UK: Wii U sells just 34,000 pieces of software in January

GE: "UK software sales for Wii U last month were rather abysmal. Just 34,000 games were sold in the territory throughout January."

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Sp1d3ynut1900d ago

More like a TERAflop. Oh wait...the WiiU can't do teraflops, my bad.

Mykky1900d ago

Not to worry though. 3DS was also flopping in the beginning. The sales will go sky high ones Super Mario, Zelda, Super Smash and Mario Kart appears. Just like the 3DS.

I always get Nintendo consoles but only to play Zelda and super smash. So I can easily wait for them to appear before buying a Wii U, like I am doing now.

xursz1900d ago

Moreso than the games I think is the inevitability of a price drop. A lot of people weren't happy when the 3DS dropped in price a few months after launch, and it's the same situation here.

Slow sales in the wake of newer consoles = Price cut.

kupomogli1900d ago


So the fact that New Super Mario Bros U is already out?

Red_Orange_Juice1900d ago

Lego City and Bayonetta 2 will be a real test for WiiU, only games I wish were on ps3/360

Wenis1900d ago

So many Wii U haters in here

Divine1900d ago

Wii u is Rubbish and it only interests nes fanatics. The online is garbage and so limiting and the hardware has been outdated 6 years ago.

BitbyDeath1900d ago

It's just UK and if you look up one on the charts you'll see the Vita had not done much better @46k.

Which is likely respective to the install base each system has and again this is only UK numbers so there is nothing here.

Gamer19821900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

People are saying its okay as the 3DS was a flop but the difference is the 3DS competition was a LOT weaker (only the failing Vita to contend with). See the problem Nintendo have got it they can release Mario Kart and smash brothers but if they don't get them out before PS4 and 720 will gamers choose WiiU over the next-gen consoles? I don't think so.. Not unless the launch lineup is truly terrible or the consoles truly suck.

bicfitness1900d ago


The 3DS dropped 40% off its price when it was languishing. I don't see the Wii U doing that, they simply couldn't afford to.

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adorie1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

...Petaflop anyone? Kidding.

I hada feeling the Wii name would end up killing the console, though. It should be selling more than that.

Also, the advent of the internet social machine is evident here, to me. Word of mouth might be causing people to stand their ground and wait for the new HD consoles this year(or 2014).

Kingthrash3601900d ago

Why is it people always compare the vita to the wiiu? Compareing a next gen console to a handheld is just making it look worse. Yeah we all know the vita is struggleing but why bring it up here? To make people pay attention to something that isnt in the same bracket as the topic under disscusion. You could of easly compared the ps3/xbox360 when they first dropped because they are in the same area compition and level of power. It just rubs me the wrong way to see people picking on the vita when its off topic. Truth be told a lot of bad news is reported in way of the wiiu and I dont like it but Nintendo wanted to get more hardcore games for hardcore gamers and also still maintain it's large casual gamer base. Problem with that is to please many hardcore gamers you need to visually impress along with comfortable controls and lets not forget the specs. All that will cost more so they will charge more for the wiiU. No biggie for hardcore gamers but the casual... not big spenders. Wiiu needs a price drop they cant afford.

BitbyDeath1900d ago

@Kingthrash360, was not trying to make the Vita look bad just saying these numbers are about right given the number available in that region.

OhMyGandhi1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

I agree, and it's not that I personally want to see Nintendo fail, it's that I am sick of having the wool pulled over my eyes, and everyone else saying how inventive they are as a company, always striving for a new way to experience games.

I don't mind innovation, but innovation without listening to your audience is a beautiful hybrid of ignorance and arrogance. I want Nintendo to wake up, and see that in 2013 our expectations have changed as the industry matures. Get with the program.

@ Mykky
I hope you are joking. If you wish to be a fan of Nintendo, no one is stopping you. But don't act let a paid spokesperson.

