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Wii U Surpasses Early Wii Sales with 890,000 Units Sold

/ Jan 14th, 2013 No Comments

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Nintendo announced the Wii U has now sold nearly 890,000 units in the U.S. only 41 days since its release, generating more than $300 million in sales.

According to the NPD Group (which is a market research company that keeps track of these sorts of things), Nintendo sold more than 460,000 Wii U consoles in the U.S. in December alone. The original Wii hardware only generated just over $270 million in the same time in its lifecycle.

Including all of the company’s consoles, Nintendo sold more than 2.65 million hardware units in the U.S. in the month of December. Those added numbers mean Nintendo sold at least 8 million hardware units in the U.S. for the 11th straight year.

Nintendo released several additional important sales numbers achieved in December.

New Super Mario Bros. U has now sold more than 580,000 units. Gamers who purchased a Wii U console also bought a copy of the game more than 65 percent of the time.

The Nintendo 3DS continues to outpace the historic sales rate of Nintendo DS. Nintendo 3DS sold more than 1.25 million units in December and surpassed 7.7 million in sales across its lifespan. Nintendo DS sold nearly 470,000 units last month and has now sold 53 million units life to date.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 has now sold more than 1.45 million units life to date, becoming only the fourth Nintendo 3DS title to pass the 1 million units sold mark in the U.S.

Nintendo sold nearly 475,000 Wii consoles, bringing the total of units sold over the its life over 40.8 million.

Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3 became the 10th Wii title to sell more than 5 million units.

“While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation,” Nintendo of America Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Scott Moffitt said.

The report from the NPD Group covers the period between Nov. 25 and Dec. 29.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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