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Wii U has exceeded the Xbox 360 lifetime sales in Japan

Wii U Pro controller Xbox 360

In it’s short lifespan of just a few months past a year, the Wii U has managed to outsell the Xbox 360 in Japan. The Xbox brand never really caught on in Japan, which is evidenced by the few hundred units sold week after week in the Media Create numbers. The Xbox One hasn’t launched in Japan yet, so it will be interesting to see how it performs in Japan once it is available. The Xbox One launch likely poses little threat in Japan, but the PlayStation 4 launches this month in the country. It will be interesting to see the first few weeks of sales for Sony’s new console.

Other good news concerning sales come from the Nintendo 3DS, which has sold 15 million united in Japan. That’s still around 5 million units shy of the sales achieved by the PSP in its lifetime, but considering the 3DS is only a few years old we’re pretty sure it will end up outselling Sony’s last generation portable. As for worldwide sales, the 3DS has reached 40 million units, with more than a quarter of them coming from the United States alone.

NDP numbers for the month of January haven’t been released yet, but when they are we’ll have a better idea how the Wii U did the first full month after the holiday season in North America.

[via Gamnesia]

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Not much of an achievement, but an achievement nonetheless

    • Gardevoir Eliz

      Soon Wii U will surpass PS VITA.

      • Lil J Moore

        Not at this pace

        • WiiUPS4

          The Vita is garbage

          • Lil J Moore

            So what? It’s selling. Something the WiiU is struggling to do at this moment

          • WiiUPS4

            And?

          • WiiUPS4

            Oh and let me give you some info if the vita is really selling than why can’t it defeat the 3ds…Yeah it’s really selling! 6 million or so vita’s sold.. 3ds 40 million…enough said

          • FoxMulder900

            Really dude? I don’t even own one and I know its a hell of a nice piece of hardware.

          • WiiUPS4

            Yes really and i stand by my comment

          • FoxMulder900

            Well then you are just as ignorant as all of the Wii U trash talkers because it is the same situation. Both excellent pieces of hardware with very little software support. I love my Wii U and am more than happy with it but most Vita owners will say the same. I will probably never purchase a Vita because my 3DS is more than enough for me in the handheld department but that certainly doesn’t make the Vita “garbage”.

            Don’t be a hypocrite.

          • WiiUPS4

            Dude stop being so butthurt..Don’t like what i have to say..tough..Im free to say what i think and again i think the vita is garbage..As for hypocrite im not hypocrite but again im not the one all butthurt over a comment

          • Marcus Larsson

            The fact that the big mass of people or third party developers would not follow along if they released a new console makes this not likely.

          • WiiUPS4

            Heck they are not support them now so at this point what does it matter

          • DragonSilths

            Its impressive as a piece of technology. Thing is it has proven power has no place in the handheld market. If only it would move over to home consoles aswell.

          • tronic307

            B-but… it’s the PS4’s GamePad. D:

          • WiiUPS4

            A crappy copy if i say so myself

          • Skelterz

            There bringing out a vita slim which also will be shit.

          • Roman

            That fact that a secondary handheld is out-selling a primary Console is speaking volumes. No need to be in denial about the sad state of the Wii U.

            It seems to me that Nintendo is prioritizing their focus on the 3DS than on the Wii U. A shame. If they don’t turn things around I will be sad. I will feel like one of the 4 million people that adopted early only to be abandoned.

          • Skelterz

            Sorry did i say anything about the wii u? I don’t think i did mate so why don’t you get your facts straight before bombarding people your an idiot.

          • WiiUPS4

            Does it matter even if the Wii U flops they 18 billion in the bank they are already working on another console and from what i hear will be even more powerful than the PS4 and xbox one but it is true nintendo needs to do something and soon

          • matthew garcia

            It does matter cuz if they cut the wii u short people will never trust them again. They have no choice but to stick to the flopping wii u for a while

          • WiiUPS4

            They have no choice at this point and bring a stronger console

          • matthew garcia

            Well the 4 million people who paid 300 or more for the console are gonna be pissed. I would never buy a nintendo console again if they did that

          • Dodge Pribyl

            The gaming culture in Japan is much different than most other places. They LOVE their handhelds. More so than their consoles. Handhelds commonly outsell consoles in Japan.

