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    Maybe it depends on where you live. I haven't seen a single WiiU for sale around here. Not that I was looking to buy one, but stores clearly have a space where they would go, with nothing there. Granted, I have not been to a Best Buy, but multiple locations each for Target, K-Mart, Walmart, Meijers, none of them have had systems any time I've been there since launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastProcessing402 View Post
    Maybe it depends on where you live. I haven't seen a single WiiU for sale around here. Not that I was looking to buy one, but stores clearly have a space where they would go, with nothing there. Granted, I have not been to a Best Buy, but multiple locations each for Target, K-Mart, Walmart, Meijers, none of them have had systems any time I've been there since launch.
    I'm curious what area you live in. I work in MD and live in PA and I haven't been in a single Best Buy, Target, Kmart, Walmart, Gamestop or Toys R Us over the past month that hasn't had plenty of stock of both versions of the system.
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    It's selling well enough in Japan, with just over 435,000 units sold on the charts ending on December 16th.

    http://www.magicboxnow.com/1212/game121221a.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamevet View Post
    It's selling well enough in Japan, with just over 435,000 units sold on the charts ending on December 16th.

    http://www.magicboxnow.com/1212/game121221a.shtml
    Because this game(pictured below) is a launch title. That and it's been out in Japan for two weeks. First week sold over 300,000. The rest is from second week sales, so less than 135,000. Won't really know until sales from subsequent weeks are posted if it keeps hitting 100,000+ in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_A View Post
    How come you're talking as if six years ago was ancient history now and that we can only take an educated guess that Wii Sports played a significant role in the console selling ~100 million systems?

    It wasn't that long ago.
    Hehehe... Apparently, the causes of the Wii's success are now as shrouded in the mists of time as those of the Crash of '83, Leo.

    I'd wager that, more specifically, Bowling on Wii Sports sold more than its fair share of Wii systems. I can't really recall anyone raving about any other games on the disk, to be honest. Heck, even non-gamers enjoyed that one a good deal.

    In regards to less than spectacular Wii U sales, Nintendo needs to get their heads out of their arse and put out a demo kiosk in stores that has actual demo games to play rather than just two minute game trailer videos for prospective buyers to idly watch. This puzzles me. Are these lame kiosks just specific to my area or are they a pan North America marketing mistake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by treismac View Post
    I'd wager that, more specifically, Bowling on Wii Sports sold more than its fair share of Wii systems. I can't really recall anyone raving about any other games on the disk, to be honest. Heck, even non-gamers enjoyed that one a good deal.
    I always thought tennis was the most popular portion of Wii Sports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_factor View Post
    I always thought tennis was the most popular portion of Wii Sports.
    May be a regional thing, I know my friends were all about drunken wii bowling.

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    Anecdotal, but the local Wal mart here (rural Iowa only game in town) has had stacks of basic and deluxe models. When the wii launched there was a line (myself included, I got frostbite that night to get that stupid thing....) I just don't have any excitement for the thing. The idea of waving my iPad around as some newfangled control scheme doesn't sound appealing at all.

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    Really, Nintendo's acting like iOS devices and tablets in general aren't cutting into their sales, but they totally are. The Wii launched without any iPhone or iPad on the market, the Wii U didn't have the luxury of being the only choice when it came to "casual gaming."

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    Next week we'll know how well the Wii U did in it's first full month of sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_factor View Post
    I always thought tennis was the most popular portion of Wii Sports.
    It seemed pretty clear to me that bowling was what was the craze was all about.

    I actually liked the golf mode the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    Really, Nintendo's acting like iOS devices and tablets in general aren't cutting into their sales, but they totally are. The Wii launched without any iPhone or iPad on the market, the Wii U didn't have the luxury of being the only choice when it came to "casual gaming."
    I don't think I've used my DS since I got an iPhone 3 years ago. I pull it out to charge every few months, bout it. It's just way more convenient to play something on my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_A View Post
    How come you're talking as if six years ago was ancient history now and that we can only take an educated guess that Wii Sports played a significant role in the console selling ~100 million systems?

    It wasn't that long ago.
    Not sure what you mean by ancient history. I was responding to someone who said that a strong launch library isn't needed anymore. I countered by saying Wii Sports probably helped sell systems. I said "probably" because I don't have any hard proof. Regardless, I think WiiU would sell more if there was a killer app that everyone was talking about.

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    It was just some good natured fun. Your post made it sound (To me at least) like we're talking about a console that has been dead for 20-30 years instead of one that has just seen its successor released.

    The Wii still seems almost brand new to me despite having owned it now for five years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_A View Post
    It seemed pretty clear to me that bowling was what was the craze was all about.

    I actually liked the golf mode the best.
    I like baseball, bowling, tennis, and golf on Wii Sports. The only one I don't really care for is boxing. Takes too much energy and I'm too lazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by treismac View Post
    Hehehe... Apparently, the causes of the Wii's success are now as shrouded in the mists of time as those of the Crash of '83, Leo.

    I'd wager that, more specifically, Bowling on Wii Sports sold more than its fair share of Wii systems. I can't really recall anyone raving about any other games on the disk, to be honest. Heck, even non-gamers enjoyed that one a good deal.
    That and Wii Fit. Wii Fit sold something like 23 million units. Soccer mom deluxe!

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    I thought baseball was broken. There's a type of pitch that is almost a guarantee of getting a strike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_A View Post
    It was just some good natured fun. Your post made it sound (To me at least) like we're talking about a console that has been dead for 20-30 years instead of one that has just seen its successor released.

    The Wii still seems almost brand new to me despite having owned it now for five years.
    Oh, I see. For me, it IS starting to seem like ancient history since I don't play it that much. My Wii Fit leaning against the wall seems like a relic.

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    What a difference a week makes. Now I'm seeing stacks of WiiU's everywhere, too.

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    I looked to see how much both PS360 sold during launch and while the price differences between PS2 and Wii in comparison to the Wii Us price differences back then were much larger, the sales also sucked. Didn't even hit a million in a month for awhile. The Wii U seems like it's getting slow sales for a Nintendo product especially when you couldn't find a Wii yet it sold just as much. I'd say that if we wait until February sales then we'll know whether the system is selling poorly or not.

    Although it's safe to say that the sales are sucking in Europe. It got over 100,000 in its first week and since then it's been lower than 100,000 every week.
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