Nintendo Wii U Launch More Successful than Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Tynan Muddle at writes: "Nintendo’s Wii U console has outperformed every other HD console launch sales since its debut 4 weeks ago.

The new console, which features a touchscreen controller, has obliterated the 4 week sales record of both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In its first four weeks on sale, Nintendo have sold over 1.8 Million units."

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deep_fried_bum_cake2217d ago

I know that I'm pointing out the obvious but the Wii U, much like the Wii, is still heavily marketed towards families, which the Xbox and PS3 weren't (at least not until Kinect and Move).

So it's hardly surprising.

lilbroRx2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

First we have people insisting that with the Wii U Nintendo had "lost the casual audience" backed by endless articles articles about people not knowing what it is, it still being on store shelves and it not beating the other consoles sales. Then we have "how popular is it really" articles.

Now upon the realization that it topped the launch of the other consoles, we've gone back to "its because of the casuals".

Give me a f***ing break.

deep_fried_bum_cake2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )


Are you on crack or something? I never said it was because of the casuals. I said that it was marketed as a family console, which if you've ever seen an advertisement on tv, it is.

I don't doubt that a lot of gamers will have seen games like Zombie U and decided that it would be worth picking up, but there will also be a tonne of parents who will have seen it being advertised as family entertainment.


That's not quite the same, as that was Sony saying to people that instead of buying a CD and DVD player they should just pick up a PS3. It wasn't a very effective marketing strategy as initial sales clearly show, but they're doing okay now.

Phil322217d ago

True, but you should be used to a lot of gamers (aka console warriors) being hypocrites by now.

Qrphe2217d ago

Yes, that same portion of N4G who said X is the same one who now is saying Y. That's what it's called a hasty generalization, but worry not for you're not the only in N4G who does this of course.

RememberThe3572216d ago

The Wii U is not being sold as a hardcore console get over it. It's got a cool extra screen that would be dope for RPGs but it's not being sold for that. It's being sold for families and you guys can click away at our bubbles and disagree all you want but the system is being sold to families.

My confusion comes from why any of you have a problem with that. So what if it's being sold to families? How are you insulted by that? I'd still buy a PS4 or a 720 if it had the games I wanted and was being sold as a family console. I'm a gamer, I follow this stuff too closely to be affected by a marketing campaign. So why is it that everyone else is taking deep_fried's comment as an insult? Get over yourselves and have fun with your new Wii U.

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AsheXII2217d ago

The ps3 was targeted as household entertainment, hence the bluray player.

fr0sty2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

Completely ignoring the fact that the PS3 was not only plagued by shortages at it's launch but also didn't launch worldwide on the same date... Europe didn't get PS3 until 2007... The same with Xbox 360, it didn't get to europe until the following month, rendering any direct comparison useless.

Wii U has also been selling quite poorly in Europe.

PopRocks3592217d ago

"Wii U has also been selling quite poorly in Europe."

There are two other regions for the platform to have early success in.

Besides, if Sega puts out an exclusive Sonic title (as rumored) then sales will probably pick up somewhat in that region. Sega games are particularly popular in Europe.

hduce2217d ago

3 weeks after the PS3 launched, the Best Buy in my area had a pallet of them sitting on the sales floor untouched. I think the Wii U is selling at a pretty good pace considering the minimal marketing Nintendo has done and it's $350 price tag in this economic climate.

Knushwood Butt2217d ago

Yeah, Vita almost outsold the Wii U in Europe last week.

I guess that must mean the Wii U is doomed..

