Jan 3rd, 2013

While Nintendo has not released any official data on the sales of the Wii U console, VGChartz has compiled data that suggests Nintendo’s latest console has performed fairly well this holiday season with 2 million units sold since launch. According to Nintendo’s own projections, the company wants to sell 5.5 million units by April 2013 and if the 2 million figure turns out to be true, they’re well on their way to accomplishing this goal.

According to these stats, the Wii U has performed 80% as well as the original Wii launch did, but several factors come into play when considering lower stats, including a higher price tag, tepid economy, and several launch title delays. These delays will do well in promoting the console for the early half of 2013, as big titles like Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends, and The Wonderful 101 are still slated to be released within the launch window which could spur even more sales.

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  • Genesect4ssb4

    Niiiicccceee! Iwas one of the 2.21 million!

    • audie bowler

      me too shall we blush together and hold hands

  • Dumbpants

    Does anyone notice the 3D effect on the picture when you scroll up and down the page?

    • YoG99

      are you high or somethin’ ?

      • me

        it actually works, its soo cool

      • Baleoce

        You have to use the mouse wheel to see the effect, and not the arrow keys or scroll-bar.

        • audie bowler

          i have the effect on my gamepad dude no mouse wheel needed

      • audie bowler

        his right tho wen i stylus up and down on my gamepad screen it makes those wiius look 3d pop out its just blur from the picture moving to fast

    • sdmac200600

      broooooooooooooooooo great find
      now you got me scrolling up and down XD

    •  is this your first time playing the 3ds? cause i had the same thing when i first got it hahaha

      • audie bowler

        slam dunk

    • Gurbeer Gill

      Try doing the same thing with a large image of a skyscraper.  The effect is caused by the gradual change in perspective of wide-angle shots.

    • Tim van Broekhoven

      OOOOWWWW!!! First I didn’t see it because I was reading this on my gamepad! Now that I’m on my pc I can see it! Does anyone have that it moves too?

  • I love that AC3, COD and Batman have COMBINED to sell only 350,000 copies WORLDWIDE. 3rd party support will die a very quick death with numbers like those.

    • You seem to forget that those games (aside from BLOPS II) were already released on other platforms and had been available for some time. People who already owned a 360/PS3 are going to buy the game as soon as it’s available for the console already sitting in their living room.

      Additionally, most of COD sales typically happen on the 360, where the community is largest.

    • NkoSekirei

       they wont dude cause we got bayonetta 2,aliens colonial marines,lego undercover, battlefield 4/end of this year,and many more  titles coming this year so wii u has a huge lineup

      • ConCity Soldier

        E3 2013 will be huge for Nintendo.  I’m about 99.9 % sure of that.  Watch it!

      • Am I the only one crazy psyched for that lego game? Seriously, it looks genius.

    • TheLast

      [Apologies in advance for the wall of text I’m about to submit]

      3rd party support will only die if Nintendo let’s it. The problem with Nintendo’s past consoles is that they just didn’t care about software from other companies, and wouldn’t adjust their mindset to think what would happen to developers that would want to put games on their system. Given that Nintendo comes from a time where the hardware manufacturer makes the software, it would only make sense that they would care for their software first before worrying about 3rd parties.
      This time Nintendo knows how crucial it is to play nice with 3rd party support, and is actually working on building better relationships with developers in order for circumstances like that to not repeat again. 3rd party support is a double-edged sword for Nintendo considering that it means that they can’t show their 1st-party games as frequently as they as they have in the past, at the risk of scaring away or overshadowing 3rd party developers. This is the reason they have stopped showing off at E3 and do the majority of their stuff though their own channels (Nintendo Direct).

      The worst thing that can happen, and the only real threat to Nintendo’s stategy, is if they don’t put out enough of their own content, and becomes too much like their competitors. We already know Nintendo doesn’t look towards their competitors to figure out what they can improve on their next machine, because if they did, they wouldn’t have had the online problem during the Wii era, and the cartridge problem they had in the N64 days.

      • MujuraNoKamen

         True Nintendo has made mistakes and I’m sure they’ll continue to do so
        but what’s important is they’re learning from these mistakes. 3rd
        parties are really getting behind Wii U and Nintendo is making things
        easy for them to do so 🙂
        also, I’ve said before but I’ll say it
        again, why does Ninty have to delay their 1st party games (like Pikmin
        3) to please 3rd parties? I fully agree Nintendo has to support 3rd
        parties and I get the need to keep good stuff coming spread throughout
        the year to avoid dry spells but if I was a 3rd party dev, I wouldn’t
        pull the plug on a project just because N wanted to release an A grade
        title that has already kept us waiting for 8 years. I’m probably missing
        something here but I know I’m not the only one who’s annoyed by top
        tier games being pushed back for things that are obviously not going as
        big of a hit.

        • TheLast

          I agree, and I think that the 3rd party problem only happens on their consoles over their handhelds, as I never have heard of a lack of 3rd party support there. 3rd party developers already know that their software doesn’t sell as well as Nintendo software on their platforms, so them thinking “what would happen if Nintendo released a 3D Mario game on the same week (or month for that matter) as I release the only game I be able to make this year?” begins to discourage them. 

          In a way, (beyond the N64 cartridge, GCN mini-disc, and Wii lack of horsepower) it is kind of the 3rd-parties own fault that they barely ever get a slice of Nintendo pie because if didn’t turn their backs on Nintendo (excuses like “lol kiddy Nintendo, which is ironically Sega’s fault) during the days that they needed them, they wouldn’t have to worry about building an install base for their games, as it would already be there.

