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That was indeed a good call on Nintendo's part; it will surely hype more people into picking up WiiUs.

1 week, 2 days ago on Zelda Takes Over Twitter During The Game Awards, Pachter Applauds Reggie

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@OnewiierdGuy It's a rise over LAST YEAR.  It doesn't mean that's all WiiU did that November.

1 week, 3 days ago on NPD: Smash Sells 710k, 3 Games in Top 10, Amiibo Success, Nintendo Releases Statement

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@chrisf86 So they've still been selling?  That means they're going to have a solid December!

1 week, 3 days ago on NPD: Smash Sells 710k, 3 Games in Top 10, Amiibo Success, Nintendo Releases Statement

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SMASH is already at 1 million; the 245k sold in Japan + 770 already make it above that.  


Also important:  WiiU had its best week since launch week on the week of Nov. 23rd.  That's EXTREMELY good, and hopefully December's weeks will be this good.  WiiU deserves it.  Its sales are up YoY by far.

1 week, 4 days ago on NPD: Smash Sells 710k, 3 Games in Top 10, Amiibo Success, Nintendo Releases Statement

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There is hope.

1 week, 4 days ago on The Wii U’s 2015 Is Going To Be Legendary

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Hopefully there will be other third party titles next year too.

1 week, 5 days ago on The Wii U’s 2015 Is Going To Be Legendary

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Why put a negative spin?  This is good news.  SSBWiiU is #1.  WiiU is above PS4.  It more than doubled.  If anything, it did quite well all things considered.  

1 week, 5 days ago on Japan: Smash Wii U Sells 225k, Wii U Sells 25k

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Liars look pretty stupid.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rumor: David Young of Nintendo – No Amiibo Are Discontinued

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Even if Nintendo wins this year doomsayers will still be screaming for their demise.  All the same, good for them.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Nintendo Looking to “Triple” Profits; Amiibo To Bring in 1 Billion Yen in US Alone

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The ZELDA was a really pleasant surprise and beneficial.  That'll get more people interested in getting a WiiU for sure.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Score: What Did You Think Of Nintendo At The Game Awards?

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@Paleselan Notice, too, that WiiU recently breached 2 million units in Japan.  That is very good news for the system.  Granted it took longer than it should have to reach that breach mark, but still.  It's good.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Media Create Sales Nov 24th-30th; New 3DS Continues Domination in Japan

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I say Nintendo should do a similar campaign for America!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Nintendo of UK Says “The Time is Now” To Buy a Wii U

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@CasaNorba @CasaNorba @VGonzalez85 Don't be so sure about that.  My guess is that it still is behind XB1 and PS4.  Still, it would be nice if it DID do better, just don't get your hopes up.

3 weeks ago on eBay Reports Wii U Sold 4 Systems Per Second During Black Friday

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Hope the same is true for the other stores.

3 weeks ago on eBay Reports Wii U Sold 4 Systems Per Second During Black Friday

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Here's a different account on how WiiU is doing:


http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=194262


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-Despite being on low stock in Walmart, the bundles all sold out more than three times this week, with the special $50 MK8 bundle disappearing in its first hour.

-The Ebay success story mentioned.

-Best Buy's Mega Bundle sold out Twice.

-Gamestop still has the Main WiiU bundle in the top 5 for a week.

-It is selling well in Target.

-The other Amazons all have WiiU bundles in their top 100s, with two in Amazon UK, France, and DE, respectively.

3 weeks ago on While eBay Sees Wii U Success During Black Friday, Research Firm InfoScout Says Otherwise

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I have a feeling the NPD is going to show a different story than what we're seeing with this.  Infoscout Black Friday doesn't mean anything.  Given that it only targets 180k people I think people are overreacting on this "WiiU is doomed" story for nothing.

3 weeks ago on While eBay Sees Wii U Success During Black Friday, Research Firm InfoScout Says Otherwise

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If you mean this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wii-u-with-mario-3d-world-super-smash-tropical-freeze-nintendo-land/9999238700050000.p?id=pcmprd237500050000&skuId=9999238700050000


Well guess what?  It's out of stock now.  So is another WiiU console set.  That doesn't sound like it's doing horrible.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Smash Wii U Sets Record, ZombiU 2 Coming?, Pokemon Dominates Japan – WiR 11/29/14

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What?  I've been hearing reports from my friends that WiiUs are selling out at different regions.  It depends.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Smash Wii U Sets Record, ZombiU 2 Coming?, Pokemon Dominates Japan – WiR 11/29/14

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That's a good question.  I guess it depends.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Score: Will ZombiU 2 Ever Be Released?

