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Nintendo pinning hopes on Wii U – Can it be a success?

It has been a long time coming, but a brand new console – the first in what seems like an eternity – is very nearly here.

It comes, of course, in the form of the Wii U from Nintendo, which will hit shelves across the world next month.

The innovative console is no less than we’d expect from the Japanese gaming giant, once again giving us a different way to game.

But will the Wii U be a success? The gamepad is certainly an exciting concept that many gamers will be keen to try, but is it enough to persuade millions to part with their hard-earned cash?

Nintendo cuts profit forecast

The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units worldwide, but that was before the likes of tablets and smartphones really took off games-wise.

Nintendo recently cut its annual profit outlook by almost half, which it has put down to a strong yen eating into profits – not to mention falling consoles sales.

So the manufacturer has a lot riding on the Wii U and while no one is really expecting Wii-like sales, the new console really needs to perform.

Sales target for Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U will launch in the US on 18 November, with Europe and Australia following on 30 November – just in time for the Christmas rush.

Nintendo recently announced an initial sales target for the console of 5.5 million units by 31 March – the first time the company has revealed its expectation for the Wii U.

Both Microsoft and Sony will be watching to Wii U’s progress carefully, to see how a traditional console fares in this modern world of mobile gaming.

But given this is the first new gaming machine for years, and one that is packed with great social networking and entertainment features, not to mention the gamepad, this could be the runaway hit of the festive season. Watch this space!

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