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Submitted by trunkswd 151d ago | rumor

Wii U Tops 7 Million Sold Worldwide

"The Wii U, the first eighth generation home console released, has sold more than seven million units worldwide. This figure makes it the second bestselling console, behind the PlayStation 4 and ahead of the Xbox One. It has taken the Wii U 21 months to reach this milestone.

Sales for the Wii U had been poor for most of the year with weekly sales of around 30,000 units for much of the year. However, since the release of Mario Kart 8 in May the console has remained above 50,000 units sold every week and has sold nearly one million units in three months." (Mario Kart 8, Wii U)

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Metallox  +   151d ago
7 million (it's a rumor of course) units and without Smash and Legend of Zelda. And the bump that Mario Kart 8 genereated isn't over yet.

The console could sell at least 10 million consoles more in the next two years if everything goes ok. 17-20 million lifetime, a very respectable quantity if you ask me considering all Nintendo's troubles selling the console and its position in the market.
trunkswd  +   151d ago
With Smash Bros. the Wii U should have no problem hitting 10 million by the end of the year.
randomass171  +   151d ago
They would have to sell 3 million consoles within the span of a month or two, maybe less which would be quite a feat. I would say ten million by early to mid 2015 is more likely. Either way Wii U will hit 10 million in the near future.
Abash  +   151d ago
If Smash Bros. was only for Wii U, I'd really believe it could shift a huge amount of Wii U units. But Smash Bros. 3DS made Smash Bros. Wii U much less of a system seller
trunkswd  +   151d ago
There are 4 months to sell 3 million units, including the holidays. The Wii U should sell more than 1 million units in December alone and another 500,000 in November. The Wii U sold about 1.5 million last November and December.
chrismichaels04  +   151d ago
Congrats to Nintendo. Everyone thought by now it would be in 3rd place behind both PS4 and Xone. Good to see it still holding strong in 2nd place behind the PS4. Last gen I had a PS3 and 360, but this gen I decided to go with PS4 and WiiU instead and I have not regretted my decision since.
ABizzel1  +   151d ago
It's good to see that Nintendo is doing better, and the Wii U is finally hitting it's stride.

Hitting 10 million by the end of the year is possible, but it's going to take more than Smash to do that. They're currently averaging 60k per week, which would be 1+ million in the last 4 months. A price drop for the holidays, and Smash would be enough to make that happen though.
abzdiine  +   150d ago
well deserved. this console is so underrated.
seems like xbox is doomed to finish at 3rd place like everytime!
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BattleAxe  +   150d ago
The next Metroid game could potentially draw in many core gamers, especially ones that are FPS fans on PS3 and Xbox 360 who don't want to pay subscription fees.
InTheLab  +   150d ago
Nintendo has said they plan to sell 3.6 this fiscal year. It's more than wishful thinking to believe they will sell more than that this or any year.

21 months to 7m is beyond terrible so the notion that Nintendo will sell 3m in the next 4 months is ridiculous.

And for those of you cheering for second place, just remember that year head start and the fact that being 2 million consoles ahead of last isnt something to cheat about. At least give the bone a chance with it's main franchises like Nintendo has had.
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frezhblunts  +   150d ago
Same here chris, I went with the Wii u first and then I got a ps4. It was a great decision, I love both consoles and both are getting some great games. Congratulations to the Wii U, just pooping on other people who didn't believe it would even make it this far way to prove them wrong
SoapShoes  +   150d ago
@InTheLab - Yeah it didn't do well at first but it's what is happening now that counts. Look at the 3DS, it started off terrible. If you think its current numbers are bad well it's still outselling the Xbox One.
mikeslemonade  +   150d ago
I think it will still sell less than GameCube. Those games outside of super smash aren't as popular anymore. Kids don't know the Zelda or metroid following. Remember these are kids that grown up post 9/11. It's a different world now.
MRMagoo123  +   150d ago
I don't really like smash bros at all and I don't understand why ppl like it, I do think tho that if Nintendo release a pokemon stadium wiiu it'll sell a bunch of consoles, I would pick one up.
TekoIie  +   150d ago
@mikeslemonade

"Remember these are kids that grown up post 9/11. It's a different world now."

