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March NPD Numbers – Wii U 70k, 3DS 159k

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Every month we take a look at the numbers analysts are given by NPD Group, an analyst company that lets us see into just how well consoles and software are doing in North America. Unlike Japan, these numbers are not released freely and every week, instead we have to rely on what analysts with access to the numbers say every month.

This month’s numbers have the Wii U placed at 70k for the month, with an analyst confirming that the Wii U and Wii combined sold less than 100k units together. The Nintendo 3DS managed to sell 159k units during the month of March. To put that into perspective with the competition, the Xbox One managed to sell 311k units, which is surprisingly low given that Titanfall launched in March and Microsoft offered several bundles that effectively dropped the price the console. Overall the best selling console of the month was the PlayStation 4, as said by Sony themselves.

With NPD numbers we don’t get a look at software numbers either, but rather their rankings for the month. Titanfall took the top spot for the month of March, while the PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son managed to claim the second spot. From there, multi-platform releases iron out the rest of March. Only two games with Wii U versions remain in the top then and those are likely not due to their Wii U software alone.

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  • jjbredesen

    Well that’s not very good….again lets just hope that MK8 can change that…

    • Keith

      Correction: lets hope that MK8, Super Smash Brothers & (this fall) Watch Dogs can help turn the Wii U around….

      • jjbredesen

        True, but MK8 is the next big game to hit ;)

      • AlienFanatic

        I really doubt Watch Dogs will help at all. The people that want it will have already bought it for the more powerful systems or for the PS3 or XB360. Only people whose only system is the Wii-U will be waiting for it, which means it won’t drive sales.

        I think MK8 will be popular, but aside from a brief system sales bump following launch, I think the Wii-U’s prospects this year are absolutely terrible. There is VERY little compelling first-party software and Nintendo’s nebulous “Winter” date for Smash Bros is generally a sign that it won’t launch before early 2015. They have used the “Winter” date for decades as a way to keep the faithful hoping while they inevitably fail to deliver on time.

        You had better be hoping they have huge surprises at E3 or this year’s system sales will make last year’s look positively stellar.

        • Gabe Hoffman

          I wouldn’t be so sure. Mario Kart is that game that sells for years. Heck they still have Mario Kart DS and Wii in stores almost 6 to 9 years after they came out

          • AlienFanatic

            I hope so. Mario Kart Wii was a massive seller. In fact, though I got rid of my Wii-U earlier this year, I’m considering re-purchasing it if they have a MK8/Wii-U bundle. But after MK8, there just isn’t a whole lot I’m looking forward to until SSB. And that worries me a lot. Nintendo is way, way behind on development.

            Now if they announce a Star Fox at E3 and/or a Metroid, I will be running to my local Fred Meyer as fast as my little feet will carry me.

          • sd

            What they need to do is start releasing a game each month.

          • sd

            mario Kart will lift sales, sure. But not enough to save the Wii U.

          • Commander Raichu

            i think it will keep decent wii u sales until late june or early july

          • sd

            I agree with that. The problem is that by around July sales will return to their current abysmal levels. Plus there is no information about when the next game will be released after Mario Kart. 4-6 weeks of good sales in 7 months is pretty bad.

          • Commander Raichu

            why you get out X or bayonetta by then
            raise sales in japan than get sonic boom out start marketing those like crazy to make sure it can at least stay above 40000 those weeks

          • sd

            Based on the lack of coverage by Nintendo of X I dont actually expect it this year. But I expect it to be an amazing game when released. Also Sonic Boom will likely be the end of the year as Sega typically target October, Nov on the Wii U. Bayonetta has already been announced as not until after Japan, which has a summer release date in that market. I would say October onwards for the rest of the world. Basically the only game before August is Mario Kart. SSB will most likely be next.

            Look at the way Nintendo hype their few upcoming games. If there is no hype then a release date is at least 6 months away.

          • Commander Raichu

            e3 is there final stand
            sony and microsoft will show their best brands but not
            all is lost but there is hope ssb and zelda u will light up my post

          • sd

            I hope so. Like many others, having owned a Wii U since launch I am getting seriously fed up with them. Personally Donkey Kong wasnt great for me, which means no appealing game since mario 3d world. This means waiting for Mario Kart has left me 6 months without a game to really enjoy on this system.

        • Commander Raichu

          winter in japan starts in november so we will see

        • sd

          Yes, not sure why anyone would think watchdogs would help the Wii U. It has huge delays on this platform and will have been out for months on all of the others. Not to mention the graphics will be better on the Xbox One and PS4.

      • sd

        I agree with the comment below. Watchdogs will not sell the system. Most people would prefer to buy it on the PS4 or X-1. Plus watchdogs is not being released until months after the other systems. This will count against the Wii U in a big way.

    • Commander Raichu

      i think they shouldve had bayonetta release July then x august yoshi September smxfm October smash bros November then zelda u December because that would keep decent counsel sales
      BUT NOOO!
      Iwatas gotta be stuck in the glory days and can think outside the box

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Kinda abusing that crystal ball there

        • Commander Raichu

          its my what if idea wouldve been because that would keep wii u sales up(and advertise more)

          • Gabe Hoffman

            You can’t really predict concrete release dates this soon. Wait till E3

          • Commander Raichu

            true true thatr was just my perfect wii u world

      • AlienFanatic

        Bayonetta and X won’t drive sales. They simply won’t. They are niche titles and will not generate the millions of unit sales Nintendo needs to gain momentum against the XB1 and PS4.