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SilentNegotiator1900d ago


"Not to worry though. 3DS was also flopping in the beginning"

That was due to an uncompelling price, not uncompelling games.

Ritsujun1900d ago

Mii & U: The Justin Bieber Console

SilentNegotiator1900d ago

@BitbyDeath - It's hilarious that trolls think that every non-Sony issue is justified by "Vita isn't doing well!"

Vita's poor sales have nothing to do with Wii U software numbers being awful. Stop using Vita as a scapegoat to everything.

More like, so many people that mistake recognition of the shortcomings of their favorite system with "HATERZZZZZ"

Alcohog1899d ago

@ Myyky

That's a good point. I will buy one for Zelda, sadly.

Mykky1899d ago (Edited 1899d ago )


When did new super smash bros become a system seller? Its sales were never big compared to the other big games. (DS is a exception, new super mario bros was actually "New" at that time)

@everyone else
If a system has enough good games the price shouldn't be a hindrance. Very few good games had launched when the 3DS had its high price. If what you guys say is true about the price being the hindrance I can't see PS4 and 720 getting a lower price than Wii U's. If that's the truth PS4 and 720 will flop much harder.
But all that is of course BS. It all comes down to the games.

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Eyeco1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

The Wii U has sold like what 2 million units worldwide, so obviously software sales are gonna be low, also people should consider that its 35'000 in the UK, not NA,not Japan, not Europe as a whole, but just the UK I'm not sure how much the WII-U has sold in the UK but I'm sure it justifies the sales for that month.

Godchild10201900d ago

It sold 3.06 million units since Dec 31, 2012, not 2 million.

BLAKHOODe1900d ago

There are a lot of gamers in the UK, so this is somewhat a reflection of how the Wii U is being perceived as a whole.

And this is bad, because now that the Holidays are over, you can't so much factor in Holiday buyers or the hardcore Nintendo fans who bought it Day 1.. the Wii U is now standing on it's own legs and these numbers represent it's appeal to the general consumer.

mcstorm1900d ago

Eyeco I agree although the Wiiu has sold 3 million world wide. People seem to forget that in January sales of games and consoles go down any way. One because people are skint and two there dose not tend to be many games out in January and I can't think of any new games on the Wiiu to shout about. Intact were there any on the 360 and ps3?

What people have failed to notice is the Wiiu has sold more than the 360 and ps3 did in there 1st 3 months on sale and they also forget that this is the 1st of the next gen consoles and people are waiting to see what Sony and Microsoft offer before deciding to get there next console. Also we have had some big games out before Xmas like cod bo2 halo 4 ect and this will also stop people picking a new gen console up as they will not buy a new console to play cod on if they already have a 360 or ps3 to play it on.

I wish people would stop this doom and gloom every time a company brings out a new product. People should just buy what they like and stop telling people about what they don't like.

I own all 3 home consoles and both hand held devices as well as a Lumia 900 and a Ms surface but I don't go round telling propel the iPad or android tablets are crap or start a rant. They work for me and that's what I want. I don't go and buy gta as I can't get into it but I don't go on and slag it off as I can see why people like the game. There are far to many fan boys in this world now and they are always out to try and say mine is better and bigger than yours. Instead they should just go and use what they like tell people what they like and stop moaning about what they don't like.

bangshi1900d ago

UK is 3rd biggest game market.

Wii U is bombing.

bicfitness1900d ago


Those are "shipped". Every one of the three reports "sold to retailers" now. We'll see if those were channel stuffed for Christmas or an expectation of higher demand when next quarter's results roll around. If they over supplied, then they'll miss their target.

GribbleGrunger1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

'Uk is third biggest games market'

What? LOL. I live on that tiny island off the coast of Europe and I can tell you that it's probably one of the smallest. Where I come from (and I've had confirmation from other people in other parts of the UK that it's the same there) the 360 dominates mainly because that's nearly all the shops promote. The first thing you see is a sea of green. 360 posters on the windows and doors, midnight launches and salesmen advising people to buy a 360 over any other console. The Wiiu and the PS3 don't stand much of a chance with this set up.

