Nintendo has been busy planning out their financial future, which has yielded some tasty hints for gamers wanting to learn more about the mysterious Wii U console, set to launch later this year.
According to Nintendo's first quarter financial report, the big N forecasted that it will ship approximately 10.5 million Wii and Wii U products during the current financial year, which ends in March 2013.
If we look at previous years, Nintendo managed to sell 710,000 Wii units in the April - June quarter, and approximately 840,000 Wii systems over the January - March period. While Wii sales have to grinded a halt recently, historically the Christmas period is where Nintendo sell the most units. They are currently expecting to sell 6.6 million Wii units this Christmas period, based upon last year's trends.
That means Ninty are hoping to ship 4 - 5 million Wii U units at launch.
Piers-Harding Rolls, lead game analyst for IHS Screen Digest, has told CVG that 4 million is achievable, if the price and timing are correct at launch.
The question is WHEN is the Wii U launching and will Wii sales be cannibalised by the launch of a new console?
Rumours on the internet indicate that the Wii U launch window for Europe is set for late Novemebr, but that could easily slip into early December. We still have no confirmation on local pricing or release date for Australian gamers.
By Stephen Heller - Bio