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Wii U Performs Better Than PlayStation 3 and Vita for First 54 Weeks in Japan

According to Media Create numbers crunched by a Neogaf member (via Nintendo Enthusiast Forums), while Wii U initially had a rough Spring and Summer 2013 selling season, it has since picked up its selling rate and is now rivaling the life-to-date (LTD) performance in Japan of Sony’s PlayStation 3 as well as their PlayStation Vita.

Note: Title updated to clear up any confusion. (Nintendo, Wii U)

TheHater  +   709d ago
Wii U rivaling LTD of PS3?
PS3 LTD 9.654.780 units in Japan
Wii U LTD 1.343.139 units in Japan
KonsoruMasuta  +   709d ago
They're comparing what WiiU sold in one year to what the PS3 sold year one. I had to re-read the article to understand. The title is kind of misleading. Right now, the WiiU is doing better- if not closely the same- than the PS3 did it's first year in Japan.

That's what they're saying.
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mikeslemonade  +   709d ago
"Life-to-date" is a term used a lot in gaming debates. I'm surprised you guys don't know what it meant.

It's understandable since Japan has shifted from a PS country to a Nintendo country. While Sony lost some in Japan, they're still strong in other territories.

Also PS3 wasn't particularly good at all in sales in Japan and especially early on. There wasn't a single game last generation that made the PS3 a system seller in Japan.
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plsburydoughboy  +   709d ago
We appreciate the feedback guys. Title has been updated so it's much clearer.
JodyCones  +   709d ago
People are waiting for the PS4. No surprise, PlayStation and Nintendo always kill it in Japan.
DeadlyFire  +   709d ago
Well considering 7 new generations were born between PS3 launch and WiiU launch that is natural.

PS4 could well exceed that as well.
Neonridr  +   709d ago
@DeadlyFire - care to elaborate on 7 generations between the PS3 and Wii U?

7 years yes, but 1 year is not a generation.
lassenwolf  +   708d ago
Do you read it said the first year. And the ps3 didnt take off until 3 years ago
Concertoine  +   709d ago
Theyre definitely in as good as a position as they can be in japan, with monster hunter, dragon quest, and now a dynasty warriors cross over.
Europe and america are they places they really need to nail. especially europe.
herbs  +   709d ago
But but how can this be the Wii U is a complete failure everywhere worst ever with no chance of success no chance, don't you people read the daily doom?!
jefejose  +   709d ago
Well, I cant see the failure, im having fun with wind waker HD, Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World and NintendoLand. I know those arent much games, but im having more fun with those than those PS4 launch games (Killzone its boring, graphics everywhere but the gameplay its Meh). That's why i like more nintendo as a company of videogames, they are always focused on the user who just wants to play and chill out with some friends, like the old times.
Mr_Writer85  +   709d ago
I don't find Killzone boring.

Me and my friends chill and play games on the PS4.

How is this exclusive to Nintendo?

Oh wait it's not.
Knushwood Butt  +   709d ago
@ Mr_Writer85

Yeah, I was playing Ratchet and Clank: Into The Nexus last night and was having fun until I remembered that Nintendo have exclusive rights to, 'fun'.

I even laughed a few times.

Now I feel betrayed.
Neonridr  +   709d ago
you can find fun on both consoles. I think jefejose is just saying that there are tons of people who are really enjoying the console. If you don't own it, you can't really say that you wouldn't enjoy it.

I own both a Wii U and PS4 and I am having fun playing both at the moment. I have way more games to catch up on my Wii U currently. I only have BF4 for my PS4. Nothing else really interests me at the moment until Infamous releases. That gives me tons of time to finish up my backlog of Wii U games.
miyamoto  +   708d ago
comments like these lost a lot of potential wii u buyers

the article $600 ps3 vs $300 wii u? duh!
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Locknuts  +   709d ago
Agreed. Things are getting too joyous. I'm headed back to Gamespot where the staff and community take every opportunity to rip on Nintendo :P
InTheLab  +   708d ago
This comment clearly came before the choice of the Link 3ds game for their
Locknuts  +   708d ago
Oh god! InTheLab is right! ALBW won GOTY....Where the hell am I going to go for my doom articles now?
Beastforlifenoob  +   709d ago
Well it's a MASSIVE achievement beating a console almost 8 years old 8 FRIKING years old.... Lets see the WII U get anywhere close to the PS4 in 200 years.
Neonridr  +   709d ago
I think you are still not understanding.

The article is saying that the Wii U sold more in the past year then the PS3 sold in the first year it released.

