Wii U At 890,000 Sold In U.S., 3DS Sells 1.25 Million In December

By Ishaan . January 10, 2013 . 4:20pm

Nintendo’s new Wii U console sold more than 460,000 units in the U.S. during the month of December, the company has reported. Total sales in the U.S. are now at 890,000 units after 41 days on the market.


Wii U’s December hardware look a little on the low side, given that the system sold 400,000 units in launch week alone, and that the Xbox 360 sold over 1.4 million units in December. Differences in pricing and the two consoles’ library of games explain the difference in sales figures, but Nintendo will need to release convincing software in the months to come, if they hope for sales to grow or even remain steady.


Nintendo also reported that sales of New Super Mario Bros. U are at 580,000 units in the U.S., which reflects an attach rate of over 65%.


Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS sold 1.25 million units in December and has crossed 7.7 million units sold to date in the U.S. region. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the fourth Nintendo 3DS game to have crossed the 1 million mark in the U.S., and is now at over 1.45 million units sold in that region.


Nintendo’s older systems are chugging along, too. The Wii sold nearly 475,000 units during December, while the Nintendo DS sold nearly 470,000 units.

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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    And now the new Fire Emblem 3DS alone will sell millions…
    Joking aside, I don’t know if I want to grab that or a XL…
    Looks like the Wii U is doing fairly ok for a newly launched console. I would like to get one, but right now I can’t :(

    • shion16

      Think about it
      Fire emblem games doesn’t always get released in NA cause of the low sales.
      Even if they’re great games, America is not their greatest selling point

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Err, I was joking about the Limited Edition Fire Emblem 3DS :D

  • $39420547

    3ds will finds it’s way i believe it may take a bit longer than nintendo thought but it’s library is building up and there are more and more reasons to buy one
    as for the wii u it just need games which it doesn’t have

    • Its library will be pretty damn massive by the end of the year. 27 mil units worldwide is great for the 3DS. The DS sold 32 million in Japan alone. So its got that massive library as well. Whats great is that there is still a market to tap for the 3DS and with Pokemon X&Y coming its going to appeal to alot of people old and new( Gen1 players are coming back) so its gonna sell gangloads

  • LinkofCourage

    Wow, that’s pretty bad for Wii U, definitely not hitting that shipment target. 3DS did good, but still down from last year. Wii U is going to have a rough first year unless Nintendo takes action soon.

    • kylehyde

      Well we have to considerer that no key software was released for the 3DS during the last months of the 2012 as it hapenned in the 2011 with super mario 3d land and mario kart 7. So it was a miracle that surpassed the million, even I predicted 700,000 as much.

  • shion16

    Thats a lot of sales for a console with only 1 good game

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Well that one good game (I assume) is the best selling on the console (New Super Matio Bros Wii U?). Including that game I also want it for ZombiU, Ninja Gaiden 3 RE and the upcoming Rayman Legends.
      I was gonna grab it, but I spent all my money on other games, anime, computer parts, etc.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      The Wii U has more than one good game ;)

  • Solace Shimizu

    Now that Pokemon X and Y is announced, it will probably boost 3DS sales by a lot probably this month until October. And after Nintendo announce SSB4, it also boost both WiiU and 3DS sales further.

  • almostautumn

    Nintendo blows my mind. I have six CoD gamer buddies who all bought a Wii also, and literally never used it. I just found out three of them went and bought a Wii U now…

    Something about Nintendo makes people just shell their bills. I don’t know how this works, but man— weird stuff.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      That is something call as brand power. Just like Apple.^_^

  • It needs publicity. Seriously, hardly anyone here in England, that I know of, knows about the WiiU. Most think it’s a peripheral. There were adverts but they were just poorly done and somewhat abstract/confusing and personally I haven’t even seen it while watching TV. Either way, no one really gives attention to TV adverts nowadays unless if they see it for the tenth time in a row.

    They need to launch that killer game that everyone needs, one that they’ll buy, realise it won’t work on their Wii and buy a WiiU. Of course, I have no idea what that game will be but Nintendo should.

  • Göran Isacson

    Come ooon with games Nintendo, your little tablet needs it. Haven’t bought a WiiU yet, but I do hope I’ll have reason for it… sometime soon-ish.

    • Get you’re hands on that controller from the Demo Stations, or try out the environment in a friends house and play something like ZombiU,Ninja Gaiden, Batman or Darksiders II.

      • Göran Isacson

        I have tested it in demo stations, there just aren’t any games out at the moment that grab my interest that I haven’t played elsewhere… and it will pretty much remain that way until Bayonetta 2 and Wonderful 101, from the current look of things.

        • $39420547

          sadly i agree the reason i haven’t bought a wii u yet is not the games but deep inside am sure that if some games that grab my interest were on the system right now i wouldn’t be able to resist but i know those games are coming

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    These numbers should be worrying to Nintendo. After the discussion last month about initial sales, I did some research and discovered the PS3, which was considered a really bad launch, actually sold 30,000 more units in its first December. And that was a $600 system with no games that anybody wanted to play.

    Coupled with a lot of third parties announcing their titles will not be on the Wii U (Metro: Last Light, Lords of Shadows 2, Bioshock Infinite, Metal Gear Rising, etc…), this is not the way Nintendo should want to start the year.

    • Arrei

      Unfortunately it seems the Wii U’s main obstacle is the lack of games, just like the PS3. We have stuff to look forward to, sure, but I just do not understand why companies seem to prefer to entice us with promises of what’s to come instead of just delivering the goods these days.

      • gsnap

        Well, you can’t deliver too much of the goods at one time, or else certain games won’t sell. You do have to space them out reasonably, and Nintendo is doing a good enough job for a consoles launch. We can’t really say Wii U has a lack of games right now, or even in the near future. Remember, most console launches are generally underwhelming when it comes to high numbers of quality titles.

  • LinkofCourage

    Angry Birds Trilogy is the best selling 3DS 3rd party game in the U.S.


  • LightZero

    I’m not too concern with the Wii U. The PS3 and 360 had a slow start as well. It just need more games. But I’m glad the 3DS did very well. Hopefully it will keep selling more now with the announcement of Pokemon X and Y.

  • Jay

    I don’t see myself grabbing a wii u in the mear future personally. I’m quite happy with my wii and 3DSXL at the moment. Besides, the catalog for the 3DS isn’t that good at the moment anyway. Thank goodness for my DS games.

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