Wii U Sells $30 Million More Than Wii at Launch

Wii U Sells $30 Million More Than Wii at Launch

Everyone seems to love the New Super Mario Brothers U.

Christmas was good for Nintento, particularly on the Wii U sales front, as its latest console sold $30 million more in hardware than the Wii did when it first launched. Hard to believe it's only been six weeks since the Wii U hit the market, but in that time the U.S. has seen $300 million worth of hardware sales, with more than 460,000 units bought - over half the total number - in December alone.

New Super Mario Bros. U is by far the most popular pick-up title, with more than 580,000 units sold. Given that the overall sales for the Wii U since launch is 860,000 units, that means more than 65% of those in the U.S. who bought Nintendo's latest console had Mario's coin-grabbing adventure bundled with it.

"The demand for the Deluxe SKU," said Nintendo's sales and marketing man Scott Moffitt, "which was essentially sold out at retail this holiday, and the strong attach rate of New Super Mario Bros. U, shows that we have the value and the games to drive momentum in 2013."

"We look forward to offering great new experiences and bringing smiles to millions of new faces throughout the year," Moffitt added.

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Wait! 35% of Wii U owners DON'T own New Super Mario Bros U?

Ummm, have those figures been adjusted for inflation?

Just curious. I'm too lazy to look up the numbers and do the math with them right now.

DVS BSTrD:
Wait! 35% of Wii U owners DON'T own New Super Mario Bros U?

I don't. Only because I have the New Super Mario Bros 2 for my 3DS. I plan on picking NSMBwU as soon as possible, though. Once I finish this other one. I also have NSMBW to finish as well.

DVS BSTrD:
Wait! 35% of Wii U owners DON'T own New Super Mario Bros U?

That was my thought actually...

2 things:

1) WiiU costs $50 to $100 more than the Wii did.

2) Wii was in short supply, who knows what it would have sold if there wasn't a supply shortage.

Horray for sales.

Not getting mine until Pikmin 3 is out.

shintakie10:

DVS BSTrD:
Wait! 35% of Wii U owners DON'T own New Super Mario Bros U?

That was my thought actually...

Isn't that illegal or something?

OMG Make up your minds is the Wii U selling well or poorly. You show one article saying it's selling bad and the next day you show another saying the exact opposite.

Just goes to show that even if you put a Nintendo logo on a turd, fans will lap it up.

Leviano:
Just goes to show that even if you put a Nintendo logo on a turd, fans will lap it up.

Or that internet users are judgemental, condescending arseholes.

Mr Cwtchy:

Leviano:
Just goes to show that even if you put a Nintendo logo on a turd, fans will lap it up.

Or that internet users are judgemental, condescending arseholes.

Not very polite are we? :) I merely stated my opinion without resorting to profanity. Like some others aren't able to do.

Oh sorry....was that condescending too? :O

Crono1973:
2 things:

1) WiiU costs $50 to $100 more than the Wii did.

2) Wii was in short supply, who knows what it would have sold if there wasn't a supply shortage.

yeah those were my thoughts as well, they caused an artificial demand by intentionally shortening the supply, so this one is more expensive and more abundant.

So this just seems like stroking their own egos when it is really nothing to brag about or compare...

I wonder how many people will fall for it? :P

disgruntledgamer:
OMG Make up your minds is the Wii U selling well or poorly. You show one article saying it's selling bad and the next day you show another saying the exact opposite.

Or it could be that they report on what is said and you, the reader, get to interpret what the article is about. Rather than have the news make the opinion for you, make up your own.

Leviano:

Mr Cwtchy:

Leviano:
Just goes to show that even if you put a Nintendo logo on a turd, fans will lap it up.

Or that internet users are judgemental, condescending arseholes.

Not very polite are we? :) I merely stated my opinion without resorting to profanity. Like some others aren't able to do.

Oh sorry....was that condescending too? :O

Mr Cwtchy:
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I think both of you need to take a step back before you both become, "that guy".

AzrealMaximillion:

Leviano:

Mr Cwtchy:

Or that internet users are judgemental, condescending arseholes.

Not very polite are we? :) I merely stated my opinion without resorting to profanity. Like some others aren't able to do.

Oh sorry....was that condescending too? :O

Mr Cwtchy:
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I think both of you need to take a step back before you both become, "that guy".

