of games because there will be just a couple launch titles!!! And remember, if you don't buy our console you'll be the backwards boy in the block!! So just go and buy it!!! No wait, it's not out yet: just sit with your wallet in hands and wait for the launch date!!!!"



MeWario said:

@Monkeyofthefunk your speaking for everyone when you say 'we all know that the Wii U will finish a close third'. I just disagree. I agree that it probably doesn't have the mass appeal that the Wii had, but it still has Mario etc and it is still a heck of a lot cheaper than the PS4 and Xbox one will be. (Which is extremely important) Plus I really don't know too many people planning on getting the new Xbox, I personally think Microsoft is in some real trouble here. Every generation I get the Nintendo console (I am a Nintendo fan first and foremost) and then I get one other. A year in to having a GameCube I got a PS2, a year and a half into owning a Wii I got an Xbox 360. This generation, without even seeing the new consoles or there lineups, I can almost certainly say I will be getting a PS4. I think that's going to be the case for many people here.



banacheck said:

Xbox One hasn't gone down well with my friends either, who are now buying a PS4. Thank god for Sony making a dedicated gaming rig, and not an all-in-one console.



ltrice said:

this could be the start of nintendo's comeback ????
after what i read. i would be put of by installation gigs of data and drm xbox one's going to put in. i can take out my fav cd when i go out so why not my fav game? afterall this is "social share" era.



Monkeyofthefunk said:


Wii U has Mario, Zelda etc but those games don't appeal to a lot of younger kids and teens. Our kids don't play them. Our 14 year old daughter plays Little Big Planet and our 13 year old son and all of his mates play COD, Battlefield, Halo, Killzone, FIFA etc. I really hope Wii U does well and it will for the next couple of years but after that I'm not sure.



Ketchupcat said:

Well, maybe if Microsoft actually focused on making a console to play games on. Whose idea was it to focus on watching TV so much? If I want to watch TV, I do it, you know, ON A TV.



wariosmith said:

the Amazon increase could be due to price drop... the NL pic above showed £229... price just now on Amazon is back up to 269.99... money talks (although you can get it from others via Amazon for ~230... but does 3rd party purchase count towards sales??)

oh Microsoft... all you need to do now to make me even happier is to let Banjo Kazooie, Conkers and Goldeneye to come onto Wii U VC...



GiftedGimp said:

I've been saying this would happen since owning a WiiU. Although I was expecting WiiU sales to increase after e3 tbh.
Thing is Microsoft have let people know the full facts, except price, good and bad about Xbone and Sony have only told people the Good. E3 Sony will be letting people know the full story, and if Sony don't announce a Fee system for used games I would be amazed. Coupled with the limitation of cloud based ps3 game compatability and limited ps3 psn purchases being transferable even more people will looking at the WiiU.
Publishers, mainly EA have been very Vocal With thier Anti-WiiU views, and now we all know why. EA invented the Online pass system to damage used game market and game disc sharing. WiiU will be only system that will allow you to trade/buy used games, share your game discs with freinds and family members without incurring extra costs, and allow you to play games easily from the previous generation. (Generations if you include WiiU VC).



Spoony_Tech said:

I can see Gamestop refusing to sell the xboxone. Afterall they make most of their money off of used games and systems.



AceTrainerBean said:

I have nothing against Microsoft or Sony but this is great to hear as a massive Nintendo fan. One thing I really hate is the consol war drones who search out Nintendo videos as insult the console an it's users so with this news I feel so happy because its a nice little f*** you to them. (Just to be clear I've no problem with normal fans of Xbox and Sony) It's good people are giving the Wii U a chance because once you play it you realise it has the potential to be a great console!



Araknie said:

@GiftedGimp Plus suddenly EA right after the Xbox One reveal announced that they will be making Wii U games after all.


Thank you Microsoft for saving gaming!



TwilightV said:

@wariosmith: But the price cuts have been in the UK since about the beginning of the month haven't they? I don't think it's responsible, it's just people going for the best deal they can find.



XCWarrior said:

@GiftedGimp If Sony were to announce a fee for used games games like MS has, that would be amazing for Nintendo. There would be no console war. It would just be Nintendo and two systems that can't even reach 10 million sales. Is Sony that dumb though? After seeing the MS reaction, I don't know.

