E3 2006 News | Iwata Claims Nintendo Wii to Sell 3 Times GameCube

By Adam Riley 14.05.2006 57

Quick News - Whilst talking to Japanese Press on 9th May, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata went on record to say sales of "two to three times that of GameCube is a possibility." This would put Wii sales at 40-60 million units worldwide, which seems quite a conservative estimate given the support of the platform so far.

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Considering the GameCube has been a weak seller for Nintendo everywhere except in the US, the Wii will EASILY outsell the GameCube, probably in Japan alone! Smilie

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Dude... MORE THAN THAT!! Prolly about 10X the GC, if it's a goan win!! Smilie

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It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

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It will be like smacking Sony in the face with a rubber trout.

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Sorry JB but 60 million is such a ludicrously ambitious statement. The wii is not the DS. The market for little portable gizmos is completely different to home consoles, the masses will take a hell of a lot more persuading to buy a Wii than they did to buy a DS.

Feel free to proove me wrong Nintendo Smilie.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

like like ^

60 million is a lil excessive. Sure Ninty will do better than the cube but...really that much better...???????

I expect at least N64 comparable sales, about 32 million. probably more but it definately won't beat the SNES (49 million).

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

I'd say around 35-40 million, thanks to the Japanese lapping it up and the British being tempted towards Nintendo for the first time since the SNES...and the US always gives Nintendo loving!

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

I dunno i think it's a fairly achivable number. If they don't get 40 million at least this gen it would be quite dissapointing. Every one seems to be loving it, positive press everywere. They just need to get it into people hands now to try it and since it's aimed at a broader demographic than PS3 and 360 i don't see why it isn't achivable.
Fingers crossed!

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Don't you people see?! 10X GC sales is the way to go! Everyone loves it, it's cheap, PS3 suxx0r, so why not?!

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20 million (GC sales) x 10 = 200 million.

Don't quite see it myself sonny-jim. Smilie

What Adam says (35m-40m) sounds more realistic.

Id guess that it will beat all the oldies. It is/going to be a great console and many looks forward to it and what Ive read and heard it must be very cool!

I know I first bought the GC just for SSBM, the Wii has SSBB which alone is attractive enough for me and it has more interesting game-titles. Go Nintendo anyway!Smilie

What the hell? Are you lot MAD? The US certainly does NOT love Nintendo... O.k so they like it more there than we do here but compared to Japan the GC in America sells like the PSP...

He he... Stupid PSP...

Oh and people the NES sold about 60 million... Why not the Wii? It's looking to be just as influential and revolutionary as the NES was back then, so why not? It may also be worth noting that according to Gamefaqs' poll 62% of people intend to own a Wii by this time next year... Obviously that's not really an indication of what will really happen, but it's definately interesting.

( Edited on 14.05.2006 20:27 by Megadanxzero )

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The NES sold 63 million worldwide. But then, there were no competitors like MS or Sony at the time either...

Because with the NES, there were no competetors, really, Nintendo had a head start to SEGA, & SEGA released the little known Master System, before kicked ASS with the MegaDrive, 'tis why.

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I'm confident the wii will be the no1 console in japan. (just stating)Smilie as for worldwide sales?? 60 million I reckon is a good number. Simply because all the competition is going to be very evenly split..Sony will go down (by a large amount) Microsoft and ninty will go up..
Complete with Nintendo increasing the overall gaming market and being a very popular 2nd system.
I think its quite possible wii may be the No1 console in the world..
But they have got their work cut out SmilieSmilie

IANC said:
Dude yuor totally awesome. And i won't be killing you anytime soon.

Remember that sales do not in any way reflect goodness in this incorrectly informed market.

( Edited on 14.05.2006 20:54 by Brenda )

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

WHat's more important than sales figures is profitability, and you can bet whatever amount of Wiis they end up selling they'll make a profit off it...which will ensure Nintendo's survival, which I'm sure you'll all agree is very important...

Sony and MS will have a much MUCH harder time getting there in this generation however...they've ploughed so much money into hardware developpment, and are expected to lose money on each unit they sell for quite a while yet too...Nintendo is in a much better position than either of them that way I'd say...

Gamecube was no fail here in Germany. I do not know for sure, but I think it sold second to PS2, followed by Xbox. UK may be strong on XBox, but Germany was not.

Does someone has links to sellings worldwide in detail?

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Somewhere inbetween 40-60 million seems perfectly reasonable to me. The Wii has so many more reasons to buy it then the Cube did (which basically just had Nintendo exclusives, while Wii has virtual console, sure to be a tonne of 3rd party exclsuives, the controller AND the Nintendo exclusives).

Nintendo are looking good this generation, without a shadow of a doubt the Wii will outsell the Cube, probably by a considerable amount.

Grvmb7iir you are completely right which is why Nintendo came last, last generation.

In terms of profitability, I believe Nintendo actually came first last generation believe it or not.
I read in an article, Microsoft lost 100's of millions, sony made about $450 million and nintendo made over a billion...Remember they get alot of money from software, they're the only ones to make money from hardware from the start. But I'm not sure if these figures include the GBA (although I don't think so)..

The fact is Nintendo is loaded, so don't worry about them doing a sega on us..Smilie

IANC said:
Dude yuor totally awesome. And i won't be killing you anytime soon.

Yeap, Nintendo always wins in terms of profits, which is great, so Nintendo aren't gonna do a SEGA, & if they did, they wouldn't go 3rd party anyway, if they die, they would continue to make handheld stuff, they tend to excel on that, & if THAT fails, then they'll quit the console buisiness, & possibly continue as an animation company, or another form of media, but I doubt they will ever go 3rd party, & they definitely won't die for a LOONG time to come!!

They can't die before SEGA! They're still rivals at heart, but more friendly rivals!!! Smilie

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If Nintendo really have learnt from their past mistakes (which i feel they're beginning to) and market Wii even half as good as they did the DS, then i think Wii will sell between two to five times that of Gamecube, maybe even more. Their aiming at the right demographics, they have the right softeware content, the right interface and with the right exposure at an affordable pricepoint, i don't see Wii choking in the same way that the Gamecube did anytime soon. Trust me this console is the Future of Nintendo.

That sounds about right. Don't think it will sell more though, people still have the Nintendo stereotype in their headsSmilie

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