Famed Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has told CNET that he believes that Wii U sales estimates in the United States during April were only 55,000. Pachter says that the sales figures for the console are down 19 percent from March. He also revealed that sales of the original Wii console outperformed the Wii U, selling 75,000 units during April. The Xbox 360 apparently sold 205,000 units and the PlayStation 3 sold 165,000 units in the period. We should get the exact figures from the NPD Group in a couple of days.
Namco Bandai has revealed that the well-received Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has missed company sales expectations. The publisher says that the company planned to ship 1.7 million units of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 but ended up just under target at 1.5 million units worldwide. The Wii U version of the popular beat-em-up franchise ended up with an average review score of 83% on online review aggregator, Metacritic.
This week’s Media Create sales figures are in from Japan. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon has been knocked off the top spot by Tomodachi Collection: New Life which sold around 405,000 copies. Tomodachi Collection: New Life gave the Nintendo 3DS XL a significant sales boost this week as the handheld sold 57,000 units, which is more than double what it sold the previous week. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
- [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- [PSP] Seven Dragon 2020 II
- [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- [PSP] Amnesia Crowd
- [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Ride to Victory!!
- [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History
-  Monster Hunter Frontier G1 Premium Package
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 57,089 (28,139)
- Nintendo 3DS – 18,833 (18,584)
- PlayStation Vita – 15,011 (14,112)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,915 (14,039)
- Wii U – 8,798 (9,984)
- PSP – 7,816 (7,566)
- Wii – 1,379 (1,383)
- Xbox 360 – 515 (492)
Developer Tomorrow Corporation has announced that it has, so far, sold around 250,000 copies of Little Inferno, which is available for purchase on iOS, PC and Wii U. Considering the peculiar nature of the game, in that players purchase items, throw them into a fireplace, and burn them, it has sold extremely well. If you’ve played Little Inferno, are you surprised that so many people purchased the game?
Even before its official launch on April 4, Toki Tori 2 is set to leave its competitors in the shadows and rocket to the top of the European eShop sales. This may be due to the generous 10% discount the game’s development team Two Tribes has given to fans, in order to reward them for their long-standing patience.
But Toki Tori 2 is not the only game that has seen a price-cut on the eShop recently, as four Ubisoft titles for the Wii U have joined the ranks. The permanent discount, which is active from April 4 also, can be found on the following games:
- Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth €29.99/£23.99 (Was €49.99/£39.99)
- Rabbids Land – €29.99/£23.99 (Was €49.99/£39.99)
- Sports Connection – €29.99/£23.99 (Was €49.99/£39.99)
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 – €29.99/£23.99 (Was €49.99/£39.99)
GameStop executives have called Wii U sales disappointing during an earnings call today. The retailer says that Nintendo’s marketing has “not broken through the way that it needs to”, and ”we still have an education process we need to go through.” GameStop executives also blamed the lack of blockbuster titles as one of the reasons the console has failed to meet expectations. GameStop CEO Paul Raines said New Super Mario Bros U was a compelling launch game, but the lack of other big games has made adoption slow. He said Wii U sales will “take off” when the future blockbuster titles arrive.
The latest edition of MCV magazine states that Wii U sales in the United Kingdom rose by almost 125 percent last week, according to retailers. The dramatic sales boost was due to the launch of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, plus HMV slashing the price of the Wii U Premium console with Nintendo Land and ZombiU by £140.
The NPD group has released hardware and software sales figures for the month of February in the United States. Microsoft once again sold the most hardware with the Xbox 360 selling an impressive 302,000 units. Nintendo wouldn’t disclose their figures, but information given to Venture Beat states that the Wii U sold an estimated 55,000 units in January. The console saw a 40 percent increase in February which would put it in the 80,000 range. Nintendo sold 445,000 Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U consoles combined. Nintendo has yet to issue a press release detailing their figures. Here’s the top ten best-selling software in the United States during the month of February.
1. Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U PC) Activision Blizzard
3. Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) Take-Two Interactive
5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360) Konami
6. Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 (360, PS3, PC) Sega
7. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U) Ubisoft
8. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) Ubisoft
9. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV) Sony
10. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U) Electronic Arts
Ubisoft’s executive director for EMEA territories Alain Corre has reiterated that the company would love to see Nintendo slash the pricing of the Wii U to enable publishers to sell more games on the ailing format. However, Corre says that the company is still optimistic about the potential of the console, but he concluded by saying that when less machines sell, less games sell.
“Always. We always want the hardware to be at a low price because we want as many fans as possible to afford to buy our games, so that’s for sure. We think that Wii U will find its public at some point. Some were expecting sales to be quicker but we are optimistic.”
“I think Nintendo has said that the Wii U sales in general were below expectations originally and the software tie-in ratio is also stable, so I think that when less machines sell, less games sell.”
More details have emerged regarding January 2013 NPD figures. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 outsold the Wii U by five times more units in North America during January. Nintendo declined to issue a press release detailing how many Wii U console were sold, but industry site Gamasutra estimates that Nintendo only sold 55,000 Wii U consoles. Microsoft announced that they sold 281,000 Xbox 360 consoles. Wii U software sales for the month of January were under 15 million.