I'll tell you one thing, if Sony does do it, Gamestop is going to be Nintendo's new best friend. Almost automatic when they are the ones not trying to kill your business model. I hate Gamestop, but the enemy of my enemy is thy friend in this case.



GiftedGimp said:

@XCWarrior There was the rumour that Sony and Microsoft would both block Used Games. Sony said that Used Games would work on Ps4 in a press statement, but consider Xbone and Ps4 are both considered the lead systems by publishers, meanwhile the WiiU not really getting much publisher love it's safe to assume both Sony and MS have followed suit in terms of combating publishers hate for used game market. EA, the most money grabbing publisher around, who invented the online pass system has now scrapped it and there's no way they would of if they didn't have assurances from Sony that the used market issue was going to be delt with on the Ps4 Hardware... and we all know how EA really do not want to publish on WiiU, the one system that we know has no hardware based anti-used game conter measure.



Peach64 said:

@OverturePT All we know is that it increased, but the fact it was still only the 50th best selling video game item after the increase suggests sales weren't actually that high. It's ranked right next to 32gb vita memory cards, and I don't think they're selling too well.



OverturePT said:

That's not the point, the point is the interest is there. The price has been practiced before, and even lower prices have been seen around the internet. The interest grew quite a lot and that's the news, more than anything.



GiftedGimp said:

@Peach64 For a supposed Nintendo fan you really like shooting down any positivity towards the WiiU. I can't remember seeing a single post where your not shhoting down Nintendo or the WiiU.
Fact is from a Single Retail outlet there has been a massive increase in sales, its safe to assume other retailers will see a big increase too. NPD figures only apply to the US, where the WiiU sold very very well at launch, Japan the WiiU is selling pretty good still, EU is a bit of a split depending on region, Uk being the Worst. However This Indicates UK sales within 2 days of Xbone announcment are massively on the rise.
Not to mention Overall World Wide Sales Figures are in the region of the Ps3 and 360 sales figures for the same time period after those systems launched.



Gregor said:

Its sad that PC gaming isn't a more acsessible form of gaming. Lest Microsoft would be dead by now. After all, they have next to 0 exclusives. The PS4 probably won't have that many significant exclusives either. I wonder how a battle between Nintendo and valve would work....



MeddlingIdiot said:

Microsoft could of prevented this backlash just by adding backwards compatibility. I own loads of 360 games (never bought the PS3), but with the lack of BC they've made it easier for me to jump ship to the PS4.



blackknight77 said:

After seeing all the new system reveals. The Wii U will be my choice because they are going to focus on games and not a multimedia box with features I'll never touch. After the Wii U then I think I want a PS Vita because I think its library will begin to get better.



StarDust4Ever said:

Can we please end the doom & gloom predictions now? The only company bringing "doom and gloom" is Microjunk.



Peach64 said:

@GiftedGimp I'm just realistic. This is an awful story with no logic at all. I think E3 announcements will make Wii U sales spike, and I think they'll still good through July and August because of Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, then reach even higher when Mario Kart comes out. I think Wii U will sell more than the other two this Christmas.

I am very positive about the Wii U's future but it is not selling well today, nor was it yesterday. Yes, it's overall numbers are comparable with other consoles after 6 months, but that's because all the Nintendo hardcore went out and made it one of the best console launches ever. In 2013 it's regularly selling 40k and under each month in North America. By comparison the worst month the 360 ever had was 140k, nearly 8 years after it came out. No console since the Saturn has sold as badly as the Wii U did the last 2 months.

An 875% increase on almost nothing is still almost nothing, especially when it just means people were buying the console at ASDA last week when that was the cheapest place, leaving Amazon with almost no sales, so now they're the cheapest place, people are buying from them instead. It's still only 50th on the best seller list though, so the sales are nowhere near 'good', let alone great.



Funbunz said:

I really don't understand why anyone would buy Xbox1 at launch. I know so many people whose 360's got RROD. That's part of the reason their numbers are so high this gen, each buyer actually bought two or three consoles. Don't people ever learn? You can't trust Microsoft to make a console that won't crap out. I've been a gamer since the 80's and I've NEVER had a Nintendo console quit on me, but to be fair it did become difficult to load games into my NES when it got old.