        • Commander Raichu

          ehh bayonetta might not but i think X has a chance of raising sales in japan

          • jjbredesen

            In japan yes, but the to big games that will get sales up are MK8 and Smash, and being realistic the only game that will make a big impact is MK8.

          • Commander Raichu

            unless theres a game that will show light to the world
            a game we all been waiting for
            a game that should show us the power of wii u(that isnt mario kart)
            a game that’s a universaly acclaimed series
            our saving grace
            Zelda U

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah i agee on that 100%, but most people don’t think like us :/

          • DragonSilths

            Zelda.

          • Commander Raichu

            wow we were thinking the same thing

          • DragonSilths

            Mhm.

          • Commander Raichu

            MHMHMH

          • DragonSilths

            Mmmmmmmmmaybe. lol

          • jjbredesen

            Nah, for me Zelda is the reason to own a nintendo system, but compared to MK8 and smash it will not sell a lot of consoles, if most of the hardcore Zelda fans have not bought a Wii U for WW HD , i don’t think it will sell that much. For me its the most anticipated title, but the zelda fanbase is small.

          • Commander Raichu

            well it also depends if they do an amazing reveal like e3 2004

          • Commander Raichu

            because i think a lot of them dont want to get a consel for a remake and want toi see the real deal imo

        • DragonSilths

          The Xeno guys will get X for sure, so it will at least make the same sales as Xenoblade.

        • jrob23

          so true. Bayonetta and X will move sales like W101..in other words…not at all. But they are necessary games that could convince buyers who are on the fence and only see Kart on the horizon.

      • Rob Bean

        Yeah, wouldn’t it be great if Nintendo were pumping out software for WiiU? I’m starting to feel like they don’t care about the console. Sad, because I completely believe it has great potential. If I have to guess(and I do) I’ll guess that QOL is where Nintendo is putting most of it’s resources, and not into games for WiiU.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          The moment I felt like Nintendo lost hope with the Wii U, is making the stupid decision of releasing the Wii U version of Smash Bros. AFTER the 3DS one. It’ll probably be delayed too. :P

          • SolarGalaxa

            The 3DS version will destroy the Wii U version sales.

            People will claim that they’re waiting for the Christmas season. My response is, wasn’t that what Super Mario 3D World was supposed to do?

          • 00EpicGamer00

            You technically don’t know that. There is a possibility the Wii U version would of sold so much more. I’m not going to get the 3DS version anyway. Why get the inferior version? Also, the “point” you’re trying to make just proved my point.

            If they aren’t even going to try to help the Wii U, then they’ve given up.

          • SolarGalaxa

            Wow, the 3DS version, even if it’s packed with nearly the same amount of content, and has an extra mode the Wii U version doesn’t have, is “inferior”? Really?

            Also, I do know that. There is nearly 8x the amount of 3DS systems out there vs Wii U systems out there. (5 million vs 40 million). So, if 30 million copies sell on 3DS (more than likely), and only 3 million on the Wii U (highly probable), that by definition means “destroyed by sales”.

      • sd

        I am fairly certain x and zelda etc will all be next year.

    • sd

      But 3 big games in a year will not be enough.

  • incoherent1

    Abysmal numbers for the Wii U. It makes me so sad — it really is a great system, but these repeated droughts are killing its momentum. I love my Wii U and hope they can start to move the needle!

  • Commander Raichu

    well everyone gotta remember that there was nonthing for wii u in march

  • John boy 556

    PS4 for the win wii u is really bad. Ha ha nintendo feel the power of the almighty sony the best company in the world hahahahahahahahahahaha.

    • Commander Raichu

      you liked your own comment :P
      its good ps4 is doing great i mean im saving up for one(driveclub,order,maybe last guardian mved to ps4 :3) but your just starting flamebait so please stop

    • Gabe Hoffman

      You upvoted yourself that’s pretty pathetic

    • jjbredesen
      • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

    • Commander Raichu

      at least Magnus is a good troll thats respectful unlike you

    • matt

      WiiU will outsell ps4 worldwide when MK8 hits and that is final i’ll give it to the end of the year and wiiu will have 1 million more sales worldwide than ps4…

      • matthew garcia

        Your living in fantasy land. I love wii u but it will never catch ps4 in sales. Nintendo has lost all momentum and Sony keeps gaining. They sold over 7 million Consoles in 6 months and nintendo sold 6 million in a year and a half lol

      • FutureFox

        There is no Easter Bunny.

        • Commander Raichu

          lol

    • Rygar

      Two words: Get laid.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    70,000 isn’t all that bad considering that were no major releases and it was up from last year too

    • SolarGalaxa

      Yep, because 70k compared to 300k+ “isn’t bad”.

  • Volshebink

    I would love to see these numbers for the month of May. #GetREKKT

  • Arthur Jarret

    What I don’t get is how Xbox managed to beat 3DS.
    Does every gamer have a 3DS already?

