The Nintendo Wii U is literally on fire, after a fire claimed an unnamed Wii U production factory in Japan. With just a month left until launch, this seems like bad news for the company, but Nintendo is remaining confident.
Analyst David Gibson said that his company Macquarie, an Australian bank in Tokyo, has downgraded Wii U’s shipping forecast by one million units, falling to 7.3 million worldwide at launch. Gibson tweeted that Nintendo will be revising their revenue forecast on October 24th.
Nintendo, however, told CVG that they will not change their shipping forecast for the console after the accident. They stated “As of now, we see no impacts on our Wii U console production scheme”.
Let’s hope that Nintendo aren’t simply trying to avoid commotion and that Wii U production really won’t be affected, as an incident like this could be fatal at this time. Many retailers have already long sold out of stock for the console after incredibly strong demand. Hopefully Nintendo can recoup their losses so that there won’t be disappointed little faces at Christmas time.
More good news is that there appears to be no word on casualties.