Wii U sells 308,000 units at Japanese launch - Report

Data from Famitsu and Enterbrain reveals launch weekend hardware sales figure for Nintendo's new console; New Super Mario Bros. U sells 170,563 units.

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The Wii U sold 308,570 units during its launch weekend in Japan, according to data from Famitsu and Enterbrain obtained by GamesIndustry International. Nintendo's first high-definition system launched in Japan on December 8.

Concerning software, the best-selling title in Japan during the period was New Super Mario Bros. U, which sold 170,563 units and was attached to every hardware sale at a rate of 55 percent. In the United States, New Super Mario Bros. U has seen an attach rate of 60 percent, according to NPD data.

Following up New Super Mario Bros. U was Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which sold 110,159 copies in Japan during the weekend at an attach rate of 36 percent.

According to Famitsu's numbers, the Wii U launch in Japan is the seventh biggest in hardware history for the region. By comparison, the original Wii sold slightly better during its opening weekend, moving 371,936 units with Wii Sports the best-selling game.

No official Japanese sales tally has been provided by Nintendo for the Wii U yet.

A list of the biggest first-weekend Japanese hardware launches, according to Famitsu data, is below.

1. PS2: 630,552
2. GBA: 611,504
3. NDS: 441,485
4. Wii: 371,936
5. 3DS: 371,326
6. PSV: 321,407
7. Wii U: 308,570

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digi-demon
digi-demon

Pity Vita didn't have the legs....

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

Now your playing with power japan !   Nintendo power,  

 and let me tell you judging by the snes  there is no better way to describe nintendo  haha 007 legends is awsome will be better if activision fixes the lame servers  i noticed its like this on xbox360 atm to ,  

 good launch for japan , 

grbolivar
grbolivar

6. PSV: 321,407

7. Wii U: 308,570

 

OPS!!!!

Vickman178
Vickman178

PS2 and GBA are TANKS!! And as a side note..Pretty good launch for Wii U in Japan considering most of the launch games are geared toward western audiences.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

It's so bizarre to me that this and the Vita ever came out. I mean, I see them in the stores, but it's like... they just sort of snuck in, or like the stores put them on the shelves in hopes that no one would notice. I don't know about anywhere else in the world, but that energy that came with a NEW CONSOLE just isn't there. Could be me slowly drifting out of the loop, but yeah, it's weird to think that the creators of the NES, SNES, N64 etc released a new console and there were no pyrotechnics or ominous displays in the stores like the old days. I remember Toys R Us having the N64 dead center of the store, 9 tvs linked to create a giant monitor that displayed what the demo was playing. There were N64 tshirts, figures, and things all around. Loud music. Dreamcast had like 6 systems running in one area with huge posters. Every time, it was set up like there was a party going on and for a couple hundred dollars, you could take the party home. Now it seems like it lacks so much energy that you didn't even know about the party... and it was happening in your house.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

it's a awsome system i got my 007 legends it looks less blurry better draw distance and no freazing issues

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

Pretty solid start considering the times, been pretty busy and just got around to un-boxing mine.  After spending some time with the system I gotta to say without a doubt, if you're a 3rd party developer and can't find the potential for creating unique games and gameplay on this little system......you don't belong in this industry!

alrepairs
alrepairs

7 day sale in US - 400,000

 

WEEKEND (2 day sale in Japan) 300,000+

 

Any hater would obviously miss what is....obvious here...

 

Japan (Nintendo's hometown) loves the Wii U, just like the US does.

 

Though, I feel fucking sorry for Europe, seriously -_-.

Flint247
Flint247

The Wii U is doing great so far. Looking forward to getting mine by Christmas or later. :)

baxwam
baxwam

I like Watermelons!!!!!! 

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Loving mine so far! It's a fun console, the second screen is nice, and the Miiverse community is great. 

 

And yes, the console has resided in my golden pants with the question marks on them.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Wow, PS2 and GBA were on Fire from the get go!

bjvill
bjvill

They sure love their handhelds over there...

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

Where are the 360 figures? Oh wait no one outside of the US owns or wants the piece of crap.

Fooforaw
Fooforaw

Lol@Console warriors. I have an Xbox 360 AND a WiiU. And, contrary to popular belief, my television didn't explode when they came within close proximity to each other.

Live and let live. Play and let play already.

Psychikos
Psychikos

It got outsold by the Vita (In Japan)???

 

Owww my fanboyism....

jollyjoel23
jollyjoel23

Don't even know how nintendo dared to release this console. They should have made it a console mainly aimed at the xbox360-like pro controllers with gameplay like that. They should have shipped it with that(1) as well as 1 numchuck and wii remote for motion sensor games like psmove. Then, the gamepad should have been an add-on.

alrepairs
alrepairs

 @grbolivar Vita - 7 day report

 

Wii U - 2 day report -_-.

 

I'm beginning to hate Reggie Fils-Aime though.

link2dpast
link2dpast

 @GlaciusXL I blame the internet. Nowadays people go into a store knowing exactly what to expect. Back in the N64 days you would walk into a store and suddenly see a new console from Nintendo/Sony/Sega being advertised. That kind of lack of predictability was what kept our excitement peaked. Now you watch about a dozen videos of someone playing a new console on Youtube and gradually kills your anticipation for it.  

alrepairs
alrepairs

 @Imperiacommando Man,

 

PS2 beats everything :).  It goes to show it's amongst one of the greatest generations of gaming.  If only gamecube and dreamcast hadn't been discontinued...

TTDog
TTDog

 @alrepairs I don't think that Europe are overly bothered at having to wait for the WiiU... its not like there's anything that we haven't seen before... Nintendo late to the party again with another gimmicky controller.