    • Commander Raichu

      titanfall

      • John boy 556

        Take your sony loving comments somewhere else mister. There is a site called ps4 daily and you can moan and whine all you like there about how your beloved sony is going bankrupt. Bye bye sony, one day nintendo will be sat your faces :p

        • Commander Raichu

          ? didnt you read my comment AT ALL!?
          pathetic you like your own comments

          • John boy 556

            Quiet with your SDF tricks. This is a nintendo site, not a place for you sonygaf trolls. May the power of Iwata banish you from this realm beast of the dark side

          • Commander Raichu
          • John boy 556

            Yeah thats what the sony top dogs are doing as we speak. Thank you for agreeing with me :p

          • Commander Raichu

            I NEVER AGREED WITH YOU!

          • Wren Justin Umlauf

            Im pretty sure hes trolling himself in a way to troll you. lol Thats actually kinda clever, trolls are getting creative. Who knew they were capable of that.

          • Commander Raichu

            well that makes sense im done talking to him
            he is a die hard xbot

          • John boy 556

            You call me a what?!?! I do not understand your logic SDF man, but what I do know is that your kind will be a dying breed in the years to come. Nintendo will always be around…….i wish i could say that about fony

          • Commander Raichu

            -_-

          • Capt. Smoker

            Which is why Sony are selling more consoles and people are willing to make games for their console…. yeah they’ll be extinct before long….

          • John boy 556

            Are you an SDF too? Sonys shares are junk they are leaking profits left right and centre. If sony goes down the PS brand goes with it. Nintendo is fine………..unlike that pony in the stable that hasnt been fes for two years.

          • Commander Raichu

            go home your drunk

          • John boy 556

            I am home i love the wii u. You dont and you keep spreading your SDF fud. Nobody can save fony they are going bust. You pony riders eill just have to accept it and move on :)

          • Commander Raichu

            I LOVE NINTENDO DONT YOU GET IT
            ok im gonna just going to say you are one of the most confusing people ever first you said nintendos doom now you love them a lot

          • matthew garcia

            What is wrong with liking 2 consoles. That’s just more games to play. I love ps4 and wii u. I’ll take more games then less

          • Capt. Smoker

            I prefer Nintendo, always have, but without a Sony console, I’d have no jrpgs, I have no attachment to Sony, if they go down, I wouldn’t care, so long as another company catered to the jrpg genre of games, I think it’ll take a lot to kill them off and Nintendo realistically stand the best chance of being the last one standing, even so… I wish they’d take Sony’s approach to the industry and get some companies on their side to make games for them.

          • Commander Raichu

            smoker this guy is playing mind games hes hating ps4 now when he loved it earlier and started flame bait

          • Capt. Smoker

            lol I know, he’s a hoot to have around, he certainly keeps things interesting, even if he is annoying =D

          • jjbredesen

            As funny as it is to respond to him lets just not ;)

            No troll feeding please.

          • Capt. Smoker

            But…. I just bought some jimmies :(

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, but remember last time we had fun with the trolls/exstreme fanboys , yeah i did not end well :P

            He is making fun of the fanboy mentality, or he is one not sure yet.

          • Capt. Smoker

            If only parents would be considerate enough to dispose of trolls early in life http://i.imgur.com/U8ivS.gif

          • jjbredesen

            Your such a great parent Simon :D

          • Rinslowe

            I thought he was Dave… hahaha…
            But you’re right… Simon it is.

          • jjbredesen

            I believe his name was Simon Stevens? not sure, but that was his name before he changed it, can’t remember a Dave?

          • Rinslowe

            True. It’s Simon Stevens
            I was thinking something like Dave Davidson…. ha.

          • jjbredesen

            Can’t find a Dave Davidson?, when was he here last, there are tons of Disqus accounts in that name…

          • Rinslowe

            No I think I mixed up the two… ha.

          • jjbredesen

            oh, ok..

          • John boy 556

            What are you smoking? You confuse me but then again that is a n SDF mind game which is all that you guys are capable of atm. I like how you cover yourself as a nintendo fan with ure pokemon avatar and name. But i can see through u. U r a sony fanboy desperate to shed them in a good light…….its too late the ship is sinking and nintendo is afloat. Your efforts were in vain. Maybe next time my friend :)

          • John boy 556

            I am no troll i am keeper of the peace. I stop all SDF from invading our lands. He is the troll. I have been studying him for some time now and I conclude he is a member of the SDF. May you feel the full force of the gerudo gods!

          • Capt. Smoker

            Sounds like you can’t accept any opinion other than your own, and insulting somebody over something silly like consoles is exactly what an internet troll does.

          • Commander Raichu

            preach it smoker!

          • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

            The sad thing is, I’ve actually seen someone like this, over at MyNintendoNews. He’s on our side apparently… named Nintendo Commander Quadraxis.

          • thedeciderU

            please leave quietly

          • jjbredesen

            just flag his comment and ignore ;)

          • matthew garcia

            Sounds like your bi polar. There is medication for that

          • John boy 556

            Your deffo a sdf member every other comment ure praising the ps4. Fony will be bump soon thwn no more ps4 foor you :)

          • Capt. Smoker
          • simkenno

            Trolls are literally schooling themselves to increase the inner troll within them.