          • MujuraNoKamen

             Good point about N’s games overshadowing 3rd party’s but I don’t see how delaying Pikmin 3 would increase the amount of copies of Sing party sold. I think the problem at the moment with 3rd party sales is that many of their games are late ports so all those interested in the game have already got it. If Ubisoft would have release AC3 a bit later so Wii U got on launch day at the same time or maybe earlier than ps3/360 then things could have been better. Maybe next time CoD and AC games are released, Wii U will get them day 1 with other versions which will be better for us all. Not to forget, there’ll be more Wii U owners by then so sales will increase drastically.

    • MujuraNoKamen

       Keep in mind all those games were out on other systems before Wii U launched, also the other versions were on consoles that have been out for ages and have huge install bases for those games whereas Wii U doesn’t have as many users and many people who would otherwise have bought the Wii U games instead got them for PS/360 to save waiting. When the next AA and CoD games come out they will likely come out day 1 on Wii U with the other versions, this teamed with the fact that there will be many thousands/more like millions more Wii U owners by then means that the future looks very bright for Wii U support. – Devs say it’s easy to develop for and cheap to port/make new games for compared to other systems. Also Wii U has epic 3rd party exclusives like Rayman Legends and Bayonetta 2 coming so that’s something to be pleased about.

      • MujuraNoKamen

         *AC and CoD games…

  • Nintenjoe82

    350,000 copies is ok. That means 17% of the consoles out there have one of those games and over $10,000,000 in revenue was made from them. I would have thought they’d be happy with that from a console launch. If you took those sales figures as a percentage of available units it is equivalent to the PS3 and Xbox versions selling a combined 24.5 million games.

    These low sales figures are completely expected and are precisely why hardly any multiplatform games are being ported for 2013. If the Wii U and even more ports, they would sell far fewer copies than 100,000 in first months and that would be far worse for everyone concerned.

    • AKT4

      You’re talking about the tie-ratio? It’s globally 2.04 (not counting in eShop games even), which is hardly low as it just came out. Also it’s certainly not the reason most multiplatforms aren’t being ported for Wii U in 2013. The reason is the games have been in development for longer than industry has known about Wii U.

      The system has sold 2,2 million according to the news. A lot more than what PS3 and 360 sold at the same time when they launched.

      • Nintenjoe82

        I was replying to Paige. 350,000 games for 2.2million consoles is good sales for the launch ports

  • Mickey Mouse

    Nintendo may well meet their target for March, but the Wii U is selling significantly less than the PS360 over the festive period. I see people looking at the 360 in my supermarket, and no one around the Wii U. How depressing! I think once the next gen properly starts things will be different, as late adopters of this gen tend to go for the cheapest system (PS360).

    • AKT4

      Wii U just came out and of course costs more than PS3 and 360. PS3 and 360 have a huge game library and a huge install base ready, it’s natural they’re selling well now at their end times. 

      Comparing Wii U’s time at the moment to PS360’s launch time, it as sold a lot more than either one of them.

      • J_Joestar

         There is also the issue of the supply available too

        • NkoSekirei

           theres plenty of wii u on stock man

          • J_Joestar

            mainly just the basic models, which anyone with half a brain would go for the dx since for an extra 50 you get a game that retails for more plus even more extras.

  • Michael Wakeman

    OMG, what is it with that picture, is it a vortex waiting to take me to pikmin?!

    • Lazara the Last

      They’re taking you to The Land of Nintendo: “Nintendo Land”… The Land of Joy with no exit. The only rule there… is to… HAVE FUN!!

  • Dorfdad

    PLease Please dont use VGChartz as any source. They have been proven wrong before and anyone who knows gaming news knows that site is a joke with flat out made up numbers. Not being a hater but that sites name alone is bannable on the top Websites as they provide flase info.

    • yeah VGchartz is preety unreliable

    • Wayne Beck

      Actually, VGChartz is rarely ever wrong by a significant margin and openly admits that their numbers are not literal sales, but a complex formula used to calculate likely numbers based on sales trends.

      Actual sales numbers for the Wii U have been putting it at about 400k a week Globally though, so 2 million in five weeks is a pretty reasonable number.

    • audie bowler

      there wii vs ps and xbox numbers are total lies the wii is way way ahead there numbers are fake reggie said recently about those numbers and in many places the wii is still a bigger userbase than both ps and xbox combined but sites like vgcharts try to say its closer total crap

  • RoyCar69

    Gaming has and will be great on the Wii U (imo) however it seem Nintendo has a bigger goal in mind. They would like the Wii U to be THE interface between you and the television. And from what I’ve seen so far they are on the right track. I’m looking forward to what’s to come…

    • Lazara the Last

      They did make my TV remote dusty -_-
      I haven’t used the remote since the 30. November because of the built-in remote 😀 And when I get a better internet, I will start using Netflix too 😀 Plus, the internet browser on the console is so great that often I find myself using it instead of a PC or my phone ;D

      • NintendoNoob

         I do really love the browser. It’s the best on a console and probably one of the best

  • @dumbpants:disqus: LOL, definitely.

  • welp, that’s more than the Vita, that’s for sure.

    • brownygtst94

      The vita was a turd wrapped in burnt hair

  • Mark Thom

    yea  3D effect lol

  • Fred

    I thought Nintendo bumped Pikmin 3 and it won’t arrive during the “launch window” anymore? Am I wrong?

    • Destructonator 101

      They did bump it, but until later in the launch window.

  • Linskarmo

    That’s great! I hope the Wii U keeps selling well.

  • audie bowler

    its beaten the ps3 and x360 and vita numbers combined by the looks of it thats some going in this economy

  • Marcell Wade

    I would say things are looking up big time for Nintendo, I just hope their looking to the future to eliminate dry spells, Ninty’s in a position to make Wii U the platform of choice, for casual & hardcore gamers alike.

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    I don’t see the 3d in the picture… (on gamepad)

    • sdmac200600

      you have to be on a pc and have a mouse with a scroll wheel