July 31, 2013
Wii U sells 160,000 units worldwide in 3 Months
The numbers don’t lie, Nintendo needs to address the Wii U. The struggling Nintendo console sold 160,000 in the past three months. This news coming from Nintendo shedding light on sales figures, puts the company into crunch mode to put out titles for the holiday season. Games Industry International went into the numbers a bit further with the breakdown by region. The States saw 60,000 units, Japan with 90,000 units, and a dismal 10,000 in Europe and Australia. With Pikmin 3 launching here on August 4th, we may see a surge in sales; Pikmin 3 was one of the reasons I bought a Wii U. By the end of the year we will see Platinum Games “The Wonderful 101”, the physical retail copy of “New Super Luigi U”, “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD”, “Super Mario 3D World”, and “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze”. That is the list of titles that we are getting from Nintendo alone, not to mention Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Call of Duty: Ghost will be on the console this fall as well. The 3DS has a similar predicament, I remember playing nothing but Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for a few months until The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released. The 3DS received a price cut, the library received the ample dose of love, and now sells like hotcakes. It will be interesting to see the sales trends over the next couple of months and to see if Nintendo hints at any sign of a price cut. On the upside with the release of the June NPD numbers, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was number in the charts, only out paced by The Last of Us, not shabby for a handheld title. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon were in the top 10 solidifying the 3DS’s hold on the handheld market. Will the system recover? Will it be the new Dreamcast and disappear 2 years after launch? Will it have moderate success like the GameCube and achieve nothing more? Share your thoughts below.