Update: Specific numbers – March 2014 NPD: Combined Wii/Wii U sales under 100,000 units, Yoshi sales

Posted under 3DS, News, Wii, Wii U
April 18, 2014 by (@NE_Brian)
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Update: Analyst David Gibson has provided specific sales information, including 3DS results:



Nintendo hasn’t shared any sort of official information about the Wii U’s performance in the US last month, but things were far from stellar. Sales of Nintendo’s newest console – combined with the Wii – are said to be under 100,000 units.

That information comes from NeoGAF’s “creamsugar”, who is known for providing accurate NPD leaks.

creamsugar also shared a statistic pertaining to Yoshi’s New Island as well. It sounds like the game’s software sales combined with the special 3DS XL system sold under 160,000 units.

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  • sonicfan1373

    Not surprising considering there was nothing released. I expect that it will be lower than March of last year because last year March we got the Monster Hunter 3 bundle and Lego City.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      It was up year on year actually

      • sonicfan1373

        If that is the case then it is quite an unexpected (yet very welcome) improvement.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Indeed

  • superphillip32

    Not bad at all, considering there were no retail releases for the Wii U at all last month. Well, it IS bad, but… I don’t know where I’m going with this. My point is that there was nothing to grab consumers at retail stores for the Wii U this month, which is sort of sad for a relatively new console…

    • chimpmeister

      Who are we kidding, its terrible. Just say it.

  • N1ntendo

    PS4 has ONE game release per month and averages a million sold per month. Wii U needs an action plan. FAST!

    • KH

      It’s the brand. The Playstation brand, is seen as the cool and awesome brand that everybody has, and brings lots of shooters for today’s crazy kids, plus it brings them the “best” graphics. So it will sell more, plus the hype. Meanwhile, the Nintendo brand, is seen as the uncool and useless brand, that only little kids play and nobody wants to be associate by, plus majorly having platformers, and having the “weaker” graphics, then it also has the confusing names.

      The casuals that should come with Mario Kart 8 should be enough of a plan, since little by little word on the console will spread, and things should return to “normal”, though at the end of everything, low numbera are not so strange for Nintendo home hardware since the N64 era.

      • Lucas

        I agree with you on everything else but I don’t think mario kart will create much momentum for the console. mario kart 7 sold the 3ds b/c kids reckognize the franchise and a lot of parents don’t want their kids using their ipads or iphones, but the WiiU, on top of Nintendo’s marketing blunder, doesn’t have much appeal to families. It’s not as flashy as the Wii, and there are plenty of “cooler” alternatives. In retrospect it mostly is just the half assed marketing by NOA that put them in this situation.

        Side Note: I’m not trying to make Nintendo sound like its “kiddy” when I talk about families since there are many of hardcore nintendo fans(including myself), I’m just talking about nintendo’s main audience that they wish to attract

        other side note; sorry if something doesn’t make sense I should really go to bed it is way to late, oh well back to FTL

        • KH

          That’s true, plus the 3DS had a cheaper price tag, than the Wii U at the time.

          Though if the parents got annoyed by the simple fact of lending their phones for their kids, for some minutes, and decided to shell around 260 dollars for a 3DS, with Mario Kart 7, plus the obligatory protector cases and stuff they should have bought. I doubt they wouldn’t go out and buy a WIi U for a bit more of money(probably the obligatory Mario Kart 8 bundle that will come out) so that their kids stops annoying them, Gamestops already are promoting the game so kids should be seeing them, and should be annoying their parents already, plus May 30th, its close to graduations, grades, and stuff like that so it is a perfect gift for the kids.

          What the Wii U needs for around the release of Mario Kart 8 is just a Mario Kart 8 bundle, some Mario Kart 8 commercials in lots of channels(CN, Disney, Fox, and one more random channel with alot of audience), and some commercials that mark the difference of Wii and Wii U, that shows things that interest the casuals, and upcoming games to attract the regular market. That is all they need.

          • ronin4life

            Something that has been confusing me about MK8: I have seen in NE pre-order updates twice now that MK8 was “Back in stock” for pre-order: once for Amazon and for GS.

            …does anybody know what that is about?

          • KH

            There was a time they went “out of stock” in Amazon, but now they are back, but that “Back in Stock” thing should be erased, it has been some week since then.

            I have no idea about the Gamestop one.

    • superphillip32

      That time came and went. Nintendo sat on its collective hands. Now it can only wait this generation out.

