Pachter: Wii U to sell 3 million by Christmas 2012

Nintendo will ship 3 million Wii U consoles by Christmas 2012, and they’ll all sell out, according to game analyst.

Game analyst Michael Pachter, who’s been critical of the Wii U and Nintendo in the past, believes that the current “negativity” that surrounds the console won’t have an impact on sales.


The negativity surrounds the launch, some update issues with the console, some critics didn’t like the games — this is always the case. And as Pachter points out, “negativity will never go away”. Pachter doesn’t see this to affect the European and Japanese launches either.

Pachter believes Nintendo will ship 3 million consoles to stores by Christmas, and that all 3 million will sell out. He also thinks that Nintendo will sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by March 2013, on par with what Nintendo has forecast.

This is quite a backtrack from Pachter who last month said that Nintendo’s “5.5 million” sales number was “unrealistic“. Now, apparently, Pachter believes it’s quite realistic.