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Submitted by Valay 716d ago | news

December 2012 NPD: Nintendo's response, Wii U/3DS/Wii/DS sales

Nintendo's response to the 2012 NPD report is in. Sales for the Wii U (December and total since launch), NSMBU, Wii, 3DS, DS, and other data is now available. (3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii, Wii U)

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dboyc310  +   716d ago
Of course wii u generated more revenue than the wii. It did sell for a lot more $ so I assume that should be the case lol.
1upgamer99  +   716d ago
Good for Nintendo. All the haters going to hate, but the numbers speak for themselves, all in all great launch! :)
MikeMyers  +   716d ago
Not bad. Almost 900,000 in 41 days. They have also sold over 40 million Wii's now just in NPD region.

Anyone know why it's just Sony who refuses to give out actual numbers?
nukeitall  +   716d ago
@MikeMyers:

Sony might not have gotten very good sales numbers.
MikeMyers  +   716d ago
nukeitall, they haven't released numbers for a long time though. Not sure why.

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/r...

I think ever since then Sony has declined to give out numbers.
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rainslacker  +   716d ago
@Mike

I'm pretty sure Sony gives out official numbers with their quarterly and annual earnings reports. We'll likely see them in the next couple of weeks since their 3rd quarter just ended 10 days ago.

NPD is a third party that does sales tracking for many things, not just video games. They didn't want the media to release their numbers to analyze the market, because they believe that the market is too fragmented to really get a clear picture based on the way they analyze the numbers.
Knight_Crawler  +   716d ago
@ Mike - simple...if you post bad or ok numbers you lose the confidence of the consumer and if you lose the confidence of the consumer you lose the confidence of the shareholders and no shareholders equals no money.

Another thing could also be that Japan people are very proud people and if you do it is looked upon as a shame.
MikeMyers  +   716d ago
Knight_Crawler,
Not sure if I agree. Sony still releases annual results.

rainslacker,
Makes sense. I know Apple and other companies don't like certain information out there.

http://www.joystiq.com/2012...

They certainly don't mind when it comes to other regions. I do question NPD at times since I heard some retailers like Wal-Mart are not counted.
neogeo  +   716d ago
key word is (revenue) NOT PROFIT!
deafdani  +   715d ago
No necessarily. By that logic, then Sony and Microsoft should have earned more money with the PS3 and Xbox 360 than Nintendo did with the Wii, because those consoles were much more expensive. However, Sony and Microsoft sold their consoles initially at a massive loss, while Nintendo saw massive profit per each Wii console sold since day one.

So, yeah, it's not as simple as associating earning with the price of the console. It's all relative.
Jadedz  +   716d ago
Good sales for the Wii U
I'm more impressed with the Wii and NDS numbers (also New Super Mario Bros. U's attach rate - 65%).
GraveLord  +   716d ago
Those Wii U sales are abysmal considering the price its going for. For comparison, the $600 PS3 sold more on the December after its launch.
Gr81  +   716d ago
The Economy
In 2006 wasn't in the toilet either Grave. But since Wii U sales are abysmal, what would you call Vita's?
RTheRebel  +   716d ago
yea abysmal sales like the vita @_@
go back to cod
kid
Jadedz  +   715d ago
They aren't great
Though they're not terrible. Wii, NDS, and the 3DS all put up decent numbers, so I'm sure Nintendo's ok with the outcome.
deafdani  +   715d ago
Really? I remember back in 2006 reading that Sony had about 400,000 PS3 units available for launch WORLDWIDE on their first month, and then they had a manufacturing problem where a portion of those units had defective lenses or something like that, so not all of those 400k units were available at launch.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   715d ago
@deafdani

Ohhhhh yeah. I remember that. The PS3 almost had no units available at launch. Weird that the Wii had plenty and then went through a massive drought the next six months.
HateFanboys  +   715d ago
Dont care if crap sells, its still crap, current-gen graphics with oversized gimmicky controller and portable with no 2nd analog stick and inferior grahics equals crap in my book. And all of Nintendo's franchises are 20/30yrs old franchises. I dont care how well Justin Beiber sells, he still sucks in my book!
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d0nni3  +   715d ago
now now ladies, put the handbags down
DwightOwen  +   716d ago
The Wii U would probably be over the 1 million sold mark had Nintendo been able to anticipate demand for the Deluxe Set. Everywhere I see the system in stock its always the Basic model.
PopRocks359  +   716d ago
It seems to be selling well depending on the store. I normally go to a small Gamestop and they're actually trying to get rid of them. Meanwhile the larger and nearby Best Buy has nothing in stock by the end of the day. And that includes both the basic and deluxe models.
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KrisButtar  +   716d ago
890,000 units sold in the us in 41 days.
pedroyamato  +   716d ago
Well... if can reach the 5.5 million until march, then, I think it would be ok...