      Sony has been hyping up the PS4 and flooding the airwaves with commercials for the system. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if most folks bought one on hype alone. The Wii U has no hype. It might even have a bad reputation, thanks to the deluge of “Wii U is doomed”, “X and Y are not coming to Wii U”, and other negative articles.

      There is no righting this ship. The Wii U is not going to be a sales juggernaut. Nintendo can only hope to salvage the console somehow and make a profit, which I hope it does.

      If I somehow misread the context of your post, then I’m sorry, N1ntendo.

    • gimmegimmekevin

      To be fair, the PS4 has significantly more indie support than Wii U (though Wii U has decent and better than XBO indie support) and PS4 has a lot more than one game per month. In 2014 Wii U has got Donkey Kong, and,…err,…Lego Hobbit so far? PS4 has received Thief, InFamous, Metal Gear Solid 5 GZ (which this same leaker says the PS4 version made up 50% of MGS’s sales), Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends and more. TowerFall, Steam World Dig, Awesomenauts Assemble, Don’t Starve, Outlast and Mercenary Kings are really great indie games too. So what I’m saying is, don’t say the PS4 only gets one game per month. That’s untrue at both retail and digital.

      • D2K

        Yup.

        • GABRIEL GARCIA

          Hey D2K can l add you as a friend on wii U for some future racers on mk8 ?

          • D2K

            Sorry. Had to sell my Wii U.

      • Guest

        You forgot Contrast, Resogun, Warframe, Blacklight retribution.

  • gimmegimmekevin

    Surprising Wii U sales went up a bit without any real releases. Still terrible overall but better I suppose. I wonder if the Wii U will break 150k with Mario Kart 8

    • D2K

      For worldwide sales they should do that easily. For US sales….maybe not. Even with the release of DKC:TF in February sales didn’t increase much at all for the Wii U. I expect MK8 to bump up Wii U sales a lot though even for a short time.

      • TalesOfBS

        The casuals aren’t here anymore. People were asking for Metroid, not DK.

        • D2K

          DKC:TF isn’t anywhere close to being a “casual” game. Anyone who has played any DKC game will tell you that. The difficulty level and challenge of a DKC game eats casuals for breakfast.

          However that’s not even the issue. DKC:TF was the ‘major’ title to tide Wii U owners over until Mario Kart 8 and it failed to even do that by only selling 470,000 copies.

          • TalesOfBS

            Yes, DK isn’t a casual game, but it was bought mostly by casuals on the Wii. Nintendo thought they would be there again and they aren’t.
            Again, the only people left to buy their games were asking for Metroid, not DK. And Nintendo ignored that.

          • henrik

            Metroid never really sold that great, DKR on the other hand sold quite well. I think they were hoping to repeat that success on Wii U.
            I personally think another DK for Wii U could have waited for another 2 years as the Wii U is overloaded with platformers imo.

          • D2K

            If DKC:TF had been “ACCOMPANIED” by the games people asked for such as Starfox, Metroid, or new IP then I think people would have been fine with it and it would have sold more. But yes, the Wii U is definitely over-saturated with platformers and party games.

        • ronin4life

          People THINK there was a massive outcry for Metroid. It wouldn’t have helped: Didn’t help GC.

          Seriously, as gross as it is to say it I feel this has NOTHING to do with games; Otherwise, ONE and PS4 wouldn’t have done so well without them either.

          • TalesOfBS

            They are selling mostly on hype due to heavy advertisement(sometimes even lies) and
            >FPS games.
            Nintendo didn’t lie nor hyped it. A exclusive Metroid fps would have helped it more than DK.

          • SecretX

            it was hype the problem was mostly the media thrashing the console. the last metroid sold bad and retro studios decided to make another DK game not nintendo.

          • D2K

            People weren’t really asking for Metroid at the time. No one even expected it until the footage was shown at Spaceworld 2000. Even afterwards all the buzz was about Zelda and the Link vs Ganondorf scene.

            Metroid Prime still managed to sell about 3 million which is not bad considering the install base of the GameCube at that point wasn’t much more than the Wii U is now. It’s also more than anything else has sold on either the PS4 or XB1 at this point.

      • GABRIEL GARCIA

        Well we have to consider that Mario kart wii sold over 32 million!! I believe the wii U will sell more than that. Once people start puttin their hands on the wii U it will sell like crazy. I have a wii U and I would like to say its an awesome console. I just love it. Further more, Mario Kart 8 it’s something out of this planet !!

        • D2K

          Again, that number is counting console tie-in sales as well. If Mario Kart 8 is bundled with the Wii U then it should have large numbers.

          • GABRIEL GARCIA

            Agree

  • henrik

    Wish Nintendo would redesign the game pad, below is my idea of what might make the Wii U a little more appealing.