          • Capt. Smoker

            Troll kai…. it’s frightening

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Nice one, but I think the Wii U has seen enough of that beast of the dark side this year. I guess Iwata’s powers couldn’t increase sales for the Wii U huh? At least he has the power to destroy their image. ;P

          • John boy 556

            Go back to your indiestation 4 whilst they still have the money to manufacturer it sdf!

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Good job upvoting your own post. ;P

          • Commander Raichu

            yeah hes pathetic

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Titanfall is great.

    • jjbredesen

      Well i think it is getting close to 50M so only half of those that owned a DS have one so far, sales will become weaker, but it will still sell good, it has been out for 4 years, and has been on fire for 2-3 think it will stay around this for the rest of the year and then slowly go down untill 2018 when we will get the next DS?

      • Commander Raichu

        i think it will be gameboy numbers

        • John boy 556

          Whats a consel. Is that what you SDF are calling it nowadays? “Its not next gen unless its a 1080p consel”. The SDF never fails to amaze me.

      • matthew garcia

        Honestly I don’t want them to do another ds system. I want then to bring the gameboy name back

        • jjbredesen

          Well i want something new to, sick of design and it is uncomfortable, when you look at the 2DS i think they will be going more in that direction in terms of style, donno if it will have 2 screens, but more of a gameboy advance (orginal) is where i see them going, don’t think it will be called gameboy though..

          • matthew garcia

            They should make a gameboy with wii u graphics would be badass

          • Commander Raichu

            nintendos saved!

      • Commander Raichu

        its almost at 45 million so it should get to 50 million this year

        • jjbredesen

          Yup

          • Commander Raichu

            possibly a lot more with yokia watch and smash bros 3ds
            (skyrocket in sales in japan con=firmed)

    • jjbredesen
      • Michael Ocampo

        I don’t understand, how was he trolling?

        • jjbredesen

          Not arthur, but the other guy that is now banned, he had the top comment, so i replied to his, as the troll was further down.

    • matthew garcia

      Doubt it cuz the original ds sold way better

  • DragonSilths

    Wii U’s userbase is still growing its just slow. Kinda like a kid who hits puberty later on or a growth spurt later then most. Yes its not a good amount of Wii U sales, but its still going up.

  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    I still dont see how 70,000 sales is bad. Sure its not as high as the others, but we all expect that by now. Wii U is a slower growing community that is actually happy with their console, while all the others are quickly running off the cliff of disappointment.

    • matthew garcia

      70000 is not even close to half of the others. Looks bad

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      70k of sales in just a month? Lol. That’s horrible. That’s 17.5k sales each week. I don’t know how you don’t see that as bad.

      • matthew garcia

        Ha u know how we basically ran off David trail. I saw him on ign as david1989 making the exact same comments comparing metacritic scores all the time lol

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I was wondering what happened to that whackjob. Lol. Not surprised he’s still under the impression, that people care deeply about metacritic scores. I suppose he realized it failed here and now is trying his act on IGN. My money says it’s failing as usual.

          • matthew garcia

            Ha lol

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I guess he’s right at home.

          • matthew garcia

            Yeah he can stay there I’m sure ign and there thousands of followers will love him lol

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Might have been where he came from originally, and just went back when all failed here.

          • matthew garcia

            Could be cuz I saw a comment on there where someone said will u please stop making new user names every time u get kicked off

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well I do recall him mentioning that he has been banned there several times to another poster on this site, so it makes sense.

      • Commander Raichu

        seems suspicous only guess liked this comment
        i smell something fishy :P
        jk jk

      • Ducked

        I wish we had more honest people like you on here lol

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Only a handful of us can see the situation for what it is, while too many are living in a bubble.

          • Rinslowe

            Sigh….
            It’s that you actually believe that comment is true…

          • Ducked

            Then they get pissed at us when we pop their bubble

          • sd

            Most people still think that the Wii U will be saved by Mario Kart, SSB and Bayonetta 2. All will be great games, but 3 more great games this year will not save the console. Had they released 1 great game a month it would be a different story.

        • The Wolf 47

          Both the other console had over 300k last month.
          70k is not ok. It needs to do better.
          Make some Mature or Teen rated titles that people want.
          It’s not that hard to do.
          Metroid, F-Zero.. Anything, please.
          Go on and draw that mature audience.

          Also. Bring Major 3rd party support. Make their engines compatible with the Wii U. They need your backing.

          • SolarGalaxa

            Rebrand Wii U as “Wii HD”, then actually spend those billions in the bank on proper advertising. Not the “we need a Wii U even though we already have one” type ads. A prime example of good advertising are the Japanese Pikmin 3 advertisements.

    • FutureFox

      The 3DS sold nearly 3x better in its initial “bad” days. The Wii U is….. never mind. Sales are indeed bad. The End.

