Original Wii outsells Wii U from April through September

Nintendo says it sold only 460,000 Wii U systems worldwide from April through September 2013. The original Wii bested it with 470,000 despite its sales shrinking to just more than a third of those reported in the same period last year.

Nintendo revealed the figure, which averages out to about 77,000 systems per month, in its most recent financial statement. Nintendo looks to reverse the system's fate this holiday season with a completely new retail presence: two $300 Deluxe bundles bearing Mario and Zelda games and a $300 Skylanders Swap Force Basic system on shelves or coming soon.

Nintendo 3DS, on the other hand, is doing just fine. Nintendo said its portable system moved 3.9 million units from April through September. Its biggest software release was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which sold more than 2 million units after it hit North America and Europe in June. These figures don't include Pokemon X and Y, which shipped in October.

The company managed a profit of ¥600 million ($6 million) over the six month period, an improvement from its ¥28 billion loss ($285 million) over the same research-and-development-heavy period of 2012.


  • aaron-smith - October 30, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I love the Wii U. It's my favorite and most played console. It's disappointing to see it struggle so much in the consumer market, but it's not entirely Nintendo's fault. Third parties who made games for the console simply made them. Did nothing to promote them in anyway. No ads no nothing. And in most cases gave the Wii U version less content. I believe the console will rebound.
  • Talvari - October 30, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Intrigued to see what the holiday seasons bring for the console. Not great sales but considering it sold around 160k for Q1 2013, could be worse!

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