    • D2K

      This’ll be what the Fusion portable will look like.

      • henrik

        Yeah read about that whole fusion thing sounded mostly like fan fiction. Would be nice though if it were happening.

        • D2K

          I don’t think the concept was fiction. The specs may have been because Nintendo never gives out detailed specifications of their hardware. We still don’t know “precisely” the specs of the Wii U other than general information.

          However that news came out at the same time Nintendo’s meeting with investors about future plans. It is pretty much par for the course to start development of the next-gen console 1-2 years after launch of the current-gen console.

          • henrik

            Yeah I have no doubt that Nintendo are working on their next console already and it it seems inevitable they will unite their mobile hardware with their home console in some way so they aren’t spreading their development studios across two platforms anymore.

          • D2K

            Also probably why they built the larger building to house both the mobile and home console divisions.

    • SecretX

      its fine i love the controller.

    • GABRIEL GARCIA

      That’s cool bro now show it to Nintendo I like it !!

      • henrik

        Yeah I dont think Nintendo would care to much about what one fan thinks it would be nice if they did though

  • D2K

    It’s not bad, but not good considering what is available for the console right now. Better than last year, but not much considering the PS4 sells another 25-35% more than that PER WEEK. Oh well. We’ve all been over this before so no need to go there again. We will wait until E3.

  • justaplayer

    those numbers are just…..sad

    • D2K

      Yes, very sad. The clock is ticking. E3 had better be the conference of the decade for Nintendo.

      • justaplayer

        agreed.

  • Tlink7

    That’s what you get when there’s *another* software drought on a console… Reggie, why? You promised us this wouldn’t happen again! I better not have to wait another 3-4 months before the next major Wii U game after MK8… :(

    • TalesOfBS

      Exactly this. 2013 all over again.

      • D2K

        Even worse so far.

  • Rukia Trap

    Man Wii U is finished. I said in 1 year. One year from now, I don’t see the Nintendo Wii U
    having more sales than the other two systems. They don’t have a lot support from gaming companies and are destined to become the new “Sega”.

    • Zuxs13

      It’s a good thing you have no idea what you are talking about,.

      • D2K

        Lol.

  • WellWisher

    I wonder if Iwata will let it die? The man just doesn’t seem to care. Ah well, without a major games push it looks like this’ll be the last Nintendo console I buy. Back to PC gaming for me.

  • TalesOfBS

    This is what happens when you completely ignore your consumers and keep trying to go after a market that isn’t there anymore: the casuals.

    • henrik

      I think the casual audience is still there but it’s largely been swallowed up by the smartphone market.

    • ronin4life

      These sound like those old BS Wii arguments. I don’t think they have been focusing in such a way on the casual market, and they haven’t been ignoring their customers.

      They started out the gate with a “Core” heavy approach, and once it became apparent that, Like the GC, that wasn’t working they stepped up their Marketing to focus on a more casual” crowd. But the games have always been an attempt to balance both types of market in the wake of an “core” industry that hates them and is rapidly dwindling anyway and an industry overall in decline they are trying to keep from collapsing.

      • chimpmeister

        Nah, they thought yet another gimmick would reel people in like it did (for a while), and it failed. Gimmicks just don’t work anymore, but apparently Nintendo hasn’t figured that out yet.

        • D2K

          I think all three companies are taking wild swings in the dark because the profit just isn’t there like it used to be. The difference is that Microsoft and Sony are at least for the most part giving people what they want while they take those wild swings so at least there is a foundation there. Again, we will see if things change at E3.

          • chimpmeister

            True, though I think Sony has tried to focus primarily on games with the PS4, whereas MS has weakened their product in an attempt to capture a much broader market (with all the TV stuff and voice commands). Personally all I want from a console is solid gaming, the rest I really don’t care about.

          • D2K

            I think Microsoft did it right but having a console the matches the PS4 in power and also having other things. The entertainment features do not take away from the game content or abilities of the console. The thing that is a annoyance is Kinect.

        • ronin4life

          This also gets thrown around a lot, and I really don’t think people even understand what point they are even making when they do it.

          I fail to see how “Gimmicks” Suddenly “don’t work”, as some form of broad label for any idea that Nintendo has come up with. Yet releasing what is essentially the same damn thing people already own for several more hundreds of dollars is what people want.

          • chimpmeister

            The Wii was based around a gimmick (motion controls) which, in the end, did not deliver a better gaming experience. Although it caught on and sold big (mainly to casuals), people quickly grew tired of it and left it to collect dust. Thus the console died years earlier than the PS3 and 360 (which are still seeing pretty solid support).