          • thedeciderU

            don’t downvote this guy. he has a valid point supported by hard evidence. i wish the wiiu was doing better too, but it’s far from where it needs to be to draw in other devs, and the marketing is piss poor. i did not buy a wiiu to be offered subpar games/ports of games from 2011-12 and 3-4 nintendo games per year. let’s hope we see a more aggressive marketing campaign and release schedule in 2014. from what ashley said, it sounds like the indie game releases are piling up for the year, so that’s a start.

          • thedeciderU

            agree. maybe i didn’t play it enough, but i demoed it at best buy and the analog sticks felt like absolute shit. is there a reason to give it another shot? thoughts?

          • Skelterz

            if your on about the Vita then here’s a story my friends got one and i went round his house and i said oh you’ve got a vita he said yeah, and then was like lets play mario, You see as soon as i got my wii u if someone came round i’d run them through it you know show it off wet there appatite, Its like my friend had nothing to say about the vita he didn’t pick it up the whole time i was round i ended up playing mario 3d world and he played pokemon X or why on the 2ds so that’s saying something like my point is if it was worth looking into or buying he would have made his pitch as us gamers do to our friends you know but he sort of was yeah there’s the vita and no more was really said lol.

          • Gardevoir Eliz

            I prefer PSP over PS VITA anyday.

          • WiiUPS4

            PSP was cool and was fun to hack

          • Dáibhí wotshissurname

            You’re a fanboy. As an owner of a Vita and a Wii U, I can safely say the Vita has loads – LOADS – more games than Wii U. God, I’m so sick of this biased animosity from all corners of the Internet…

          • WiiUPS4

            Aww are you all butthurt..Damn boy first im not a fanboy i own all the consoles except for the vita and if you don’t like what i have to say..oh well deal with it..and playing on a 80′ big screen… Trust me kid the vita still can’t beat 3ds so try again trooper!

          • WiiUPS4

            This is what you play real games on.
            (Update Some kid named lee is all pissed but im the one playing PS4 and Wii U and Xbox one my awesome big screen…Lee need a tissue?..:) Update Damn 5 now are butthurt)..:)

          • Rinslowe

            That’s not a big screen….
            Sure it does the job though :)

          • WiiUPS4

            Yes it is..80′ i measured it before i bought it ..you have to see it live to see what i mean and HD 3D..The very best in gaming

          • MachoMadness

            Are you sure it was inches and not centimeters?

          • WiiUPS4

            Yep it’s 80′ but it’s sad you got a few kids on here who get all butthurt but each to their own i quess..but im just a gamer who games man and that’s it

          • Lee

            its not 80″ obviously. that is approx 8 foot. also 80 cm wis 32″ which this tv is bigger. i just think that the owner of this tv is mentally challenged. he must be to try and show off about a TV online. he thinks people are butthurt when they point out hes a moron. lol

          • WiiUPS4

            Meh! Keep trying kid and are you always this stupid but keep coming kid..I need a good laugh!

          • Lee

            Can i just say,you are a total douchebag.. just so you know, I have the ps4 and wii u, also my tv screen is bigger. but do i go around uploading pictures and going on websites with the opposing consoles, no, because im not a dick like you. i bet you are 12 yeas old and your parents bought you it all lol. if you are over 12 then stop acting like you are a child. i have nothing to be jealous of from you , so i am being un bias when saying that you are a complete fucking prick. :)

          • WiiUPS4

            yep you are butthurt and that is not my biggest tv guy and im glad to piss you off and i own all the consoles and yes you are also a prick with no life and trust me kid i was gaming long before you were even thought of now go back to your small life and stop with the crying dude …I could care less what you think of me..Don’t like what i have to say tough..Im here to stay and also here is some advice ..give up trolling you suck at it

