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The launch sales of Nintendo Wii U in November and December were nothing but disappointing, however, sales of the console in January, seem to be just catastrophic. As Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 remained the top selling video game platform for the sixteenth consecutive month, shipments of Nintendo Wii U in January fell below sales of GameCube in its worst month ever.

According to data released by NPD and published by various web-sites citing official data and sources with knowledge of the matter, Microsoft sold 281 thousand Xbox 360 game consoles in January in the U.S., whereas Nintendo supplied only 57 thousand Wii Us in the same period. Official sales figures have not been released for the remaining platforms yet by Nintendo of America and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Nintendo sold 425 and 460 thousand Wii U units in November and December, respectively. Traditionally, shipments of game consoles drop in January, but sales figures of Nintendo’s latest game console simply collapsed.

In fact, 57 thousand of Wii U consoles sold last month is lower than sales of Nintendo GameCube back in January, 2012. In its first January, GameCube was shipped in 59 thousand quantity in the U.S., according to NPD. That was the worst month for Nintendo GameCube throughout its lifetime in the United States.


Note: sales figures are preliminary and/or come from unofficial sources. Sales of products by Sony are estimates.

Nintendo acknowledged last month that the launch of the Wii U were disappointing and confessed that it had failed to communicate its value to the end-users worldwide. At the same time, Nintendo said that it would not reduce the price of the console to boost sales but will attempt to ensure that there are more games for the platform on the market.

Tags: Nintendo, Wii U, NPD, Wii, Playstation, Xbox

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The slope of Xbox 360 is worse than the slope of Wii U. I don't think those numbers are so bad. Wii U lacks a big catalog, inherent to any new hardware.
1 3 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 02/17/13 09:16:06 AM]
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Almost yeah. More importantly however, ALL systems dropped badly, except Nintendo 3DS, meaning that the Wii U mostly seems to have been mostly loosing sales simply to another segment.

I somewhat doubt that Nintendo is all THAT unhappy about one of their products stealing sales from one of their other products.
0 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 02/17/13 11:32:15 AM]
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It's not the slope that matters - it's the sales figure that matters. Xbox360 is still selling 5x as well as Wii U during one of the worst months of the year - and it's already like 7 years old.

Last month, before the "awful" slope, Xbox360 was selling only about 3x as well. Enjoy the "twist", hehe!
1 0 [Posted by: Bo_Fox  | Date: 02/17/13 09:10:59 PM]
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Sales of game consoles traditionally collapse in January, no surprises here.

The problem why we have not tracked sales of game consoles for years is the lack of official numbers from NPD. If I had them, I would have published them to show the typical drops of sales early in the year.
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/18/13 05:37:51 AM]
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It's horrible. I played with one and just couldn't get comfortable playing it. I think gaming is heading toward iPad/Android and possibly AppleTV/GoogleTV in the future. I think dedicated consoles and their $50+ titles will give way to the iPad crowd and their $3.99 and less titles. Simpler games are more fun, anyway. Space Invaders, Pac Man, Donkey Kong...those were addictive. Assassin's Creed? Not so much... Bought my daughter a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas, but all she wants to do is play games on my old iPod Touch.
3 1 [Posted by: ruel24  | Date: 02/17/13 10:07:56 AM]
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I wonder why consoles with that expensive titles still exist.

I quited consoles after PSX because the game price never fell and it was way too costly to play games in a console.

I play on PC now and I know most titles cost close enough on the console ones, but yet I can wait a few months or a year and get that game for 5-10 euro on steam sales.

Giving 400-500 to upgrade every 4-5 years is really a small cost compared to the money I need to buy the games for consoles.
2 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 02/18/13 08:00:56 AM]
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Yay, 3DS sold real well during Xmas! Go 3D!! Go glasses-free 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at Vita, failing to sell much at all even during Xmas.. hehe.
1 0 [Posted by: Bo_Fox  | Date: 02/17/13 09:11:35 PM]
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To many game platform already. Seriously. Phones, Tablets, PCs, Laptops, TV consoles, 3DS, PSVita, etc. Today you can play games on almost any device, is getting ridiculous. We are becoming a gaming addicted specie.
Joke aside, those graphs are no surprise. Most of shopping was done for Christmas and Saint Nicholas days.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/18/13 04:02:29 AM]
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wait so nintendo was still selling gamecube consoles last year but yet they quit making games for the gamecube a long time ago. That doesn't make any sense or did the editor mean to say Wii consoles?
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/18/13 08:55:59 AM]
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