The Wii U has been a success for Nintendo, regardless of the issues with the Operating System and games. Thanks to vgchartz.com, I was able to compare Nintendo’s Wii launch to the Wii U. Turns out, Wii U has sold about 60,000 consoles less than the Wii but that number is going up quickly.
The Wii originally sold 529,000 consoles worldwide in just the month of November in 2006. Wii U sold 462,000 in November this year. Both of these numbers are just for North American sales because both consoles were sold here before any other territory. The Wii and Wii U were then released in all other territories the next month, which drove sale numbers up for the Wii. That’s exactly what we see now with the Wii U.
Last week alone the Wii U sold 325,500 consoles and the console wasn’t even released in Japan yet AND the console had only been selling in Europe and Australia for 5 days. Without including Japan, the estimated sales of Wii U worldwide for December will come close to 1.5 million. When you include Japan, that number should push closer to 1.7 million for December. Adding in November, thee Wii U is set for over 2 million consoles sold in a month and a half of sales.
To compare the Wii U to the Wii, at the end of 2006 Wii had sold 3.19 million consoles. So the Wii U is behind the Wii’s sales but people shouldn’t look at this in a negative way. Selling 2 million consoles is a good start for the Wii U but in order to live up to it’s predecessor, Nintendo will have to continue getting big games on the Wii U. If Nintendo can do this, then it can easily surpass the Wii.
Sadly some of 2013’s biggest games aren’t coming to the Wii U. Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, and Metro: Last Light (just to name a few) aren’t coming to the Wii U, yet. I say yet because we can’t say for sure that the games won’t come to Wii U, all we know is that the games won’t be LAUNCHED on Wii U.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com