PopRocks3592217d ago

@Knushwood Butt

No offense, but comparing the Vita to the Wii U doesn't say much considering that the Vita doesn't seem to be selling very well in ANY region.

swissfury2216d ago

I worked at a Gamestop for the duration of the 360, PS3, and Wii launch. The PS3 sold out on day one and that was it. We never ran out of stock again even though we were a small store that only carried about 5 at a time. We barely sold any games with the launch because people bought them with the intent to ebay. We had 2 of the launch people try and return the systems because they could not find a buyer. 360 & Wii both sold immediately for a long time, the wii for about 6 months.

fr0sty2216d ago (Edited 2216d ago )

How well each system sold in a particular location has no effect on the fact that neither 360 nor PS3 had a simultaneous worldwide (3 major territories) release, which destroys the ability to directly compare with wii u. The point still stands. Europe never saw PS3 for months, never saw 360 for weeks.

As it stands, Wii U is being outsold by 7 year old consoles by a pretty good margin... it's selling less than it's predecessor did, and it's REAL competition (next x, steambox, and ps4) is roughly a year or so away. It has a steep hill to climb. It won't have the legs that the other consoles do, it's using inferior tech. The newer systems will likely be much more future proof. So, if Wii U doesn't catch on fast and start selling like the original Wii did (and maintain that for a few years), it's not going to take off very well. It just doesn't have what it takes to compete, considering that if the screen controller even becomes remotely popular you can bet your ass both of the new consoles will have it too. Both of the older ones do already as well (Ps3<>Vita, smartglass). Wii U has no hook to rely on, no new type of interaction that made wii so successful. Just dual screens, one being a touch screen controller. Something we've had since DS.

jmc88882216d ago

Well in 2005-2006 we weren't in the greatest depression in the history of mankind (and it's just BEGINNING....FIVE YEARS AFTER IT STARTED!!!)

Every TBTF bank is broke 100-1000x over when you add derivatives to the books.

The reason why it is selling badly in Europe is.....because Europe is literally descending into hell as we speak. We won't be too far behind, but for now, their now is our future. It's not because of the console itself, it's that people are destitute. Can't stand in a soup line and a Wii U line at the same time.

Do people not know that in many European countries you have 50+ percent unemployment by teens and young adults? With 25-30 percent regular unemployment? Shrinking safety nets, tax increases, and all sorts of other ways to bend over for the bankster casino gambling addicts.

They are refilling the stock of Wii U quite nice to both have them in stores and sell that many units.

On top of this, when people 'think' it's sold out, they tend not to look as hard. I'm sure a decent percentage of people decided it wasn't worth the hassle until after the xmas season.

As time goes on, with each launch console you have people that have dealt with the lines, the waiting, the calling/internet checks to see if some were in stock and just said to hell with it. They have learned to assume it isn't in stock early on. Not just with consoles but any product really.

I remember the PS3 shortages, still found mine in stock 3 days after xmas.

It doesn't make 'direct comparisons' useless....because the numbers can usually be had by geographic breakdown. Which means you can find out just how many sold in what regions.

The 720/PS4 won't sell too well in Europe as well. Nor will many relatively useless products (which consoles are). They're fun, but wholly unnecessary to live, which is what a lot of Europeans are focused on.

Personally I'd really like to see the differences in number of consoles sold (Wii, 360, Wii U, PS3) recently as compared to previous years or launch periods. Specifically the numbers of consoles sold for countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Even Ireland.

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rainslacker2217d ago

I won't dispute what you say, but at this point in time it's hard to tell which sector of the market is really picking this up. I could use some anecdotal evidence, but it wouldn't serve much purpose.

They system itself was launched with quite a few hardcore games, but most of them had been released on other systems months prior. There is of course Mario U which appeals to the entire range of gamers, and scribblenauts which is pretty family friendly, but they run with $60 price tags. There is a party game which sells for $40, along with raving rabbids which is $50, but the casual/family titles overall just aren't plentiful right now.

I guess if we saw some of the software sales for the system it might make it easier to judge.

Off Topic:
I did see a more recent commercial the other day where they made it apparent it was a new system. It emphasized the tablet controller and showed it being useful in a family setting, namely little Timmy being able to play while his parents watched the TV. Much better done than their first commercial, as it actually speaks to a real situation that families face when it comes to their gaming kids.

