Wii U sales rise 340 percent over October

"Our hardware is gaining momentum," Nintendo says about achievement; Super Mario 3D World sells 215,000 copies in eight days.

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Sales of Wii U hardware in November rose by more than 340 percent over October's figures in the United States, Nintendo has announced, though specific unit sales were not provided.

On the software side, Super Mario 3D World sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units. Notably, the game launched on November 22, so this figure only includes eight days' worth of sales.

"In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever," Nintendo of America marketing executive Scott Moffitt said.

Nintendo also shared various other sales statistics for November, including 770,000 3DS units sold during the month, driving the lifetime total to 10.5 million systems sold in the United States.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units, bringing their life-to-date sales total to more than 2.35 million copies. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, meanwhile, shifted more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units.

When including the special edition Zelda-themed 3DS XL system (which comes with a copy of the game), that figure rises to 405,000 total units, Nintendo said.

In addition, five 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November, compared to sales in October. These include Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (140 percent), Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (105 percent), Paper Mario: Sticker Star (280 percent), Mario Kart 7 (130 percent), and Super Mario 3D Land (235 percent).

Overall, the PlayStation 4 outsold the the Xbox One in November (it was released a week earlier), but the Xbox One was the fastest-selling console during the month.

Discussion

274 comments
javalino
javalino

I least, people are spent money on real portable games, and not in that F**KING BULLS**T   PAY TO WIN STUPID  MOTHERF**KER mobile games!!!

lostn
lostn

When Wind Waker released, the percentage rise was something like 1600%.

Lostat
Lostat

Its just a shame they've broken the 3DS eStore upon linking your NNID to that console.  Loads of people complaining on forums about it & the Nintendo website acknowledges problems, but I've got £35 of credit on my eStore and people can't access it to download games etc for the past several days now!

Nepti
Nepti

Who would have thought games would help boost hardware sales? /sarcasm off

Fancy controller 2nd (or 3rd or 50th) games FIRST.

kingtrax
kingtrax

I'm surprised to be saying this, but 3DS looks to be one of the solid players in gaming now.  The WiiU bump may or may not last, but the 3DS looks to continue it with a strong line-up already in the pipeline 

19James89
19James89

I expect these numbers to become the norm now and when Kart and Smash come out I reckon Wii U sales will double week in, week out from then on. 


I just dread to think what 3DS will be like when Smash is released for that. 

nazart81
nazart81

nice! at least nintendo doesn't have micro transhitions

Defender1978
Defender1978

That's awesome.  I picked up a Wii U last week and really enjoy it.  It's Wii U and PC for me this gen.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Impressive percentages, but without any numbers to compare with, it doesn't say much. 

"Gaining momentum at the exact right time" Right time, as in preventing a commercial fiasko? The right time would have been when the Wii U launched, but it's good that it's picking up speed.

uncle5555
uncle5555

"Wii U sales rise 340 percent"

So that means they managed to sell 340 systems then, well good for them. 


(This is a joke, btw) =P

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"rose by more than 340 percent over October's figures"

"though specific unit sales were not provided."

Uh huh.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Would be nice if they gave us an actual figure. Misleading statements like this can mean just about anything! I bought the PS4 at launch with ACIV and Marvel. I really want Nintendo to succeed though. I grew up on that console since the SMB days and Clu Clu Land (props to anyone who remembers that game! I'd give them a like!) When I'm done with ACIV, I'm off to Link Between Worlds.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

i will patiently wait for another metroid prime

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

well if the Wii U had the 360's hardware failures

you could put the Wii U at 9 million

tmorri603
tmorri603

This would be great news if the PS4 and Xbox One was not catching up to your total sales. It is good that the sales are picking up but this does not change the fact that the system is still under performing.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Poor Wii U. Even when its good news it can only pull 3 paragraphs from an 8 paragraph Gamespot article :P

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

This goes to show Nintendo needed the other next gen systems to really get there momentum going I'm sure allot of people got to see what all 3 offered and decided Nintendo was the way to go

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

That huge of an increase can only confirm that the Wii U sales was in purgatory a month ago.

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

@Thanatos2k "No, I have a sex life. Sure I spent all my time trolling Nintendo."


'My sex partner isn't around - he's sleeping."


Uh huh. 

lostn
lostn

@decoy1978 That would actually embarrass them. Marketers know never to release figures if they don't sound good.

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

@john_matrix8953@Thanatos2k holy shit I just scrolled down and I counted 29 posts made by you all of them feverishly defending Nintendo and saying that everyone that doesn't agree with you is "sexless" or a troll. I hate to break it to you man but your kind of a loser if you have to defend a company as if someone is making a personal attack on you. Either that or your trying to make everyone angry which to be honest is equally sad. Do yourself a favor and either calm down or find a hobby that doesn't involve pissing people off on the internet. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

@john_matrix8953 @hadlee73 There are specialists that can help with that chip on your shoulder. My comment was quite sincere. We finally get good news about the Wii U and GS don't even dedicate an entire article about it.

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

@stealthyninja81 @john_matrix8953 @Thanatos2k And here's another example of how much of a bias troll you are (or maybe you're Thanatos2k's alternate account.) you're ignoring all the trolls post that Thanatos2k  is making here and you're only paying attention to me because I'm ruining the bashing/trolling of a company that you hate. 


Now get a life troll, you failed to outsmart anybody here so the internet isn't going to make you forget about your non-existant sex life. 

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

@kingnothing47  Oh my lord, what is wrong with you? I really hope you're ten-years-old, which would explain why you're reading comprehension  sucks, otherwise you are a hopeless adult who can't read. 

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

Oh my lord, what is wrong with you? I really hope you're just devoted to your act because if you actually do care this much youre fucking hopeless

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@john_matrix8953@Thanatos2k@hadlee73You only show up in Nintendo articles and act like a complete douchebag.  Learn to troll better?  You need to learn to troll at all.


Hint - It doesn't involve responding to each and every poster calling them a troll, and then making pathetic ineffectual insults.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

It's being biased you dumb shit. Who is illiterate?

hadlee73
hadlee73

@john_matrix8953 @hadlee73 Unfortunately I can't control who hits the like button. It seems he misunderstood what I was talking about. I wasn't trolling Nintendo, I was supporting them.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

I don't see what not liking Nintendo has to do with one's sex life