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Wii U sells 40,000 units in April in North America

The Wii U sells just 40,000 units in April, but things don't look that bad.

Wii U sales numbers aren’t looking any better month to month. According to NPD sales data, the Wii U sold just 40,000 units in April, which was once again outsold by the original Wii, which old just over 40k units. The PS3 and Xbox 360 on the other hand, sold over 100,0000 units each.

Wii U consolesSo far the Wii U has sold 3.5 million units worldwide, which doesn’t sound like a lot for a games console. However, when those numbers are compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during the same period in their life cycle, it doesn’t look as bad.

During the same period in their first 6 months, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 both sold under 3 million units. This doesn’t change the fact that Wii U sales are still below what Nintendo estimated (they wanted 5.5 million units in the first 6 months).

It also doesn’t change the fact that big third parties like EA have all but abandoned the system. Nintendo hasn’t been advertising and promoting the Wii U in any meaningful capacity since launch back in November, and first party titles have been limited.

When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch this Fall, the Wii U will have some advantages. For one, the console should get a price cut and easily be the cheapest of the three next gen systems. Secondly, the Wii U would have been on the market for a year, with several large system updates. Thirdly, we expect several high profile first party titles from Nintendo this Fall, such as Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart U, and perhaps even a new 3D Mario game.

We’ll have to see how things go. And while the current sales numbers are disappointing, keep in mind that the current best selling PS3 and Xbox 360 didn’t do any better during their fist 6 months on the market.

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  • HSN1

    I think that the WiiU will be fine if good 1st party games are going to be released before next year. The Xbone isn’t too much of a problem unless Microsoft unveils a lot of mega-awesome exclusive titles at E3. The PS4, on the other hand, is shaping up to be a great console, and while it’s a good thing for the consumers, it will be a great competitor to the WiiU, and the main advantage the WiiU will have on it will be a lower price.

    • BuckStud

      …and Nintendo exclusives…they are what sell Nintendo consoles.

      • Seth

        And the Gamepad. It’s a whole new experience.

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      Hopefully, the second-party and few decent third-party titles will help, too. Of course, we’re all waiting for Super Smash Bros., the new Zelda, and Pikmin 3, but hopefully, we’ll see some better developer support, now that they might see how the Wii U might stand a better chance taking second place in consoles. But thankfully, we have a few titles to which to look forward seeing.

      There’s the “Xenoblade 2″ is coming out, which is a sequel of Xenoblade Chronicles, which was heralded as one of the best RPGs in the past decade. Ubisoft is putting Watch_Dogs on the Wii U as well as other platforms, but the Wii U version might just be the version to look out for, with the GamePad matching well for the game’s machine-hacking mechanics.

      Retro Studios is working on something, which is always exciting. Intelligent Systems has that crossover Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem game. Sega’s giving Wii U that new Sonic Lost World game, which may turn out good–if it’d turn out like another hit like Sonic Adventure, that’d be nice.

      Platinum Games is double-billing the Wii U with The Wonderful 101 as well as the only revival of the Bayonetta franchise, which Nintendo bought from Sega’s trashbin. And there’s still that Mistwalker game that was long announced but has been quiet ever since–they might show up out of the Blue Dragon…um, I mean, blue. And I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Capcom ports Monster Hunter 4 over to Wii U.

      If the Wii U can hold on until better games arrive, it’ll do fine to merit a second-place spot in the Gen-8 consoles. Microsoft…yeah, it’s like they’re doing everything they can to tick off their console gamers and come in dead last.

  • steinhauershawn

    The 3DS also did terrible at the start but doing better now it more games and Apps for the OS.

  • kenny Johnson

    I suspect that a price cut will help move Wii Us. I know a few people who are interested but aren’t willing to shell out $300-350. Even I think its too expensive, but treated the family with our tax refund as a late Christmas present.

    A price cut + 3D Mario, Zelda WW HD, Mario Kart, etc. + new advertising should definitely turn things around for Nintendo.

    • jay

      It’s not about the price it’s consumer awareness.

      You can price the Wii U at $50, but if no one knows it exists, no one will buy it.

      • kenny Johnson

        Awareness is certainly a part of the problem (it was part of my equation), but price IS a factor for some. If I wasn’t in the position of having some extra cash (tax refund), I wouldn’t have shelled out $350 for it. But awareness isn’t everything either. Many probably aren’t willing to shell out money when they know it exists because there’s no games for it. When i go to Gamestop and the Wii U section has 12 titles, some of which are old ports and some that just plain crap, I’m not going to buy it even if I know about it. I pretty much bought the Wii U for Nintendoland + Skylanders (which is multi-console) + “future investment”.

        Skylanders (we had no other console) was worth the investment alone. My son is addicted.

        • GreenMarine

          Mine too…I now hate that game because of the toy$, and I don’t know what I was thinking when I promised my son Disney Infinity!

          • Andreas Sunde

            You should have promised him Pokemon Rumble instead.

          • GreenMarine

            :)

    • DragonSilths

      If people can get an $800 PS4 or a $600 Xbox One they sure as hell can get a Wii U. The Wii U Deluxe is cheaper then the PS4 and Xbox 360 when they launched and yet its better then those systems. The price is perfectly fine.

      • kenny Johnson

        They’re not the same people.

  • Billy_Perry

    A price cut won’t help the Wii U.
    This is pretty much a fact, in the UK retailers have been dropping the price to almost half the original price, but with no rise in demand. This shows that the problem is not price, if it was the price, then you would expect to see demand for the Wii U rise as price falls. Which has not happened.
    I think it is simply awareness of the product, people still, 6 months in, do not know that the Wii U exists.

    • NintendoFanBI

      Hmm… I partially agree, name IS the problem, however bigger problem is lack of GAMES. Mario kart and 3d mario could sell few millions of Wiiu’s

      • Billy_Perry

        Yeah I completely agree, my point was about the price, but yeah they should only advertise the Wii U when it has games. I was just suggesting that a price cut won’t help demand, advertising and games will. :D

      • jay

        What ruined the name a lot was the release of the Udraw.

        But Nintendo NEEDS to let people know it’s different. Just like the new iPad. It’s just called iPad but people know it’s the new version because Apple lets you know.

        • DereX

          People aren’t as stupid as you think… Pokemon, Zelda, and Mario sell Nintendo consoles, but there aren’t any of those games yet…. People know that there is a new console out, they just dont want to buy it because it sucks (they will wait for the games and the price drop)

          • jay

            I didn’t say anyone was stupid.

            You can’t tell a dog to sit and call him stupid for not listening. You have to teach him first.

            You can’t expect people to run for Wii U when no one knows about it.

            Plus one of the most popular IPs of all time is on the system.

            For example:

            New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 28M

            New Super Mario Bros. U sold 3M

            …..Yeah something tells me a lot of people don’t know about the Wii U yet….

            “People know that there is a new console out, they just dont want to buy it because it sucks (they will wait for the games and the price drop)”

            OK. Trolling here with an oxymoron. it sucks/they will wait for the games,

            YOU are wrong unlike most gamers, I frequent the mall and I get a lot of fresh air and let me tell you. MOST gamers don’t even know it exists, get out of your cubicle every now and then.

          • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            I think most gamers know the Wii U exists, seeing how we’re generally the ones who follow gaming news in general.

            Most core gamers know the Wii U exist–to the point that they know they don’t want it, at least not right now. Most gamers know the Wii U exists, if not just to compare it to other more powerful consoles like PS4 alone.

            It’s generally most consumers who don’t know it exists or fail to understand what it is and what it offers. There’s a difference between gamers and consumers.

            Not all gamers are consumers and not all consumers are gamers. Most console sales, particularly during the holidays, are done by non-gamers.

    • ranjeybaby

      ‘UK retailers have been dropping the price to almost half the original price’ where’s that then?

      • Billy_Perry

        Yeah maybe that was a bit extreme, but I know of a couple that have dropped the price by £100. which is near half. :D

    • Silent

      Tell me: Would you like to advertise a product that has no AAA titles so that people who buy it(casuals) give it a bad reputation?

      • Johny

        my thoughts exactly… if nintendo advertised it as like.. the best thing ever (while.. lets be honest… the system doesnt yet have enough good games which would give the average gamer a reason to buy the wii u) it would make nintendo look like retards (like microsoft have)
        i know this sounds like an over-sang song, but i think nintendo will start advertising the system when the games come out… so it’ll be like “we’re proud of this system. now its safe to advertise it, and the consumers will be satisfied… WIN!”

