Wii U sales reach 6.17 million, as Nintendo reveals best-selling games to date

New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U and Pokemon X/Y for 3DS lead the way; check out the full list of best-selling games here.

As part of its latest financial report today, Nintendo provided updated sales figures for its various hardware and software offerings. Super Mario 3D World (3.09 million) led the way for non-bundled Wii U games, while Pokemon X/Y was the top-seller for 3DS with a combined 12.26 million units sold.

On the hardware side, the Wii U has now shifted 6.17 million units to date, 17 months after release. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold more than 7 million units to date, fewer than six months after the platform originally went on sale last year.

Looking ahead, Nintendo says it expects to sell 3.6 million Wii Us for its financial year ending March 31, 2015. Below is a roundup of all the new life-to-date sales figures Nintendo announced today for its systems and games. Any surprises?

Hardware:

  • Wii U - 6.17 million
  • 3DS family (including 2DS) - 43.33 million

Software:

  • Total Wii U software sold to date: 32.28 million.
  • Total 3DS software sold to date: 162.92 million.

Best-selling Wii U games:

*Includes downloadable and bundled sales.

Best-selling 3DS games:

*Includes downloadable and bundled sales.

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AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Wii was the worst thing that could have happened to Nintendo. They had been floundering already, then got instant success off of a product that--let's face it--probably didn't deserve it. Everyone warned them that pursuing the "blue ocean" people who flocked to the Wii gimmick was the worst thing Nintendo could do, but Nintendo did it anyway. They doubled-down on the gimmick crowd and....whoops, they were already gone, just like everyone warned them would happen. The gamepad isn't even a good gimmick, and it is intimidating to non-gamers, which is exactly what the Wii was not.

If Nintendo had released a similarly-speced console without the gamepad, about a year or two earlier, they might have had a chance. But the timing of something more impressive (PS4/X1) just around the corner, along with the Wii scene having been sitting idle for way too long, and no worthwhile games, led to no one caring. Once you lose the public's attention, it's hell to get back.

Sony pulled a perfect pivot into PS4, coming right off the back of the PS3's super strong resurgence, and one big release after another. It's no surprise that they're doing so well.

Microsoft tried their very best to piss everyone off as hard as they could, but got it back together in time for a reasonable 2nd place launch, since most of the public never even knew about the DRM debacle. (Microsoft seemed to reverse it right about the time it was being brought up by late-night talk show hosts. Must have scared the crap out of them)

Wii U simply hasn't been in the public's mind. It still isn't. And I'm willing to bet that when Mario Kart 8 releases, we're going to see stories about parents returning "broken" games that they thought would work in their original Wiis. It's that bad!

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

Notice the misleading author said Nintendo "shifted" 6.17 million units, which is not the same as the 7 million PS4's SOLD.  The Wii U has sold less than 3 million in over a year's time.  This is a desperate attempt by a Wii U fanboy to sell more Wii U's on the basis that 6.17 million units have been sold, therefore, it must be "good."  Nice try.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The 12 best selling games on 3DS are Nintendo's first party games. So on a system that is doing somewhat well 43.3 million. The Wii u has 6 games selling well. but that system is not doing well with just 6.1 million sold. Not wonder Nintendo is having difficulties with 3rd parties.


Nintendo is wobbling along this 8th gen 

Garm31
Garm31

6.17 million sold? I smell a numbers fiddling lie? Who's buying them? I don't know anyone who owns one. They have around that number of WiiU consoles gathering dust on the shelves of my local GameStop and HMV. When or if Zelda and Metroid get released they might reach those sales. So I call bullshit!.

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

These nintendo articles make me laugh. So full of hope and desperation. Nintendo sells the same games every console generation. And each gen the third party sport dwindles because their management thinks nobody grows up. Last good console was the game cube but that's beside the point.

In all of these articles it's the same from nintendo fanboy: "wait until the next nintendo rehash, in this case Mario Kart 8". Then well see systems fly off the shelves. Look at the numbers of the tip selling games. If Nintendo's rehashes were so great and people really wanted them you would see more systems being sold.

daveg1
daveg1

yes and 5 mill traded back to stores sitting on shelves..

chev93448
chev93448

According to Sony fanboys: The financial crisis that Sony is going through isn't affecting their gaming division. Apparently rehashing year-old games, and cutting lose of devs from the middle of development of Uncharted 4 doesn't count. 


