The kind folk over at NeoGAF have estimated that the Wii U sold 140K units on the back of Mario Kart 8 in June in the United States. The Nintendo 3DS managed to sell 150K in June in the US. We’ve already reported that Mario Kart 8 was the second best-selling video game software in June and Tomodachi Life was the ninth. You can read what Nintendo had to say about the results, here.
- PS4: Number 1 best selling = 269K
- Xbox One: Doubled sales from the previous month = 197K
- 3DS: 150K (up 55% over May, was 225K last June)
- Wii U: ~140K (up 233% over last June)
After firing out of the gate at the end of May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger second lap. The game was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform and its library of great titles, which includes an industry-best 15 games with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Sales of hardware and software in June 2014 were up 233 percent and 373 percent, respectively, over June 2013. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 percent and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.
“These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”
Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Life sold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after launching on June 6.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Wii U has a great lineup of upcoming games and amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category, that will help Nintendo build on its Mario Kart 8 momentum. Notable titles on the way include: Hyrule Warriors (Sept. 26), Bayonetta 2 (October), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Holiday) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday). Likewise, three of the most anticipated games of the year are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in 2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Oct. 3) and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).
The NPD Group have revealed the best-selling video games in the United States during June. Watch Dogs tops the bill, but Mario Kart 8 comes gliding in at second. Tomodachi Life has also performed well as it comes in at number nine. Here’s the best-sellers for June.
1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
It has been revealed that Wii U hardware sales were up more than 85% this May compared with May 2013. The increase was due to Mario Kart 8 which was the second best-selling video game in the United States during the month.
Update: It should be noted that Wii U only managed to sell 60,130 units.
Video game journalist Ian Sherr has tweeted that the Nintendo 3DS was the second best-selling video game hardware in the US during May. Sherr also says that Sony’s PlayStation 4 took the number one position. If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the best-selling video games in the US during May.
US software saes data has begun to trickle in thanks to the NPD Group. The best-selling game in May was Watch Dogs which was closely followed by Nintendo’s well-received Mario Kart 8. Not to be outdone, Kirby Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS landed in at number nine. Here’s the top ten best-selling video games in the US in May.
- Watch Dogs
- Mario Kart 8
- MLB: 14
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- The Amazing Spiderman 2
- NBA 2K14
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
US software sales figures are now in from the NPD Group. The best-selling game in the United States during April was Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC game, Titanfall. Interestingly the NPD group also revealed that software sales at US retail declined 10 percent to $227.9 million for the month. However, it should be noted that Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent. Here’s the best-selling software in the United States in April 2014.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- NBA 2K14
- LEGO The Hobbit
- The LEGO Movie Video Game
- LEGO Marvel Superheroes
- The Amazing Spiderman 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
“Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
“PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent,” he continued.
In a recent report from the NPD Group suggests that there are around 35 million “core gamers” in the United States alone. Interestingly the company only defines “core gamers” as those that play five hours or more on Microsoft or Sony consoles, PC, or Mac, and plays certain genres. So presumably Nintendo gamers have been ignored. The NPD Group says there are around 34 million core games, who spend 22 hours a week on average on video games.
“Core gamers are really the lifeblood of the industry, spending tremendous amounts of time on their hobby of choice,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. “With the new console generation off to a great start, we can expect the amount of time spent gaming to increase as more core gamers adopt them.”
The NPD’s Core Gaming 2014 report reveals that around 75 percent of gamers surveyed in the United States prefer physical copies of their games, rather than digital. People are starting to embrace digital titles, as the report shows that digital acceptance is up five percent over last year.
Analyst David Gibson has revealed that the Wii U only sold 70K units during the month of March in the United States. The Xbox One sold 311K, but was beaten by the PlayStation 4 which was the best-selling console that month. The Nintendo 3DS managed to sell 159K and the original Wii sold 28K.
- PS4: Best selling platform.
- Xbox One: 311K
- 3DS: 159K
- Xbox 360: 111K
- Wii U: 70K
- Wii: 28K
- Vita: 10K
- PSP: 5K