CowLaunch said:

Whilst the increase in sales is impressive, it is from a pretty low base.

I also recall that the 3DS and Wii U did not have the best of starts, and that Nintendo did turn things around with the handheld, and would seem to be doing so with the Wii U as well. I think a bit of perspective is needed, as perhaps somewhat paradoxically, the 386% increase in Wii U sales would indicate that there is chance for a new overpriced console such as the Xbox One. I'll be interested to see how things progress; Xbox One surely can't remain at that price for long can it?



GiftedGimp said:

@XCWarrior If like I strongly suspect and would be amazed if otherwise Sony do follow suit and charge a fee for used game to work then yes your right, All retailers will be extremly keen to sell WiiU systems over the Ps4 and Xbone. Its fact that even the online pass system seriously damaged the used game market for those games that require it, and retailers make a much higher profit margine on Used games (not requiring online passes) than New games.
This in itself will be great for WiiU as retailers will stop relying on Nintendo to put the WiiU in the forefront of peoples minds and will do thier fair share to push the system to the forefront.



AlternateButtons said:

@Peach64 No, you're being negative. Stop it. The point of the news article is that Wii U sales rose. They never said it was selling WELL just that its sales rose from where it was by a significant amount in a short timespan. Now can you please shut up and stop posting all this negativity across this page and the forums? Thank you.



UnseatingKDawg said:

I laughed when I saw this. Who would've known that to boost Wii U sales was a crappy console reveal? Sure, it ain't gonna be enough, but still.



WindWakerLink said:

I don't know. "It's kinda weird talking about Xbox on a Nintendo site..." (Chuckles)
E3 2013 is going to be SO EXCITING!!!



SethNintendo said:

@Peach64 Now it is ranked #40. Seems to be still climbing. If it cracks the top 20 would you at least admit that it is positive news. You seem to love to spin anything positive about Nintendo into something negative and anything negative you jump all over. You make yourself seem like a Nintendo troll. I will ignore your posts from now on.



Mortenb said:

Xbox never was a competitor of Nintendo in the first place, only for very confused consumers, who are now waking up and choosing either that they want the living room entertainment box or the box for getting intimate with carefully crafted game experiences. I'm saying that they are focusing on different target audiences and always have.



OverturePT said:

I love how people are preordering Earthbound Wii U without knowing what it really is. 3rd highest "Movers and Shakers" on Amazon.



ouroborous said:

ahahahahahahahaha, if microsoft fails, everybody wins.
they make garbage quality consoles anyway, they deserve to fail for that reason alone.



GiftedGimp said:

@Peach64 I'm not going to spend hours explaining you on where your looking at this all wrong.
All I'm going to say is there are a load of reasons why WiiU sales have been slow, not least the unknowns about the Ps4 and Xbone.
Your not looking at the bigger picture, your ignoring the fact that this artical highlights one retailers increased sales in 2 days, there are thousands of outlets that would of seen increases and finally the WiiU isn't in competition with the 360 or Ps3.. its in competition with the Xbone and Ps4 and every single WiiU sold is one more than both of them systems and Pricing, Lack of direct hardware backward compatability and restrictions on being able to buy used games or share/swap games with freinds and family members is all going to cause a lot of people to think before buying thier Next console.
Which ever way you want to twist this, its good news for WiiU.



Ren said:

I still have some problems with the WiiU setup in general, this hasn't made them go away, but it really has re-awakened my interest in WiiU. If they can show some truly interesting first party games soon, and anyone else can come up with something cool to do with that game pad I might get one yet. Now nintendo needs to make that tvii stuff work well and release a new version with some storage built in.



SethNintendo said:

@Funbunz Did your spring break on your NES? I remember friend's NES loading spring breaking and we would put game we wanted to play in first then jam another game in the console on top of first game to get the game you wanted to play to stay down. Ghetto fix!



Mickamott said:

I was Wii60 owner myself this past generation, however, due to repeated hardware malfunction and constant desire to play PS exclusives, I believe the PS4 will be the one sitting next o my Wii U this holiday season.

I've managed to convince most of my friends the same (well Microsoft did most the convincing) and I am glad I will have a robust online community on the PS4, akin to the 360 this generation.