          • Lee

            1 – you telling me im butthurt doesnt make me buthurt lol.
            2 – im not pissed off, your misguided sense of accomplishment is actually quite amusing.
            3 – you telling me im a prick with no life doesnt make it true ( learn from lesson 1 )
            4 – all your “insults” were a rehash of what i said to you! hahaha.
            5 – i can tell you are retarded because you dont know the difference between caring less and not caring less. ” i could care less” makes no sense! hahaha
            6 – im not trolling, im being honest. you are completely retarded and think showing off about things you own is something normal to do. only if you are a 12 year old kid.
            7 – my insults towards you have a point and evidence to back them up. for example, everything you say is something a child would say.
            8 – finally. ive made a lot of points of how mentally challenged you appear to be. so i wont be replying to you again, i dont like arguing with retarded kids.

            have a nice day :)

          • WiiUPS4

            Meh! Oh don’t forget to douche. But you have proved nothing but proved you are some kid behind a computer crying and whining so your exposed!

          • WiiUPS4

            Wow… I actually feel sorry for you. You want to troll SO bad, but you fail at it. Keep that helmet on, and don’t let all the rejection letters from the special Olympics get you down bro. Someday they’ll say you aren’t too retarded to join them! Keep reaching for the stars! Oh, and guy, you might want to expand your vocabulary a bit because to be honest, it sounds like you could use a lesson or two. Are you always that stupid or today is a special occasion? Goodbye!

          • WiiUPS4

            Lee you are a coward and thanks for proving my point but than we will never meet nor do you know my name so heck i would love to know how you are going to shut me up because you can’t and that fact you are to ashamed to show you’re face so stay hidden kid like the coward you are and when i say hide stay in that basement jerking off to whatever you jerk off two but to set the record im married and three kids and have a awesome job that pays very well what do you have kid..Enough said and my job is done..You are exposed and im done…:)
            Oh by the way Get a life kid That fact is you tried to troll me and you failed and trust me i can do this all day long if i chose too but after see what you got it’s not much so im moving on but good luck on trying to troll someone else..lol

          • WiiUPS4

            Awwww so you made a mock account just try and bash me…Hahahaha Exposed freak!..You are butthurt!

          • WiiUPS4

            All that needs to be said.

          • dan

            dude, just give it up already he doesnt care. you sent like 5 replies, are you a stalker or something? he is right, you are retarded… oh and this is the only reply i will be giving you, please feel free to send 100000 messages talking to yourself like you did with lee, you must be extremely lonely to demand peoples attention this badly. EXPOSED!

            again, not going to reply, so stalk away, loser!

          • WiiUPS4

            Meh!

          • WiiUPS4

            Not stalking man you clown are the one stalking me and calling me coward so all i can say to ya is meh!
            Exposed and thanks for proving my point
            Keep making those fake mock accounts
            and found your facebook page …really sad!
            Exposed! https://www.facebook.com/KoochieKooCreations

          • Guest
          • WiiUPS4

            Meh!

          • Dáibhí wotshissurname
          • WiiUPS4

            MEH! No thanks guy..Don’t have time to debate a few kids in denial..But have fun!…:)

          • Deadpool U

            Lets not the Vita is good system but for a handheld it’s completely overpowered.

          • Skelterz

            Who even likes Ry-Vita’s hhaha

          • Skelterz

            sony named there system after a bland brown cracker the ryvita!!!!! hahahahahahaa

          • beerkin

            This is an idiotic statement. The vita is a gorgeous machine that in terms of raw power make the 3DS look like a Gameboy. Persona 4 is a must own for any gamer. Killzone, uncharted, tearaway, lbp, sly! Come on man. You dont want to seem like an asshole.

          • WiiUPS4

            Im not i just hate the vita and it can have all the power in the world but if it has not alot of good games what’s the point. Those games like persona are not the type of games i play but heck man if you like the vita more power to you..Just not my cup of tea

    • http://wiiudaily.com/ Monomon

      Achievement “In your face,Xbox 360!” XD

    • Adrian Brown

      I see what you did there

    • ConCity Soldier

      But it’s funny lol… It shows how pathetic the XBOX 360 sold in Japan. Not only was their a lack or JRPG games, but after the Red Ring Of Death fiasco who can blame people in Japan for not buying the 360.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I blame people in America for buying it

    • LopsidedPasta

      It’s embarrassing that it took so long…

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        well, the Xbox does have 6 or 7 years on it…

        • LopsidedPasta

          That’s not an excuse. Microsoft is pretty much the polar opposite of the Japanese gaming culture. This should’ve happened last August. Not 1 and a fourth years after the Wii U was released.

