US Wii U Sales Trailed PS3 And 360 In January, Analysts Suggest

Tom Ivan: ''North American Wii U sales came in between 110,000 and 125,000 units in January, the console's second full month of availability in the territory, analysts have estimated.''

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PopRocks3592076d ago

So what was that about it only selling a little over 30,000 during Janurary? Oh that was only in the UK? Okay gotcha! I'll do my homework next time!

These numbers are certainly not flop numbers, but they could be a lot better. I'm guessing after more games come out they should steadily pick up until Nintendo opts to drop the price some time either late this or next year, at which point it will sell more consistently like its competition.

dedicatedtogamers2076d ago

Well, the numbers ARE pretty bad when you consider that the system launched with Nintendo Land (which was supposed to bring in the Wii Sports crowd) and Super Mario Bros U (which was supposed to bring in the 2d Mario crowd) and neither audiences really jumped on the WiiU. It pretty much confirms that Nintendo is losing the large audience they built on the Wii.

We'll have to see how the next Mario Kart does, which was a massive seller on the Wii. But since neither 2d Mario nor "WiiU Sports" (Nintendo Land) are bringing in "teh casualz", WiiU is going to have a rocky future.

Sexius Maximus2076d ago

I believe the PS4 and Xbox720 will also have a rocky start and trail their predecessors. The worldwide economy has plummeted over the last few years. I think the Wii U has done fine all things considered. I don't think games are on peoples priority list when it comes to finances. I'm lucky enough to be financially sound, so I plan on buying all three, but I'm the minority. A lot of parents aren't going crack out $400-$500 so little Timmy can play his video games; whether for a Wii U or a PS4. Life was different 5-6 years ago; anybody who disagrees is too young to be in the work force.

mochachino2076d ago

I always knew casuals couldn't be relied upon. They've moved on to the 99 cent games on their phones and pads.

StrawberryDiesel4202075d ago

You're right, I mean how many times can you play Mario over and over and over and over and over again. The gameplay is good, not that engaging though that the game won't start to feel stale and boring, which it has in my opinion.

PirateThom2076d ago

34,000 units of software.

It sold 34,000 games. In total. In the whole UK.

Also, the article specified UK, why are you getting annoyed?

PopRocks3592076d ago

I'm annoyed because the headline of said article did no such thing and just about everyone seemed to take it as such despite the fact that the Wii U has not had so much as a solid week in the UK (as oppose to US and Japan) since launch.

Qrphe2076d ago

It was only in the UK. The article's title was obviously inflammatory and most people don't bother reading the original article or check their sources.

SilentNegotiator2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

Yeah, that article starting with "UK:" was just trying to fool us all!

Thatguy-3102076d ago

You do know it was 30,000 SOFTWARE not hardware

donman12076d ago

Why is this even news... this is the norm for all new consoles in their early life cycle. N4G sure looking for any and everything that looks negative to bath the Nintendo company with... whats next....

PopRocks3592076d ago

I'm well aware. Go read the comments in the original N4G article and tell me if you think they know that.

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Jadedz2076d ago

Hopefully Nintendo has something big planned for the Wii U this year.

Kevlar0092076d ago

They do, just not until Q3

I wouldn't call Pikmin 3 a game changer either

HammadTheBeast2075d ago

I'd say it's pretty bad considering it has no competition at all in it's gen at the moment, other than Ouya. What's going to happen once PS4/NextBox come into the mix? I'm still hoping they can turn things around, I was thinking of maybe looking for one.

Jadedz2075d ago

Is getting (DMC, NHL, etc.). 3rd party developers having been kind to Nintendo since the N64 days.

Starfox172076d ago

Not bad considering no major adverts or games.

jp_footy22076d ago

What is the most graphically impressive Wii U game?


Jek_Porkins2076d ago

Do most gamers only play games that are graphically impressive? I know personally I really only care about gameplay, story and controls first and foremost, then graphics.

Nintendo has always seemed to thrive on giving gamers fun games, not really graphical powerhouses.

deafdani2076d ago

He just asked a question. Why so defensive?

Qrphe2076d ago

None at the moment (Mario U?). We'll just have to wait for a new Mario, Zelda or that Xeno game (just don't expect 1080p resolutions).

deafdani2076d ago

I'd say Trine 2: Director's Cut. Yes, it's downloadable, and yes, it's also on the other consoles (as well as PC), but it's the best looking console version, and has more content on it that isn't present on Xbox 360 or PS3 (according to Frozenbite, the game devs, it was because they couldn't put said content on the other HD consoles without compromising the graphics).

Now, speaking strictly about exclusives, there's nothing noteworthy on Wii U in the graphics department. Mario Bros U and Nintendoland look nice, of course, but nothing to write home about.

silkylove2075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

For me personally I think it's Nano Assault Neo. That game is gorgeous in 1080p on my 50". Trine 2 is also up there.

Oh_Yeah2075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

Wii u's most graphically impressive game? I guess that'd be ZombiU.

deafdani2075d ago

You aren't serious, are you? Something tells me you're joking, but I'm not sure. :/

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majiebeast2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

360 (Jan 2006) 250,000
Wii (Jan 2007) 436,000
PS3 (Jan 2007) 244,000

Its bad when you compare it to other console's first January in the US and 1 of those console's was 199$ more.

Ill go back to ninokuni. The info is from neogaf so didnt really take much time to find it.

The sooner you Ninty fanboys face reality and stop cuddeling Nintendo, the sooner they get that they need to do something in short time and not 2014 or later.

thezeldadoth2076d ago

man you guys spend time out of your day to go look for data like this just to try to rip on the wii u. truly nothing better to do huh. Meanwhile, i'm gonna get back to playing super mario bros u.

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Munnkyman2075d ago

I am actually afraid on how well the new Xbox and ps are going to do. The economy is still in bad shape and unless you are a gamer already, other people won't jump on buying new consoles. The wii u is 350 at most and people won't pay that, and it's not because people say its weak because only people that are into games read into stuff like that. I think for the most part as of right now most people can't justified paying that much for a system when they can barely pay rent. So when the ps and Xbox come out for at least 400 how are they really going to fare. I really hope they sell well

KrisButtar2075d ago

Thanks for those sale numbers I was kinda wondering what the others were like early on. As I've seen comments saying it's doing well and comments saying it's doing poor, didn't really believe either side as I had nothing to base it on.

Do you have links to those numbers? You can pm me since you don't have bubbles

SerodD2075d ago

The wii U sold 3 million units worldwide in it's first 3 months, both the xbox360 and the ps3 sold about 1.8 million units worldwide (1.8 for the xbox360 and 1,76 for the ps3), how is this bad, I seriously don't understand.

here's a link with a pdf with a study on this matter, made by a reddit user:

KrisButtar2075d ago

Thanks I'm trying to open the link now but my cell doesn't seem to like the page, I'll try again later. I know before, I was going to say it is doing bad or good, I wanted some numbers to look at. Another link I have from neogaf shows only USA numbers but I don't think it's doing bad, it had a great start from what the numbers show but since then the monthly numbers are slightly higher than the ps3s. So I'm not sure of all the doom and gloom

SerodD2074d ago

You're welcome, it is a really nice "take" on how the wii U is doing, the guy even went as far as to compare the reviews from the launch line up to other launch line ups to show it wasn't as good as it looked in the beginning.

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