      • Billy_Perry

        No I completely agree, I think Nintendo is doing the exact right thing in the situation, I wouldn’t advertise it, there is nothing to advertise. Nintendo are going to be re-launching the console this coming fall, but that dosent negate my point, that a price cut won’t help the Wii U. And Iwata realises this, I think that is why he has refused to cut the price when asked about it.

        • JumpMan

          makes sense. let the hardcore gamers & Nintendo fans get it when i comes out, then when all the (freaking amazing) games come out, punch the media in the face with them! everyone will be all “WTF?! new Nintendo console?!” and “WTF?! new Mario Kart?!” and all that. and i’ll just be all “YEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!”

        • DragonSilths

          Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is something that can be advertised.

    • jay

      Wii fans don’t even know it exists. Go to any game department and listen to people.

      • NintendoFanBI

        Those people do not read news, gaming portals? Are they from Mars?

        • jay

          MOST people don’t read gaming news. That is why it’s up to Nintendo to advertise and alert people.

          • Potemkin

            That’s what I keep telling fanboys, but they seriously think Nintendo is doing something good with the advertising. :/

          • david jarman

            That’s cause you’re missing the point what “some” of us are saying. Nobody seems to remember this- Awhile back before the console even had pictures of it Reggie stated that they would do a soft launch. Let the system get into a few homes, let a few kinks get worked out while they keep working on the games making them first rate quality and then relaunching the system after e3 for the holidays.
            However, this little comment shows not every gamer catches every gaming news.

          • jay

            Wow thanks for that info.

          • jay

            Fanboys are ignorant. Let them play in their little fanboy world.

          • fireheartis1

            Exactly Nintendo better start advertising like crazy like they said they were going to do right before E3. Even if they just advertise the games people know about like Pikmin 3. It’s really all Nintendo’s fault for not advertising the Wii U properly. I love my Wii U man, but if Nintendo doesn’t get on the ball I’m afraid I’m going to have to buy the PS4 later on as well because 3rd parties will never start developing for Wii U without more units sold, and without advertising the Wii U will still not sell.

        • Clel

          None of the gaming consoles were a success because people read gaming news about it.

          • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            You sure about that? Because I personally knew several people who pre-ordered a PS3 on the first day its pre-orders was available…meaning they knew about it before the pre-orders were available…meaning they read about it somewhere.

        • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          Most of the Wii’s customers were casual gamers and families (parents) who typically don’t follow gaming news closely. They generally were content with the few titles they picked up and generally didn’t follow gaming news. The core Nintendo gamers who follow gaming news closely were somewhat the minority with Wii.

          Also, some people who are more hardcore about gaming just don’t read gaming news in general–only news that pertains interest to them. Some people didn’t bother to read about the Wii U, just assuming it was another Wii.

      • Nintyfan

        PS4 is the only console with a non-misleading name!

        Xbox One is the worst! Lol

        • Nintedward

          I want Kinnect always on,watching me….

          For me , that is the ultimate deal breaker. I don’t want a kinnect in my house. Ever.

          The Worst thing about the Wii (which was a fantastic little console in its own right) was feeling like you could never get away from the Wii mote. Although the Wii mote was often used expertly (Skyward sword , Resi 4 etc) sometimes it just annoyed you (Donkey Kong CR) .

          Mandatory Kinnect means they’re wasting some of the xbox’s power , permanently on something I have no interest in using. Rumored to use a hefty chunk of its overall processing power.

          • Clel

            It’s more than a rumor… I mean, how could it NOT use a hefty chunk of its overall processing power?

            I agree about the Wii. I often would have liked to just take a Gamecube controller and play with that kind of remote.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            It has 8 cores dumbasses. It dont take that much for it on the 360. Do your research.

          • GeekDaddy

            But how man cores would it take to correct your grammar?

          • DeLuxeStreet

            I left my grammar like that just to catch a Geek like you.

          • GeekDaddy

            My handle is GeekDaddy and you are calling me a Geek? ..

            You really got me there Bro, I’m going to need some ice for that burn.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            Good! Now you can get back to your job of teaching grammar instead of paying attention to the subject.

          • Infrared511

            You do your research moron. Next-gen kinect requires more processing power than 360′s. They use more hardware and software that make it both much faster and more accurate. Ps4 specs are almost entirely for gaming. Xb1 splits its power for kinect and media applications, as well as gaming. 2gb of ram is set aside for kinect, which leaves 6 for games……… Before you set another 1-2 gb aside for the three os it uses. Keep your mouth shut when your unfamiliar with facts. Hey, a bushel of apples has 8 cores too. Jackass!!

          • DeLuxeStreet

            They use more hardware?? What are you in the 3rd grade?

            The Xbox One has an APU with eight x86-64 cores, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 68.3 GB/s,[11] a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive,[12] and aBlu-ray Disc optical drive.[10][13][14] THREE GB”S OF RAM will be reserved for APPS AND OS, leaving 5 GB for games.

            You shut yo mouth J-hole your about as bright as one firefly in a bottle. But your exciting like watching two snails have sex. LMFAO!

          • Alex Leb

            I like to copy and paste and scream i understand the concept more! Also, your wiki copy supports what everyone else said.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            Good one kiddo- Your Probably jerking off to Luigi right now. Come at me with something better-

          • CapnCrumbles436

            If you are going to copy and past at least take the footnotes out, so it creates the illusion that you tried XD

          • DeLuxeStreet

            “Quoting” Comments from doing my Research that you Wii Pussy’s Aint doing? Its pretty common!

          • peter griffin

            this comment ( which most is copy and paste ) actually agrees with the people you are arguing against, this was the point you went full retard.

            PS before you change the subject and mention my name , no im not the real peter griffin. i thought i would clarify this before you said something moronic, because it seems EVERY reply makes you look more and more retarded.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            I Wasn’t Thinking that but, Good job calling yourself out “PETER GRIFFIN” ya Fattie (Giving you what you want) Full Retard thats a good one! I can tell you did really well in school with your superb punctuation! I’m done with you twenty something Wii!!! Pusses! I’ve got one word for you which is the little kiddie Wii and PS4 killer- “ILLUMIROOM” Coming 2014 Early 2015. Star Trek is really happening….Nigga you just went Full RETARD! LMFAO! PEACE!

          • http://www.facebook.com/adam.baker.98622733 Adam Baker

            If you think the original Kinect consumes the same amount of power as Kinect 2.0 then your trippin

          • DeLuxeStreet

            I never claimed that the K2 used the same amount of power as K1. I was just getting other people’s facts straight. Read the full post’s.

          • http://www.facebook.com/adam.baker.98622733 Adam Baker

            ”It has 8 cores dumbasses. It dont take that much for it on the 360. Do your research.”

            that was your whole post. If that doesn’t imply that Kinect 2.0 is equivalent to the original Kinect power wise than I don’t know what does.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            All the comments on the page Adam.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            And I appreciate your Questions and Comments Adam. You seem to be the only one on here that has any Common Sense.

          • Richard Yates

            Actually it has a pair of 4 year old four core proccessors bolted together. So it has eight cores but not as such……kinda the same way the atari jaguar was touted as 64bit when it was actually 2x 32bits bolted together! I reckon they will probably utilize 4 of the cores for background stuff more and i cant see them having more than 4 or 5 gig of that memory to play with!

          • Richard Yates

            On a funny note, on every xbox one that sells they have to give sony royalties for using blu-ray!

          • DeLuxeStreet

            You should read before you post stuff that you little cutie nintendo kiddie’s make things up. Prove what you’re saying.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            The Kinect claimed the Guinness World Record of being the “fastest selling consumer electronics device” after selling a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days.[18][19][20] 24 million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped as of January 2012.

          • http://www.facebook.com/adam.baker.98622733 Adam Baker

            source?

          • DeLuxeStreet

            Wired Magazine, C-net, Wikipedia and multipole gamer magazines.

          • bizzy gie

            Plus, unlike the PS4′s 7, devys only have access to 5 gigs of RAM.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            Alex Kipman made a statement that “the new motion control tech now only uses a single-digit percentage of the Xbox 360′s processing power

          • Nintedward

            9% lol

          • DeLuxeStreet

            I don’t know where your getting 9% from but once again you guys don’t know what your talking about.