I agree, thanks for the advice.

I love how some people just cannot accept that Nintendo is a quality game company.

Good to see it's actually making a decent amount of dosh and hopefully before summer I'll have one with a good library of games.

AzrealMaximillion:

disgruntledgamer:
OMG Make up your minds is the Wii U selling well or poorly. You show one article saying it's selling bad and the next day you show another saying the exact opposite.

Or it could be that they report on what is said and you, the reader, get to interpret what the article is about. Rather than have the news make the opinion for you, make up your own.

No...I'm with that guy. First, we see Nintendo go "OMG WE FAIL!" and then we see them go "Nah, it's cool. We're doing great." It's confusing, if only from an informative point of view.
That's not to say the article will dictate whether we should buy the WiiU or not. I mean, if someone likes the system, they're gonna buy it despite what people say, right? I'm just saying they're contradicting themselves and it's confusing.

Also...

Karloff:
"Christmas was good for Nintento..."

"...for Nintento..."

"...Nintento..."

NINTENTO! 8D

Beautiful End:

AzrealMaximillion:

disgruntledgamer:
OMG Make up your minds is the Wii U selling well or poorly. You show one article saying it's selling bad and the next day you show another saying the exact opposite.

Or it could be that they report on what is said and you, the reader, get to interpret what the article is about. Rather than have the news make the opinion for you, make up your own.

No...I'm with that guy. First, we see Nintendo go "OMG WE FAIL!" and then we see them go "Nah, it's cool. We're doing great." It's confusing, if only from an informative point of view.
That's not to say the article will dictate whether we should buy the WiiU or not. I mean, if someone likes the system, they're gonna buy it despite what people say, right? I'm just saying they're contradicting themselves and it's confusing.

Its not contradictory reporting. Its overreaching conclusions. All that's been said in the articles lately has been that Iwata acknowledging that the Wii U isn't selling as much as the Wii. (Not OMG we're FAILING), followed by this article stating that the Wii U made $30 million more than the Wii.

Now if you pay attention, you'd factor inn that the Wii U is a decent bit more expensive than the Wii and also isn't in shortage like the Wii, so the above article makes sense when looked at articles where the Wii U's unit sales being lower are the focus.

Its not confusing as all, its just not the pre-chewed news that most of the media has become. Come on.

And this is coming from a person who isn't Nintendo's biggest fan right now.

FelixG:

Crono1973:
2 things:

1) WiiU costs $50 to $100 more than the Wii did.

2) Wii was in short supply, who knows what it would have sold if there wasn't a supply shortage.

yeah those were my thoughts as well, they caused an artificial demand by intentionally shortening the supply, so this one is more expensive and more abundant.

So this just seems like stroking their own egos when it is really nothing to brag about or compare...

Considering that the Wii U has sold more consoles thus far in its launch period than the 360 or PS3 managed in the same period of time, yeah, it's worth comparing.

And Nintendo didn't artificially shorten supply to raise demand. That's silly. That tactic only works when you're dealing in boutique products with an already high price, not when you're doing mass produced products with a low price tag. For a product like the Wii, the price is already set in stone by the retailers. Limiting your outreach does nothing but limit your potential income. If you've got a mass-produced product that's selling well, then as a manufacturer your natural response is to get as many units out there and sold. Purposefully holding them in a warehouse does nothing but eat into your profits.

Nintendo just didn't expect the Wii to take off like it did. No-one did. I imagine they already had a manufacturing process and quota set up with a factory somewhere in the Far East, and when the Wii started selling like crack, that manufacturing quota simply wasn't enough. And the thing is, upping production quotas actually takes time, as you have to start sourcing in more resources with which to build things. You can't just snap your fingers and start producing millions more consoles.

...sorry, sorry, I'm being "that guy". I'll stop now.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
...sorry, sorry, I'm being "that guy". I'll stop now.

No no, your post was probably the most informative by far.

I'm quite glad to see that the Wii U is doing well. I've always been a Nintendo fan even though they tend to make a few noticeable mistakes here and there, namely their disregard for online potential. I personally can't WAIT to get my hands on a Wii U (in college and have no money to spare). I'm even putting off picking up a copy of Assassin's Creed 3 so that I can buy the Wii U version to support it.

 

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