Wii U Sales 2012-2013 > PS3 Sales 2006-2007

get it?
microgenius  +   709d ago
Well,dont get too excited bro
its still struggling in other teritories
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Mr_Writer85  +   709d ago
If the WiiU is a next gen console why not wait to compare it to other next gen consoles?

Why compare its first year sales to a console that launched 7 years ago at a much higher price range?
a08andan  +   709d ago
Well the other next-gen consoles hasn't launched in Japan yet :P?
Mr_Writer85  +   709d ago
That why I said why not wait.

The others havnt launched yet so these numbers are just fanboy porn.
Neonridr  +   709d ago
because the PS3 still sold almost 10 million consoles in Japan which is still a great number. Would you consider the PS3 a failure? No way. So I think the author is trying to make a comparison that the Wii U is currently ahead of the pace set by the PS3 back in 2006. If the Wii U goes on to sell over 10 million consoles in Japan, that would be considered a huge success.
Mr_Writer85  +   708d ago
So because it's ahead slightly now that means it's going to outsell the PS3?

And what if it does but the PS4 sells more than the WiiU?

Unless you are saying WiiU isn't next gen? And is infact in compition with the PS3 rather than PS4?
Neonridr  +   708d ago
I never said that it would outsell the PS3. I said that it's currently ahead of the pace set by the PS3.

This is about sales, not comparing consoles specs to each other. The PS3 is globally considered a success in terms of sales. In Japan the console sold almost 10 million units. If the Wii U was to sell that many units in Japan I would consider that a success too.

The PS4 could very well sell double that, Japan likes Sony consoles. But that wouldn't mean that the Wii U still wouldn't be a success in Japan.
Mr_Writer85  +   708d ago
But it's yet to do that.

Selling more them the PS3 in its "first 54 weeks" in Japan is meaningless.

Just like that it sold more world wide then the 360 and PS3 in its first 6 months as both of them went onto sell more in a year than the WiiU has globally.

Until the WiiU matches the Wii numbers or better the PS4/X1 globally it's not a success.
Chrischi1988  +   708d ago
You really dont get, what this article is about. It is about, how everybody says, Nintendo and its Wii U are doomed and that they cant possibly turn this around, even though, PS3 happened to be in a worse spot, during the same amount of time of being released and it was still able to become a huge success nowadays. I dont understand, whats not to understand about that.

If somebody would consider the PS3 a failure now, most people would go crazy about it and because of that, we should actually wait and watch and not tell doom, before full moon.
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McScroggz  +   709d ago
I don't want to sound too pessimistic, but I'm not exactly compelled by these numbers. The 3DS has already sold more units in Japan than the entire lifespan of the PS3 (The PSP is double the PS3's LTD numbers). It's a fact that Japan is much, much more mobile/handheld gaming centric, so Wii U doing decently well over there isn't a tremendous boon to the console. Plus, if we take in the entire scope of the Wii U's sales, it's hard to be anything but pessimistic about the Wii U. Besides, while the global landscape is important the United States is by a large margin the biggest single gaming territory - so what are the Wii U's numbers there?

Of course, I don't want people to throw in the towel on the Wii U - just like I don't want people to think I'm trying to downplay the Wii U. Let's just not get too carried away with every bit of good news the way so many have blown so many negative stories way out of proportion.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   709d ago
Doing good in "1 year alone" doesn't equate to doing well in the entire lifespan of the console. PS3 had a rough 2 years and after that look what happened?? don't justify wii-u on beating PS3 because PS3 is already successful. if you will compare wii-u with another console, compare it with PS4 and xbox one which beats it out of the park
Neonridr  +   709d ago
I wouldn't include the Xbox One in any Japanese sales comparisons. You will automatically lose any argument right there. The Xbox One will be lucky to sell 100,000 consoles in Japan.
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grassyknoll  +   709d ago
The WiiU has no competition (PS3 had Wii & 360), is half the price the PS3 was and has sold nowhere near the amount of software. I don't think this is good news for the WiiU
InTheLab  +   708d ago
Is it beating the Wii in that same time frame? That should be the goal right? Not beating a console that launched at twice the price and was in third for most of it's life.
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GraveLord  +   708d ago
PS3 had a horrible launch. It launched at an insanely high price.

Wii U is barely performing better which is very alarming. It launched at a much lower price and has those Nintendo IP.

This isn't a good thing...
3dmariofan68  +   708d ago
Of course it does, wait until the beginning of the year, when the holidays are over, we shall see how sony and microsoft will do, probably, no better or worse as what the wii u is doing, the economy is rough, sales of all systems are going to feel the pinch.
iceman600  +   708d ago
"Wii U Performs Better Than PlayStation 3 and Vita for First 54 Weeks in Japan"

lol yeah right how a dead system rivals something people actually want puzzles me.

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