            However, in November, Alex Kipman made a statement that “the new motion control tech now only uses a single-digit percentage of the Xbox 360′s processing power, down from the previously stated 10 to 15 percent.” LOL!

          • DragonSilths

            Remember 3 Operating Systems. 1 for Kinect 2.0, 1 for XBL, and 1 for the system itself. Kinect 2.0 will take up 1/3 of the systems power.

          • DeLuxeStreet

            HA! I’m Sorry but your a idiot…. There not dedicating a whole operating system to a singe piece of hardware that runs a software program.

          • GeekDaddy

            There is different than they’re.

          • bizzy gie

            Yeah with COD too. However, the Wiimote actually made FPSs challenging.

          • Qwerty Uiopasd

            The Wii U needs better ads. Even though I wasn’t there,

            GET N OR GET OUT!!!!!¡

          • JB

            Man those commercials were awesome! Nintendo needs to grow a set like that again! Watching this made me want to dust off my N64 again!

          • gfdgf

            LMAO it wasn’t used expertly in Skyward Sword. Why do all Nintendo fanboys say that? There were so many problems.

          • CapnCrumbles436

            It also means Microsoft watching you change in your room.

        • http://twitter.com/PaisleyPark2Y2D Peter

          The One in Xbox One stands for One Box that does it all.

          • [000]

            Which contradicts itself because it doesn’t even play Xbox 360 games.

          • Aqua Team

            Finally someone who makes sense lol its like xbox(ALMOST)One

          • DeLuxeStreet

            Not true it will play some 360 titles it has just yet to be seen which ones.

          • DragonSilths

            NO BACKWORDS COMPATABILITY PERIOD.

          • ancientgamer

            ya after you download them and repay for a game you already own

          • Nintedward

            Oh no you ditn’t ! :P

          • [000]

            Yes. Yes I did. And it was worth it.

          • Nintedward

            lol :)

          • Nintyfan

            Xbox One…the first Xbox???

          • tronic307

            Apparently we were beta testing since 2001.

          • Tyler Hodgkin

            Not to forget, one ring of death to rule them all

        • Lev M

          LOL of course they were going to name it ps4 cause lord knows sony has alot of innovation

          • jay

            The saddest part? They stole the name from Nintendo *facepalm*

          • Todd

            No they didn’t, Nintnendo partnered with Sony to make a CD system for the SNES. The project was dubbed the Playstation by Sony, but if it was released Nintendo would have given it a more Nintendocentric name.

            The only facepalm is that Nintendo backed out of the project which then brought Sony into the video game market which in turn has massively hurt Nintendo financially.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Not really a facepalm, as sony suddenly amended the contract to make it so they would own the licenses appearing on this cd attachment – before the final signing.

            Nintendo then partnered with philips to make the cd attachment to screw sony back… which also didn’t pan out and even gave philips a temporary leasse to make zelda and mario games.

          • jay

            BEAT ME.

            People have this fanboy fantasy that Nintendo Play Station would have been all flowers and kisses.

            Sony would have OWNED Nintendo literally!!

          • jay

            The SNES successor was going to be named Nintendo Play Station.

            All Sony did was make “play” and “station” one word.

            You people think I just make shit up?

            Sony began getting greedy and would have DESTROYED Nintendo completely, that’s why Nintendo backed out. Sony wanted to steal the profits and eventually the franchises.

            Why do you think Zelda/Mario were made for the Cdi?

            Because the contracts sucked and Nintendo learned from their mistakes.

            Nintendo did the right thing and took their own company back before it was too late.

          • Shaise Mughal

            sony’s names don’t really have a lot of effort put into them because they just need to add one number.

          • Clel

            It actually transfers their message VERY well. Think about it:

            “We keep it simple: we give you more power, we give you gamer-friendly content, and we keep our names simple”. That’s what they want to communicate, and I think they do it pretty well.

          • Arthur Jarret

            They do, actually. Walkman, co-creating CD, DVD and Blu-ray – dual analog. Nintendo is my favorite console maker & innovator, but sony is certainly no slouch!

            However, sony has always featured brand new media in their consoles, first cd, then dvd, then blu-ray and UMD (which was terrible but still).

            Can they be as succesful this gen – without being one of the first players of a new media type? I actually think this gen will be very good for Nintendo – let’s hope they won’t buckle under all the negative press before this becomes clear

          • Lev M

            they just jump on something when they think it’s going to sell, just like 3D & bluray plus the move to name afew but i want all the consoles to be successful this gen but idk cause non of these consoles are bring anything outstanding or even great

          • DeLuxeStreet

            That was a really dumb comment Lev.The X 1 is very innovative it is the way of the future. Have you ever seen Minority Report? X 1 is even better than the hands free in that movie. One preview and not even a revealing of the PS4 yet? Check your comments before you say something stupid again. Oh and don’t forget about “ILLUMIROOM” Coming 2014 Early 2015. Star Trek is really happening….Nigga you just went Full RETARD! LMFAO! (look at that I just copied and pasted my own comment Wii Beaches!!!!)

          • DeLuxeStreet

            You know what’s funny Arthur Sony use to be the #1 producer of innovative products up until the late 90′s. Since then they haven’t been innovative at anything really. Check the reports- Do some research.They keep losing at everything they do and they will still be #2 in the gaming console market for the next 5-10 years.

        • jay

          Sadly. I wanted Wii2 or WiiHD

          • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

            I think Wii2 would of got the point across!

          • tronic307

            And it would have 1-upped Xbox One.

          • jay

            Yeah i know :(

            It would have been stylized Wii²

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/purepuchi Severus Swerve

            WiiHD wouldn’t work for 2 reasons;
            1) it sounds like an add on to the Wii
            2) 4K is around the corner

          • tronic307

            You know what else wouldn’t work for those reasons? Wii U.

          • jay

            4K is farther than you think. And HD being the biggest complaint.

            It would have been a natural evolution.

            I got thumbed down by the fanboys that wanted “Super Wii” lol

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/purepuchi Severus Swerve

            I find it hard to express your opinion on all of the Daily sites (Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One) as even when you have a valid point, you’re tagged as a troll.

            It’s sad, really as I don’t care what company it is. If they do good, they do good. If they do bad, they do bad. No company is perfect and the fanboys don’t help

          • Volfos

            Its hardly fanboyism to think that would have been a better name. But honestly I really hope Nintendo’s next console uses a new naming convention. Maybe The Nintendo Pure-Soul, or The Nintendo Reality-Heart.

        • cement

          we need a wiiu xl……. lolz

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            What the heck is a WiiU XL?

          • cement

            its a joke bro……. april fools joke 2 be exact

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Ha ha.

          • cement

            coo…….

        • Lethal_Doze

          WHY ARE YOU CONSTANTLY BRINGING UP PS3 AND 360 LAUNCH?????????

          WiiU success is based on fantastic 1st month and then nothing, PS3 and 360 had slower start and following months were steady and way, way better than Wii U

          • Nintyfan

            Lol, the fact that you say I constantly bring up PS3 and 360 launch makes me laugh. I haven’t said a thing about those 2 consoles on this thread.

      • Nintedward

        ”Da heck is that ?”

        • jay

          I’ve heard that before sadly

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        uh yes they do. Wii U just don’t have anything they want to play.

      • Alex Leb

        Its true. I was talking to my brother about it and he thought the new controller was the Wii U. He didn’t even understand there was a new console until i bought it.

    • Sidney Majurie

      Price cut WILL help as long as it’s accompanied by great first party games just like what happened with 3DS. Price cut and Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land. Looks like Ninty is banking on that strategy for Wii U.

      • DragonSilths

        Reggie already confirmed people waiting for a price cut will be waiting QUITE ALONG TIME. Wii went 3 years without one. Wii U wont get a pricecut till 3-4 years in.

    • Fred
    • teknik1200

      we should expect it to be outsold by the others this year. Wait until next year, after the holidays, after more games come out, after there’s actually a shared market space with more consoles.

      When the xboxone and ps4 are outsold by the 360 and ps3 will folks also sound so gloomy?

      It’s a nice little machine, mine gets played lots. I can’t get enough monster hunter and it’s the only game I’ll play between now and fall anyway.

