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3.45m Wii U consoles have been sold worldwide following the system's launch last November, Nintendo has announced.

The sales of the hardware were announced during Nintendo's FY13 earnings release this morning, which also reconfirmed that new titles in the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., Wii Fit, Pikmin, and The Legend of Zelda were due to launch on the console "during the next several months".

The console's sales figures are significantly less than Wii managed at launch, which sold 5.84m units globally during a similar timeframe.

920,000 Wii U consoles have been sold in Japan, with 1.52m sold in The Americas, and 1.01m throughout other territories.

Based on data released previously by Nintendo, only 390,000 Wii Us were sold worldwide between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013.

Wii U sales were "weaker than expected", Nintendo said, but anticipates that it will sell an additional 9m units of the hardware between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

13.42m Wii U software units have been sold worldwide, too, with Nintendo Land being Nintendo's top first-party seller at 2.6m - no surprise really, given that the game is included with every Wii U Premium console.

But with major titles expected to launch in time for Christmas, the firm expects to sell 38m Wii U software units during FY2014.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Would new games in the Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart series entice you to buy a Wii U, or are you holding out for PS4 or Microsoft's next-gen Xbox?

Source: Nintendo Earnings Release

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Woffls@ Endless

Nintendo will have software and actual demand this year. Competitors will have supply constraints whatever happens, so I'd say it's a reasonable estimate.
Posted 19:56 on 24 April 2013
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MJTH@ Endless

Well, actually it's twice the amount of time considering the Wii U came out in November. But yeah I would of predicted 7 million.

Then again, we don't know what their E3 conference will be like yet. They could easily turn it around off of that and kind of relaunch in a way.
Posted 14:03 on 24 April 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar


That's just not going to happen - in any way, shape, or form. :-/
Posted 12:46 on 24 April 2013
Endless's Avatar


Does that not sound a little bit unrealistic? They're hoping to sell roughly twice as many units as they already have in the same amount of time, and all this during a period where their competitors are likely releasing competing products?
Posted 12:45 on 24 April 2013
MJTH's Avatar


I think they also mentioned that the Wii has sold 99.84 million units to date. It must a bit of a kick in the teeth, as Nintendo keep missing milestones for their consoles. The Wii missing out on 100 million units sold by over 100 thousand units. The DS missing out on being the best seeling console of all time by 500 thousand units.

EDIT: The DS did get it's 500 thousand unit's and IS now the best selling console of all time, beating the PS2 by 200 thousand units.
Posted 12:39 on 24 April 2013
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Still waiting for the Vitality Sensor here...
Posted 10:43 on 24 April 2013
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