Attack of the Fanboy

Nintendo Expected To Sell 100 Million Wii U Consoles

by Mike Guarino


We all know that Wii U did not live up to the expectations that Nintendo had for it, but now we’re getting a better idea of just how big the disappointment really was. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed that the company originally projected to sell over 100 million Wii U consoles.

This was revealed during a recent shareholders meeting, where he went over things like initial Wii U projections and why they were so optimistic. He said the following:

“In an internal sales representative meeting, someone projected that we would sell close to 100 million Wii U systems worldwide. The thinking was that because Wii sold well, Wii U would follow suit.”

He goes on to say that “I was responsible for selling the Wii U, and I knew what was good about it, so I talked with those in charge of sales about the importance of conveying the attractiveness of Wii U to consumers. I am guessing that some of this communication may have come across in a negative tone.”

The Wii U currently sits around the 13 million global sales mark, and there isn’t much coming this year to suggest any boost in sales anytime soon. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will certainly help things along, though that will also launch for the NX and isn’t expected until Spring 2017.

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