Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold six million units worldwide. The Wii U has only shipped 5.86 million units worldwide since it launched in November 2012, according to figures provided by Nintendo as of December 31st, 2013. Sony’s PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013.
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Japanese gaming publication Famitsu is reporting that the PlayStation 4 has sold 322,083 units in two days in Japan. What is interesting is that the Wii U sold similar numbers when it launched in Japan back in 2012. However, it should be noted that the Wii U launched during the busy Christmas period, whereas the PlayStation 4 launched in February.
- 1998.11.27 [Sega Dreamcast] (¥29.800) – 101.490 (3 days)
- 2000.03.04 [Sony PlayStation 2] (¥39.800) – 630.552 (2 days)
- 2001.09.14 [Nintendo GameCube] (¥25.000) – 133.719 (3 days)
- 2002.02.22 [Microsoft XBox] (¥34.800) – 123.929 (3 days)
- 2005.12.10 [Microsoft XBox 360] (¥29.000 / ¥39.795) – 62.135 (2 days)
- 2006.11.11 [Sony PlayStation 3] (¥49.980 / ¥59.980) – 88.443 (2 days)
- 2006.12.02 [Nintendo Wii] (¥25.000) – 371.936 (2 days)
- 2012.12.08 [Nintendo Wii U] (¥26.250 / ¥31.500) – 308.570 (2 days)
While Retro Studio’s latest opus Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has had differing review scores from a number of publications, the game is currently number one on the Amazon best-sellers chart in Germany, Spain, and France. Donkey Kong’s latest adventure scored a mediocre 6 from GameSpot, but got a perfect ten from Destructoid.
Internet sleuths over at NeoGAF have deduced that Wii Fit U sold under 20,000 units in the US during January. Nintendo declined to give any figures regarding the game during last week’s NPD figures. The retail release of Wii Fit U launched in the US on January 10th.
Ubisoft has revealed via its financial results that Wii U titles only accounted for 2% of the company’s sales during the third quarter. Ubisoft have unsurprisingly found the best sales on current generation consoles, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also performing well. Ubisoft announced yesterday that they were delaying the Wii U version of Watch Dogs as they focus their efforts on the other versions.
- PlayStation 3 : 28%
- PlayStation 4: 12%
- Xbox 360: 27%
- Xbox One: 9%
- Wii: 11%
- Wii U: 2%
- PC: 10%
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Wedbush Securities has released its predicted numbers ahead of the NPD Group console sales figures for the US. The company expects the PlayStation 4 to narrowly beat the Xbox One. Wedbush also believe that Nintendo’s Wii U console will trawl in last place with only 60,000 units sold. However, it notes that it would still represent a five percent increase year-over-year. We will get the official NPD Group numbers on Thursday, so we will know for sure then.
“In a nutshell, we think that the rapid ramp in sell-through for next generation consoles will cause an unprecedented ramp in next generation software sales, and notwithstanding current generation software sales weakness, we expect overall industry software sales to rebound into positive territory later this year. We believe this rebound is not only sustainable, but we expect it to be dramatic in the back half of the year, with double-digit gains expected.”
Looks as though Sonic Lost World didn’t perform quite as badly as some expected, despite a few low scores from a number of review publications out there. Sega says that Sonic Lost World for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS shipped 640,000 units combined worldwide as of December 31st. Sega claims that sales were low due to the harsh market environment.
Nintendo has revealed that it has shifted 2.1 million Nintendo 2DS systems since the handheld launched October 12th. The Nintendo 3DS has shipped 42.7 million units since February 2011. The original Nintendo DS system has shipped a staggering 154 million units in total. Nintendo also revealed that it has sold 7.38 million copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf worldwide. This is since its Japanese release in November 2012.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U and Super Mario 3D World sold one million units each worldwide. While these aren’t fantastic sales, it should be reiterated that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD only took around 6 months to develop, so it’s clearly a good return on investment. However, this sales figure is likely to include bundles.
With respect to “Wii U,” Nintendo released key first-party titles such as “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD,” “Wii Party U” and “Super Mario 3D World” from the summer toward the year-end sales season. While these titles each sold over one million units.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu is reporting that Nintendo 3DS sales have passed the 15 million mark in Japan. This figure accounts for both the original Nintendo 3DS and the larger Nintendo 3DS XL. Silconera says that while it’s an impressive statistic, Nintendo 3DS sales were down year-over-year in 2013. This is undoubtedly something that Nintendo will address in the months to come.