Pachter: Sluggish Wii U sales part of December decline

The NPD group is going to release its December sales report this Thursday, and industry analyst Michael Pachter says that it will include some bad news for Nintendo.

The 657,000 Wii U consoles sold in December were only up 59% over November, when the system launched. There’s also a weak software attach rate of just about one title to hardware unit that’s most likely due to an underwhelming Wii U software lineup that lacks a new Mario or Zelda game.

Overall, console software sales have fallen 11 percent with Call of Duty: Black Ops II sales down 20 percent when compared to last year’s Modern Warfare 3. Another shooter sequel, Halo 4, didn’t sell as much as expected, but brighter times are on the horizon.

Pacther believes that 2013 will be a greener year for the videogame industry with highly anticipated games like BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V hitting store shelves. It’s this writer’s opinion that the Wii U should also see a boost with the introduction of Nintendo TVii and further software support.