Microsoft said it sold 1.4 million Xbox 360 units in December. Nintendo, meanwhile, said it sold about 460,000 units of Wii U in the same period
Nintendo’s Wii U
Does the Wii U having some trouble getting off the ground?
Research firm NPD Group announced U.S. sales for December games. And despite the research firm does not disclose sales drive hardware alone, Microsoft announced that for the 24th consecutive month, has held the No. 1 spot in the U.S. in console sales with 1.4 million units sold. Nintendo, meanwhile, announced that its Wii U met to 460,000 units sold.
Historically, the new consoles have generated massive demand, allowing them to beat major competitors in unit sales. However, that’s not proving to be the case here. The Wii U – despite being available online and in retail stores in December – could not match a console that has been in stores for several years.
Nintendo has been somewhat subdued in his assessment of the sales of Wii U. Earlier this week, the head of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U sales marked “OK”, and added that he believed that the console is “constantly selling.
NPD figures compared the Wii U sales in December with its popular predecessor, the Wii. According to research firm “were the sales of the Wii U lower on a unit basis compared with the original Wii in December 2006.” That may say something important, considering the Wii was difficult to achieve in December 2006 due to high demand, and the Wii U is readily available.
However, Nintendo was armed with an answer to the skeptics. The company said yesterday in an e-mailed statement to CNET that in just 41 days on the market, sales of Wii U have hit 890,000 units sold. Moreover, Nintendo said the Wii hardware sales have exceeded $ 300 million in the U.S. – From the $ 270 million that the Wii generated at the same point in its life cycle.
“While the launch of Wii set new benchmarks in the U.S., Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement yesterday. “The demand for luxury SKU, which was essentially sold out in stores this holiday, and attach the fast pace of New Super Mario Bros. U, shows that we have the courage and driving games momentum in 2013.”
While income may be up, most likely a direct result of the Wii U be more expensive than its predecessor. The Wii U base kit is available for $ 299. A deluxe set with bonus material, including a copy of Nintendo land, costs $ 349. The Wii, meanwhile, sent in the U.S. in 2006 for $ 249. Therefore, each sale Wii U is generating an additional $ 50 to $ 100 compared to Nintendo Wii.
Speaking of the Wii, I actually had a better November than its successor. According to Nintendo, the original console marked sold 475,000 units during the month.
Despite staying power of the Wii, it was hard to find something to be happy in the gaming industry last month. Total sales of the gaming industry reached U.S. $ 3.2 billion, down 22 percent compared with December 2011. Software sales, meanwhile, fell 27 percent to $ 1.6 million a year. Overall hardware sales fell 20 percent to land at $ 1.1 billion.
Best-selling game of December was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The Xbox 360 version was the most popular.