      It’s also senseless to compare it’s power to current gen consoles, they don’t even come close. I know because I have a wii u sitting there next to my 360, and that 360 has hardly been used since last november.

    • HypocritesRROD

      The new XBOX DONE(i mean one) should have a price cut before it even gets released. No backwards compatibility. Have to pay fees for used games. Internet always on. It’s already done before it launched. A price cut won’t help it. No one is gonna buy that broken console. RROD.

    • liamdawe

      I agree, the problem is Nintendo and Retailers, the Wii games are usually lumped together with WiiU games and both consoles sold right next to eachother.

    • Guest

      Maybe some people still don’t know that they cut the price.Also,it could be possible that when Nintendo sends news through eg. e-mails,since there are people who subscribed,sales might rise.

  • plsburydoughboy

    Should be funny to see if Xbox One week yielded significant Wii U sales :)

    • Dan Jacobson
    • Clel

      It did. Following the conference, there was an 875% increase in Wii U sales in the UK.

      • Captain Falcon

        Sorry, but not an 875% increase in Wii U sales, but rather an 875% sales rank increase.
        It went from rank #390 to #40. It jumped 350 spots. 350 is 875% of 40. It’s not an actual 875% sales increase.
        It’s simply misleading numbers.

        • Clel

          Oooh, so that’s why I was seeing 375% in some places and 875% in others.
          Thank you, Captain Falcon.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    Nintendo has to cut the price $100, give us first dayers an ambassador program AND drop at least 3 first party, AAA titles this holiday season!!

    • Dzhim Kristiansen

      You ask WAY too much.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        lol…i bet theyll do it…just wait and see

    • Clel

      You don’t seem to realize that in the UK, despite them having cut the price by almost half, has not increased anyone’s desire to buy a Wii U.

      • kenny Johnson

        The UK is not the US. But I agree that a price cut alone won’t do it. You need a price cut, plus new AAA titles, plus advertising.

        • Clel

          I still don’t think it NEEDS a price cut. Especially considering that the Xbox One and the PS4 will very likely be more expensive. I strongly believe that it needs two things:
          1. Massive advertising (can’t watch a Youtube video without seeing a Wii U ad)
          2. The first-party titles (that’ll come in the second half of 2013)

          But only time will tell.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    That was before the Xbox One reveal. Sorry I just couldn’t resist and had to throw it up one more time.

    Lot’s of stuff going on on the internet between Sony and Nintendo Fanboys everywhere (mostly positive) and both Sony’s and Nintendo’s stock rose significantly after the reveal of Xbox One…

    • Cameron

      I’m sure May’s sales results will be much better because of it. Last month the console’s future was looking bad, but after the Xbox unveil the PS vs Xbox debate turned into Nintendo vs Sony debate, which gives me the feeling the next gen console fight will be between Wii U and PS4.

      • jay

        I don’t see how Sony’s conference was so much better.

        They didn’t show any more games than ms. And the tech demos sony showed I had already seen last year. Proof? Look them up on youtube and check the “Upload Date”.

      • Wade Nixon

        Thats pretty ignorant considering Xbox will be show casing the actual games at E3, so you dont even know what’s really in store. To rule out a console MONTHS before it’s released is ridiculous yet Wii U supporters, 7 months into the actual consoles life armed with an array of games but still getting terrible sales are saying “it’s still too late to call it a flop”.

        Are you actually serious?

        • Cameron

          Well apparently I’m not alone, the sales spike leads to one conclusion: people aren’t interested in the competition. I never said I hate the new xbox, but it’s emphasis on TV and Kinect that they showed me, plus the install only and always online part make it seem really unappealing.

        • Cameron

          Not to mention, as the article clearly states above, all consoles have a slow start. ever since the NES many consoles sell terribly for the first year then pick up speed. The Wii U wasn’t selling well because of a combination of a poor launch and that “real” gamers were waiting for the “real” next gen to start, but after the overwhelmingly bad unveil they gave the Xbox people started to look at the Wii U over it.

        • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

          Well first year on any console is crap whether it’s WiiU, PS4 or XBox One. It’ll take a year atleast after that year I think it’s fair to say it failed or not. None of the unveils of the new consoles have been impressive N showed only the gamepad, Sony only the controller and Microsoft all about tv…

          Truth for me is of the 3 consoles MS’s seems to be the least interesting. We know great games are on the way for WiiU, we know PS4 has a HUGE 3rd party support, just check the ps4 daily site. MS has shown nothing except some pre rendered COD video.

          At E3 ms will show the games or so they say seeing is believing, still MS has said they have a classic to show at e3 and it’s developed by RareWare so we’ll wait and see, but that same ms also claimed they have a huge thing going for e3 which is for or with the Xbox 360. No clue what that is about, but why refer to Xbox360 and e3 while they stated after the reveal they said it’s backwards to use/implement backwards compatibility on the one as they stated almost noone plays games from a previous console on the new console.

          Then why having something in the works for xbox360 at e3? Unless ms wants to use damage control, either that or they know the one has failed already… Some even state they used a fake applause on the reveal…
          Honestly I don’t know but I am curious what the 3 bring at e3 or through the direct(s). I just had pun intended on my first comment in this article about the One. I have no hate towards MS, Sony or N, but it sounded funny. I really want to see what MS brings on E3, but that goes for Sony and PS4 as well, and I want to see what N has on their directs.

          Still for now I say again my next gen house for now at least will be WiiU and PS4.

  • Johny

    xbox and ps3 selling 100,0000 each? aside from “punctuating” the numerals in a weird manner (usually we write it “1,000,000″),.. thats pretty impressive :D

    • david jarman

      Where did you get a million from? 100,000 each would be 200,000 combined.
      The article is referring to monthly sales in April. Xbox only sold 130,000 in April.

      • Johny

        sorry… i guess you didnt see through my sarcasm..
        if you look at the article again, you’ll see that when its written the sales for ps3 and 360, its written 100,0000 instead of 100,000. just a typo lol

        • david jarman

          Oh, lol! I’m retarded. Good catch! I’ve been staring at it my eyes didnt catch that.

  • Zimbo

    The problem is not the price it is the games.
    The 3ds had a huge price cut and sales only went up for a few weeks then went back down again,sales only went through the roof for the 3ds when Mario,Mario Kart and Monster Hunter arrived.
    The same will happen to the Wii U,once new Mario, Mario Kart,new Zelda,Wind Waker,Smash Bros, Pokemon, Pikmin 3,bayonetta 2 and the new Retro title arrive sales will go balistic!!!

  • david jarman

    People are aware of the wii u console. Most people are not early adopters and know that console go through several phases and changes. Most people wait until the bugs are worked out. Especially, with the track records of Xbox ring of death, ps3 not outputting in HD and wii not having wii remote plus. Plus, the majority of people usually wait to see what all the consoles offer and the games. Of course anybody with half a brain will remember that most launch titles are usually mediocre especially since ps2. However, I have to say gamecube was pretty decent at launch. The ps3(with the exception of resistance), Xbox 360 and even the wii were short of great games until 1 year after their launches. I think the wii u is a success for a console that has had little advertising and companies trying to defame it. Plus, the launch games were pretty decent compare to other launches. I think at the end if this year we’ll see mass increase in sales, much like how the 3ds did.
    That’s my 2 cents.

    • oontz

      When, in the history of earth did the ps3 not output hd??

      • david jarman

        Ps3 first launch it was downscaling 720p down to 480p and was not true hd and then they had issues with the hdmi no working.
        I meant to write not out putting through hdmi.

    • Quicksilver88

      I have to agree…buy almost everything at launch because I am am an enthusiast but I tell most other don’t bother buying an new system for about 18 months after it is out because this is when the library of titles is big enough to justify….3DS was terrible with no eShop for months……Vita had one good game Drake which I finished in a week and then played nothing but psp game on it until psx support came out..finally this spring more good stuff especially psn titles have livned it up. Ps2 was terrible at launch. When you conside WiiU had good versions of AC3, ME3, NBA2K13, CODBO2, batmanAC, as well as NsMBU the launch titles were actually darn good. Nintendo should have had something prertty to show off the grafx like waverace on GC but honestly by the 18 month point this system is going to have a lot of good titles while the other 2 are at their end of launch window drought.

