Wii U sales rise 200 percent after price cut

After $50 price cut, sales of Wii U hardware in the United States during September jumped 200 percent over August's numbers; 3DS the best-selling system for fifth straight month.

Sales of Wii U hardware in the United States rose more than 200 percent during September compared to August's numbers following the September 20 price cut, Nintendo announced today. This milestone was achieved with only 15 days' worth of reporting data following the price cut.

The rise in Wii U sales is not exclusive to the United States. Wii U sales in the United Kingdom rose 685 percent the week after the limited-edition Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle was introduced on October 4.

Nintendo also announced today, citing data from the NPD Group, that the 3DS was the best-selling game system in the United States for the fifth straight month. Specific sales numbers were not provided.

High-profile 3DS games Pokemon X&Y were released last week and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide in two days. Nintendo said today that a full breakdown of US sales for the games, as well as for the Nintendo 2DS, will be published with October's NPD report in November.

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Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

See most people like myself, look for great graphics, great (serious 3rd party games) and great power in a system. This is the only reason why Nintendo sales have flopped. I just recently purchased the WII U bundle, because I just wanted to try it. Despite of what I heard on the net; After playing the system, I can say, the graphics are still great and most importantly the games run very smooth and are really fun. The system, feels like its made with good quality, I don't even hear it on when I play, and after 2-3 hours of playing my system is not even hot. Zelda HD is an amazing game, so addictive; I just purchased Mario U and man, I can say the same thing for this game. It is very fun, my wife and I play 2 player all the time and its the first time I actually got her to play games!! So in my opinion, people look at Nintendo and compare it with the other systems. My advice? don't, its completely different. The tablet is crazy, I was in my room and had to go to another room to grab something; i switched the tv to the tablet and played on my way to the room and back lol its fun I like it a lot. After I finish both games my next game will be Pikmin 3 no doubt!!! I eye it down every time I pass through best buy going to the gym =)

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

Oh´and it could be nice to play MonsterHunter3 in both the 3ds and WiiU simultaneously...gotta try it out someday.

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

Not being a Nintendo Fan Boy , but liking what they did with the ´tablet´gimmick I waited for the pricedrop and just bought the Zelda bundle (not for the game just the price , really) with Zombiu (not great but fun enough) and R.E. Revelations (playing RAID mode as a portable game is still addictive).The lack of options for mature audiences kinda suck,but I hope Bayonneta 2 is worth the wait(the 1st was hilarious!)Deus Ex seems like a good effort and hopefully the WatchDogs version will be more interesting to play in the ´tablet´ too...Can´t seem to remember anything else that proves this system to be a good choice for the average gamer though...

boardcaden
boardcaden

I didn't initially like the wii u because I (like many others) unfortunately didn't even realize it was a new console at all. Having researched it a little more I recently purchased the windwaker HD bundle and have absolutely loved the system completely. I will be purchasing the PS4 as well but it doesn't seem fair to even compare the systems really. To me they do two entirely different things. If you want amazing graphics and online play PS4 is the way to go. For me personally I just can't pass on the nintendo exclusives because they are such amazing games and the multiplayer availability on nintendo far surpasses any on playstations console. I do wish the wii u had blu ray capability though, that's really my only negative I have to say about it.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Is that ad not fake? If not, then it's hilarious. HOW was it not obvious to Nin from the start, that they've come up the poorest next for the new system?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

No shit because it was way more expensive than it ever should have been and there was no value whatsoever in paying 350 for an underpowered console with no games and no storage. Still isn;t. My left thumbnail fits more than 32 gb, ctfo.

Hurvl
Hurvl

A lower price and some more high profile games - two things that will sell any system. Things are looking up for Nintendo.

Glongold
Glongold

And so what were the actual U.S sales in August? Tired of these sites not providing anything worth sinking our teeth into.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Hey I got a question for Wii U owners. I heard that the Wii U upscales Wii games so they look better on Wii U. Is this true? 