Theyellowflash302216d ago

Its acutally not hard to tell at all. If you have one, which I do, you can tell by MiiVerse that mulit console owners, kids, and Nintendo fans are all picking up the system.

So what if Mario U runs at a $60 price tag? Its selling quite well and there is enough content to justify the price tag.

rainslacker2216d ago

I hadn't thought of that. Honestly I hardly ever log on if I can avoid it. Not really into the whole social network thing to be honest, but I give them credit for setting up one that people seem to like.

greenlantern28142216d ago

this is very surprising to me, because
1. i see them every where i go, but that was not the case for 360, ps3, or wii.
2. a lot of people i know either have no idea the system exists, or believe it is a wii accessory
3. early reports seemed to suggest that they would have a hard time supplying them.
so yeah i would say i am surprised

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GraveLord2217d ago

XBox 360 had supply issues, PS3 had a price issue.

If it passed the Wii or the PS2 launch, that would have been impressive.

Game3s2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

So Wii U has no issues?

Also why does it have to pass ps2 and wii sales to be impressive i think its doing fine in this economic climate and a market filled with products that are competing for your free time.

BitbyDeath2217d ago

Unlike Wii U though both PS3 and Xbox 360 sold out when launched.

meganick2217d ago

The Wii U sold out at launch also. If you didn't pre-order, you pretty much didn't get one on launch day.

Ulf2217d ago

Nintendo must be doing a great job with supply... go look at your local store for a Wii U... you'll find them readily available.

meganick2217d ago

I was referring to the launch day, and roughly the first week after for that matter. I'm aware the Wii U is readily available now, but it's now more than a month after the launch.

@People who disagreed
Did you guys disagree because you think that what I said is factually incorrect, or did you disagree because I pointed out something that makes Nintendo (and not Sony) look good?

lfclee2216d ago (Edited 2216d ago )

Your absolutely wrong, you had to per-order the xbox360 to get one.
The wii u is nothing like the wii how do I know I got one, it seems gamers are rubbishing the wii u and they don't own the wii u that to me is envy, there is nothing wrong with the wii u.

Adolph Fitler2217d ago

I bought one for my kids for Xmas, but then realized I wanted one too, with Zombi-U & I'll trade some other games for Mario after Xmas. So, I'm a hardcore gamer trying to fill a void, & in turn buying a new machine, not neccessarily more powerful than my 360 or PS3, but just something different, so I am hanging badly for the "real" next gen machines, but they are a ways off (at least a year), so, I just wanted Zombi-U, Mario-U badly enough to warrant buying myself one, as well as catering to the casual sales in buying a 2nd for my kids.....pretty dumb really, but that is how I roll.


Lol I did the exact same thing. My kid has the basic and I have the deluxe because......that's how I roll lol

tre2217d ago

same here! plus picked up 4 3DSs and sold Vita to gamestop.

Crillvirus812217d ago

Fanboys are the worst lol just admit its selling great is that to hard to admit all ya wanna do is compare wii u its a great console all you haters should try it ain't nothing like it really

hduce2217d ago

It's a Nintendo article. Of course the trolls would be out in full force.

BrianC62342217d ago

It's not selling great at all. Why buy a Wii U anyway? Wait until next year when the next gen consoles come out. It's foolish to spend that kind of money on a new console that is only able to compete with consoles near the end.

hduce2217d ago

I bought one because I am a gamer. I think the system is cool as hell. I will also buy Sony's and Microsoft's consoles as well. Besides if high console specs is your idea of what defines something as next generation, I am already there with my pc having 2 gtx 680's. Which is way more powerful than the new consoles coming out.

Theyellowflash302216d ago

Can you Play Super Smash Bros, Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Fire Emblem, and Pokemon on the PS4 and Xbox 720?...... whats that... no?

Thats why people are buying the Wii U.

ozzywazzy2216d ago

@ yellowflash

As of now you can't play them on the wii u either so what's your point? Also if you mean the wii games then you still don't need a wii u.