The Micro attracted better-than-expected orders on its Japanese debut on Tuesday, though less than Game Boy Advance SP originally did. Retailers have been receiving pre-orders of about 70% of total inventory which is still very solid.
Nintendo is aiming to sell 4 million units of the Micro worldwide by next March. It should be interesting to see how the unit sells in the US next week. I remember asking this about the Nintendogs Japanese-to-US transition, so do you think the Micro has any chance of making a repeat? I don’t think so, but neither did a lot of people about the US Nintendogs launch, and it was a huge success.
i think, IMHO, the micro will do just fine here in the US.
a lot of people seem to be interested in it even those who already have a GBA SP and a DS.
I’m very optimistic, but only time will tell.
There seems to be a lack of advertising. Maybe a commercial or an ad here and there. Most people I spoke to don’t even know about it.
So how is it supposed to sell well.
I agree with you, but i think once it’s there it’s going to sell!
with Nintendogs, commercials didn’t start to air until the game was released.
and online, i’ve seen a lot of ads in different websites.
I expect TV commercials to kick off by thursday or even friday.
Wow, 4 million units. Initially I had thought the Micro was only produced to top off Nintendo’s handheld sales, kind of like a “side” console. But it it sells as well as the DS and SP, Sony will find themselves in a 3 on 1 for domination for the handhed market :).
The GBA sold 180,000 units last week, opposed to the PSP’s 150,000, and the DS’s 161,000.
There’s certainly a market for GBAs, and the micro is the nicest of the three models, soo.. i think it’ll do alright. mini advance wars ferchrisake!
Critics are arguing that there isn’t a demand for this, and that no one who already has an SP or DS would pick it up. However, I haven’t seen anything from Nintendo suggesting that this is a “PSP killer.”
This to me is a complementary system, meaning it can only help GameBoy sales and GB Advance games. They’re clearly betting (as was mentioned elsewhere on Infendo) that this will benefit from an iPod-like effect (with the nano coming out this month as well, this could be a solid play).
Nintendo has basically flooded the market with handhelds, and the 3 v. 1 analogy was a good one. This thing screams portability and quick play, while the PSP looks clunky and slow with its load times and obviously un-pocket size.
The more the merrier I say.
Great that it sold that well….
I think most people expected it to fail, so this is great news……
I think about actually using it iPod style with the Play-Yan….
I don’t get how anyone can’t see that this will be a huge success and why the hell everyone thinks that the market is so linear. Good games are not confined to new systems; in fact I’d argue that if executed properly every single generation of systems can co-exist because essentially they cater to a different generation.
Nintendo completely pulled the rug from underneath Sony’s feet on this. While Sony helps Nintendo craft out a distinct DS market, the GB market will thrive on as the more affordable, more portable market. There are now officially three worthy video game markets: portable, portable console and console. I expect this to eventually turn into portable small, portable medium and portable large. Where does the revolution fit into this?
Oh and the Micro will easily surpass the 4 million mark before fiscal end, in my opinion.
I compare the Micro to the GB Pocket. Probably a useful comparison to make with sales numbers too.
The console is Micro, the screen isn’t. The Micro’s screen is the same size as the old GBs and GB Pocket.
I love the micro personally, I really want one but will wait for a price drop. I think it will sell in America, maybe not as hot as Nintendogs, but people will like this because like stated before, it’s like an ipod. I think it’s more ipod esque than the PSP, that’s for sure.