What does that even mean?
ChickeyCantor  +   151d ago
"if you ask me"

Unless you work for Nintendo...
It's more than just sold figures. It's profit, long term plans, keeping third parties interested etc.

5 years and only 20 million sold is terrible.

@below:
" but Nintendo can't demand more, they should be aware that their name is not so popular like Xbox or PlayStation anymore."

Pretty much everyone knows what/who Nintendo is. It's marketing and what you have to offer. Wii consumers are not jumping ship because Nintendo did not give them enough incentive ( lack of proper marketing causing them to be ignorant on the differences ).

Mario is still universal. But that alone is not enough.Nintendo can demand enough as long they provide a robust service and release enough games.
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Metallox  +   151d ago
I thought it was not losing with the console anymore. Of course, adding a game to the package should make damaga, but Nintendo can't demand more, they should be aware that their name is not so popular like Xbox or PlayStation anymore.
dedicatedtogamers  +   150d ago
"5 years and only 20 million sold is terrible."

It's certainly not great, and it's certainly odd that Nintendo abandoned the wider market of the Wii and DS in favor of...this.

But it's not terrible. It would be as well selling as the Gamecube and Xbox. It would be better selling than te Saturn and Dreamcast. As long as Nintendo remains profitable enough, they'll be able to stay within the game market and try again next gen.
nunley33  +   150d ago
The name Nintendo is synonymous with video games. everybody knows it, non-gamers too. Good example of this is my dad who doesn't play any games and probably never heard of the PS4 or XBONE calls all games nintendo. He would say quit playing nintendo and do this or refer to anyone playing games as playing nintendo. There's alot of these people like my dad who do this.
Realplaya  +   150d ago
I estimate that they will be hitting if not sniffing 10 million by the end of this year. Don't forget to figure in the games coming out if rated highly will push units.
Magicite  +   150d ago
7m in 21months = average of ~333k/month.
If it can hit 10m before the end of this year, then not all is lost.
Certainly it looks like X1 wont catch up anytime soon.
jetlian  +   150d ago
Your dreaming MS should be at 6 million+ right now by the end of the month should hit 7.

I'm getting wii u when devils third hits
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   150d ago
It'll hit more than 20M lifetime.
Nintendo is not going to sit idle this time; they can't afford to.
They'll be making new games, stuff beyond their typical IP's, that will attract even more sales.
Revengeance  +   151d ago
Well the Wii U is still hanging on to second at least so congrats to them. However Nintendo needs to get out their heavy hitters sooner rather than later. They got Smash and Bayo 2 but they need to keep the momentum going.
trunkswd  +   151d ago
A Pokemon game would help keep the momentum going, as well as Zelda and a true 3D Mario game like Galaxy, Sunshine or 64. Metroid and Star Fox would also help a little bit.
Bhuahahaha  +   151d ago
i think you forgetting someone ~capt toad!!!
tehpees3  +   151d ago
I think Nintendo's strong names will have more people buy Wii U than the amount of people willing to forgive Microsoft and buy Xbox One.
Spotie  +   151d ago
It makes me sad to sat this, but I disagree.

Just looking at the lengths some around here go to in order to defend what the rest of us know was wrong... I'm not too confident.
tehpees3  +   150d ago
Take a look at the sales that happened. Even after a mammoth price drop Wii U was still outselling it with Mario Kart 8 hype down (as somebody already pointed out).

Both Nintendo and Microsoft have different problems with getting their consoles to sell more. Right now it definitely looks like Nintendo is doing a better job with their problems. Which is why I believe they will have better sales.
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SoapShoes  +   150d ago
And rightly so! Microsoft has shown time and time again they aren't really about making the best product they can, they're about forcing themselves into the market with no regards to the consumers who bought their product. I'm glad Wii U is finally doing well and hopefully Xbox One never passes it. I would have given them the benefit of the doubt if they hadn't shown they're still the same as they always have been.
InTheLab  +   150d ago
The problem here is that while I can appreciate them not trying to trample my rights as a consumer and not charging for online, that's really all they have going for them without major 3rd party releases.

