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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.

Related: Best Wii U Games 2015

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.


July 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

I think your headline has the wrong number of years? WiiU launched in November 2012, I make that just under 3 years not 5 years.

Still, not such good news for Nintendo; I wonder if they'll actually launch the NX next year or if Nintendo will stretch out the life of the WiiU until 2017?


July 29, 2015, 12:16 pm

For the sake of your credibility, please change the headline. It is indeed a blatant lie on your part. November 19th, 2012 - July 29th, 2015 does not equal five years.

It is truly unfortunate that your reviews or research cannot be trusted, which is contrary to the title of the website.

Edit: Thanks for fixing it. You should really try to be more careful in the future. You should automatically be holding yourself to a higher standard if you are going to be utilizing the word "trusted."


July 29, 2015, 12:17 pm

Every single Nintendo home console has had a life-span of at least five years, period.

There is really no speculation needed. When approximately five years is up, they will release their new home console; it is really that simple.

Donald W. Mohr

July 29, 2015, 5:32 pm

NES July 1983 (1985 in US)
SNES August 1991
N64 June 1996
GC Sept 2001
Wii Nov 2006
Wii U Nov 2012

the anomaly is the NES to SNES, but that's understandable as NES didn't have a wide release in the US until 1986.


July 30, 2015, 5:52 pm

The game changer will be if Nintendo chooses to integrate their home and handheld consoles, whether this would mean holding back on releasing a new handheld for a year, or bringing the home console release forward one.

The design of each set of systems have been getting more and more in line with each other in recent generations, with the new 3DS essentially having all the same basic inputs as the Wii U GamePad, plus the 3D screen of course. The only major differentiator is power, and obviously how that affects battery life.

I would imagine that they would want to keep backwards compatibility for both, so the feature sets would need to remain constant, but with DS games (the 3DS's backwards compatible system) being available on the Wii U eShop means that digital software is starting to blur the line between the availability of recent releases on the home and handheld systems.

It doesn't seem unlikely that the next system could potentially be a home and handheld hybrid, with the latter also serving as a controller for the former (retaining the same function as the GamePad), with the games you can play on both depending on how much power and resources they require.

I'm curious what Nintendo's next step will be.


July 30, 2015, 7:45 pm

If their console is selling like crap then they will release a new one.
They aren't robots, they aren't programmed to wait five years. NX is coming in 2016.


July 31, 2015, 12:21 am

Iwata said out of his own mouth that NX was not coming to the consumer in 2016 only that they would be debuting it to the public finally.


July 31, 2015, 12:23 am

By the way, they are the only video game console manufacturer posting a profit in the past two quarters. Their software attach rates are insanely ridiculous. You aren't even capable of looking at the facts or the big picture. I am done with this conversation now.

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