U.S. Nintendo 3DS Sales At 159,000 In March, Wii U At 70k

By Ishaan . April 17, 2014 . 10:38pm

While the NPD Group does not share sales figures publicly any longer, research analyst David Gibson has shared a few hardware figures for the month of March. In a tweet, Gibson provided the following figures from March’s NPDs:


  • Nintendo 3DS – 159,000
  • Wii U – “just over” 70,000
  • Wii – 28,000
  • PS Vita – “little over” 10,000
  • PSP – “around” 5,000


It looks like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s release is doing very little for Wii U hardware sales. Nintendo’s strategy of releasing one mascot platformer after another will need rethinking if they want to move more consoles.


Meanwhile, thanks to Microsoft, we know that the Xbox One sold 311,000 units during the month of March, and that Xbox 360 sold 111,000 units. PlayStation 4 was the highest-selling platform for the month, but sales figures for that system and PlayStation 3 have not been shared publicly yet.

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  • Earthjolly

    28,00 Wii’s sold. Da fak

    • Kari

      there are many old games and some new titles . actually i plan to get one when i get to the states to play the rpg’s

      • PreyMantis

        Or, you know, get a Wii U that is compatible with all Wii games…?

        • Kari

          nah a used wii console is much cheaper. I also want to mod it to play imports. I already have a ps4 ,vita and HD gaming rig.

  • tubers

    Maybe VITA inventory are no longer being stocked and some may be anticipating the 2000 model.

    Then again, isn’t the VITA doing pretty poor these past NPD reports?

    • malek86

      More likely people just don’t care. It has to be seen whether Sony’s strategy of turning the console into a PS4 remote player will work; but for now, it’s probably too expensive for people to consider as an option.

      • Yan Zhao

        its also suffering the same problem as Wii U did, lack of console sellers. And I mean hell, almost every Vita game that caught my interest arent even being localized because of “poor Vita sales”. Catch 22 rule blows.

        • malek86

          Support has literally dried up in the west, aside from cross-buy indie titles that don’t really help sell consoles. That’s why Sony has been pitching it for its remote play capabilities lately. It doesn’t seem to be working out, at least in the USA, even despite the huge success of the PS4.

          • idrawrobots

            Not true, I have seen a decent build up in Vita sales from almost nothing to some. The system has more titles pre ordered at my Gamestop. It’s still getting stompdd but it had a larger upcoming title list than I think it has ever had. We also haven’t been shipped any new Vitas in a while and our area is almost completely sold out. Sony seems to be done with the 1000 and focused on making those Borderlands bundles.

          • Well. At the least, that’s sorta a small shining point about this all. I hope that these Borderlands models really push the sales when they come out.

            I’m glad to hear though that the upcoming title list seems to be going pretty well in pre-orders. I guess where hardware sales are faltering, software actually isn’t doing /terrible/.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            There’s still plenty of rpg love to had on the thing.

  • RedRocBoy

    Honestly I don’t understand what Nintendo is doing with the Wii U. It’s an amazing console with so much potential. Really wish they would spend some money get more 3rd party exclusives and freaking advertise the console. I love my Wii U but I’m being forced to buy a PS4. I was gonna buy eventually but not this soon. Batman ArkhamKnight, Shadow of Mordor and a few others are looking amazing. I love my Nintendo but they’re making me sad. :(

  • TheGioG

    *Looks down at Zelda Edition Wii U*
    Well darlin’ looks like it’s you and me against the world…

    • RedRocBoy

      Feel the same way.

      • I’m on a boat…I’m on a boat…♫♪

        Lonely I’m Mr Lonely,
        I have nobody,
        For my own
        I’m so lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
        I have nobody,
        For my own…

    • Kornelious


  • brian

    “not shared publicly yet”
    Specifically by the NPD or Sony?

    • NPD sales figures for the month of March have not been shared publicly for either PS console.

  • Yan Zhao

    I like Donkey Kong Country and all, but frankly its just not a console seller. They need a Zelda, a major Mario game (an adventure platformer game like Galaxy, not pure platformer like New Super Mario Bros). I know Smash Bros 4 will definitely be a console seller when its released. But Nintendo really should’ve had a game of that caliber almost a year ago if they wanted consoles to sell.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      What they need is more third party games,their main games are nice but it’s not why I got it.

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        So you get Nintendo for Third party? Am I missing something here? I’m sure that’s what PC, PS4 and Xbone is about.

        • CozyAndWarm

          Nintendo consoles are special for their third-party exclusives, at least for me. e.g. Wii U is the only place I’ll be playing HD Monster Hunter and Platinum games for a while. It’s just that these types of games only come out sparingly…

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Umm you do know there are more third party games on the wii u and the 3ds right?

          • NintendoPSXTheSecond

            “What they need is more third party games”
            “Umm you do know there are more third party games”
            Make up your mind lad!