I'd love to have the WiiU but the games on it do not appeal to me. So when I'm ready to pick up a good companion console, you really have to look at the Bone because it is a more complete console.
SoapShoes  +   150d ago
Not imo. Having a PS4 makes having a Bone irrelevant for me. I've never owned a Nintendo console in my life(went from Sega to PlayStation and even Xbox) but it is much more attractive than X1 to me. A system that has yet to have an exclusive since TitanFall. 7 month gap between exclusives? That's pretty bad.
jholden3249  +   151d ago
All I know is Wii U is one of the best video game consoles I've owned in the last 30 years. I daresay it might even be my favorite of all time. That's coming from a gamer who owns all three consoles and both handhelds. The only console that gives the Wii U a run for its money is PS4, granted PS4 doesn't have nearly as many great games right now, but it's on track.

I would also say the 3DS goes pound for pound with Wii U and PS4, but I think once that new 3DS hits It might even become my favorite platform again. It's up there too though, even now with the current models.

So many gamers out there who ignore Nintendo based on the stigma and what they were taught to believe. It's really unfortunate because the Wii U and 3DS are such great consoles with such great games. But people like to stay in their comfort zones. AAA is all they know, and it's all they want to know.
ShowGun901  +   151d ago
ill get a wiiU, but it was always going to be AFTER they released their heavy hitters...

zelda
mario (check)
mario kart (check)
SSB
Metroid
DK (check)

perhaps 1 more off the list and ill pick one up (not counting wind waker, already played that!)
MSBAUSTX  +   150d ago
Nintendo land actually has a very entertaining Metroid mini game amd zelda mini game along with several other very fun games. I didnt play anything else for three months after I got my Wii U at launch because of Nintendo Land. If you havent tried them then go pick them up. You stick 4 more people in the room with you and Nintendo Land is just as fun as Mario Kart 8 but has all Genres of games rolled in to one for only 40 bucks including a controller. It is hard to find anything close to that value on XB1 or PS4. Not to mention that all your Wii controllers work with the Wii U, something none of the other consoles offer.

Wii U has exclusives like DK Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, LOZ Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World (a 3d non side scoll Mario), Zombi U, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, New Super Mario Brothers U, Nintendo Land, Sonic Lost World, Need for Speed U, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Resident Evil Revelations, Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed, Game and Wario, Wii Sports Club, and soon to be coming this year, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 1/2, and Super Smash Brothers U. 21 ganes total that are amazing that you could be playing now and by the end of this year!

That is only the exclusives. There are several really good multiplats and a few other games that are incredible. Also there is a huge list of Wii U only Indie games that will blow your mind as well. Then if you add in the almost 100, it seems, virtual console titles and the games coming out quickly in the beginning of next year, I would say waiting for a full LOZ, Metroid, and Star Fox game is a little closed minded when faced with how much the Wii U has to offer right now.
AJBACK2FRAG  +   149d ago
LOL! Not in hd!
InTheLab  +   150d ago
Of all time? So you've never owned....

NES
SNES
N64
Genesis
PS1
PS2
PS3
360?

Not that I'm disagreeing with your opinion here but I find it facinating that even a diehard Nintendo fan would list the WiiU ahead of any of the Nintendo consoles I listed above.
The 10th Rider  +   150d ago
Not saying I agree with him, but if you count the fact that the Wii U has virtual console games, can play Wii games, and can play Wii virtual console games it's got a pretty killer line up

If you were to ONLY ever own one console you could make a pretty compelling argument for it. It has a wide variety of games available from multiple generations, even some handheld games, AND you can play them without a TV.
Bubbamilk  +   151d ago
A million units in 3 months and all due to momentum. People act like when Mario kart 8 hype dies then its over. But the game will remain in the catalogue at full price for awhile. Add more games and Mario kart will become extra incentive.

With hyrule warriors bayonetta and smash bros coming out this year they could possibly be climbing on 10 million units sold by 2015. It's not too far fetched especially with the big hitters in 2015. If they keep the hype and momentum going its feasible
iamnsuperman  +   151d ago
Actually there has been a decline in momentum since Mario Kart released. By Vg Chartz (not reliable but it is their article) 05/07/2014 They were at 57,000 units 07/06/2014 was 104,000 but now (the latest weekly sales) it is at 54,000 (the week before was 66,000 so they have plateaued at around 60,000 per week). Mario Kart has helped improve the plateau figure (before Mario Kart is was abysmally low) but I wouldn't get all excited by a million in 4 months (the beginning of May they were over 6 million).