The only issue is that I will not get a PS4 for over $400, but I am willing to wait for the ineivitable price drop, as I will have a plethora of new Wii U games this holiday season.



Funbunz said:

@SethNintendo oh yeah! I always had better luck using one of the plastic sleeves that used to be on a SNES game. Nes cartridges where a little too thin.



banacheck said:

This only tells me the Wii U will have an official price-cut by Xmas, all these prices cut are a bad thing this early on in a consoles life. You would expect a console to drop price years after launch not months, but i guess Nintendo needs to sell the Wii U. With Xbox One having it's restrictions, E3 is going to be an excellent chance for Sony to take centre stage by announcing certain info. To good to hear the Wii U has had a little sales spike.



Ralizah said:

To my understanding Gamestop has worked out some sort of deal with Microsoft regarding the XBOX ONE, correct?

Microsoft really bombed at their reveal. If they continue to ignore gamers wholesale they risk this being their last generation in the video game console business. More than likely from E3 on we'll see more of an emphasis on games and less of an emphasis on TV and football.

Wii U's sales will only really start to climb once the first-party software starts rolling out later in the year.



demonta4 said:

Few months later
EA: Xbox one is crap,microsoft is in the past,we are not developing any games for xbox one.



FullbringIchigo said:

@Mikau94 then you have missed out the PS2 and PS3 have had some stellar exclusives such as Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 (PS2) and Uncharted 1, 2 and 3 (PS3)

on topic: i think MS did a really bad job at their reveal because after all the main market for these systems are gamers and all they did at the reveal was push us aside for TV and casual stuff

at least Nintendo know that for a gaming system the games are the most important thing



Kruger85 said:

LMFAO!!!!Funny that a month ago the whole gaming industry was bashing the Wii U..................Then after the lame xbox one reveal sales jump up %400 in one day at UK Amazon?
If a lame reveal by microsoft made sales shoot up %400 what is going to happen to sales once New Mario,Mario Kart, New Zelda, smash Bros, bayonettea 2 and other Nintendo first party games arrive?!!!
Awesome news for Nintendo!!!



Smug43 said:

Guys... interesting tid bit.. your used Wii U games will more than likely be worth more when you do a private sale to someone... In effect this means if you resell your Wii U games, expect more. There is simply a LOT more value to a product when anyone can freely sell/use a product that has NO anti consume b.s. like MS is forcing on us.



Trikeboy said:

People were on the fence with the Wii U because they wanted to see what was coming from Sony and Microsoft. Sony did a good show but it was just more of the same since the days of the first Playstation and Microsoft totally bombed. People have now realised that "Next Gen" wasn't what they thought it would be and there was no real need to wait to get a next gen machine. Microsoft have basically given Nintendo 8 months to sell consoles so by the time the holiday season comes round the choice is buying games at £40 or buying a brand new machine that will set them back £300+ (estimated). A lot of the games coming out on PS4 and Xbox One are also coming out on PS3 and Xbox 360. They are going to put themselves in a tough position very soon. These days buying a new console is a huge investment.

After E3, Nintendo will be in an incredible position because it will be showcasing huge system sellers with many out this year. Provided they can get the software out, this will see them sail comfortably through the holiday season.

When I watched the Xbox presentation I typed a message "Shigeru Miyamoto, Regi Fils Aime and Satoru Iwata will be clinking champagne glasses" and it looks like they will be.



Pierceton said:

@P-Gamer-C I can agree with that the Wii fell out but I don't think it is as much casual vs hardcore Nintendo seems to be price tag vs price tag. Even during the Sega days they didn't go out of their way to make a game gear style hand held they stuck with the gameboy which was cheaper for customers and it did better. Yeah the Wii died out with "hardcore gamers" but that term really confuses me because just because I'm hardcore into games doesn't mean I'm hardcore into hardware. Microsoft went entertainment with XBOX ONE's reveal but it backfired but as a Nintendo/Microsoft fan I hope they both sell well because no matter what console I play I play games I love for them btw I own all consoles as of now and will end up with all consoles this gen probably even ouya and maybe vita I'm still ify about vita.



