Wii U has stronger first six weeks than Wii

Wii U hardware pulls in $30 million more in revenue after 41 days

In just 41 days, Nintendo's Wii U has sold more than $300 million in revenue in the United States, up from the $270 million take the Wii brought in during the same time period. Those numbers come from the NPD Group, showing that the Wii U has sold nearly 890,000 units in the U.S, with 460,000 units sold in December. It's worth noting that the Wii U Basic retails for $299.99, higher than the Wii's launch price of $249.99.

"While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation," said Nintendo of America executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt. "The demand for the Deluxe SKU, which was essentially sold out at retail this holiday, and the strong attach rate of New Super Mario Bros. U, shows that we have the value and the games to drive momentum in 2013. We look forward to offering great new experiences and bringing smiles to millions of new faces throughout the year."

New Super Mario Bros U is the system's clear winner, with 580,000 units sold to date.

The Wii - which recently had a price drop - sold more than its successor with 475,000 units sold in December. The system has sold 40.8 million units in its lifetime. The Nintendo 3DS is riding high for the company, with more than 1.25 million sold last month. With 7.7 million lifetime unit sales, the 3DS also outpaces the sales rate of its predecessor, the Nintendo DS.

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Daniel Chenoweth Freelance Editor, Reviewer, Writer 9 years ago
Wouldn't that revenue figure actually work out slightly weaker than Wii's 2006 figure when adjusted for inflation? Still, surprisingly strong start for the U given all the analyst gloom.
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Inflation is a funny thing. The irony in the electronics industry is that everything is still becoming cheaper over time (thanks tech advances) - rather than things like food, property which are increasing due to inflation. So for Nintendo to launch a more expensive console, 6 years after the Wii - and do ok - is actually a pretty good story.

However, revenue is only half (and the less important half) of the story. How much did the Wii cost to manufacture & launch, compared to the WiiU? We'll have some idea when their financials come out.
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Gregore Candalez Journalist and Account Manager, FD Com.9 years ago
it's worth noting that Wii was an unknown pioneer back then and that the Wii U could only accomplish so much because the way had already been paved. I'm not sure whether it's good news or not, because the Wii U is a current-generation hardware launched at the precise end of the current generation of videogames. It offered, so far, very few original games and has been relaunching 2-year-old games with different mechanics.

In my opinion, Nintendo could have waited and launched a better system alongside its competitors, because when the New Xbox and PS4 hit the shelves, people will not want to buy an outdated system.
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The need to link Wii-U with the original Wii is a telling admission that Nintendo may have set the bar too high for their new console?
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Wesley Williams Quality Assurance 9 years ago
Still doomed.
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Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl9 years ago
I think this is amazing. I still don't know anyone who has bought one but clearly my anecdotal evidence is way off. Good luck Ninty.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd9 years ago
@ George I think it's pretty amazing that after the entire history of gaming showing that power has never, ever, sold a console, people still say things like "people will not want to buy an outdated system."

Cause, you know, that totally stopped the PS1, PS2, DS, Wii, and 3DS from being successful. It's also why no one plays anything but PC. /sarcasm.
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Christophe Danguien games developer 9 years ago
I'm gonna go with Nicholas on this one ;-)
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