A 10 million base before the new ps/xbox is out is indispensable for wii u success in the future
deafdani  +   715d ago
Why 10 million? Why not 5 million? Why not 15 million? Where does that random number comes from?

The way I see it, you're doing a Pachter, nothing more.
pedroyamato  +   715d ago
If you cant understand then I suppose you are new in the game community.

10 millions until december represents a near 800.000 units month worldwide during 2013, a good average and a important number that represents the system sales momentum.

5 millions until December? Well, wii u already sold 2, so it means 3 millions in 12 months worldwide; less than 300.000 thousand month; it is too low to keep the momentum when the next xbox/ps3 release.

Of course, anything is possible! Wii U can sell 20 millions, or less than 5, and still succeed or fail. But average numbers tell a lot about the system success. 10 millions is a good number that attract new developers and therefore, are indispensable to wii u receive games even after the rivals are released.

Just check the monthly sales here in n4g and you will understand better.

Also,
The way I see it, you are trying to troll my post without even understand it. Better luck next time.
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ElectricKaibutsu  +   715d ago
If you do a Pachter you must be prepared to eat chocolate hats.
YoungPlex  +   716d ago
“While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing."

"New Super Mario Bros. U has now sold more than 580,000 units, an attach rate of more than 65 percent."

Clearly, Nintendo has succeeded in something the Wii couldn't do, sell software! While the Wii did sell more consoles, Wii U surpassed its predecessor in the most important category, revenue generation! Software will ALWAYS drive a system, now come on Nintendo, bring out the big guns...
MilkMan  +   716d ago
These numbers a re f*&$cking crazy.
There pretty much set for a stormy night.
Its no surprise, I'm still playing my Wii, I love my 3DS and im looking forward to all the great games and EXPERIENCES I'll have with the Wii U.
In the meantime I have my other consoles to keep me busy.
RTheRebel  +   716d ago
awesome sales
a price drop when next gen consoles come out will increase by alot
Kingofwiiu  +   716d ago
Wiiu is off to a good start. Everyone knows full well it's not fair comparing its sales to 360 , ps3 , wii , 3ds etc , because those consoles have much more games on the shelf.

I think if the wiiu can get to 10,000,000 worldwide by December it will be a huge success from their on...
PopRocks359  +   716d ago
The numbers are pretty good so far. So who knows.
Kingofwiiu  +   716d ago
It will get to 10M. Wii fitU and Pikmin 3 are both system sellers , lego city , Rayman , Monster Hunter , Aliens are semi system sellers.
Then you have unnanounced games , for all we know something HUGE could be announced at e3 and be released before end of the year , Infact about 4-5 Big wiiu games will be announced at e3 or before and released before 2014 guaranteed.

It's an 8th gen console , So no use comparing it to 360 lol. Lets wait and see what 720 and ps4 do in the same time frame...
Munnkyman  +   716d ago
I want to see start fox soooo bad
TheyDontLoveYou  +   716d ago
Terrible numbers. Nintendo banked to much on the apple/casual audience and it bit back. Its flopping in America and Europe. The only place where this thing is somewhat selling is Japan.
Theyellowflash30  +   715d ago
The Wii U sales numbers are better in America than Japan dude. Or are you talking about relative to the competition?

Either way, the sales numbers are actually good, and this is before Smash Bros, Wii Fit, Pikmin, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart ect. The Wii U is a lock to get to 10 Million by December.
1upgamer99  +   715d ago
Terrible numbers? It sold more than Microsoft or Sony the same time frame their launch. Don't get me wrong I really wanted PS3 at launch, but $599 back then was too much for my wallet. So I am pretty sure that is why Nintendo has sold more. We did buy Xbox360 at launch, 3 months later Ring of Death...Ouch.
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TheyDontLoveYou  +   715d ago
Judging by the sell of the wii u 299/349 must be to much for peoples wallets. It sold like crap plain and simple. the wii sold more than the wii u, the ps3 sold more and the 360 shitted on all of em'.
MegaLagann  +   715d ago
Sales are okay at the moment, but January through March could be brutal. Many people don't remember but the 3DS sales for the first few weeks were pretty good but took a nosedive. I kind of feel like this will happen with the Wii U sadly, but they can fix it.

1) The basic set has to go. Most people got the deluxe set and when I see stacks of Wii U's at Best Buys and Targets, it's always the basic set. No one wants it and Nintendo is just wasting money manufacturing it.

2) Advertise. Now I don't watch TV that often, but when I do I never see a Wii U ad. It just seems like they aren't pushing the system that much. Also on a side not, those Wii U commercials are terrible.