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This is sounding better and better all the time.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Xenoblade Chronicles X: New Development Details And Lots Of Aliens

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It looks like SSB has also done some good boosting for WiiU as well.  Have a look:  http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252280/wii-u-sales-top-3-million-in-the-us-super-smash-bros-biggest-wii-u-launch-ever/


So far, this week's YoY according to VGChartz is above that of last year; last year around this time on the week of Nov. 21st it cleared only 100k worldwide.  Well, this time it's 47k more than that!  147k worldwide.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Super Smash Bros. Wii U Sets a New Sales Record for Wii U Software

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@Cubits Not until December 6th.  I DO hope it skyrockets WiiU sales over there, because seeing it still under PS4 is VERY worrisome.  It needs to do better in order for thirds over there to support it.  Otherwise it's hopeless.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Media Create Sales: (11/17-11/23) — Pokemon Dominates, Wii U Drops Slightly

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Also worthy of note:  WiiUs are beginning to disappear from the shelves too.  There have been reports of WiiU in low stock.  So people are indeed buying WiiUs for SMASH.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Walmart Says 2nd Wave of Amiibo Coming December 14th

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It's pretty damn terrific.  Nintendo and Namco have outdone themselves with this game.  A must for any gamer.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Score: What Do You Think Of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?

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Also, buy GOOD third party titles on WiiU, like BAYONETTA 2, ZOMBIU, and even RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS.

1 month ago on Opinion: How Not To Get An Indie On Wii U

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@XCWarrior1 But WiiU is supposed to be dead!  It's supposed to be obliterated by the competition!  It cannot have POSSIBLY increased sales because of SMASH!  The system is finished!

1 month ago on Opinion: How Not To Get An Indie On Wii U

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I hope Reggie is not too disappointed if it doesn't go the way he expects.  The way he comes across in his interview makes it feel he doesn't care if PS4 and XB1 combined crush WiiU.  

1 month ago on Reggie On The Upcoming Holiday Season

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@Wanderlei @JonTurner I think this boost is mostly for COD.   I don't think anything else noteworthy is due for PS4 next week, is there?

1 month ago on Media Create Sales Figures for Japan November 10th-16th; Wii U Surges and Captain Toad Debuts

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@Wanderlei @JonTurner Exactly, and as much as they want to push PS4 in Japan, I really don't think it's going to work as well.  Least of all on XB1 . I say Nintendo should try to work something out with them and get those titles on WiiU.

1 month ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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I'll get it.  I personally am dialing my expectations extremely low and I don't condone Ubisoft's practices with this game, or the way they've treated Nintendo fans, but I am morbidly curious about this title still.

1 month ago on Watch Dogs Wii U to have DLC on eShop

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@Wanderlei I still say Nintendo should try to get DQXI and KH3 on WiiU though; those would be awesome to have.

1 month ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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Glad that Nintendo got this.  They need more titles to appeal to the Japanese audience in order for WiiU to compete against PS4.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rodea Website Launches, Wii U Launch Version Features Full Wii Game As Bonus

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Suppose some of those Japanese titles DO hit WiiU, though.  It COULD possibly happen if WiiU picks up again this holiday.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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@ShawnLong85 @chrisf86 @JonTurner @Paleselan 180k isn't too bad for a game everyone thought would flop.

1 month, 1 week ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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@Paleselan @JonTurner I sure hope so.  Given what I've read it SHOULD have at least done on par with HYRULE WARRIORS' opening week, but I guess we only have VGChartz for the time being.

1 month, 1 week ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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I still find it hard to believe it didn't do well.  It was sold out.  It was #1 on the eShop charts for weeks.  Even VGChartz currently lists its total at 320k, with 270k of those in the U.S..  It SHOULD have done fine.

1 month, 1 week ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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Given that it was #1 on the eShop charts and had a fairly good launch according to VGChartz (worldwide sales currently at 320k), it's hard for me to believe it did NOTHING.  HYRULE WARRIORS didn't make the top ten either and look at how well that ended up doing.


When will Nintendo post their response?

1 month, 1 week ago on NPD Sales October — Smash Takes Second Place, Bayonetta Nowhere To Be Seen

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WiiU sales will surely climb next week.

1 month, 1 week ago on Japanese Weekly Sales (11/3-11/9): No News, Same News

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@SamuraiDon I hope so.  The whole "WiiU is dead talk" sounded overrated as heck anyway.