    • Rygar

      Plus having a those COD/FIFA fans off the Wii U ensures Miiverse will stay a much nicer place :)

    • matthew garcia

      Dude why does nintendo have to be a slow growing community it’s been around since the 80′s. There not growing cuz they should have been grown by now. Actually sounds like there going backwards

    • jrob23

      it’s pretty bad. what is not getting as much media attention is how Xbone is struggling as bad as the Wii U did post launch window. Damn, that machine is hurting. Wii U? Meh, it’s obvious they are failing and unless Kart sells 5-10 million console this year they will be the gamecube i.e. great games, great machine, poor sales.

    • RecheDiazrivarola

      this info its Unreliable

      Nintendo 3ds only sell 159k.
      With everything and marketing of free Pokemon x/y , the console that regularly
      sold more than a million units per month now sells only that. ummhh

      NPD …
      These sure of what you say?

    • Magnus Eriksson

      When it basically doent sell at all in Europe you can do the math. Almost two years old and didnt sell 4M yet. One third in its lifetime. And sales are dropping.

    • Ultrasyd

      I can ‘t really be happy when I play a console that no one buys. I can’t even exchange games. And this mean less games coming to the console. Really, you must have low expectations to enjoy such a situation. It is clearly not a good situation. I would prefer the same console with more games and any more people playing it. Or just people to know what I’m talking about when I say “I have a Wii U” :/
      So what’s wrong ? The game pad is not appealing enough ? The games are not appealing enough ? To me, Nintendo failed at demonstrating that the gamepad is mandatory. You can play most of the games without it, it doesn’t change a lot, honnestly. And this is where the console is different. Compared to other consoles, it just have the gamepad, it should be its most important argument. When I show it to my friends, they don’t see the need for it sadly. If it’s only to play off tv, then you have the DS serie.

    • sd

      Its less than a million in a year, in a market that makes up for more than half of all console sales.

    • BIG Franky

      if you don’t see these numbers as absolutely HORRIFIC… then you are a “head-in-the-sand” FANBOY…. come back to reality.

  • Lil J Moore

    I swear Nintendo better be cooking up some things for E3. RPG deals is what I’m looking for right now

    • Commander Raichu

      i think they are going to show and nfc rpg nintendo all stars game

    • matthew garcia

      They should do another mario rpg.

  • Rick Valenta

    Just wait until Mario Kart 8…

  • tronic307

    Wii U sales are growing slowly now, but watch when MK8 and Smash hit.

  • Rygar

    I have a question for everyone: Who cares? Seriously.

    I mean, one can make an argument that they want Wii U to sell like crazy because that ensures Nintendo will support the console for a normal cycle length, but I honestly don’t think Nintendo’s foolish enough to drop support and anger the customers they have. So, no doubt we’ll get the first party titles we want.

    So, unless you own stock in the company, why do you care what the sales are? When I was a kid rocking my SNES, I didn’t know SEGA was pretty much dominating the market for a time and people were saying it’s the end of Nintendo. I was too busy playing games.

    Gamers today argue more about sales than games. It’s pretty sad.

    • jrob23

      I care..a little…because I DO own stock in the company and also because I’d feel bad for those who purchased the console only to have Nintendo drop support. You can say that won’t happen but there are no guarantees. The wii stopped being supported its last year and a half when sales slowed considerably. And it seemed that the Wii was selling better its last year than the Wii U is now.
      I want to get another Wii U someday but I know going in there is a real possibility that there won’t be the 1st party games like people thought when they purchased at launch. Those people don’t have that luxury. So if there is no Zelda or Metroid because they have moved on to the next console in 2016 I’d feel bad for them.

      • matthew garcia

        I don’t own any stock but I feel where your coming from. I feel this could be a positive for there next console though. I believe they will make the necessary changes to be successful

        • jrob23

          People thought the same thing going into the launch of the Wii U. That it would address online, have great HD games, and bring 3rd parties. The 3rd party support is going away (not that they haven’t gotten gimps and late ports) game releases have been slow (taking longer to get used to HD) and they have yet to have that killer app for online (maybe Mario Kart? X? Smash?) so I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s not to say I don’t like it or think it’s not a great console, just that I’m not the one to convince. It’s the owners of PS360 and the wii that need to be convinced to buy one and it just isn’t happening. Seems only fanboys have gotten it so far.

          • matthew garcia

            The thing is I believe the wii u will be a great secondary console for alot of ps4 or xbox1 owners. I know most people won’t have both xbox 1 and ps4 but most likely will have ps4 and wii u or a xbox1 and a wii u

          • Rinslowe

            It’s certainly a great secondary console to my PC. But all consoles are really. :)

          • matthew garcia

            Lol yes or pc and wii u

          • Rinslowe

            “Seems only fanboys have gotten it so far.”

            WTF?

          • jrob23

            not in a derogatory way This is after all a fan site and I consider us all fanboys. what I mean is people that love Nintendo and buy lots of their products. The core group so to speak. Those people already bought theirs. Now we need the fans that are less enthusiastic in comparison to us to take the plunge. These people might like only a particular game like Zelda, or they just might be waiting for a price drop. They have to come next. Then they have to get the PS360 owners to want the Wii U as a second console

          • Rinslowe

            All true.
            There are also millions of first time HD console owners… Believe it or not. These new comers and returnee’s need incentive as well.
            Nintendo seems to be at a crossroads on how to achieve that. Hopefully it’s something that works better than what we’ve being seeing lately…

          • jrob23

            all I know is my dissatisfaction with the pace of games led me to sell my wii u and get a ps3. And I love the thing. I’m playing it more than I did the wii u. I can wait for a Kart bundle or after E3 to get another Wii U. I have purchased a ZombiU bundle (and sold) and a Wind Waker HD bundle (and sold) so I feel like I am supportive.

