By April, Nintendo wants 5.5 million Wii U sales and four game sales per console.
Say what you will about Nintendo, but in a bad economic climate, it’s good to maintain an optimistic attitude. The Big N’s latest console, the Wii U, is set to launch in November, and the company expects great things from it. Nintendo’s financial year ends in April, and it hopes to sell 5.5 million Wii Us and 24 million Wii U games during that time – a figure of roughly 1.1 million consoles per month and over four games per console.
Nintendo had already revealed its intention to sell a combined total of 10.5 million Wiis and Wii Us by the end of April, but remained quiet about how the console breakdown would work. Interestingly, by Nintendo’s reckoning, it expects just over half of its Wii sales to be attributable to its hot new console. Instead, it seems to expect its $20 price drop to do a lot of the legwork in moving systems, especially around the holidays. As for game sales, four titles per console sounds almost unattainable, unless Nintendo chooses to count pack-in, bundle, and downloadable titles. These conditions make the number ambitious, but still within reason.
Nintendo’s financials have been hurting a bit lately as 3DS sales, which surged for a while following its price cut, have begun to slow down. It may be too early to predict doom and gloom for the Japanese giant, though; no one expected very much of the Wii before it shattered sales records, either.