So you are expecting them to sell 3 million in the same time frame? Around the time Mario Kart launched they were doing over 100,000 weekly but that died by july. They would have to be near that weekly sales to even think of getting to 10 million by the end of the year. It isn't feasible since the Christmas time of the year is fiercely competitive and Mario released in a slow part of the year
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Bubbamilk  +   150d ago
Can't lie it is a long shot. But hey I'm a dreamer and anything is possible.

Nintendo has been trying to fix their public image which is good because that is where they have failed in the last generation and the wii u up to this point. When miyamoto said recently they are shifting back to the core gamer he seemed excited about it so i expect good things coming. Which is why I don't see it as an impossible feat to reach 10 million. Public image plays a huge role in the gaming community and Nintendo realized that and started towards fixing it.

Aside from that I totally understand why u would be skeptical to the point to call me out on it cause it is a long shot. Actually pretty much impossible. But having grown up with a Nintendo controller in my hand I do realize if anyone can do it its Nintendo.

Also we have yet to see what amiibo can do. Just from this time last year till now we are talking about a totally different system. It's in a different place. Last year it wasn't even a competition. The hype of the new consoles drowned the wii u in its first year. But this year is a clean slate and the wii u is a real contender now.
letsa_go  +   150d ago
Bro, your lack of commas disturbs me! Especially since the rest of your writing is perfect.
Concertoine  +   150d ago
Obviously they were doing better a few days after MK launched, no one game can keep the Wii U that far up for that long, but before MK it was selling like 30k-40k global a week, now its fluctuating between 50-60k a week. All the Japanese games coming out this year as well as Smash will raise the baseline even more.
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   150d ago
Somewhere in 2015 sure, but not by the end of the year. Bayonetta is far from a heavy hitter and Dynasty Warriors usually don't sell that well, so putting a Zelda skin over it is not a sure shot. Yes, Smash will sell, a lot, but let say it sells as much as Kart (2.5), a bunch of Nintendo game lovers already have their Wii U, let's be optimistic and say it brings the Wii U to 1 million new users, we're just at 8.

10 will take a while.
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   150d ago
"Bayonetta is far from a heavy hitter"

Sorry, but that's just not true anymore.
It hasn't been true for a WHILE.
It's one of the most anticipated third party action games of this year.
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ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   150d ago
@wonderfulmonkeyman

Just like everyone wanted a Darksiders 2 but when it came, everybody looked away.
Axios2  +   151d ago
Congrats Nintendo

Nice to see sales ramping up. I've no doubt it will continue through the holidays.

I'd be interested to know how many Countries the WiiU sells in, just for perspective, 7m in 21 months in ? Countries?
Moonman  +   151d ago
Some of the N4G analysts talk as if Wii U is already $99.99-$149.99 with every acclaimed game ever going to release for it already out in the store. Some of you might just eat some crow before this generation is over and done.

The end the year should be it's best sales in a holiday season since launch. My good guess is 2-2.5 million worldwide (with no price drop at $299.99). 2015 will be it's best sales year by far. They stated they wanted to have an exclusive game every month. That will do the trick. Going $199.99 in 2015 will start serving some of the crow/humble pie I mentioned.

It's way too early to talk about lifetime sales.
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a_adji  +   151d ago
Yet again I read comments and you would think people in here or the industry run a successful billion dollar global company to give advice.

If any of you are you shouldn't have time to comment on here and maybe you should go to Bloomberg.
Gamerbeyond  +   151d ago
nice job nintendo
WeAreLegion  +   151d ago
Congratulations, Nintendo!
SlapHappyJesus  +   150d ago
Grabbing mine this Black Friday.
Very excited.
Subaruwrx  +   150d ago
Debating on whether to pick up the Wii U or the 'New' 3Ds for Xmas. Currently, I have the 'original' 3Ds, Wii, Vita, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 so, I don't really need to pick up any new console or handheld however, Xenoblade for the 'New' 3Ds is really tempting. Wii U for Mario Kart, Smash Bros and eventually the new Zelda is also tempting.
The 10th Rider  +   150d ago
I don't believe that the New 3DS is out outside of Japan until 2015, unfortunately.
DryBoneKoopa85  +   150d ago
Go Wii U, the New 3DS doesn't launch for the rest of the globe until next year.
Thrillho  +   150d ago
Get the Wii U. Xenoblade Chronicles X will be on the Wii U along with a bunch of exclusives that will be released starting September through all of next year.
Predaking77  +   150d ago
Congratulations to Nintendo. Wii U is not the best of Nintendo and still is surviving slowly. Once Zelda and Metroid is released, things will improve.