          • Rinslowe

            You could have just kept the first bundle, bought a PS3 and had money to spare… lol…??

            But in all seriousness, the PS3 has always been a solid console to own. I was enjoying it even when the world seemed intent on labeling it how the Wii U is now…
            I typically pick every console eventually. Had the 360 since launch. 3 different units. Not by choice… But I’m still enjoying both those consoles today. Probably get a Halo fix once a week. About to start my third playthrough of TLoU…

            Wii U has it’s games that have long lasting appeal as well. Actually I’ve have two Wii U’s now. Picked up another in HK recently. Needed a White version.

            PC of course is the daily fix for me though….

          • jrob23

            lol, I sold the first bundle around when Rayman was delayed. It just seemed like I could wait for better games. I then picked up Wind Waker HD because I never played it and also because by then Pikmin 3 came out so I got to beat both and also play SM3DW. Then when DKTF got delayed I thought screw it, I might as well make my money back and get another bundle in the fall when hopefully by then Kart, Smash, a price drop and more info on new games announced at E3. I am pleased because I got to play all these games essentially for free. The next Wii U will be for good though. There should be enough games to keep me satisfied through this gen.
            Really like the PS3. Almost through Uncharted 2. Arkam City next, have Far Cry 3 and Ni No Kuni in the mail. I am set for awhile.
            I am daunted by the thought of PC gaming. Wish I wasn’t because I have buddies that swear by it. I am not good at the keyboard when it comes to gaming.

          • Rinslowe

            I’ve got a few good controllers for PC. A racing cage, which will come in handy for Project Cars… Can’t wait for that one either…
            But yeah, I prefer the keyboard for FPS… Just bought a new gaming mouse last month…
            Gaming is good.

          • jrob23

            I’m going to wait until TLOU on PS4. Any recommendations on obscure PS3 games? So far I love Uncharted, not crazy about Infamous and Gods of War.

          • Rinslowe

            I’ll probably pick that up as well…
            Too many games to recommend. And I’m just too lazy right now lol…
            For me I really enjoyed the exclusives like uncharted as well. But I won’t be complaining for the break there, for a while. If you haven’t played MGS4… Then that’s a game to sink your teeth into…
            But obscure, well to be completely honest, I’m not that obscure in my gaming tastes. GoW for me was a given…
            GranTurismo 5/ 6, FF (take your pick), Killzone 2/3, Heavy Rain…
            A slew of JRPG’s…
            You literally can’t go wrong with a PS3 at this point in time for choice and price point…

      • Rinslowe

        It won’t happen…
        Minority shareholders on the whiny side of the fence aren’t enough to influence that kind of change..

        • jrob23

          I agree, Nintendo supports their stock with buybacks but when it comes to how they run their company they do not succumb to pressure and take a very long macro view rather than kneejerk. It’s good and bad. Good that they believe in themselves to succeed but bad because if they don’t come up with the idea they pass, or their inability to open the purses to get games on their system.

          • Rinslowe

            I think as an investor that is what’s needed to be considered at the first step.
            And in my thinking, investment influence can only go so far. It’s a fair trade. And important to know what you’re investing in to start with.
            I agree with Nintendo’s policies there as far as idea’s are concerned. Open the gates a little and risk the flood.
            However, with the circumstances being what they are, Nintendo are far too relaxed with their spending in doing what has to be done. As you say, getting games on their system.
            At this point, it’s really their only third party option that has potential to succeed. (My opinion only).
            Bayo 2 is a good step. But one exclusive third party title per quarter at the most, plus first party titles every 2 months or so would address two main issues… Consistent title releases and reasons for consumers to care about Wii U.
            As you also mentioned and I agree, mostly Nintendo supporters have purchased the Wii U so far…

    • Rob Bean

      Support for the console is why I care. I want to see a new Zelda, Metroid, Starfox etc. If the console doesn’t sell then I fear Nintendo will put their resources elsewhere. They will keep the e-shop open so that they don’t have to admit they abandoned their WiiU customers, and they’ll release a couple of Mario games every year, but the next Zelda will be five years from now and on another console.

    • Rinslowe

      Well,

      Wii U’s actually selling a lot better in the US than it was during the drought last year.
      And I would say that now is pretty much a mini drought also…

      • Commander Raichu

        well we wont have anything for march or spril but i think wii u will do a lot better in may june and possibly july

        • bigevilworldwide

          LMAO…Don’t hold your breath, clearly the gamepad should have been an optional add-on…..
          I remember when Pikmen 3 was going to set sales records, then failed since it’s a SUPER NICHE title.
          Then Wonderful 101(same problem as Pikmen) and failed
          Then Mario 3D world, then Wind Waker HD, then DK, now it’s Mario Kart…..When are you delusional Nintendo cult members going to wake up, it’s not selling although you can at least claim it’s sold more than the Xbox one has.