Just as we have with the Vita, we need to wait and see. I did with the Vita and I now have to conclude it needs something to happen, and quickly, but that doesn't mean the same will happen with the Wiiu. I've always said that the Wiiu was a hard sell and that it wouldn't sell as many as the Wii, but it is in no way 'doomed'.

Let's give it at least the same time we gave the Vita and then we can discuss this more knowledgeably.

matgrowcott1900d ago


Just to add to what Gribble said, not only is there zero space for the Wii U in stores (my local Tesco has a cardboard cutout for Wii U games that's been empty since launch), but the prices are also skyhigh.

I haven't seen a £50 game since the N64 era, but if you want Batman Arkham City or Assassin's Creed 3, that's what you'll be paying. Keep in mind, you can get them for a fraction of the price on other consoles...

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hellzsupernova1900d ago

for those that know me i am one of nintendos biggest critics I have never really rated them. BUT the WiiU will take off just like the 3DS Nintendo is one company you can never count out just look at the teases for Nintendos upcoming E3 you have Mario, Zelda, a new smash bros game, Meteriod i mean cmon that only even makes me curious add in Donkey Kong and even I would struggle to not buy one!

NeoTribe1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

Are those games suppost to be exciting? Maybe to a child. Donkey kong? Really? How old are you? Mario is pretty lame aswell now. Same crap since nes days. Metroid is a childs shooter. Cod halo killzone and battlefield run laps around it. Smash bros is ok i suppose. Zelda is about the only game id be interested in. Not worth buying a console for a game or two. Once zelda is out you prolly wont see another one till the next system. If nintendo would actually make some new ips that didnt invold cute fluffy critters and a gay plumber maybe id take the console seriously.

hellzsupernova1900d ago

Sigh you miss my point the FACT is those games will sell! Im 23 how old are you? 12? if you think CoD, Killzone, Halo or BF3 run rings around it you are showing you have only just entered gaming how about mention the REAL FPS defining games like Halflife and couterstrike oh because you have never herd of them thought so.

You just cant have a rational discussion on this site can you

FriedGoat1899d ago

No need to mention those games. Quake is all that is necessary.

RegKDwight1899d ago

@GribbleGrunger. You're wrong, we're by far the largest market in Europe and bangshi is correct in saying we're the Third largest market overall.

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3-4-51900d ago

o not this again.

1.) Once E3 happens people will be re-excited about Wii U again.

2.) This will lead to more console sales, because people by them for the games.

3.) Nothing has flopped in years. Just because people like you say it did, does not make it so.

4.) Why do people like being negative ?

What purpose does it serve ? Does it help anything or anyone ? Does it even help yourself ? Then why be negative ? You just venting your emotional frustrations via online or what ?

Seriously trying to understand the mentality of the negative person. I'm 95% of the time positive person. You complain about something while I find the beauty or greatness within it.

seriously being negative does nobody good. It doesn't help you play better games, it doesn't make dev's listen to you, it doesn't make people like you more, it doesn't make you look cool, in fact it does the opposite.

Kingthrash3601900d ago

While i do agree with you fact ill press the agree button on your E3 commet ill say this: IF and most likely when Sony/Microsoft announce their new consoles at E3 depending on what they show could make the wiiu stay in limbo. What will really kill it is if the price is the same or even 50 $ more. Hardcore gamers know that they will bring the TRUE next gen (hardware) consoles. So unless smash brothers and zelda and metriod and starfox and mario all show up and maybe even a price drop during E3 the talk this year will be of ps4/720. All other comments you made about negitivity hurting games are right on IMO.

kenshiro1001900d ago

...If Nintendo brings out something for people to be excited about...

joeorc1899d ago

100% agreement, If Gamer's have not been paying attention right now, the three Game console company's are no longer just to compete among themselves!

