Wii U

This Week In Sales: Wii U Debuts With Mario And Monster Hunter


Period: The week of December 3rd – December 9th (2012)

Top-seller: Yakuza 5 – 356,757

Nintendo 3DS sales: 75,126 | Total sales: 7,318,510

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 136,373 | Total sales: 1,480,868

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,039 | Total sales: 1,074,621

Wii U sales: 308,142 | Total sales: 308,142

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The Wii U launched in Japan this past weekend. Nintendo released their latest console on December 8th, and it sold 308,142 units at launch. Here’s how that stacks up compared to the last few major console launches in Japan, with all figures provided by sales tracker Media Create:


PlayStation 3: 81,639 (2006)

Wii: 350,258 (2006)

Nintendo 3DS: 374,764 (2011)

PlayStation Vita: 324,859 (2011)


The highest-selling Wii U game was, of course, New Super Mario Bros. U, with 163,528 copies sold. That’s a far cry from New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s debut of 934,739 copies sold. For what it’s worth, New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s launch figures accounted for four days of data, whereas U only has two days, and the game also sold to a significantly larger Wii userbase upon release.


Meanwhile, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate sold 106,388 copies, which isn’t bad considering that this is the fifth game based on Monster Hunter 3 and is virtually identical to the Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which has been available for over a year now in Japan.


Nintendo Land, however, did not do very well. The game wasn’t bundled along with the Wii U Premium Set in Japan and sold a mere 72,121 copies. Ouch. Maybe we’ll see sales pick up over time, but that doesn’t make for a very good first impression.


The real story of Wii U’s launch will be told over the next few weeks, as we find out how it holds up over the holidays. Nintendo and third-parties have been cagey with details on major game announcements outside of the “launch window,” which extends up until March 2013, so the Wii U has a lot to prove.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Yakuza 5356,757NewPS3Sega
New02.New Super Mario Bros. U163,528NewWiiUNintendo
New03.Paper Mario: Sticker Star129,054New3DSNintendo
New04.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate106,388NewWiiUCapcom
04.05.Animal Crossing: New Leaf89,1951,301,5073DSNintendo
New06.Nintendo Land72,121NewWiiUNintendo
03.07.Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition58,655174,610WiiNamco Bandai
08.08.New Super Mario Bros. 247,9291,501,0863DSNintendo
05.09.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth43,005212,5243DSPokémon Co.
02.10.Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney29,271158,1273DSLevel 5
01.11.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen OG24,175241,885PS3Namco Bandai
06.12.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational22,645161,381PS3Sony
13.13.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)17,74254,0673DSCapcom
07.14.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Subtitled)17,237250,821PS3Square Enix
17.16.Run for Money Tousouchuu11,512263,4023DSNamco Bandai
2117.Pokémon Black/White 211,4982,858,740DSPokémon Co.
16.18.Style Savvy: Trendsetters11,286199,2913DSNintendo
22.19.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb9,306282,1803DSNamco Bandai
26.20.Mario Kart 78,6111,851,2643DSNintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.