  • C4

    Imagine Nintendo would actually release some games.

  • Donaald

    70000 for a console that has had nothing since February?

  • wiimenonowiiu

    Well its pretty simple i see no wii u adds on tv i see alot of ps4 and some xbox one nes needs to get promoting mk8 on tv and not just on kids channels

  • RecheDiazrivarola

    Nintendo 3ds only sell 159k.
    With everything and marketing of free Pokemon x/y , the console that regularly
    sold more than a million units per month now sells only that. ummhh

    NPD …
    These sure of what you say?

    • bigevilworldwide

      Ummmm everyone on the planet that has any interest in a 3DS already owns one, of course sales numbers are going down….Only morons or collectors feel the need to own one of each color/drawing on a system, and typically collectors collect RETRO which the 3ds is not

  • http://www.epicpassiveincome.com/ Elvis Michael

    I love the Wii U to the fullest. You know what’s sad, though? That Donkey Kong Country should have pushed some more sales for the month of March because that game came out toward the END of February. So, March should have seen more momentum from that game, but ironically sales actually dipped.

    If Mario 3D World + Donkey Kong (combined) did not really do much, i’m honestly starting to doubt MK8 will be the savior. Will sales increase a bit? Sure. Will the console consistently see 150,000+ units sold with that game? Nah.

    • Rinslowe

      IF Donkey Kong Country was made into a fully fledged 3D adventure, then it likely would have.
      Saying that though, it is still a class act in 2D platforming action…

    • greengecko007

      If Mario Kart 8 helps sell more Wii Us, then great, but we already know it’s not going to be a Wii U savior. Nobody that’s realistic is keeping to the “just wait until 1st party Nintendo game comes out then you’ll see!” anymore.

      As Nintendo fans, we just want the Wii U to continue to be supported, we’ve already accepted that it’s not going to sell like the PS4.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Having little to no expectations for any product makes it easier on the mind. If all fails, you at least won’t feel so disappointed, but were prepared for the outcome.

        • greengecko007

          I’m not expecting the Wii U to sell as good as the competition, but the reason I’m so hard on Nintendo is because I expect quality from them, something they’ve conditioned their fans for in the past. I expect 1st party support for the Wii U even if it’s not selling well, because Nintendo already has me invested in it.

          • sd

            They gave up on the gamecube after 5 years and released the wii. They wont support the Wii U longer than 5 years.

      • Rinslowe

        No one game could ever be expected to save a platform. Especially considering that platform is sold over the space of 5-7 years…
        Wii U’s saviour is “One title at a time”… But only if those games are surgically released in succession.
        That’s Nintendo’s biggest issue against Wii U sales at this time…

        • FutureFox

          All I can say is FFVII may not have been needed to save the PlayStation but man it definitely gave Sony a nice bump. I like to think it was the single most anticipated game of any console history.

          Ignore the sales numbers because the gaming community wasn’t as big then as it is now.

          • Rinslowe

            Yeah that’s a reasonable POV.

            Wii U titles are too few and far between for AAA first party offerings. Those titles so far have been all great games. But that’s to be expected from Nintendo’s in house studios.
            It’s that they aren’t releasing enough of those great experiences.
            If they addressed that issue, the third party lack of support would be less of an immediate issue.
            They would have their foundation for building a viable long term platform.
            But as great as their titles have been so far and as phenomenal as Kart is looking. They’re just too few…
            Nintendo has to wake up to their options and stop being the victim.

        • sd

          The games are not being released in succession though. Since launch nintendo have been releasing 1 game every 3 months, then maybe 2-3 at christmas. That’s not enough. They need 1 game a month, then 2-3 at xmas, which will not be happening this year. So a second year running with minimal game releases.

          The problem then is that most gamers watching the system will refuse to buy, what they will consider to be, a failed console.

          • Rinslowe

            “Wii U’s saviour is “One title at a time”… But only if those games are surgically released in succession.That’s Nintendo’s biggest issue against Wii U sales at this time…
            Staggered first party releases are the main culprit in low sales no’s.”

          • sd

            I know, I read it. Knew I should have started with “I agree”. My reply was as much for other people that will most likely jump on the thread and say you are wrong as the Wii U is doing fantastically well!

          • Rinslowe

            My bad :)

  • Logan Waltz

    The Xbox has been hemmorageing money from Microsoft for years and Sony is scraping by. Ninty has plenty of cash to burn and is doing far better as a company. Nintendo bashing has been a fad since 64. Ninty needs to market properly, but its still winning in the having jobs for its employees department. Every xbone and ps4 sale is somebody that was gonna buy them since their predecessors were released. Every wiiu sale is somebody finding a logical interest beyond a name.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Nice stereotyping. Lol. You must know every consumer who bought a PS4 and Xbox One to think they buy due to the name. I suppose Nintendo fans don’t buy a Wii U due to the fact it’s from Nintendo. That made little sense. More importantly, what does that have to do with the article? Sounds like the grasping at straws situation when there’s bad news.