  • Clel

    What the heck, Kinsley? This is no news. We’ve known this for a while now. And also, why do you have to be so damn negative? Yesterday we find out that Wii U sales jumped to 875% on Amazon UK, and OF COURSE you just have to make a negative article about how the Wii U sold badly the previous month, even though we already knew this for almost three weeks.

    • jay

      I’m interested to see next months sales after the Xbox One reveal.

    • Wade Nixon

      But also remember, 875% does sound like a stupidly incredible number but if sales on Amazon UK were only say 100 a month then the new number is 875 a month. A damn good increase but a low sales number doesn’t multiply well. It’s not hard to get such a dramatic statistic increase when sales are so poor. Say I sell one apple today, tomorrow I sell 10. Holy damn, thats a 1000% increase in sales!

      Not flinging hate here but really, thats how it’s looking…

      • Clel

        I know, but it’s still a big increase and shows that it’s picking up speed. That stuff doesn’t just happen for no reason.
        But of course, I get what you’re saying.

      • jay

        But remember. Wii U is selling a lot more than the media would like you to believe.

        This increase (ESPECIALLY from the UK) has ms shitting their panties right about now.

  • Zimbo

    The only thing that baffles me about Nintendo and the Wii U is why did they not do what they did with the Wii and release each console with a free copy of a new updated Wii sports game bundled in?
    That was one of the main reasons why the Wii flew off shelves as it came with a free game, if Nintendo had done that with the Wii U then they easily would have reached their 5.5 million target.

    • jay

      All they had to do was package “Wii Sports HD”
      And they would have sold tons. The white color should have also been a Deluxe with Wii Sports HD and the black Deluxe with Nintendo Land…

    • kenny Johnson

      Because NintendoLand IS their Wii Sports… or so they thought.

  • jay

    Most people that would buy it. Don’t know it exists. FACT.

    Here’s 2 conversations I’ve overheard:

    [At Wal Mart about 1 month ago]

    Male: This is the Wii U

    Female: What’s the Wii U?

    Male: It’s Nintendos new console.

    Female: But the Wii just happened!

    Male: See this is the controller. I guess the mail feature is you can play the game off-screen.

    *They walk up to the demo that coincidently has been disconnected from the TV*

    Female: So that’s it?

    Male: Yeah.

    CONVERSATION 2

    [At a local game trading store about 1 day later]

    Male 1: Where are the Wii games at?

    Male 2: They’re right over there.

    *Male 1 notices NintendoLand and gets excited*

    Male 1: DUDE! I don’t know what that is but it has Mii’s. One guy dressed as Link and another dressed like Samus. Dude I goth get this for my Wii!!

    He was a HUGE Nintendo fan and didn’t know the Wii U existed.

    And let me end it with this, it’s quite sad. Michelle Obama a VERY big Wii fan:

    • Mario

      ;(

      • jay

        sad shit I know. Especially considering that half the Wii U kiosks are not even connected to the HDTV they came with. Pathetic.

      • Sonic the Hedgehog

        Sorry you have to see this buddy, but let’s all give it time…
        ‘CAUSE MY GAMES, ARE COMING!

    • JB

      That’s pretty bad… Honestly, if I didn’t follow gaming as closely as I do, I wouldn’t have known about the Wii U. Hopefully this perception is fixed with a major, and I mean MAJOR marketing blitz following E3!

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      Sadly you are right as I have heard similar conversations and seen people return Wii U games saying they do not work only to find out that they only have the original Wii

      • jay

        OMG that’s like worse than my experiences. kinda funny tho… and sad….

        • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

          I feel like crying. :C

    • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

      Hmmm, shouldn’t the first lady(especially Mrs. Obama, if you know what I mean ;) ) know the newest thing?

      • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

        She probably thinks the XBOX One is the first XBOX and doesn’t know it’s new.

  • Kamon

    Nintendo needs to advertise.

    • discuss

      There are no games to advertise.

      • jay

        New Super Mario Wii is one of the highest selling games in HISTORY.

        ADVERTISE THE NEW ONE NINTENDO!

        • discuss

          Is it? I think it’s the wrong game to advertise the Wii U with because it looks identical to the Wii version.

      • Kamon

        Very true. But there’s still a confusing console that hasn’t been fully explained to the public.

  • Leorio

    I still find it hard to believe three and a half million units sold is “not a lot” but I guess you really do have to look at the big picture lol

    Anyway, I feel Nintendo will do better as time goes on. They need more UNIQUE games that only the Wii U will or can have. That means JRPG’s like crazy along with their first party games. I think it can be a huge damn success in the west with things like that.. but only if they put their foot down and realize they can’t just wait for 3rd parties to help them.

    • 150Db

      Yes to more JRPGS!

  • DemonRoach

    So far this $500 box has done nothing for me. I could of got a ps3 and xbox2 for the same price with lots of games.

    • david jarman

      Then why didn’t you?
      If you paid $500 for the console you’re retarded. If you purchased a bundle for $500 then you’re just being retarded.
      By the way it took 7 years for those consoles to have all those games. Where will they be 7 years from now?

      • DemonRoach

        probably better off than the trash u.

        • david jarman

          No, probably buried next to the Xbox one.

        • david jarman

          I see my comment has been completely removed so I’ll post it again.

          In answer to your last remark.
          No, they will be buried next to Xbox one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

          faggot

  • david jarman

    There goes the trolls down voting anyone with a rational thought or positive comment.

    • Clel

      *downvotes*

      juuuust kidding

      • david jarman

        LOL!

  • DeedsGaming .

    Nintendo really need to step up and address there FATAL issue of misadvertisement. Wii lovers, families and hardcore gamers alike have no idea that the Wii U is a seperate console. Heck, some even think you put games into the gamepad itself.

    Nintendo, you need to make a hyped up video advertisement with some sort of announcement that clearly explains the wii u, not another family interview advert, we tend to look past those now.

    Also, the fact that the U drawing tablet for the Wii was introduced just before the Wii U is so confusing, really bad marketing there Ninty

    • Guest No. 3

      People will learn about the Wii U gradually over time while buying games for other systems (Wii). In fact, I’d say Wii is probably the greatest advertisement for Wii U of all.

  • SuperSmashMan2

    The reason why Nintendo didn’t advertise this so much is because they where hoping for third-parties to advertise it for them and say it was superior to the other games available to those consoles, so Nintendo’s Wii U would look better than the competition.

    • david jarman

      Which criterion and those that did work on the console did do. However, their voices were drowned out by EA’s defamation.

      • SuperSmashMan2

        All the trolls voted me down like the dicks they are,

        • david jarman

          They only down vote cause they have nothing rational to say. I upvoted you cause you make a good point.

          • SuperSmashMan2

            thank you

  • Danny

    A price cut would be great but i don’t think it would really help (at least not right now) A new marketing strategy that can alert people who either are waiting to hear more news about the Wii U and people who actually don’t know what the system is or even exists. E3 should make things turn around because of the first party titles going to be shown then from the direct but also the fact that Nintendo has a partnership with Best buys to have the game demos playable in every store around the nation which is a really smart move on their part since it can get people’s attention to the console and know it much more in order to purchase. I’m in another country though so that partnership isn’t going to affect us here but maybe they have something up their sleeves for their international fan base too so yeah it’s a matter of seeing what they do.

  • Cameron

    Honestly, these numbers mean nothing to me. I already knew sales were terrible last month, and I knew this article was coming. What I really care about is how the Xbox unveil affected this months sales. Plus I’m not alone on wanting that knowledge, as aside from maybe IGN, the comments I’ve seen on articles reporting the same numbers are saying they want to know global sales for this month.

  • Sam Muir

    It will be really interesting to see the sales figures of May after the embarrassing CableBox One reveal. Nintendo have also just recently started TV advertising Wii U again over here in the UK, and they heavy big-hitters coming very soon. The Wii U is just getting started all over again, and everything will be fine :-)

  • uPadWatcher

    It’s getting there…. slightly. Next 2 seasons, the Wii U will sell more units.

    • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

      Or no units when it’s discontinued!

      • david jarman

        You make me laugh.

        • D.M.T

          Stop replying to him dude. Every time we reply to him, his ego gets bigger and bigger. We have replied to him so much that his ego is out of control. Stop replying to him a little bit and he will feel lonely and ignored.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            I guess YOU need an ego boost. How about YOU don’t reply to me and mind your business? You are mad because people don’t pay attention to you are your whining.

