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Wii U sells 308,570 units over Japanese launch weekend

Wii U sells 308,570 units over Japanese launch weekend

Tue 11 Dec 2012 8:27am GMT / 3:27am EST / 12:27am PST
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New Super Mario Bros. U top seller, followed by Monster Hunter

The Wii U has had a strong opening weekend in Japan, selling 308,570 units - according to Famitsu and Enterbrain.

The best selling game for the system was New Super Mario Bros. U, followed swiftly by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Nintendo Land. 55 per cent of all Wii U purchasers bought Mario, which sold 170,563 units, whilst 110,159 people purchased Monster Hunter - an attach rate of 36 per cent.

For comparison, by Famitsu's own numbers, this makes the launch the seventh biggest in Japanese gaming hardware history. Its predecessor, the Wii, sold marginally better, shifting 371,936 units over launch weekend with Wii Sports as the top-selling title.

No comparable figures are yet available for other territories, and Nintendo is yet to confirm the number officially.

A list of the top selling Japanese hardware launch weekends is below, courtesy of Famitsu.

  • PS2: 630,552
  • GBA: 611,504
  • NDS: 441,485
  • Wii: 371,936
  • 3DS: 371,326
  • PSV: 321,407
  • Wii U: 308,570

12 Comments

John Bye Senior Game Designer, Future Games of London

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PSV: 321,407
Wii U: 308,570
Just goes to show, first week sales are no indicator of long term success. Do we know though if the Wii U was supply limited in Japan, or if that's the actual demand for the console on its first weekend?

Posted:A year ago

#1

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,270 2,439 1.1
John, it largely sold out so it's a shipment figure rather than demand.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware

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Jim: numbers are numbers. Im guessing most other launch consoles also sold out, either totally or partly during their launch period.
You should always feed the washing machine when the tumbledryer is in overdrive :)

Posted:A year ago

#3

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,270 2,439 1.1
Aleski, I was actually going to say that I can't recall the last time a console didn't sell out.

Even the Vita sold out which sold just slightly higher than the Wii U.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Jim That's easy. The PS3 was the last time a console didn't sell out, launching at something like 89,000 units I believe in Japan.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,270 2,439 1.1
I thought that was the shipment amount.

Posted:A year ago

#6
So its now launched in all territories, pretty much sold out (as expected), and probably done close to 1m units (if not 1.5m) by now.

For Nintendo, its firstly can they hit their initial 5.5m target for the FY - and secondly can they ship roughly the number of games they expected.

Once that is done, I have a feeling they are building up an armory of "games" to use against either dips in sales, and/or when the next PS/360 consoles are released next Xmas.

And its likely both Sony/MS will have the same supply issues next Xmas Nintendo had this one (and Ninty will have a lot more stock) - so the real battleground will be mid-2014, and leading up to Xmas 2014. Assuming of course both Sony & MS manage to launch, and roughly on time as expected.

I have a suspicion a big Pokemon (online?) title is on the way. This will be the 3rd Xmas for the 3DS, and there still hasn't been a real Pokemon title launched. So maybe a x-platform 3DS/WiiU online Pokemon game in 2013... (just a hunch).

Be also interesting to see if Ouya and/or Apple get into the console ring, and maybe some sort of dent.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

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Michael, it's only the second Christmas for 3DS, it launched in March 2011. I agree though--Pokemon for 3DS needs to come at some point next year.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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How come this data doesn't show PS3 and XBOX 360 numbers?
PS2: 630,552
GBA: 611,504
NDS: 441,485
Wii: 371,936
3DS: 371,326
PSV: 321,407
Wii U: 308,570
You're not deliberately trying to make the Wii U look like it's selling poorly in comparison to the above systems by having the least numbers now do you?

Posted:A year ago

#9

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,270 2,439 1.1
Andy, Famitsu supplied the list themselves.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

237 180 0.8
Yes Jim I know that. However, they have 3DS and PSV numbers, It's kind of baffling why such info was left out. They have PS2 info but no GameCube? Did Nintendo withheld these numbers, or was it too low? They said the Wii U is "7th", who's 8th or 9th, why not just show the top ten data? Does Famitsu have only 7 system numbers in their article? GI seems to be content about this "top 7" info? It's kind of imbalanced. It's more relevant if they made some effort to indicate PS3 and XBOX/360 Japanese launch numbers since they're home consoles.

Posted:A year ago

#11

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,270 2,439 1.1
That's what I mean. Famitsu only had the top 7 themselves but I'm having difficulty finding that article.

I have pulled together a list of what I believe is the launch figures for most major consoles for the past 10 years.

PS2: 630,552
GBA: 611,504
NDS: 441,485
Wii: 371,936
3DS: 371,326
PSV: 321,407
WiiU: 308,570
PSP: 166,074
WSC: 145,975
NGC: 133,719
Xbx: 123,929
WS: 102,655
DC: 101,490
PS3: 88,443
360: 62,135
NGP: 21,471

Posted:A year ago

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