Apple, and Now Google are in direct challenge to the Game console market, through Smart Devices. not just for consumer's Money , but time of use of product's.

This is the telling sign.

EA will Have 14! games for packaged Media, but for Mobile over 30! with an increase in Mobile!

This is not just EA!

The signs forward even Nintendo, will have slower sales, but longer on life shelf life for games because the cost in reduction of games can be made in publishing as if they were Mobile game's.

Why do you think all three chose SOC's this new generation!

the tool chain's and development engines for Mobile chipsets are Advanced enough now, that it can handle advanced Game engines that frankly 10 years ago no mobile chipset could handle, not the case anymore Mobile chipset's can Handle DirectX 10 and 11+ with advanced shader Model 4.1 and higher.

this just means a change for this part of the market industry wide because if many people have not noticed the Living room entertainment box, well its becoming merged with the very thing that makes it's requirement a TV. Now with smart TV's having those very advanced chips people can have advanced games right on their smart TV, or from their Tablet and smartphone with HDMI output.

The market has changed but the dynamic's have not settled yet, still in the change phase and have not hit stability yet.

People worried about the new systems viability in this market is fear mongering to gather hit's.

FriedGoat1899d ago

Anyone who mentions mobile games competing is a moron. Core gamers have and will be the main focus in the long run of running a successful game business. EA are hitting the mobile market hard, yes.. But they are late to the party.
Casuals are not a dependable customer and people who use their damn iPhones for gaming should not even be in this conversation.
Consoles have and always will be for the core, just because they decided over the last couple of years that the wii/ Kinect was great, it was a fad and now they are bored. I'm pretty certain they won't jump over to the wiiU.

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Psn8001900d ago

I have to agree , I bought a Wii u and it's gathering dust to say the truth , where's the games they promised , anyone wanna buy a Wii u cheap Lol ?

Stroke6661900d ago

Ummm 'PSN'800 hard to believe you bought one, or that a 3 month old system is collecting dust. but how do you not have games to play, trine, cave, zombiu, fist of the north star, oroichi heroes, tekken, ninja gaiden, plus whatever games for the wii u never owned. my wii u rocks cant wait to see what sonysoft have to bring to the table

zerocrossing1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

What console sells well during January? people are still getting over what they spent during the holidays, give it a rest till May or June I say.

user39158001900d ago

no its not a new flop, its a current flop. Noted flops = Dreamcast, atari jaguar, virtual boy, neo geo go, 3do, amstrad, apple pipin, cdi, comodore 64, digiblast, gizmondo, nintendo 64 dd, ngage, laseractive, psx dvr, vectrex, just afew lol... The one thing they all had in common was a rush of hardware with lack of market interest. Current flops are WII-U and Vita. wiiu expected lifetime sales 26 million, vita expected lifetime sales 32 millions, not bad for flops lol...

showtimefolks1900d ago


you said it best man people always give way too much credit to Nintendo for something that's not so innovative. Wii motion controls where are they now? Innovation is something that helps improve something that already exists or make something better yet wiiu gamepad is a iPad with buttons with much much lower resolution and not even one 4th of battery life that iPad delivers

Whether or not people want to admit it fact remains that wiiu launched too late, the right time to launch wiiu was in 2010. Wiiu is what ps3 and xbox360 have been for last 6-7 years so don't give me the next gen crap. Nintendo was a gen behind so they are now catching up to Sony and ms while both of them are about to move to actual next

Many like me are waiting to see what Sony and ms will deliver before deciding which system or systems are right for me.

Nintendo direct was great but did you notice how none of the games are due out within next 6-8 months so what wiiu should sell on hopes of getting games ne day? And media went so crap oh Nintendo just showed their E3 preview but my problem is where are the games for now? Sony and ms should follow suit and announce bunch of games but than media and these same fanboys will say oh none of that is coming any time soon

So ts ok for Nintendo to announce games which are due in 2-3 years but would not be cool for Sony or ms to do the same.

