Wii U passes 1 million in Japan in roughly the same time frame it took PS3 to do so

The Wii U past the 1 million consoles sold mark in Japan recently. Not only that but it took about the same time that the PS3 took to cross 1 million units in the region too.

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mewhy321761d ago

We shouldn't be counting the Wii U out yet.

iamnsuperman1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

That is true and at the same time it isn't true.

The difference is the PS3 was selling at a $600 price (or the equivalent in Japan). The Wii U is at a much cheaper price point and is struggling to beat the PS3 record even when the Wii U isn't facing the big problem of the global financial situation around 2006. I am not counting the Wii U out just yet as I am waiting for a response from Nintendo for the poor sales before the release of the other consoles

PopRocks3591761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

The PS3 is cheaper than the Wii U, by about $50-$100 whether or not you get a bundle. Yeah, the Wii U is newer hardware but newer hardware has rather consistently been outsold by cheaper hardware (depending on the overall relevance). The DS and PS2 were outselling their successors for some time, for example.

Also the economy was in a different state when the PS3 was released. Since then the yen has weakened and the overall market has lost its stability.

Not saying this automatically makes the Wii U a hot seller, but if we're going to start making comparisons like those there are other factors to consider.

Theyellowflash301761d ago

The PS3 got a price cut in Japan before it was even released.

darthv721761d ago

believe it or not, the biggest competition for the wii-u is not the ps3. Its the 3ds. Granted they are different markets (console vs portable) but the game is still the same.

That is to sell your product to the consumers and support it with quality titles. Quality is the key word as there are boat loads of quality 3ds titles and not nearly as many on the wii-u.

Its easy to consider direct competition is being one platform vs another but we should take into account the immense popularity of the portable market in JP as well as the rest of the world. the sales of those units are in direct competition with other gaming platforms regardless of design.

Sony has been in competition with itself in regards to the vita, psp, ps3 and ps2 so the idea of nintendo competing with themselves isnt that unheard of.

MegaLagann1761d ago

Sure the price point was different, but the main problem the PS3 had and the Wii U has right now was/is not enough games. It doesn't matter if it's 600, 300 or even 50 dollars. No one is buying a system with little to no games.

Benjaminkno1761d ago

The financial problems didn't start until around 2008.

kreate1761d ago

the ps3 got heavily criticized for its initial sales. more so than the wii-u.

so wii-u getting criticized is natural if it only sold as much as the ps3 in it's first 1 million mark.

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Thatguy-3101761d ago

Remember how expensive the ps3 was.

xflo3601761d ago

Completely agree with you on that point, however, Wii U is going to sell by the truck load come christmas. The Wii U is already cheap in the uk (£149 for the 8gb) but come chritmas I expect Nintendo to put the basic model to somewhere between £99 and £129, think of the consequences of this for a second. A parent looking for a present for their child for example, are they going to spend £399+ on a ps4/xboxone or are they going to spend £129 max on a Wii U?! Its a no-brainer.

N4g_null1760d ago

Remember how much a wii fit setup cost?

wii 250
wiifit 200 and up
4 controllers about 100
550 and this out sold the barely more expensive ps3.
on top of all of this it was not HD, had no hard drive, had no real 3rd party support, most big games had not been released, every body was hyping the ps3..... yet it still out sold the ps3.

Not putting down the ps3 but it had no game generate 30 million console purchases by it self. Those set of games have not come out yet. Any doom and gloom is only wishful thinking or a case of Internet induced depression which believes if its on the Internet it must be true...

Nintendo is not a tech company they live and die off of games... said games are not released yet. If you are buying the power argument then Samsung, apple, and various smart tv etc have become gaming platforms so they too should be considered in the fanboy fight also.

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GraveLord1761d ago

Well the PS3 was much much more expensive than the Wii U. This isn't good news here, its bad news. PS3 didn't exactly light the charts on fire in its early years.

Anon19741761d ago

It didn't do too badly though. If you go back and compare launch numbers, the PS3 was selling almost on par with the PS2's launch figures for almost two years until the market crash hit in 2008. About two years in, the PS2 received a price cut putting the console at $199 while the PS3 was faced with the worst economic conditions of a generation and that's really where the two charts start to diverge. I know people like to paint a picture of sluggish PS3 sales initially but when you look at the numbers you've got to wonder what they're being compared against.

I've pointed out before that Wii-U sales were at least keeping pace with Xbox 360 launch figures worldwide yet I don't remember people wringing their hands about the 360's launch numbers. But when you consider the Wii-U's price point relative to the 360/PS3's launch prices, that's where these numbers start looking less impressive comparatively. And the road for the Wii-U isn't going to get any easier when the Xbox One and the PS4 drop, especially considering the PS4 is only $50 more.

dark-hollow1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

Why we treat it like a complicated issue?
Simply the Wii u games right now sucks so bad. What good exclusives does it have right now? NSMBU? Pikmin 3? Zombie U?(lol).

