Wii U Sales Still Struggling
December 20th, Nintendo announced the sales of their Wii U console had rocketed by 340% in the United States last month after they introduced a price drop to $299. The release of several new games including the critically adored Super Mario 3D World and HD remake of The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker further boosted sales, however not all is as it seems.
The Wii U has “really struggled”, according to David Cole of DFC Intelligence. Global sales of the Wii U hit 3.91 million in September, meanwhile the original Wii had reached 13 million in the same span. Cole announced that by the end of November, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One had surpassed the Wii U’s 2013 sales despite its nearly-a-year-long lead.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said, “A number of key games we hoped to launch very early in the system’s life were delayed and launched later…We’re seeing the positive impact now.”
DFC’s forecast estimates the Wii U’s sales will reach only a quarter of the Wii’s. Nintendo has yet to release official numbers, but Fils-Aime said their holiday sales had been “very strong.”