  • tronic307

    Not exactly a towering achievement, when you consider that the Western bent of the HD twins, particularly Xbox 360, practically turned Japanese gamers away from home consoles altogether.

  • Michael Hughes

    And here in the states, one crucial year to turn things around. All eyes look to E3.

    • JB

      I’m not saying that they need to release Zelda U this year, or that it will even be the Wii Us saving grace, but they need to show *something* in that regard at E3. It’ll be our luck if Miyamoto comes out with the Master Sword and Hylian shield, then introduces Hyrule Warriors. Lmao

      • Fred

        I think X will be a system seller!

        • JB

          I sure hope so!!… If not for my love for Zelda, X would be the one I *really* want more info on!

          • Lil J Moore

            We know the next Zelda game will roll some heads. but get me some information on X Bayonetta 2, Fire Emblem, Hyrule Warriors. Something I don’t care what it is just show something

          • Andrew Chambers

            We defiantly need to hear more about FE X SMT.

          • JB

            I’m with you on that. Solid release dates will go a long way in showing that games are actually coming.

      • Lil J Moore

        This. I don’t care about console wars. I care about playing some good games and right now there is nothing on worth playing in the next few months with the WiiU and Ps4. Nintendo needs to get out of the shadows and start producing some games.

        • JB

          Exactly.. I’m hoping they have more to show us that we haven’t seen yet! That would be awesome. I have absolutely *NO* games on my PS4 yet, so it’s just really sitting there (at least until Infamous: Second Son) Got a few games on XBOX One, but there’s nothing else I really want to play until Titanfall. Of course I still have a backlog of games that I need to finish, so I shouldn’t be buying anything else really. HAHA

          • WiiUPS4

            I will say i am enjoying my PS4 and right now till second son comes out ive been playing DC online

        • WiiUPS4

          They are guy. Nintendo is known for taking their time and making games look great and no bugs..

      • SP-937-215

        He’ll come out with a big red tie and some bananas and announce DKC: Tropical Freeze DLC, then that will be all we get for another 4 months.

      • Michael Hughes

        Zelda needs to be there, I agree, but I really hope Ninty brings the noise with new or re-energized IPs. Stop franchise fatigue before it worsens.

        • JB

          True! You know what? I’d almost be thrilled about a 3D Ice Climbers adventure game at this point…

  • abe

    With no releases in Feb outside of donkey Kong in late Feb I doubt there will be any increase in Wii u sales. I can how ever chalk 5:more up in Britain as I convinced members from my monster hunter group to buy some this week (they are playing them now)

    • SP-937-215

      So… there really are MH groups like on that terrible advert? I mean, that’s a good thing. I just thought the advert was completely unrealistic.

      • abe

        Yeah, with out native online on the 3ds version its a tone easier to find hunters in your area and organise large get together. E.g. monster hunter producer is coning to the next one on the 25th in London

  • JB

    I suppose this should count for something, right? :-)

  • The man

    If the next 3d mario is innovative and has an open world it might greatly increase the odds of the wii u outselling the ps4 on a weekly basis in Japan.

    • tronic307

      Grew up with Super Mario 64, eh?

      • C4

        Well, it’s obvious 2D platformers have more or less stagnated for a long time (although that’s not saying much with the quality of some Mario games :) ) and probably won’t sell as good as NSMB again. SM64 was an eye-opener at its time for sure – Nintendo had to do something really special to repeat that wether in a 2D-ish, 3D or more open world / adventure oriented platformer. While SM3DW has some excellent stages for people who haven’t played it it propably looks like (Mario) business as usual.

        Galaxy was a nice middleground IMHO although I don’t like the planetoid shaped stages that much.

        But as SP-937-215 said maybe Mario isn’t what they need currently, especially when they need to create momentum and also a bit hype.

    • SP-937-215

      Mario needs a break, imo. I want a new Galaxy or 64 too, but Nintendo has been cranking out so much Mario and Luigi lately that they really just need to give it a rest.