1 month, 1 week ago on Nintendo Says Smash Bros. Wii U Pre-Orders Setting Records; Surpassing Mario Kart 8

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What's THIS?! Nintendo ADVERTISING WIIU?!  But I thought they didn't!

1 month, 1 week ago on Nintendo Releases Wii U Holiday Commercial

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Well I for one would welcome third party support back on WiiU.  I want to see it happen.

1 month, 1 week ago on Smash Wii U Bundle? Reggie thinks 3rd parties will come to Wii U, Watch Dogs Wii U pics – WiR 11/8/14

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That would be socko if Nintendo did that.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rumor: Is a Smash Wii U Bundle Coming?

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@cdan487 @JonTurner Agreed.  It's one thing for third parties to return, but they have to put EFFORT into their work.  Although BAYONETTA 2 COULD technically count as a third party title (even though Nintendo's publishing it), and that's a quality example.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Reggie Fils-Aime Feels 3rd Parties Will Return to Wii U

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Well I'll certainly be happy to see third parties return to WiiU.  I really will.  The question is, do I see it happening?


The answer, is a "maybe."  A lot of people will say that it is too late and that WiiU is done for, but both of those accusations are not true.  As mentioned, WiiU HAS been improving, and BAYONETTA 2 has also done quite well.  If anything, I see Japan thirds slowly returning for the most part; after all that's who Nintendo gets along with better.  (Exception seems to be Konami, who I don't trust anymore.  SE SHOULD really consider KH3 for WiiU, as they can't be on 3DS only and ignore WiiU.  It doesn't make sense.)


What I don't really see happening are the likes of Bethesda, Take Two, or Ubisoft giving WiiU a second look.  Nor even EA; these guys have smack talked so much about WiiU it's hard to imagine any of them changing their minds.


Do I think ALL thirds will return to WiiU?  No.  But will some return?  Absolutely; while there are thirds who have proven indeed to be dishonest liars and greedy money hats, I think there ARE some who are genuinely worried about gambling on a system that they think will not be viable.  I am still rooting for that possibility.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Reggie Fils-Aime Feels 3rd Parties Will Return to Wii U

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Of course I will.  I'm having a blast with PIER SOLAR and I look forward to this one!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Citizens of Earth Delayed, Will Launch in 2015

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What hasn't been mentioned in this article:


"Shifting gears a bit, let’s talk about third-party support, which has drifted heavily toward Sony and Microsoft and away from Nintendo in the current console generation. What’s the latest on that? Are the tides shifting at all since E3?

In the end, what third-party companies want is a large install base to sell their games into [and] a wide demographic footprint that they can target their games to. They also want a robust connected environment so that they themselves can explore downloadable content or digital sales. [For] the Wii U business, year-to-date versus last year, our install base is almost doubled. We’re building that footprint for developers, with a range of games from Bayonetta 2 to Mario Kart. In the North American territory, just about every Wii U is connected to the Internet.

Is it a problem that the Wii U doesn’t have the new Call of Duty (a first for the series on consoles), and more generally doesn’t have many of the big titles one finds on Xbox and PlayStation?

I would answer the question in a couple ways. Third parties are bringing multi-platform content to our platform — Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, as an example. I would love to have Call of Duty on our platform. I would love to have any of the big blockbuster, multi-platform titles. But I have to say, more specifically, I want games that provide a differentiated consumer experience. If you look at the other two competitive platforms, fundamentally, what’s the difference?

Each of them has exclusives that the other doesn’t.

But interestingly, when you look at either one, either by themselves doesn’t have a lot of exclusive content. They have a lot of shared content. Look at it from the standpoint of, what don’t they have? They don’t have our games. They don’t have Mario and Zelda. I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform, differentiated set-up experiences that we can provide uniquely to the consumer. Let those other guys battle it out over, you know, which visual representation of Call of Duty is most compelling. I like our chances of having a differentiated console and a differentiated series of experiences.

This business is built on a year-and-a-half or two-year planning cycles, especially for the home console space. Products that they’re thinking about today are not going to come into the market until two years down the road. By doing a great job today in the here and now, that’s what’s going to feed the pipeline of great new third-party content coming onto our platform. For us, that’s the long game that we’re trying to play."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Nintendo “Focused on Creating Unique Experiences” Says Reggie

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@Menashe @JonTurner Same here.  I haven't played a good old-fashioned JRPG like this in a LONG time!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pier Solar Review for Wii U – Too Retro For Its Own Good

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@Menashe Well so far I for one am enjoying it.  The critics are sometimes wrong, and I feel like this is the case.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pier Solar Review for Wii U – Too Retro For Its Own Good

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