December 2013 NPD: Wii U has its best month yet in the US

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January 16, 2014 by (@NE_Brian)
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News coming from today’s NPD report confirms that the Wii U had its best month in the US thus far in December.

Specific data isn’t available at this time. However, that statistic alone would put Wii U somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 units sold last month – perhaps a bit less.

If Nintendo decides to issue a response to today’s NPD report, we could receive more concrete sales information.

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  • ZacUAX

    I would hope so. It was the holiday season after all.

    • ShilaquilOneal

      It sold 460,000 units in December.

      BTW, is anyone else noticing how several media outlets are making the mistake of thinking that less than 4 million Wii U’s were sold to-date? Some are even making the goofy mistake of thinking that only 2.9 million have been sold.

      The “less than 4 million” thing comes from Nintendo’s site where it says that they have sold 3.9 million units. But many fail to notice that those numbers are from September 30th, 2013. That sales figure doesn’t take into account how many more Wii U’s were sold in the following months.

      And the 2.9 million number comes from Nintendo mentioning how many systems were sold during the current fiscal year. Those are not LTD numbers. And yet I believe the sites such as the Huffington Post are saying that they are.

      Here is how the Wii U sold in the last 2 months just in the USA according to the NPD:

      November: 220,000 units sold
      December: 460,000 units sold

      Those numbers are just from North America. If you add them up to the 3.9 million sales figure, you come up with:

      4.580.000 units sold to-date.

      Considering how many Wii U’s Nintendo sold in Japan last month (330,000 units), the Wii U is actually a lot closer to the 5 million mark.

  • Austin

    That’s pretty solid, actually. Especially given its relatively weak November.

  • Brandon

    that’s good. :)

  • Damian Wayne

    I bought the Zelda bundle in December for only $201!

  • Steph

    Hah if sony or ms only sold that amount people would be saying they are doomed but when Nintendo does then it’s solid? Lol wiiU is dead, bad system, worthless hardware, pointless controller, and an archaic company

    • LordDisco

      Well, aren’t you a ball of sunshine. And I have to rebuttal;

      1) The WiiU has an install base of well over 5 million users. That’s hardly “dead”, and technically, it’s still at the beginning of its cycle.

      2) How is it “bad”? Because it’s not exactly like XBOne or PS4? That’s pretty narrow-minded. Gaming should be broader with more options. I’m glad the WiiU isn’t like the other systems. More variety = more options for fun.

      3) Worthless hardware? I do hope you are joking. That’s like me saying, “Kinect is worthless hardware!” It’s a very one-sided view. Just because you don’t like a certain product doesn’t make it “worthless”.
      4) Pointless controller? This one is just silly. If the Wii U remote is “pointless”, when why is Microsoft also doing Glass and Sony is doing second-screen with the Vita? Sounds like Nintendo’s “pointless” controller is influencing all of the companies to do “pointless” things.

      5) Archaic, huh? I’ll give you that. They’ve only been around for 130+ years (Way longer than the other two main companies), and they have somehow receive extreme disrespect for their longevity. That makes a lot of sense.

      • matt

        WiiU is a beast read this article from 3 days ago Andy tudor says we are using the esram of WiiU and xbox1 to keep up with ps4’s gddr5 he means in wiiu’s case the high bandwidth edram and are shooting for 1080p 60fps on all 3 cosoles….read

        http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/19804/article/slightly-mad-studios-shares-details-on-multiplatform-development-for-project-cars/

        • D2K

          What are these “stringent limitations” they keep talking about on the Wii U version of Project C.A.R.S?

      • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

        Hey Lord Disco, normally I’d just say “don’t reason with trolls, they don’t know reason”
        But your post was actually worth it =)

        • LordDisco

          Thanks, my friend. I smelled the troll from a mile away, but it was just too easy to play with this time. ;)

      • Steph

        WiiU is dying sorry not dead. Their sales plummeted, their games are a joke except bayonetta 2, their online is insanely horrible, I mean come on Nintendo, get with it, the system is a gimmick. A poorly designed tablet with a tiny bit upgraded wii, massive fail as the internet and millions of articles can attest to. My kids like it tho haha which is what Nintendo is, family oriented, they need to be more gamer focused and actually make a next gen console that’s on par with the rest, not a wii with a bad tablet controller. U can say mario, donkey kong, Mario kart, Zelda, metroid, etc..most gamers can care less about those games and it shows, wii was lucky as it innovated with it’s controls, hell I still love my wii, wiiU is a joke, I hate mine and I’d sell it if my daughters didn’t like it, are young and will learn soon about big N.

        • sonicfan1373

          Nintendo’s handheld line proves you wrong about gamers not caring about Nintendo games. Also, I do not think that having a homogeneous market with everyone doing the same thing (MS and Sony) is not really healthy for competition. Also, a lot of people like the Gamepad, you do not need to clutter a HUD on the TV and you do not need to constantly pause to look at a map or manage your inventory; furthermore, you can play off-tv when others are using the TV or when you simply do not want to turn on the TV. Lastly, Internet articles making claims that a system has failed does not mean it has just go back a few years and everyone was saying that PS3 was dead and 3DS was dead and you will see how wrong the Internet is.

          • Steph

            If u read above, which u didn’t obviously, I said I’m not talking handhelds and stated I love my 3ds and that Nintendo should stick to portable gaming. Any other ignorant unfounded comments? Didn’t think so, boom.

          • sonicfan1373

            Actually I read your comment and you never mentioned that you were not talking about handhelds or that you “love your 3DS”, heck you did not even mention 3DS or portable gaming. Maybe you should read…well…your own comments.

