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Wii U sales pass 10 million worldwide almost 3 years after launch


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Nintendo’s Wii U has reached a new lifetime sales milestone, finally pushing past 10 million units.

Lifetime sales of the Wii U have surpassed 10 million, according to recent figures released by Nintendo.

In its latest earnings report, the company shows that 470,000 units of the console were sold between April and June 2015. This figure was below Nintendo’s projections for the period, and shows a decrease in performance from last year.

Nintendo’s console has now sold a grand total of 10.1 million units since its launch in November 2012 - a much slower adoption rate than that of the PS4 and Xbox One.

The Wii U’s largest audience comes from America, with a total of 4.6 million sales, whilst Japan lags behind, accounting for 2.4 million. Nintendo attributes 2.6 million units to other territories, so that’s where the UK would come in.

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Sony’s PS4 has sold through over 20.2 million units at this point, cementing it as the “fastest and strongest” growing platform in Playstation history. Microsoft has yet to announce recent sales figures for the Xbox One.

Nintendo’s Wii U has not had the most successful history thus far, even lagging behind Sega’s Dreamcast in sales; a platform eclipsed by the PS2 back in 2001.

In other Nintendo news, the company confirmed that its next home console, the Nintendo NX is due to be revealed in 2016.

If you think it's too soon for Nintendo to release another major platform, don’t worry, Nintendo has stressed that it will continue to support the Wii U and 3DS upon NX’s release.

"NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero," it said.

"When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX."

The company has stressed that the Nintendo NX will not be a replacement for their existing platforms, but a “brand new concept” that we haven’t seen before.

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