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The Wii U is a video game console made by Nintendo that competes in the eighth generation of video game consoles with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. It is the successor to the Wii. The Wii U's sales have so far been tracking far below Nintendo's original sales forecasts, but with Mario Kart 8's release sales have started to pick up. Some of the best selling games for the Wii U include New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Super Mario 3D World, Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo stopped shipping Wii U units at the start of 2017. 


Wii U sales figures

Wii U Shipment figures (based on official financial reports)
Date Americas sales Japan sales Other sales Quarterly sales Total sales Source
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2012) 1.32M 0.83M 0.90M 3.06M 3.06M [3]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2013) 0.20 0.09 0.11 0.39 3.45 [4]
2013 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2013)
1.52 0.92 1.01 3.45m 3.45m
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2013) 0.06 0.09 0.01 0.16 3.61
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2013) 0.17 0.14 -0.01 0.30 3.91
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2013) 0.86 0.60 0.48 1.95 5.86
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2014) 0.2999 0.06 0.07 0.31 6.17
2014 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2014)
1.29 0.89 0.55 2.72m 6.17m
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2014) 0.27 0.06 0.17 0.51 6.68
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2014) 0.35 0.10 0.15 0.61 7.29 [5]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2014) 1.02 0.33 0.58 1.91 9.20 [6]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2015) 0.21 0.04 0.34 0.59 9.54 [7]
2015 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2015)
1.85 0.53 1.00 3.38m 9.54m
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2015) 0.19 0.15 0.13 0.47 10.01 [8]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2015) 0.36 0.18 0.19 0.72 10.73 [9]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2015) 0.90 0.42 0.55 1.87 12.60 [10]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2016) 0.09 0.05 0.04 0.20 12.80 [11]
2016 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2016)
1.54 0.80 0.91 3.26m 12.80m
Quarter 1 (ending June 30, 2016) 0.09 0.07 0.05 0.22 13.02 [12]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2016) 0.12 0.09 0.12 0.34 13.36 [13]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2016) 0.07 0.04 0.08 0.20 13.56 [14]
Totals (ending Dec 31, 2016) 6.49 3.34 3.73 - 13.56m -

Best-selling Wii U Video Games Worldwide

These are the highest selling Wii U games as of March 31, 2020 with more than 1 million units sold. The top ten are sourced directly from this source[15]

  1. Mario Kart 8 - 8.45 million units
  2. Super Mario 3D World - 5.86 million units
  3. New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.81 million units
  4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 5.38 million units
  5. Nintendo Land - 5.20 million units
  6. Splatoon - 4.95 million units
  7. Super Mario Maker - 4.02 million units
  8. New Super Luigi U - 3.06 million units
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD - 2.33 million units
  10. Mario Party 10 - 2.25 million units
  11. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - 2.01 million units[16] (December 2017)
  12. Wii Party U - 1.78 million units[16] (December 2019)
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 1.69 million units[16] (December 2019)
  14. Yoshi's Woolly World - 1.56 million units[16] (December 2019)
  15. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - 1.36 million units[16] (December 2019)
  16. Pikmin 3 - 1.27 million[16] (December 2019)
  17. Lego City Undercover - 1.15 million [16] (December 2019)
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - 1.13 million [16] (December 2019)
  19. Pokken Tournament - 1.00+ million units[17] (August 2016)
  20. Hyrule Warriors - 1.00+ million units[18] (January 2015)

A total of 103.27 million units of software has been sold as of September 30, 2020.