What's the next bullshit thing from them, the marketing didn't make the PS4 a success? Oh wait.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

So almost as many as the PS4. Pretty damning numbers. They'll struggle to end up on par with the gamecube at this rate.

lostn
lostn

" Looking ahead, Nintendo says it expects to sell 3.6 million Wii Us for its financial year ending March 31, 2015."

That's pretty humbling. Isn't Kart supposed to be released during this period? They don't expect that game to move the needle?

rob19ny
rob19ny

Nintendo lowered their sales target and the Wii U still couldnt reach that. Thats a problem. Good for 3DS though.

nparks
nparks

Looks like it only took 6 months on the market for both PS4 and Xbox One to outsell the Wii U outside of Japan.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

6 of the highest Selling 3DS games have sold almost 50mil copies together, excellent numbers from a system just 3 years into its cycle.

gamer20482
gamer20482

This is not good for Nintendo. Sells are lower then they expected Nintendo has a operating loss of roughly $450-million (U.S.)

davidkestler
davidkestler

@AlwaysRunning  the gamepad is a great addition to the console. I would actually blame it on the games and bad marketing,,,

Defender1978
Defender1978

@AlwaysRunning  I'm obviously in the minority, but since I have pretty much every console I suppose I am a core gamer.  I love playing the Wii U.  It is fun, innovative, and unique.  The PS4 and the Xbox One have nothing to offer right now that my PC doesn't provide and I don't see that changing anytime soon.  They aren't even reverse compatible.  The Wii U is reverse compatible with my Wii games, has exclusives that are awesome, and has awesome nostalgic games in the eshop along with an amazing controller.  

Defender1978
Defender1978

@FighterforJC  The question here is "What do you care?"  If you don't like the damn console move on.  Millions of people including myself enjoy the thing.  Why do you have to go on some crusade against "fanboys" that want to have fun playing a damn video game.  Move on.  What do you care which video game someone plays?  Let people have fun playing what they want.  

deadmanbelial
deadmanbelial

I call bs on ps4 and xbone sales numbers and that people keep them. I seen too many returned or pawned once people realize they really aren't much better nor have the features their predecessors had. Ps4 is step back xbone is trying to do to much and shoddy at doing it.

sanchango
sanchango

@Garm31  Yes, because all of those 6.17 million people that own one live near you. 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@chev93448 Those devs. weren't cut they left of their own accord... And how many rehases has nintendo done?

k9kal85
k9kal85

@chev93448 But 1080p blah blah blah...1080p!!! We got INDIE Games 1080P! "Insert M$ troll"  - Sony Fan Boy

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@AyatollaofRnR  Uhm, no.  The Wii U has shipped 6.17 million units, not sold.  the PS4 actually SOLD 7 million.

nparks
nparks

@lostn It may be optimistic, given that 3.6 million is about a 15% increase over the previous fiscal year's sales, even though the year-over-year trend for the Wii U has been a decrease of about 25% so far.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostn  

I think it's slightly under but realistic, remember that the only 4 games pretty much confirmed for release within this fiscal year are Smash, MarioKart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2. I believe MarioKart and Smash can do more than 4m, but at the same time, Super Mario 3D World only pushed about 1.5m. 

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@Defender1978 @AlwaysRunning  All great points, and I'm glad you enjoy it, but it doesn't change the fact that most people are not aware that Wii U even exists. Nintendo has done a horrible marketing job. Calling it the Wii U was their first mistake, because it evokes the Wii, and all that comes along with that image; short-lived gimmicks, underpowered, massive game droughts, is it even a new console? And I can't recall seeing a single Wii U advertisement. I go to the movies, I see Xbox One. I turn on TV, I see PS4.

I still say the gamepad is the single largest barrier to entry on the Wii U. It's seen as everything from useless (Nintendo's own games often ignore it completely), to overpriced (sure would take a chunk out of the MSRP), to confusing (grandma can understand waving her hand; she can't process simultaneous TV/touchscreen/analog controls, and won't even begin to try).

Wii U was released at the worst possible time, both too late and too early, and they need to do something to correct the horrible public perception that they have. Their time's running out. Not hosting E3 conferences, preaching to the converted through Nintendo Directs, continuing to ignore every criticism and insisting that everyone just doesn't "get it"--none of these things will help them expand their market. And even they seem to think so, since next year's projection is barely higher than this year, which was seen by everyone as a stinker!

