The NPD Group released their report on Thursday for viewing consumption. It was mostly all about Sony and Microsoft touting how amazing their brand new consoles have sold and laying claim to all kinds of records. However, we must not forget that Nintendo is somewhere there in the mix. The console manufacturer revealed strong sales for the 3DS in the 700,000s, but declined to reveal Wii U sales merely stating that sales for the platform increased 340%. However, we might have found out how many units it actually did sell.
A source close to the NPD Group has told IGN that Wii U sold only 220,700 units during November in the U.S. Obviously we won’t know if this is the true number unless the NPD Group or Nintendo comes out and confirms it, but this is close to analysts’ predictions.
If true, the Wii U would have suffered over a 50% decline in sales from November 2012 when it launched. Hardware sales in November generally soar thanks to Black Friday and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. With Ps4 selling over 1 million units and the Xbox One selling 900,000 I think we can officially label this a disaster for Nintendo’s struggling platform. New Super Mario 3D World, the Wii U’s premiere holiday exclusive title failed to be amongst the best-selling games of the month.
Currently Nintendo is still aiming to sell 9 million Wii Us by the end of the fiscal year (March 31, 2014), but that would mean they’d have to sell 2 million consoles every month. An impossible figure for a console that was once again beaten by the PS3 and Xbox 360 even with the PS4 and Xbox One being available.