  • Lil J Moore

    That’s good in all. but more importantly WHERE THE HELL IS OUR NINTENDO DIRECT!!

    It’s been to long and no games other then DK are coming out for WiiU. Where’s our gaming news?

    • tronic307

      Probably after DKC:TF. Nintendo wants us to focus on this 3 month window with the Wii U for some odd reason. It’s like their dumb Virtual Console trickle strategy has spread to major releases.

      • JB

        If I was to guess, it’s a business decision particularly if they have other products that we don’t know about yet. Focus and cash in on DK for the rest of this fiscal year, then give us a direct sometime end of Feb/ begining of March for the upcoming fiscal year. Though what do I know? LOL

    • Rinslowe

      Yes, to Nintendo Directs! want, now

  • Dominicruz

    I’m feeling down on wii u :(

  • Frankie

    Haha this is amazing.

  • That guy who hates Spike

    I could’ve sworn they did this a few months in the Wii U’s life.

  • WiiUPS4

    Hahahaha Priceless

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    It’s better than nothing.

  • LukeOZade

    The xbox sold THAT many in Japan?! I’m shocked! Maybe there’s a link between Japan being less open to the west, and the current state of the Wii U, and the waning following of Nintendo in Japan. Old Timers in charge are to blame on both counts. Nintendo, and Japan, need new blood….trouble is, Japan has never been open to that dirty word beginning with I and ending in gration (with a Mi inbetween) Sorry for being serious, but did you know that there’s only about 100 foreign doctors/nurses working in Japan’s health service? Compare that to the tens of thousands of foreign doctors and nurses that work for the NHS in the UK.

    tldr; Japan, and not just Nintendo, needs to have a major rethink about the future.

    I’ve been playing Nintendo games for almost 30 years. I love the old Nintendo, when it was innovative and special. These days it’s just, for want of a better non-word; meh! :-(

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    Xbox seems so catered towards FPSers. I’m surprised anyone opts for it over a PC. I suppose it’s about price and accessibility.

    Anyway, it’s nice to hear positive things about the Wii U.

    • tronic307

      I use my 360 pad more for Steam than the actual console.

      • Petri

        That’s the only thing I had left when I got rid of XB360.
        If nothing else, it is one of the best options for PC controllers.

  • companyoflosers

    there are a few things they NEED to show at e3 this year. first is a CORE zelda gae, not a remake, not hyrule warriors, no a 3ds release, a NEW zelda game for the wii u. next, they need to announce a release date and more info about X which ill tell you right now, is a xeno-game. next in line from xenoblade. maybe not in the same story line, but definitely a xeno-game. they need to show that. after that, a precise release date for smash bros, not a predicted release, a day and month. its been in development for a while now, weve seen screenshots that look pretty darn finished. its safe to say the game is near completion so give us a date already. after those, some future plans for star fox and maybe metroid might be nice. i wouldnt set any high expectations for metroid though. they did that with other m and look how that turned out. give it average hype. any maybe this next thing isnt really so much an e3 thing but nintendo needs to clarify themselves on their letting other parties use their ip. we need more than vague maybes

  • Nothing5555

    lol, you know you are in trouble when the highlight of your sales is outselling the Xbox in Japan.

  • Sdudyoy

    Not that surprising, the Xbox sold horribly in Japan, there’s just no games that appeal to them on the Xbox.

  • Skelterz

    This hapend ages ago its just nintendo tasked Ubisoft with announcing it… Guess it got delayed

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I’m sure the Wii U didn’t do well in January Nintendo has done nothing noteworthy, and it has been a full drought month for all the systems.

  • Guest

    Will that help getting 3rd party titles????????????

  • SP-937-215

    My big toe sells more in Japan than all the Microsoft consoles combined.

  • Dark-Link73

    This isn’t really anything to be really happy about. To me this “achievement” is as satisfactory as stomping on a Goomba after failing to beat the Hammer Bros.

  • Geoffrey Tasker

    the good news: the fact that this happened

    the bad news: the fact that this is news

  • Marcus Larsson

    Thats right. Fuck you Xbox!

