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Wii U is now as old as the DreamCast when it got discontinued, sold worse

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Tweet from MCV editor Ben Parfitt

@BenParfitt The Wii U is now as old as the Dreamcast was when it was killed off. It has sold around half the number Dreamcast had by this point.

https://mobile.twitter.com/BenParfitt/status/453550188532342785

DreamCast completed it's global roll-out by November 1999 and was discontinued in March 2001. Technically it was released a year earlier than that in Japan, but even when you remove Japanese DreamCast sales altogether (2.8m out of 10.6m) Wii U sales still lower.
 

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Sega had multiple failing consoles in a row. Nintendo is still sitting on a mountain of cash.

The Wii U will live for a few more years.
 

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I love how Dreamcast has been able to linger as this dark cloud over the industry for more than 10 years now. Its like the console is immortalized through its premature death.

PS2 is the warrior who came, conquered and left. Dreamcast is the creepy kid, who died in the attic and still haunts the dreams of men everywhere.
 

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The Dreamscast would have had to sell a lot better to save Sega at that point. Nintendo can stomach a bad console (at the very least, they can nearly compensate for it with their handheld). That said, I am eagerly awaiting the day the Wii U hits those Dreamcast numbers so we can finally put this topic to rest.

Edit:

Time for Nintendo to make some tough decisions.

Oddly enough, I had a dream last night that Iwata had passed away and they put a European in charge of their WW operations.
 

Kai Dracon

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I love how Dreamcast has been able to linger as this dark cloud over the industry for more than 10 years now. Its like the console is immortalized through its premature death.

PS2 is the warrior who came, conquered and left. Dreamcast is the creepy kid, who died in the attic and still haunts the dreams of men everywhere.

Best and most accurate description of Dreamcast ever.
 

Radec

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Mario Kart tho.

now wheres the updated image of this..

 

The Llama

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A bit depressing, to be honest. Whats even more depressing is I don't think they're going to make the right moves with their next console either.
 

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I love how Dreamcast has been able to linger as this dark cloud over the industry for more than 10 years now. Its like the console is immortalized through its premature death.

PS2 is the warrior who came, conquered and left. Dreamcast is the creepy kid, who died in the attic and still haunts the dreams of men everywhere.

please tell me more... what was the GC?
 

Tobor

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The Wii U is Nintendo's Saturn. The next system will be their Dreamcast, and then they'll exit the hardware market.
 

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Dreamcast is more comparable to the Vita --> lots of Japanophile games, lots of ports, handful of decent exclusives
 
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Sega was already is trouble when the dreamcast was released, they needed the dreamcast to save them after the Saturn bombed. Comparing the two is kind of stupid.
 

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Sega had multiple failing consoles in a row. Nintendo is still sitting on a mountain of cash.

The Wii U will live for a few more years.

That mountain is quickly becoming a molehill breh

Lol, Dreamcast was way more impressive at the time and had a better lineup of games that came out at a steady clip. Wii U is garbage in comparison.

Yep not even close. The DC was really going hard. Shame about the way it all turned out. The WiiU has some good games, but it cant touch the DC's library.
 

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Nintendo can afford to have the Wii U bomb while Sega could not.

Pretty much this. Nintendo still has a fair amount of money in the bank from a highly successful previous generation and a still-successful handheld business, Sega was coming off of a third place finish (among other blunders: 32X, Sega CD, etc.)
 
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