3) The name. We've been thought this thousands of times. But just like the Super Nintendo, PS2, GBA, 360 & 3DS the Wii U has the misfortune of being called an add-on by most casual consumers. Now yes casual consumers are stupid, but at the same time naming a system Wii U isn't smart either. This kind of goes into the second point, but still applies. They need to beat into people's heads that this is a new system. If Nintendo is desperate enough, they could discontinue the Wii to stop the confusion, but I doubt that.

4. ANNOUNCE SOME F***ING GAMES! I know Nintendo's known for their secrecy and wanting to announce their stuff when they want to, but for the love of Kojima's firm ass they need to announce more games fast. Some people are already saying Nintendo should price drop the Wii U like the 3DS, but what people fail to realize is while the 3DS sales picked up, they only really picked up when Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 comes out. It doesn't matter if they drop the price, if there isn't enough big games people won't buy it. I mean look at a few days ago when the announce Pokemon X and Y, all my friends are running out and getting a 3DS in preparation for X and Y. Do that for the Wii U! Announce a 3D Mario, show off Smash Bros (maybe a release date), Zelda, Retro's new game, Monolith's new game, show something built from the ground up for the Wii U that shows it is truly more powerful than the PS3 and 360, get people excited! Not everything needs to be saved for E3. Besides Bayonetta 2, there really is nothing to look forward to after the launch window. Get people looking forward to the future.

Look, i'm not going on the Nintendo hate train that everyone loves to ride on (especially on N4G) and these sales aren't terrible and just because it's not setting the world on fire with sales right now doesn't mean it will eventually I mean look at the 3DS and PS3, slow starts but now sell great and have great libraries. The Vita is slowly starting to pick up sales (though Pokemon might put a damper on that but that's another ramble). I'm just suggesting some ideas that can help the Wii U through it's first year, which is usually the hardest.
PS4isKing_82  +   715d ago
I fully agree. I've been wondering the same thing myself lately. I love my wiiu to death but i'm not seeing anything new coming out anytime soon.

Not to mention most 3rd parties are skipping it (for now).
But i'm hoping once they see how good its selling, they'll reconsider.

Btw, the demos for zombiu and nba 2k13 are now available on the wiiu eshop if anyone's interested. I'm downloading mine as I type this on my gamepad. :)
Theyellowflash30  +   715d ago
Aliens Colonial Marines in February, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in March.
1upgamer99  +   715d ago
Yes too many people that don't have a Wii U sit there and Knock it. It does more than my PS3 and it is REALLY Cool playing Black Ops on it, in FACT I would challenge ANY PS3 owner or 360 owner to play Multi-Player on line same room and compare, Or two pro-controllers and Gamepad as a map and tell me I am wrong...I am sorry, if I had to buy a freaking PS3 again, yes I would, because I have too many games for it not to, but Wii you is priced about the same as a PS3 Slim, and can do SOOOOOO much more. Oh and Xbox 360 0wners, it is called a PC.
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ThaBlackBaron  +   715d ago
LOL @ fools saying Wii U numbers are bad ! 890k in 40+ days!!!?! in NA alone wow how da hell is that bad? lol 3DS 1.25 MILLION IN DEC. plus the Wii/DS are STILL selling! 475k/470k.. wow
metroidfusion2  +   715d ago
O shit black baron how long have you been on this site and have you made videos and make more videos like before calling out the sony drones and microshit fans and doing all the stuff you normally do its to damn funny
herbs  +   715d ago
More games available early on and announcements to look forward to would have definitely increased the sales. It's too bad Nintendo didn't front more cash to high profile game studios for more support. I'm sure they would have seen better returns in the long run and would end up with a bigger lead over their competitors. It's really sad that Wii U owners are missing out on so many high profile 3rd party games this year. Nintendo should invest more on there investment and stay true to there promise of winning back the hardcore. (Im not hating) the Wii U obviously has great potential im just a little disappointed in Nintendo overall.
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wiiulee  +   715d ago
even with the numbers and facts...haters will still hate...point it wiiu is outselling ps3 and xbox360 during the same period and is either outselling or keeping pace with the wii and thats with all the lies from haters and bad press and game delays ....so that tells you just how well wiiu will be doing in a couple months....its in front to stay
younghavok  +   715d ago
Its cool to hate Nintendo in the game world even though their titles continue to sell like hot cakes. Wait until more software is announced and released, the console will earn its place. It has quite a few good looking exclusives coming out in the next few months, and exclusives are what sell consoles. Nobody is going to buy a PS3 to play Call Of Duty if they already have a 360 that can play it. ZThey will however buy one to play uncharted and the other exclusives the console offers. Thats what Nintendo needs to do. Multiplats are fine and all but if everybody is throwing the same party why not just stick to whats convenient?

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