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            They have mostly third party games and they need more, they don’t need to try to rely solely on their main games to sell their system.
            How that’s you get? That you can have a lot of something and still need more?

    • Pyrotek85

      Yeah it wouldn’t have fixed all their problems, but I keep thinking they’d have been better off waiting to release the system when Smash Bros or Mario Kart was finished, so that it’d be a launch title.

    • What they need is something new and exciting, and a game that LOOKS worthy of the hardware upgrade, which nothing so far has looked – blind Nintendo fanboys be damned.

      Mario Kart 8 at least is gorgeous enough to grab people’s attention – they should’ve had all their Wii U games look that good from day 1, not like up-res’d Wii games. Again, blind Nintendo fanboys be crazy if they think Mario 3D World looks remotely impressive in a world with Skylanders, Ratchet, Sly Cooper and Rare platformers like Kameo & Banjo.

      But the big, long-term problem is that all their games for the Wii U aren’t system-defining. They’re super safe/super BORING iterative sequels of games people already have on the 3DS or Wii. That’s no way to move consoles. People bought an N64 because Mario 64 was a game changer, not a nicer looking version of Super Mario World. I would not be surprised if Smash Bros. U underperforms because most people will own the game on 3DS by then.

      It’s incredibly sad that Nintendo fails to remember many of the lessons they SHOULD’VE learned. I can understand fanboys being clueless & naive all the time, because – after all – people who remember the Gamecube & N64 are NOT the fanboys of today. Today’s fanboys weren’t even born yet. But as a company, they DEFINITELY have people old enough to remember those times, and they really should’ve learned something.

    • CozyAndWarm

      The Mario Galaxy games sold way, way less than the 2D NSMB games did. And Sunshine didn’t help Gamecube sales. A new grand Mario game, as much as I want one too, won’t help console sales.

      • Yan Zhao

        Really? I didnt really know those numbers, all I know is that Super Mario 64 single handedly sold the majority of N64s during its early years, so I figured it’d be the same for the GC and Wii. Oh well.

        But even so, having a grand Mario game at launch still would’ve helped the Wii U a lot. I mean even the Wii’s launch had Zelda Twilight Princess as a launch title, and the console was an instant success.

  • landlock

    Oh god, the vita. :(

    • a-at least it’s selling a lot better in Japan, now! It might pick up soon enough!

      • AkuLord3

        Of course it is…it has games (and being more into moblie gaming over there). Granted we’re slowly getting the good stuff

      • PreyMantis

        When Freedom Wars comes out, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

        • You do realize that – looking at Tropical Freeze – it means it WON’T cause an increase in hardware sales, right? lol.

    • LustEnvy

      Sadly, portable gaming is all Nintendo all the time here.

      I’m clutching on to my Vita just as I have held on to my PSP…

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Don’t know what you mean by “sadly”. 3DS is a pretty awesome system in it’s own right. Not to knock the Vita or anything. Hell, I’m picking up one in a few weeks, but really, Vita only has two major things on the 3DS: Indie support, which is very niche, even by niche standards, and power, which needless to say, doesn’t necessarily make your games any more fun.

        On another note: I’m an RPG guy, so P4G is guaranteed when I get my Vita, any recommendations on others that are already out?

        • no one

          One other major thing (to some people): Region free.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Heh, you got me there. Region free games is pretty awesome. I’m kinda peeved Ninty took it out for flimsy reasons. Though, they’ve still have been pretty on the ball of localizing plenty of their games. So I haven’t been quite affected by it yet. Selfish, I admit…

        • Disgaea 3 is out on the system, as is Disgaea 4, at least in some months. You also have access to a massive back catalog of PSP and PS1 games digitally, and pretty much all of XSeed, NISA and Atlus’s releases are available. SE has all of the PS1 FF games available on it, and things like Parasite Eve and Vagrant Story. They also have FFTactics, Tactics Ogre, and FFIV on the PSP available there, but no Kingdom Hearts or Crisis Core.

          You should also look out for games like Dragon’s Crown, and Totori and Meruru are available on the system too. Demon’s Gaze from NISA looks interesting, too. FFX, Mind=0, maybe Conception II? Oh, and Ys. Definitely look into Ys.

          Really, the Vita has a lot if you wanna get RPGs. Be it backlog, digital, or newer games, it’s extensive.

          tl;dr: I personally recommend Disgaeas and Ateliers out of bias, but do look into Ys and Dragon’s Crown.

        • Learii

          RPG huh hnm how about

          Raganrok Odyssey ACE
          Connception 2
          Soccery Saga
          Demon Gaze

        • Once you get your vita you can try out conception 2 demo and you migth find it fun i have it and it’s pretty fun. if i were to give it a score an 8/10 would be it the game is a bit like persona in certain aspect but different the only downside for me is how the dungeon layouts are. You can check some youtube videos to see what i mean.

