Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS see strong February sales over last year

Ahead of the February 2014 NPD results, Nintendo revealed that both their consoles have improved on sales over the previous year due to Donkey Kong and Bravely Default.

Full February NPD US sales data will be coming in shortly, but ahead of the official announcement, Nintendo sent a press release detailing some of their own highlights for last month.

Nintendo reports that both the Wii U and 3DS increased in sales over February of last year; the Wii U grew by 180% and the 3DS by 25%.

Nintendo attributes increased sales of the Wii U in the US to the success of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo's follow-up to their popular platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns sold 130,000 copies (including digital and physical sales), and it was the number four best-selling SKU for February.

The 3DS's continued strong performance was due in part to Bravely Default, which was the number two best-selling game SKU for February. Nintendo reports that the game "improved on the launch of Fire Emblem Awakening by more than 10 percent, selling more than 200,000 combined units in just over three weeks." And Pokemon X and Y continued to go strong with 130,000 more copies sold, bringing the game's lifetime sales total to 3.4 million in the US.

We'll have full NPD data, including a list of the top 10 selling games, and which console came out on top overall, later today.

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Defender1978
Defender1978

This is good news.  The Wii U is a highly underrated console.  It is a lot of fun.  

xzoozano
xzoozano

XBOX ONE!!!!!!! PS4!!!!!!!! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!     an wii u's all like "hay guys I'm here to." I'm a fan of Xbox one and have no problems with ps4 but in this console war where is the wii u fanboys? wii u is a pretty dam good system so there needs to be some fans somewhere right? maybe instead of bashing other systems there enjoying the system they love? maybe xbox fans, playstation fans, and yes even pc fans should take a few pointers from the nintendo fans. just sayin.


make love not console war.

xomonser
xomonser

I hated the Wii (I have one) but I love the Wii U. Frankly the Wii U is what the original Wii should have been, but aside from that I am looking forward to seeing more games for the Wii U. The more units they move the more likely we will see more third party support for what is a really cool console.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

See what happens when you release games, Nintendo?  They drive up hardware sales.  Now, put more attention towards the Wii U like you do with the 3DS, and maybe you get some momentum going. 

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

April and May should be even stronger months for the big N with the upcoming Mario Kart release. We will be pulling the Wii U back out to play it. Can't wait!

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Good.  Hope March is an even better month for them.

biokiros
biokiros

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an amazing game actually =)

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

There's nothing but software for it. If the sales still didn't improve then they'd be in even bigger trouble. Nintendo has a solid line up for Wii-U this year so hopefully things get in gear by the end of the year. Wii-U is not dead yet but honestly, if it can't pick itself up by mid-2015 then it may as well have no chance at vying even for even second place.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

This is also some proof that the "console war" crap is just that: crap.  Folks like to say one side's gonna "win," but the fact is that a rising interest in gaming lifts everyone and everything.  


Here at sites like this we get blind to the fact that serious, GS reading, nutjob gamers like us are in the teeniest minority.  Most people aren't as into it as we are, or as knowledgeable.  In the "normal person" world, interest in gaming overall was flagging for a while there, and it has been reignited by the X1/PS4 launches.  Now people (normal people, not the lifers like us) are gaming again, realizing it's fun again, and looking around for other things to game with/on.  They're going into gamestop again and saying "Hey, that's not the same as the Wii."  Etc.  


Anything that gets people gaming is good.  For games, for hardware, for gamers. 

kratreon21
kratreon21

The reason Bravely Dafault sold so well is because it was actually marketed pretty well on youtube and other gaming sites with frequent advertisements and therefore it gained a lot of attention from people and sold well at launch.


Nintendo needs to put two-and-two together why Bravely Default sold so well at launch and realize that the main reason they haven't been doing well sales-wise with the WiiU is because of poor marketing strategies and infrequent advertisements.  If Nintendo can provide some better marketing and more frequent advertisements (like Sony has been doing since before the launch of PS4), the WiiU will sell much better then it currently has been.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Damn over 5 million Wii u's out there and dk only sold less then a quarter million? 

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

well its still bad. wii u is cannot be saved anyway, but better low sales number makes drones happy

nurnberg
nurnberg

These Donkey Kong numbers are awful.

nurnberg
nurnberg

So the Wii-U only flopped slightly less than year.  It's good news right?