      • Logan Waltz

        Average consumers are complete morons. I can guarantee half the people buying these systems buy based on social stigma and brand recognition. Why do u think so many people believe Wiiu is a new Wii peripheral? Because my consumer prejudice is misplaced?

        • HydePark1980

          I’d probably say the average consumer in the video game industry bases their decisions on what the media says. Still you have a pretty solid point.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Do you have the exact numbers of these “moronic” consumers? Never call something a fact, if there is no actual evidence to be had. If consumers think the Wii U is a Wii peripheral(consumers in this case most likely being parents who buy consoles for their kids) it’s due to Nintendo’s poor marketing. PS4 and Xbox One didn’t have this problem and no one took them for an addon. Perhaps if Nintendo didn’t make the Gamepad stand out so much on the box art, maybe parents wouldn’t confuse it for a peripheral.

          If you wanna put parents or someone who barely has any knowledge of games, then I’ll give you that one, but I’m sure there’s a better word than moron for those misinformed individuals. If you’re gonna generalize the average consumer, then yes, your consumer prejudice is misplaced indeed. Easily put, I don’t agree with your opinion. I still don’t get why you even brought this up when it didn’t even pertain to the article. Sorry, but it sounds like sour grapes to me. Lol.

          • Logan Waltz

            In the united states, approximately 40% of highschool graduates can’t pass the GED. The GED is a moron exam. A large majority of food and business regulations are to protect consumers from their general inability to decide for themselves. Consumers have to be told what is good to buy. How many of us have friends who know nothing more about Wii u than its a new Nintendo system? An intelligent consumer would know about a potential buy, but people that own the ps4 or xboner generally know next to nothing about Wii u. Hell we all have seen developers often have no clue about the system.

    • Commander Jim

      What??? Nintendo has the most hardcore fan base of all. Though it’s RAPIDLY shrinking, I guarantee you 99% of Wii U sales were because it was Nintendo console.

  • Ice Climbers

    Forget the Wii U, those 3DS sales are just downright awful. I’d like to point out that the 3DS is down by over 30% compared to March 2013. The last time the 3DS had those numbers was BEFORE the price cut, during the time people were calling doom to the system. Not good at all. The fact that it did that poorly with the whole free Pokemon X/Y promotion is rather worrying.

    On a side note, Vita only sold 10,000 units.

    • Christian Schoff

      Almost everyone already has a 3DS and you’re shocked that the sales of it are less in March 2014 than in March 2013? Do you even logic bro?

  • Timothy

    This is my first post on wiiu daily but, all the JRPG guys that hang out at gamestop just want to know more about X. I see RPG’s coming back in a big way in my town. Almost thirty guys work in my shop and all of them play Final Fantasy 14 on pc,
    giving up COD or titanfall.

  • Ultrasyd

    That’s not good. Maybe Mario Kart can change things, but I doubt people are ready to buy a console just for one game. E3, if it is promising, can help a bit. I really think that many people own a Wii already and they probably don’t see the need to upgrade to play Mario and DK for the moment :/

  • RockieOllie

    As tired as some of you maybe of hearing it, Nintendo needs new management.

  • leo

    We don’t want any more freaking mario

  • JudgeMethos

    Well, 70k isn’t great but considering that the PS4 and Xbox One are NEW… people, it looks just right. Those 2 new systems SHOULD have BIGGER numbers. They haven’t been out long at all! Wii U has been out longer and for it to achieve 70k is somewhat delightful. Now, two years from now we can judge the PS4 and Xbox One sells and compare but I’m surprised the Wii U didn’t do worse. 70k ain’t bad but it would be nice to see bigger numbers. That is obvious. No rose colored glasses here, folks. The Wii U MAY not even get to 20 mill this generation but those who own the system do love the the first party games and some of the third party games that actually aren’t just thrown out there.

  • sd

    People who think this is a good or okay result need to stop and consider something. 70k in a month will mean 840k in a year. Then you need to take into account that the sales in north America are usually the same as sales in the rest of the world. So that would be 840k in the rest of the world over the year. Or 1.68 million total this year. Thats not good, thats abysmal. Of course total sales will be higher this year due to mario kart, so maybe 3 million worldwide by years end. That’s not great. Its a shame, great system, poor support and terrible job by Nintendo.

  • BIG Franky

    Minecraft for the 360 is STILL on this list after two frigging years…. unreal how dumb Nintendo is to not bend over backwards to get it on the Wii U… so stupid and out of touch. not surprised…

  • BIG Franky

    hmmmm…. not sure why the Wii U doesn’t sell at all…. especially since there wont be a repeat of last year’s game drought…. oh wait…………..
    but Reggie promised that wouldn’t happen again….. oh wait……

    • Commander Jim

      There is literally not a single game confirmed to be coming to the Wii U this year I plan on buying. Maybe Donkey Kong if I find it cheap. Otherwise a full year without the console being turned on. Unbelievable. By comparison theres at least a dozen PS4 games I’ll be buying.

      • Commander Raichu

        you know you want halo 5 and uncharted 4

        • bigevilworldwide

          At least they aren’t 20+ year old games that still look and play exactly the same as the did in 1986, just because you add 3D or a gamepad doesn’t mean your new and innovative with your game design.