GME closing stores doesn’t matter. I have crunched the numbers and looked at stores vs sales and what effect the new console cycle has on sales. The Wii U has been confirmed, personally I thought after this cycle msft and sne would not give Nintendo a head start. My read on it is that the Wii was so game changing that msft and sne wanted to see what the Wii U has and reverse engineer it. In the rumor mill I have read articles saying the next xbox has tablets I see that as more probable than not having a disc drive. Msft has come out and said they want to control your living room so I don’t know why they would try to alienate people by not having a disc drive or used games.
Numbers follow as: year, number of stores, store percent increase/decrease from previous year, sales, sales percent increase/decrease from previous year. Note: store count starts at October 29, 2005 as that as all I could find on edgar, if you know the number of stores post it. Sales are in billion and for the year.
IMO there is no correlation between adding stores and sales. Sales do better when new consoles are released. The Wii U is the answer. I think the Wii U will do well for a number of reasons. More involvement from third party publishers, pent up demand, backwards capability Wii U can play Wii games. (good for used sales).