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@Defender1978 @FighterforJC  The success of the Wii U= end of all video games as we know it.  It must fail.  It has failed.  People who support it need to be locked up.

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@deadmanbelial  Unfortunately for Wii U fanboys, stock holders aren't fanboys and the PS4/Xbox One sales numbers are for real.  Unfortunately for Wii U fanboys, their numbers are for real, too.  Wii U has failed, as I so accurately predicted over a year ago.

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@ninja-jason51 @Garm31  Yep the Wii U is a smashing success.  Nintendo doesn't know what they're talking about when they admit that they have failed.

deadmanbelial
deadmanbelial

Ninja-jason51 Whats your tag on wii u. I will add you to my list.

kryotech
kryotech

@sanchango @Garm31  To be fair, the article does say "shifted" 6.17 million units, doesn't necessarily mean sold. I doubt the figure though. 6.17 sounds fairly accurate, even if they were all sold. 

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@truthiseternal @gamer20482  Who cares?  This isn't Nintendo the company vs Sony the company.  This is about the sorry Wii U vs the REAL Next Gen, and the Wii U is a complete failure.

hystavito
hystavito

@truthiseternal @gamer20482  Does Sony doing bad mean that failing to reach a sales target and a $450 million loss is good for Nintendo? :)

Defender1978
Defender1978

@AlwaysRunning @Defender1978  I agree with everything you said.  Nintendo does need to step up their game.  That being said, I was anti Wii when it came out.  I didn't like the motion controls, but over time the Wii came out with some fantastic first party games and exclusives.  I happen to love the Wii U gamepad.  I agree that some people that liked the Wii's simplicity might not like it, but I think that it is awesome.  I agree about the name.  The name Wii U is awful and does sound more like a peripheral than a console, but it is still very fun.  I haven't played a game as awesome as Super Mario 3d World in a long time.  My only complaint about the Wii U is that they need to make more games in a bad way.  I've been playing Nintendo for 30 years and they haven't let me down yet.  More games Nintendo, more games.  

asixjo
asixjo

eg like that fat guy who has no life on southpark.

asixjo
asixjo

@FighterforJC @Defender1978  don't worry he is most likely some kid who still lives with his mummy or some fat sweaty guy who doesn't have any thing else better to do than troll websites.


abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@kryotech

Shifted means sold, what you're thinking is "shipped" which was what Microsoft reported with the XboxOne. 

asixjo
asixjo

@FighterforJC @truthiseternal @gamer20482  atleast nintendo tried something different unlike sony and microsoft and nintendo will forever make good quality games and consoles because they think outside the square and try new things. 


Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@chev93448 @hystavito  I'd never knock sony for graphically enhanced ports.. TBH, I'd love Nintendo to release a few hd ports of quality recent wii games like Xenoblade.

chev93448
chev93448

@gamer20482 @truthiseternal So you're saying that it doesn't affect Sony's gaming division? Then care to explain why key devs, even devs that WERE working on  upcoming games like Uncharted 4, were cut lose from Sony? 

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

@PosiTVEMinD355 @gamer20482 @truthiseternal  Sony's gaming division made money dude. Also you should stfu when you dont even know what you are talking about. Typical fanboy. You are the reason why nintendo is getting irrelevant.

alchemy60
alchemy60

@abHS4L88 @kryotech This is months later but you're incorrect: shifted is a Synonym of Shipped or Move. All this is saying is the WiiU has shipped those many from Nintendo's warehouse to the local game stores. If they were talking about sales they would have said "6,17 sold" which isn't what they said. English is a interesting language of words being similar to another but not the same. :P

WiiU hasn't reached 7 million sold only shifted / shipped. :)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@alchemy60

Lol, you clearly don't have a grasp of the English language. First off, look what the title of the article says "Wii U SALES reach 6.17m" now excuse me if I'm wrong but doesn't "sales" mean how much sold?


Also I love the timing of your response, showing how ignorant you are because Nintendo had just reported that the Wii U had reached 7.29m in SALES. 


Plus I don't know why the hell this argument that Nintendo is saying "shipped" comes from since of the big 3, they're the ONLY ones who never report "shipped" units, it's always "sold" units.