Uh oh: Nintendo sold only 57,000 Wii U units in the U.S. in January

If you want to put that figure into comparison, during the same period in its lifecycle, Nintendo’s Wii hit 435,000 unit sales.

Nintendo’s Wii U has had a rough January.

Only 57,000 Wii U units were sold by Nintendo in the U.S. in January, a person familiar with NPD’s game industry sales data has confirmed to CNET. On the other hand, the leading console maker during the period, Microsoft, sold 281,000 units in January.

Gamasutra was actually the first one to report on the news, followed by CNET. Gamustra reported that Wii U sales were sluggish in January. They said that the Wii U’s January sales were “well under” 100,000 units.


In stark contrast, Nintendo sold 435,000 Wii units during its first January on store shelves in 2007.

The news that Nintendo is having trouble selling the Wii U is nothing new. Last month, the company’s CEO Satoru Iwata last month characterized Wii U sales as “not bad.” That came just days before Microsoft and Nintendo announced their console unit sales in December. During that period, Microsoft sold nearly one million more consoles.

The company said that it sold only 3 million Wii U units since its launch in November. They aslo added that upcoming games, including new entries in the Legend of Zelda franchise, could “help Nintendo regain momentum for Wii U.”


Still, the fact that a console that has been in stores for three months and is selling so few units is shocking. It’s something that gamers would expect from unknown game companies, but this is  a Nintendo issue, and given its recent successes, this is very  surprising.

Other recent news include that Nintendo might be merging the 3DS and Wii U together and that Pakistan has banned COD: Black Ops 2 and MOH: Warfighter for showing the country in bad light.

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