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The Wii U sold how many units?

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The Wii U has been written off as a failed console. It was laughed at and ignored. But some awesome games and the release of Amiibos have changed that, and the Wii U is picking up steam. But can we call it a contender again?

Spoiler alert: not just yet, but maybe one day.

Nintendo has shared their Q3 financials, just like everyone else. They have now sold 9.2 million Wii U consoles worldwide and plan on selling another half million before the end of the financial year. Software sales have been wildly successful with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros selling 4.77 million and 3.39 million copies respectively. At least they can give us some solid numbers about units sold, unlike one of their notable competitors.

The real money is on the 3DS, though. 3DS hardware sales now stand at 50.41 million units in the wild. That’s more than slightly mind boggling for me. The standout games on handheld were, of course, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. Pokemon shifted 9.35 million units with Smash Bros selling 6.19 million. That’s all not to mention Tomodachi Life or Pokemon X/Y.

73% of Ninteno’s sales came from overseas and they are currently sitting a net income of 59.5 billion yen.

It’s nice to see the Wii U picking up. Sure, the 3DS was carrying Nintendo through the hard times, but it seems that the console might actually have a revival. I’m particularly looking forward to Splatoon this year – that will be a reason enough for me to dust off my Wii U and load it up with Amiibos. Then again, I almost spent my hard earned cash on Bayonetta 2 this weekend; Darryn has raved to me about it and I know it will make my Wii U happy.

Did you manage to pick up a Wii U when it was unpopular and cheap, or will you have to dish out real money for it before the new games release and make it impossible to resist?

Last Updated: January 28, 2015


  1. Mandom (Umar)

    January 28, 2015 at 19:32

    Only thing that matters is Xenoblade Chronicles X


  2. Yateen Dayaram

    January 28, 2015 at 23:47

    I got the Mario Kart 8 bundle in December and I haven’t looked back. loving this console. and I was considering getting a ps4 or xbox 1 but all those buggy broken games, and day one patches put me off so im still on the waiting train for those to get their shit sorted, hey at least Nintendo releases working games that are top quality and I have a reason to replay all those classic games and wii games again. And Bayonetta 2 is off the chain! deserves the GOTY nominations.


  3. Wyzak

    January 29, 2015 at 08:36

    Best console I ever bought.


  4. Skyblue

    January 29, 2015 at 09:47

    Meh, I’ll wait for Metroid before adopting thx.


  5. Guest

    January 29, 2015 at 09:58

    Got the MK8 bundle in November last year. Awesome console. The games are polished and fun. I have over 40 games on PS3 but its all collecting dust now, as I use my WiiU more than console or PC.


  6. Caedus137

    January 29, 2015 at 18:52

    Got my ZombiU bundle Xmas 2013 and couldn’t be happier. Great console with some truly great games, and Amiibo are starting to take over my life. At this stage, not being a particularly big fan of “gritty” shooters, I can genuinely find no reason to buy a PS4 or XB1 (although Arkham Knight looks pretty damn tempting…)


  7. Tulipdame

    January 29, 2015 at 19:01

    I was strongly considering buying a Wii U this month. Mostly for Metroid, Zelda, Hyrule Warriors, Smash Bros, New Super Mario bros, Mario Kart and Monster Hunter – but due to my indecisiveness, I quickly invested the money so the console will stop bothering me. Been playing happily on Xbox One.


  8. yienwae

    January 30, 2015 at 04:44

    I got the Wii U during launch window. I purchased it primarily for ZombiU. Although I also had Nintendoland, Batman Arkham City AE & Madden 2013. Out of those 3 I was probably most disenchanted with Madden 2k13 due to EA dropping the infinity engine, using canned animations and how poor the graphics was… My respect for EA took a hit at that point. I do not regret my purchase. The Wii U is the centerpiece of our home when it comes to entertainment.


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