Nintendo Wii U sales continue to struggle

Nintendo Wii U sales for January in the US were less than 100,000, according to recent reports.

NPD Group has released its latest US video game retail estimates, and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for Nintendo.

Whilst the company no longer provides precise numbers, it has revealed that sales are 38 per cent poorer after three months than the Wii managed at the same point in its life.

Website Gamasutra has discovered from a source with access to the information that sales of the Wii U were well under 100,000 in the US. Indeed, sales are estimated to be between 45,000 and 59,000.

As the US is the major video game market in the world, that should be of considerable concern to Nintendo.

It seems to be similarly grim for the Kyoto giant’s new console on the software front. Again, whilst exact figures are not provided, it is known that the Wii U’s multi-platform games have been consistently outperformed by the same games on other platforms.

In the case of Madden NFL 13 – still a massive franchise over in the US – even the PS Vita version sold more than the Wii U equivalent, and that’s for a struggling handheld console.

Just a few weeks ago, at the end of January, Nintendo was forced to cut worldwide sales projections for the Wii U console following a poorer than expected start. Nintendo had expected to sell 5.5 million units by March, but that has been cut to just 4 million Wii U consoles – a 27 per cent drop.

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