Interesting that Microsoft's console is third once again. First Xbox was a disaster, Xbox 360 ended third and X1 is third.
masterfox  +   150d ago
two years later 7 million not bad, keep up the good work Iwata, reggie, miyamoto your doing flawlessly.
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captaincool31  +   150d ago
Is this supposed to be good at this point in its life cycle?
shaw98  +   150d ago
Common Nintendo, lets get 20 million at the end of it's life. You can do it!!!
Concertoine  +   150d ago
It all depends on how long they support it. If they did like MS and Sony, they would support it another 3-4 years at least. But if they're ready to move on earlier they should, the early 2011 to late 2012 period where they pretty much ignored the wii killed all momentum going into its successor.

If the Wii u's around until 2017, it'll probably hit at least 25. With some aggressive advertisement and some consistently released software it could even beat the n64 (though the n64 wasnt on the market as long). Also if they had some form of connectivity with their next handheld, (which will guaranteed sell well, its a nintendo handheld) that will encourage sales. The sooner they hit $199, the quicker it sells.

Honestly i think they should wait until they have a launch lineup ready for a successor. By 2017 or 2018 will have accumulated a larger fanbase of the Wii U that will translate over if they can keep them as loyal customers.
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CertifiedGamer  +   150d ago
7 million pfft, watch them remain in that number for a while because kids aren't going to ask their parents for a Wii U this christmas but a PS4. Once PS4 gets sold out then it will be a battle between X1 and Wii U over who gets to eat the remaining piece of the Pie.
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   150d ago
We'll remember this comment from you and have your crow ready for you on a silver platter by New Years.

Bring your own ketchup.
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captaincool31  +   150d ago
I think he's right.
KaladinStormblessed  +   150d ago
So your saying the PS4 is a kid console then? It's not. And neither is WiiU. And of course it's going to sell well, stop being a nintendo hater.
marloc_x  +   150d ago
Ma and Pa:
"Jezus,I gotta pay a fee ON TOP of our #!@ing internet bill for Little Johnny to play!?"

" Wait,this Nintendo has 2 games and an extra controller though for fifty bucks cheaper.."
"Oh..look,this Bayowhatever has 2 games in it for the Wii U"

"Hey! I LOVED Mario Kart!"

A lot of parents will seriously only care about which game bundle is a better value to them at the cash register.

Hang on to your butts..
CertifiedGamer  +   150d ago
Parents spoil their kids, and if you want to put it like that then,

@Marloc_x Little Johhny get 2 free games to download every month on Playstation plus for his new PS4, current PS3, and his vita. I can live with that. Hey Call of Duty is on this console time, and that is the game little Johnny goes to his friends house to play.

@Kaladinstormblessed PS4 is a gaming console and kids want to play Call of Duty more than they want to play Mario. Maybe when we were kids but this isn't the 1990s anymore. Parent will likely choose a iPad if the PS4 isn't available. It took Nintendo almost 6 months to sell a million.
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lefty  +   150d ago
I wonder if other companies consoles had the same amount of negative articles about being doomed from day one would they even make 5mil. Given the reception Nintendo got 7mil with all that stereo types and heavy hitters still to come i can see the wiiu passing 9mil...:)
kingvendrick  +   150d ago
Considering getting a WiiU as a second system to go alongside my PS4 when the new Zelda comes out, game looks awesome.

Looks like xbone gonna be last place this gen rofl.
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MaxKingoftheWild  +   150d ago
What happens to the news article when VGC adjusts the Wii U by at least 300k for last quarter alone. Maybe even more for the current quarter but i wouldn't expect that so soon. VGC is a joke, they still have ps4 undertracked after official confirmation. Are we going to get another article when vgc shows it crossing 7m again in another month?
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