Rect_Pola said:

I hate using these things, but this one deserves it: LOL I don't think Sony rocked many worlds, but at least they didn't give the other team a shot in the arm..
So here we are pre-E3; Microsoft needs to pitch a perfect game, Sony needs to explain exactly why we shouldn't wait to get a PS4, and Nintendo needs to make good with a stream of hot content.



Klunk23 said:

LIfe makes sense again. I never thought I would be thanking Microsoft. But thankyou Microsoft



Klunk23 said:

LIfe makes sense again. I never thought I would be thanking Microsoft. But thankyou Microsoft



Trikeboy said:

By the way, I am loving the gifs. The Seven gif and the Satoru Iwata/Iron Man ones are hilarious.



Highwinter said:

This story is awful, I can't believe you guys have actually posted this.

Yes, sales are up, but it probably has more to do with the fact that Amazon just slashed the price of the Wii U by £70, no? The massive discount is a much stronger explanation than the internet fanboys currently complaining about the Xbox.

Taking news stories from Reddit doesn't count as reporting, do some actual research.



Varia01 said:

WHOA! The Wii U really boosted its sales after seeing the Xbox One presentation. If I were Nintendo, I'd also be nervous after seeing the presentation and make a decision to step in something; specs, games, it doesn't matter! I am surprised to see the lack of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One even though there is a variety of great 360 games. Just because there was few interesting Xbox (The original) games to go on the 360 games doesn't mean that 360 games are the same way. Gamers are likely to have different opinions between games and the 360 games are different! Just because there was little interest in backwards compatibility for the 360 doesn't mean that the Xbox One should automatically be the same way. The Wii U is winning in the way I see it.



kereke12 said:

Wooohoooooo!!! YEAH I knew thats was going to happen when that VCR was released, Who would of thought that Mircosoft would have boosted Nintendo...and Sony of course let not forget them as well(i guess) AND LIKE I SAID NINTENDO MIGHT SLACK OFF BUT NINTENDO WILL ALWAYS BE ON TOP....VIVA NINTENDO...CHEERS EVERYONE....Hopefully it would keep those horrible haters mouth SHUT



Gioku said:

Perfect time to do a price drop! Make some new commercials, have a great E3 showing, and drop the price a bit, and the Wii U becomes unstoppable!



AlternateButtons said:

Am I the only one who thinks the Wii Us price is perfectly fine? 300-350 for a new console in this day in age is a STEAL. I'm surprised they sold it for that low! True that the Wii was sold for 250 but just consider the price of the Wii U Gamepad which is probably most of the cost. Also, Nintendo is selling the system at a loss, so if they cut the price any lower they'll lose money. C'mon guys, a price drop is NOT necessary, not this early in the consoles life span.



gsnap said:

Yeah, this may not mean that we're going to see a dramatic increase in Wii U's monthly sales, but it does mean that we've seen a dramatic increase in customer interest. Which will continue to increase at E3 and beyond.



QuickSilver88 said:

I don't think this sales spike in itself means much......I mean Target in the US cut basic to $240 which is awesome and I havent heard much about a salws spike here. Look i do believe this Xmas is Nintendo's to lose. If most of the announced title come out and the Ubi titles look good and COD Ghosts makes it over as rumored then I think that with the price advantage and the likely shortage of the new consoles the WiiU can soar. I do think Microsoft is going to struggle. Look the product may be great...not saying it is as in my mind who cares about some of these features as many other devices and TVs perform them....just saying even if product is great the company is adopting a lot of cosumer unfriendly features. I own all systems and have enjoyed xbox and x360 but the online activation, kinnect watching me, no used or shared games, and just Micrsoft arrogant stance in general is too most xbox exclusives make it to PC eventually and I find it interesting they are releasing new Kinnect for PC......So for now its WiiU and ps360, then next year I will buy a ps4 after 1st price drop and also get about a $200 grafx card upgrade for my PC so I can play newer 3rd party on it.



Arcamenel said:

@Guitardude7 I feel the exact same way. I don't see why it needs a price drop personally. Also considering everything the PS4 and One can do, I don't see them being cheaper than the Wii U.



Caryslan said:

For the sake of fairness, I think the PS4 would have gotten a spike in preorders had a price been announced. I think next-gen will be between the PS4 and Wii U with the Xbox One taking third place.