    • Jonathan George Anaya

      Someone needs to get back on Medication

      • Marcus Larsson

        No sense of humor huh?
        That sucks, have a couple of those in Sweden as well

  • matthew garcia

    Ps4 is about to pass wii u lifetime sales worldwide lol and wii u had a year head start

  • darkcreap

    Well, not impressive. Xbox consoles have never done too well in Japan. In that sense, Sony and Nintendo are better at western markets than Microsoft at eastern markets. Sony, in this sense, is a bit better than Nintendo. As Iwata admitted recently, he hasn’t been able to read the market properly in the West. I hope he will do the proper changes to know receive useful input.

    It seems Nintendo are currently clueless in the Western market and they are gonna need all the help they can get to change the WiiU’s fortunes.

  • Simon Stevens

    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

  • Squid

    Japan is mostly Nintendo Sony.

    • Gardevoir Eliz

      Most Nintendo than Sony actually.

  • crocodileman94

    OMG! XBOX IS DOOOOOOMED!!!!!

  • Agent721

    Props to Wiiudaily for finding some good news, no matter how small. We need it!

  • Brandon

    This not that good of news since everyone knows that the xbox never did good in Japan. Either way the wii u wont pass the xbox 360’s lifetime sales and is going to lose to the xbox one. Still like the wii u though.

    • Jonathan George Anaya

      The Japanese still hate America for making them glow at night….

  • Potemkin

    Not surprised either. In fact, I wonder how the Xbox became so popular. I have one and my fear of it breaking is a constant thing (got one with the RROD) and I only use it because my old PS3 broke after 5 years of constant use.

  • Jonathan George Anaya

    Call me Patcher all you want, but, I’m not seeing any life in the WiiU outside of Japan. For the WiiU’s head start to be erased in one month by other Next Gen consoles was sad to hear…
    Ubisoft, the most supportive Third Party, is delaying a MASSIVE title; which will see the other console versions eclipse WiiU sales yet again. And Ubisoft will blame the WiiU install base. In fact, you know the WiiU team probably got shuffled to the X1/PS4 titles.

    WiiU lifetime sales: 12 Million worldwide in 3 years. Then Nintendo replaces it

    • Jaymes Deen

      Why would they replace it? To piss off the Nintendo loyalists, then there next system won’t be purchased by anyone including the Nintendo fans. So no I don’t think so.

      • Denvy

        If the bombing trend continues so much that it only reaches about 12-15 million in three years Nintendo will surely consider a shortened lifespan on the console. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. It would be foolish for them to continue to ride this out 5-6 years

    • Rinslowe

      Lol

  • leo

    Yeah outsold xbox 360 lifetime sales in japan…. not that great amount of #’s to begin with. I want to hear when the wii u obliterates the xbox one by 3 million units

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GamersTreeHouse2013?feature=watch GamersTreeHouse2013

    Wow, I knew the 360 was not popular in Japan but we already passed them? Madness, lol

  • quentin

    Why does wii u feel a generation too late? And articles like this dont help. That pro controller too. It’s a lil much

  • thedeciderU

    i guess this is news…i mean, i clicked on it right? no. this is a given, and it should have happened months ago.

    come on nintendo – make some fucking game announcements already. one thing i hate about them as a company is their extreme secrecy. they keep such good secrets that the public has no clue what to look forward to, meaning lack of hype. how could they be so poor at marketing their own product?

    “please understand,” i’m very excited for mk8, but the way in which the release date was leaked really diminished any extra hype. am i not mistaken is was leaked in the financial report?

    now, regarding the game announcements, i really hope nintendo has some impressive directs focused on the wiiu planned in the very near future. they’re making really high quality content as usual (although some of it just isn’t for me), but this whole “trickle” effect they have going with vc, game announcements, repeated delays, information in general, etc. is a bummer.

    nintendo, if you’re listening, please aggressively grab the gaming world by the balls. the wiiu is probably the best console i’ve owned since the NES ( i own over 10 different consoles). but on the business side of things, please get it together for our sake.

    this console is nowhere near peaking, but the potential is simply not being met.

  • WiiUPS4

    @disqus_6hUhayEwK6:disqus This poser is a stalker..Beware of his kiddie threats and jerk offs..Exposed!
    But this poser makes mock account just to try to make a point..Epic fail!