          • Steph

            Look again. I agree about the new kinect being awesome. Glad u chose xb1 is gen instead of ps4. Txt me later!

        • LordDisco

          You really are just trolling now. A lot of your comments are statistically wrong. The Wii U is significantly more powerful than the Wii, as the Wii wasn’t much stronger than the Gamecube (Which was technically the most powerful console of that generation, overpowering both the Xbox and PS2). Wii U is a huge step in the direction of graphics and power, and it’s the only console this generation with backwards compatibility.

          And I love that your kids love the console, and you still want to hate it. I LOVE whatever my son loves, especially when it’s something we can do together. He loves my 3DS and the Wii, and we play them quite often together. It’s a joy to do fun things with my child.

          Also, gamers do want Nintendo’s first-party games, and I love that you even threw both Zelda and Metroid into that list, because gamers are begging Nintendo to make an HD Zelda and Metroid. And need we forget Smash Bros? That game is a gamer’s dream, and the Wii U version is shaping up to be pretty awesome.

          Complain and troll all you want, but Nintendo is a company unlike Microsoft and Sony, and that is truly a very great thing for the game industry. We need differences. Not conformity. Imagine if all three consoles were like the PS4. What would that do? It would quickly put the other two companies out of business, because it gives gamers no variety. Nintendo is family and group-oriented, and that’s something the game industry still needs.

          • Steph

            Yep right trolling u got me, busted, right on, except I’m not. Enjoy the wiiU as my kids do, until it flops that is, which it will. Done replying to here, stalk me on a different read to chat and tata :)

          • Chrischi

            Worst kind of troll.

          • LordDisco

            Stalk? Don’t flatter yourself. I’m just calling you out on your constant lies and mistakes. And enjoy is a great word, because it’s true. Apparently your daughters are also enjoying the Wii U, and if you don’t like that, that sucks. You should enjoy time with your daughters, so if they like playing on the Wii U, why can’t you?

        • Rowdy

          Wow, you are just so full of hate…

          • Steph

            Sunset overdrive does look cool I agree

        • Chrischi

          Lol^^ Their games are a joke^^ What a joke is, is your opinion. Mario Kart is a joke? Which First Party Title did reach that number in sales of your beloved system? Matroid is a joke? Zelda is a joke? No sir, as I said, you are a joke ;)

          • Steph

            It’s ma’am and yes those games are outdated and a joke. They sell due to nostalgia not gameplay. Point made, proved, and closed. Begone. :)

          • Chrischi

            Ok, so Mario Kart, one of the most fun games of all time, which sold over 30 million times on Wii, was due to nostalgia and a game like Metroid, which gained most success after the time, the so called nostalgia games came out, also sold only because of nostalgia? Funny^^ Point made? Yes, you made a point, but not in this conversation, you just proved you are a big troll, logic is not your thing, I spoke to a lot of haters, which really hate nintendo, but if you speak with them about Mario Kart, you only hear good about it, so basically all your arguments have no ground to stand on, at least some fanboys have some valid points :)

          • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

            I hated Super Mario Kart and I bought a Wii for Mario Kart Wii. The demo in gamestop blew my mind.

          • John Acosta

            No, just no. Mario does not sell because of nostalgia lmao. Name one platformer that comes close to the design of Mario. Name me one action adventure that comes close to masterpiece that is Zelda. Just one, and you win.

        • John Acosta

          Considering you believe that the Wii U is a slightly upgraded Wii, I can deduce your idiocy. The jump from Wii to Wii U is monumentally larger than that of PS3 to Ps4 (or 360 to One).

      • Steph

        WiiU is dying sorry not dead. Their sales plummeted, their games are a joke except bayonetta 2, their online is insanely horrible, I mean come on Nintendo, get with it, the system is a gimmick. A poorly designed tablet with a tiny bit upgraded wii, massive fail as the internet and millions of articles can attest to. My kids like it tho haha which is what Nintendo is, family oriented, they need to be more gamer focused and actually make a next gen console that’s on par with the rest, not a wii with a bad tablet controller. U can say mario, donkey kong, Mario kart, Zelda, metroid, etc..most gamers can care less about those games and it shows, wii was lucky as it innovated with it’s controls, hell I still love my wii, wiiU is a joke, I hate mine and I’d sell it if my daughters didn’t like it, are young and will learn soon about big N.

    • Lucas

      Reaching new milestones every day on nintendoeverything. I present to you our first troll

      • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

        yup.. peace was nice while it lasted hahaha

        • Steph

          I’d like a peace of that action :)

          • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

            you want a piece of me, fool? You wanna get down?

      • Steph

        Give peace a chance my dear.

        • Lucas

          Do you have any legitimate reason for going on to this site or do you just like insulting people for their preferences in gaming? I just see there being no reason to insult a console just because you don’t enjoy it because others might. Anyways if you honestly were’nt trying to troll you don’t have to go trash people for buying it I mean after all its just a piece of hardware in the its not like we discuss abortions on this site.

          • Chrischi

            Dont give the troll new food to troll on.

          • Steph

            Now u don’t like peace?

  • Rinslowe

    That certainly looks good. But i wouldn’t hold my breath for an official report from Nintendo until the quarterly financials are underway…

  • WellWisher

    They finally slashed their forecast I see. What were they thinking? Still, good to see increasing yoy sales. They need a consistent flow of great games though. One major release every month until 2016 should do it, but they don’t have enough teams or third party support to make that happen.

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