I think too many people are counting out Sony. Yes, this is a company that fumbled the ball with the PS3's launch and the Vita, but let's not forget how they have managed to turn the PS3 around and made it a pretty successful system.

Even more so than Nintendo, the ball is in Sony's court. If they can take advantage of the negative press against the Xbox One and go after Microsoft, then they could have a successful system on their hands.



bassoongoon said:

Finally some good news! I think that this upcoming holiday season is going to be a somewhat of a renaissance for the Wii U.

Also, what is it with all the console ranking? "Xbox one will be 3rd," "it will be between PS4 and Wii U to see who wins," etc... Who cares? I think both the Wii U and PS4 will do pretty well.



Caryslan said:

@KnightRider666 Bill Gates no longer runs Microsoft. In fact, he has not run the company since 2006. And how is he an idiot? Even if you don't agree with the business practices of Microsoft, no idiot can make a company that large and that powerful without knowing what they are doing.

But he has nothing to do with any of Microsoft's recent products. That includes the Xbox One and Windows 8. He retired from running Microsoft in 2006, which means anything that happens afterwards is not his fault.



Moshugan said:

Wow! This is absolutely phenomenal!
I expect the pace to slow down, but it sure is interesting to see that people actually were waiting to see everyone's offering.
If E3 is good, and Nintendo is able to release games, they will have it pretty good.



NESguy94 said:

@FullbringIchigo I don't have the money to buy every new console that comes out so I buy the Nintendo console and maybe one more console for that generation. I would gladly buy a PSX or PS2 if I could find one for a decent price with some good games. I have kept an eye out at garage sales but they always try to sell them for too much or they only come with sports games have played parts Kingdom Hearts and a little some Uncaharted; when I get those consoles I will get those a well as some others like Shadows of Colossus. I would really like to find a PS2 or PSX by the end of summer.



RancidVomit86 said:

@KnightRider666 Bill Gates built one of the most successful companies ever. He retired in 2006 first off and if you think a single console will bankrupt Microsoft then you clearly have no understanding of how much money Microsoft has and how well they do in almost every market they enter. All I ask is please drop the Nintendo loyalist bull poopy and step into the real world. Have an educated discussion rather than "Nintendo is teh great bestest ever and all others are teh stupid".



DarkEdi said:

Microsoft vende mejor las consolas de Nintendo que la misma Nintendo.
Microsoft selles better the Nintendo consoles even Nintendo self.



TheHeroOfLegend said:

lolz at Microsoft. I dont hate them, but a clunky controller, kinect-needed, and no backward compatability? Thats just a time and money consumer, so thanks Microsoft!



KnightRider666 said:

@RancidVomit86: It's not that I'm strictly a Nintendo fan boy, more like Microsoft hater. I love Sony & Nintendo, and the both of them will always have my support. So my mistake about Bill f'n Gates still running Microsoft, I could care less. I'm entitled to my opinion, as I am entitled to make mistakes like anybody else.



Emaan said:

My fanboyism: Rejoice!

My logic: This makes sense. I can definitely see people who were perhaps disappointed with the Xbox One reveal and or the Playstation 4 gravitating to the Wii U. We'll see how the big games affect sales later this year, we can only hope for the best.



Rafie said:

@SCAR392 Here we go again my friend....Hate with Sony! LOL You are wrong about Sony having a weaker CPU though.



DanielBass1986 said:

Im happy the Xbox One dive-bombed, as for too long people have ignored Nintendo as a main player. Well, no more it seems thanks to Microsoft making the biggest, ugliest console that looks like it should be in the 70's( plus the fact Kinect usage is mandatory and the whole used games debacle) it's microsofts own fault.



Unit_DTH said:

@doctor_doak I agree with you on this completely. I'm from america and I hate the NFL and american professional sports in general, but that's what the X1 is touting as it's "go to selling point"?! Thanks but I'll pass and stick with my Wii U and maybe get the PS4 later down the line, but M$ isn't even in the running for my money after this fiasco! I know we are close to E3 and they will show games then, but if you are making a "games console" then make a games console, not something that will make me look like I have a relationship with my tv by sweet talking it into turning to VH1 and MTV! I'm not gonna say that it's doomed, but I certainly won't be buying one!



capitalism said:


It's called the article clearly states that is was from Amazon UK, not the NA Amazon site. Also, One might be the most wished for, but with a 800% sales spike for Wii U, it's pretty foolish to think that MS' conference had no influence on that. Now why are you on a Nintendo site again?