Wiiu isn't gonna sell anything close to wii and that's a fact no opinion. Ps4 and xbox720 annuncements will over shadow whatever momentum wiiu actually had and make wiiu a last gen system.

Nintendo for once maybe get up to the program, this is 2013 while you are giving us 2010 tech. I see wiiu selling 50-60 million systems which is a succeful system but not gonna be able to compete with other 2

Also this is a major reason why 3rd party publishers are afraid to support wiiu, while Nintendo's 1st party games sell millions it's the 3rd party games that sell few 100k.

Stroke6661900d ago

lol, the fact that the wii motion controls was the reason for kinect and move, and both ps4 and xbox will retain their motion controls I'd have to say thats pretty fuking innovative. and um the ipad is a stand alone product where as the gamepad is a peripheral device, horrible analogy. for the record none of the next gen consoles will out sell wii, wii was revolutionary, which is why despite you believing it was a gen behind it absolutely dominated last gen. as none of this gen system( next gen if u don't already own an 8th gen system) will be that revolutionary. don't get me wrong i'd love microsony to prove me wrong but all i see is last gen systems with upgrade cpus and gpus but the same old rinse wash and repeat games. since i'm no graphics whore it'll take that system seller to get me to become a late adopter. hope i'm wrong but...

Eddie201011900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

Not a flop. That number is for U.K. games sales. The U.K. has fewer games to choose from and still haven't gotten some of the games the U.S. has. Plus the U.k. is kinda up Microsoft's but. Not saying that as a fanboy just telling the truth (I own all the game systems).

Nintendo estimated that they will have sold 5 million consoles world wide (later adjusted to 4 million) by the end of the fiscal year ending at the end of march, they have sold over 3 million so far in just under 3 months time with just under 2 months they should easily sell around 4 million units. That is pretty darn good considering the downturn in the gaming industry.

I think Sony and Microsoft may see similar sales numbers, because there is going to be such a small leap in graphics that the average person is not going to see any difference between current gen games and next gen games. The rumored specs of the new Sony and Microsoft consoles are way under powered compared to even a mid range PC. Even games design specifically for PC don't really show huge difference form the console games that are out now even on very high end machines. Sure they have higher frame rates, slightly better textures, and better lighting but they still look similar to the console games. To the hardcore gamers (especially PC games)these things make a huge difference but to the average consumer they really won't be able to see the difference between next gen and current gen.

My point being is that Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft may not seem so far apart in the eyes of consumers. Plus you will not get Nintendo exclusive games on any other console. no Smash Brothers, No Zelda, No Mario Kart, No Pikman, No Yoshi, No Kirby and many others.

OmegaSlayer1900d ago

What a piece of crap of a machine.

WiiUsauce1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

insert pro Sony, anti Nintendo comment here*
watch agrees go up*

this site should be renamed to since that's all you see here.

Sony fangirls really have no room to talk so I don't know why they're posting in the comments here lol. "ONE bad month? ermahgerd, the Wii U is D00med!!"

How much of a failure is the Vita after being out for a whole year? How long did it take Sony to make PS3 successful (it survived mostly because of Blu Ray)? How well do Sony franchises sell? Yeah they sell so well that they have to close down countless studios.

Liverpool, Superbot, Zipper interactive, and those are just the ones that I know of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more.

IAmLee1899d ago

How can it flop with all these exclusives?! ... -__-

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Nyxus1900d ago

That's bad. But I guess there is very little to get now, until Pikmin 3 comes out.

xursz1900d ago (Edited 1900d ago )

I read that Pikmin only sold 1 million copies worldwide. Even with the lack of games at the moment I don't think Pikmin 3 is going to make a huge splash.

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WiiUsauce1900d ago

woah somebody with common sense on N4G? unheard of.