          • SuperSmashMan2

            You know, you really make me sick, you’re trolling but why? Why bother? Don’t you have anything else to do, your name is Knowledgeiswhatsup yet you say things that an angry troll with 5th grade education would say, why are you even here?

            I know why, because you have nothing, you have nothing to do but go and bitch and anger people.

            Don’t you understand that no one here likes you, that no one wants your opinion because you’re a biased asshole.

            I’ve never met anybody who is supposedly a man with ‘knowledge’ yet you keep making remarks and being a dick to people who are obviously fans of Nintendo and will defend the Wii U against you.

            It’s so ironic to see you say something about ‘ego boosting’ because your ego is bigger than the fucking planet.

            Here’s a word of advice, go back to Encyclopedia Dramatica were you belong.

          • Guest

            Let it go Super. Knowledge is a very unhappy individual who tries to bring people down to his level. Educated people aren’t as fickle as he is; his constant trolling and hate proves that he’s an uneducated person.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            They just don’t know how to control their emotions, are young or just paid by Nintendo for social media hype. You can tell by they way a lot of them write. If I were a Nintendo fan and I came across what I wrote, I would just explain why it should not be discontinued or admit that it could be possible, and if so, Nintendo will get it right the next time. I would not get upset because at the end of the day, Nintendo is not paying me – unless they are.

          • Veries Seals

            But you are a Nintendo fan, thats way you are here. Inside that brain of yours is a True Nintendo fan waiting to get out!. I told you before, I think you are just waiting for Nintendo to give you a reason to take your money. I feel you bro. Now I do feel like there are currently titles out there now that you would love, but you ail have to take a risk and invest and try them. But to each their own. Perhaps you will come over to the dark side before the end of the year. Keep in mind there are a lot of Nintendo fans that own multi-plats. SO we enjoy other consoles and well but we also know that we are true Nintendo fans. Now if Nintendo would like to send us a check, I certainly would not argue with them, but I am sure most of us here are not Nintendo employees. I wish I was to be honest.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Yeah – I am waiting for Nintendo to give me a reason to buy. With so many third parties leaving the Wii U, it would be hard for me to buy even if Nintendo came with mind blowing games because I know that system’s life will be short.

          • Veries Seals

            Nah, Just give them a little time. Be optimistic. It really only been 6 months. There are truly already some great titles out. Now, I admit it is not like the X-Box 360 or PS3. We don’t have a full wall full of games yet, but I am sure it will pick up a bit more between christmas and E3 with the block busters.

          • BJaq

            I have salt for you. More salt than Xbones and PS4s combined at launch later this year. Please contact me if you’d like to preorder. This salt can be used for your wound :)

          • Clel

            I SAID DON’T FEED THE TROLL!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

            suck your own cock and shut up!

          • jay

            Found knowledgeiswhatsup on youtube!!!!

          • GreenMarine

            …..A poor ass 18 year old Filipino with a greasy receding hairline that drops N-bombs as if he was Pac. If this is him then he isn’t a troll at all, he’s just severely mentally handicapped. I’m sorry for the burden his mother must bare.

          • jay

            Hey that’s a hardcore gamer for you dogg!!!!!!

            GTA 4 LifE!

          • Veries Seals

            lol, now that guy was way too high! lol

          • Clel

            DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

          • Veries Seals

            lol, it’s cool. this troll is actually a family pet. we are kinda use to him. he comes in the house and piss on the floor, then we give him a little stern discipline then put him back outside and put him on a leash.

          • SuperSmashMan2

            I’m right, you never responded, meaning I was correct about you being an complete failure.

          • Mario

            “You are mind because people don’t pay attention to you are your whining.”

            Whaaa?

      • lolwatdajunk

        It wont be discontinued you nimrod.

        • Guest

          Lol Nimrod such a cool word lol

      • Clel

        DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

        • D.M.T

          You say don’t feed the trolls but here you are replying to the troll. You are feeding him, stop it.

          • Clel

            I don’t take orders from nobody

          • D.M.T

            You don’t take orders from nobody but you’re telling people to STOP FEEDING THE TROLL. Don’t tell people what to do if you don’t like being told what to do.

          • Clel

            That’s the joke -.- Also, why are you getting so upset?

          • D.M.T

            I didnt like the way you talked to me but ok it’s a joke i get it now

      • DereX

        I like this guy…. Without his ridiculous comments, I would get tired of agreeing with everybody. He’s not a troll (stop making up words)…. He’s a shit disturber.

        • Clel

          Wait a sec… I just realized, you’re that guy who was saying stuff like

          “My negative feedback is 100x more relevant than your positive feedback”
          I just noticed it. All you did was change the profile picture.

          Care to explain?

          • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

            Well that might be true but it’s not when the negative feedback is WRONG! Good job Clel.

          • DereX

            Wow, you guys are fucking nerds…… Its funny how the bullied become the bullies, isnt it?…. Also, I stick by the fact that negative feedback is more important than positive feedback. Stop nit-picking everything I say and try to enjoy life from now on. Youre restlessness is starting to show.

          • DereX

            Yeah, I said something close to that and I also changed my profile picture.

          • Clel

            So you won’t care to explain?

          • DereX

            There is nothing to explain? I did say something very similar to that.

      • Nolan ArchLord

        Knowledge is what’s up! You should follow your username more carefully.

  • Aamir Islam

    INTERESTING INDEED

  • Squid

    I hate when people say they need a price cut for Wii U when they plan on getting Ps4 or XboxOne.

    • discuss

      I hate it when people think that the Wii U, XBOX one and PS4 all have the same hardware.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

        i hate when faggots like you are in this site

        • discuss

          I hate internet bad-asses who have to act though online because they have achieved nothing irl.

          • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

            i have a suggestion come to sweden and meet me IRL and we shall se whos gonna cry :)

          • discuss

            I’m probably going to cry from laughing so hard.

          • Nolan ArchLord

            Haha, that would be a tremendous waste of money. Everyone knows you’d lose.

        • BJaq

          Is that why you are a silent assassin?

      • Squid

        I didn’t say that I thought that, my point was that the Wii U is cheaper than both systems when they come out. If they have no problem buying a Ps4 or Xbox One, what’s the problem with a cheaper Wii U?

        • discuss

          But neither XBOX or Sony has released any info about the pricing of their consoles…

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

    It’s over, the system has failed. So much for that BS “875%” jump in sales in the UK – on Amazon’ charts! We have to face the facts that Nintendo cannot design systems and they can no longer get over with cheap systems with no guts but fair end result visually. They need meat instead of sauce.

    • Zimbo

      LMFAO why are you even here you PATHETIC microsoft SLURPER go to your Xbox one forum and have a cry that Microsoft failed so badly it was hillarious!!!

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        Just wait until E3 – that’s what you Nintendo people say right?

        • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

          get of this site you mother fucker hahaha..you are trash! or i have one suggestion…come to sweden and meet me and we shall se who are the man :) mouhahaha asshole….om gonna stomp on your face :)

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Fuck Sweden, bring your ass to NY and let’s see what’s up? What the hell do I need in Sweden?

          • crocodileman94

            Meatballs?

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Doing that just makes him worse… He is hateful, spiteful, a liar, and frankly pretty stupid. The best to do is ignore him.

        • Jon

          actually, we don’t even need to wait until then, we have announcements coming before then

        • Nolan ArchLord

          Wait until E3 when Microsoft still won’t have anything I want. I have a Wii U and will purchase a PS4. I don’t want these shit EA games. Given my taste in games, I doubt any of those 15 exclusive Microsoft IPs will interest me.

        • ItzameyaToad

          What will Microsoft reveal that will change people’s minds that gaming isnt taking a backseat on Xbox One? Beleive me I really like the Xbox brand I have been playing Xbox since Halo 3 and Microsoft have slowly taken a great brand and takin a sh*t on it! The Xbox 360 launched with a very strong focus on Xbox Live and Games something that it seems they don’t wish to portray this time around which is a shame seeing as they did so well with making the Xbox brand a recognizable brand. This E3 Microsoft better show some awesome games that make people look past there console which puts gaming as a less important feature. Microsoft has one shot(no pun intended) to get gamers on board or else they might have sunk there ship before launch.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            I don’t care if MS impresses or not, they don’t pay me. You seem to be under the impression that I am an MS loyalist or something. I have no brand loyalty when it comes to video games, I can go anywhere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

      lol only a faggot talks like that1

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        Now you are insulting faggots and being homophobic…

        • Petri

          Comparing you to a faggot, is insult towards faggots?
          Yes, I can see faggots getting mad for this.

      • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

        Guys, watch it with the language. Debate all you want, but do so civily.

        • Cerus98

          So that’s the extent of moderation here? Watch your language? So its ok if people sign up just to spout off and troll as long as they don’t swear? As if a user named wiiusucks will have anything productive to say.

        • beerkin

          im with cerus. the problem is this knowledge guy. he comes on here and antagonizes, berates, and taunts people on these forums to the point of people crossing the line in response to him. why cant you guys get rid, of idiots like knowledgeiswhatsup? thats where the issue lies. just block these guys.

    • david jarman

      No, Xbox has failed and its not bs that the wii u sales rank increased which is a reflection of it selling. I had a little respect for you before, now I think you’re just being pathetic.
      Here’s a towel, clean yourself off and show yourself out.

    • Sam Muir

      These are APRIL US sales dumbass. The Amazon UK sales jump was AFTER the dismal CableBox One reveal. You really are retarded.

    • ItzameyaToad

      This said for April sales, we are in May. Haha be more Knowledable of the month your living in ya moron.

  • D.M.T

    I keep hearing that Wii U needs a price cut…no it doesn’t unless the PS4 or Xbox One will be $400. If they are priced $400 then yes Wii U needs a price cut but they won’t because those consoles are more powerful and they have more useless features than Wii U. When I say useless I mean features that have nothing to do with gaming.

  • Frankie

    There is not problem. Everyone has these answers to the Wii U. It honestly has no problem. The system is brand new with limited games. It is selling better than a 360 and PS3 at launch. Compare it to that not to the Wii or current sales. The PS4 and Xbone will not be selling 10s of millions of units at launch. Parents tell their kids to wait for a price drop, or wait until it has been out for awhile. Other people are waiting for games. The Wii U is fine and people get paranoid over nothing. Nintendo makes a profit if it sells one game. The average owner is going to buy probably 2 or 3. Do you really think Nintendo cares? They are making money, exactly like they wanted too. People need to just be realistic and look at the market, not create all these problems and answers.

  • Zimbo

    The Xbox One……….lets you watch tv on your tv while you are playing on your tv!!!
    LMFAO!!!

  • James Brown

    The problem quite simple is the lack of games period! Nintendo is going to have to go hard and vicious and keep pumping out AAA titles they doing the right thing by waiting to the second half of the year then when the HD twins begins its birth thats when you strike thats when there most vulnerable they won’t have the AAA titles the Wii U has, they mostly be surviving on 3rd party support which the Wii U have thanks to Ubisoft! Heres Wii U advantages: Price, Experience, AAA Titles, Big 3rd Party Games, Wii U Game Pad. Nintendo is in the driver seat all they gotta do is drive!

  • Lev M

    you see, stop giving up on the Wii U cause it’s doing better then the ps3 & 360 at this point in there cycles so when people talk shit about the sales just show them this to shut them up

  • Zimbo

    LOL at microsoft that they decided to keep with the Kinect AGAIN!!!!
    They have the innovation of a lead pipe!!!
    LMAO

    • Petri

      Lead pipes are more useful.

  • JumpMan

    i read “When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch this Fail”… probably pretty accurate…

  • Zimbo

    The Xbox one…………they have gone backwards 359 steps!!!
    HA

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      Or they took one step forward and made a full circle ;)

  • DereX

    “10,0000″ units? Really? Doesn’t anybody spell check these articles?

    • GreenMarine

      “100,0000.”

  • Moshugaani

    Nintendo needs to do an ambassador program for the Wii U!
    It could be a great incentive to buy early.

  • Todd

    I see you’ve conveniently rounded up the WiiU numbers and down the 360 numbers. The Xbox 360 actually sold 130k units in April (not 100k) and the WiiU only sold 35,000 units (not 40k).

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Well all they have to do is this again.

    • david jarman

      Want to live there. :(

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Wow, where are all the memes? You guys are really letting me down.

  • ancientgamer

    nintendos marketing for wii u wont really start till e3 and the whole bestbuy e3 demo’s start, this will be their major marketing kick, even more so because alot of big games will have info on them at e3, besides xbox is doing just fine at selling the wii u for us, why waste money on advertisements atm? wii u went up 875% in ranking for online sales in the uk day of xbox reveal, nintendo aint no noob company, they have been around forever, they know what they are doing.

  • Gary

    I don’t mean to be an ass but I can’t help but correct some of the typo’s in the intro.

    “Wii U sales numbers aren’t looking any better month to month. According to NPD sales data, the Wii U sold just 40,000 units in April, which was once again outsold by the original Wii, which sold just over 40k units. The PS3 and Xbox 360 on the other hand, sold over 100,000 units each.”

    Writing an article and having typo’s right in the beginning isn’t a good thing for an author. EDIT: One typo fixed one left (States that the xbox/ps3 sold 1 million in a month)

    Anyways back on topic, the Wii U has had a pretty big rough patch after it’s launch with many dev’s shutting it down as current gen and being underpowered but screw them, most Nintendo fan’s buy their consoles for their amazing exclusive/IP titles such as Super smash bros, Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Pokémon, Kirby, Donkey Kong (he has died out recently though), Yoshi, Mario and much more.

    Those titles alone will keep me supporting Nintendo but when the Xbox One comes out I expect it to have an equally bad launch (an initial surge from die hard microsoft fans and then a drop off) but I expect Nintendo to be able to pull itself out of this rut since the problem lies more with no games for now whereas the Xbox One seems to have an always online type system (Must connect to the internet once a day), a used game policy which seems as if it only allows you to sell games to gamestop and similar retailers (who rip you off badly), and a Kinect always on watching you listening to you and that alone seems to be pretty scary as it can be an easy breach of privacy.

  • TheFarmboy

    I do agree that the Wii U really need help, I don’t think a price cut will magically resolve this issue. Sure it can work, but it’s only for short-term.

    The main problem is the lack of software. (There are some good games on it mind you, but not the ones that would grab a lot of attention.) Once they get the software, then the sales will rise.

    This is just the 3DS all over again.

    (On the plus side Wii U sales via Amazon UK boomed thanks to X-Box’s conference. :P)

    • ItzameyaToad

      Exactly. What is the point of a slightly cheaper console if it doesn’t have a wide range of software available right when it’s bought?

      • gimpcell

        Just because the console is cheap does not mean it is cheap to make a game.

        • ItzameyaToad

          I know…. I was basically saying that the reason people won’t buy a cheaper console is because most look at if it has alot of games they would want and at this point in time a lower price won’t help a larger amount of software will.

    • Shaise Mughal

      Yeah LOL!

  • wiiusucksdik

    A price cut wont help neither will games ppl know what the wii u is all this damage control the wii u is a fail

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      You feature the intelligence of a lobster. You should stop wasting time haunting a site just to be a troll and go be more productive with your time–you need it, kid.

      • wiiusucksdik

        I think my proffesion as a lawyer in new york city manhattan makibg 70k a year does the trick. At least im not damage controlling a piece of plastic

        • stratisifre

          wanna know how i know you’re obviously lying? why would you feel the need to state your occupation unless it was a lie to try to 1up someone? and frankly, what does being a lawyer have to do with your level of intelligence? if you where a scientist, or a college professor, it would have more merrit, but a lawyer? and another thing, why does what city and state you work in, have to do with it either? and if you we’re an educated lawyer as you dishonestly stated, then why are all of your paragraphs one sentence? go be a knuckle dragging mongoloid somewhere else please.

  • METHical reality

    I can easily see that they will reach the 10 Million(or more) @ the end of December. I don’t know if this is their target but i think it’s good. Selling 3.5 Million consoles for Nintendo without any 1st party games (except NSMBU) is a total win i dunno why many articles are freaking out.(NSMBU is good but if anyone was thirsty for it and had the urge for it the Wii and 3Ds version could quinch their thirst for the time being)

    • crocodileman94

      I think their target is 9 million by the end of March next year.

      • METHical reality

        Easily achievable, Nintendo true console starts at summer vacation this year .. Previous 6 months were nothing but an intro

        • http://www.facebook.com/Rammtallica Juan Romero

          Pretty sad intro.

  • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

    Hey, writer, just a very minor note here–you missed a few spots during proofreading. ;)

    “…sold just over 40k units.”

    “…The PS3 and Xbox 360, on the other hand, sold over 100,000 units each.”

    “…easily be the cheapest of the three next-gen systems.”

    “…PS3 and Xbox 360 didn’t do any better during their first 6 months on the market.”

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    What’s with all the XBOX One hate?

    • crocodileman94

      I guess it’s the fact they didn’t show a single game. Only stuff that the core gamer don’t care about.

      • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

        You’re obviously new here ’cause I was being sarcastic.

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Yeah.

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam
  • NintendoMan

    Some third parties are so stupid. Sure, the Wii U may not “have a large install base”. But with their games, it will grow, and they could potentially earn a lot of money as a result.

  • Megajon

    IT WOULD REALLY HELP IF THEY RELEAED IT IN OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!(bcos I know a lot of asian countries don’t have it)

    • Nolan ArchLord

      Are you sure? The majority of Asia seems more interested in online PC gaming. China hasn’t (IIRC) lifted their ban on game consoles… here in Thailand PC games are the popular thing.

      • Megajon

        Yeah I’m quite sure. Even if it’s not asia, some of my friends in other regions don’t have a wii u yet.

        • Shaise Mughal

          Where are you in?

          • Megajon

            Singapore

  • fireheartis1

    Wait I’m confused on a sentence above? It says “The Wii u sold 40,000 in April, which was still out sold by the original Wii, which old just over 4k units.” Now was this supposed to be sold or old? LOL just kidding but serious he says just sold over 40k units. Well how much over John Kinsley? This is kind of a misleading statement since 40,000 and 40k are the same thing.

  • ItzameyaToad

    Ok so Im confused the title of the article says 40,000 in North America so that is actually good is it not? Because if the author ment only in North America that is good cause you aren’t counting the other regions.

    • Shaise Mughal

      Thats what I thought? If we include Europe, Japan & Australia it will be quite alot!

  • thedeciderU

    i hope all next-gen consoles do well. i think ps4 and xbox one might have a rough launch though since almost all high profile games are releasing when their new consoles do, with some launching for both new and old. won’t they be competing with themselves? buying a good new game is much cheaper than a brand new console. let’s see what their price points are. i feel overall that only the most serious of gamers will purchase new consoles at launch, especially since they will be expensive. nintendo probably will have a large price advantage and many first party titles by this point to further compete.

  • Krzysztof

    Yesterday I’ve watched champions league final and one of the ads was COD ghosts on the Xbox one. I must admit, it got me a little bit hyped. So why can’t we see ads like that for Wii U ? Apart from hardcore gamers and Nintendo enthusiasts nobody knows what the Wii U is. In UK I haven’t seen a single kiosk in major supermarkets, showing (off) Wii U’s capabilities! The same thing happened with 3DS release. When I bought 3DS, friend of mine said that he doesn’t need DS with 3D option and I’ve had to explain what the 3DS is. Very similar situation happened to me few weeks ago. Almost everyone thought that Wii U is just a Wii with the new controller or (what’s worst) it’s just a controller !!! And I can’t blame them, because there’s virtually no advertisement what so ever. Microsoft will release very expensive and ugly TV set box, but they’re actually selling it right now. So if M$ can do it six months before it hits the market, why Nintendo can’t do it six months AFTER, is beyond me. Personally I think Nintendo has wasted that time. They could hype this console beyond believe and people who bought it, would be less likely to spend more money on Sony or MS thingy, aspecially if they bought few games with it. Nintendo forgot why Wii was (is) best selling console of this generation, because it was people’s console. Anyone could play it, from three year old to pensioner. And why they knew about it ? Because it was advertised ! On the websites like this one, people debating about WHY it sells below expectations and such, mostly blaming publishers and their lack of support, but the main reason is right there, outside the Nintendo’s bubble we live in.

    • ItzameyaToad

      You know I see where you are coming from but I have seen a few advertisements here and there ex. before a few youtube vids, one tv commercial. But I see what you mean they should bump up advertisement but really how far will adevertisement go? I say this because if Nintendo rolled out alot of advertisement now vs after E3 what do they show off that will pull people in? Many people see no reason to buy alot of Wii U games because they are under the impression that it has titles they can already get on another console. Nintendo needs to yes pick up the slack and advertise a bit more but they should really wait until after E3 to really show off in advertisements. Why? Because all the big hitting 1st party titles will have trailers details and release dates that will make for much better commercials. Remember in the Wii commercials it had Twilight Princess, Metroid, and Red Steel. Much better games to show off in a commercial than just Wii Sports etc. Best to wait large scale advertisement until the big crowd drawers come out.

      Nintendo knows what they are doing and are not just sitting around doing nothing, they are working on ways to get the Wii U in the public eye the best way possible and I believe we will see more Wii U advertising after E3 becuase after all lack of compelling games is the problem not lack of advertisement.

    • Shaise Mughal

      Why was Microsoft acting like ghosts is exclusive but have they not forgotten that its a 3rd party game

  • HypocritesRROD

    The new XBOX DONE(i mean one) needs a price cut. No backwards compatibility, Have to pay for used games and Always Online. And a confusing and backwards name. Naming their third console xbox one. It’s done before it even started. No one is gonna buy that broken console xbox done. RROD.

    • Shaise Mughal

      Lol, the first 360 model required an adapter for online, was prone to rrod, and ate your money for online. And with the xbox one, a VHS looking console, not to mention £40 a year for live, always online, and fee for used, now there really robbing consumers, it presents a problem for those with poor internet connection or those who are broke

  • 7Down

    What I find amusing is that people constantly complain about the price and say how Wii U needs a price cut. Cutting the price doesn’t help too much if there is nothing to go with it, advertising and of course, those must have games.

    Now the reason I find complaining about it’s price so foolish, is that we have no idea how much PS4 and Xbone will cost, people talk about them as if they’d be 100€/$/£ cheaper than what the Wii U is, most likely they’ll be at least 400, the technology in them sounds pretty damn expensive, Xbone continues to take money from you with online that you must pay for (not sure about that, but I assume).

    If they’re only 50 more than Wii U is, then it won’t make a huge difference, as you’ll get a more powerful console and that’s what so many people seem to want. If they’re 100 more, then Wii U might start to gain some advantage in the eyes of an average consumer.

    So yeah, give Nintendo some time to launch their first party titles and the sales should go up, which probably follows more support from 3rd parties, as they smell easy money.

    As for the name “Wii U”, I agree with some people, it is not a good name choice. I think that the name should have been “Ultimate”. Nintendo disliked Wii’s prototype name “Revolution” because it was too long and may have been hard to pronounce on certain languages.

    Ultimate would have been a good name IMO, if it felt silly, just promote the “U”.

    PS: If you actually bothered to read this, you may have read a load of bullshit, you decide. =D

    • ancientgamer

      i honestly dont see ps4 or snooze box selling at launch for less then 450 and thats for basic models, they both have way to many apps n extras not to mention they cant really afford to sell systems at a loss like nintendo is doing

  • Trevin

    Slow news day huh?

  • liamdawe

    Sad state of the world when “40,000″ units in a single month isn’t something to be happy about.

  • Coval83

    Retro Studios… Give us a proper Prime on Wii U please…

  • disqus_TCujPcjAm7

    YOU IDIOT yOU CLEAVERLy left out of this article the Wii u out sold the other console at the same time frame

  • http://www.facebook.com/orange.lada Orange Lada

    Ambassador program, people seeing what MS and Sony really have to offer and the price points, more “M” rated strategy type games (as opposed to platformers) so that people understand Wii U is capable of those games and Wii U will again own the generation.

    Throwing more hardware out there doesn’t solve a problem. Wii U solves asymmetrical gaming and off screen play.

    • ancientgamer

      even more so when they finally release game pads separately, will put football games and such on a whole new lvl

  • ancientgamer

    its funny how every ones worried about the wii and ps3 and ect out selling the wii u, did every one forget that the ps2 out sold the ps3 by 4 million in 2008? it happens every new gen get over it

  • Nintendude789

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  • tiha voda

    :D

  • zero909309

    nintendo fanboys r the only 1s who arnt anoying…

  • Al_G_Funguy

    What about all the other continents?