Wii U sales figures tidbits

  • United States:
    • 1 week: 400,000 units sold [19]
    • December 31, 2012 (48 days): 890,000 units sold [20]
    • As of the end of July 2014, only 2 titles exceeded 1 million in this region: New Super Mario Bros. U (1.69 million) and Mario Kart 8
  • UK:
    • 48 hours: 40,000 units sold [21]
    • November 2013: 150,000 sold [22]
  • France
    • January 2013: 120,000 sold
    • January 2014: 300,000+ sold, 178,000 sold in 2013 alone [23]
    • May 2014: 340,000 units sold [24]
    • November 2014: 450,000 units sold[25]
    • Mid-December 2014: 490,000 sold[26]
    • June 2015: 590,000 sold [27]
    • January 2016: 742,000 sold [28]
    • February 2017: 832,000 sold[29]
  • Germany
    • August 2014: 350,000 units sold [30]
    • January 2016: 690,000 sold [31]
  • Spain
    • January 2014: 80,000
  • Portugal
    • December 2017: ~20,000 [32]
  • Japan:
    • 48 hours: 308,570 units sold [33]
    • July 21, 2013 (33 weeks): 1 million units sold [34]
    • November 30th, 2014 (104 weeks): 2 million units sold [35]
    • January 3rd, 2016: 3 million units sold [36]

References

  1. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/hard_soft/index.html
  2. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/wiiu.html
  3. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130130e.pdf
  4. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130424e.pdf
  5. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/141029e.pdf
  6. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150128e.pdf
  7. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150507e.pdf
  8. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150729e.pdf
  9. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/151028e.pdf
  10. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160202e.pdf
  11. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160427e.pdf
  12. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160727e.pdf
  13. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/161026e.pdf
  14. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/170131e.pdf
  15. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/wiiu.html
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 https://www.resetera.com/threads/nintendo-software-and-hardware-sales-data-from-1983-to-present.2725/
  17. http://bandainamcoent.co.jp/corporate/press/release/62/pdf/20160818-1.pdf
  18. http://www.famitsu.com/news/201501/27070268.html
  19. http://www.cnet.com/news/nintendo-400k-wii-u-units-sold-1-2m-devices-total/
  20. http://archive.news10.net/entertainment/gameguys/article/224725/99/Wii-U-sales-surpass-Wiis-through-first-six-weeks/
  21. http://www.vg247.com/2012/12/03/wii-u-40000-consoles-sold-over-uk-launch-weekend-report/
  22. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-12-02-playstation-4-uk-launch-sales-are-over-250k
  23. http://www.challenges.fr/high-tech/20140116.CHA9317/pourquoi-nintendo-pense-faire-mieux-que-sony-et-microsoft.html
  24. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2014/05/22/01007-20140522ARTFIG00230-mario-kart-8-va-relancer-les-ventes-de-la-wii-u.php
  25. http://www.challenges.fr/high-tech/20141203.CHA1061/jeux-video-pourquoi-la-wii-u-de-nintendo-est-loin-d-etre-morte-et-enterree.html
  26. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2014/12/18/01007-20141218ARTFIG00011-la-wii-u-de-nintendo-va-passer-la-barre-du-demi-million-de-ventes-en-france.php
  27. https://twitter.com/oscarlemaire/status/611527248278069248
  28. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2016/01/21/32001-20160121ARTFIG00271-la-playstation-4-a-ete-la-console-la-plus-vendue-en-france-en-2015.php
  29. http://www.gameblog.fr/news/66340-ps4-xbox-one-wii-u-3ds-ps-vita-voici-tous-les-chiffres-franc
  30. http://jpgames.de/2014/08/wii-u-ps4-und-xbo-verkaufszahlen-aus-deutschland/
  31. http://www.boerse-online.de/nachrichten/aktien/Sony-baut-mit-PS4-Vorsprung-gegenueber-Xbox-One-in-Deutschland-aus-EA-bei-Spielen-Nummer-1-1001006014
  32. http://www.meusjogos.pt/2018/01/nintendo-switch-ultrapassa-vendas-da.html?m=1
  33. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.famitsu.com/news/201212/11025760.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dwww.famitsu.com/news/201212/11025760.html%26rlz%3D1C1GGGE_enUS460US461%26es_sm%3D93
  34. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=633011
  35. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=944278
  36. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1166825
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