100 million? Oh... Oh, no... No, no, no...
Jason Schreier recently wrote on Kotaku about how Nintendo’s Shareholder Q&A is always good for a laugh, with shareholders asking ridiculous questions, but he failed to mention that the official answers are good for a laugh, too.
Taken from Nintendo’s 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Q&A page (specifically page 3, question 9) the original question was regarding the concern that the NX might not live up to the internal hype and, based on the history of their consoles, utilize today’s current technology well.
... there is some report that Mr. Kimishima voiced concern before the release of Wii U, while I think Mr. Miyamoto was promoting Wii U with quite a lot of confidence. Compared to the situation prior to the Wii U launch, what is the feeling around NX at present?
I would first like to clarify my purported comments on Wii U. I do not wish to make excuses, but at the time of the Wii U launch, I was responsible for our sales base in the United States, and I never made any pessimistic comments. In an internal sales representative meeting, someone projected that we would sell close to 100 million Wii U systems worldwide. The thinking was that because Wii sold well, Wii U would follow suit. I said that, since the Wii had already sold so well, we need to clearly explain the attraction of the Wii U if we are to get beyond that and sell the new system, and that this would be no easy task. I was responsible for selling the Wii U, and I knew what was good about it, so I talked with those in charge of sales about the importance of conveying the attractiveness of Wii U to consumers. I am guessing that some of this communication may have come across in a negative tone.
Miyamoto and Takahashi expand on the concerns about the NX, current tech (like VR), and added a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild spin to show that people are still getting hyped for their games (and one that will see an NX release as well).
Looks like whoever gave Kimishima those numbers was a little off. As of March 31, 2016, the Wii U has only sold 12.8 million units. Yikes.
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