Anyways, it seems like gamers have made up their minds since all three companies have shown off their next gen cards. People don't want overpriced TV tuners with a camera, they want a bad ass gaming console. A gaming console that lets you play used games without an extra fee and is backwards compatible.



FluttershyGuy said:

LMAO! Thank you for your EA-like stupidity and greed, Microsoft! As a almost life-long Nintendo fan, it is greatly appreciated. Nintendo should hire Microsoft. Microsoft is doing a better job selling Wii U than Nintendo is. :/

I hope this is a sign that gamers are fed up with the shady practices of this Internet-connected era of gaming. I even read a RUMOR at IGN that the Xbox One could have visual DRM, scanning the room to determine if there are too many people there to be watching a movie, and shut it down if there are! Imagine your family members having to hide behind a chair to watch Iron Man 3! I found myself outraged by aspects of the reveal. I'm happy to see that others feel the same, and will vote for Nintendo and high quality, honest gaming with their wallets!

In case I didn't make it clear, there are viruses I'd want to get before I'd get a Xbox One.



GamerJunkie said:

@capitalism Its called read my post, I put in links to the UK amazon and Nintendo is nowhere near the top in movers and shakers or most wanted. Xbox ONe is #1 most wanted item in UK and USA on Amazon video games.

The sales spike for Wii U was probably due to the price being lowered or could be anything else.

Xbox One is most wanted item on Amazon(video games), so I guess the conference actually boosted their company, not hurt it how this article falsely implies.



capitalism said:


Once again, the article doesn't say currently(meaning today), it says directly after the conference. Also an 800% sales spike is not from a temporary price cut alone, once again if you think that then I believe you are wrong. Also Microsofts stock price dropped after the conference while Nintendo and Sony's went up. Do you need any more evidence that Nintendo and Sony benefited from this and that Microsoft botched their conference?



capitalism said:


Yes I seen that as well, pretty creepy to know that Microsoft is going to try to keep tabs on people who want to watch a movie with friends. This whole charging people for everything is going to get old real quick in the consumers mind.



GamerJunkie said:

The author of this article is trying to imply that the Xbox One reveal helped the Wii U a lot and that it somehow was really bad for Microsoft.

The truth is:

  • The Wii U is the 48th most wanted item in video games on Amazon.
  • Xbox One is the #1 wanted item in video games in USA and Europe.

"Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One home entertainment system ranked as the top ‘Most Wished For’ product at Inc. post reveal of the hardware. (, Microsoft, Next-Gen, Tech, Xbox One, Xbox One)"


Direct links to the most wanted items in Video games on Amazon:



Xbox One is the most wanted item in both places.


Also Links to Top MOVERS & Shakers on Amazon:


Europe -

This shows:

  • PS3 and Xbox 360 Games dominate the Top 20 movers & shakers
  • Wii U is not even in the top 20 in USA and has only 1 game in the top 20 in Europe.

The article is pretty much what you call false propaganda trying to get people to believe something that is untrue. Wii U is not selling a significant amount more now due to Xbox Ones announcement and is not wanted more than the PS3, Xbox 360 or Xbox One at all on Amazon.



fishwilson said:

Its a bit sad actually that Microsoft choose to focus on such a trivial use of what is in fact a pretty cool hardware setup for interactive entertainment. If only they can find good ways to use this in games, and I do not mean only in casual games for the family but also as an element in so called hardcore gamers games. I can already think of a couple of ways to use this technology in a lot more exciting ways than changing channels on the tv, that be giving orders to characters on screen or even simple gestures in strategy type games to move large units and stuff, or like in 'the world ends with you' where you shout in the mic to do some special attack only with more specific commands. And this is only conventional use, I guess game developers can find lots of lots of neat ways to use this technology that will give us more exciting ways to play and enjoy our games. (I can actually picture myself enjoying telling Lightning to paradigme shift in FFXIII or Serah to put on some other clothes.)

