Wii U sales in Japan surpass PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 this week

The release of Wii Party U bolstered Wii U sales to over 38,000 units this week in Japan.

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While it's no secret that the Wii U has had less than stellar sales since its release last year, sales data from Japan this week show that the system can still sell impressive numbers.

According to a report from Media Create (via Gematsu), the Wii U sold 38,802 units this week in Japan, compared to just 2,598 the previous week. That's a staggering 1,500% increase.

The spike is primarily attributed to the release of Wii Party U, which sold over 37,000 copies and debuted in as the sixth highest selling piece of software in Japan last week. Number one, was of course, Pokemon X and Y, which sold 162,347 this week and 2,731,470 copies the week before).

The hardware sales chart for this week and last is below.

HardwareThis week's salesLast week's sales
3DS XL58,62769,001
Wii U38,8022,598
3DS29,74940,507
PlayStation Vita27,61824,513
PlayStation 311,14811,460
PSP3,6803,807
Wii477742
Xbox 360328351

Wii Party U was released on October 31 in Japan and October 25 in the US and EU.

Discussion

179 comments
lostn
lostn

That's a jump of 1495% in sales over last week! Highest % jump ever?

Can't wait to see Nintendo spin this into a press release.

lostn
lostn

That's pretty good, because the first 3 months of the fiscal year, they sold a total of 60,000 units in Japan, and this is 38,000 in only one week, likely boosted by Wind Waker HD.


But I think they will lose momentum again from here on out and go back to being outsold by the Vita.

R1k1maru
R1k1maru

"The spike is primarily attributed to the release of Wii Party U, which sold over 37,000" That's not true.

It sold better because of new bundles. The cheaper of the two bundles (priced 32,800 yen) includes New Super Mario Bros. U and Wii Party U.

The more expensive (34,800 yen) includes New Super Mario Bros. U and Wii Party U, Wii Fit U and a Wii Fit Meter (but not a Balance Board).

tysandsnyc
tysandsnyc

Enjoy it while you can, Nintendo.

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

So glad.  I'd buy a Wii U over an Xbox One and PS4, especially if it does better in Japan.  I'm more of a Japanese gamer at heart, so I'm excited to hear this console is doing well over there.

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

saw the VITA sales and said "hey, they are just behind 3ds" then I noticed that entry for the XL at the top :P

chyng85
chyng85

Vita is not bad anyway~ 

megakick
megakick

Probably everybody found out that the PS4 and XBOX ONE are not going to be that much better than Wii U... Microsoft and Sony really screwed up. I would buy a Wii U over both of them if it had more games.

19James89
19James89

Just wait until SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD COMES OUT. 

IWATA WE HAVE LIFT OFF BRO. THE WII U IS BACK IN BUSINESS. NINTENDOMINATION HAS RESUMED WHERE IT LEFT OFF IN 2012. MWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 


botroo3
botroo3

I really hope Nintendo turns this around, I get so angry when I see people hoping Nintendo crash and burn because they want to play their franchises on their Xbox/PS , and the irony is those exact people call it a kiddy console.

daveg1
daveg1

expect to see all of these consoles in used games stores pretty soon folks..

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

I guess now that Wii Party u is finally out of the gate, we can look forward to Mario Party 10 (hopefully a return to the more traditional games like 1-4).

soulless4now
soulless4now

Good news for Nintendo. Hopefully they'll have the same result here during the holiday season. 

LordelX
LordelX

Still on the fence about whether or not I'll ever own a Wii U. It's not a terrible system by any means, but the 3DS XL is so much better. I don't understand what the Wii does that my 3DS (and PS3) don't.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Wii U is a great console. you really should try it before you pick on it.

I like it more than my Xbox 360 and PS3

darkljolly
darkljolly

Nice to see a slight increase in Vita sales, hang in there.

Agelu
Agelu

I just hope this continues. Hopefully it won't be just a single happy week. It's been It's-a-go-time! for a while already.

C'mon Nintendo. Show 'em graphics are important but only secondary to gameplay. Keep getting the system sellers out.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I do not know which one sells more, Xbox in Japan, or Nvidia Shield worldwide.

NagaSadow
NagaSadow

This is from the inaccurate Media Create. Famitsu tracks digital download cards in Japan, which is a huge thing there. The real Wii Party U numbers are much, much higher. According to Famitsu, the WiiU sold over 40 000 units in Japan that week. 

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Wait til you see next months sales here and in Japan, I wonder how many parents have already bought a Wii-U for Christmas seeing as PS4 and X1 aren't on shelves yet.

Nintendo needs to capitalize on the boost in sales with some good 1st quarter 2014 games to keep the momentum going.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

Wayne Brady must be popular in Japan! "Wii PARTY UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!"

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Nintendo bring in more games, they will see their sales go up much faster

adsparky
adsparky

1500% and doesn't even get 50k units? man... that's sad; something kinda funny, if you only take PS3 and PSvita numbers, the wii u still beats them but if you add the 328 Xbox360 they beat the wii u. The 3ds reign supreme though.


BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

now keep those numbers :P

lostn
lostn

@jlenoconel It's not doing well dude. You're looking at a spike. 38k is good sales, but remember, last week it was only 2.5k. And that's what it's been doing for a while now. This only highlights how bleak the Wii U was looking up till now, and probably will be again after the spike ends.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

You're right - it's terrible

tysandsnyc
tysandsnyc

@chyng85 @Skrilla_XS I was gonna get a Vita, but my iPhone pretty much secures most of my mobile gaming.  I had the first PSP and I rarely used that one when it was current.  So I rather not make the same mistake twice.


Any who.  Sony should've added cellular service to the Vita, since everything is damn near mobile anyway.  Even though the N Gage failed when it came to that, I actually think Sony might have an advantage here if they created a cell phone dedicated to gaming vs a cell phone that has cool apps like Apple and Android.

lostn
lostn

@megakick You mean it took 12 months and they just realized it out of the blue like that? A light bulb went off this week, and people came to this realization.. while last week the bulb had not gone off yet. Right. What happened this week that didn't happen last week?

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

@megakick That's the stupid thing about the morons that say that's there's "nothing" on the Wii U to play, but at the same time they're going to buy a PS4 and Xbone when there's no reason to buy both systems. 

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@19James89  The first party titles in my list of  games on WiiU are

Super mario 3D world
DK tropical Freeze
Bayonetta 2

And i am eager to hear what are scheduled to release next year 4th quarter. I hope new starfox is in the making..



nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@botroo3 That, and those consoles just don't have the popularity for Nintendo's games. Also consider that leaving hardware didn't help SEGA or the Atari name AT ALL.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@botroo3 It's impossible for Nintendo to fail. No debt, tons of cash, and they have been dominating the handheld market consistently.
 Let the haters be haters.

lostn
lostn

@GH05T-666 If by "trying" it you mean forking over $300 blindly, then no thanks. Even game stores I go to don't bother demoing it anymore. And I don't know any friends with it.

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@Agelu I agree that graphics are secondary but they really need to get some better games on it that people want to buy.  It already does have some good games on it, even though some people don't want to admit it, but those are risky, new ip games and paying 60 bucks for something they may not like, let alone the cost of the system, is too steep a price for people to risk it, which I also agree with.  I feel like it would've been better if they started off with their better well known classics and then release the risky games.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@NagaSadow I've read elsewhere that Wii Party U was actually in the #2 spot, behind Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@ominous_prime You actually think that they use those commercials worldwide? American ignorance at its best.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Next year baby. Nintendo will bring'em out 2014. Mean while my 3DS has more games.

thetravman
thetravman

@adsparky 40k is good for a console in Japan, the small and mobile inclined country.

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

@lostn @jlenoconel When games like Super Smash Bros are released, the Wii U will sell.  Why are you spreading negativity about this console?  Really annoying.

lostn
lostn

@Bellum_Sacrum Lots of cash, dominating handheld, but crappy home console product. Still disappointing to people who want a home console with modern hardware and good third party support. Their financial state is irrelevant to me as a consumer of home consoles, and so is their handheld success. If they can't make a good console, they can't make a good console. Having tons of cash and a top selling handheld doesn't change that.

NagaSadow
NagaSadow

@GameBeaten @NagaSadow 

correct. Including sales of digital download cards, they sold 78k units of Wii Party U. Media Create only accounts for boxed copies.

BladeManEXE
BladeManEXE

@Bellum_Sacrum Of course it can't possibly be a joke. Or that he thinks Japanese people watch English language videos online (I mean, people never watch videos in other languages, Gangnam Style was totally in English before it blew up in the US). It has to be "American ignorance."

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

@lostn @jlenoconel Because there are too many people out there who won't cut the Wii U any slack.  Its a good console, but people are complaining about it being "underpowered."  The last generation of consoles were probably the most powerful you could get a console before games begin turning into movies, which is something I really don't want.  The Wii U being underpowered, especially for a Nintendo console, is not a bad thing.  The marketing leaves a lot to be desired, but that's something Nintendo will have to figure out.  The apps thing shouldn't be an issue.  It should be all about the games.  Nintendo needs to bring the games, and I'll be happy enough.

lostn
lostn

@jlenoconel @lostn Why am I spreading negativity? Why aren't Nintendo releasing these supposedly killer apps, leading them to be in such a sad state to begin with? Then I would need to be spreading negativity. Don't blame me, I'm just a messenger. Nintendo got a sales spike of 1450%. That is unheard of. But it's not something to be positive about. What it means is they were doing abysmally the week before it. All I'm doing here is stating a fact.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@Skrilla_XS The new Star Fox (Rumored) and if metroid comes to WiiU then It will be really a great experience with the gamepad, Just imagine scanning minerals or flying space craft any such activity in starfox with WiiU gamepad will be awsome.