Wii U Sales Slumping in Japan

Though the Wii U had decent initial sales from its launch through the end of 2012, numbers from Famitsu indicate that the new console is experiencing a sale slump. Recent figures show that the Wii U went from selling 70,000 units in a week to 21,000 the next in Japan, matching the PlayStation 3's sales.

Though there's certainly cause for concern, Nintendo's not under too much hot water just yet. Though Sony and Microsoft are expected to unveil their next-gen consoles in the coming months, it'll still be time yet before they hit store shelves. Not to mention, Nintendo's bread and butter has almost always been its first party titles, which most have yet to hit the console. There's no doubt that sales figures will rapidly pick up once Pikmin 3 or the new Super Smash Bros. rolls around.

Nintendo's 3DS wasn't performing to expectations when it first launched, but with a price drop and good releases, the handheld's sales have picked up extraordinarily. Hopefully for Nintendo, the Wii U will be able to make the same kind of bounce back.


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  • The fact only 1 tablet is supported as the controller in the console is just a deal killer. 1 person gets the cool controller and 3 get stuck with the wimotes. So many awesome gaming opportunities lost with their bad design. Could have had support for games with more than 4 players, everyone gets a tablet. I'm not sure what they were thinking at all.
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  • Booboo...

    3DS anyone? There is no games, so of course it is happening. Thing will be different when Zelda and Mario will be out. Even there, Nintendo is the only one of the 3 who can live with their first party library alone. They did it with the N64 and the GC.
  • For the first time ever I have no desire to get the newest Nintendo system.
  • I can tell you right now, i live in Japan, and nobody really cares about the Wii U... honestly. Most japanese children are still well-beyond attached to their 3DS'. And as a parent, i really dont trust my children to hold a tablet that's half the size of them. During new years (which is like christmas/black friday in japan) Nobody was sitting there waiting in line to buy a Wii U..