It’s not even financials season yet, but Nintendo is trying to lower expectations in advance. In a statement on Friday, it’s announced that it’s reassessed unit sales for its flagship Wii U console, hacking it down from 9 million for April 2013 – March 2014 to just 2.8 million — less than a third of the original estimate. It’s also less than the number of Wii Us that Nintendo sold in its launch year. That was 3.45 million, if you’re counting. The revised predictions are due to disappointing hardware sales during the holiday season and that’s having an understandable knock-on effect on software sales too. Nintendo now predicts that instead of selling 3.8 million titles, the numbers will be around half of that: 1.9 million, which is at least an uptick from 2013. Alas, it’s still an across-the-board bad news sort of announcement, however, with forecast console sales for the original Wii and the 3DS also bumped down in the process.
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"Wii U in Major Trouble: Nintendo Slashes 2014 Sales Projections By Two-Thirds" by @ShellyPalmer
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