JoSilver
JoSilver

So... Nintendoom, right?

19James89
19James89

Take note Iwata, stop pandering to the Japanese market and start pandering to your biggest market, the US market. On an average week the Wii U sells double the amount of consoles in the US than the European and Japanese markets combined.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

I will always love Nintendo especially their handhelds but they seriously need to work on their consoles. The Wii was good and the Wii U is alright but the N64 and Gamecube will always be better. They need to get rid of this mumbo jumbo gimmicky motion control and second screen and work on a normal controller.

juliana9
juliana9

I wish more developers would put the effort into making cross-platform play happen like this. It'll keep the game's community alive for so much longer when it's not splintered http://www.148apps.com/app/642314248

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

If Nintendo would make a Pokemon game on the Wii U similiar to Witcher 3 or Mass Effect series, I would get off my ass and head straight to a store to buy their console. They should really fire their data analysis person because clearly their boom in 3DS sales has a great correlation with the release of Pokemon X and Y

jOmOmbO
jOmOmbO

I am happy to hear this. I will never give up on Nintendo.

xomonser
xomonser

@Defender1978  Nintendo's problems were:

1. The Name

     People thought the Wii U was a controller for the Wii.

2. Lack of software

       They sat on their top titles too long and failed to have software out there that would move systems


The Wii U is great console. I love mine and like I said before I hated the Wii, the Wii U is what the Wii should have been. I am enjoying the hell out of the console and can't wait to see more titles for it. But for that to happen Nintendo needs to put out their system selling games for 3rd party devs to take it serious.

amk11
amk11

@JustPlainLucas  Bigger games, longer wait times. Mobile game cycle at the most is 2 years, at the least 6 months

corrus
corrus

@xOmniCloudx The Wii U is not dead yet and if they want to sell they have to do something big 

da_chub
da_chub

8 days...and we all know Nintendo games slowly and quietly sell millions. It just takes a year

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

@carbone619  

Far from it. Once Mario Kart 8 and the new Super Smash Bros game release, The Wii-U will make a serious comeback.

amk11
amk11

@JoSilver  Nintendo, the most doomed company for the past 15 years. Next up on the doomed forecast, Sony's PC division! 

19James89
19James89

@JoSilver Just wait until Mario Kart 8 comes out, then we'll know all about Nintendoom.

amk11
amk11

@RiKanKiDD  Well then Microsoft can get rid of the Kinect... Seems like a fair deal. Oh wait, Xbone fanboys going to come at me and say im stupid for suggesting they remove an obviously optional feature. But the gamepad is required, and i would love it on their next console 

chunkydory
chunkydory

@RiKanKiDD  One of the main reasons I love my Wii U is because it does go back to basics a bit - the Gamepad feels just like a "normal" controller to me (only a bit bigger) and I got a Pro Controller with mine as well. Haven't used motion controls on my Wii U yet, in fact I don't even own any Wii motes.

19James89
19James89

@RiKanKiDD They also need to work on gaining a modicum of third party support and not crappy ports.

amk11
amk11

@GhostHawk196  Unfortunately the task wouldnt be Gamefreak's, but another studio's job since Gamefreak has never worked with a main console since the 16-bit days 

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@GhostHawk196 A pokemon game similllar to Witcher 3 or Mass Effect? what are you smoking?

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@corrus @xOmniCloudx Where did I say the Wii-U is dead currently? I said that it COULD be dead NEXT year if it doesn't pick up by the middle of it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

@19James89 @nurnberg  I love how Nintendo fanboys in denial think that selling 130 000 is good for a game that is supposed to be a big name.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@19James89 @RiKanKiDD That's gonna be difficult. The idea of "Nintendo console=crappy third party support" is already ingrained in the average gamer's mind. Therefore, they don't buy consoles at/near launch. When initial numbers are low for consoles, third parties are wary to develop for it. As such, they reinforce the notion that Nintendo lacks third party support. It's a cycle that is hard to break.

amk11
amk11

@nurnberg @19James89  Yes because a game that has been out for 2 weeks is automatically a failure because it sold 130000. My god you trolls are so retarded some days. If it has been a month and nothing then your comment is valid, for now, stick to the forums and learn your place among the trolls. When you graduate to intelligent troll tell me something new