You can't expect to move systems With these games only no matter how expensive or cheap the system is. People buy hardware for the games after all.

jimmywolf1761d ago

well said statement, i enjoyed Nintendo growing up, even thought about buying wii u day 1. but i can count on one hand the amount of games worth playing.

an to me that not worth it. i bought 3dsxl instead an been happy, ill get wii U after the release 3-4 more good games an drop the price, or bundle a good game.

in till then i got plenty of things too occupy my time. Thu i do pity early adopters, who choose too show support.

ibroman1761d ago

actually pikmin 3 is getting 8's 9's and 10's by reviewers and alot of people who dont own a wii u are looking forward to it pikmin 3 is an awesome game so dont just shun it off as nothing. pikmin is going to sell consoles imo. It did in japan so why not here?

dark-hollow1761d ago


I know. Pikmin 3 is looking great but what I was talking about is that these games aren't enough to sell the hardware.

N4g_null1760d ago

Seriously dont pity early adopters they all have good things to say and there are tons of them on miiverse. Actually there is plenty to play and beat and actually do on the system. Which is the main reason I dont post here as much.

right at this moment there is zero trolling on that platform just fans enjoying themselves. Cod is the onlyplace this happens but its mostlyyour normal fare...

What I pity are people that buy or lie about not liking the system.... why buy it to just put it down? I guess that is ansered by boredom I wonder how those story games are working out?

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yewles11761d ago

"That’s right, the Wii U is so “doomed” that it sold just as many units in Japan as the PS3 did in the same time frame."

¥59,980/¥49,980 vs. ¥31,500/¥26,250...

mrbojingles1761d ago

Yes, the price is a big difference. Its impressive PS3 sold so much at that price but it still shows that if the PS3 can be turned around and fare well with a high price tag so can the Wii U with an even lower price tag.

Dan_scruggs1761d ago

Ah yes the great fanboy equalizer. Exchange rates. Or you could take into consideration that Sony was selling their system at a loss of about $250 per unit sold.

yewles11761d ago

More actually if you look at the 20GB model...

GraveLord1761d ago

Company financials have nothing to do it. We're not buying any stocks in either Sony or Nintendo.

TekoIie1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )


So caring about sales is okay but whether those sales were made at a loss is not?

Hicken1761d ago

The point, Dan, wasn't exchange rates. It was the difference in price between the two consoles over the same span of time.

Now, by no means is the sales rate an indicator that the Wii U is "doomed," but it MUST be taken into account that conditions are not the same for the two consoles being compared.

That said, I fail to see the relevance of Sony's loss per console. Of course, there IS none; but when has a fanboy ever been known to let a little thing like relevance stop him from saying something stupid?

yewles11761d ago Nintendo can afford to scrap the Wii U and perform a do-over... hmmmm.

N4g_null1760d ago

So it is impressive that sony was being raped on price with componets that ultimately ended up producing games multi platform wise that preformed virtually no better than the 360? It is impressive that blu ray was over priced? Its their tech and some how it was not an inflated price? When looking at all this we are suppose to be impressed by sony?

no we are impressed by brand loyalty... which is all this really was.

What saved the ps3? What got even me to put one in my home? Games not price... 5 workstations, 4 tablets, where bought along with other gadgets before I bought my ps3. Only a set of games got me to buy it not some fake powerful mythology that ended up in creating the ps3 great games delay cuased by the great unreal engine f up...

unfortunately I didnt want any of those games ethier... so basicly I buy sony to play only sony games now... every thing else is on pc.

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asiatico1761d ago

Wii U needs to be 50 to 100 bucks cheaper, and it needs a bigger variety of those great nintendo exclusives, after that ill probably buy one

Campy da Camper1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

I was holding out and ended up getting one in June for my bday. I gotta say I would have bought it knowing what I know now. Its a great system. Sure there isn't a ton of games this second but the Mario etc is lots of fun and good games coming out this fall. The real selling point is the gamepad. Holy smokes its sweet. Remember its also a tablet. So I can lay in bed and surf the net while watching TV. I can then hit a button and game on it. Or hit the button again and boom its on my plasma. Great, great idea the gamepad. People just dont see the real use yet because they just think games. I look at it as I got a new gaming system plus a good tablet for less than 400 bucks. (Albeit via gift)

N4g_null1760d ago

Just got a galaxy s4 and a galaxy note. The note has every thing every one was complaining about these features yet that thing cost $400 and up. The s pen is great yet the wiiu pad is pretty frigging good.

I remember the ds having similar untapped issues in the eyes of gamers.

The experience at a kiosk is totally different thanbat home use. Its way beyond the 3ds though.

ritsuka6661761d ago

I don’t think nintendo needs a price cut. price it fine with me.

Darkfist1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

they need to cut the price then i'll buy a wiiu