GeezerPleazer
GeezerPleazer

 @Someguy1212 lol, its funny that the Wii totally blasted the 360 in terms of total sales, and how many people had to buy more than one 360 because they are shoddy and had like a 95% fail rate (RROD).  Soeven after thousands of people had to buy another 360 the wii still outsold them.  Wii – 97.18 million as of 30 September 2012, Xbox 360 – 70.0 million as of 30 September 2012

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @Fooforaw  @Console I laugh and spit on the Console Warriors...most of them are little kids who CANT buy their own console so they can only get 1 and hugs that 1 for dear life and feels the need to bash the ones they dont have.....

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

 @jollyjoel23  1) Why would I want to buy what you're describing when I already own a 360?2) The tablet controller and Nintendo IP are the reasons this is not a 360 clone that costs $150 more3) Nintendo does not have the money to outmuscle MS/Sony with high end hardware, they have to innovate with motion controls and tablets

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @jollyjoel23 The gamepad has all the same buttons as the 360/Wii U Pro controller and more. I don't understand your logic.

krbrown10
krbrown10

@emptycow

ok, so if we are going for ALL of the factors ...then I will happily oblige.

 

While the Wii might have sold 97.18 Million at $250 a console (24,295,000,000 gross profit) you also have to factor in the Nintendo DS as well as the 3DS.The Nintendo DS sales since 2004:  152.80 Million at, conservatively, $150 a pop (22,920,000,000 also gross profit) Nintendo 3DS sales since 2011: 22.19 Million at, also conservatively, $200 a pop (4,438,000,000 gross profit).

 

Nintendo gross profit (also factor in how inexpensive it is to make Nintendo's hardware compared to Microsoft and Sony) and the total is 51,653,000,000 (that's billion.)  Not accounted for are the profits from Nintendo titles sold at $60 a pop, since Microsoft and Sony don't make there own games regularly only on occasion Nintendo's gross for there own games would be very near to there hardware sales.

 

Sony's gross profit for the PS3 (also factor in some of there own game titles):  70.2 million * 600 = 42,120,000,000 (gross profit)

 

Xbox 360 sales: 70.0 Million * 400 = 28,000,000,000 (gross profit)

 

Recap: Not including console exclusive sales.

 

Nintendo: $51,653,000,000

Sony: 42,120,000,000

Microsoft: 28,000,000,000

 

thought i should post this a little higher so people could see it.

 

TTDog
TTDog

 @alrepairs  Sony killed the Dreamast with all their PS2 hype... convincing people to wait for the launch of the PS2 rather than buy a Dreamcast... and then delivering a console that wasn't up to all it's promises.

 

Shame, the Dreamcast was a great machine... but if you're going to bang on about online play maybe releasing a game that used the online function for more than just leaderboards would have been a good idea.

davsonamission
davsonamission

 @GeezerPleazer  @Someguy1212 

"and how many people had to buy more than one 360"...lol I know I didnt buy the two that were replaced because of the RROD...MS did honor their warranties so no $$ out of my pocket...

96augment
96augment

 @krbrown10  You know those numbers are a little off. Do you really think that Sony sold 70  million PS3 when they were 600 dollars? Or Microsoft selling 70 million Xbox 360's when they were 400 dollars? You have to take price cuts, deals, and used consoles into consideration when you are computing profit for the companies.

alrepairs
alrepairs

 @woodyfr  @dunk_420 You guys are funny.

 

Dreamfist11 defends racing gamers when convenient, attacks Nintendo fans, and says sports games / Street Fighter is garbage.

 

Weightful opinions = limited and completely inconsiderable.

 

Fact: People who love racing games don't buy Analog triggers.  They buy wheel / pedal peripherals at bestbuy.

 

I'm not talking about idiot impulse buyers, i'm talking about hardcore racing game enthusiasts.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @Kenshin0011 There you go spinning the conversation, this has nothing to do with a PC or if its a reason or not for people to pass up on a WiiU, you falsely stated that the gamepad has the same buttons as the other controls, I called you out on it and you bring up some other shit.  

 

Anyone who loves racing games is fucked with the WiiU, and by itself it may not be a reason to pass on the WiiU but combined with everything else it is 

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @dreamfist11  Many would argue and say the industry standard for FPS is mouse and keyboard, not analog triggers. Hardly a reason for someone to not want a Wii U.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @emptycow  The 360 and PS3 are in beautiful full bloom and are fully fleshed out. They've been out for over half a decade, their prices are lowered, and they have a massive library of games. Why do you think a new console would or should outsell them?

96augment
96augment

 @krbrown10  Also, for Microsoft, how many people have a gold and silver subcription for Xbox.  Also, how much it cost for each company to make the system. But my point is it's too early to call a Wii U in its life a success or a failure.

96augment
96augment

 @BestJinjo  You could become irrelevant with 10 billion dollars? Wow.  In my opinion, I don't see Sony leaving anytime soon. Although, the PS4 is probably not going to be be that powerful or expensive.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @krbrown10  @96augment Sony's financial performance and stock price paint a way better picture than PS3 sales numbers. 2000 = $120 billion market cap. 2012 = Barely above $10 billion.

 

Sony is slowly making themselves irrelevant and PS2/PS3 did little to stop this decline. PS3 accelerated it actually as Sony lost $ on every single PS3 from 2006 to early 2010. Ouch. 

krbrown10
krbrown10

 @96augment Absolutely, these numbers are very very rough.  There's too many factors for a gamespot post, i was just summarizing very basically.  I mean we are not even counting controller sales, add-on hardware sales, or console exclusive games.