    • Guest

      Sadly even big releases (From my perspective) like Danganronpa failed to be noticed to become HW sellers at long run. Minecraft Vita is possibly going to move units, if given the right amount of marketing as the “definitive portable edition”

  • Godspoken

    Who the heck is still buying PSPs?

    • In all likelihood, people that want to be able to pirate games on the thing.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        They factor in used system sales?

        • I don’t think so, no. But you can always buy a system new and hack it. PSP piracy has been so simple and rampant for the past few years.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Well yeah I know but if all you want to do is hack it what’s the point of buying it new?

          • Reliability? Having an unblemished screen? No wear or tear?

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Umm you can get that with used material?
            Not all used items look like they just came out of the garbage.

          • Guest

            But the guarantee could still cover those units and it’s not like the price is high, even though they are new.

          • Zenthos

            The irony is that its making the system sell.

    • Slickyslacker

      CFW is all the rage, as Ishaan pointed to.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Who the heck is still buying Wiis?

    • nonscpo

      If you shop around you can still see them at walmarts and targets, as for who buys them probably people like me whose PSP’s have gone to hardware heaven and want a brand new one for retro gaming (not emulators). Seriously folks this is my third one am glad to have it there are tons of games I missed now if only I could beat God Eater Burst I can move on to the next thing.

      • Pyrotek85

        Yeah I was contemplating getting an extra one while they’re still easy to find new. The only problem at the moment is the battery and I do take care of it, but it still has moving parts so I don’t expect it to last forever.

    • Nogib

      That is what I’m wondering. They’ve been long gone from every Best Buy, Target, Walmart, etc so just where are these new PSP sales magically coming from?

  • Where are the PS3, PS4, 360, and Xbox one numbers?

    • malek86

      We know the 360 is 111k and the X1 is 311k. No numbers for PS3 and PS4 yet.

    • Read the post.

  • SuperSailorV

    Waiting for the predicted price drop to pick up one of the many Zelda Wii Us still sitting on shelves all over California.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Then you’re going to be waiting a while sir.

  • James Enk

    imo there is not much to say about the current situation of the WiiU, even though there are other factors that affected it, it is mainly Nintendo’s fault. i am sure that by the end of it’s lifetime the WiiU is going to have a decent library but because of bad marketing/wrong way of promoting it and failure to attract at least some 3rd parties it won’t be as successful as it could have been

    • Guest

      Agreed, Nintendo will pick up sales from videogame enthusiasts through a constantly focused sum of great games’ releases, like they did with 3DS, and at the end we’ll have a nice library, counting the independent developers’ titles too. But it’s worrying that they haven’t attracted the “casual” audience yet, they are what this industry needs right now, that potential to grow; but maybe concurrently their QoL approach is taking form for their next HW release so the Wii U is going to be left as a ‘core’ console, again just like 3DS.

  • Ben Green

    As long as the Vita keeps doing well in Japan and they keep giving us their juicy RPGs, i’m good.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      The Vita has been a JRPG and niche game machine. I love it and hope it keeps on coming.

      • Pyrotek85

        I’m pretty happy that both the 3DS and Vita have got good libraries going, and they’re unique too. Not just ports from one another.

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          It’s true…it is welcoming when you get unique experiences on different consoles or handhelds. 3DS I love my Nintendo exclusives as well as other offerings like Fire Emblem, Ace Attorney, Shin Megami, Code of Princess As for Vita, I love my shooters like Resistance and Killzone, or Gravity Rush while playing some great JRPGs…can’t wait for my Demon Gaze and Conception II which are on the way!

  • Anthony Hadow

    Why do the companies insist on releasing consoles with no games? If your going to sell a product at a loss make sure to have something to back it up with. Make sure to have a good number of big hit titles with your new flashy console.

    • darke

      Chicken and egg. If there’s no one out there with consoles, no company in their right mind is going to do anything other then make tentative plans other than to make ‘feeler’ games (aka, crossplatform versions of whatever else they were planning on releasing at the time anyway).

      With last-gen’s PS3 launch fisco of high-prices and non-existent supply, not to mention this generations Wii-U sales non-starter, no-one other than indie games would be willing to risk a major (relative to the company size) investment in time and money on porting to them.

      Which is why the consoles are low on AAA’s, and high on indies.

  • Casey McMahon

    My Wii U is constantly being played. Between the Mario’s and Donkey Kong I am set until Mario Kart 8 drops next month!

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Mario Kart 8 looks so fantastic. I hope to have just as much fun in a console version of MK since 64.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    It’s cool that the PSV is doing decent in Japan because “little over 10k” in 30 days in a big country like the United States is abysmal. There’s no way that console can stay alive like that much longer, which is a shame, since I own one and I find it to be an amazing handheld system~.

  • Hector Velar

    be able to play 3ds and ds games on wii u, problem solved they are just not listening!

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