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Wii U sells over 300,000 in Japan

New Super Mario Bros U is the best selling game

Wii U got off to a good start in Japan, with Nintendo shifting over 300,000 consoles in its opening weekend.

Fans queued up outside stores in Japan

to get their hands on Nintendo's new console and over half of those who purchased the console also bought a copy of New Super Mario Bros U.

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According to Famitsu stats, 307,471 Wii U consoles were sold since Saturday while New Super Mario Bros U shifted 160,454 copies. Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate was the next best selling game with 106,454 sold so far but it was included with the Wii U Premium Pack in Japan.

Of course, our Wii U Premium Pack included Nintendo Land - the UK's best selling Wii U game - but in Japan, the game has sold just 66,583 copies. ZombiU, which was also included in a specia bundle in the UK, has only sold 10,680 copies.

By contrast Nintendo sold 350,358 Wii consoles in Japan during the first weekend on sale. So Wii U is not far behind.

[ Source: Gamekult ]

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  1. lminett Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 10:32

    Its all good news for nintendo then, i expect a lot more sales of this console at the start of next year, and when nintendo starts putting out more first party titles

  2. K-tet Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 11:27

    Wow... I'm stunned. That's quite a shift of units. It shifted around 400K in the US in its first week, and here in the UK just a paltry 40K. Does anyone know the accurate sales figures for the whole of Europe in its first week? Multiple sources can't decide on whether it's 80K or 120K.

  3. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 13:38

    Pretty solid start.

  4. ledreppe Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 15:21

    Wow... I'm stunned. That's quite a shift of units. It shifted around 400K in the US in its first week, and here in the UK just a paltry 40K. Does anyone know the accurate sales figures for the whole of Europe in its first week? Multiple sources can't decide on whether it's 80K or 120K.

    Don't forget that the Wii U was 'supply constrained' to make it look like it was doing better by being 'sold out'. If Nintendo had supplied more units I'm sure the UK sales figure would have been higher.

    You should try VGChartz.com if you haven't already, as another source.

  5. K-tet Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 15:52

    Don't forget that the Wii U was 'supply constrained' to make it look like it was doing better by being 'sold out'. If Nintendo had supplied more units I'm sure the UK sales figure would have been higher.

    You should try VGChartz.com if you haven't already, as another source.


    Yes, I'm aware Nintendo did not manufacture enough units, but that's not the point. 300K is a staggering amount in just two days. It actually proves that the advertising campaign in Japan was far better than what it was in the West. Remember when the 3DS sold 113K units in two days in the UK alone at launch with its unreasonably high 230 price tag? The advertising was spot-on, so people bought into it. Our advertising campaigns for Wii U have been borderline lacklustre. I could genuinely do a better job and I don't have a Sales & Marketing degree.

    I don't trust VGChartz as a reliable source of information. Moreover, the higher quoted sales figures were reflected from that site.

  6. dap005 Tuesday 11th Dec 2012 at 18:59

    Our advertising campaigns for Wii U have been borderline lacklustre. I could genuinely do a better job and I don't have a Sales & Marketing degree.


    Just by looking at the uk WiiU ad, I couldn't agree more. Compare to the wii ad campaign the WiiU ads are erm incomparable to say the least. Perhaps they should make another 'Wii want to play' style ad campaign but switch the the tag line to 'Wii want to play with U' (as one witty youtuber suggested in the comments under the original ad).
    It would not only bring a sense of nostalgia to those who remember the Wii ads but it'll be able to showcase wiiu's features and games better then cheesy voice overs and crammed text on the screen.

  7. The_BAAD_Man Wednesday 12th Dec 2012 at 04:08

    Those are great numbers, and a promising result for Nintendo!

    I'm living in South America now, and the advertising here isn't great either. Also, it's expensive.
    I'll be getting my Wii U probably a year from now, when I'm back in Europe.

  8. Pyron12 Wednesday 12th Dec 2012 at 17:44

    Wow... I'm stunned. That's quite a shift of units. It shifted around 400K in the US in its first week, and here in the UK just a paltry 40K. Does anyone know the accurate sales figures for the whole of Europe in its first week? Multiple sources can't decide on whether it's 80K or 120K.


    40K is not paltry in the UK. Considering the country's population, that's a respectable amount. Besides we aren't Nintendo Crazy like Japan is so that adds another factor.

  9. K-tet Wednesday 12th Dec 2012 at 19:01

    40K is paltry, given there are 65 million of us living on this island alone. It can be seen as respectable given the fact we're still in a recession and the price point is 30 overpriced yet again at launch, but that doesn't change the fact that 40,000 units is not a great number, and that's not factoring in stock shortages. The 3DS achieved 113K in its launch weekend alone in the UK. The Wii U sold 40K units in its launch week. Similar circumstances also factor in (the console was overpriced at launch, the country was still in a recession). The only difference was the marketing campaign for the 3DS was far better than the Wii U's marketing campaign currently is.

    No matter how you slice it, 40K is, at best, reasonable, and that's a vague word all in itself.

  10. Argenthor Wednesday 12th Dec 2012 at 20:28

    Wow... I'm stunned. That's quite a shift of units. It shifted around 400K in the US in its first week, and here in the UK just a paltry 40K. Does anyone know the accurate sales figures for the whole of Europe in its first week? Multiple sources can't decide on whether it's 80K or 120K.


    40K is not paltry in the UK. Considering the country's population, that's a respectable amount. Besides we aren't Nintendo Crazy like Japan is so that adds another factor.


    Yeh, I agree with the comment below. That is a paltry number considering how many of us live here!

  11. LOZanges Friday 14th Dec 2012 at 19:54

    Nintendo always sells lots in Japan in opening week/weekend, but this is just insane!

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