I don't think that all the "you are the controller" bs actually is the way to go as it usually involves a lot of stupid waving about and that gets old pretty quickly, but more subtle use of the kinect camera, like little touches here and there and there should be a lot of sci-fi ways to use it too. catch my drift. I believe Microsoft can fix this they only need the right ideas and the right people and the Xbox One could really be a contender in the next generation, if they on the other hand keep focusing on the 'fantasy football' and channel surfing stuff, well it might bomb everywhere but America.



Philipc said:

I'd already bought my Wii U but my brother was one of those who purchased his following the Xbox One announcement. We're both going with Wii U and PlayStation 4 this generation. Really like my JRPGs and imagine I'll be well catered to with those consoles (also got a 3DS and Vita for Shin Megami & Fire Emblem etc).

I've previously owned both an Xbox and an Xbox 360 but don't personally like the direction Microsoft seems to be heading with their next console (charging a fee to play copies of games you've borrowed, lack of indie support, more focus on it being a multimedia machine than a games system).



P-Gamer-C said:

All soft has to do is show awsome games at e3 and throw money around at studios and advertising xbox1 wont drown



Henmii said:

The Wii u isn't really competition for Xbox One! Most people that wanted the new Xbox now probably go to the PS4!



SpaceApe said:

Sony and Nintendo didn't need to put a lot of money in marketing this quarter thanks to the Xbox One reveal. Microsoft selling more Wii U's now than Nintendo did at launch!



TheAdrock said:

1. I hope the U kills it and their rivals fail.
2. I also hope Nintendo offers an upgraded CPU for the U... U2, U squared, whatever. GPU seems fine, but CPU should handle more flop/s.

I've wondered for years now why the CPU in these consoles isn't upgradable as a removable slotted cartridge device. Remove two screws, pull the stock proc, plug in a faster one. (Proc could easily be encased in a plastic housing to be "idiot" proof.) Game makers could account for this: "Supports Wii U with the Wildcat processor upgrade" or something. Could easily be done.



P-Gamer-C said:

A failing xbox1 will still not save the wii u after the cable box1 reveal wii u sales went up over 875% on amazon but only for a day or two they got rid of a few hundred consoles but its back to normal wii u is nowere near out of the woods [if it ever will be] soft has until e3 to change the opinion of the hardcore gamers they have slieighted ps4 seems to be the onlyone doing it right at this point those directs have to be game changing



kdognumba1 said:

Look, plain and simple, as it stands right now, the Wii U is the only consumer friendly system and the only system that will have the features we've come to expect while continuing the traditions that make console gaming great. Microsoft for sure completely road off what most established gamers look for in their systems and Sony while not officially doing everything the Xbox One does, is officially doing some of the things that turn people off and they "might" be doing others. This leaves Nintendo and to be honest, with Nintendo's line up on the way, it's going to be hard to argue against the system anymore.



blueeaglewombat said:

@Marioman64 @Marioman64 I'm glad you mentioned backwards compatibility. Seems like everyone is forgetting how important a feature that was last generation. And this generation, Nintendo is the only one to offer it. Sony "may" allow you to stream or download PS3 titles at a future date, but Microsoft has basically gone out of their way and said if you are interested in Backwards compatibility, then you need to look elsewhere because it's not happening on XboxNONE.

Nintendo has consistently provided that feature in their consoles since the days of Gameboy Advance. Granted we only have Wii and Wii U home consoles with the feature, but their portable systems have had it as a feature, and I'd say it's a really important feature that most GAMERS want. In this day and age, the consumer should expect and demand that feature as part of any new console.

But hey, at least Microsoft will let me watch live TV and Blu-Ray movies on my XboxNONE! SARCASM



Shambo said:

@RADencker microsoft apparently went even further, stating that it's really 'backwards', and putting a rudiculously low percentage on how many gamers use that function. let's see...
oh well ps360 were really bad in it, if at all capable, and most people that buy a 360 want to see amazing graphics above all else. and gamecube had way lower sales than wii. expanding on that, i kept using my gamecube 'cause it's STILL connected to a tv in my bedroom and i absolutely love the gamecube menu and design and i occasionally use the gameboy player (!)
but my ds always held a gba game, my 3ds often plays ds games, and my gameboy micro's are a famicom edition and a pink one so they're awesome as they are.

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