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Japan: Wii U sales compare favorably to PS3, PS Vita in first year sales

Posted on December 19, 2013 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U

Wii U’s first year sales stack up pretty favorably to the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in Japan. During their first years on the market, sales came in at 1,273,555 units, 1,219,474 units, and 1,074,621 units for the PS3, Wii U, and PS Vita respectively. Taking things a bit further, sales stand at 1,343,139 units, 1,341,304 units, and 1,110,333 units for the Wii U, PS3, and PS Vita after 54 weeks (Wii U’s current position).

First year (52 weeks):

PS3 – 1,273,555
Wii U – 1,219,474
PSV – 1,074,621

First 54 weeks (current Wii U LTD)

Wii U – 1,343,139
PS3 – 1,341,304
PSV – 1,110,333


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  • Zuxs13

    This is an interesting look at the numbers. I think the one thing to look at is both the Vita and PS3 in Japan were considered over priced and didn’t really catch on until a price drop ( and some more). So the Wii U is following that trend, Japanese clearly felt it was over priced.

    • Another point to add is that it still outpaced PS3 and Vita, and is currently the best-selling home console in Japan from Mario and bundles alone. The subsequent Wii U price drop and improving ad campaigning certainly took an effect.

      • Yldefonso Then

        But it outsold it by a mere 1,835 units, which is really nothing to brag about, considering being a console sold for $300-$350 compared to a $500-$600 machine, Wii U should of sold a lot more, that’s a clear sign Wii U isn’t really doing that great at that starting price.

        • It barely had any games during the year, and one good system seller was released before the holidays, with a few bundles.

          I would only say that if sales were to go down next week. Since I don’t anticipate that, this would be a good starting pace at which it is selling.

  • ronin4life

    People keep talking about how the industry has changed these last ~7 years… in a way that makes it more challenging to have a successful console in Japan.
    YET WiiU is doing better than ps3 did back then… and is a failure.

    • Rowdy

      Yeah, it makes no sense. It is just the unwarranted hate that Nintendo receives just for being Nintendo. That is why I stop taking all the “doom and gloom” news seriously; the gaming media loves to bash on Nintendo for whatever reason.
      I am glad to see a comparison of the sales numbers for the first year (for the respective systems) and see that the Wii U is faring better. Let’s hope that the Wii U continues to carry the positive momentum throughout its life cycle.