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Wii U continues to take a beating at retail

Sales of Nintendo’s newest console haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire.

Add this one to the Nintendo Wii U worry-pile: the company sold just 460 thousand units globally in the last six months. And 300k of those sold in the last three months, making the year in total all that much more disappointing. Nintendo also stated that they didn’t see a significant sales bump from the twin releases of Pikmin 3 and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD either, which is a bit of a surprise to me.

Pikmin is considered one of the company’s bigger properties and is pretty popular while Wind Waker is widely recognized as one of the best Zelda titles of all time and the HD version is gorgeous- something I thought would have swayed those on the fence about the console… unless of course, there are no people on the fence about it.

Wii U sales in total sit at just about 3.91 million according to industry site MCV, which is definitely not what Nintendo was hoping for. Oddly though, the site also points out that Nintendo is sticking by its optimistic outlook of 9 million units sold by April of 2014. It seems heavily unlikely that the tablet/console combo system will move anywhere close to that many units, but I can’t fault them for keeping a sunny outlook as the Holiday offerings that are yet to debut for the console are solid.

In sharp contrast to all this are the sales figures for the 3DS. Unsurprisingly, the little handheld has held pretty strong with almost 2.5 million consoles sold in this past quarter and about 35 million units sold through the life of the console.

Source: MCV

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4 comments

  1. Christopher Deleanides

    Ouch…. well, hopefully the holiday sales give them a boost. This isn’t too far from the Gamecube’s sales. Looking at some sales charts from the past, I’ve found there’s a similar pattern going on here. This won’t be their water loo, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be pulling off SNES levels of sales this generation.

  2. No I don’t see that happening either. I understand that the Wii was a little bit of catching lightning in a bottle, but I’m confused as to why the Wii U flopped (at least so far) so hard.

    I guess people were expecting something radically different again?

  3. Christopher Deleanides

    I don’t know… it’s hard to gauge. I wrack my brain trying to figure out what the problem is. The first year is obvious, considering the lack of software, but it’s finally getting some games, including new bundles. I would have expected more than such a small boost.

    Some say it’s due to the name; and that many people are still confusing it for an add on to the Wii. I honestly just don’t know though.

  4. Man I’d hate to think it’s just because of a name, but I could actually see that! I know a bunch of people who are really only into games on a passing level and they all thought Wii U was an add-on or a revision for the Wii.

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