            For this generation, people wanted substantially upgraded versions of their older consoles, and the PS4 and (to a lesser extent) XB1 are delivering that just fine. The Wii U, on the other hand, was not designed with solid internal hardware; in fact, much like the Wii, Nintendo severly gimped the design, then included a gimmick to try to reel people in. It isn’t working anymore, so let’s hope with their next console (if they release one), they do away with these silly gimmicks and just focus on solid hardware.

          • D2K

            It’s clear that Nintendo did not have a clear plan or vision with teh Wii U and hoped that the GamePad would be a “gimmick” to attracted the casual.s While I personally don’t think motion-controls were a gimmick in concept, the Wii console turned into a “gimmick” because again Nintendo’s vision with motion-control didn’t go any deeper than the Wii-brand series (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii-Play, Wii-Fit, etc.)

            At one point Tickle Me Elmo was being sold on eBay for thousands of dollars. Now they are a dime a dozen. Same with Furbies and Beenie-Babies. Now you can find those on a rack in the grocery store.The point is that gimmicks are not designed for long-term sustained entertainment. The Wii was like playing with bubbles, or playing a game of Monopoly, Yeah it’s fun to play every once in awhile when a lot of company is over, but not for a true core gamer who gaming is a part of their everyday life. Nothing about the Wii or Wii U were designed for that (outside of the untapped power the Wii U has.)

            The GamePad really was pointless. None of their major 1st party titles use the GamePad much at all IF at all and the functions they do use are pointless and superfluous. So the three or four 3rd party studios still talking to Nintendo certainly have no reason or incentive to use it.

            Sony and Microsoft built gaming machines. Microsoft built more of an all-around device capable of matching anything the PS4 can do plus other features that aren’t available to the PS4. Sony built a no-frills, no nonsense, straight up gaming device. However adding this stupid VR headset I think is going to muck thinsg up for the PS4. Snny doesn’t know to do anything other than to push hardware and sign up 3rd parties. That is their strength. They need to leave the cute stuff alone. They didn’t support PlayStaion Home, they didn’t support Eye Toy, they didn’t support the Move, they didn’t support the Wonderbook, they aren’t supporting Vita, they aren’t support the new PS4 Camera, and the VR headset will be the same thing.

    • Thomas_NE

      What have they been doing that you’d consider “going after the casuals”? I think Nintendo have been extremely passive, but the things they have done have been for the hardcore Nintendo fan IMO.

      • TalesOfBS

        Platformers, silly party games and cheap Nes remixes? Maybe i am too old then. The definition of hardcore Nintendo fan changed and i never noticed.

        • D2K

          While the definition is left to personal interpretation, I would say that a “hardcore” Nintendo fan is someone that has been there consistantly since day one. Meaning that as soon as they were able to play video games they were supporting Nintendo by buying their hardware and software that fit their needs.

          I’ve owned every Nintendo home console expect the Color TV game because I was only a toddler when that came out. My first gaming experience came from playing Lock N’ Chase on the Colecovision, then later on the Coleco Gemini (Atari 2600) and finally the NES started it off.

          The things that attracted me to Nintendo back then and throughout are non-existent today. They don’t have that magic anymore. They don’t have the aggressiveness in marketing and competition anymore. Nintendo used to strive to be the best in everything. Best in hardware, best in software, best in variety, best in quality, best in advertising, and everything else. They used to strive to be THE winner. Not “A” winner, “THE” winner.

          Now it feels like even though they are riding the bench they are just happy to be on the team. I don’t need nor want a NES Remix. If I am a “hardcore” fan I have those games already and don’t want bastardized versions of them.

          Clock is ticking. Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick………….

          • henrik

            You must be ancient to have been around during the Atari days :)
            My gaming experience pretty much mirrors yours, so I understand what your saying about the days when Nintendo was a more competitive company. Now days Nintendo have become far to passive imo.

          • D2K

            36

          • henrik

            Yeah I was thinking around 35, 3 years older then me

  • AmericanAlien

    I love my Wii U. It is fun, and the games are great. The kids love it, and i can play or they can play while someone else watches TV….Wii U needs more games of course, but with Mario Kart 8 coming out soon, it is going to be a blast.

    • Orange Lada

      I agree – in our household it is played more than the PS3 by far.

      I suspect the single with no families, prefer the FPS and PS4/Xbox?

  • CrtlAltDelete

    I feel the need to troll but after looking at those sales figures…I’m already having my lulz.

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