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

its 200% and some idiots are still complaining that iti s bad, Fan boys who can not stand should get a life, Play the console that makes you happy and do not try to force your shitty opinion on others who are enjoying Nintendo. I love games for what they are, and respect all the consoles and looking forward to next year games.

mikami_within
mikami_within

200% more people to be disappointed with the fact that they wasted their money on the damn thing.  They say misery loves company, now wiiu owners have plenty of company.

titovarela12
titovarela12

Why would i build a pc for gaming?i have the wiiu and a pc for every day use.Why so offensive i just stated that the steambox will crush the ps4 and xbox1 and now EA says they are delaying BF4 for the ps4 and xbox1.so people say that the wiiu had no games at launch really.And lets not forget no watchdogs.So you will get ports and indies and for xbox a racing game and killer instinct wow what an impressive launch line up.

titovarela12
titovarela12

So the wiiu is less powerfull than the xbox1 and the Ps4 and thats why its not next gen.The games are only for kids and doesnt appeal to  the "hardcore" gamers.Ps4 and xbox1 have 8 gigs of memory and the wiiu only has 2,let me ask this what are you fanboys going to say when valve's steambox comes out next year with 16 gigs of memory and the biuld will destroy Ps4 and xbox1.Oh i know steambox is not really a console its a pc bla bla bla look stop praising ps4 and xbox1 and dooming the wiiu i have a wiiu and will wait for the steambox and skip ps4 and xbox1 and when i get my steambox ill be back to make fun of your precious ps4 and xbox1.Start the hate boys n girls the truth hurts.

megakick
megakick

3DS is nice, 2DS is to big.

Why couldn't Nintendo make a clam shell 2DS

drybones41
drybones41

Wow the 3DS is doing very well. Been resisting the urge to buy one for the past few months, the new pokemon ain't helping either xD

It's nice to see the WiiU pick up the pace, next year looks promising so far.

Hekteur
Hekteur

When I saw this, I really wanted to see what kind of things the haters would say now that the dark days of Wii U are over. How butthurt would they be? Maybe there would be just one argument, even if not true or not logical. All I found was haters who apparently don't know the real definition of a "generation of console" or "next gen". I just can't argue with someone if he doesn't even know what he's talking about so I'll just have some pop corn and watch the show.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

@meeghoulz I just recently picked up the zelda bundles with the WII U. I am really enjoying the console so far. I picked up Mario U and man that game is so much fun to play!! Yea the tablet IDEA is crazy fun.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@boardcaden  Exactly my thoughts regarding nintendo, i am Enjoying the nintendo games and they are different than sony games and  at the same time its fun, If you can buy wii remote and nunchuck then i recommend you try play some of the Wii games like red steel 2, Donkey kong Country returns,Metroid prime trilogy and other M, Mario Galaxy Series, Conduit Series. I am literally having a blast playing wii games and i am a avid sony gamer and my favorite series are Resident evil, Assasin Creed and MGS from sony and yet i am enjoying so many Wii and WiiU games. even though many wii games graphics are quite dated but still the game play is very addictive.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@Grenadeh  I agree it is Underpowered as compared to X1 and Ps4, but WiiU will mainly survive due to its first party games, You will not find many Nintendo IP on other platform, Mario, Metroid, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, Zelda, Donkey kong, Bayoneta 2, Monster Hunter, and many more plus the party games are different as compared to other consoles sony and MS has more focus on online gaming , and there are very few party games on those consoles I found only little big planet, Carnival Island, sports championship and ratchet All for one to be good enough to enjoy and now my PS move controllers are collecting dust. Waste of money...

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@bunchanumbers  i  play on wii and WiiU both.  The  games on Wii U  looked same  connected  via HD cable as Wii connected via component Cables, I connect Wii Via component cables it gives better resolution than the packed in composite connectors. No other difference noticed . You can not change the quality more than that

kuninushi
kuninushi

@bunchanumbers I played Xenoblade and Skyward Sword on my Wii U and they both looked slightly better than when I tried them on my Wii. From what I've read it is upscaling if you're using an HD TV.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@bunchanumbers hmm never tried playing my Wii games on the Wii U since I still have my Wii, and didnt want to waste memory that the Wii U has

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@mikami_within  

Why do you care who "wastes" their money on what? Ever considered that others have different preferences from you or only require a handful of games to get the most out of their system? 

 People like you need to stop assuming that all gamers are the same and want the same exact games/experiences from consoles. 

Kamina85
Kamina85

@mikami_within Oh yeah, New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Wonderful 101, and Zombi U (and still need to get Scribblenauts Unmasked and Wind Waker HD), [sarcasm]I'm so hating my new console.[/sarcasm] Oh, and within a year or so I'll have Mario 3D World, Sonic: Lost World, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart U, Smash Bros U, Xenoblade "sequel", Bayonetta 2, etc.  I respect your opinion if you don't like the Wii U and/or its library but do not act like you speak for all of us.

19James89
19James89

@mikami_within It's not a waste of money if the people who buy the consoles get an immense amount of enjoyment from it. I've owned a Wii U for just over three months and I love the console. It's the best console I've ever owned and that's saying something because I've owned a few consoles over the years.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@titovarela12 As a supporter of Steam and a 20 year PC Master Racist, no. The steambox will not destroy PS4 or One.

tommyj1343
tommyj1343

@titovarela12 Wii u is next Gen because its the system that came after the Wii which was the previous Gen...generation is not determined by power. I love my Wii u its pretty much the only system that is still a console

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Good for you, brag about not knowing now to build your own pc

beyond_17
beyond_17

In seriousness it's good Nintendo sells as many wiilol's as possible, sucks dkc5 got delayed, was really looking forward to that this fall

19James89
19James89

@drybones41 Get a 2DS if you want a budget handheld. That's what I did and I love the 2DS, brilliant little handheld.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Hekteur Praytell define it for us. Tell us why the price drop suddenly invalidates all arguments against Wii U and makes it not a piece of shit.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

@rIVAL_sWORD84 @Grenadeh Yea my Move controllers were used once lol. When I bought them I bought the gun to, and that to is collecting dust. I agree with you in the Nintendo being the fun party games. Sometimes everyone needs a break from all that serious online games!! I think everyone should own a WII and either a PS4 or X1.

quickposter
quickposter

@rIVAL_sWORD84 @Grenadeh Monster Hunter could still be timed. It is a publishing agreement to bring the game to the console. Similar to Razor's Edge, Ninja Gaiden 2, Dead Rising 3, Resident Evil Revelations etc.

Capcom are ultimately in control of the franchise and could still turn around tomorrow and put it on PS3. And I definitely believe Dead Rising 3 will be timed to X1.

The rest you are right about. I'm sure Bayonetta 2 on other platforms is wishful thinking. Nobody else would publish the game when they had the chance to. Why would anyone change their minds? Unless the game is a surprising success I doubt it is going to happen.

I think a lot of people really underestimate how powerful Nintendo's franchises are. As long as they deliver the goods the Wii U will be a success to it's audience. And you can be sure they will.

Glongold
Glongold

@19James89 @GlongoldDid you not read the headline?

After $50 price cut, sales of Wii U hardware in the United States during September jumped 200 percent over August's numbers; 3DS the best-selling system for fifth straight month.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@freedom01  

If you do the Wii system transfer, all of your saves go directly onto the Wii SD card. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Kamina85 @mikami_within You realize 2 of those are multiplats that sold poorly, Zombi U is a disappointment, Wind Waker blows, and the rest are rehashes. Right? Bayonetta 2 on it's own is not enough reason to buy Wii U. Most Bayonetta fans have simply counted the series as dead and will never play Bayonetta 2.

titovarela12
titovarela12

@b74kd3th Aw did i hurt your feelings? look drink a warm glass of milk and go to sleep you will feel alot better.

drybones41
drybones41

@19James89 @drybones41 

I like the flip design of the 3DS more but the 2DS is tempting since it's about £35 cheaper. 

How sturdy is the 2DS? Just asking since the DS Lite wasn't that strong, I had to repair mine quite a few times.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@abHS4L88 @freedom01 the only problem is, that on my Wii I have homebrew which allows me to play imported Japanese games, and I dont think those will transfer over to the Wii U

Kamina85
Kamina85

@Grenadeh @Kamina85 @mikami_within Rayman Legends is an awesome game (sales do not equal quality) and the Wii U version works better when playing with friends, ZombiU was a welcome return to survival horror proper, and Wind Waker is awesome and is easily one of the best HD remasters yet. Also, just because something is a sequel (not a "rehash") doesn't mean it won't be good. Otherwise you're discrediting a large majority of PS4 and Xbone's library as well. I'm pretty sure Bayonetta fans aren't counting the series as dead because that would make no logical sense since the 2nd game is on the way. If they were fans of the first one then most of them will play the second one one.

But also this is beside the point, my point was to counter the first poster's notion that he spoke for every Wii U owner. I easily shut this down, and your post wasn't really relevant to the topic, you should have just posted a general comment instead of responding to me specifically.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

I would call you a tool, that would imply that there is use for you though

guahiatt
guahiatt

One question: I know you can play 3ds games on the 2ds, but are there going to make games exclusively for the 2ds later? Or are both handhelds going to be always compatible?

19James89
19James89

@drybones41 It's sturdy and strong and for its build quality it's surprisingly light. For £109.99 it's an absolute bargain.